My Three Day Detox Plan

April 26, 2013
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Spring has definitely started to reveal it’s pretty face in my part of the world. The beginning of a new season always sparks enthusiasm for new habits, fresh goals and great ideas. If it takes the arrival of a new season to inspire you to do a detox, then let’s do it! But if you have never done a cleanse or detox before it can be overwhelming. On the other hand, if you have and you didn’t get the results you expected, this post might give you some insight and inspiration to give it a shot and succeed in a way that could truly change your life forever.

Whether you want to commit to a healthier eating regimen or simply treat your body to some rest, my three-day detox plan is a delicious way to do it. I’ve prepared a streamlined menu of big batch meals so that you can front load all of the work. By eating clean you will help your body focus on detoxing, rather than on breaking down complex foods. According to many ancient health philosophies such as traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, the spring season rules the liver, an organ that’s essential for overall wellness, but especially digestion.

These dishes give your digestive system a rest from processed foods and allergens like dairy and gluten. Loading up on the season’s fibrous fruits and vegetables helps remove toxins. A regular cleanse will support a desire to maintain a healthier, much lower level of toxins and move them out on a constant basis in order to avoid disease. Since spring is an optimal time to refresh your energy and start something new, it’s also a great time to simplify your eating and choose foods that will support your overall health.

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Basic Outline of the Detox

A plant-based, alkalizing lifestyle, as I embrace with this blog, will naturally flush toxins to detox the body and allow it to return to it’s ideal body weight.

  • Alkalizing the body with chlorophyll rich green veggies naturally buffers the acids from an acidic lifestyle and assists in flushing toxins.
  • A balance of 80% veggies to 20% healthy acidic whole foods – see alkaline chart here – in an everyday way to be constantly detoxing your body. Choose organic whenever possible, prepare meals that are colorful and juice daily if you can.
  • Consume good quality water, 2-3 liters per day to really flush those toxins and minimize the detox symptoms one might experience.  If you are quite “toxic” and have never cleansed I recommend you go easy and do a slower version by leaning into a clean detoxing alkaline lifestyle.  Start adding as much veggies and green juice as you can handle every single day and continually increase to the 80/20 ratio.
  • I highly recommend this juice cleanse to flush your system and jump start your detoxing alkaline lifestyle.  Take a thorough read through the post and see if it’s for you. It changed my life for good! If the body can really detox and there are no more or considerably less toxins coming in, magic happens!

DAY 1, 2 & 3

RECIPES

Ginger Lemon Detox

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Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces spring or filtered water, at room temperature
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2-inch knob of ginger root

Directions:

  1. Add the lemon juice  and ginger root to the glass of water. Enjoy at room temperature upon rising for an amazing start to the day!

 

Apple with Tahini

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Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 sweet apple (such as Honeycrisp or Pink Lady), cored and sliced

Directions:

  1. Drizzle tahini over apple.

 

Activated Nuts and Seeds

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Serves 3

Ingredients:

  • 3 handfuls raw almonds (you can use almonds or a mixture of macadamia nuts, pecans, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds if desired)
  • filtered or spring water, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, place all of the ingredients with enough water to cover fully. Leave at room temperature for at least 4 hours, or overnight. Strain and store the nuts in a covered container in the fridge.

 

Calming Chamomile Tea

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Serves 1

  • 1 cup spring or filtered water
  • 1 chamomile tea bag or 1 tablespoon dried chamomile flowers

Directions:

  1. Bring the water to a boil and pour into a teacup or mug. Add the tea bag or, if using loose flowers, use a teapot and a strainer. Steep for 3 to 5 minutes, then enjoy.

Optionally, try other herbal detox teas such as nettle, dandelion root or licorice root.

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After completing such a regimen, you will develop a pattern of taking care of yourself that will stick if you are persistent right now. You’ll also begin to notice some pretty amazing things. Pay attention to your body and really try to feel and notice the way your energy changes. Do you feel more vibrant, more energetic? Are you sleeping better? Is your skin glowing? Your skin tells all- your depth of color and brightness and clarity show how healthy you are! It will be contagious and maybe your friends will start on a healthier journey with you!

