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Updated December 14, 2011, 4:18 pm betterhomesgardens
Stick to your New Years resolution and kick-start your year with a healthy detox.
Like your car, your body needs a little tune up from time to time, to get rid of unhealthy build-ups and keep its motor running smoothly. So, if you feel like you’re running on empty, now’s the time for a little body work with a detox cleanse. Even just a short health kick will leave you feeling refreshed. Here’s
how to get started.
Search online for detox diets and you’ll find enough different plans to make your head spin! A few are definitely not for the faint-hearted (daily saltwater colon flush, anyone?), while others require you to purchase supplements or can be dangerously restrictive. More well-known detoxes such as The Fat Flush and The Master Cleanse (aka The Lemonade Diet), go in and out of style like haute couture, often gaining street cred when linked to an ‘amazing’ celebrity weight-loss story.
While it’s true you will lose weight if you drink only lemon juice and cayenne pepper for two weeks, it’s also true you will pile it all back on when you start eating normally again. But, if you are still tempted to try a cleanse that’s particularly restrictive, you should be in tiptop health and consult your GP first.What to do:
A safe and achievable detox to try is The Gentle 3-day Cleanse (see over page). This plan combines common-sense healthy eating with the elimination of known toxic troublemakers such as alcohol, caffeine and refined sugar. For three days you will dine on delicious smoothies, fresh juices and soups for breakfast and dinner, with a hearty meal of lean protein and vegetables for lunch. And as long as you steer clear of those items on the ‘avoid’ list, you can be as creative as you like with your menu and snack on endless amounts of raw vegetables, fresh fruits and unsalted nuts, along with drinking plenty of water and herbal teas.Smart tips for success:
Blend 2 fresh mangoes, 1 Tbsp agave syrup and ice, and combine with 1½ cups of either almond, rice or organic soy milk.
Lunch - Baked fish with brown rice or quinoa and mixed steamed vegies.Dinner - Spicy sweet potato and peanut soup
In a large pot, lightly stir-fry 2 carrots, 1 red capsicum, 1 onion, 2 cloves garlic, all chopped, ¼ tsp cayenne pepper and 1 tsp fresh grated ginger. Add 2 large sweet potatoes, chopped, and 4 cups organic vegetable stock or broth. Bring to the boil, and simmer for 1 hour. Put in 4-5 Tbsp creamy, unsalted peanut butter, then use a stick blender to puree the soup. Makes about 4 serves. Freezes well.Day 2
Blend 2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries (or berries of choice) with 1 Tbsp agave syrup, 1 cup unsweetened cranberry juice and 1 cup ice-water. For a creamier drink, substitute water with 1 cup almond, rice or soy milk.
Lunch - Chargrilled chicken strips with baby spinach, avocado, pine nuts and a splash of balsamic vinegar.Dinner - Roasted capsicum and tomato soup
Chop and chargrill 2 red capsicums and set aside. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large pot and add 1 large chopped onion, 1 large chopped carrot, 1 clove crushed garlic, 1 tsp dried Italian herbs. Add capsicum, 1 can crushed tomatoes and 3 cups organic chicken stock. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. Puree and season with black pepper.Day 3
Lunch - Stir-fried mixed vegies (such as broccoli, snow peas, bean sprouts) with buckwheat or rice noodles.Dinner - Chilled ultra-green juice
Blend 1 firmly packed cup baby spinach, ½ cup fresh parsley, 1 chopped Granny Smith apple, 1 ripe banana, 1 Tbsp agave syrup, 2 cups ice-water.
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