So it’s time to get back on track with your diet and your fitness. First order of the day is to get all that junk out of your system.
For those of you who haven’t yet started a detox diet (now is the time to do it, as you will have lots of others to commiserate with), this will really help you get all that sugar, toxins from excessive alcohol, and processed junk out of your system.
I developed my own Detox Diet, and I wanted to share that with you. I have it divided into three phases of three or so days. The first three days are probably the most difficult as you may actually have some withdrawal and detox reactions, but stay with it–it’s well worth it once you get through this part!
I noticed that I lost weight, (ok so I don’t weigh myself) but my pants were all fitting looser after the FIRST THREE DAYS!
I didn’t move on to the next part until my headache had gone away–that’s a detox sign and if you have a headache or other physical complaints, you need to get all of this out of your system first before you move on.
Although I eat a primarily Paleo diet, I removed the meat for the first three days to speed up the detox/elimination part of it. This makes foods move through your system quicker, and the raw vegetables add tons of enzymes and nutrition, while the fiber helps to ‘sweep’ out your digestive system, pulling out toxins, and crud that may be lining your intestines. Yes, over time, crud can actually become plastered to your small and large intestines, blocking nutrient absorption and adding to your toxic load.
The Simple Smart Detox Diet
Phase One (First 3 Days)–
You are eating primarily raw fruits and vegetables. On Day One, stick to only raw fruits and veggies. You can have these in a salad, smoothie, or just eat plain as something to munch on.
On Days Two and Three, you may add in some legumes such as organic lentils or other beans (except soybeans) for added protein. Quinoa is also allowable. Continue on raw foods for breakfast and lunch, but you may have lightly cooked or steamed veggies or soup for dinner. See my recommendations in the meal plan below.
Drink water with lemon, as much as you want throughout the day. You may also drink green tea and if desired, you may sweeten with a small amount of RAW honey.
It’s also ok to add a little extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar or lemon juice to your salads.
- All sugar (except small amounts of honey)
- All meat, poultry and fish
- All dairy
- All grains, including gluten free options, and all processed flours
- All soy based foods
- All processed foods–this means ANYTHING that comes in a box, bag or can with more than one ingredient.
- All preservatives, chemicals, pesticides, hormones, etc.
- Coffee–except 1 cup organic coffee if desired
Phase Two (Second 3 Days–or when your headache and other symptoms go away)
Diet is the same as above, but you can now add in nuts, legumes and some fish or chicken if desired, but only organic/wild caught etc. Eggs are ok if they are organic or free range.
You may add back in healthy fats such as butter, coconut oil, and virgin olive oil. Avoid any processed oils such as cottonseed oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil or corn oil.
Organic potatoes are allowable, but only in the evening and only in small amounts. The bulk of your diet should be raw veggies, a serving of fruit (as in one apple or one banana, a half cup of berries, etc.) Make sure the fruit you eat is in whole form, with no sugar or anything else added.
It’s also allowable to have ONE glass of white wine per day if you’d like. No other alcohol–no beer, red wine or hard liquor.
Phase Three (The last three to four days)
Begin allowing in some red meat, but only if it is organic and/or grass fed meat. Avoid any commercially raised grain fed meats with hormones, antibiotics, etc.
Grains such as quinoa or white or brown rice are allowable for one meal a day.
There you have it!
You should be feeling energetic, clean, and much lighter!
A detox diet is essential to get you on the path to weight loss, back to good health or to address food allergies or sensitivities. Detoxing rids your body of toxic chemicals, digestive ‘sludge’, and inflammation that may build up from eating a conventional diet or a diet that is too heavy in sugars, starches, refined grains or anything else that we know is not good for us.
Some things to keep in mind during your detox:
You will most likely have a dull headache the first few days. If it persists more than the first two or three days, up your water intake, eat a small amount of ‘clean’ protein, and get plenty of rest. And stay on Phase One for another day until your headache goes away. It will–it’s just your body getting rid of built-up ‘CRUD’ and it doesn’t feel good when it starts getting into your system as your body starts to clean house.
Eat raw two meals a day, then you may have lightly cooked veggies and some clean protein for dinner.
Eating a raw, almost vegan style, clean diet during the detox may produce some digestive discomfort. This is your body adjusting to these foods and taking a digestive enzyme will go a long way towards helping this. However, you may have a little gas or feel bloated as your body tries to get rid of waste material. This is normal.
Because you are eating a very high fiber diet full of enzyme rich veggies, AND because your body is ridding itself of waste materials and detoxing and cleaning house, so to speak, you may be visiting your bathroom more frequently than usual. Just keep this in mind, as you may not want to do this detox diet when you are required to sit through long meetings, or taking a transcontinental flight.
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