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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 September 16, 2019

              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

              You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

              We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

              The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

              Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

              1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

              Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

              For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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              • (1) Research
              • (2) Deciding the topic
              • (3) Creating the outline
              • (4) Drafting the content
              • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
              • (6) Revision
              • (7) etc.

              Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

              2. Change Your Environment

              Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

              One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

              3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

              Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

              Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

              My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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              Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

              4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

              If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

              Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

              I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

              5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

              I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

              Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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              As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

              6. Get a Buddy

              Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

              I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

              7. Tell Others About Your Goals

              This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

              For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

              8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

              What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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              9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

              If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

              Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

              10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

              Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

              Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

              11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

              At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

              Reality check:

              I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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