3 Day Detox and Restore Plan

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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:

 

Body 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.

ALSO YUMMY:  Layered Farro Salad with Grilled Summer Veggies

 

Mind Detox
– 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
Cleansing Juice
Serves 1
4 carrots
1 small beet root
1 lemon/1 apple
*Double the portions and pack into a glass bottle for drinking over lunch

 

Breakfast
Power Detox Green Smoothie
Serves 1
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.

Green-Detox-Smoothie

 

Lunch
Mega Detox Salad
Serves 2
1 avocado
1 cucumber
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

Cleansing Juice
Serves 1
4 carrots
1 small beet root
1 lemon

 

Snack

1 handful mixed nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts), soaked overnight and well drained

 

Dinner
Serve one of the soups from my Liver cleanse detox soups post.

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22 Comments
  • Ema
    January 8, 2015

    This is great! What a delicious, manageable detox plan. Also I love that you put the recipes all on the same page! All the detoxes I’ve seen, you have to follow lots of links. This is much more convenient! Thanks :))

    • Ana
      January 9, 2015

      Hi Ema, I tried to make it as easier as possible, so that anyone could benefit from the restoring powers of a detox. Happy you found it useful! 🙂

  • Aysegul - Ice
    January 8, 2015

    It is funny, because my husband and I just talked about doing a detox. After eating so much and super unhealthy during the holidays, this comes so handy. We have done detoxes in the past and felt very good afterwards.
    This one looks similar do the ones we did before, but I love the fact that it allows you to have a bowl of soup for dinner.
    Thank you so much for sharing! Cheers!

    • Ana
      January 9, 2015

      During summertime is easier to do a detox with raw ingredients only, but in winter our bodies crave for comfort food – so a bowl of warm, healing soup wouldn’t do any harm as long as the body receives loads of nutrients and potassium throughout the day. Let me know how it works for you! Cheers!

  • Molly
    January 13, 2015

    Your detox looks amazing. I have a question though, I don’t have a juicer, would you recommend an alternative to the morning juice?

    • Ana
      January 14, 2015

      Hi Molly, try to have at least two servings of fresh organic carrots per day – the idea is to supply the cells with high amounts of potassium and eating fresh vegetables or their juice (because it’s more concentrated) is the only thing that will do the trick.

  • lisa
    January 23, 2015

    Hi Ana!
    Looks amazing!!
    Any idea the cal count for the day on the detox plan?
    Will this help with post holiday weight loss or is it just for detoxing?
    Thank you!!

    • Ana
      January 23, 2015

      Hi Lisa, thank you very much! The detox is not exactly a weight-loss plan, as it counts more than 1500 calories/day. I believe that skipping the fresh juice, using water instead of almond milk in smoothie, skipping the avocado in salad and choosing the broccoli soup are some steps for reducing the calories. Hope it works 🙂

      • lisa
        January 29, 2015

        Yes Ana that sounds like a good plan! That may bring it down to say 1200-1300 Kcal per day I would think?

        • Ana
          January 29, 2015

          Yes, I think so. I really hope this works for you!

  • Lee
    March 19, 2015

    Do you use fresh beets in the juice or do you cook them first?

    • Ana
      March 19, 2015

      Lee, I use fresh beets to take the maximum benefit from its nutrients.

  • Cynthia
    April 15, 2015

    Anna
    Thanks for this great plan & recipes. We will be hosting a spring detox at Pacific Peace Retreat and I’ll be using some of these ideas with our group. Appreciate finding this.

    • Ana
      April 16, 2015

      Thank you Cynthia, I hope your group will like my recipe and feel inspired!

  • vera
    May 7, 2015

    hi! i can’t wait to try this detox plan but i don’t have a juicer, which one would u suggest? thanks

    • Ana
      May 7, 2015

      Vera, cold press juicers are the best choice for getting the best from the nutrients in fresh veggies and fruits.

  • louise
    May 26, 2015

    Hi Ana I don’t have a juicer but do have a nutribullet – could I blend the ingredients for the juices instead? thanks Louise

    • Ana
      May 26, 2015

      Louise, having smoothie instead of juice is perfectly fine, but you need to reduce the ingredient quantities. For instance, for the Cleaning Juice, instead of 4 carrots
      1 small beet root, 1 lemon/1 apple I would use only 1 carrot, 1/2 beet root and 1/2 lemon, and add purified water to make it easier to drink. I hope it works!

  • Kelsey
    December 13, 2015

    How often do you suggest a cleanse like this?

    • Ana
      December 17, 2015

      Hey Kelsey, you can have a cleanse any time you feel your liver is tired. I have it twice a month and it’s perfect!

  • Joanne
    January 20, 2016

    Hi Ana,

    Thanks for posting this simple detox! I’m excited to start tomorrow. Two quick questions tho: should I use an apple & a lemon in the morning cleansing drink, or just one? I’m
    guessing it’s just one, but I want to be sure. Also, I’ve never bought spirulina. Does it add flavor or is it just there for the nutritional benefits? It’s the only ingredient I don’t already have on hand, so I was wondering if I can skip it 🙂 Thanks again! I’m so happy I found your blog. It’s a wonderful nutritional resource and the photography is gorgeous.

    • Ana
      January 21, 2016

      For the morning juice it’s either the apple or the lemon, not both. About spirulina, I wouldn’t exclude it from the detox because it has magical cleansing powers, and it’s also a highly nutritious food, containing minerals, vitamins, protein, fiber and chlorophyll for an intense nourishment of the body cells. Yes, it has a strange smell and taste, but this is why the lemon/apple are intended – to hide it 🙂 I hope this detox will work for you!

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