A simple meal plan that will hit your body's reset button!
What are you doing this weekend? Ready to look better naked?
Ideally, I’d like you to use this 2-day kick-start plan on Saturday and Sunday and then begin the full fitness and diet plan the following Monday.
It’s purely optional, but the best way to get into the groove of a new approach to eating is by experiencing early results — a strategy that’s worked over and over for hundreds of dietitian Keri Glassman’s clients.
The sooner you start looking and feeling better, the more motivated you will be to stick with the plan. That’s why these 2 days of meals offer up less variety—but no less flavour—than the rest of the diet, and why they’re a little lower in kilojoules.
You won’t feel deprived or hungry, and you’ll definitely have an overall feeling of wellbeing after going without processed foods, salt and sugar. You’ll feel healthy, and the drop in sodium alone will help you shed a little water weight.
It’s important to eat exactly what’s listed below on both days of the cleanse—but note that there’s more variety here than meets the eye in terms of which foods you choose to eat and how you prepare them.
Blend 1 cup skim (or soy, almond or rice) milk, 1 cup berries, 1 tsp peanut butter or flaxseed oil and 1 cup of ice until frothy.
Bonus: Add a dash of cocoa powder!
1 cup sliced cucumbers
1 cup green tea
Bonus: Add a little vinegar and fresh dill to your cucumbers, or make a cucumber salad by slicing a couple of unpeeled cucumbers into rounds, dousing them with flavoured vinegar (fig is great, if you can find it), and letting them marinate for an hour. Drain off the vinegar and keep them in the fridge.
Bonus: Drink your green tea straight up and hot—or brew a whole pot, toss in some fresh mint leaves or slices of peeled fresh ginger, and let steep for a few hours. Store in the fridge and pour it over ice when you’re thirsty.
Steamed or raw greens (cos, spinach, mesclun, bok choy, rocket, frisee, watercress, endive, etc.)
115 g lean protein (white meat chicken, firm tofu, lean beef, fish, 2 tsp oil (olive, sunflower, walnut)
Bonus: Mix-and-match your greens! You can get a lot of no-kJ flavour simply by adding rocket or watercress, both of which have a peppery kick. Or you can toss a handful of fresh basil, coriander or flat-leaf parsley in with salad greens for an extra jolt of flavour.
10 asparagus spears, blanched
1 cup green tea
Bonus: Dip the asparagus into fat-free yoghurt swirled with Dijon mustard to taste.
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Steamed or raw greens
115 g lean protein
2 tsp oil
Bonus: Be creative with your 2 teaspoons of oil, at both lunch and dinner. Whisk it with a teaspoon of vinegar and some herbs for vinaigrette; use it to sautée bite-size pieces of white-meat chicken, lean beef, tofu, or fish; or mix it with a flavour-booster spice mix to rub on chicken, beef, or fish before grilling or cooking on the barbie.
Adapted from Look Better Naked