Are you excited about a new direction for your health? I hope you are inspired by the messages here. I’m about to start a spring cleaning so I’d love to have you join me May 1st-3rd! As always, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line with any questions or comments you might have. Also be sure to sign up for my newsletter where I share exclusive content, recipes and fun tips!

Sending you vibrant health and strength to make the best choices possible for your body so you can thrive this year and for many more to come!

 

*Disclaimer: The content on this site is not written with intentions to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatments. Our content is for information purposes only and should not be used to diagnose or treat health issues of any sort. We cannot be held liable for any ill effects caused by following these instructions or this material. Always consult with a medical professional when adjusting your diet. 

 

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  • What a great-looking meal plan. :) I like your idea to add ginger slices to water along with lemon. I will definitely be trying that.. I have a hard time drinking plain water.

    • Katie

      Thank you, Janet! I do hope you’ll join us in the detox! All of the recipes in the plan are simple to make and they just happen to be incredibly delicious and cleansing :)

  • You are so right on Spring bringing about personal betterment and big time health goals. Feeling a whole lot of that right now myself. I love the attention to detail you paid on this guide and all of your strategies/recipes are so approachable, without a shred of deprivation (which is so important when undertaking this sort of thing). Well done, miss!

    • Katie

      Thank you very much, Laura! I’ll tell ya, it was no easy feat designing such a plan that is nourishing, delicious and simple to follow. There isn’t even an ounce of deprivation here. Here’s to three days of really good food :)

  • Ashlie

    Hi Katie! I have recently made the switch to becoming a vegan and have loved every minute of it! My body feels so alive and invigorated. I cant believe it has taken me this long to make the switch :) I have been reading a lot about detoxing with fresh veggie and fruit juice and am eager to try it. I am looking forward to participating in the detox with you!

    • Katie

      Hi Ashlie! I’m so happy to hear your journey to a healthier lifestyle has been a positive one. I always smile reading posts like this :) We’re glad you’ll be joining us in the detox. You’ll have to let us all know how you get on. In the mean time, if you have any questions be sure to get in touch. Enjoy and good luck!

  • Dee

    Hi There,
    Starting the plan tomorrow. A little unsure regarding the filtered water – what do I need to do here? Off to the shop with my list! Thanks!

    • Katie

      Hi Dee, that’s fantastic you’ll be joining us! Great question – I recommend consuming water that has been filtered because it will remove impurities that may be present in tap water.

  • Carie

    Hi Katie,
    Just wanted to let you know I love your blog. Our mutual friend, Sonja, turned me onto your site a few months ago. I started clean eating a couple of months ago, experimenting with raw, paleo, and juicing as well. Getting married in 2 weeks and wanted to go on a juice detox/cleanse. So excited you are doing this, will be trying your detox next week. Since eating clean I haven’t felt healthier! I work with preschoolers and use to get sick all the time. Not anymore! Thank you for the yummy recipes and beautiful pictures. You are truly talented!
    <3 Carie

    • Katie

      Hi Carie, thank you so much for your kind words. It really means a lot to me. I love to read positive comments from readers – it brightens my day :) Glad to hear your journey to a healthier lifestyle has been such a great experience for you and your health. Best of luck on your detox and congratulations on getting married! Enjoy your special day! xx

      PS – Give Sonja a big hug from me ;)

  • Carolyn

    I’ve just finished the detox plan and am very proud of myself for sticking to it especially as I missed my morning cuppa! I feel brilliant now, thanks for a great, quick, and easy menu.

    • Katie

      Glad to hear the detox went well for you, Carolyn! That is fantastic :)

  • Ibbie Fraticelli

    Hi Katie, doctors don’t find what is causing abdominal pain. I had laproscopic gastric bypass 8yrs ago, am aware of a hiatial herniation. Gained now over 30 pounds n having trouble losing it. Currently, undergoing physical therapy, due to the weight gain, it has exascerbated pre existing condition of herniated discs from neck to buttocks. Along with other circumstances I’d rather not discuss. Prayerfully, this detox will clean out what is hindering my progress and put me on the road to optimum health. Again, thank you for sharing and caring.

    • Katie

      Hi Ibbie, I hope your detox went well! You’ll have to keep me informed about your progress. Best of luck on your journey to optimal health. Take care.