Hello friends and Happy New Year! I’ve taken a little break from the blog as I was enjoying my last few days at home with the family. I’m now back in the big city and slowly easing into my routine and into this new year.
I’ve been setting small and big intentions for 2016. One of them is to listen more carefully to my body. And the truth is, since the beginning of the month, I’ve been feeling that my body is begging for a little pause. I’ve been craving greens, smoothies, soups, and deeply nourishing foods. If you’re like me, you’ve indulged a little too much during the holidays. You are trying to get back into your healthy routine or want to take control of your health, but the task may seem overwhelming. Sometimes you might just need a little help. This is why I created this two-day cleansing program, designed to help you reset, recharge and start the year off right.
The word “detox” has earned a bad reputation over the years and is now associated with extreme weight loss programs and starvation. But the truth is, the body naturally detoxifies itself every day through our main detoxification organs (skin, liver, digestive system, kidneys and lungs). So it’s a good idea to do a gentle cleanse a few times a year to support the body’s natural detoxing system. The post-Holiday and New Year period is one of the best times to do so. By adding nutrient-dense foods to your diet and eliminating sugar, alcohol and processed foods, your body will naturally start getting rid of accumulated toxins.
This plan is not about deprivation. If something doesn’t feel right for you, please change it. Adapt the menu, make it your own and add healthy snacks in between your meals if you are too hungry (a fruit or a handful of almonds are good options). The idea is to nourish the body with meals that are easy to process and require minimal digestion.
My goal was to make this plan as simple as possible for you. Delicious and easy recipes, with simple ingredients. One smoothie, one juice and two soups. All made with deeply nourishing, alkalinizing foods selected for their detoxifying properties and their ability to refuel every cell of your body.
You can follow this program for one or two days, or more if you feel like it. But I’d recommend that you give it at least two days to fully see the benefits. Note that you might experience detox symptoms (such as headaches, fatigue, irritability). These are totally normal and are part of the detoxification process. See them as a sign that the plan is doing its job!
- Avoid sugar, alcohol, gluten, dairy, caffeine, packaged/ processed foods
- Eat natural, unprocessed, whole foods that are rich in nutrients and antioxidants
- Choose organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible
- Make sure to drink at least 2 liters of water each day to properly flush out toxins and transport nutrients into the cells
- Drink herbal teas if you wish (try to choose herbs that have detoxifying properties such as dandelion, nettle, milk thistle, burdock, red clover – they will help further flush toxins)
- Dry brushing – it improves circulation and therefore encourages the excretion of toxins
- Gentle exercise – don’t go crazy on the treadmill during this cleanse. Instead, opt for low-intensity exercises such as a walk or yoga
- Get plenty of rest
THE MEAL PLAN
Upon waking up:
Start your day with a cup of warm water with fresh squeezed lemon. This simple habit has so many health benefits. It kick-starts the metabolism, stimulates the digestive system, improves digestion, boosts the immune system, helps eliminate toxins and alkalizes the body.
Lemon-Thyme Green Smoothie
Detox Beet Juice
Lunch & Dinner:
Your choice of: Broccoli & Fennel Cleansing Soup or Carrot, Orange & Ginger Soup
Repeat the same routine every day.
- 2 ripe pears
- 2 cups kale, stems removed
- 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice (about ½ lemon)
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme, without the stems
- 1 tbsp flax seeds
- 1½ cup water
- Core and cut the pear into big chunks and place in a high-speed blender.
- Add all the other ingredients and blend until smooth.
- 2 medium beets
- 2 cups red cabbage
- 2 apples
- 1-inch piece fresh ginger
- 1 lime
- Juice all the ingredients in a juicer and serve immediately.
- 1 tsp coriander seeds
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- 1 tbsp coconut oil (or ghee) - for cooking
- 1 bulb fennel, chopped (keep some leaves to garnish)
- 3 medium garlic cloves, chopped
- 1½ medium head broccoli, cut into florets
- 1 tsp sea salt + freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 6 cups water
- 2-3 large handfuls spinach
- 1 to 1½ tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Hemp heart, chia seeds and chopped fennel leaves
- Toast the coriander and fennel seeds in a small skillet over medium heat. Once they become fragrant and begin to pop, transfer the spices to a mortar and pestle. Grind and set aside.
- Heat the coconut oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the chopped garlic and fennel and saute for a 3-4 minutes.
- Then add the broccoli, ground spices, pepper and salt. Stir and cook for a few more minutes. Add water and bring to a boil. Then lower the heat and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Add spinach and remove from heat.
- Carefully transfer in your blender. Add the lemon juice and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking by adding more salt, pepper or lemon juice if needed.
- Pour into bowls and top with hemp heart, chia seeds and chopped fennel leaves.
- 2 onions, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 lbs carrots, washed and cut into chunks (about 3 cups)
- 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into cubes (about 2 cups)
- 1 tsp sea salt + freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 tbsp orange zest (from an organic orange)
- 4 cups water
- 1 tbsp ginger, grated
- 1 tbsp orange juice
- ⅛ tsp ground cumin
- Chives, scallions, fresh cilantro, sesame seeds
- Heat the coconut oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and saute for a 3-4 minutes until translucent.
- Then add the garlic, carrots, sweet potatoes, orange zest, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for a few more minutes.
- Add water and bring to a boil. Then lower the heat and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
- Carefully transfer in your blender. Add the orange juice, ginger and cumin and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking by adding more salt, pepper, cumin or orange juice if needed.
- Pour into bowls and top with scallions, chives, sesame seeds or fresh cilantro (to taste).
In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth, or to step back into safety.
If you follow the reset plan, I’d love to hear from you! Please share your comments, experience and feedback in the comments below or on Facebook.
I wish you all the healthiest, happiest New Year. xo