The Picky Eater’s Fall Cleanse and Detox Guide!

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on October 25, 2012

I love Fall.

When the air changes from the warm, dense summer breeze to that crisp chill that comes with Fall, I’m reminded of time with family and friends, celebrating the holidays, and curling up with hot chocolate and a good book.

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year and I think it’s ideal for a gentle cleanse that will reset your body in a healthy, satisfying and fulfilling way.

And when I say “cleanse” – I don’t mean those crazy diets where you only drink like “cayenne lemon juice” for 7 days straight. That’s not a cleanse, it’s starvation!

The Picky Eater’s Fall Cleanse is full of whole foods that are easy on your body, detoxifying, and healthy. It’s gentle, lasts as long as you want it to (minimum 3 days), and will naturally reset your body without having to deprive yourself of anything.

Fall is also a great time for a cleanse because it’s flu season, because you have time to shed excess weight before the holidays, and because it will just give you that boost of energy that we sometimes need when the days start to get shorter and colder!

Plus, you get to eat all these yummy fall treats like squashes…

And pomegranates…

And root vegetables (yum!)

Here are my general fall cleanse guidelines, and below are a few recipes and my 7 day meal plan for you to enjoy!

Foods to Eat: 

  • Whole, unprocessed foods
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Healthy fats (avocado, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, almond butter, etc.)
  • Whole fruit / vegetable juices and smoothies
  • Sprouted whole grains (sprouted wheat, quinoa, etc.)
Foods to Limit:
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  • Processed foods and fast foods (anything that comes in a package with ingredients you can’t pronounce)
  • Meat
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Refined Sugar
  • Processed Wheat and all white grains
A few recipes to get you started:
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And, The Picky Eater’s 7 Day Plan for Clean Eating – for 7 days of healthy breakfast, lunches, snacks and dinners!
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Happy Fall Everyone!
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Faculty Of Medicine October 25, 2012 at 12:28 am

Your blog very well designed and the information you are providing is really helpful to me. Thanks for a great blog!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 25, 2012 at 8:57 am

Thank you so much! I’m so glad my blog is helpful to you!

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jenn aka the picky girl October 25, 2012 at 7:03 am

Thanks for posting this! I actually started eating primal (or close to it) this Sunday. I convinced my parents and took them grocery shopping. I don’t really eat meat, so it’s been tricky, but no grains/processed foods since Sunday. I know that’s only five days, but still. I’m not sure I notice a big difference yet other than psychological. I really like knowing I can control my food cravings, eat well, and still be full.

But I have certainly noticed how much grains filled me up because the other day I hadn’t prepped enough food, and I was super hungry most of the day. I definitely had to rethink getting in my good fats/protein.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 31, 2012 at 12:05 am

Oh wow! By primal, do you mean Paleo? If so, that is really impressive – especially because it’s so restrictive for vegetarians! And yes, definitely make sure you’re getting enough healthy protein and fats – they will fill you up much more. Grains, even complex grains, are still carbs, so you burn through them much faster than you would with protein. Keep me posted on how things go!

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jenn aka the picky girl October 31, 2012 at 10:11 pm

It’s similar, but paleo is no dairy either. No way could I do that.

I won’t lie. It’s been challenging. My mom and dad are doing it, too, and they’ve really enjoyed it. Neither feels hungry, but they also both eat meat.

Today is Day 11, and I survived making 4 dozen cookies for a student party, plus all the pizza, candy, cookies, chips and dip AT the party. That was a real milestone for me. I did make sugar-free, wheat-free cookies that were pretty darn tasty.

I also found that adding eggs into my diet has made all the difference. I’m hoping to stick to it for at least a month to see if there are any noticeable changes (other than my waistline), and then I’ll evaluate. 🙂

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 31, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Ahhh ok – yeah I definitely couldn’t do Paleo either then!! And btw – congrats on making it to Day 11 and surviving all the Halloween festivities!! I’m sure that must have been incredibly challenging – you should feel proud of yourself for getting through it. And btw – you have to share the recipe for those cookies – I can’t wait to try them! Stay well!

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Linda | The Urban Mrs October 25, 2012 at 9:22 am

Phew – that’s a relief. I thought you’re about to do 7 days detox. That’s true, it’s time to start cleansing, especially when Holidays are approaching.This is such a great reminder!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 31, 2012 at 12:02 am

Ha! Oh my gosh, I could never do one of those drastic detoxes/cleanses for even one day! My version of a detox is very different – it’s just about clean eating and getting ready for the holidays 🙂 Hope my 7 day plan works for you! Let me know how it goes!

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Ruth October 25, 2012 at 4:44 pm

A truly healthy way of living, I wish I could eat like that always, without cravings for sweets and junk. Really a great diet, will keep in mind for my next detox!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 30, 2012 at 11:56 pm

Thanks Ruth! I hope this works well for your next detox – and those cravings for sweets/junk food will go away after a few days on my 7 day meal plan! You’ll feel so satisfied you won’t need the extra sugar, and even if you do want a sweet treat, you’ll be able to enjoy it in moderation. Good luck and let me know how your next cleanse goes!

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Tim Feyes October 25, 2012 at 5:13 pm

I am an extremely picky eater and I love your blog for new ideas and challenges! I recently ate acorn squash and loved it!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 30, 2012 at 11:57 pm

It’s always great to meet fellow picky eaters 🙂 Thanks so much Tim – I’m so glad you like my blog and my recipes!!

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Andrew October 27, 2012 at 4:21 am

This is such great information! Thanks for sharing – keep it up!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 30, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Thanks Andrew!

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Heather Williams October 30, 2012 at 11:11 am

I just found your blog! Great recipes, I will definitely be back!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 30, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Aw thank you so much Heather!! It’s so nice to meet you 🙂 Let me know if you end up trying my recipes and how they turn out for you!

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Jon O'Shea November 14, 2013 at 11:53 pm

I have to agree with the others above me – this is an awesome site you have put together here. Really informative and great design. Thank you for the detox guide! Regards, Jon.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater November 17, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Thanks Jon!! So glad you are enjoying my blog and found this post helpful!

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Paul January 5, 2014 at 7:58 am

Perhaps if more people followed a healthier diet and look after their bodies properly we wouldn’t have the health problems that are found in modern day society. Knowing which foods to eat and those to avoid is essential to our well-being.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 5, 2014 at 9:42 am

Thanks Paul!

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