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Detox Diet Week: The 7 Day Weight Loss Cleanse

Detox Diet Week: The 7 Day Weight Loss Cleanse

If you’re a busy working person, it is easy to sabotage yourself at meal time because we are inclined to eat what is quick and easy, and most of the time, these are the highest-calorie options. Also, the last thing a busy professional wants to do at the end of a long work day is to cook a meal and clean dishes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines safe weight loss as being 1 to 2 pounds per week. Dieting alone can help people lose an average of nearly 1 pound per week if they cut 500 calories from their daily diets per day. Drinking about 20 onces of soda puts you at around 230 calories, so if you cut back on your daily soda intake and switch to skim milk in your coffee, you’re practically there.

The 7-day detox plan below is filled with easy, healthy, whole-food recipes. I did a Dr. OZ 3-day detox a few years ago, and the food was much more basic than this and quite frankly, not as tasty, but it worked. After three days, I felt great. The best part was that I was not just drinking lemon water and cayenne pepper or some sort of weird juice concoction. I am a big supporter of eating real foods especially, whole foods. If you are going to exercise regularly while you do this, which I highly recommend, you will want the calories and something other than juice in your stomach.

Ditch calorie cutting and resorting to juice-only detoxes for good. Woodson Merrell, MD and Mary Beth Augustine, MS, RDN, authors of The Detox Prescription, have a plan to detox in just seven days by eating whole foods. Whole foods offer the same benefits of detoxing (reversing diet damage, inflammation, and providing antioxidants to prevent further damage); plus, they provide you with a healthy diet you can maintain for a longer amount of time than when resorting to juicing.

Follow this two-phase plan to feel vibrant, younger, and refreshed in seven days.

Days 1–3: Eat Only Soft Foods

This is the best way to get the biggest health boost. You’re aiding digestion, which allows your body to absorb food better and floods your body with nutrients (anything that improves digestion will improve absorption of nutrients).

How Much Can I Eat?

You can eat three meals and two snacks. Calories don’t matter — this plan is all about colors, so eat as much as you want at each meal.

Meals

Breakfast: Sweet Potato With Fruit and Cinnamon
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    Find the original recipe here.

    Ingredients

    • 4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
    • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling potatoes after cooked
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • Add apples, berries or whatever fruit you like.

    Instructions

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    • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
    • Lay the sweet potatoes out in a single layer on a roasting tray. Drizzle the oil, honey, cinnamon, salt and pepper over the potatoes. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes in oven or until tender.
    • Take sweet potatoes out of the oven and transfer them to a serving platter.

    Yield: 4 servings

    Lunch: Cauliflower Rice With Stuffed Avocado (With Hummus, Lemon, Salt and Pepper)

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      Ingredients

      • 3 cups cauliflower florets
      • 1 lemon
      • 2 avocados
      • 1 cup diced tomato
      • hummus
      • salt and pepper to taste

      Instructions

      • Cut then blend chunks of cauliflower with 2 tablespoons of water in a blender to make “rice.”
      • Once finely blended, add juice from the lemon into blender.
      • Blend until mixed well.
      • Half the two avocados, scoop out a spoonful of the inside to allow for more stuffing. Stuff the avocadoes with blended mixture.
      • Top with ¼ cup tomato and hummus on each boat.

      Dinner: Savory Mushroom Soup

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        Find the original recipe here.

        Ingredients

        • 2 tablespoons butter
        • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
        • 2 1/2 cups Organic Chicken Broth
        • 4 cups fresh mushrooms, halved (about 12 ounces)
        • 1 small onion, chopped (about 1/4 cup)
        • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
        • 1/4 cup light cream

        Instructions

        • Heat the butter in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cook and stir for 2 minutes. Stir the broth in the saucepan and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 10 minutes.
        • Place the mushrooms and onion in a food processor. Cover and process until they’re puréed. Add to the broth mixture with the thyme and cream. Increase the heat to medium. Heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.

        Snacks: nut butter and banana, berry sorbet

        Days 4–7: Eat C-C-A Foods

         What Are C-C-A Foods?
        ·         CRUCIFEROUS (kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts)

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        ·         CITRUS (lemon, limes and mandarin oranges)

        ·         ALLIUM (onion and garlic)

        How Do These Foods Work?

        The CCA foods you’re incorporating into the detox are particularly powerful in helping further eliminate the toxins and dramatically increase the detoxification process.

        How Much Can I Eat?

        You can eat three meals and two snacks per day day. Like in the last few days, calories don’t matter in this phase, either.

        Meals

        Breakfast: Tofu Veggie Scramble

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          Find the original recipe here.

