One Week Detox Plan

Beet and Avocado saladOh, so you thought you’d make it through the summer on champagne cocktails, hot dogs and ice cream? How’s that working out for you and your well-being?

That’s what I thought.

This summer has flown by and we’re now in mid-August. This is my favorite part of the summer and the weather in New York has been absolutely perfect these past few weeks. But something feels off-balance. I’ve been eating too many hamburgers, drinking too many margaritas and have been working too hard. My body is tired and even though I make look healthier because I’m just ever so slightly tan, I don’t feel it at all.

That means it’s DETOX time.

Yup. It’s been six months since my last detox and I am ready to dive in again. Are you? Chances are you are going to at least one wedding this summer and have to wear a color other than black (this is problem for me, it may not be for you). Or maybe YOU’RE the one getting married. Congratufuckinglations. Let’s call this one a “Summer Wedding Detox.” Chances are, for one reason or another you need your skin to glow and your clothes to fit better, ASAP.

I’m going to follow the same plan and basic structure as my last detox, but I’ve changed the recipes up a bit. Feel free to use the original plan or this new plan as they are very similar. I did find some completely preservative-free, unsweetened almond milk so I’m not going to bother making my own this time. I detox for six days because a full 7-day week is just about impossible. 6 days is a nice even number that I promise is completely do-able even with a hectic and busy schedule. You just need to plan ahead- and luckily I’ve done most of that for you.

My detoxes are different than most. You will be eating solid foods. You will be eating a lot of fish because it’s good for you. It’s a solid lean source of protein and to be perfectly honest with you I don’t really like chicken. So make sure you have access to fresh fish, or stock up on frozen (really not the same) before you begin your detox.

The idea behind this detox is to force your body to stop craving things that are bad for you so it has a chance to reset. Evaluate your own habits and think about what your body can’t live without. For me, it’s SALT. I love salt and salty things much more than I love sugary things. Potato chips, french fries, ramen noodles, Korean food, cured meats, I love it all! So I will be focusing on ELIMINATING salt from my diet for one week. Not to sound like a life coach, but focus on you. Stay in, catch up on sleep, take a bath, use your neglected Netflix account (or whomever you’re “borrowing” from). I encourage you to clear your schedule for this one week. Going to a restaurant and not eating is miserable and trying to order “detox friendly” food is nearly impossible. That friend you have dinner plans with? Invite them over for some steamed veggies and fish, I bet they will appreciate the clean meal.

As someone who loves food, detoxing is very difficult, both in mind and body. So why do it? Well, why not? There are studies upon studies that will show you that detoxing is good for you and that it’s bad for you. However, a brain will tell you that eliminating most processed foods and only eating whole vegetables and fish is probably good for you.

These recipes are simple enough to make at home even with a tiny, poorly stocked kitchen. Before you begin, it’s important to make sure you have the following tools:

a blender
a vegetable peeler
a small sauce pot
a non-stick frying pan
a baking sheet
straws

You’ll have a protein shake every morning to get you through the morning. Using almond milk in your shake adds flavor and nutrients. During my last detox I used whey protein powder but this time I’ve gone with hemp. Whey is a protein derived from dairy, so in the interests of being extra clean, I’m cutting it out completely. That means no lactose at all. I’ve gone with hemp protein which has a bit of an odd texture and taste. It’s also green, so your pretty purple blueberry shake will be look a bit like sludge. I’ve also added flax seeds to my shake for their wonderful detoxing power. Word of warning: hemp protein is pretty gross. It tastes very “earthy,” so grab a straw and say “bottoms up!” Seriously…the straw makes ALL the difference.

This is not a method for weight loss. Though you are bound to loose a few pounds by the end, they will come right back when you regress back to your normal eating habits- that I can guarantee. This detox is a way to reset your body and your mind. When your week is up– celebrate with food and alcohol if you want –but don’t go crazy.  Remember: I’m not a doctor or a nutritionist, but just trust me on this one. I’ve done my research. Continue with the good habits you’ve picked up: drinking chlorophyll, avoiding salt and sugar and eating lots of fish and fresh vegetables.

