So you have decided to that it is a good idea to partake in a full body cleanse even after reading about the goop you have to drink? I commend you, fellow detoxer! Allow me to take you further into the nether void that is a detox diet.
Now that you have (supposedly) pre-pre-prepared and had “the talk” with your body, it is time to start the actual process. For the next 21 days, you will reduce the amount of inflammation your body is currently experiencing and you will start to get your body’s pH balance back on track. Cast aside the unhealthy American diet and begin anew!
In order to balance your sexy body, you will need to eat more alkaline foods and less acidic foods. I have decided not to give you the list of acidic foods because I want you to just see the good stuff!
The “Food Heroes“:
Purified water, nuts (flax seeds, Brazil nuts, almonds, sesame seeds), avocados, cold-pressed oils (borage seed, flax-seed, hemp seed), gluten-free grains (wild rice, buckwheat, amaranth, quinoa, millet)
wheatgrass, green veggies (endives, collards, turnip greens, cabbage, kale, lettuces, mustard greens, spinach), lemons, limes, grapefruits, lentils, beans, miso, oil-cured olives, raw tomatoes, stevia, sprouts, seaweed, root veggies (sweet potatoes, jicama, potatoes, daikon)
Alright, so a typical day in meals is as follows*:
- Large glass of purified (bold = important, so you better do it) water w/ lemon and a pinch of cayenne pepper to wake up your groggy circulatory system.
- Two (2) cups of herbal tea (white, green or yerba mate). I prefer to order my tea from Teavana. This is because I am a total tea snob and I hate you if you’re not. (I kid, I kid. I only hate you a little.)
- When you start to get hungry (and you will), make yourself some of that green goop from the previous post and sip on that.
Yes, that is all you have for breakfast. You will be so starved by lunch, you won’t care what you eat. This is a very good thing!
- Fill your plate 70/30: Seventy percent of your plate should be “rainbow-colored salad, good fats and other raw delights (‘peanut’ noodles, raw veggie pasta, nut pate, jicama nori rolls. Other recipes can be found at AliveFoods.com.
- The thirty percent of your plate that is left should be filled with whole cooked foods (by ‘whole cooked’ I mean slightly steamed or sautéed). Excellent choices for the remaining 30% include veggies, beans, tempeh, tofu, soup, baked sweet potato, or gluten-free pastas/grains
- When you start to get hungry around 3 p.m., grab another glass of green goop. If you feel like you are already sick of drinking the stuff (don’t fret, it happens to the most willful of us), grab a handful of raw almonds and supplement your juice binge with some hummus/guacamole/tahini and flax crackers. I found it was helpful to always have some snacks with me.
- Make sure you stick to the 70/30 plan. I would suggest loading up on salad and adding some oil-cured olives. Mix it up and don’t try to eat the same things in your salad that you had for lunch. Try GOOP’s ‘Carrot and Ginger Dressing.’
- To round out your plate, fix some gluten-free pasta w/ snap peas, chickpeas, broccoli, kale, cayenne, garlic and pepper. Add in essential oils like flax to give your body some positive fat.
- If you must have some dessert, have very little. The more sweets you eat, the longer the cleanse will actually take. Thus, you should try not to eat sweets everyday.
- Foods that are alright to have in small quantities: dark chocolate (if it’s at least 70%), square of carob or cacao pudding.
Even though the menu is an extremely important part of the cleanse, you have to make sure that you are sweating out those toxins! Whether you dance, sauna, walk, run, or chase after your children/cat/dog it is important that you are doing something for at least 35-40 minutes. You should also try to lift some light/moderate weights for 30 minutes, 2-3 times a week. A typical week for me (during the detox process) would be:
- Monday– Run 5-7 miles in the morning, 5-10 min break in the day to walk while I have my snack (just enough to get my blood pumping, nothing strenuous), light yoga before bed
- Tuesday– Light weights paired with 45 min on the elliptical, 5-10 min break to walk and eat my snack, take the dog for a quick jaunt around the block when I get home
- Wednesday– Run 2-3 miles in the morning, 5-10 min break to walk and eat my snack, dance (ballet) before I head home
- Thursday– Light weights paired with 35 min on the elliptical, 5-10 min break to walk and eat my snack, take the dog for a quick run around the block when I get home
- Friday– Run 5-7 miles in the morning, 5-10 min break to walk and eat my snack, light yoga before bed
- Saturday– If I don’t have work I do 1 hour of Pilates or Ashtanga yoga, if I do have work I run 5-7 miles, 5-10 min break to walk and eat my snack, dance (ballet) after work/later in the afternoon
- Sunday– 35 min swim in the morning, take the dog for a walk later in the afternoon, meditation before bed
Take this work-out routine with a grain of salt. I have been running since high school, participating in ballet since I was three (3) and I have been practicing yoga for ten (10) years now. A much simpler routine would be:
- Monday– 40 min walk in the morning
- Tuesday– 30 min weight lifting routine
- Wednesday– 40 exercise routine
- Thursday– 30 min weight lifting routine
- Friday– 40 min walk in the morning
- Saturday– 1 hour of park play with the kids/walk the dog around the block a few times/ride your bike to the local farmer’s market
- Sunday– 30 min walk in the morning, light yoga in the afternoon
This routine isn’t as time-consuming, nor as strenuous and works very well. You just have to make sure that you are actually sweating by the end of it! Sweat out those vile little toxins that have been hogging your body for too long.
Other Important Detox Tips:
–Sleep: Make sure that you are getting enough sleep. You need to aim for eight (8) hours of uninterrupted sleep, preferably between 10 p.m. – 6 a.m. Try to finish your last meal at least three (3) hours before you sleep and if you miss a few hours due to obligations/pet/children, find some time during the day to take a quick nap.
–Relax: Try meditating for five (5) minutes. Relax your body, relax your mind and free yourself from the stresses of living. Make sure you take at least five (5) minutes out of each day for yourself. This can include reading a few chapters in a book, listening to some relaxing music, flipping through a magazine or cuddling with a pet.
–Supplement: Probiotics, omega-3’s, vitamin D, multivitamins, digestive enzymes should all be considered. Talk to your physician/nutritionist before you start adding any sort of supplement to your diet, you don’t want to take anything that will interact with medication you make be taking.
–Journal: Give yourself a pat on the back. Write down a daily affirmation and really consider it. The detox can be difficult and you need to remain positive and focused throughout. If you start to feel a little listless, break out some music, dance around and scream the lyrics!
–Distraction: Throughout the detox process you will have cravings and you will begin to feel unfocused. How do you stop this? Shiny things. Not literally shiny things, but any sort of distraction will do. Remove yourself from the temptations by taking a walk outside, playing with your pet, reading on a park bench, calling a talkative friend or having sex!
Detoxing is tough, but I know you can do it! Just stick to your diet and tell yourself that every day is one day closer to you feeling so much healthier!
*This can be found in the March 2011 issue of Natural Health (naturalhealthmag.com)