Turkey Day Detox: The Basics

I’ve been so busy prepping for the detox – and of course working- to post the details of the Turkey Day Detox. So far, so good as I enter day 4. You can still start now and get a good 7 day (or more) reboot before the biggest eating holiday of the year.  Even if you don’t have the motivation to start now, after Turkey day would also be a good time.  Its best to be prepared for all the food and booze the holiday season throws at you at you so here are the basics of my simple detox.

What’s Out:

  • Booze
  • Dairy
  • Anything processed
  • Dressings, dips, and sauces
  • Gluten (easy for me since I’m Celiac)
  • High sugar foods, including high sugar fruits like tropical fruits, grapes, or bananas
  • Bad fats – which you won’t be getting if you aren’t eating processed foods anyway

What’s In:

  • Veggies – of all kinds spare potatoes, except an occasional sweet potato
  • Lean proteins: chicken, turkey, bison, lamb, eggs – and these should be organic
  • Beans and legumes
  • Healthy fats: extra virgin olive oil, avocado, nuts, and seeds like pumpkin and sunflower
  • Quinoa – reasonably portioned of course
  • Sweet potato- worked into my meal plan this week

    Last night's dinner

    Last night’s dinner

I’ve been fortunate enough to enlist a group of friends on this detox with me, and we’ve all made our own tweaks to make this work for our individual lifestyles. I am a Bootcamp junkie and work out aggressively daily so there is no way I can go without carbs.  However, I’ve opted to omit my love of gluten free crackers in lieu of nutrient rich carbs like quinoa, sweet potato, and beans. The most important part of every meal is that it be mainly veggies – these help fill you up and provide the nutrients needed to support detoxification.

About Caffeine

While most detoxes say no to caffeine, I’m saying yes but have drastically reduced my intake.  Coffee isn’t bad – it’s what we add that makes it caloric so I’ve opted for a cup of black coffee in the morning.  An abrupt stop in coffee can cause headaches so it’s best to wean yourself off, or try green tea instead.

Getting Started

Let’s get this non-party party started! Here’s what you’ll need to do every day:

  • Start your morning with warm water and fresh lemon juice; you can also add a slice or 2 of fresh ginger.  Drink this first upon rising, even if you are still planning on a cup of coffee
  • Drink water: at least 64 ounces a day, and hopefully more water to replace some of those undesirable beverages. Plain water, not enhanced, colored, or sweetened water either.  Herbal tea is also an acceptable beverage but unsweetened.  Try adding slices of citrus or cucumber, fresh mint, or cinnamon and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to your water to make it more enjoyable
  • Breathe! this may seem obvious, but be mindful of taking deep, relaxing breathes to let go of the negative and bring in the positive
  • Treat yourself with love throughout this process.  Get out of the mindset of rewarding yourself with food, instead try an activity you love, a message, or a new pair of sneakers
  • Avoid salt – but season away with herbs and spices
  • Green salads can start with greens of your choice but NO iceberg lettuce.  Try mixing up spinach, baby greens, herbs, and/or baby kale
  • Choose organic whenever possible: this isn’t about breaking the bank, but rather buying the highest quality food you can afford.  Hit the farmer’s market for veggies and fruits, they are much less expensive.  Non-organic foods bring chemicals in the body, and that is exactly what we are trying to eliminate
  • Vary your veggies, except potatoes- we are leaving those out this week except 1 sweet potato
  • Get prepared: you’ll need to be prepared for your meals and snacks so plan ahead.  Make the prep work fun instead of a chore.
  • You may be in the habit of munching at night, try a cup of herbal tea instead then go to bed- your body needs the rest!

 Feel free to email me for the meal plans or for some inspiration to get started.

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