I met the lovely Sarah in Chicago at a blogging event, and I justttt adore her! Her blog, The Balanced Babe, offers holistic health advice and ways to balance beauty and fitness in our everyday lives. Today, she’s sharing her expertise on the topic of detoxing, and offers a four day plan to get you beach-body ready. Follow her wonderful words of wisdom on Twitter here and check out her image consulting site Style Body Soul here! Take it away, Sarah! :)
As the seasons change, so does your digestion and food needs. Now that spring is here and summer is around the corner, you need to reset your digestion, and kickstart a renewed and healthy diet! If you are feeling bloated, constipated, groggy, or just don’t have the energy you want or need, you might need a detox!
Many people get scared off by the word detox. They think intense restrictive diets like the master
juice cleanse, but sometimes it’s a good idea to take baby steps and making small changes that
will end with big results. I’ve put together a simple yet effective 4 day “detox” that will help reset
your body for the new spring season!!
HOW LONG? If you feel like you can keep on going with this detox, try it for as many days as you like. You can
experiment with different recipes that are similar to the ones listed below. If you find yourself not
overly hungry, you don’t need to include the twice daily snacks. Some people find that giving their
metabolism a break by not constantly nibbling can help with overall digestion and it could improve
gut health. Taking longer breaks in between meals is more common if you have a gut imbalance.
If your digestion is fine and your body type is slim, you might need those two snacks daily to keep
your blood sugar levels up.
What we will be including more of in the next 4 days: leafy greens, water and green tea,
What we are cutting down on: refined sugars, carbs, sodium, dairy, and cutting out processed
veggies, and some fruits like apples and pineapple.
GROCERY LIST: Here is the grocery list of items you need for this 4 day Balanced Babe detox!
Apple cider vinegar (I like Braggs, can be found at Whole Foods or Marianos), bag of kelp granules (Whole Foods), 5 lemons, parsley, cilantro, basil, 2 ginger, baby carrots, 1 container of blueberries, 3 bunches of kale, sunflowers seeds, almonds, walnuts, bean sprouts, romained leaves, baby spinach, 1 bunch of asparagus, 2 cucumbers, 1 bunch of celery, low sodium vegetable stock, 12 eggs, 4 apples, 2 packages of precooked beets (Trader Joes), organic and raw honey, canned salmon (wild-caught only), frozen artichoke hearts, 4 bananas, 2 avocados, balsamic vinegar, 3 white onions, minced garlic, vegan cheese (GoVeggie brand), 3 bunch of collard greens, 1 head of cauliflower.
Dry seasonings: thyme, sage, pepper, cinnamon
Now put it to work!
Day 1: Wake up! Drink some warm lemon water with a shot of apple cider vinegar, a tsp of
honey, and half a lemon. Then you can have your coffee or do it vice versa. (Or tea if you only
Breakfast: Juice or smoothie If you have a juicer, make a juice consisting of: carrots, ginger,
kale, cilantro, celery, cucumber, lemon. If you want a smoothie instead, make a smoothie
consisting of: spinach, apple, cilantro, ginger, lemon, cucumber, pineapple
Snack: Nuts or artichoke hearts with balsamic vinegar (remember to soak your nuts!)
Lunch: Kale salad with kelp granules, ½ avocado, shaved carrots, sunflower seeds, and bean
sprouts topped with 1 tbsp olive oil and apple cider vinegar. OR Spinach salad with beets, blue
berries, walnuts, and balsamic vinegar with side of canned salmon or salmon filet sprinkled with
pepper and seasonings or steam asparagus with balsamic vinegar and sprinkled with vegan cheese.
Snack: Apple with cinnamon
Dinner: Big bowl o’ greens, saute kale or collard greens ( half a bunch of each) in low sodium
veggie stock with chopped onion and a tsp of minced garlic (you can play with seasonings), with a
side of cauliflower mash or two sunny side up eggs.
* If you MUST have something sweet..freeze some bananas and make banana ice cream as your late night dessert.
Repeat this plan for 4 days. You can be creative and play with different recipes that are still similar
to the ones I suggested. That doesn’t mean making an iceberg salad with mozzarella cheese and
bacon bits..make mindful decisions when it comes to eating!
PAMPER: During this 4 day detox, you need to pamper yourself as well. This is your time to reboot your
energy, and balance yourself inside and out. Here are some at home self care remedies for you to
Dry body brushing (how-to!)
Epsom salt bath nightly
Facial and scalp massage with coconut oil
Stretching/yoga every morning and night
Go for a walk outside daily for at least 30 min
Sleep as much as you need (if this means you need 9 hours of sleep with a 30 min nap each
day, then do it!)
If you feel that you can still use more of a detox after these 4 days, continue on with a plant based
detox for 3 more days and see how you feel! It is so important to listen to your body. Now is the
time to get in tune with yourself, so meditate for 10 minutes a day, do stretches morning and
night, and get outside and breathe fresh air. If you are feeling gasy or bloated after eating
something, then cut it out and see how you feel a week after.
Remember, this isn’t about restricting yourself. If you are craving something, have that treat but in
moderation. This 4 day detox is about adding more veggies and fruits into your diet! Let me know what you think! :)