“I want us to spend the month in heaven, not hell.” — Kathleen Frati

As I prepare for my 30-day detox with my husband, I am committed to trying to make this a pleasant experience (if that is even possible). Life is too short for a month of self-induced pain, so I would like spend some time coming up with a plan that (1) is easy to follow, (2) is sustainable, and (3) makes us feel good.

Now, the first time I did a detox, I did not have guidance from a medical practitioner. After doing some fundamental research on food allergies, I created a plan that seemed reasonable to me. And it worked.

Since that year, I have discovered people who are promoting food elimination diets, including Dr. Oz. His plan is somewhat similar to mine, but includes a food to which I know I am currently allergic–almonds. So, I am going to retry my original plan, with a twist.

My plan will start by eliminating the following food types: dairy, eggs, peanuts, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, and soy. It will also exclude nightshade vegetables (potatoes, tomatoes, sweet peppers, eggplant) as I know these irritate my body.

Looking at that list seems a bit overwhelming as the grocery stores and restaurants are mainly populated with these foods, but having worked around them for over a decade, I am up for the challenge.

Our main plan is to spend the first week eating brown rice, green vegetables, and hormone-free chicken. I did this my first time around and it was quite boring, but this time I think I can spice it up a bit.

The following weeks, we will start adding in foods that are not on the banned list and take inventory of how we are feeling. My goal is to clearly identify foods that create some kind of disturbance in my body, so I know the true relationship I have with food. My husband also wants to lose 15 pounds.

But first, we need to set up our food stockpile and hide the foods that are banned. I want to stock our refrigerator with plenty of options when we feel weak or hungry.

I want us to spend the month in heaven, not hell.