Feeling Sluggish ? Turn On Detox, Drop Pounds and Rejuvenate

 

If you Loaded up on every type of  dessert and wine, Slacked on your workout, Skimped on sleep and Stuffed yourself just like the Turkey this Holiday season a Detox may be just what you need to get back on track for the new year.

Since I am horribly guilty of the above especially the dessert part, I put myself on a detox the last couple of days .. third day going and I Feel Great ! This is a Simple Easy to follow detox that can be tweaked to suit your needs. Do it for one day, 3 days,  or 5 days  and beyond. I Am doing the 3 days, and maybe 5 days if I feel like so I can get the total benefit. The first day was the probably the hardest,  because I was home  and Ummm .. kids were baking brownies  HELP !! It was horribly tempting cause I LOVE LOVE brownies and have a sweet tooth.   Second and third day at work. Much easier Thank You !  So try to do what works best for you :) And Yes ! Make sure you have access to a restroom nearby. You will want to Peeee and it’s  ALL good since you are ridding yourself of toxins. So trying to say : Do not Plan this when your’e on a long road trip ;)

Some Technical Jargon about what a Detox can do for you. 

Reduce the amount of toxins and pollution into our body by clearing our body effectively of toxins and purifying blood.

Improve our Immune Function by Scavenging  free radicals,  Cleanse mucous, congestion, fermentation, inflammation in our digestive tract

Helps to neutralize the effects of sugar, salt, high glycemic carbohydrates, alcohol, junk foods, nicotine, etc

Can give you a jump-start to weight loss. Diets and Weight Loss plans are generally more effective when followed by a detox. My favorite reason !

 

DETOX shopping list

Vegetables: Fresh , organic if possible or just use my homemade fruit & veggie spray    to get almost organic produce. Must have veggies are Celery, Cucumber, Carrots, Green or Red Peppers, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Cabbage.

Fruits : Must have fruits are Grapefruit, Apples, Oranges, Nectarines , Watermelon and other Melons ( in season) Lime, Lemon

Cran Water : A mix of pure Cranberry Juice + water in the ratio of 1:4. Buy Unsweetened pure Cranberry Juice at Health food stores.

Flax seed, Pyllium Husk  : ( optional) If you want to increase fiber esp for days 3 and beyond. Psyllium husk is available in health food stores and stores like Walmart, Target etc.

Nuts : unsalted For days 3 and beyond

Almond Milk/ Soy Milk : for days 3 and beyond to give you some clean protein and fat burning benefits.

Whey Protein : ( Low Carb kind ) For Days 3 &  beyond for clean protein and fat blasting benefits.

Teas : decaffeinated Green, Oolong, Dandelion, Mint , Detox teas, Herbal teas. Drink Plain without sugar. Add Stevia if needed to sweeten.

3 DAY DETOX :

This is basically a veggie/ fruit juice detox so you would need a juicer. If you want to purchase juice , buy organic Carrot juice ( Odwalla Brand ) or any other comparable kind. Not the ones you see on the supermarket shelves. If you do not have a juicer, I have  provided a recipe for a  detox soup that you can drink  through the day.

Day 1 : Drink 8 ounces of veggie/ fruit juice every 3 to 4 hrs and hydrate with herbal teas, Cran water and water in between.

 Sample Plan ( use any combo of juices that you like) I just put down what I had and my kids think I drink crazy concoctions :) so you could make better ones ! Use a lot of celery :It pulls water from your body.

On rising : Lemon with warm water

8.00am – 8 oz Grapefruit+ Tangerine + Celery juice

9.00 am – 8 oz Cran water or plain water ( spike water with lemon if you wish )

10.00am – 1 cup herbal tea

11.00am – 8 oz Carrot+ bell pepper + Apple + Celery juice

Repeat cycle with other juice combos till 9.00 am.

 

Day 2 :

Same as  Day 1. Add a filling veggie salad for lunch and dinner if needed. Sprinkle ground flax on the salads to increase fiber . Drink 1 tbs of Psyllium husk with cran water or plain water. This will promote some good and easy bowel movement and help you eliminate toxins.

Day3 : Same as  Day 2 . Add some unsalted nuts if needed.

5 Day Detox and BEYOND

Follow the 3 day detox and your body ( liver ) has been DETOXED  and in now ALL primed up to Blast Fat ! Not kidding .. what you eat after your detox is very important, so if blasting some fat off is what you want… Go ahead and do the five days … you might have to buy new clothes ;) A nice reward for all the pain endured !

Day 4 and Day 5

Follow all the principles of day 1 but add 3 high protein shakes at meal times.

Shake = 1 glass soy/ almond milk ( No diary) + 1/2 scoop protein powder + 1/4 cup frozen fruit ( optional) + 1 tsp Stevia ( optional).

