Hands up if you have had a great time this festive season? Lots of barbeques, parties, cocktails??? Andrew and I certainly have had a lot of fun and obviously the diversion from our routine of clean eating has had a negative effect on our bodies. This is the perfect time of year to implement a short detox (7 days) to give your body a rest from the toxins and stresses that it has been exposed to during the festive season and to reset it for a happy and healthy year ahead!
When we give our livers a break from dealing with the toxins we expose our bodies to daily (such as sugar, caffeine and alcohol) our bodies become much more efficient at working to eliminate body fat which results in a happier and healthier you.
A detox can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it but basically by eliminating toxins you should find yourselves feeling energised, reinvigorated, less bloated and best of all you should definitely notice a positive effect on the scales.
You only need to implement this for 7 days to see and feel the results – it’s a fantastic way to start the year on a high. You may experience fatigue and headaches for the first couple of days but PUSH THROUGH as this is a sign that the toxins are leaving your body – and this is what you want!!
Things to AVOID on a detox:
- Caffeine (Green tea is acceptable)
- Red Meat
- Wheat – try swapping wheat for spelt if you struggle to avoid bread etc
- Anything artificial/processed
Things to INCLUDE on a detox:
- A glass of room temperature water (filtered if possible) with a squeeze of lemon each morning on rising
- At least 2 litres of filtered (if possible) water per day
- Plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables
- Organic Chicken
- Fish (e.g. salmon, cod, mackerel, herring)
- Healthy oils e.g. olive oil, flaxseed oil, coconut oil
- Raw nuts and seeds
- Apple Cider vinegar (delicious mixed with olive oil as a salad dressing)
- Free range organic eggs
- Tofu/ tempeh
- Herbal tea – many brands have a detox range
There are so many yummy and healthy options to ensure that you will not go hungry.
An example of a great day on this detox would be as follows:
Upon rising: Room temperature filtered water with a squeeze of lemon
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs (2/3 whites and 1 yolk) whisked up and cooked with 1 1/2 cups of spinach OR a piece of spelt toast spread with almond butter or hummus and a cup of green tea
Snack: 1/4 cup raw nuts and a piece of fruit (the summer fruit is so delicious at the moment) OR 100 grams of chicken breast and 1/4 cucumber
Afternoon snack – A smoothie made by blending 1 frozen banana, 1 cup water and 1 1/2 cups baby spinach leaves OR a cup of carrot sticks with hummus (homemade or all natural ingredients) or almond butter;
Dinner – BBQ fillet of salmon served with pesto (homemade or all natural) and a big green salad dressed with apple cider vinegar/olive oil dressing OR the lentil and green bean salad (without the haloumi) posted HERE OR the almond meal schnitzel I posted HERE or my chicken and eggplant bake (without the mozzarella) that I posted HERE;
As you can see there is plenty of variety allowed and you will feel so much better for it. I always find that a detox is the best way to kickstart weight loss or break a plateau.
Good luck and enjoy