Advertising
Advertising

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
sweet-potato

    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

    Advertising

    • 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)

    8576501449_8ed970efd8_k

      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

      1024px-Mushroom_Soup

        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)

        Advertising

        ·         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

        Easy-Southwest-Tofu-Scramble-10-ingredients-simple-preparation-and-SO-delicious-vegan-glutenfree2

          Find the original recipe here.

          Ingredients

          Scramble

          Advertising

          • 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
          stuffedpeppers

            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

            Advertising

            Citrus: lemon zest

            Allium: garlic

            Dinner: Three-Bean Kale Sauté With Brown Rice
            kalethreebean diet

              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

              Featured photo credit: http://www.chiropractorshoustontexas.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Healthy-Eating-to-help-prevent-illnesses-like-heart-colen-and-kidney-disease.jpg via google.com

              More by this author

              Detox Diet Week: The 7 Day Weight Loss Cleanse This List of Infographics About Achieving Success Will Surely Inspire You 20 Signs You Have The Coolest Dad In The World 12 Things You Can Do Every Day To Become Highly Successful 9 Things Only Thanksgiving Dinner Planners Understand

              Trending in Food and Drink

              1 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go 2 Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brain Health And Brain Power 3 15 Brain Foods You Should Be Eating Regularly to Keep Your Mind Sharp 4 These 25 Healthy Meal Ideas Can Be Ready in 30 Minutes or Less 5 17 Weight Loss Recipes That Are Incredibly Nutritious and Super Delicious

              Read Next

              Advertising
              Advertising
              Advertising

              Last Updated on May 21, 2019

              13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

              13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

              Creating your productivity ritual — a routine that helps you to maintain a peak level of energy can get you the best out of your days.

              Part of creating your productivity routine involves removing activities that drain you (what I call “kryptonites”), and that includes your bad habits.

              Like it or not, bad habits are bad for you — mentally, physically, emotionally and even socially in some cases. While some bad habits are harder to quit than others, it doesn’t change the fact that you need to get rid of them. Here are 13 bad habits to quit right away:

              1. Stress Eating

              I used to be a serious stress eater. I would eat whenever I felt unhappy, stressed, disappointed, anxious, or even… happy! My eating had nothing to do with being hungry, and everything to do with using food to fill my emotional voids.

              While eating would comfort me, this feeling was momentary and would disappear right after I was done eating. Instead, what I had left would be the same emotional void that triggered me to eat in the first place (be it unhappiness or stress), a 2,000 excess calorie intake over what I should have eaten for the day, and anger at myself for having stress ate.

              I’ve since overcome stress eating. I have healthy eating habits and a healthy relationship with food today where I no longer use food as a tool to fill my emotions.

              If you are a stress eater, don’t fret — here’s how to manage your stress better:

              How to Manage Stress (A Step-by-Step Guide to Turn Stress Into Success)

              2. Nail Biting

              Not only is nail biting unhygienic, it is also socially repelling, leads to dental problems like malocclusion of the anterior teeth,[1] potentially cause stomach problems,[2] and lead to severely deformed fingernails in the long run.

              People who bite their nails tend to have shorter nails than the average person; their nail plates also experience scarring and may eventually become absent.[3]

              Understand what triggers your nail biting behavior and replace it with another neutral to positive habit. Make habits to break habits.

              For example, if you bite your nails when you are stressed, go for a walk or listen to music instead the next time you feel stressed.

              Advertising

              3. Hanging out with Naysayers

              We all know these people — people who play devil’s advocate to every idea you have and every goal you want to pursue. We are already our greatest self-critics, so it doesn’t help when there’s someone beside us, ever ready to pounce on what we say and tear it down.

              Hang out less with these naysayers and spend more time with supportive people who share constructive feedback instead. You will be much happier this way.

              Learn how to get rid of naysayers with these 10 Ways to Ignore the Naysayers and Achieve Your Dreams.

              4. Being with People Who Don’t Appreciate You

              Haven’t all of us been in this situation before? Trying to please people who don’t appreciate us? Bending over backwards to be there for people when they are never there for us?

              While we give without expectations of return, we need to draw a line with people who don’t value us because these people damage our souls.

              Stop spending time with people who don’t appreciate you, and spend more time with people who do instead.

              Unsure who you should get rid of? Learn about it here: 5 Kinds of Toxic People That You Need to Get Rid of Now

              5. Smoking

              Smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death globally.[4]

              In just the United States alone, about 500,000 deaths are attributed to smoking-related diseases annually. A recent study estimated that as much as one-third of China’s male population will have significantly shortened life-spans due to smoking! Gender-wise, male and female smokers lose an average of 13.2 and 14.5 years of life respectively — that’s over a decade of life right there.[5]

              Not only that, smoking causes pre-mature skin aging (i.e. wrinkles), yellowing of teeth, bad breath, and worse of all — jeopardy of the health of people around you, including your loved ones. Studies have shown that non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke are at risk to many of the health problems associated with direct smoking.[6]

              Smoking risks

                6. Excessive Drinking

                All of us know that drinking too much alcohol is bad for us, but do you know how bad it really is?

                Advertising

                According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, drinking too much — be it on a single occasion or over time — can seriously damage your health:[7]

                • Brain problems: Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, making it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.
                • Heart diseases: Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle, Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat, stroke, high blood pressure
                • Liver diseases: Steatosis or fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis, cirrhosis
                • Pancreas problems: Pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.
                • Different types of cancer: Mouth, esophagus, throat, liver, breast

                If you drink a lot, perhaps cutting it out right away will be tough. Cut down the number of glasses you drink each time, followed by the number of times you drink a week.

