A Cheater’s Guide to Detox – Nutritiongal Newsletter Volume 11

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.

Day #1

Breakfast

Oats with Rice Milk, Almonds and Banana

Lunch

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
Yogurt

Dinner

Baked Salmon in olive oil and balsamic
Baked Sweet Potato
Steamed Vegetables sprinkled with sea salt
Mixed Greens with Vinaigrette

Day # 2

Breakfast

Greek Yogurt with Fresh Fruit and Granola

Lunch

Quinoa with cannelloni beans and taziki (Greek yogurt mixed with Cucumber and lemon juice)
Mixed greens with vinaigrette

Dinner

Vegetarian Fried Rice – Brown rice cooked with eggs, veggies, onions, garlic and soy sauce

Day #3

Breakfast

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)

Lunch

Rice, spelt or gluten free pasta with marinara sauce, steamed veggies and salad with vinaigrette

Dinner

Lentil Veggie Burger with French Mustard
Spelt Bun
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.

Sincerely,

The Nutritiongal
Find your bliss. Find your balance

“I am currently enrolled at the Integrative Institute of Nutrition and will graduate as a certified health counselor in 2010. Fire the diet police and take back your health!”

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Nutritiongal’s Guide to the Post Holiday Slump – Volume 10

Hello Everyone!

We have all been through it but don’t know where to go.  Those endless New Year’s resolutions never seem to come to fruition year after year no matter how great the resolve.  Everywhere we turn there are articles about how to detox, save money and become the next gladiator.  When does the insanity end?  Does life seem to be handing you lemons when you’ve just poured your heart, soul and wallet into this past holiday season?  When life gives you lemons just eat them!

Forget the Details, Details and the Details because time is of essence and check-out The Nutritiongals guide to fabulousness in just 8 little steps for love, health and prosperity.

1.) Gained five pounds this holiday season?  Jump start your metabolism by adding 20 minutes of physical activity per day OR 3-4 forty-five minute cardio sessions.

2.) The weather is too crappy for physical activity.  Get thee to a gym.  Don’t have the money to spend?  There are some great home work-out videos available for purchase.  The latest is Zumba for those of you who enjoy latin beats. For those of you who enjoy yoga there are some great videos available as well.  Check them out below.

http://www.amazon.com/Zumba%C2%AE-Ditch-Workout-Weight-Program/dp/0446546127/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262589947&sr=8-9

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=yoga&x=0&y=0

There are even free workout routines you can get online you sexy thangs!

http://www.exercisetv.tv/workout-videos/

3.) Can’t seem to get rid of all the holiday treats laying around your house?  Take them to work.  I don’t remember a single time anyone ever complained for being fed. People love little treats every now and then so share the wealth :)

4.) Can’t stop eating the holiday treats around your home?  Refer to item #3.  Have nowhere to take them and do not want to leave them in your backyard because you have a raccoon, possum, kangaroo problem? Have a party and invite all your friends.  The holiday treats will disappear as fast as your post holiday slump.

5.) Don’t have time for a party?  Schedule a brunch with your friends to catch-up about the holiday seasons. Make little goodie bags to hand out.

6.) Need to save for Spring Break but ain’t got dough?  Time to break the cookie jar. How much change do you have lying around?  One of my friends had $96 in quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies.  Ok I know $96 is not enough to take a vacation but if you open an ING savings account you can start earning interest on that $96 and if you set-up an automatic transfer of $50-$100 per month from you bank account you’ll be ready for Miami or Vegas in no time Baby!

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7.) Sick and tired if all those annoying people who are still taking over the shops when you are trying to complete your errands?  Me too.  As much as I would like to push them out of my way I take 10 deep breaths.  I know I said this before in my last blog but I can’t stress enough how crappy it is to get arrested!  Not that I have ever been arrested…. yet!  he he he.

8.) Do you have ton’s of holiday decorations that you spent hours putting up and either do not feel like looking at them and/or can’t be bothered to take them down but fear you will become one of those insane people who never takes their holiday decorations down and think you will need therapy in a few years? Have no fear.  I hear the Bellvue Psychiatric ward is quite full so you won’t be able to get in unless you try really hard.

So what do you do now?  Have a party and invite all your friends over.  Call it the post holiday Un-decoration party.  You and your friends can plan them every weekend so everyone’s decorations can be put away.  Your schedule will be too busy to get depressed about the negative 6 degree weather.

I hope I have inspired you to get your Grove on!

Sincerely,

The Nutritiongal
Find your bliss. Find your balance

“I am currently enrolled at the Integrative Institute of Nutrition and will graduate as a certified health counselor in 2010. Fire the diet police and take back your health!”

Visit www.nutritiongal.com and fill out a health questionnaire for a free consultation today!

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