Feeling blah? Bloated? Nothing inspires you? Craving for sweet things? After a long winter of hibernation, the beginning of spring is the perfect time to detox your body, and there’s no need to make it extreme. You still want to go normally about your day, not feeling tired, deprived and HANGRY (angry and hungry). You should be energized, light and refreshed! This simple 3-day detox will help you kickstart your healthy habits.
For three days, eliminate all sugars, alcohol, soda, caffeine, processed food, grains, gluten, and animal products from your diet. Stay well hydrated by drinking lots of water to help flush the toxins out and keep things moving with ease.
In the morning
Have a warm glass of lemon water and a probiotic on an empty stomach to replenish healthy bacteria and give your digestion a boost. I use and recommend THIS probiotic. If you have digestive issues I also recommend taking a digestive enzyme like THIS.
Enjoy chlorophyll-rich green smoothie or juice to release toxins. It would be best if you use mostly greens with little or no fruit, except lemon. If you cannot stomach it without some sweetness, use green apples. Great combo would be with kale, cucumber, celery, lemon, and ginger. You can also use green powders like the Green Dream blend from Philosophie, or clean protein powder (no whey!) like THIS.
Having a heavy lunch is not the best idea because it might make you sleepy since it takes tons of energy to digest it. Instead opt for a large green salad with tons of veggies, sauerkraut, topped with seeds or quinoa. Or a green smoothie. Or both, but drink the smoothie first.
You might get hungry between lunch and dinner, but do not give in to the cravings! Have healthy snacks available and eat them as much as you want. Or have another smoothie. You can eat healthy foods as much as you want. There’s no portion controlling. Cut up raw veggies like carrots, bell peppers, celery, cucumber, cauliflower, broccoli, and dip them in hummus or make your own veggie dips.
Begin with a big green salad with cut veggies mixed in, and some avocado if you like. Dress it with lemon juice and pepper. Or make a creamy dressing mixing avocado, lemon juice and stevia. For more substance and warmth you can add baked sweet potato or a winter squash, sauteed greens, broccoli or cauliflower. Or roast any of the previously mentioned.
Most importantly, be kind to yourself: get plenty of sleep, do journaling, meditate, drink lots of pure water, spend time in the nature, take it easy, pamper yourself with epsom salt baths, or even a massage. You will feel refreshed and motivated to stay on the healthy track for a long run.
If you’d like an entire plan with shopping list and recipes, check out my FREE 3-Day Gentle Detox Guide.