March Detox. Sort Of.

>> Monday, February 28, 2011

I do these detox-y things from time to time. Usually when I've been eating particularly terribly (I can live on bread, cheese, beer, and sweets for weeks at a time). This is one of those times. I've been in a funk. I've been stressed. I've been eating almost zero vegetables.


Thing is, detox food isn't always work-friendly. In fact, last year's meals were somewhat time-intensive and difficult to transport. (Well, aside from just eating whole fruits and veggies, which -- at least for me -- gets old fast.) So, if I'm going to do this thing right, I'm going to do it with my schedule in mind.

Today, I'm kick-starting the whole thing. I don't have any exercise scheduled (Mondays and Fridays are my rest days), so I don't have the usual caloric (carbohydrate) demands. The plan: Drink my breakfast, lunch, and eat a sensible, well-balanced dinner. Simple foods, whole foods, and nixing salt and refined sugars, when possible.

BREAKFAST: Milk & Honey Smoothie

What you'll need . . .
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup uncooked rolled oats
  • Dash (or 3) of cinnamon

Method . . .
  1. Blend away.
  2. Sip slowly.
  3. Enjoy.
This smoothie is so crazy simple, but it's INCREDIBLE. I think tomorrow I may add a scoop of unsweetened cocoa powder. Maybe on a harder workout day, a scoop of peanut butter.

LUNCH #1: Vegetable Broth

What you'll need . . .
  • 8 cups water
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Green peppers
  • Garlic
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Really, any kind of vegetable you have around.
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon roasted coriander

Method . . .
  1. The measuring is dependent on how strong your want your broth to taste, I'd say I had between 3 and 4 cups of veggies. What you use is up to you and what you have on hand.
  2. Bring water to a boil. Then add the veggies, paprika, and coriander (or other spices, just no salt). Simmer -- covered -- for 20 minutes.
  3. Then take out 2/3 of the veggies and blend in a food processor or blender until smooth. Discard the other veggies and mix in the puree for a nice, thick broth.
  4. I'm drinking 1-1/2 cups for lunch #1 around 11:00 AM.
  5. TIP: A "normal" Ball jar holds 1-1/2 cups of liquid.

I'm eating lunch #2 around 2:00 PM. This time, it's another 1-1/2 cups of the broth (there's enough left for tomorrow, too) and a Greek yogurt, pomegranate flavor. I'll also be drinking some freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. All the while, I'm drinking unlimited amounts of water and herbal tea.

For dinner tonight, I'm planning to eat a large serving of broccoli with brown rice (or wheat berries). A splash of sesame oil and low-sodium soy sauce for flavor. I'll need another snack in there, hopefully with a bit of protein.

Maybe a sweet potato brownie as a nightcap (recipe for that tomorrow!). I mean, there's always room for dessert.

Basically, I'm not fasting. I wanted to eat very simply today. I'm not advising you do this yourself. But these recipes are tasty and can be a great compliment to your daily diet. (Plus, that vegetable broth would be a great base for vegetarian/vegan soups!) I do suggest if you want to try a detox that you detox with food. Tomorrow, I'll be eating a lot more, I'm still formulating what would be best -- how long I'll do this, too -- since I'm also officially starting half marathon training.

More tomorrow! Do you ever detox? Or fast? Or go through periods of time where you like to eat as simply as possible? I'd love your suggestions on doing this while also maintaining an active lifestyle and working.

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