I love fresh starts.
You know, detoxing is really just that, a fresh start.
The very first detox I created was about five years ago. Interestingly, I hesitated to offer it to my clients and community because I was worried it wouldn’t create the lasting change or transformation that I really wanted for them.
Truth be told, my fear was that the detox would merely be a quick fix or an excuse to eat unhealthy most of the time if they just took a few days off (detoxing) here and there.
Then, I got smarter.
What I didn’t realize at first was that every experience builds on itself. That no matter what happened afterwards, they were still learning something new about their body and eating habits. Whether or not they knew it, a seed was planted.
Now (that I’m smarter), my detox is my favorite program, and I’m happy when people do it over and over again. What I love about detoxing is the boost in confidence and empowerment that comes from the experience. I love the fresh perspective, the open eyes, and all the light bulb moments connecting the dots between what we eat and how we feel.
There are so many motivations for doing a detox. This time of year it’s especially “hot” because of post holiday regret and resolutions that seem to naturally but unfortunately peter out. Since overindulgence inevitably leads sluggishness and an inability to break habits, one of the most rewarding outcomes of detoxing is breaking those unhealthy habits and resetting routines.
But what I’ve also noticed with clients who do my detox (and do it over and over again) is that they feel really good. I mean REALLY good. Those resulting positive feelings, including focus and clarity, are motivating and inspiring even more than the weight loss, pain relief or detoxifying.
Since I’ve reluctantly but firmly decided to not run my detox this month and maybe not again until the spring, I want to offer you a simple do it yourself one day detox. I’m all about EASY. SO, I want to make this super simple for you. I’ve included three recipes, one for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But you don’t even need to use all three. Make the lentil stew and eat it for lunch and dinner. It’s up to you.
Just one day. That’s all it takes to feel energized, renewed, refreshed and refocused. Let me know how it goes, I’ll be cheering you on!
Here’s the basic plan:
In the morning, when you go into your kitchen after waking up, the very first thing you do is sip on a mug of hot water with half a lemon squeezed into it. Drink it on an empty stomach. This aids digestion and is super alkaline. If you like it, feel free to enjoy sipping hot water with lemon throughout the day.
Breakfast: Power Smoothie
Lunch: Warm broccoli salad
Dinner: Lentil Stew
Snacks: Veggie sticks and hummus or 1/4 cup of raw cashews
Drinks: water, seltzer or sparkling water, green or herbal tea (no alcohol)
Journal what you eat and how you feel. Trust me, you’ll want to look back on it and do it again!
Please shoot me a message letting me know your doing it, so I can send some positive juju your way. Here’s to a delicious fresh start for you and me, yay!
1 1/2 cups plain unsweetened coconut, cashew, hemp or almond milk
1 tablespoon raw unsweetened almond butter or sunbutter
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
3 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tablespoon honey
5 drops liquid stevia
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Blend milk and almond butter or sunbutter in a blender until creamy and smooth. Add honey, vanilla, stevia and seeds. Mix again until well combined. Let sit for 15 minutes (or longer) before drinking to let chia seeds soften and thicken. If it’s too thick, add water or more milk. Sip and savor the smooth nourishing goodness, yum!
Beautiful Broccoli Avocado Salad
2 cups fresh raw broccoli florets
1/2 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
2 tablespoons raw pumpkin or sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Fresh squeezed lemon juice
Boil water in a large stock pot. Add broccoli and cook for 2 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool or rinse in cool water. Chop broccoli and put in a bowl. Toss with sliced avocado and olive oil.
When ready to eat, sprinkle seeds over top and drizzle with lemon juice (lemon juice will make the broccoli turn brown so you want to add this when you are ready to eat it). Eat this delicious salad warm or cold.
1 cup green or brown lentils
4 cups vegetable stock
2 cups water
1 can diced tomatoes
1 medium onion, peeled and diced
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 celery stalks, cleaned and chopped
3 medium whole carrots, cleaned and chopped
1 tablespoon turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cumin
fresh ground pepper
1 bunch of swiss chard washed and chopped or 2 cups spinach leaves
1 lemon, juiced
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large stock pot over medium heat. Add onion, celery and carrot. Cook until veggies are soft, about 10 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook an additional 2 minutes. Add lentils, tomatoes, cumin, turmeric and broth, bringing to a boil over high heat. Turn heat down and simmer partially covered for 30 minutes. Stir in greens and cook for 2-5 more minutes until greens wilt and are incorporated into the stew. Season with salt, pepper and fresh lemon juice. Top with chopped fresh cilantro.