Loving my work and being a dedicated health coach, I do my best to live what I preach. I eat a plant based diet (85-90 per cent) and stay away completely from soda and red meat. But, with that said, like most of you, I am human, and every now and then I splurge just a little bit too much on red wine, coffee, and sugary treats, especially during the holiday season. When this happens, I schedule a few days in the month to do a "safe" one day detox. Why do I call it safe? Well, that's because I am not a big believer in fasting, especially since I am an avid runner and I need my fuel and strength to complete the miles I run. Detoxing for me is eating very clean and not meant to be a starvation diet. Keeping the body free of toxins and cancer causing free radicals will enable one's mind, body, and soul ( which are all very connected ) to experience a real sense of well being.
So, what does my one day detox plan look like?
My detox plan includes eating the following foods throughout the day : Avocados, artichokes, kale, cauliflower, cucumber, brussels sprouts or broccoli, wheat grass, arugula, garlic, grapefruit, olive oil, and onions, turmeric flavored brown rice, and watermelon. I eliminate all alcohol, dairy, sugar, processed or packaged foods, and caffeine. I stick to lemon water and herbal teas for my beverages.
See below why some of my detox foods are great at cleansing the body!
Avocados: This "alligator fruit" is making its way onto many doctor's detox lists, even with its high fat content. This fruit is now highly respected because it is loaded with healthy fats which are good for the brain, and its fiber and antioxidant content help curb your appetite and keep you feeling fuller longer. Reach for organically grown avocados and eat them plain during the detox period. GUACAMOLE doesn't count! :-)
Artichokes: Artichokes are known for helping liver function. This miracle vegetable helps your body eliminate itself of toxins. Artichokes increase the liver's production of bile, and since bile helps break down foods, it will help your body do a better job at absorbing nutrients in the foods. Artichokes are also loaded with fiber which aids in digestion.
Broccoli: This green stalky veggie is super powerful when it comes to working with the enzymes in your liver. It helps the body easily break up and rid harmful toxins from your body. Like broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower are cruciferous vegetables and great detox foods that are loaded with vitamins and fiber.
Garlic: This root vegetable adds flavor to very plain foods but also boosts your immune system.
Grapefruit: Grapefruits are packed with vitamin C and fiber which helps boost the liver's function and aid in digestion.
Kale: Kale is so good for you- just look at Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Food Index Guide! This vegetable has the highest food scoring of all foods ranked in terms of its health value. This vegetable is often recommended to kidney patients because it is packed with many antioxidants and lots of fiber and anti-inflammatory compounds.
Olive Oil: Like the avocado, olive oil is loaded with healthy fats and other healthy properties that help brain function.
Watermelon: Watermelon contains a compound called citrulline, an amino acid that has shown to help the liver and kidney get rid of ammonia in the body. Cucumber also contains this powerful amino acid.
Here are two recipes for your detox:
The Omega Salad with Mega Benefits!
~ 3 cups of Arugula
~ One cup of chopped cauliflower
~ 1/2 cup of chopped onions
~ 1/2 cup of sliced avocado
~1/2 cup of shredded cabbage
1/2 cup of cucumber
Directions: Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and dress with a bit of olive oil and squeezed lemon!
A breakfast Smoothie:
~ 1 cup of chopped cucumber
~ 1/2 cup of chopped grapefruit
~ 1 cup of chopped watermelon
~1 teaspoon of lemon juice
~ 3/4 cup of purified water
Mint leaves are optional!
Directions: In a blender, or Nutri-bullet, combine all ingredients and blend on high for a few seconds. Enjoy!
My detox is tomorrow, and I would love some Bee Fitters to join me. For the first five people who follow the plan and comment in the section below, you will receive a dr. Fuhrman "Kale is the New Beef" tee shirt!
If you are experiencing health issues please see your doctor before embarking on any detox or cleansing plan!
Remember Folks, food determines how we feel and heal!