And I’m ONLY human…I had a glass of wine Friday night OKAY. If you cheat or veer off course, just forgive and forget. Have a cold glass of Chlorophyll to reset. Beating your self up about eating a fun size Snickers bar after lunch on Day 4 isn’t going to help. You’ve made it this far, keep going.

Here are some things you should get familiar with:

Lemon Water – You’ll have a glass of warm water with lemon every single morning when you wake up. This helps get those digestive juices going.

Chlorophyll  This scary greenish black substance is made from plants. Mix 1 Tablespoon of liquid Chlorophyll into a glass of cold water and you will feel instantly refreshed. It’s got a slightly odd sweet taste that can be pleasant. There’s an incredible makeup blog (sure, roll your eyes) called Into The Gloss which interviews celebrities and other beautiful people about their beauty routines. Both Piper Perabo and Courtney Love swear by Chlorophyll. Pro tip: If your sweat gets a little “pungent” in the summer, Chlorophyll will help you out. Some brands even market it as “internal deodorant.” I like the Chlorofresh brand.

Hemp protein–  Apparently hemp seeds are packed with protein and this form of protein powder is one of the cleanest on the market. There are other clean protein powders on the shelf at the health food store but they are exorbitantly expensive. Whey protein often has artificial flavors and additives that sort of defeat the purpose of detoxing (a less learned from my last detox). As mentioned above, hemp is an acquired taste, so grab a straw to ease the pain.

Flax seed oil – Heralded by many as a detox superfood. It’s great for you but tastes a little funny, almost fishy. You’ll use this instead of olive oil.

hemp, almond milk, flax seed oil

The Rules

Stick to the plan and use these rules to guide you.

Rule Number One: No Cheating

Yes, I know you have that dinner you committed to last month and you just were so faint you had to have that turkey sandwich – I’ve heard it all before and it’s all in your head. It’s only 6 days, cancel all your plans or make at them at a “detox-friendly” restaurant where you can order steamed spinach and tea and watch your friends scarf down pasta and meat while you try to remind yourself why they are your friends in the first place. Which brings me to another point: no partners. This is all on YOU, a partner is only going to convince you it’s okay to cheat.

Rule Number Two: No salt, sugar, carbs, caffeine, alcohol, red meat or drugs.

That’s right. Read em and weep. That means you need to be creative with flavor- use small amounts of oil and get used to the taste of steamed vegetables. Get creative with raw garlic (a GREAT detox food) and herbs. You’ve never really tasted a sweet potato until you’ve had it plain and freshly roasted. Delicious, I promise.

Rule Number Two Amendment: You can have two cups of plain caffeinated tea per day.

I have a serious caffeine addiction and get splitting headaches if I don’t have coffee in the morning. I’ve found that a cup of Green Tea (about ½ as much caffeine as a cup of coffee) around 8am and another around 10am get’s the “wake up and start functioning” message to my brain in a detox-friendly way.

Rule Number Three: Drink Lots of Tea

Tea is what will keep you alive. I’m being serious. When it’s 3pm and you are about to faint- that delicious cup of peppermint tea will lift your spirits and allow those around you to continue interacting with you without having their heads bitten off.

Rule Number Four: Shop wisely

PLAN AHEAD! I’ve done most of that for you already. Do most of your shopping a few days before. Stock up on the non-perishable staples like nuts, protein powder and boxed almond milk. If your budget is extra tight, you must must go to Trader Joes: their microgreens powder is $10.99 and their protein powder is the cheapest I’ve ever seen, though probably not the “cleanest.” If you have all the non-perishables at the start you should only be buying raw vegetables and fish throughout your 6 days.

Rule Number Five: Snack often  

You are going to feel hungry a lot, especially the first two days. Portion out bags of 15 raw almonds to carry around. Half of an avocado sprinkled with lemon juice is also a great snack. Herbal tea is your new “snack.”

