I thought it was about time I made my own detox (using the help of this great Detox Cleansing help page).
It is coming up to the summer months and that usually means one thing to people: bikini bodies! Although I do not need to lose weight, I feel as if over the last month or so I have been eating and drinking things that have been giving me energy slumps, especially in this heat. When my mother started talking about toning up and eating a bit healthier, we decided we should both go on a 3 day detox. Now, this isn't a don't eat and count every single calorie that enters your mouth detox; it's just eating cleanly for three whole days. Only eating and drinking natural products: no sugar (or sweeteners), no caffeine (or decaf), no white carbs, no alcohol ... you get the point!
As you will probably see, the meals that I have included in this detox are ones which I would usually eat so it's not as if I will be changing my eating habits drastically, just cutting things out. My mother on the other hand ... !
So, here goes:
The Three Day Cleansing Detox
The NO NOs
- Coffee (even decaf)
- Juice (especially sugar free!)
- Chocolate/ Sweets/ Crisps/ Biscuits
- Cereal :(
So...What can we drink?
- Water (With fresh lemon if desired)
- Fruit/ Herbal/ Green/ White (Caffeine-Free) Tea
Breakfast should be porridge made with water and topped with berries (or top with cinnamon and have the berries afterwards).
CHOOSE ONE OPTION PER DAY
Shredded lettuce and spinach topped with: 1/2 grated carrot, 1/4 grated courgette, 1/4 diced onion, 1/4 diced cucumber, 1/4 diced tomato, small handful protein (tofu, beans, legumes, grilled chicken (cubed), fish etc.) and a few almonds. Dress with freshly squeezed lemon, ground black pepper, dried oregano and olive oil (if desired).
Veggie Filled Tomato Soup (makes 4 large portions): Finely dice 1 large onion, 1 medium orange pepper, 1 large carrot, 1 courgette and 2 garlic cloves. Heat a tsp olive oil in a saucepan before adding the veg; sauté for 10 minutes. Pour in 200ml passata, a tin of chopped tomatoes, 300ml water, 1 tbsp tomato puree, 1 tbsp dried basil, 1 tsp all natural sweet chilli sauce and sea salt + ground black pepper to taste. Boil then simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Garnish with fresh basil.
Steamed and Stir-fried Greens Topped with Tuna (for vegan, replace with grilled tofu or mixed legumes) : Remove the florets from a small head of broccoli and steam for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, stir-fry a julienned courgette, a sliced onion, 2 tbsp peas, handful spinach leaves and 3 sliced button mushrooms. Cook 20g (pp) buckwheat noodles for 4 minutes in boiling water before adding to the stir-fry along with the broccoli florets. Serve topped with the tuna/ tofu/ legumes, freshly squeezed lemon, ground black pepper and a halved cherry tomato to garnish.
Quinoa Superfood Concoction: Cook 1/4 cup quinoa as instructed. Once cooked, mix with freshly squeezed lemon, sea salt, pepper, 1 tsp raisins and 1 tbsp finely chopped onion. Clean and tear a handful of spinach leaves. Dry-fry in a small frying pan along with 1 small chopped onion for 3 minutes. Plate up alongside the quinoa and 80g frozen mixed veg. Top with 3 cooked broccoli florets.
Make up a basic salad with shredded lettuce and spinach and grated carrot and courgette. Top with sliced tomato, cucumber, onion, beetroot, avocado and 100g mixed beans.
If you are anything like me, you will probably need a lot of snacks throughout the day to keep you going! I suggest you have one of these between breakfast and lunch, one between lunch and dinner and one after dinner as a dessert!
PEAR/ APPLE AND SMALL HANDFUL OF UNSALTED ALMONDS
VEG STICKS (CARROTS, CUCUMBER, CELERY) WITH HOMEMADE HUMMUS
To make the hummus, combine: 1 drained tin chickpeas, half a chopped onion, 1 tbsp finely grated carrot, juice of 1/2 a lemon, 1/4 tsp garam masala and seasoning. Blitz in a food processor until all the ingredients have combined and the mixture is still a bit chunky (add some water while blending if it is too thick).
STRAWBERRIES WITH 0% GREEK YOGHURT/ SOYGHURT
We cheated a bit and added 1 crushed malteser on top!
It's not just food...
While doing this three day detox, you should try and get at least 8 hours sleep a night as well as 30 minutes walk and 30 minutes of yoga each day.
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After completing this detox you should feel refreshed and energised. Who knows; maybe it will encourage you to break a bad eating or drinking habit ... everyone knows that the first three days are the hardest!