The holiday season always brings lots of joy, fun, and also, some extra pounds on the body. No matter how hard we try to keep ourselves away from temptation we always ultimately surrender to delicious food. And perhaps we should (in moderation) – however if moderation is not really your thing, here is a delicious post-Christmas diet that will help you cleanse your body and lose those extra pounds.
Day 1: Fruit Day
Start the first day of your diet eating only fruits. You can eat any fruits you like, however it is suggested to eat mostly low calorie fruits such as watermelons or cantaloupe melons or apples. Although there is no “prohibited” fruit, try to stay away from bananas as they are high in sugars.
Day 2: Veggie Day
Eat as many fresh, raw or cooked vegetables as you want. You can have steamed or roasted squash with a little salt and pepper and turmeric for breakfast, a salad with romaine lettuce, spinach, beet, onion, almonds, olive oil and lemon for lunch and a bowl of mixed steam vegetables at night seasoned to your taste. You can even have one potato with butter! Moderation is the key!
Day 3: Fruit & Vegetables
In day 3 you can have a fruit salad in the morning, a salad with your favorite vegetables at lunch and as many steamed vegetables as you want for dinner and a cup of your favorite low-sugar fruits.
Day 4: Detox Smoothies
For breakfast have a cup of green tea with lemon and a raspberry/banana smoothie. To prepare the smoothie add 1 cup of water, one tablespoon of flaxseed, 1 cup of raspberries, 1 banana, ¼ cup of spinach, 1 tbs of almond butter and the juice of ½ a lemon.
For lunch prepare a green smoothie. Add ½ cup of almond milk, 4 celery stalks, 1 cucumber, 1 cup of kale, ½ green apple, ½ squeezed lime, 1 tbs of melted coconut oil and 1 cup of pineapple.
For dinner prepare a blueberry/mango smoothie. Add 1 ½ cups of coconut water, 1 cup of blueberries, ½ cup of mango, 1 cup of kale, 1 tbs of lemon juice, ¼ avocado, ¼ tsp cayenne pepper and 1 tbs of flaxseed.
Don’t forget to drink lots of water all through the day and introduce grains and animal protein gradually!
If you are a vegetarian you can substitute animal protein with soy-based products (e.g. Tofurky) or lentils, which are high in protein.