Happy Saturday Lovies!!!
I typically HATE doing long posts, but you asked for it so I’m giving it to you. I’m traveling to Thailand soon and I have to get my mind, body and fashion ready for this trip! HA! On my Periscope channel I discussed the detox I will be doing in preparation for my trip and everyone asked me to post it here on the blog.
This detox is not only perfect for individuals trying to get their body right for vacation. It’s also great for people who need a good cleanse to jumpstart a healthy eating lifestyle. I plan to do this 7 day detox prior to going completely plant based vegan before my trip. I’ve done this detox before and lost about 4 lbs. However, people typically lose between 5 and 7 lbs in week depending on how much weight they have left to lose.
For the sake of keeping this post as short as possible I will share more recipes and shopping lists later. So will you be trying it?! Check it out and let me know what you think!
- Day one: Today, you should have nothing but fluids. Don’t worry – you will not feel faint or fade away from fasting. You should, in fact, feel more energetic, not less. Drink plenty of room temperature water, perhaps with a squeeze of fresh lemon to cleanse and stimulate the bowels. In addition, you may like to add one or two of the following liquids for their supplementary detox benefits and to help keep hunger pangs at bay
- If you have a juicer, freshly made fruit and vegetable juices can help cleanse and regenerate the entire system. Choose combinations with special detox powers such as apple and carrot (use four carrots and two green apples), which works as a tonic, or raspberry and peach (4oz/125g raspberries and two peaches), which is great if you are overtired. Have no more than three glasses of juice today.
- Unsweetened herbal or spice teas (no more than three cups in a day) such as ginger, dandelion, fennel or yarrow act as useful detoxifiers.
- Broth is another option. Made from clean, fresh organic vegetables simmered for 10-15 minutes in water (no salt). Discard the vegetables and drink the liquid throughout the day
- Day two: Today, repeat yesterday’s regime – drink plenty of fluids – but eat a portion of one of the fruits mentioned below when you feel hungry.
- Fruits are generally very alkaline – so they help neutralize the acidic waste produced by the body when you begin to detox.
- With a high-fibre content, fruit is also a good laxative and will help shift some of the 3-4kg of decayed material in the average intestine
- Apples contain a lot of pectin – a substance that can help to remove toxins from the body – and tartaric acid, which can aid digestion.
- Pineapples and mangoes contain the enzyme bromelain, which helps to produce the acids that destroy ‘bad’ bacteria in the gut, encouraging the growth of ‘good’ bacteria – vital for healthy digestion and tissue repair. Mango also contains the enzyme papain, which helps to break down protein waste.
- Substances in grapes help to counter the production of mucus, which can clog up tissues, and help to cleanse the liver and kidneys. Their high fructose (fruit sugar) content also provides instant energy.
- Watermelon has diuretic properties, speeding the passage of fluids carrying toxins through the body.
- Day three: Follow yesterday’s regime, but have a raw vegetable salad for lunch and dinner. Choose combinations of your favorites – but consider the following for their detox benefits.
- Fennel helps improve digestion and prevents flatulence.
- Watercress contains high levels of beta-carotene and sulphur, both of which are liver tonics.
- Dandelion leaves are a liver and kidney tonic, and also act as a diuretic – fantastic for reducing fluid retention.
- Parsley is a mild diuretic and contains zinc and trace minerals, vital for efficient liver function.
- Day four: Continue to drink plenty of water, and snack on fruit, but make one meal today a combination of cooked vegetables and boiled brown, short grain rice.The other meal should be a raw vegetable salad.
- Short grain brown rice is the most absorbent and easily digested type of rice. Rich in fibre, it soaks up toxins from the gut. Steam or stir fry your vegetables using spices and herbs for taste. (Cayenne pepper and ginger are good on a detox diet as they stimulate digestion and encourage elimination of toxins through the skin.)
The following are known for their detox properties:
- Leeks, onions and garlic are great for adding flavour to your vegetable dish and contain sulphur compounds that adhere to, and speed up, the elimination of toxic metals.
- Globe artichokes stimulate the liver’s production of bile, which speeds up digestion.
- Jerusalem artichokes contain inulin, which aids the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut. But beware – they can provoke severe wind.
- Beetroot is an acidic (as opposed to acid-forming) food, which stimulates the production of enzymes that aid digestion in the stomach.
- Day five: Beans and lentils (Rinse can versions very well, or make sure you soak and cook them thoroughly, according to pack instructions) are a good source of protein but should not be eaten with rice at this stage, since mixing protein with starchy carbohydrates can slow digestion.
- Try to leave four hours between the consumption of the two food types. Have beans and lentils with stir fried or steamed vegetables, or a crisp salad.Nuts and seeds can be eaten with all food types, and should be eaten raw and unsalted. They provide useful calories in the form of essential fatty acids (EFAs), which can help to speed up digestion.
- Nuts and seeds can be eaten with all food types, and should be eaten raw and unsalted. They provide useful calories in the form of essential fatty acids (EFAs), which can help to speed up digestion.
- Day six: Live yogurt made from goats’ or sheep’s milk is more readily digested by the gut – try it for breakfast with sliced fresh fruit and a home-made muesli made with oats and nuts.
- Vegans: Replace yogurt with Chia Seed Pudding or make overnight oats with almond milk.
- If you’re bored with brown rice by now, try wholegrains as an alternative. Buckwheat, kasha and a wide selection of other whole grains are available in the rice or exotic food section of larger supermarkets and health food stores. Avoid wheat – which can trigger poor digestion in some people.
- Day seven: Add fish to one of your meals today. Any fresh fish will do, but your skin will benefit from the essential fatty acids found in oily fish such as sardines, tuna and salmon.
- Vegans: Add more beans and foods heavy in protein like beans, nuts, chia seeds, and kale. (DO NOT OVERDO THE NUTS! They can be extremely fatty)