Rule Number Six: Stick to your plan

Even veering off the plan slightly can send you off course and crashing towards Chinese take out. Don’t eat out and don’t eat with anyone. This sounds extreme but it’s a necessary evil. Reminder, it’s 6 days- see your friend on one of the other 359 day’s of the year. If you absolutely cannot cancel your plans- drink seltzer at the bar and try and convince your comrades to eat at Angelica Kitchen or Souen (New York City) where you can order plain steamed vegetables. Or! Go out for sushi and order ONLY sashimi and tea.

Rule Number Seven: Drink Lots of Water

All day, just chug water. Yes you are getting water from tea and such- but nothing helps with detox better than good old clean water. You should aim to drink at least 8 glasses a day.

When to begin?

I suggest starting on a Sunday. That way you can ease into the intensity of your work week. Save the Saturday before for shopping and cooking. I’ve listed the exact times for clarity but you can adjust meal times to your schedule. All of the recipes make enough food for 1. You are having the same smoothie for breakfast every morning. You may not like some of the fruits I’ve listed or they may not be available. Feel free to have the same blueberry, almond milk smoothie every day if that suits you. I used frozen blueberries, but go ahead and use fresh.

Another new addition is ginger lemon tea. Steeping hot water over fresh ginger and adding lemon is a delightful way to end your day. It’s a bit tart but you’ll grow to love it and even continue to drink it after your detox is over.

The concept here is to prepare all your lunches in advance so they can be taken with you to work. This saves time and cost and eliminates waste. Most of the dinner recipes you can shop for the day before – but you are also encouraged to pick up ingredients just before cooking. If there is a recipe that just sounds disgusting to you (such as a roasted sweet potato) replace it with something sensible and similar or repeat another day’s recipe. Any combination of plain steamed vegetables will work as a replacement meal.

If you feel ravenous, weak or achy at any point, have a sensible snack. It may sound disgusting, but plain boiled radishes are delightfully satisfying.

Sunday
Day 1

10:00 am: Lemon Water
10:30 am: Green Tea
11:00 am:  Blueberry Almond Milk Protein Shake
12:00 pm: Green Tea
1:00 pm: Vietnamese Detox Salad
4:00 pm: Raw Cashews and Herbal Tea
5:00 pm: Glass of Chlorophyll
8:00 pm: Broiled Salmon and Braised Cabbage with Cumin
9:00 pm: Ginger and lemon tea

Monday
Day 2

7:00 am: Lemon Water
7:30 am: Green Tea
8:00 am: Strawberry Almond Milk Protein Shake
10:00 am: Glass of Very Green powder or other vitamin supplement
12:00 pm: Broiled Salmon and Braised Cabbage with Cumin 
3:00 pm: ½ avocado with lemon
5:00 pm: Glass of Chlorophyll
7:00 pm: Vietnamese Detox Salad 
9:00 pm: Ginger and lemon tea

Tuesday
Day 3

7:00 am: Lemon Water
7:30 am: Green Tea
8:00 am:  Blueberry Almond Milk Protein Shake
10:00 am: Glass of Very Green powder or other vitamin supplement
12:00 pm: Roasted Beet and Avocado Salad with Lemon Chive Dressing
3:00 pm: Boiled radishes
5:00 pm: Glass of Chlorophyll
7:00 pm: Lemon Garlic Sole + Lemon Parsley Quinoa
9:00 pm: Ginger and lemon tea

Wednesday
Day 4

7:00 am: Lemon Water
7:30 am: Green Tea
8:00 am:  Strawberry Almond Milk Protein Shake
10:00 am: Glass of Very Green powder or other supplement
12:00 pm: Lemon Garlic Sole + Roasted Beet and Avocado Salad with Lemon Chive Dressing
3:00 pm: Boiled Radishes
5:00 pm: Glass of Chlorophyll
7:00 pm: Shrimp with Snow Peas+ Lemon Parsley Quinoa 
9:00 pm: Ginger and lemon tea

