Fall Detox Cleanse- DAY 1 & 2

Fall is a natural time of transition, which makes it ideal for a gentle detox cleanse that will reset your body and mind while priming you for a winter of wellness. Detoxifying through your diet doesn’t have to mean fasting, and if done periodically, is one of the best ways to stay healthy.

olive oil

Here are 3 reasons to do a Gentle Detox Cleanse this fall:

 • Bolster your immune system to help prevent the flu
 • Boost your mood, energy, and productivity by clarifying your mind
 • Shed excess weight before the holidays

What follows is a 3-day gentle detox plan, filled with delicious, seasonal recipes that will aid your body in naturally getting rid of toxins.

 While you don’t have to follow the recipes exactly, just make sure to keep these guidelines in mind: Why detox? Our bodies are naturally built to detoxify every day as part of our normal body processes. We detox by eliminating and neutralizing toxins through our colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph and skin. However, in this day and age we are exposed to a number of environmental pollutants in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. Furthermore, our chemical-laden diet with large amounts of animal protein, saturated and trans fats, caffeine, and alcohol inhibit our bodies from properly performing their detoxification processes. Detoxing through the diet is a great way to give your body a break and support its natural self-cleaning system.

 Foods to Include:
• Whole, unprocessed foods
• Vegetables
• Fruit
• Seeds
• Fresh pressed juices
• All fruit smoothies

 Foods to Eliminate:
• Processed Foods (anything that comes in a package)
• Wheat
• Dairy
• Meat (including poultry & fish)
• Alcohol • Caffeine (including tea and chocolate)

Why detox?

 Our bodies are naturally built to detoxify every day as part of our normal body processes. We detox by eliminating and neutralizing toxins through our colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph and skin.

However, in this day and age we are exposed to a number of environmental pollutants in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. Furthermore, our chemical-laden diet with large amounts of animal protein, saturated and trans fats, caffeine, and alcohol inhibit our bodies from properly performing their detoxification processes.

 Detoxing through the diet is a great way to give your body a break and support its natural self-cleaning system



Apples: This antioxidant-rich fruit helps reduce infl ammation and is linked to heart and lung health.

Steel Cut Oats: High in both soluble and insoluble fi ber, oats will keep you satiated and your digestive system moving

Cinnamon: This aromatic spice boosts brain function, helps control blood sugar levels, and improves colon health.


FALL DETOX DAY 1: BREAKFAST

Cinnamon Apple Oats

Ingredients: 
1 cup steel cut oats
2 cups hot water
1 apple, cored and chopped
1 ¼ tsp. cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
¼ cup pure maple syrup, if desired

Directions:
1. Bring water to a boil, and then add in oats, cooking according to directions.
2. About 1 minute before the oat meal is done, add in chopped apple and cover.
3. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle in cinnamon and sea salt.
4. For a sweeter dish, add in maple syrup.
5. Enjoy.

Tip: Start each day with warm lemon water. It cleanses the blood, liver, and kidneys, and activates your digestive system for maximum effi ciency throughout the day.

lemons

FALL DETOX DAY 1: LUNCH

Baby Arugula & Kalamata Olive Salad 


Ingredients:
4 cups baby arugula or baby kale
½ cup cucumber, diced
2 radishes, diced
¼ cup onion, diced
8 Kalamata olives, pitted
1-2 tbs. raw or sprouted pumpkin seeds
1-2 tbs. raw or sprouted sunfl ower seeds
1 tbs. hemp seeds Pinch of sea salt and pepper, to taste
1 tbs. extra virgin olive oil, or more to taste

Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients in a salad bowl.
2. Dress with salt, pepper, olive oil, and a dash of lemon.
3. Enjoy.

kale

Kale: One of the most nutrient-dense foods available, kale helps reduce infl ammation and is linked to heart and lung health.

Pumpkin Seeds: High in anti-oxidants and minerals, pumpkin seeds detoxify the body and promote radiating skin

Hemp Seeds: An excellent source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, hemp seeds also aid in elimination.

Rad Recipe: Warming Lentil & Sweet Potato Salad


FALL DETOX DAY 1: DINNER

Warming Lentil & Sweet Potato Salad 

Tip: Cook once, eat twice! A dish like this is perfect for refrigerating to be used later in the week, or brought to work for lunch.