          Ingredients

          Scramble

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          • 8 ounces extra firm tofu
          • Olive oil
          • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
          • 1/2 red pepper, thinly sliced
          • 2 cups kale, loosely chopped

          Sauce

          • 1/2 tsp sea salt
          • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
          • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
          • 1/4 tsp chili powder
          • 1/4 tsp turmeric (optional)

          For Serving

          • Salsa
          • Cilantro
          • Hot Sauce

          Instructions

          • Pat tofu dry and roll in a clean, absorbent towel with something heavy on top, such as a cast iron skillet, for 15 minutes
          • While tofu is draining, prepare sauce by adding dry spices to a small bowl and adding enough water to make a pour-able sauce. Set aside.
          • Prep veggies and warm a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add 1-2 Tbsp olive oil and the onion and red pepper. Season with a pinch each salt and pepper and stir. Cook until softened – about 5 minutes.
          • Add kale, season with a bit more salt and pepper, and cover to steam for 2 minutes.
          • In the meantime, unwrap tofu and use a fork to crumble into bite-sized pieces.
          • Use a spatula to move the veggies to one side of the pan and add tofu. Sauté for 2 minutes, then add sauce, pouring it mostly over the tofu and a little over the veggies. Stir immediately, evenly distributing the sauce. Cook for another 5-7 minutes until tofu is slightly browned.
          • Serve immediately with the breakfast potatoes, toast or fruit. I like to add more flavor with salsa, hot sauce and/or fresh cilantro. Serves 2.

          Cruciferous: broccoli

          Citrus: side grapefruit

          Allium: scallions

          Lunch: Lentil-Cashew Peppers
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            Find the original recipe here.

            Ingredients

            • 1 tbsp curry powder
            • 1 cup raw cashew milk
            • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
            • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
            • 1 cup curly kale leaves, roughly chopped
            • 3/4 cup diced tomato
            • 1/3 cup unsulphured raisins
            • 1/2 cup cashews, roughly chopped
            • 2 cups cooked brown lentils
            • 1 pinch sea salt
            • 4 bell peppers, cut in half lengthwise, cored and seeded

            Instructions

            • Preheat the oven to 350º F. In a small bowl, whisk the curry powder into the cashew milk. Set aside.
            • In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for about 3 minutes or until soft and translucent.
            • Add the kale, tomato and raisins and sauté lightly for 4 to 5 minutes.
            • Reduce the heat to low and add the chopped cashews and cashew milk mixture to the skillet.
              Stir until the kale and raisins are evenly coated and allow to cook for about 5 minutes.
            • Remove from the heat, combine with the cooked lentils and season with sea salt to taste.
            • Stuff the pepper halves with the lentil-cashew mixture, arrange in a 13″ x 9″ oiled baking pan and bake for about 45 minutes or until the peppers are tender and the lentil mixture is heated through.

            Cruciferous: green beans & red cabbage

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            Citrus: lemon zest

            Allium: garlic

            Dinner: Three-Bean Kale Sauté With Brown Rice
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              Find the original recipe here.

              Ingredients

              • 1 cup black beans
              • 1 cup red kidney beans
              • 1 cup white beans
              • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
              • 1/4 tsp sea salt
              • 1/4 tsp black pepper
              • 1 tsp crushed red-pepper flakes
              • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
              • 1/2 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
              • 1 lb kale, stems and leaves coarsely chopped
              • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
              • 4 cups cooked brown rice, prepared according to directions

              Instructions

              • Cook the beans according to directions on label or use canned beans. Drain and rinse the beans, then drain again.
              • In a mixing bowl, combine beans with 2 tablespoons of the oil, salt, pepper and red-pepper flakes and toss thoroughly.
              • In a large sauté pan, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook until soft but not browned.
              • Turn the heat up to high, add the broth and kale and stir to combine. Cover and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
              • Add the beans, stir and cook covered for an additional 3 to 4 minutes or until the liquid is evaporated.
              • Remove from the heat, toss with the vinegar, top each serving with 1/2 cup brown rice and serve immediately, accompanied by a salad.

              Cruciferous: kale

              Citrus: lemon

              Allium: onions

              Snacks: oranges, red peppers, kale chips, nuts and seeds

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              Last Updated on January 17, 2019

              8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

              8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

              In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

              Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

              Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

              Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

              Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

              The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

              There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

              How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

              According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

              Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

              Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

              The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

              Listen carefully:

              We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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              The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

              Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

              8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

              There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

              Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

              1. Pray Daily

              You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

              When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

              Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

              Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

              2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

              A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

              By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

              Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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              If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

              This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

              How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

              3. Smile Often

              Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

              Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

              Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

              The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

              4. Organize Your Working Desk

              A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

              When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

              Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

              Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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              5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

              I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

              Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

              What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

              6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

              God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

              I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

              I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

              7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

              You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

              How do you do that? This is my formula:

              First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

              If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

              If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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              If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

              Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

              8. Go Exercise

              Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

              The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

              You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

              12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

              The Bottom Line

              It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

              It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

              Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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