Hymn For The Weekend πŸ―πŸ‹πŸ’§

Ugh. Uggghhhh. Burrp. If these are the three words you speak when you wake up, you’ve surely overdone the Winter partying. Now that Winter’s over, get down to getting fit for the Summer binges with the detox mantras and diet, and feel rejuvenated.

It is never late to start a detoxification routine.

I have also just started and my morning detox routine is very simple. Something every household has in their kitchen.

What I mean by Detox is The Feel Good with the Good Stuff Plan. 😍

Firstly what exactly is Detoxification?

There is a lot of misunderstanding about what a detox is and how to do it, so let me explain how Dr. Frank Lipman has understood detoxification.

Detoxification is what your body does naturally to neutralize, transform or get rid of unwanted materials or toxins. It is a primary function of the body, constantly working and interacting with all other functions of the body. So when we are talking about detoxification, it is about improving and optimizing the function of your body’s own detoxification systems. This is done by decreasing the number of toxins we put into our bodies while at the same time supporting our body’s detoxification and elimination systems with the nutrients it needs to function properly.

Most of us equate a detox with deprivation or worse. We think hunger, weird food, kale juice and colonics. We might feel better at the end, but is it really worth the pain and suffering??

As we move towards the Horrendous Summers it is necessary to take care of your health.

Some ways to ‘Detox’ or ‘Cleanse’ the system doesn’t require much of effort. There are far too many of the cleanses and detoxes to dig through, but I would be mentioning few tips to give you an idea how the cleanse works.

  1. Stay light. Dehydration and fatigue also require protein to replenish, hence a great source of protein is a lightly cooked dal (the yellow ones please). Stick to a light, bland khichdi as a meal. This combines protein with carbohydrates to give your body the required energy without overloading the digestive system. Add yogurt for soothing your stomach and enhancing absorption of amino acids in dal.
  2. Rehydrate. Drink large amounts of fluids (apart from water) like raw juices and green tea, herbal and regular but very weak tea without milk.
  3. Avoid strong teas, coffee, and carbonated drinks. These dehydrate the body and strip the Vitamin B1 from the body as well as encourage loss of important minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and sodium.
  4. Avoid non-vegetarian food. For 3-4 days at least. Non-veg food takes longer to digest and puts a load on the already overloaded digestive system.
  5. No alcohol. Junk the old saying of β€œtreat a hangover with alcohol.” Don’t go near alcohol for three days at least. Stick to green tea instead.

Now comes the treat for all those who were already freaking out after reading the above tips.

The Three-Day Detox Diet

Since the weekend is already here, give this diet a try ( Even I would ) as it combines the goodness of fruits like papaya that are good for the liver, vegetables rich in nutrients required by the body, the soothing qualities of chamomile, as well as the role of herbs like mint and coriander in comforting the overloaded digestive system. The diet will make you run to the restroom, a required action to expel toxins.

Day 1: Getting rid of the overload via fluids only

Morning: Warm water with lime juice and honey. Followed up by one litre of warm water.

Breakfast: A large bowl of papaya

Mid-morning: One glass raw fruit and vegetable juice, made with one orange, one carrot, one turnip and a dash of rock salt. Do not strain. You could dilute it.

One hour after the juice: A cup of green tea ( add lemon and honey for some taste if you like)

Lunch: Clear vegetable soup

One hour after lunch: One orange and a bowl of papaya

Evening: Two cups of mint tea

Dinner (by 8 p.m.): Clear vegetable soup

One and a half hours after dinner: One cup chamomile tea

Day 2: Starting back on solids

Morning: Warm water with lime juice and honey. Followed up by one litre of warm water.

Breakfast: Curd and 3-4 spoons of poha

Mid-morning: One glass raw vegetable juice, made with one carrot, one tomato, one turnip and a dash of rock salt. Do not strain. You could dilute it.

One hour after the juice: A cup of green tea

Lunch: A small bowl of khichdi and curd

One hour after lunch: One orange and a bowl of papaya

Evening: Two cups of mint tea

Dinner (by 8 p.m.): A light, watery soup with fresh vegetables

One and a half hours after dinner: One cup chamomile tea

Day 3: Getting the system rejuvenated

Morning: Warm water with lime juice and honey. Followed up by one litre of warm water.

Breakfast: Small bowl of whole wheat cereal with curd

Mid-morning: One glass raw vegetable juice, made with one carrot, one tomato, one turnip and a dash of rock salt. Do not strain. You could dilute it.

One hour after the juice: A cup of green tea

Lunch: Clear vegetable soup, you could drink two bowls of this. Do not put cornflour to make it thick.

One hour after lunch: One large bowl of papaya

Evening: Two cups of coriander tea

Dinner (by 8 p.m.): A small bowl of khichdi (made fresh, do not use the previous day’s) and curd

One and a half hours after dinner: One cup chamomile tea.

β€œLet go of toxic control, in order to regain healthy control and find your Balance” 

Have a De-Toxifying Weekend!

Much Love ❀

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