Ingredients: 
½ cup green lentils,
1 large sweet potato
¼ cup raw or sprouted walnuts
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp maple syrup
Dash of sea salt and ground pepper, to taste
Dash of cinnamon
2 cups baby spinach

Directions: 
1. Cook lentils in a pot until tender using a 4:1 water to lentils ratio. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and cook for about 30 minutes on low.
2. Meanwhile, dice sweet potato, spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with cinnamon, salt and pepper, and bake cubes at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes.
3. Fill a bowl with baby spinach, and toss in lentils and sweet potato when done; add in walnuts and dates as well.
4. Combine mustard, vinegar and maple in a jar and shake to combine. Pour over salad.
5. Enjoy!

Lentils: This fi ber-rich legume aids in elimination, helps lower cholesterol, balances blood sugar, and even increases your energy

Sweet Potato: Despite their sweet fl avor, these vitamin-packed tubers help balance blood sugar.

Spinach: Rich in vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, spinach protects against infl ammation, oxidative stress, and cancer.

At night it is a good idea to dry brush during this detox



A Step-By-Step Guide To Dry Skin Brushing


So how does it work?
Your skin, the largest organ in the human body is an organ of elimination. One third of your body’s toxins are excreted through the skin and dry brushing helps to unclog pores and excrete toxins that become trapped in the skin.
To get started, follow the simple steps below:
1. Purchase a natural (not synthetic) bristle brush with a long handle so can reach all areas of your body.
2. Get naked and stand in a bathtub or tiled surface to catch the falling skin. (It's a bit gross, I know.)
3. Begin brushing by starting at your feet and moving in long sweeping motions toward your heart. Always brush toward your heart.
4. Brush several times in each area, overlapping as you go.
5. Take care as you brush over more sensitive areas, like breasts. Your skin will become less sensitive the more you dry brush.
6. Once you've brushed your entire body, jump in the shower. (I like to alternate between the hottest water temperature I can tolerate and the coldest. This stimulates blood circulation, bringing more blood to the top layers of the skin.)
7. After getting out of the shower, pat dry skin and apply a natural fruit oil like rose hip or coconut oil.
8. Continue to dry brush your entire body every day. Twice a day is recommended for best results. Remember to clean your brush with soap and water once a week. Leave to dry in a clean, sunny spot to avoid any mildew accumulation on your brush.
Try this for 30 days and see the results for yourself!
Some benefits of dry skin brushing:
1. You'll exfoliate dead skin.
Forget your in-shower loofah and body scrubs, this will ensure you have silky-smooth skin all year round!
2. It stimulates your lymphatic system.
Dry brushing your skin will kick start your lymphatic system, which helps you remove toxins from the body. The stiffer the bristles on the brush, the better the lymphatic stimulation you’ll create.
3. Dry brushing helps to reduce cellulite.
Cellulite is simply toxic materials that have accumulated in your body’s fat cells and are trapped, unable to be eliminated from the body. Forget lipo, dry skin brushing helps to break down any trapped toxins from within the body and help your body eliminate them through its usual elimination channels.
4. It unclogs pores and de-congests skin.
Dry skin brushing unclogs your skins pores and helps your skin absorb more nutrients. Daily skin brushing promotes healthy, breathing skin. It's a real treat for the largest organ in our bodie
Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com
Green Tea
Green tea is often thought of as a great addition to any detox program because of its high antioxidant value. Antioxidants are helpful because they will help seek out and kill free radicals before they can do any damage. This is a great beverage to drink on a daily basis for this factor alone.
Getting into a healthy state of mind is a matter of feeling like you’re doing what’s best for your body. It can be something as simple as substituting green tea for colas, juices, and other teas so that you can actually be benefiting your body from a beverage instead of hurting it.
FALL DETOX DAY 2: BREAKFAST
Grapefruit, Pear, & Spinach Green Smoothie 
Tip: Local, seasonal vegetables help your body stay in tune with nature, so do your food shopping at a farmers market as often as possible. Farm fresh produce is often more fl avorful, too!
Ingredients: 
1 large grapefruit, 1 large pear, ½ cucumber ,1 healthy hand full of spinach
 Directions: 1. Blend all ingredients in a Vitamix or high speedblender. 2. Enjoy!
Image result for green smoothie
Grapefruit: This fi ber-rich sweet and tangy fruit helps lower cholesterol, prevent kidney stones, and aids the digestive system. 
Pear: Packed with anti-oxidant, anti-infl ammatory, and anti-cancer properties, pears also deliver fi ber to aid in elimination
Cucumber: Nutrient dense cucumbers, which are 95% water, help fl ush out toxins and alkalize the body. 

Comments