I’m all about having a wonderful time at the holidays - believe me, Tim and I had a wonderful Christmas, we did not scrimp on delicious food and treats (yes, there was a lot of clean wine and GF, DF ice cream sandwiches) and our butts were firmly glued to the couch for a significant amount of time (well, at least as long as it takes to watch Elf)…
But today, I’m back on track. Because I see my health like a bank account, and yesterday all the carbs, sugar and inactivity was a large withdrawal. And now I need to pay back in, and maybe add some extra for good measure as I have a super busy January ahead of me.
But will I be doing a juice cleanse, crazy detox or and extreme fasting? Hell no. Programs such as this do not work. Period. At best they can be ineffective, and at worst damaging to your health and wellbeing.
Our bodies have 2 phases of detoxification, the Phase 1 pathway in which toxins get released from our cells and mobilised into our bloodstreams, and the Phase 2 pathway through which these toxins are eliminated through four bodily systems (breath, sweat, pee and poop).
For both of these pathways to act efficiently we need an abundance of amino acids (the building blocks of protein), combined with polyphenols and antioxidants (think of these as vitamins and minerals with superpowers) and fibre to move to toxins out of the body. Most juice, tea or shake cleanses are woefully lacking in these essential detoxification nutrients and usually up regulate just the Phase 1 pathway, releasing the toxins from the cells but leaving them to circulate in your bloodstream, making you more toxic than when you started. This is why such detox plans often leave you feeling nauseous and fatigued, and suffering from headaches and breakouts - the opposite of how you are aiming to feel!
Healing the gut is also a much neglected aspect of detox plans, but our digestive system is the first line of defense against external toxins. If you are suffering from intestinal permeability (aka leaky gut) and/or an imbalanced microbiome (i.e. all of us post holidays) then more toxins will be able to enter your bloodstream instead of being filtered out. This is why healing collagen and bone broth and microbiome balancing probiotic rich foods feature heavily over these 2 days.
This 2 Day Smart Detox below is designed to up regulate both Phase 1 and Phase 2 pathways, thus leaving you feeling lighter, brighter, more energised and with glowing skin and a flatter stomach. Working out, dry skin brushing, infrared sauna and even getting more sleep can also boost results. Ensure you are drinking at least 2-3 litres of water throughout the day, and feel free to add lemon, lime, or even herbs such as mint and basil to your water.
2 Day Smart Detox
Upon waking: 8oz warm water with a squeeze of lime and a pinch of Himalayan salt
Ensure 10-12 hours overnight between the last meal of the previous day and the and first meal of the next day
Breakfast: Gingerbread Latte Superfood Smoothie (or any of my Gut Healing Smoothies)
20g vanilla collagen
1/2 apple, chopped
1/4 zucchini, chopped
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 teaspoon freshly grated turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
Pinch ground nutmeg
Pinch ground cloves
1 serving New Chapter Fermented Maca Booster Powder (optional)
1.5 cups almond milk
Blend together until smooth
Mid Morning: Dandelion, Fennel or Peppermint Tea
Lunch: Alkalising Creamy Green Soup (makes 2 servings)
1 clove garlic
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 cup broccoli
1 cup fennel, finely chopped
2 cups spinach, chopped
2 cups bone broth
1 teaspoon of Himalayan salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds, toasted
1 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
In a large pan saute the shallots, garlic and fennel in coconut oil for 2 minutes.
Add the bone broth, broccoli, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and pepper and leave to cook for 4 minutes.
Take off the heat and then add the avocado and spinach, letting the heat wilt the spinach for a couple of minutes. Blend all ingredients together until smooth and top with the pumpkin seeds and extra virgin olive oil.
Mid Afternoon: 1 cup unsweetened coconut yoghurt with 1 tablespoon chia seed and ¼ cup berries
Dinner: Green Goddess Salad
Combine 2 cups of leafy greens with chopped radish, carrot, cucumber, zucchini or any other raw salad vegetables (avoid broccoli and cauliflower as these are difficult to digest) and 2 tablespoons of fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut. Dress with the Green Goddess dressing below, and top with hemp, sunflower or pumpkin seeds.
Green Goddess Dressing
Blend together until smooth and creamy.
Evening: Dandelion, Fennel, Peppermint or Valerian Root Tea
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