Simple 7-Day Detox

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Simple 7-Day Detox

Most of us go through winter in storage mode: hide out, stay warm and eat. But now that 2017 is here, it's time to shake off all those holiday indulgences. A fuss-free detox is the perfect way to welcome a new year.

The basics

I love this detox because it’s really simple. If you’re busy, and you don’t have a lot of time to cook or prepare food, this detox is for you.

Day 1

  • 7 to 8 am: smoothie

Simple Smoothie base
  • smoothie-base_396837778Fresh or frozen fruit (½ banana or ¼ avocado for a creamy base)
  • 2 to 4 veggies (try spinach, cucumber, kale, chard, collard, fennel, celery, carrot, parsley, beet or mint)
  • 1 handful of hemp hearts, almonds or walnuts
  • 2 scoops of protein powder
  • water to desired consistency (try ½ coconut water)
  • green powder supplement

  • 10 to 11 am: snack
  • 12 to 1 pm: steamed veggies and nuts with extra-virgin olive oil, lemon and sea salt
  • 3 to 4 pm: snack
  • 6 to 7 pm: smoothie

Day 2

  • 7 to 8 am: smoothie
  • 10 to 11 am: snack
    • Snack idea: piece of fruit + nuts
  • 12 to 1 pm: steamed veggies and nuts with extra-virgin olive oil, lemon and sea salt
  • 3 to 4 pm: snack
    • Snack idea: celery + almond butter
  • 6 to 7 pm: smoothie

hummusricecrackers_299060021Day 3

  • 7 to 8am: smoothie
  • 10 to 11 am: snack
  • 12 to 1 pm: smoothie
  • 3 to 4 pm: snack
    • Snack idea: rice crackers + hummus
  • 6 to 7 pm: smoothie

Day 4

  • 7 to 8 am: smoothie
  • 10 to 11 am: snack
  • 12 to 1 pm: smoothie
  • 3 to 4 pm: snack
    • Snack idea: avocado + sea salt
  • 6 to 7 pm: smoothie

Day 5

  • 7 to 8 am: smoothie
  • 10 to 11 am: snack
  • 12 to 1 pm: smoothie
  • 3 to 4 pm: snack
    • Snack idea: sweet peppers + nuts
  • 6 to 7 pm: smoothie

Day 6steamedveg_103774928

  • 7 to 8 am: smoothie
  • 10 to 11 am: snack
  • 12 to 1 pm: steamed veggies and nuts with extra-virgin olive oil, lemon and sea salt
  • 3 to 4 pm: snack
  • 6 to 7 pm: smoothie

Day 7snap-peas_156179927

  • 7 to 8 am: smoothie
  • 10 to 11 am: snack
  • 12 to 1 pm: steamed veggies and nuts with extra-virgin olive oil, lemon and sea salt
  • 3 to 4 pm: snack
    • Snack idea: snap peas + nuts
  • 6 to 7 pm: smoothie

Going beyond food

Ideally, practice yoga three to six times during the 7-day detox. Try to meditate for at least 10 minutes a day.

Snack attack

Feel free to mix and match your snacks. If you don’t have time to plan ahead, even just a few nuts will do.

Quick tips

  • Eat fresh, organic veggies, fruit and nuts.
  • Avoid alcohol, artificial sweeteners, caffeine, dairy, gluten, soy and eggs.
  • Drink ≥ half your body weight (measured in pounds) in ounces of water daily (so if you weigh 160 pounds, that’s 80 oz/10 cups of water).
  • Take 400 to 1,000 mg Gymnema sylvestre, once daily (to help balance your blood sugar and curb sugar cravings), and vitamin B-100 complex, once at lunchtime (for an energy boost).

If you’re not up for the full detox …

Feel free to modify as needed. Doing part of the detox is better than doing nothing at all. The most important items I recommend are drinking the smoothies, not eating after 7 pm and taking the gymnema supplement.

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