How to do a Mini Detox:
A Short 1-Week Body Detox
This mini detox is designed to ease you into the world of detoxing and to allow you to feel how rejuvenated you will feel when you give your body a chance to cleanse. Ideally you should do this detox for 30-days and do it three times a year. but let’s start with a short one week mini detox. The aim here is to alkalise our bodies to combat the acid waste we have accumulated.
Things to Avoid During Your Mini Detox Week:
Alcohol, Sugar, Meat, Dairy, Wheat (Gluten), Fast Foods, Processed Packed Foods (most contain refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in varying degrees and under different guises).
Things to Do During Your Mini Detox Week:
Drink at least 2-3 litres of pure filtered water. Don’t use bottled water as most is either distilled or created using the reverse osmosis method both of which, strip the water of everything including the good minerals and leave your water acidic and tasteless. Remember we are trying to alkalise our bodies so do not need to be putting in acidic water.
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Upon Waking Every Morning
Do this as soon as you wake up and before you eat or drink anything else apart from filtered water. Squeeze half a fresh lemon or pour 5ml of apple cider vinegar into a large 250ml glass of warm or room temperature filtered water and sip away until it is all gone. Remember, do this before you eat or drink anything else. This will hydrate and alkalise your body and stimulate and assist your liver in the detox process.
Now you can have a cup of tea (herbal) or coffee (decaffeinated) but we want to avoid caffeine. Do not use refined sugar. If you must sweeten your beverage, do it with Stevia (natural plant derived sweetener) or Natvia (only 0.4% calories as compared to 16 calories for equivalent in refined sugar), which contains Erythritol (fruit sugar) and Steviol Glycosides (extracted from Stevia), and now available in granulated form from most supermarkets and a lot sweeter than refined sugar.
Stevia and Natvia are among the healthiest substitutes for sugar, are non-toxic and also have several traditional medicinal uses. Studies suggest that Stevia has a regulating effect on the pancreas and could help stabilise blood sugar levels in the body.
DO NOT use artificial sweeteners like Equal as they contain very questionable ingredients like aspartame and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and you do not want to be putting those into your body.
Remember, this is only a mini detox and we want to avoid all artificial stimulants. We want to create a natural energy boost that will last, not spike then crash.
Cereals: is a bowl of natural unsweetened cereal (check the label, if it contains sugar don’t buy it). Try puffed rice, corn or kamut with almond or pure coconut milk. If you must sweeten it try fruit, Stevia or a drizzle of pure honey (Manuka honey is the best if you can get it).
Porridge with a tablespoon of coconut oil (brain food) added and sweetened with dates, date paste, Stevia or a drizzle of pure Manuka honey.
Toast: If you have toast, use gluten-free bread with pure butter (not margarine) and smear with Vegemite or almond butter. Avoid jams and honey here as we want to avoid the sugar spike as much as possible. Try it with Vegemite, tomato and avocado (sounds like a weird combination but tastes awesome and good for you).
Pancakes, muffins and the like are okay provided they are gluten-free and do not contain added sugar (read the labels) or make your own using one of the numerous different gluten-free alternative flours readily available from your local health food store.
Smoothie: Instead of the above, try a power smoothie made with fresh fruit and vegetables with fresh filtered water (hydration again) or almond or coconut milk. We try different combinations of fruits like bananas, mango, kiwi fruit, green apples, pineapple, watermelon, paw paw, pears, peaches, nectarines, berries, tomatoes and sprouted vegetables.
We normally go to our local organic fruit and vegetable store and just buy up what’s available in the bargain trolley… hey we are not keeping it, it’s going into our smoothies… and its cost effective!
If you have to buy frozen fruits, check the labels and make sure its all pure frozen fruit with no added sugar. Yes I know unbelievable isn’t it! Why would you want to add sugar to naturally sweet fruit? Because we are addicted to sugar and the major manufacturers know it!
It’s fun to combine and we get some not so tasty combos but some that just blow your taste buds away. You can also combine green powders, readily available from your health food store, that contain a combination of (preferably fermented) cereal grasses, green vegetables and algae plus enzymes, probiotics and food-based supplements. Chlorella and cilantro (coriander) are potent heavy metal detox foods, especially for mercury. Chlorella is a food that can be consumed daily.
The one we use is Vitality Super Green which contains an extraordinary spectrum (or life force) of fermented algae and cereal grasses, fermented green veggies, enzymes, probiotics and food-based supplements providing you the highest quality green drink, to help rebuild and strengthen your immunity and to create new vitality. Check out the make-up of Vitality Super Green Here
Add a scoop or two of Vitality Super Green to your fruit smoothies and you won’t notice the difference, and the energy boost it will give you is phenomenal and will normally last all day.
Lunch can be difficult sometimes particularly if you are working or out and about during the day. It gets tempting to just grab some fast food… but don’t do it! You will be defeating the whole purpose of the detox. Remember, its only for one week. Take a packed lunch (gluten-free wrap) with you and a large bottle of filtered water.
