Can Food Lovers Really Survive a Cleanse?

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I’ve always wanted to try a Spring cleanse. It just seems to make sense &mdash clear out the old to make way for the new. But there’s one problem. One seemingly insurmountable problem.

I like food. A lot. So much so that going on any restrictive diet that doesn’t include a whole lot of it makes me start pacing and biting my nails. And that’s why I found Sara Dickerman’s post for Bon Appetit particularly interesting. In it, she discusses a cleanse she created at the beginning of the year for people who actually like to eat.

If you follow Dickerman’s progress on the Bon Appetit blog, you’ll notice she eats pretty darn well over the two weeks she tackles. There a Sweet Potato Hash, an Indian-Spiced Tofu Scramble, and even a Winter Couscous. After reading about Dickerman’s 14-day journey, you can print the meal plan or grocery lists, and click on each day of the 14 days to see what each entails. Regardless of whether you follow it exactly, I found it inspiring and enlightening to see how one fellow food-lover navigates the big, bad world of food cleanses.

Have you tried a cleanse? And more importantly, how did you best manage going without the things you love the most?

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