Although people would be inclined to think that a seven-day detox would be seven miserable days subsisting on watery concoctions that leave much to be desired, detoxification has come a long way. Gone are the days of cayenne pepper and maple syrup. Juices, smoothies and soups are all power-packed with vegetables, key phyto-nutrients and antioxidants bursting out of them at the seems to help jump start our bodies.
In this series of articles, I’m going to explain how to put together your own healthy and effective detox plan for morning, noon and night, without the low energy and hunger.
Although I’m not an advocate of completely avoiding certain foods groups, while cleansing you’ll want to avoid dairy (except Greek yogurt), gluten, meat, cheese, fatty nuts (except nut milk), condiments, sugar, and of course the usual suspects: soda, caffeinated beverages and alcohol.
Every day upon rising, have the juice of one lemon in a glass of lukewarm water; this acts as a liver cleanser. This is a simple behavior that can have a huge impact on the way we feel daily. Check out Lyric’s post last month about how/why lemons clean out our livers.
Each morning, no later than two hours after waking up, enjoy a breakfast that consists of whole grains with a protein source. This can be achieved by making a smoothie with protein powder, fruits, milk, and Greek yogurt.
The importance of a healthy breakfast cannot be overstated, especially when cleansing – we must start the day feeling full and satisfied to avoid the inclination to indulge later. When we get hungry, that is when the cravings get stronger. And smoothies are known as a nutrient-dense food, which provides us with the energy that will keep us going strong until the next meal.
This tangy morning sipper is a perfect way to wake up, and helps to fill us up at the same time! Rich in antioxidants and protein-packed from the Greek yogurt – I couldn’t think of a more perfect detox breakfast smoothie.
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- ½ cup romaine lettuce
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- Juice and zest of ½ lime
- ½ cup water
In a blender, combine all the ingredients until smooth. You may need more water – if so add in ¼ cup increments.
What other kinds of morning detoxifying rituals do you enjoy? Share with me in the comments!