January Detox Plan
It’s that time of year again when we turn our attention to all things health-related; fitness and diets tend to be the main focus for many of us this month. This can make the latest fashionable diet seem especially alluring, so keep in mind that quick fixes simply don’t work where your health is concerned. Fad diets can also be detrimental to your health, as you can miss out on vital nutrients. This week, I therefore have a healthy, balanced detox plan for you to follow instead. This will help you get back on track after the excesses of December, as well as helping you to regain your energy, improve your skin and your general health.
For background information on what detoxing actually is, how it works and how it can benefit your skin and health, please click here.
Preparing to Detox
Before you start your detox, I would advise gradually reducing the following foods over two or three days to reduce the chances of any ‘withdrawal’ symptoms. The first three are especially important, as they are the most likely to give symptoms, such as headaches if you stop them suddenly.
Foods to Avoid:
- Processed foods
- Meat and dairy
- White carbohydrates such as white rice, potatoes, pies, pasta, pizzas and anything containing added sugar or sweeteners
You may also wish to include some of the following foods to start stimulating the body’s natural detoxification processes.
Super Detoxing Foods
- Brassica vegetables – broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts
- Dark green leafy vegetables – kale, spinach, watercress, rocket
- Soluble fibre – oats, apples, beans and lentils
- Gluten-free whole-grains – quinoa, buckwheat, brown rice
- Nuts and seeds
- Fruit and vegetables
- Beauty and Go Detox drinks
- Water – 2 litres per day
The first 2 days of the programme will gently ease you into lighter eating in readiness for your cleansing day, on Day 3. I would recommend starting on a Thursday if possible, so that the cleansing day is on a Saturday.
On rising: hot water, lemon juice and a grating of fresh ginger
Breakfast: Bircher Muesli (see recipe)
Mid morning snack: Beauty & Go Skin Detox and an apple
Lunch: Superfood salad: a large handful of watercress, spinach and rocket leaves, 2-3 cooked beetroot, ½ sliced apple, 1 small grated carrot, ½ an avocado, 1 tbsp sunflower and pumpkin seeds.
Dressing: 1 tbsp olive oil, ½ tbsp organic apple cider vinegar, ½ tbsp lemon juice, black pepper
Afternoon snack: Beauty & Go Skin Detox and 7-10 almonds
If you experience a caffeine withdrawal headache, drink a cup of green tea, which has small amounts of caffeine.
Dinner – 1 baked salmon fillet with lemon, garlic and coriander, 2-3 tbsp cooked brown rice, green vegetables such as spinach and broccoli
(2 servings – prepare the night before)
- 100g organic rolled oats
- 50g chopped almonds, hazelnuts or Brazil nuts (or a mixture)
- 40g goji berries or raisins
- 1 apple, grated
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- Almond milk
Put the first five ingredients in a bowl and cover with the almond milk, mix thoroughly. The mixture should be quite sloppy, as the oats will absorb the extra almond milk overnight. Place in the fridge overnight. In the morning, stir thoroughly, serve half topped with fresh berries.
On rising: hot water, lemon juice and ginger
Breakfast: Bircher Muesli
Mid morning snack: Beauty & Go Skin Detox and a pear
Lunch: either the Superfood Salad from yesterday if you want to use up the ingredients left OR Butternut Squash Soup (recipe on day 3) topped with 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds.
Afternoon snack: Beauty & Go Skin Detox Drink and 7-10 almonds
Dinner: Cashew & Broccoli Stir-Fry (see recipe below)
- 6 spears of Tenderstem broccoli, cut in half
- 6 Baby corn, halved lengthways
- 4 spring onions, sliced
- Small handful of cashew nuts
- ½ to 1 whole red chilli (depending on how hot you like it)
- 2 cloves garlic
- Thumb-sized piece of ginger
Simply stir-fry everything with ½ tbsp coconut oil. Add 1-2 tbsp of water during cooking to soften the vegetables if necessary.
Reminder: this is a liquid only day and the most demanding day of your detox, so I would schedule this to be on a Saturday if possible, or Sunday if not.
Breakfast: Cleansing Green smoothie: ½ avocado, ¼ cucumber, 1 large handful of spinach, 1 handful of blueberries and a large slice of papaya.
Mid Morning: Beauty & Go Detox Drink
Lunch: Butternut Squash Soup (see recipe)
Mid Afternoon: Beauty & Go Detox Drink
Dinner: Pea and Mint Soup with cashews
- 1 large butternut squash
- 1.5 tsp vegetable bouillon or 1 veg stock cube
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
- 200ml boiling water
Peel and cube the squash, toss in 1tsp oil and roast at 180°C until soft (approx 30-35 mins)
Put in a blender with the other ingredients and blend until smooth
For the remaining days, continue to avoid the Foods To Avoid, listed above and include plenty of the Super Detoxing Foods, plus eggs and fish are fine in small amounts. I have given some example meal suggestions below for these days. You will also need to continue with your 2-3 Detox drinks, which will cleanse your skin and your system from within, due to the amazing combination of detoxing ingredients including spirulina, spinach, artichoke and dandelion. For more information on the ingredients and their benefits, please click here.
Some Further Tips:
- Exercise supports detoxification by increasing circulation, which in turn increases the removal of waste products from the body. Gentle walking, swimming or yoga are best.
- Sleep – aim for 8 hours a night, as sleep is when all of our cellular repair and re-energising takes place. Avoid technology for an hour before bedtime and remove electronic devices from the bedroom to aid sleep