Try Sushi for lunch but get the rolls without meat or cooked ingredients. Try the vegetable rolls or one’s with raw fish like salmon and tuna. Or find a place that makes fresh wraps and combine whatever you want but avoid the meats. Even the local Kebab shop will give you a vegetable wrap with tabouli, tomato, lettuce, carrot, cucumber and beetroot.
Once again if you have to have a hot drink then make it a herbal tea or decaf coffee. Avoid bottled or packaged fruit juices as most say they are pure natural juice but they are mostly made from concentrate, which has sugar added (remember they know we are addicted).
Get your juice freshly squeezed from a juice bar or try 100% coconut water (great for re-hydrating) now readily available from most large supermarket chains.
There are a lot of combinations you can try for dinner but during a detox week, we normally go for the gluten-free wraps again but this time with salmon or tuna for variety. They are nourishing and not to heavy, which is important for the evening meal as we want to process it before going to bed. Try to eat an hour or two before going to bed.
If you absolutely need a cooked meal (no meat) then try steamed vegetables with fresh fish cooked in a little pure organic coconut oil or poached in some almond or coconut water. Roast vegetables sprinkled with fresh herbs and roasted in a little coconut oil are also delicious.
We use coconut oil for all our baking, roasting and frying because it does not break down when subjected to high heat like vegetable oils and the like which oxidise when heated. Read more about why we shouldn’t use vegetable oils here https://healthyhomesblog.com under the heading “Coconut Oil in Your Kitchen”
For those who don’t like the taste or smell of coconut there are varieties of coconuts that are tasteless and odourless.
There are many recipes you can try from your cookbook, just eliminate or substitute the meat and dairy and you will be surprised how tasty they are. Try rice, tomato and herb dishes or baked sweet potato with whole baked mushrooms (baking them whole seals in the juices). Remember we are only doing this for one week to see how much better we feel… its not that hard and you are going to notice the difference.
Goodies to Stuff into Your Gluten-Free Wraps
Tuna and wild salmon (canned okay but only in natural brine or spring water, Raw grated, beetroot (not canned), Cucumber, Celery, Tomatoes, Shredded raw zucchini, Grated raw sweet potato, Grated raw pumpkin (sweet and tastes great), Kale and Lettuce, Capsicum, Onions and Garlic, Herbs and spices, Hummus and Tahini, and Cous Cous, Almond nut and Chia seed spread, Dates (great sweetener for desert wraps), Banana, Kiwi Fruit, Green Apples, Shredded coconut or the meat of a fresh whole coconut, Fresh Berries (if you have to buy frozen, read the label and get the ones with no added sugar and yes most supermarkets have them. We use the Creative Gourmet brand from Coles).
When you have finished your detox it is recommended you eat only healthy fats, avoid all wheat and gluten products and minimize your sugar intake to raw honey. The following is a list of foods the fall into the preceding categories.
Healthy fats: extra virgin olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, grass-fed tallow and organic or pasture-fed butter, ghee, almond milk, avocados, coconuts, olives,nuts and nut butters, cheese (except for blue cheeses), and seeds (flax seed, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, Chia seeds).
Good Sources of Protein: whole eggs; wild fish (salmon, black cod, mahi mahi, grouper,herring, trout, sardines); shellfish and molluscs (shrimp, crab, lobster, mussels, clams, oysters); grass-fed (NOT grain fed) meats (pork, beef, lamb, veal, liver, bison), free-range fowl and poultry (chicken, turkey, duck, and ostrich) and wild game.
Healthy Vegetable Choices: leafy greens and lettuces, collards, spinach, broccoli, kale, chard, cabbage, onions, mushrooms, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, sauerkraut, artichoke, alfalfa sprouts, green beans, celery, bok choy, radishes, watercress, turnip, asparagus, garlic, leek, fennel, shallots, scallions, ginger, parsley, water chestnuts.
Low-Sugar Vegetables and Fruits: avocado, bell peppers, cucumber, tomato, zucchini, squash, pumpkin, eggplant, lemons, limes.
Herbs, Seasonings, and Condiments (use fresh if you can find them): These are normally okay but just check the labels for added ingredients. Get rid of tomato sauce, ketchup, soy sauce, and chutney (nearly all are full of sugar) but mustard, horseradish, and salsa are okay provided they are free of gluten, wheat, soy, and sugar. There are virtually no restrictions on herbs and seasonings but once again check the labeling and avoid ones that were made at plants that process wheat and soy. Your best bet is to go fresh herbs and seasonings straight out of your garden or from your local organic health food store.
Superfood Powders: Raw Maca, Raw Cacao or Cocoa, Super Green Powder, Pure Organic Vegan Protein (no soy, caseins or fillers)
What You Need To Buy
Pure Organic Coconut Oil (health food store)”Cocobella” pure coconut water (in the bottled water aisle in Coles), “Coco Quench” coconut milk, “Blue Diamond Almond Breeze” unsweetened almond milk (all in the long-life milk section of Coles).
Unsweetened Gluten-Free Cereal or Rolled Oats (health food aisle in Coles)
Vitality Super Green
Stevia of Natvia (available in granules at Coles)
Gluten-Free Wraps (if none available find wraps with the least additives)
Get the Best Home Water Purification Filtration System
Stock up on fresh organic fruit and vegetables
An Alkalising Booster
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