Thursday
Day 5

7:00 am: Lemon Water
7:30 am: Green Tea
8:00 am:  Blueberry Almond Milk Protein Shake
10:00 am: Glass of Very Green powder or other supplement
12:00 pm: Shrimp with Snow Peas + Lemon Parsley Quinoa
3:00 pm: Cashews
5:00 pm: Glass of Chlorophyll
7:00 pm: Roasted Sweet potato and Garlic Broccoli Rabe
9:00 pm: Ginger and lemon tea

Friday
Day 6

7:00 am: Lemon Water
7:30 am: Green Tea
8:00 am:  Strawberry Almond Milk Protein Shake
10:00 am: Glass of Very Green powder or other supplement
12:00 pm: Roasted Sweet potato and Garlic Broccoli Rabe
3:00 pm: 15 Almonds
5:00 pm: Glass of Chlorophyll
7:00 pm: Ease back into reality with a normal meal 

Vietnamese salad

Vietnamese Salad

Makes 2 large portions for day 1 lunch and day 2 dinner.  

Save one half of the chopped vegetables and herbs in a plastic bag for later. Store the dressing separately in a small glass container. 

You will need:

2 bunches baby bok choy, roughly chopped

1/2  red cabbage, chopped into thin ribbons

4 radishes, sliced thin on a mandolin

2 Tablespoons chopped red onion

1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

2 Tablespoons chopped cashews

3 Tablespoons lime juice

2 Tablespoons rice vinegar

2 Tablespoons flax seed oil

2 Tablespoons sesame oil

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 Tablespoon chopped lemongrass (optional)

1/2 teaspoon freshly chopped ginger

Method:

1. In a small bowl, combine garlic, ginger and lemongrass and pound with the back of a wooden spoon. Whisk in the lime juice, rice vinegar, flax seed oil and sesame oil. Reserve 1/2 of the dressing for the second portion.

2. In a large bowl, combine all the herbs and vegetables and toss with dressing. Sprinkle cashews on top.

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Avocado salad

Avocado and Beet Salad with Lemon Chive Dressing 

Makes 2 Portions for day 3 lunch and day 4 lunch.

You will need:

4 cups butter lettuce or mixed baby greens

6 medium sized beets (I like to mix red and yellow beets)

2 teaspoons flax seed oil

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

1 avocado, sliced into small pieces

3 Tablespoons flax seed oil

2 Tablespoons lemon

1 small bunch fresh chives (about 15 stalks)

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 375. Wrap each individual beet in foil and place on a baking sheet. Poke a few holes in each beet with a fork.

2. Roast the beets for 1 hour, or 1 hour and 15 minutes if they are especially large.

3. Let the beets cool for at least 30 minutes. Peel with a vegetable peeler and slice into small pieces. Set aside ½ the beets, ½ the avocado and ½ the greens to use for another meal.

4. Rip the chives into smaller pieces and put them in the bowl of a small food processor or blender. Add the flax seed oil and lemon to the processor and blend. Blend for about 1 minute until the chives are completely ground up. Set aside half the dressing. Add the greens, beets and avocados to a large bowl and toss with dressing.

lemon chive dressing

Broiled Salmon with Pepper and Lapsang Souchong Tea

Makes 2 portions for day 1 dinner and day 2 lunch. 

You will need:

3/4 lb. fresh salmon filet

1/2 teaspoon black pepper.

1/2 teaspoon flax seed oil

1/2 teaspoon finely ground lapsang souchong tea (from a tea bag) -optional

Method:

1. Coat a baking sheet lined with foil with flax seed oil and place the salmon filet on top.

2. Coat with pepper and lapsang soughing (if you’re using it).

3. Place under the broiler of your oven for 6-8 minutes. Turn off the broiler and let the salmon continue to cook for an additional 2 minutes.

cabbage and salmon

Cumin Braised Cabbage

Makes 2 portions for day 1 dinner and day 2 lunch. 

You will need:

4 cups shredded red cabbage

1 Tablespoon cumin seeds

2 cardamom pods

1 teaspoon flax seed oil

1/2 cup water

Method:

1. In a medium sauce pan, heat the flax seed oil over medium heat. Add the cumin seeds and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes. If they start to smoke, turn the flame down.

