I was so excited to find a mini detox diet that didn’t involve starving or living solely off of liquids, and actually worked! Alas, I must share it with you.
You might find it odd to be talking about detoxing right as we’re gearing up for the Holiday season, but there’s actually no better time! Generally, schedules and eating habits go awry at the end of the year, which can leave you feeling out of balance, bloated, and irregular.
Most of the time, my digestion is golden with all systems running smoothly. For a few weeks though, even though I didn’t think I was eating anything unusual, I felt bloated and gassy, as well as some other unpleasantness (sexy, I know). I felt the need to clear out my system and start fresh.
I considered a juice fast, but to be honest, I hate juice fasting. I am a very active person, and my work is both physically demanding and requires focused attention. Any time I’ve done a juice fast (and it’s only been 24 hours), I feel foggy, irritable, weak, and low energy. I have a very high metabolism and not eating just doesn’t feel healthy to me.
Thankfully, I found a great mini detox diet by Dr. Oz (link is below in the “Take Action” section), which also happened to be totally vegan. It did involve juice, but only as a snack, not as the entirety of the diet. It consists mainly of fresh veggies and fruit, quinoa, and a simple and gentle vegetable soup. I made a few modifications to make it more delicious and effective for me:
– I ate pomegranates rather than just drinking the juice. Eating pomegranates is one of my favorite things about fall.
– I added half a scoop of vegan protein powder to the midday smoothie, to keep the hunger and grouchiness at bay.
– For the soup, I sautéed the onions in a little grapeseed oil before adding the rest of the ingredients. This made it more flavorful.
– I added sprouted mung beans to the soup for a little extra protein, and as mung beans are very gentle on your digestion, it was a safe bet.
– I seasoned the soup with bragg’s liquid aminos, because I love it.
– I ate as much soup and veggies snacks as I wanted so I didn’t feel starved.
– Before and between meals, I drank a lot of water with fresh squeezed lemon and a drop of lemon essential oil (makes your liver very happy).
I did the diet for 3 days rather than 2, and by the end felt completely back on track. I also discovered that what was throwing me off was eating too many nuts and nut butters. For whatever reason I don’t do so well with nuts, which as a mostly vegan can be problematic. But I feel so much better not eating them that I can’t say they’re missed.
So when to detox? The best thing you can do is eat a clean and healthy diet everyday, but life happens and getting off track here and there is inevitable. When you’re ready to get back to normal, doing a detox resets your system, your apetite, and your taste buds. Try your best to not indulge to the extreme over Thanksgiving, and once the leftovers are eaten up, take 2 or 3 days to get the system running smoothly again. You’ll feel so much better for it.
Remember, detoxing is not the antidote for taxing your system regularly with unhealthy fats, sugar, and alcohol. Wild pendulum swings are not good for you. But a gentle cleanse every-so-often to compliment your already healthy lifestyle is a wonderful gift for your body.
Take action now:
- In the comments below, share how you feel about detoxing and what works for you.
- Learn more about how essential oils can support your life by scheduling an Intro to Essential Oils with me HERE.
- Get the Dr. Oz 48-Hour Weekend Cleanse HERE.