I tried so many versions of “magical” detox diets and struggled a lot until I understood exactly how it works. The concept is really basic – unless you suffer from chronic illness, a detox should be easy to do, adapted to the season and to your own lifestyle. For me, it would be impossible to keep a juice-only detox during winter when my body craves warm food. Putting lots of pressure on your body and feeling guilty about all the little things that you just can’t handle will not lead you to a balanced state of body and mind. Moreover, you will feel stressed, your body will react, and your detox will have no results.
When I plan short periods of detox, I always have in mind two main objectives – nourishing my body with high quality nutrients and keeping my mind calm and focused. It may sound overwhelming, but it’s actually easy if you don’t view the detox as a burden or a must-do, but as a treat, a pleasure for your mind and body, and an opportunity to reconnect with your inner self. This treat will need your full attention, but it’s just another way to take control over your life and your state of wellness, and to feel and look your best.
I think the best period for a short detox is during the weekend, because you have more time to pay attention to your needs, to prepare the food, and to focus on your thoughts and emotions. However, if you decide to handle your detox during the weekdays, starting on Monday is a great idea, as you can plan everything, shop, and cook during the weekend.
Here are the basics of my detox:
– Eat clean – eliminate meat, fish, seafood, dairy, eggs, processed food, fast food, fried food, alcohol, caffeine, sugar and gluten.
– Drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice twice a day for high intake of nutrients (about 2 cups).
– Snack carefully – eat nuts and seeds soaked overnight for magnesium intake.
– Add nourishing and colorful ingredients to your diet, freshly prepared vegetables with greens and legumes.
– Supplement with superfoods for detoxing the liver – turmeric, ginger, spirulina, lemon.
– Increase fiber intake for flushing out toxins – chia, flaxseeds, greens, broccoli, oranges.
– Drink two liters of filtered water (with lemon, chia seeds, turmeric, ginger, or grapefruit) or herbal tea every day.
– Consume healthy fats only – cold pressed virgin olive oil, flaxseed oil, coconut oil, or avocado.
– Choose organic fruits and vegetables.
– Don’t skip meals.
– Make enema to flush the accumulated toxins in the colon.
– Start your day with 15 minutes of yoga practice to relieve stress and focus your mind.
– Take long walks every day (if your schedule is very busy, maybe walking to work would be an option).
– Be present and focus on your body changes and emotions during detox.
– Eliminate negative thoughts and feelings.
DETOX PLAN FOR THREE DAYS (the same routine every day)
Start your day with 1 cup of cleansing juice
1 small beet root
1 lemon/1 apple
*Double the portions and pack into a glass bottle for drinking over lunch
Power Detox Green Smoothie
1 celery stalk
1/2 cup mixed greens (any of the following: spinach, dandelion leaves, kale, chard, watercress, beet greens)
1/2 green apple/ or 1/2 ripe banana
½ cup fresh pineapple
1 tsp spirulina
1 small cucumber
1 lemon, juice only
2 brazil nuts
1/2 cup almond milk
Blend all ingredients until smooth, garnish with chia seeds and drink right away.
Mega Detox Salad
½ cup broccoli florets
1 cup kale
1 cup parsley
½ cup red cabbage, thinly sliced
½ cup cooked brown rice
¼ cup toasted walnuts
dressing: 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil, ½ lemon – juice only, ½ inch ginger, peeled and grated – all blended until creamy
1 small beet root
1 handful mixed nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts), soaked overnight and well drained
Serve one of the soups from my Liver cleanse detox soups post.