New Yearâ€™s resolutions a distant memory? Whether you want to recommit to a healthier eating regimen or simply treat your body to some R&R, our three-day reboot is a delicious way to do it.
The best part of this mini detox? Weâ€™ve prepared a streamlined menu of â€śbig batchâ€ť meals so that you can frontload all of the work. Yes, youâ€™ll be having the same breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the cleanse (you can change it up with our six fun snacks), but three days of clean eating â€świll help your body focus on detoxing, rather than on breaking down complex foods,â€ť says Marcia Berry, a holistic health counselor based in New York City. Enlist a friend or two, block out a weekend, and take it easy. You deserve it!
In just 72 hours, you can jump-start your way to a healthier body. â€śWhen your liver is no longer overwhelmed with processing new toxins,â€ť Berry says, â€śit can start flushing out old wastes.â€ť
These dishes give your digestive system a rest from processed foods and allergens like dairy and gluten. Loading up on the seasonâ€™s fibrous fruits and vegetables helps remove toxins; theyâ€™re eliminated by binding to fiber. Skip your morning coffee and evening glass of wine (both overwork the liver, the organ weâ€™re aiming to support); opt for water and herbal tea instead.
Snacks: Snacking is allowed! Choose two of these smart combos each day.
Apple with Tahini
Banana "Ice Cream"
Radishes with Olive Oil
Want more? Try the 2012 Whole Living Action Plan.
Start your morning with this zingy, antioxidant-packed smoothie.
After you've had your first serving, refrigerate the remainder in the blender jar, and when you're ready for more, simply re-pulse. Alternatively, you can freeze the extra smoothie in Popsicle molds for a breakfast pop.)
Refuel at midday with a fiber-filled meal to keep you satisfied through the afternoon.
Prepare the beet slaw on the first day and refrigerate leftovers. Add greens, avocado, and seeds just before eating.
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