As much as I love having people over and hostessing this also entails consuming more alcohol than I normally would, mindlessly eating countless snacks, and needing more caffeine the next day just to keep me awake. This seems to have been my normal pattern so far this summer as I have been entertaining almost every night. Rather than continue on w/ my bad self, I have decided to do a detox before my next get together this Friday. In the past when I have done detoxes I have usually turned to the Master Cleanse. While this detox has had great results, I've lost excess pounds and felt great at the end, it is literally hell for the first few days. Subsisting on lemon juice (11 days was my max) makes you feel loopy, and leaves you w/ little energy, plus I have heard that it is bad for your liver
This time around I decided to do something less extreme and turn to a variation of a detox I found off of Gwyneth Paltrow's website, Goop. If you have not been to this site before I would highly suggest it- not only does she have great recipes and restaurant recommendations, but she also shares information about places to travel, fashion tips, and other miscellaneous bits of knowledge. The detox that I am trying is based off of Dr. Alejandro Junger's book Clean which I have tried to purchase, but it has been sold out at every Barnes & Noble I have visited. The detox can be found here but the main point is to cut out products that interfere w/ the detox process and to consume mostly juices and shakes so that the digestive system doesn't have to do as much work. Plus drink LOTS of aqua.
So here are the no no's...
Snack/Lunch- sunflower seeds...
and pineapples slices
Dinner- Green smoothie. Here is the recipe. This thing is supposed to work miracles. I was a little worried though at this point when my blender was overflowing w/ cilantro...
Despite the crazy amount of veggies in this smoothie the apple and banana made it sweet. This is now my new favorite.
*Sorry for the lack of pics, not sure what happened here.
10:30 AM- water w/ lemon
Breakfast- Green smoothie made the day before
Lunch- Pomegranate kombucha & more sunflower seeds
Dinner- Strawberry & Banana smoothie- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 banana, 1 TBS hemp protein, & ice.
I was proud of myself because even though I had girlfriends over in the evening and I supplied chardonnay, chips, and hummus I resisted! Truth be told it was not even that hard because I slurped down the above yummy smoothie instead.
10 AM- water w/ lemon
Breakfast (11AM)- Green smoothie
and salted Pepitas! I'm a first timer to these and bought them today at Cost Plus World Market because I was starving. They are way delish.
Dinner- Salad w/ Carrot and Ginger dressing. I adopted this from the detox on goop, but let me just tell you now that this dressing is insane!! I also got to use my mom's magic bullet which is the most amazingly clever device ever, I need one next year in my house. Here is the recipe I used for the dressing-
Ingredients: 2 medium sized organic carrots roughly chopped, 1 clove of garlic chopped, 2 TBS roughly chopped fresh ginger, 1 TBS miso paste, 1 TBS balsamic vinaigrette, 1 TBS olive oil, 3 TBS water
- Put in a blender or bullet and blend away. The consistency is a bit thick- if you wanted it thinner you could add more olive oil or water.
I put the dressing on a large handful of arugula and 1/2 of an avocado. This tasted like heaven, it is very similar to the ginger dressing that they serve at sushi restaurants.
All in all this detox has not been too painful. I have been enjoying the smoothies, and have not felt like I have been out of it or lacking energy. On top of the above eats I have also been drinking lots of water w/ lemon throughout the day and having decaf herbal tea at night. The only day that has been difficult was today, but the pepitas saved me. Plus I got some new bikinis this week which are a great inspiration ; )