A simple, plant-based, 7 day Detox Guide with Recipes … to help cleanse the body, rev up the metabolism and shed unwanted weight.
For the next 1-2 weeks, starting as soon as you are “mentally” ready…begin a with a few or all of following. You can jumpstart your lifestyle by doing all, or add one or two each week for a gradual, yet more sustainable shift in health. Keep me posted!
- Drink 12 oz warm lemon water first thing in the morning (you can also use fresh limes, grapefruit or oranges). Alternately, drink luke warm water with a couple teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar “with the mother in it”– I like Braggs Brand. ( I drink this every other day) .
- After a light nutritious breakfast (see breakfast menu ideas in the detox menu) make the Ayurvedic Tea and drink it hot, throughout the whole day, refilling as necessary. Drink lots of this hot tea or hot clear fluids all day ( like yerba, green tea, or hot natural herbal teas) It flushes everything out. Green Tea also lowers cholesterol.
- Try to make all your food from scratch and take a break from processed foods eating whole fresh ingredients as much as possible. If you only do only one thing this week, do this! Try the 5 Make- Ahead Energy Bowls, a good place to start. For breakfast, make a batch of this cholesterol lowering Moring Glory Muesli.
- Try to eat a wide array of fresh seasonal veggies and fruits, making them the focus of every meal and the majority of what is on your plate. Branch out. Diversify.
- Take a break from white flour and white sugar ( Honey, agave or maple is OK)
- Go a little lighter on all fats, even “good fats” like coconut oil and nuts. A little oil is totally fine, as it really does make food taste delicious and palatable, but just be mindful of how much you are consuming and try not to have more than 2 teaspoons oil in any one meal. Just try it, taking note of what you usually eat, and pay attention to how you feel.
- Take a break from cheese, butter, dairy and overly rich meats most days of the week. This will also help lower cholesterol.
- Limit alcohol to two drinks per week ( if any).
- Start Taking 1000 mg of vitamin C and a multi B complex vitamin every night.
- Eat slowly and really allow yourself to taste your delicious healthy food. It helps to turn the phone off and be present while you are eating. Tune into your own internal hunger gage. Are you eating because you are actually hungry? Do you continue eating even though you are full ( my personal challenge! )? TRY this…. after eating 1-2 cups of food (slowly) check in with your body. Are you still hungry? Take note of how you feel. There are all sorts of external reasons why we overeat- not wanting to waste, boredom, anxiety, trying to fill the void- but for the next week, pay attention to your internal gage and when you feel full and satisfied. Try stopping at that point, saving the rest for later. My personal challenge is mindlessly snacking while watching TV. It’s like my mouth feels bored and just wants to chew something! Sometimes I eat because I want to feel comforted. But I’m discovering that heathy fresh food is actually just as comforting as mac and cheese. Just start paying attention to your triggers and habits- are you are eating when you are not actually hungry? This can be extremely enlightening!
- Weigh yourself once before you start, and then not again for 2 weeks. Even the smallest shift in weight, say 1 pound ( in two weeks) over the long haul will add up significantly and be weight that will tend stay off. Remember the faster you loose it the faster you gain it back. Slow weight loss is much more maintainable.
- If for some reason you have a meal or a whole day where you totally splurge, no biggie, just start again the next meal or next day. Don’t let it stop you from continuing. Just let it go. No guilt. Start again fresh. For example, I go out to dinner at least once a week with my girlfriends, and honestly, I order whatever I want. The rest of the time I try to be fairly good though.
- Try to walk, bike ride, hike or do gentle yoga ( something gentle, yet moderately active) for 30 minutes, on most days. Breath deep, and give your body gratitude. Thank your heart, your lungs, your limbs, for making it possible to move and be alive.
- Detoxing is not only for the physical body- it’s for the whole body. Consider the idea of detoxing your heart and mind. Begin looking at stuck emotions, and ask yourself what would be healthy to let go of, release, or forgive. Often we eat to sooth, comfort and distract ourselves from painful uncomfortable emotions. Consider facing this, once and for all, perhaps with the help of a counselor or friend, knowing you are not alone in this.
- Consider your spiritual health. Are you making time to do the things that keep you connected, balanced and grounded? For example, for me this means being outside in the natural world and creating time for stillness first thing the morning . When I find this stillness, I find I am more mindful throughout the whole day, especially when it comes to eating! We are all different, and I think we intuitively know what we need. It’s easy to forget how important it is, but make it a priority.
- Detox the space around you. Look around where you live. Does it relax you and feel peaceful? If you are like me, you may have too many things which may feel burdensome. Start clearing out the clutter- room by room- removing the things that do not bring you peace and joy — giving them to others and donating them. This is an ongoing practice for me- but it feels incredible each time I release more and more stuff . Create a space that is peaceful, restorative and joyful.