If you’re not a Big fan of shakes (although in my opinion they will probably be the best fat blasting bet) you can eat clean proteins like chicken, fish with the salad.

After the five-day detox, if you completed the course, continue a generous helping of veggies and protein and you could follow My Modified Version of the Alkaline Diet  to keep the weight off or just eat HEALTHY !

Some DETOX tips

One day detox is good on a regular basis like 1/week or 2/ month. 3 day once a month and the 5 day maybe once or twice a year.

Go easy on yourself.  If you did  eat a little jelly bean or a brownie bite , well it’s not going to completely ruin the detox. Just continue.

Keep drinking : Dont wait to feel thirsty or hungry. Keep hydrating yourself with fluid and you’ll do fine. You can carry the juice to work in a thermos or Stainless Steel Bottle.

Snack on fruit in between if the carving  to eat something solid comes up. Salads and the detox soup are another option to get the ” eating something ” feel !

Go as far as your body can handle. No point doing the five-day detox and then gorging on brownies as soon as you finish because you felt so deprived. If 1 day or 3 days is all you can handle you should stop when your body signals you to. Although from experience will tell you, each day gets easier. ALL the best and I would be very interested to hear your thoughts and comments especially if you did complete the detox !

 

 

Detox Vegetable soup

Yield: 10 -12 servings

Serving Size: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 cabbage
  • 4 tomatoes
  • I green pepper
  • 2 onions
  • 4carrots
  • 1 whole stalk of celery
  • 2 cups Spinach
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Mrs Dash( optional)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper ( optional)

Instructions

  1. Cut up all ingredients coarsely and boil in water for 40 minutes. Season as required, but go easy on the salt. Using Mrs Dash will eliminate the need for salt.
  2. Drink with veggies all through the day.
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Comments

  1. Detox soup — what a great idea!

  2. That detox soup actually sounds good. i like the idea of cleansing the body. Good point about suffering and then gorging afterwards.

    • The soup is actually great for anytime really ! It fills you up and makes you eat less ! Your kind of soup I think ;) Thanks for visiting !

  3. Thanks for posting this and for the different options. If I don’t have a juicer, will a strong blender work? Also, should I do this before, after, or a few days after intense workout/soccer game? Thanks!

    • Richard, if your'e not using a juicer the detox soup may be a better option. You could do a couple of fruit veggie smoothies without adding sugar in the blender. Try a combo of both smoothies & soup. You could also buy an organic carrot juice that is sold at Costco. Do it before , thats fine. Just dont do it during intense activity. The first 2 days of detox are the most tiring. After that your'e fine. Any more questions , feel free to ask . Glad to help. BTW am on day 3 & lost 6 lbs :) pants feel looser !

  4. Great post ! Am going to give this a shot next week. Like the 5 day theory and want to see what kind of results I get after 5 days. Any kind of Whey protein you reccomend ? I use designer whey and I like using bananas and chocolate. Love the shopping list gallery Sue ! Very Neat !

    • Thanks ! Steve, Designer whey is actually great. I use that too. Just read labels and make sure it's not carb loaded. 3-4 gms/ serving should be alright. The carb loaded variety is good for athletes, runners etc. The banana chocolate combo sounds Yumm ! Have a recipe like that on my blog and use that combo myself too . I have great fum putting the galleries together. Takes time, but fun !

  5. That detox soup sounds like something I might try (would make me poop I bet! TMI?)

    • Oh Yes .. the combo of veggie mania and warm soupy taste will make you GO ! Add the psyllium husk in water for some extra insurance ! Thanks for visiting :)

  6. I’m going to try it, you are so thorough. I think an after the holidays detox is in order not only for weight loss, but to really kick healthier eating habits in gear. I usually have to detox my body from refined sugar after the holidays anyway. I usually have the majority of those things on hand, score. Now, I just have to toss out the leftover Christmas cookies…yes, I still have tons!

    • That's the reason, am on it Cari… coz I really pigged out during the holidays. NO regrets about that ! Have a horrible sweet tooth ;) All the best with cookie crash ! And tell me how it goes if you try it. Am on day four, lost lbs and feel super energetic …. Like I can do cartwheels with the kids now !

  7. kharmaisis says:

    This is the best detailed detox i have seen in a while, I love it. I am going to try the three day. I have never done one because they always seems so foreboding but looking at this, I know it will be hard but at least I don't have to think about what to do – it's all laid out for me. I'm lazy – that's how I got in this predicament of overweight that I am in now! Thanks so much!

    • Thanks for visiting. All the best ! Once you get past the first day, you're good .. so go ahead. Am running on day five and feel great. You can also just buy the juice at Robeks if you want . Let me know how it goes and feel free to shoot out any questions you have.

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