I love this time of year. It rings of comforting nostalgia, the crisp air, apple cider and cinnamon, can you smell it? I can close my eyes and think back to being 8 years old in moms kitchen and the aroma of pumpkin pie and sweet potato soufflé make me smile, it just makes me feel good regardless what kind of life I am having. I also think the act of kindness and charity at this time of year seems to give a greater meaning to life. It’s not all about me, it’s about us. There is much to be grateful for.
For many of us, the Thanksgiving week-end is a detour to our bodies normally dietary intake. We end up eating a lot of foods that pollute our bodies. Regardless how hard you try you must give in a little to those sumptuous tasting yet not very healthy foods, it’s Thanksgiving after all. After three or four days of eating a few of the normally avoided foods my body is rebelling and I feel bloated and heavy and I can’t wait to get back to a clean body. Frankly, by the time Sunday arrives I have had enough and my body is in shock from all the calories, simple carbohydrates and excessive protein. For those of you that eat fairly healthy and would like to get your body back to normal as quick as possible try this short and simple approach. If you don’t eat healthy this would be a good way to start.
This is not intended to be a total body cleanse. If you have been eating a poor diet for a long time you will need to do a different and more intense cleanse, however that type of cleanse should only be done under the supervision of a qualified health professional.
The question is, how do we get our bodies back to normal as quick as possible after the holiday? It’s fairly simple. We need to aid our body in cleansing out the junk through a light diet and exercise. The diet will help in the cleanse and exercise will get our lymphatic system moving the junk out. The lymphatic system is part of our cellular waste and toxic material removal system. It relies totally of the movement of our muscles to pump our lymphatic fluid throughout our body. Unlike our circulatory system that depends on our heart, our skeletal muscles do the job for the lymphatic system. For example; when your arms and leg muscles contract, they squeeze the lymphatic fluid through the lymphatic system. The body is so amazing.
An infrared sauna can also help remove toxins through your sweat.
Suggested Dietary Changes for 3 days
Day 1 Healthy Liquids Only (cleansing lemonade, warm green tea)
Day 2 Healthy Liquids and select vegetables and fruits only
Day 3 Healthy Liquids, select vegetables, fruits and a few cooked vegetables.
Day 4 Slowly add other healthy whole grains, beans and nuts and seeds back to your diet.
Recipe; Cleaning Lemonade ( taste very good, you can drink this everyday if you wanted to)
- 110 ounces of purified water or spring water
- 1 to 1.5 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice ( I use the juice and pulp from 7 lemons )
- 6 ounces of apple cider vinegar
- 4 ounces of blackstrap molasses (this is optional) add to mix if exercising or you have diarrhea during the cleanse
- Stevia and/or xylitol as sweetener, sweeten to your taste preference
Warm Green Tea
My Cleansing Routine
On Monday I will start a liquid only diet for 24 hours. The contents for my day are; Renew the Anti Aging Formula , Biosuperfood (BSF) the cleansing lemonade and warm green tea. My diet will consist of 1.5 scoops of my Renew dark chocolate formula with 12 ounces of water 4 times that day, 2 capsules of BSF F3 every 4 hours for a total of 6, 40 ounces of cleansing lemonade, consumed throughout the day and 24 ounces of warm green tea. It does not matter when you drink the lemonade or green tea. The Renew is taken at breakfast, lunch, late afternoon and early evening.
Exercise for 45 minutes to 1 hour, work up a good sweat. If you can only walk for 5 minutes, walk for five minutes 2 or 3 times every day and slowly build up your time till you can walk comfortably for 30 minutes at a time.
On Tuesday I will cut the Renew intake to 2 times that day, will continue the BSF and cleansing lemonade and will add raw vegetables and fruit to my diet. Continue to exercise and sweat.
Mid morning snack will be a small to medium apple.
Lunch, I will have a salad with spinach, romaine lettuce, orange bell pepper, carrots, zucchini squash, onion, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, and portobello or crimini mushrooms. Dressing will be balsamic vinegar and olive oil. You can add spices of your choice.
I eat a salad at least 5 days per week and some days I will have one at lunch and dinner! A salad is hard to beat for building health as long as you do not use unhealthy dressings. A dressing high in sugar content or those that contain high fructose corn syrup can neutralize some of the health benefits that a salad provides. Using too much salad dressing, even a healthy one can sabotage the benefits from lower calories a salad naturally offers.
Mid afternoon I will have another Renew drink.
Dinner, I will have another salad.
Mid evening snack, mixed fresh fruit
The Renew is consumed twice per day on going, the BSF intake remains the same. I will continue drinking the cleansing lemonade ongoing, I like it.
I will add back a little cooked food to my diet. Cooked food is optional. There are many days I do not eat any cooked food. The schedule is the same as day 2 except for dinner. You can switch lunch and dinner at any time. Many people say it is best to eat your heaviest meals at mid day. I grew up eating my largest meal at dinner and most of the time I have continued that tradition. It is best not to eat at least 2 hours before bed time.
Dinner; steam 1 large head of broccoli, 1 cup asparagus spears, then saute in olive oil 3/4 cup onions, 3 cloves of garlic, 1 cup of diced mushrooms, 1 whole red yellow pepper, 1 whole tomato (optional) and 2 cups diced purple cabbage.
Evening snack; mixed fruit
Slowly add your normal foods back to your diet, hopefully healthy foods! Continue to drink at least 1/2 of your body weight in ounces of water per day. Be sure to include beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds with your daily dietary routine, they provide great health benefits. Exercise must be a regular part of your daily routine.
Wally Bishop C.N.C.
The contents of this blog is not and should not be considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.
- Common Health Uses of Vinegar (brighthub.com)