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Detox Menu Plan

Detox Menu Plan

Detoxing is not normally something that appeals to most people unless they’re not feeling their best. Sluggishness, poor digestion, food sensitivities, sleep problems, addictions to caffeine, sugar, alcohol (or all three) are normally signs your body might need a mini reboot to help retrain your taste buds and give your body a break. In this case, a responsible detox menu plan and a few lifestyle changes may be just what you need.

Real Food Detox Menu Plan for Busy Schedules and Hungry Appetites

Before you go chugging the green juice and eating nothing but raw salads all day, hold up a minute! Detoxing is not all about starving yourself or eating only veggies and slurping on green juices. Sure, there are some versions of those out there, but most don’t help train your body to eat clean foods again and aren’t practical for the long-run. They can also be timely to prepare or costly for just a few day’s worth. Incorporate juices and salads if you like; otherwise, stick to a clean diet as your best detox menu plan of all.

Not sure exactly what that looks like?

Here’s Your Easy, Whole Foods Detox Menu Plan

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    The Goal of a Week-Long Detox: Focus on lean proteins low in saturated fat, ample amounts of cooked veggies (which are easier to digest than raw), small amounts of raw vegetables, fermented foods (to support gut health), and a few pieces of raw fruit each day. You’ll also enjoy a daily morning smoothie that’s low in sugar, high in fiber, and rich in clean protein. Healthy fats from anti-inflammatory sources of vegetable-based carbs will make up the rest of your meals and help add easy-to-digest calories for day one.

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    What you’ll be avoiding this week for optimal detoxing:

    • Dairy – with the exception of plain yogurt, since it contains nourishing and natural probiotics
    • Gluten (wheat, barley, rye, and processed foods with these ingredients) – which can be problematic even if you don’t have celiac disease (although gluten-free grains are given as an alternative option below)
    • Processed foods
    • High-sodium foods
    • Added salt
    • Oil
    • Excessive caffeine  – one cup of black coffee (or plain green tea) is allowed, just choose decaf (with no sugar or cream.)
    • Red meat or conventionally raised meat/animal proteins
    • Added sugars

    * Note: If you are vegan, sub in black beans, lentils, and non-GMO tofu or tempeh in place of animal proteins below.

    Monday

      Reclaiming Provincial

      Before Bed – Only if Hungry: 1 green apple (which supports cleansing) with 1 tablespoon raw almond butter or cashew butter (individual packets help with portion control) + 1 cup warm chamomile or peppermint tea with lemon and fresh ginger

      Tuesday

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      Antioxidant-Rich Berry Green Smoothie by Heather McClees at The Soulful Spoon #vegan #dairyfree #glutenfree
        The Soulful Spoon

        Before Bed – Only if Truly Hungry: 1 cup fresh or frozen berries (which is a great source of fiber and low in sugar) with 1 square of 90% or higher dark chocolate + 1 cup warm chamomile or peppermint tea with lemon and fresh ginger

        Wednesday

        Salmond
          Cotter Crunch

          Before Bed – Only if Truly Hungry: 1 cup frozen pineapple (which aids digestion) sprinkled with 1 tablespoon ground flax (eat with a fork) + 1 cup warm chamomile or peppermint tea with lemon and fresh ginger

          Thursday

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            The Soulful Spoon
            • Breakfast: Green Detox Smoothie (from above) – add your favorite protein powder for more protein
            • Lunch: Leftover Nourishing Detox Stew (from above)
            • Dinner: Skinny Cobb Salad

            Before Bed – Only if Truly Hungry: 1 green apple with 1 tablespoon raw or plain almond butter (or sunflower butter if allergic to nuts) + 1 cup warm chamomile or peppermint tea with lemon and fresh ginger

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            Friday

              Carl’s Bad Cravings

              Before Bed – Only if Truly Hungry: 1 cup frozen or fresh berries with 1 square of 90% or higher dark chocolate  + 1 cup warm chamomile or peppermint tea with lemon and fresh ginger

              Saturday

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                The Soulful Spoon

                Before Bed – Only if Truly Hungry: 1 cup frozen pineapple with 1 teaspoon of chia seeds sprinkled on top (eat with a fork) + 1 cup warm chamomile or peppermint tea with lemon and fresh ginger

                Sunday

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                Almond-Chai-Green-Smoothie-3
                  The Healthy Maven
                  • Breakfast: Almond Chai Green Smoothie
                  • Lunch: Leftover Sweet Potato, Collards, and Black Bean Detox Soup (from above)
                  • Dinner: Skinny Cobb Salad (same as above)

                  Before Bed – Only if Truly Hungry: 1 cup chopped fruit of choice sprinkled with 1 tablespoon ground flax (eat with a fork) + 1 cup warm chamomile or peppermint tea with lemon and fresh ginger

                  5 Final Tips For Successful Detoxing

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                    1. Try not to eat in between meals unless you’re truly hungry. Let your body have time to digest and reset itself before you keep eating foods again on top of your last meal. Letting the body naturally clean itself out is the point of detoxing and will make you feel much lighter, but you should not go hungry either. So, tap into your true sense of hunger and how your stomach feels after certain meals.
                    2. Feel free to adjust the portion sizes on the meals above if you find you need more food than this, but be mindful of how hungry you really are on a physical level – not just an emotional one.
                    3. Once you finish the detox, assess how you’ve felt eating more simple and wholesome foods. Continue on if you desire, and be mindful of your intake of problematic foods after the detox is over.
                    4. Be sure to consume plenty of water to help flush out your system. This meal plan is full of natural fiber, so you’ll need to drink enough water for the best benefits. Water will also help keep you from eating when you are actually thirsty.
                    5. Get at least 7-8 hours sleep because optimal detoxing depends on a great night’s rest each evening.

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                    Last Updated on January 14, 2019

                    7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

                    7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

                    From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

                    What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

                    1. Take the scenic route.

                    Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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                    Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

                    2. Distract yourself.

                    No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

                    3. Listen to music or podcasts.

                    There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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                    4. Bring a friend.

                    Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

                    Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

                    5. Accessorize.

                    There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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                    For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

                    6. Compete.

                    A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

                    7. Relax.

                    The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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                    With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

                    Featured photo credit: tpsdave via pixabay.com

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