How To Detox After The Holidays
It’s time to give your body the rest it deserves. That is rest from processed foods, sugars, salts, fats and alcohol. This end of year holiday period is full of parties, drinking, get-togethers, family dinners and a few too many late nights. All this can leave you feeling tired and a bit sick. That is why a detox every now and then is important for your body.
Everything around us contains toxins and we ingest them daily from our foods, water, air, pesticides, medicines, alcohol, food packaging, detergents, additives and cigarette smoke. These toxins are processed in the body like anything else and stored away. However this can lead to many illnesses like impaired immune system, poor metabolism, nutrient deficiency, hormone imbalances, tiredness, headaches, skin problems and weight gain.
A detox simply uses your body’s natural processes to excrete toxins from the body. This could be a build up of alcohol, lactic acid or food chemicals. So here is a simple 10 day detox that you should complete after the holidays, to give your body a much needed break.
Here are the rules for your 10 day post-holiday detox
- No soft drink, alcohol or cordials.
- No sugar, butter, cakes, chocolate, pastry.
- No junk, processed, deep-fried or fast food.
- No wheat products.
- No meat.
- No dairy products.
- Drink up to 3L of water per day – including at least 1L with half squeezed lemon.
- Increase your green vegetable intake to 3 serves per day.
- Eat 5 small meals throughout the day.
- Do not eat carbs with dinner.
- Green tea after lunch.
- Peppermint tea after dinner.
- 1 glass of natural grape fruit juice per day.
- Eat garlic with at least one meal a day.
- Eat at least 3 pieces of fruit per day.
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar per day.
- Exercise as much as possible.
These are the only foods you can eat over the next 10 days.
Protein: Tofu, tempeh, soy, mung beans, lentils, chickpeas, split peas, eggs, quinoa, all beans.
Carbs: Brown rice, white rice, sweet potato, potato, oats, plain rice cakes, pumpkin
Fats: Nuts, pumpkin seeds, avocado, olive oil
Vegetables (eat as raw as possible): Broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, baby spinach, spinach, zucchini, kale, asparagus, cucumber, cabbage, peas, brussel sprouts, string beans, capsicum, celery, onion, lemon.
Fruit: ALL fruit
Other: Apple cider vinegar, brown vinegar, all teas, black coffee.
Over the next 10 days get creative with the foods listed above. Here is an example meal plan:
EXAMPLE MEAL PLAN
Meal 1: Two boiled egg whites plus oats cooked in water topped with berries.
Meal 2: Green smoothie: Banana, apple, kale, celery and water.
Meal 3: Hummus with rice cakes topped with avocado and pumpkin seeds.
Meal 4: Sweet potato with tofu and green salad. Green tea
Meal 5: Mexican rice with steamed broccoli and cauliflower. Peppermint tea.