Feeling like you need to get the year off on the right foot? A New Year Cleanse is the best way to detox the effects of Christmas treats and set your year up with optimal health and vitality.

I discovered some rather nice cocktails over the festive period and didn’t want to start the year on the back foot so I undertook the challenge. My New Year Cleanse truly delivered. Having reset my diet in the new year I have had the best of both worlds and know I’m starting the year on the right foot. A clear head, great energy and feeling even more inspired. I am delighted to report it even cleared some unexpected symptoms I had last year. It is important not to treat all symptoms as illness, at times they are a reflection of congestion within the system – A new Year Cleanse is a good way to clean the slate and see what really needs addressing.

I came across this really easy new year cleanse from Dr Oz and rather than reinvent the wheel I thought you might like the details. Get it going and if you still have specific symptoms that need greater attention then by all means we can tweak it in person. You know where I am!! 

Yours In health ,. Stacey

Dr. Oz’s 5-Day Summer Cleanse

This five-day plan is designed to help you slim down for summer all while still enjoying some of your favourite summer foods. The big offenders have been removed like flour, dairy, sugar, and processed foods and in its place are foods that are natural detoxifiers and de-bloaters which help you get the best results.

Follow this meal plan for the next five days and drink a minimum of 1 Litre of water each day.

Day 1: Flush the Digestive System With Magnesium and Prebiotics

Prebiotics stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria to aid digestion and magnesium relaxes your digestive system to flush everything out. You can do this by eating asparagus, spinach, banana, avocado, and almonds. (Alternatively, if you have a very slow transit time ask us about adding in a supplement to do help encourage this process.)

Start the cleanse with a day of juices and smoothies to give your gastrointestinal (GI) system a bit of a break. Bloating and distension are often a result of ‘build up’ in your digestive system so opting for liquids for one day is a gentle way to let your system cleanse itself out.

    • Pre-breakfast: Large glass of water with lemon.
    • Breakfast: A kale, fennel, parsley, lemon, green apple juice, asparagus (or any predominately green juice) juice.
    • Lunch: Smoothie of kale, avocado, coconut milk, two dates, almond butter, and ice.
    • Snack: Asparagus (solid) with shaved almonds.
    • Dinner: Spinach, banana, sunflower seeds, and almond milk smoothie.

Days 2 to 4: Reduce Inflammation With Sulfur-Rich Foods

Sulfur aids in the detoxification of your body (reducing inflammation) that is believed to contribute to weight gain. On these days, you’ll have juice in the morning, a snack, and two small meals. Add these sulfur-rich foods to your diet:

    • Grilled Tuna, Chicken Burgers (We are talking homemade patties..not the buns!!), Lentils, Smoked Salmon, Hummus, Eggs
    • Avocado, Carrots, Onions, Asparagus, Cucumbers, Zucchini, Garlic, Scallions, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Cabbage, Greens, Tomatoes
    • Almonds

Suggested Meals:

Day 2

    • Pre-breakfast: A large glass of water with lemon.
    • Breakfast: Green juice (you continue to drink green juice because it is a great quick way to supply your body’s cells with nutrients and energy).
    • Lunch: Gazpacho and a well-chopped (for easier digestion) salad with tuna, asparagus, lemon, and avocado.
    • Snack: Ginger-spiced almonds.
    • Dinner: Chicken burgers over grilled vegetables (zucchini, carrots, onions, asparagus).

Day 3

    • Pre-breakfast: A large glass of water with lemon.
    • Breakfast:Green juice.
    • Lunch: Lentil salad with smoked salmon and asparagus.
    • Snack: Cucumbers and carrots with hummus.
    • Dinner: Beef and vegetable kebabs with asparagus.

Day 4

    • Pre-breakfast: A large glass of water with lemon.
    • Breakfast: Green juice.
    • Lunch: Collard greens wrap with tomato, carrot, cabbage, and a carrot ginger dip.
    • Snack: Turkey jerky.
    • Dinner: Nicoise-style salad of grilled tuna, over mixed greens with olives, avocado, and asparagus.

Day 5: Boost Metabolism With Fibre

On the fifth day you’ll eat mini-meals to keep your body digesting and burning calories all day long. A mini-meal consists of one serving (100-170gm) of protein  and one cup of fiber.

Day 5: Suggested Meals

    • Pre-breakfast: A large glass of water with lemon.
    • Breakfast: Green juice.
    • Meal 2: Two hard-boiled eggs.
    • Meal 3: One apple with peanut butter.
    • Meal:Small salad with sliced turkey, sun-dried tomatoes, asparagus, olive oil, and vinegar.
    • Meal 5: Steamed artichoke.
    • Meal 6: Grilled shrimp with sautéed greens, asparagus, garlic, and lemon.

Day 6 onward: Continue a relaxed version of this cleanse to transition yourself into a healthier way of eating. Come on in if you want to make the most of this experience so you transition with foods that will sustain you through the year.

And just in case you would like a recipe for that Green Juice…here is one I prepared earlier…

Ultimate Green Smoothie:

    • 1 large handful kale (about 1 cup)
    • 1 large handful spinach (about 1 cup)
    • 1 small handful of parsley (about 1/4 cup)
    • 1 small handful of cilantro (about 1/4 cup)
    • 1 small handful of mint (about 1/4 cup)
    • 1/2 green apple, cored
    • 1/4 avocado, peeled & cored
    • Juice of 1/2 lemon
    • 1 inch fresh ginger
    • Liquid base 1 cup coconut water
    • 1/2 cup filtered water (or handful of ice)

      – Blend all ingredients and drink. You will find this makes 2 servings, since it has more ingredients, unless you are really hungry of course you can save the second half in the fridge for tomorrow!

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