Each year after the holidays I tell my friends I’m going to make like a plant and go dormant. In my world of introversion, winter is the time for rest, introspection, and cleansing. So, I clear my calendar and then I clear my digestive system.
As I mentioned in The Year of Food, I rest my body by fasting, which I have to do on a weekend, so I choose one when I have no plans. (You really can’t do much when you fast for two days so it’s wise to lie low and stay home.) For a whole week prior to the fast, I follow a specific antioxidant-rich diet and avoid certain foods. Then I do a two-day juice fast, followed by another week of antioxidants similar to the fast preparation diet.
The purpose of this ritual–and I wish I could dedicate more time to it the rest of the year–is to get all the crud out of my organs, especially after over-indulging during the holidays on things like sparkling wine, tapas, and cookies. And removing the sulfites that I ingest with my favorite wine. And taking a break from dairy foods, sweets, caffeine, and any processed food that crosses my path.
So, if you’re interested in how I do it, I decided to post this year’s diet on my blog. I’ll share with you the list of foods I’m eating, including any recipes I make, beginning with Day 1 and through Day 5. Then I’ll share my fasting recipes with you on the weekend.
This ritual is something I compiled last year after reading through many sources on detoxification and juice fasting and tailoring the process to my needs and tastes. This weekend I’ll spend some time reading health articles so if I come across any references I’ll add them to my blog then.
The main goal is to avoid these foods and products: alcohol, caffeine, over-the-counter drugs, fats, processed food, sugar, artificial sweeteners, refined carbs, gluten, and baked goods.
Which antioxidant foods do I eat each day? Here’s my list:
1 apple, carrot, or pear
1 cup of berries
2-3 T. ground flaxseed
1-2 tsp. psyillium husks in 8 oz. water (or take as capsule w/water)
½ cup broccoli, cabbage, or cauliflower
½ cup chard, greens, or kale
1 orange or juice of lemon or lime
2 eggs, 1 clove of garlic, or ½ cup cooked onions
½ cup cooked asparagus or 2 stalks of celery
2 servings of protein or 2 T. algae (or capsules)
1-2 T. flaxseed oil or olive oil
Detox Menu – Day 1
Breakfast: Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie (soy milk only; no dairy); orange juice; decaf English breakfast tea (black)
Second Breakfast: 2 hard-cooked happy eggs
Snack: 2 stalks of celery and 1 large carrot, cut into sticks
Dinner: Lemon Chicken Smothered in Onions and steamed broccoli
Snack: Raspberries with ground flax seed and almond milk; chamomile tea