By Francesca Bonta, Owner Karma Lifestyle Yoga & Holistic Health
As we kick off 2016, many people look for a way to make changes to their diet. Why not start off with this simple seven-day detox plan. It is gentle and cleansing for your digestive system and will help you eat more mindfully. Mindfulness helps us all, Mind, Body & Soul.
This detox plan is about giving our body a rest from some of the common toxins we take in and to refuel it with “prana” life force. Changing our diet habits for a little while can also help shift some of the unconscious eating behaviours you might be doing, so that after the seven days you might notice we are more naturally drawn to healthier food choices.
• Eat organic fresh produce when possible
• Drink plenty of water and herbal teas
• Eat in a relaxed, calm space (take a few deep breaths before eating)
• Lunch and dinner should consist of steamed greens and vegetables
• Chew everything you eat very well
The Detox Process As your body starts to get rid of toxins you may feel a little worse until about day 4 of the program. Keep an eye on your intake of water when that happens — you need to drink extra water during a detox. If you feel you need some extra fuel, eat some protein-rich food around lunch time. This could be free-range/organic eggs or some pulses, such as lentils, mung beans, garbanzo beans, or black beans. Try to avoid meat or fish, but if that is not possible, try to make it steamed or grilled white fish.
Day 1-3: Preparation
Cut Out Toxins
Prepare by starting to cut out the toxins you’ll be avoiding during the detox, like alcohol, sugar and caffeine. Try to avoid fried or processed foods.
On days 1 to 3, begin taking a tablespoon of chia seeds in half a cup of water. Stir the seeds into the water and leave it for at least 10 minutes, and then drink the gel that has formed. This will help to clean your digestive tract.
Fill Up Your Pantry
Stock up on foods you are going to use:
• Grains such as amaranth, quinoa, rice, millet, buckwheat
• Veggies: including kale, broccoli, carrots, beets, cabbages, sweet potatoes, potatoes, green beans, asparagus, chard, squash (fresh and organic if possible)
• Fruits: such as pears, apples, bananas, oranges, mixed berries, melon, papayas, grapefruit, mangoes - you'll need plenty of lemons too
• Chia Seeds and Goji Berries • A good organic olive oil and sea salt to accompany your detox foods.
Day 4-10: Detoxification
When you wake up Drink one glass of warm water with half a lemon squeezed into it & some cayenne pepper.
Begin with a piece of fresh fruit — any kind you like. 15 to 30 minutes after that, eat one bowl of cooked whole grains. For the grains, think about amaranth, buckwheat, quinoa, rice, millet. Find out what you like and what works for you! You can add a small amount of sea salt to your grains for flavor. For a sweeter taste add a small amount of pure honey or molasses to the grains.
Eat one to two bowls of steamed vegetables for lunch. Save the water you used to steam and put it to one side to cool. You can use whatever kind of vegetables you like. Just try to use a wide variety and mix of colours so that you get a good range of nutrients. Think about kale, broccoli, carrots, beets, cabbages, sweet potatoes, green beans, asparagus, chard, squash, and any other veggies that you like.
Use the same guidelines as for lunch.
Sometime between 11am and 3pm, drink the juice of the steamed vegetables with a little added sea salt, or even a bit of spirulina or kelp if you have it. In the evening, drink only herbal teas. Teas like peppermint, chamomile, echinacea, fennel or nettle are good choices.
Combine it with a Yoga Practice
This detox plan works even more effectively if you practice yoga on a regular basis. We have a full yoga schedule of classes for all levels and interests.
Article adapted from Ekhart Yoga