Saturday, January 7, 2012

Savory Saturday: My Detox Diet


If you follow me on Twitter (which you totally should because I am way funnier over there) you have heard me talk about my detox. I did it a few weeks ago before Christmas.

With the new year starting my husband and I are going to do it again to kick start some healthy eating changes and the usual New Year’s resolution for some weight loss.

I have had a lot of questions about the detox so I thought I would share about it here so I could reach everyone all at once. NOTE: I am not a nutritional professional or doctor so this is just my experience not medical advice. 

I like this plan because it’s nutritionally based and was written by a dietitian. It also is not hard to do, there aren’t any weird drinks to make or a lot of smoothies. Truth be told I don’t really like smoothies and taking the time to make them would never happen in my crazy morning routine. I also don’t like taking supplements or diet drinks/bars. I have a  baby that wants to eat everything I do as well as a daughter who is learning from me. I would rather they learned how to eat real food the right way.

So this plan was from Whole Living (at the time Body and Soul) January 2009. They do this program yearly it’s called the Whole Living Challenge and you can get menus and online support and challenges. I stick to this old routine because it works for me and I like it. I was able to do it while nursing with no effects to my supply.

One more note before I get to the details. The reason I like a detox, as opposed to a diet, is that it is quick (1 week) and it kind of shocks me and my system into giving up some bad habits. Namely overindulgence in caffeine, sugar, and alcohol. See I know what I am supposed to eat and how much I just don’t. My genetic makeup gravitates towards heavy foods and heart disease so I need to change habits before they become a bigger problem.

WHAT I EAT:

Wake-up: drink a cup of warm water with the juice of 1/4 lemon, which stimulates the liver and helps reduce digestive enzymes

Breakfast; Have a cup of hot oatmeal (I do cold cheerios) with a cup of fruit and 1/8tsp of cinnamon. Drink a cup of green or black tea if you wish. I have one small cup of coffee. I am just so far on the caffeine spectrum I cannot give it up totally.

Mid morning snack: If your hungry eat an organic apple or pear and 10 unsalted raw almonds

Lunch: Eat a cup of legumes (lentils, split peas, beans, chickpeas) a cup of cooked brown rice or quinoea and a cup of steamed vegetables (include members of the Brassica family such as broccoli). For flavor saute onion, garlic, ginger, and turmeric in a teaspoon of olive oil and add to food,. Avoid salt. drink a cup of digestion boosting ginger or spice tea.

Mid afternoon snack: if your hungry eat celery and carrot sticks with 2 tablespoons of humus

Dinner: steam 2 cups of mixed vegetables, eat with a cup of brown rice. Use the same flavorings as lunch. drink a cup of ginger tea.

Before bed: drink a cup of warm water with lemon. be in bed by 10pm.

So no refined sugar, dairy, alcohol or excessive caffeine. You do this for 3 days then you can add in lean protein on day 4 and 5  then start easing into normal eating (only healthier! more veggies!) after that. Resume Dairy on day 7.

It’s not a miracle diet. I’m sure I don’t loose more than a pound (I don’t weigh myself) but it always, always, makes me feel better. I always feel more alert and awake and have more energy and I can usually keep up the healthier eating for a few months afterwards.

So have you ever done a detox?

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