Hello Everyone and welcome to Volume 11 of Nutritiongal’s Newsletter!
Ok I know what you were thinking when you read this title. I said I wouldn’t but I couldn’t NOT say something when the word DETOX is everywhere. There’s the lemon detox, the horrible cayenne pepper starvation one that Angelina Jolie passed out trying to do, some kind of juice fast and then there’s colon cleansing (you could just eat Taco Bell). I’m kidding!
All kidding aside I haven’t even scratched the surface of all the detox “diets” out there. What does one do for some good old fashioned cleansing without the starvation and discomfort? After careful consideration I decided that I would present a detox for the everyday, busy person who doesn’t have time to sit at home for 2 weeks while their body detoxes. Let’s get real here, we need to be able to function in every day life, unless we have taken a sabbatical at an ashram in India. I would like to do that some day by the way. Anyone care to join? I have a dear friend coming with me in two years 🙂
Anyway the last time I skipped a meal was in 1999 when I needed surgery so instead of starving how about some nutritionally sound whole food packed with vitamins and minerals and a plan to stay hydrated. Thus I present “THE CHEATER’S DETOX DIET”.
Duration : 3 days
Foods to Eliminate : Meat, Milk, Cheese, Wheat, Coffee, Alcohol, Sugar, Soda (Pop for you Midwesterners)
Foods to Incorporate : Fish, Eggs, Legumes (beans), Nuts, Nut Butters, Brown Rice, Quinoa, Spelt, Millet, Almond Milk, Rice Milk, All Veggies and Fruits, Honey (all sweeteners that aren’t sugar, high fructose corn syrup or sugar substitutes) and Yogurt
This is pretty much a 3 day elimination diet to tune your digestive system. You’re adding whole foods and tons of fiber in order to reset everything – like the internet modem when it gets all jammed. Sometimes you need to unplug for 5 minutes and hit the reset button and everything runs great. Shazam!
I did this for three days and I can say I feel pretty refreshed. I have included some sample menus for you to try. Feel free to e-mail if you have questions. It’s just for three days. I did this Sun-Tue because I had drinks on Wednesday night with my friends. I found the no sugar to be a challenge but when I was eating a lot of fruit and adding honey to my tea I found I wasn’t craving sweets. On a side note please eat until you are satisfied. If you still feel hungry then feel free to add more food. When you are hungry eat and when you are not then don’t etc… I just thought I would mention it. Portion sizes are for your individual needs, metabolism, lifestyles and activity levels.
Oats with Rice Milk, Almonds and Banana
Spelt bread with Organic Peanut Butter (cashew, almond or macadamia butter for those of you who are allergic to peanuts) If you can’t have any nuts then try this with hummus instead.
Salad with Vinaigrette
Baked Salmon in olive oil and balsamic
Baked Sweet Potato
Steamed Vegetables sprinkled with sea salt
Mixed Greens with Vinaigrette
Day # 2
Greek Yogurt with Fresh Fruit and Granola
Quinoa with cannelloni beans and taziki (Greek yogurt mixed with Cucumber and lemon juice)
Mixed greens with vinaigrette
Vegetarian Fried Rice – Brown rice cooked with eggs, veggies, onions, garlic and soy sauce
Leftover brown rice mixed with raisins, honey and oats (add 1 tablespoon of oats to 1/4 cup of water and bring to a boil. Add one cup of leftover brown rice, a dash of raisins and 1 tbsp of honey for a surprisingly delicious brown rice makeover)
Rice, spelt or gluten free pasta with marinara sauce, steamed veggies and salad with vinaigrette
Lentil Veggie Burger with French Mustard
Steamed Veggies with Sea Salt
Mixed greens with Vinaigrette
Snacks and misc drinks
Water with lemon, all teas, dark chocolate, rice crackers, yogurt, trail mix, almonds, dried apples (these are really great when you want to eat candy), all fruit and veggies
Try it for yourself instead of doing something more drastic. You will get the wonderful cleansing effects of this semi-elimination diet without the starvation and a vitamin-packed punch.
For those of you who know me one strange effect of this “detox” is that I can no longer tolerate coffee. Perhaps that will change in the long term but I been drinking coffee excessively for 14 years and haven’t had a cup in days. Strange, isn’t it?
If you’re looking for more ideas as to what to cook on this detox feel free to contact me.
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