My 3 Day Detox

Like most health conscious consumers, I stand in the store and thoroughly read the ingredients on food and skincare products prior to consumption or usage. I'm intentional in my eating habits and self care regimen but from time to time I throw caution to the wind, forget about my health goals, and I cater strictly to my taste buds and impulsive behavior.

What does that look like you ask? Days, or even weeks of me eating and drinking whatever tastes good at the time (cue the fries and philly). But the pleasure is short lived. It is always accompanied by stomach aches and GI problems. I quickly reverse the effects of these "binges" with a brief 3 day detox to get me back on track.

It's far more than just a tea detox. This is a gentle full body detox that restores your body to a more natural and alkaline ph. It flushes toxins from your liver and kidneys while helping to repair your digestive system with the use of herbal teas and balanced foods.

  • For starters I don't calorie count on this detox. That's honestly just a bit too overwhelming.

  • Focus on eating primarily raw fruits, veggies and nuts. This may not be practical for everyone (some of us need hot food) so my detox plan encourages you to do what's best for you and your particular nutritional needs.

  • Eliminate dairy, meat, sugar, flour, greasy or fried foods, grains, processed foods. I know, I know it sounds like a lot. BUT, here's a sample meal plan to make it easy on you.

  • Increase water intake - try out alkaline water if your budget agrees

  • Drink 4 to 8 ounces of aloe vera juice per day (mix in pure juice with no added sugar if intolerable)

  • Add senna tea like Smooth Moves if you find that aloe vera does not help eliminate your bowels. Only drink laxative teas in the evening. Trust me on this one.

SAMPLE MEAL PLAN

Breakfast

Pineapples Mango Raw almonds Spicy hummus with celery (I often cheat here and do pita chips)

Lunch

1. Spinach salad Spinach Kale (optional) Pecans (or your favorite nut) Apples Dried cranberries (or any dried fruit) Honey vinaigrette dressing (apple cider vinegar, honey, olive oil) Hummus and olives Lima beans (boiled soft and prepared with sea salt and coconut oil) Or a side of black beans

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS

2. Vegetable curry made with coconut milk

3. Black bean soup topped with salsa, onion and cilantro

4. Lettuce or collard wrap (stuffed with sauteed veggies and beans)

Dinner

1.Lightly sautéed or baked vegetables (squash, onion, assorted bell peppers, eggplant, spinach, kale, cauliflower, asparagus, yams, potatoes, you name it) Sautee on low to medium heat in coconut oil Side of beans or a spinach salad

ADDITIONAL OPTION

2. Baked potato topped with salsa and black beans Spinach salad with balsamic vinaigrette or raspberry vinaigrette dressing

Simple protein smoothie 1/4 tsp Spirunila powder- add more if you aren't bothered by the taste 1 cup crushed pineapples or pineapple chunks Abt 1/2 cup Coconut milk -typically the canned ones are simply pure coconut milk and water (read the label) those found near the milk products contact additives and thickeners 1/2 tsp probiotic powder (optional) 1 cup chopped kale 1 cup ice

Snacks

Fruit leather with no added sugar Nuts and dried fruits with no added sugar Kale chips Seaweed chips

Feel free to add flaxseed and chia seed to any and everything

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