2. Add the cabbage and the water and cover. Cook for 8-10 minutes until water is absorbed and cabbage has cooked through and turned purple. Add more water if necessary.

lemon garlic sole

Lemon Garlic Sole

Makes 2 small portions for day 3 dinner and day 4 lunch

You will need:

½ lb. fresh sole or lemon sole (2 filets)

1large clove of garlic, finely minced

1 lemon

1 Tablespoon flax seed oil

black pepper

Method:

1. Using a microplane grater or lemon zester, grate about 1 teaspoon of zest from the lemon.

2. Lay the filets on a plate and sprinkle with ½ the zest and some pepper.

3. In a large non-stick skillet, heat the flax seed oil over medium heat. Cook the garlic for 2 minutes.

4. Push the garlic to the edge of the pan and carefully lay the filets side by side and sprinkle with remaining zest and pepper. Cook undisturbed for 3 minutes then carefully flip the fish to cook for another 1-2 minutes. Remove to a plate, slice the lemon and sprinkle on top. Sole is very delicate, so your fish may break into piece. It’s still delicious in pieces.

shrimp with snow peas

Shrimp With Snow Peas

Makes 2 portions for day 4 dinner and day 5 lunch

You will need:

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1/2 lb. fresh medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 teaspoon flax seed oil

1 cup fresh snow peas

Method:

1. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for one minute.

2. Add the peas and cook, stirring occasionally, for two minutes. Add the shrimp and cook for another 3-5 minutes until cooked through.

Lemon Parsley Quinoa

Makes 3 portions for day 3 dinner, day 4 dinner and day 5 lunch 

You will need:

1 cup dry quinoa

2 cups water

3 Tablespoons lemon juice

3 Tablespoons chopped Italian parsley

Method:

1. Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a medium saucepan.

2. Once it boils, cover and turn the heat down to low, simmer for 12 minutes.

3. Take the pot off the stove, remove the lid and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then fold in the lemon juice and parsley.

roasted sweet potato and broccoli rate

Roasted Sweet Potato

Makes 2 portions for day 5 dinner and day 6 lunch

You will need:

2 medium-sized sweet potatotes

2 small sheets aluminum foil

Method:

1. Preheat your oven to 400. Wrap the sweet potatoes in foil, pierce all over with a fork and place directly on the top wire rack. Place a baking sheet on the rack below to catch any liquid that seeps out.

2. Roast for about 1 hour. Let the potato cool for 10 minutes before eating.

3. Enjoy it plain, I promise it’s good.

Garlic Broccoli Rabe

Makes 2 portions for day 5 dinner and day 6 lunch 

You will need:

1 bunch broccoli rabe

3 garlic cloves

2 Tablespoons flax seed oil

1 pinch red chili flakes

Method:

1. Bring a medium sauce pan of water to boil. Blanch the broccoli rabe for 3 minutes and drain.

2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the garlic and oil together over medium heat. Then add the broccoli rabe and chili flakes. Cook for 3-5 minutes and remove to a cutting board to cook. Chop the stalks into bite-sized pieces and serve.

Blueberry or Strawberry Protein Shake

Makes 1 portion for breakfast each day 

You will need:

3 Tablespoons hemp protein powder

1 cup almond milk

1/2 cup blueberries or strawberries (frozen or fresh)

1 teaspoon flax seeds

Method

1. Combine all ingredients in a powerful blender. Enjoy with a straw!

Ginger Lemon Tea

Makes one portion

You will need:

1/2 inch piece of ginger, cut into small pieces

1 teaspoon lemon juice

6 oz boiling water.

1. In a mug, pour the hot water over the ginger piece and mash with the back of a wooden spoon. Let steep for 3 minutes.

2. Fish out the pieces of ginger with a spoon and add the lemon.

Lemon Water

You will need:

4 Lemons

4 oz warm water (for each serving)

Method:

1. Squeeze all lemon halves and save the juice in a jar in the fridge.

2. Each morning, combine 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice and 4 oz. warm water in a glass.

 

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