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Bye-Bye Holidays….Time to Bounce Back! Are You In?

How did you do? Did you Fa-lalalala…ugh? How about the chestnuts? Too much roasting and toasting? Where you a slave to the white stuff? No, I am not talking about snow…I am talking about sugar. Sugar cookies shaped like trees, Santa, and reindeer. How about the pumpkin pie, and hot chocolate, and I think there is sugar in wine, and peppermint lattes;) Hopefully this clip from Elf is the extreme, but I laugh because it doesn’t take much over indulging for us to feel like we need a roll of Tums and a nap STAT! Perhaps you were very well-behaved and maintained a great balanced of giving in and yet staying on track. Hooray for you too!

Post Holiday 48 Hour Cleanse!
(Courtesy of Dr. Oz) http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/48-hour-weekend-cleanse

This cleanse is actually for everyone who may be interested in a restart, reboot, recharge, or de-stress of the body, and this is a great time of the year to do just that! Here is a rundown of the body’s detox system:

There are 3 critical organs:
*LIVER: First line of defense against toxins.  Acts like a filter. Prevents toxic substances in food from passing into the blood.
*COLON: Healthy and unhealthy chemicals.  We need to keep the colon moving, so it can flush these toxic chemicals before it does you harm. This is its main role.
*KIDNEYS: Filters blood and gets rid of toxins in the form of urine.

Here is what Dr. Oz says…

“The practice of detoxifying the body to rid it of unhealthy toxins has been around for centuries. Hippocrates recommended fasting to improve health, and many religious groups have historically used fasting as a way of purifying the spirit.

Today the marketplace is cluttered with detox diets that promise to help you lose weight, boost your energy levels and more. However, many popular detox diets, especially those that involve extreme low-calorie fasting, can rob the body of important nutrients and place the body in starvation mode, which actually slows your metabolism. Other downsides of many detox diets include: dehydration, fatigue, dizziness, nausea and even colon damage.

For a detox diet to truly work, you need to maintain these three key organs by nourishing your body with the right nutrients. Dr. Oz’s 48-Hour Weekend Cleanse is based upon eating certain “detoxifying” foods that will keep these systems running smoothly. The plan couldn’t be simpler to follow so you’re not always focused on what to eat next. You’ll need to prepare and eat the following meals and snacks two days in a row. To get ready for the weekend cleanse, print out the complete cleanse shopping list and make a trip to the supermarket. “


Here is what you will be eating for 2 days if you choose to accept this mission!

Breakfast: Quinoa With Chopped Prunes
Ingredients (Makes 1 Serving)
1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 cup water
1 pinch nutmeg
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tbsp flax-seed oil
1/3 cup chopped prunes
1/4 cup rice milk
In a small pot, stir 1/2 cup quinoa, a pinch of nutmeg and 1 tsp of grated ginger into a cup of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover the pot and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the prunes and rice milk. Cover again and cook another 5 minutes. Before serving, stir in 1 tbsp of flax-seed oil.

Snack: Kale, Pineapple and Ginger Detox Drink
Ingredients (Makes 4 Servings; Drink Throughout the Day)
1/2 cup pineapple
2 large cucumbers
1 bunch kale without stems (4 cups chopped)
1/2 lemon, squeezed
1/4 inch of ginger
1 bunch of mint (1/2 cup)
Combine all ingredients and blend in juicer.

Alternative Snack: Pineapple, Lemon and Pomegranate Blend-Free Detox Drink
Ingredients (Makes 4 Servings; Drink Throughout the Day)
3/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
1 lemon
1 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice
3 cups water
Combine all ingredients and mix in a cup. Enjoy!

Alternative Snack: Fresh Veggies
Green beans
Olive oil
Lemon juice
Cut up celery, radishes, cucumber and green beans. For dressing, combine olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix well.

You can consume as many of any of these snacks as you’d like throughout the day.

Lunch: Fruit Smoothie
Ingredients (Makes 1 Serving)
1/2 cup almond or hemp milk (plain/unsweetened)
1 tablespoon ground flax-seed or chia
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 banana
1/2 cup ice
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Dinner: Vegetable Broth Soup
Ingredients (Makes 5 Servings)
2 red onions, roughly chopped
2 stalks celery, roughly chopped
1 fennel bulb, fronds and stalks included, roughly chopped
2 tsp caraway seeds
2 tsp sea salt
Freshly ground pepper
1 cup sliced shiitake caps
4 large cloves garlic, chopped
1 cabbage, roughly chopped
2 quarts water
2 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped
8 sprigs parsley
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
Combine all ingredients, except for the chopped parsley, in a pot. Add 2 quarts of water. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Simmer covered for about 1 hour. Adjust seasoning. Remove whole parsley sprigs and serve topped with some freshly chopped parsley. Serve with a side of traditionally fermented sauerkraut and chopped apples (warm or room temperature).

If you train with me or attend any of my large group or small group classes, you know one of my favorite things to say is, “You can do anything for___!” Fill in the blank. It might be 20 seconds, it might be one minute. I say this because I truly believe it! If I break my workouts into pieces I can give it 110%. I can focus, dig deep, and persevere. I feel the same way regarding something like this. I like doing something like this. Having several food allergies and sensitivities, I know that toxins inside and outside of the body can really put the system under a lot of stress. I enjoy these types of cleanses despite their mental, physical, and even emotional difficulty. After all, you can do anything for 48 hours! 🙂 Who’s in?

Your Trainer,

 Works Cited

 “Dr. Oz’s 48-Hour Weekend Cleanse.” The Dr. Oz Show. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2012. <http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/48-hour-weekend-cleanse>.

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