Happy New Year! Another year has come and gone, and with that we welcome the all-familiar new year resolutions! One thing I always start off the new year with is a cleanse to get me feeling better from the abuse of alcohol and excess food of the holidays. Cliché I know, but admit it – we all go through this!
The below is what I usually do for a couple days or so (approx. 5 days) to get all recharged and feeling healthy and energetic again. This may, or may not work for you, however in principle, this is quite a generic kind of cleanse that is healthy to do for a few days, given you do not have any health or medical issues.
All day: A good amount of water – at least 2-3 litres, in addition to herbal teas; about 4 cups a day. Green and white teas are best, and ideally with no sugar added! 😉
Breakfast: 1-2 large glasses of water with freshly squeezed lemon. This is perfect for cleansing and getting your metabolism up and running. This usually follows with 1 banana – a good source of energy and vitamin K (potassium), which is helpful in avoiding leg cramps which could occur when detoxing as you may lose body salts and minerals if also exercising.
Snack: More fruit! Nothing is more cleansing and healthy than this. I try to stick to citrus fruit – not only are these high in vitamin C, but they also contain a high amount of water which helps keep you full. My favourites are grapefruit, especially the pink ones, and pomelos or oranges if I feel like something a little sweeter. Kiwis are also another favourite. I have about 2 fruits mid-morning.
Lunch: A large bowl of home-made vegetable soup. This need not be boring! Actually it’s quite comforting to have during the cold months – if you can stay away from the hot crusty bread with butter though! 😉 I usually make a green vegetable soup (marrow, spinach, broccoli or pea) or an orange one (carrot or pumpkin).
In normal circumstances I’d include a stock cube and a bit of bacon, but as it’s a cleanse I try to do away with these. Sad, I know. However, I keep in mind this is for 5 days only.
Making easy-peasy detox vegetable soup:
- Chop up and lightly fry 1 onion in a small amount of light cooking oil. This is where you could add about 2-3 slices of chopped back bacon if you wanted for added flavour.
- Clean and chop up your vegetable of choice. How much you include obviously depends on you, however on average I’ll use say 1 ready supplied box of fresh carrots, or 6 large marrows, 250g frozen spinach/broccoli. You decide…
- Then add just enough water to exactly cover the vegetables – not much more as it will be too watery.
- Leave to boil and cook on a low heat for about 30 minutes.
- Once cooled, liquidize to get a healthy thick, creamy vegetable soup.
Snack: Yes, more fruit! I usually go for something with a bit of a crunch to keep me full, so I tend to grab an apple or a pear here. Both contain pectin, which will keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Dinner: For the first two days I try to stick with the vegetable soup, however if this is just too difficult to do then just skip to my 3rd day dinner, which would be a serving of fish or lean poultry with a large serving of steamed or lightly cooked vegetables – anything goes, just no potatoes if possible.
I know this isn’t the most exciting of eating plans, however this is just what works best for me to get me back on track and feeling healthy and energetic again – besides it’s only for about 5 days. Adding exercise of course helps too! 🙂