                If need be, seek help from an AA group — you aren’t alone in this. Change starts from today.

                7. Eating Junk Food (Including Diet Soda)

                Junk food — they are everywhere in our society today. From McDonald’s, to KFC, to Burger King, to 24-hour takeouts, junk food such as fries, highly processed burgers and sodas has become a staple in our society today.

                If you think, “Hey, but junk food is tasty!”, think again:

                A study by Paul Johnson and Paul Kenny suggests that junk food consumption alters brain activity in a way similar to addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin.[8]

                “After many weeks with unlimited access to junk food, the pleasure centers of rat brains became desensitized, requiring more food for pleasure.”

                And you wonder why you seem to crave fast food when you just had some the day before?

                While it may not be possible to remove junk food completely from our diet right away, we can reduce our junk food consumption starting today. Instead of soda, opt for a fruit juice (fresh juice, not the carbonated kind) or mineral water. Instead of fries, switch to mashed potato, a salad, or rice (many food outlets allow for this today). Instead of a fried meat patty, go for a grilled one.

                Where possible, opt for healthy food joints like salad bars and delis as opposed to fast food outlets. Every little step goes a long way.

                Here’re some healthy snacks ideas for you: 15 Healthy Snacks You Should Always Have At Home

                8. Eating Too Much Red Meat

                There has been conclusive evidence that consumption of red meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer; and suggestive evidence that it increases the risk of oesophageal cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, and endometrial cancer.

                Advertising

                In addition, some studies have linked consumption of large quantities of red meat with breast cancer, stomach cancer, lymphoma, bladder cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer![9]

                Personally, I’m a vegetarian so I don’t consume red meat, but for those of you who consume red meat, do watch out and limit your intake — better still, cut it out of your diet. World Cancer Research Fund recommends limiting intake of red meat to less than 300g (11 oz) cooked weight per week, “very little, if any of which to be processed.”

                Of if you’re thinking about becoming a vegetarian, check out this guide: 5 Practical Tips For Starting a Vegetarian Lifestyle

                9. Watching Too Much TV

                I stopped watching TV since eight years ago and I have never regretted it. Every once in a while I will switch on the telly to see what is on, and then I will switch it off because it’s just the same boring shtick over and over again.

                Watching TV, particularly well-written dramas, can be a good way to unwind. However, remember that TV isn’t your life.

                Spending three hours every night watching TV will not change your life for the better. Rather, using that time to reflect on your life, take stock, and take action on your goals will.

                It’s not easy to remove TV from your daily routine right away, but follow these 6 Steps To Remove TV From Your Life.

                10. Being Late

                Not only is being late being rude to others, it also means that you’re always rushing from one place to another, playing catch up in your agenda, and having to apologize to every person you meet.

                Stop being late and not being punctual, but practice being early instead. Target to arrive 15 minutes earlier before any appointment and bring along something to do in those 15 minutes (or longer if the other person turns out to be late). Then you can stop playing catch up and stay ahead in life.

                Learn more tips about how to be more punctual here: How to Be On Time Every Time

                11. Being in Bad Relationships

                Are you always dating the wrong guys/girls? Do you end up with jerks all the time? Well, you may not be able to stop yourself from meeting bad partners but you can certainly stop yourself from furthering contact with them, spending time with them, or even… entering into a relationship with them.

                I used to invest myself in this guy who was nothing but toxic for me. After a good five months of experiencing nothing but getting burned over and over again, I realized that he was a total waste of my time and I deserved better. I decided to cut him off, and it was soon after that I met my soulmate.

                Advertising

                Learn about why you shouldn’t stay in a bad relationship and how to deal with it if you’re in one: Why Trying Hard to Stay in an Unhappy Relationship Is Not Love, but Fear

                12. Leaving Things to the Last Minute

                Burning the midnight oil isn’t fun — it’s exhausting.

                Those of you who got through college by burning the midnight oil would have learned this the hard way. Not only is it damaging for your body, it is also mentally draining as you’re constantly in a hyper-tense mode, feeling anxious about whether you can finish your work on time.

                Start today on a new note. Rather than react to your deadlines, be proactive about them by planning ahead, identifying what needs to be done for the week, and getting things done in advance.

                By staying ahead of your tasks, you can also use your extra time to plan ahead in your life and get more things done.

                Take a look at this guide and learn how to stop procrastinating: Procrastination – A Step-By-Step Guide to Stop Procrastinating

                13. Focusing on the Negatives

                In every situation, there are two ways you can react: zoom down to the problem areas and crib about how things aren’t the way you want, or celebrate the areas that are going well and work on making everything better.

                Many of us see the importance of doing the latter but in practice, we do the former. Why though? Criticizing and focusing on the negatives is easy but it doesn’t empower nor inspire us to be better.

                Make a change — for every negative encounter you run into, I challenge you to identify three things that are good about it. Practice doing this for one week, and by the end of the week you’ll find that your first instinct is to think positive, not negative.

                And here’re even more ways to help you stay positive: 11 Tips for Maintaining your Positive Attitude

                The Bottom Line

                So here you find the 13 most common bad habits and their consequences on your mind and body. The good news’ you can quit them all.

                Just spot out your own bad habits and take my suggestions to quit them. Then you’ll find your life a lot healthier and happier!

                Need more tips to break your bad habits? Check out these articles:

                Featured photo credit: Pexels via pexels.com

                Reference

                Read Next