Detox

With the beginning of a new year, I have heard many people tell me they are going to start by detoxing themselves and then try to go onto a healthy eating plan. The detox programs range from the Master Cleanse, to Standard Process’s specially designed system, to several over-the-counter, everything you need for however many days, in a box type program. What really works? What is the healthiest way to rid our bodies of the toxins and chemicals that we are exposed to everyday?

While looking for a simple detox plan (I figured I could work up to the hard core ones), I found the WholeLiving magazine and the front cover of Jan 2010 boasts about a detox plan and recipes!

 http://www.wholeliving.com/photogallery/detox-soups-and-smoothies

These recipes are for smoothies and soups that are to be eaten at breakfast and dinner. Some of the recipes require a juicer—which I don’t have—so those won’t be very useful. However, the idea as a whole has intrigued me and so I began looking for more juice/ smoothie recipes for detoxing. Here is the thought behind the WholeLiving detox plan:

 “Liquid meals for breakfast and dinner are less taxing on the digestive system than solid foods, says “Clean” author Alejandro Junger, M.D. — who designed the recipes on the following slides — and they allow the body to focus on cleansing itself. ”

On the Vegetarian Times site, I found several recipes that require NO intricate machinery! Some of the recipes look like they might take a couple extra steps to create—I would not be able to throw all of the ingredients into a juicer, but would rather cook, then blend—but not having to go out and buy an expensive juicer makes me very happy.

 http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipes/10975?section=

 http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipes/10978?section=

 http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipes/10976?section=

I also have been looking for some other soup recipes because the ones provided were a little too fancy for my taste; what do you think? Good Housekeeping has a great soup diet that I think could be used for the soup part of the detox program. You could add more or less veggies depending on what you have and what you like. Also, the additions make it fun and keep you from getting bored with the same tasting soup. I only tried the vegetarian varieties, but they were great and I think I could alter some of the others to also be vegan/ vegetarian.

 http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/diet/soup-diet-basic-recipe-1007

I think I’ll try this detox plan (the soup and smoothie one), subbing in the smoothies and soups that I found, and leave the more extreme programs to those braver than I! Anyone want to join me?!

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    […] using the WholeLiving plan (see Detox) for a guideline, but not all the recipes they recommend are vegetarian, and so I need to alter […]


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