Weekend Detox

This gentle cleanse won’t leave you starved—and it allows time for contemplation to help break bad habits for good.
Weekend Detox
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BREAKFAST After drinking your two cups of warm water, whip up a protein-balanced shake with your favorite fruits: In a blender, mix 1 cup assorted fruits such as blackberries, figs, pears, and raspberries with 1/2 cup yogurt or unsweetened coconut milk. Add some water or juice to get a consistency you like, and blend until smooth.

LUNCH Make a salad with beets: Their high fiber content helps cleanse your colon, says Jamieson. Cut raw beets into 1-inch slices and put them on a cookie sheet with some oil, salt, and pepper. Roast for 25 to 35 minutes, until tender and the edges begin to caramelize. Then toss with 1 cup of salad greens, and sprinkle 1 teaspoon of psyllium husk, an herb that absorbs digestive toxins. Serve with the leftover veggie soup from Day 1.

SNACK Air-pop 1/3 cup of corn kernels and drizzle with 4 tablespoons flaxseed oil and sea salt. “Flaxseed oil is a good way to get more omega-3 fatty acids into your diet,” says Jamieson. “Omega-3s help with memory, brain function, arthritis, heart disease, certain cancers, and some skin problems,” she says.

DINNER For a nutritious veggie stir-fry, sauté 1 diced onion and 2 cloves of minced garlic in 2 tablespoons of either olive oil or sesame oil, then add 6 leaves of cleaned, diced kale and 4 sliced shiitake mushrooms, veggies that help support the immune system. Greens like kale cleanse the blood as well as the intestines, and shiitake mushrooms strengthen the immune system and are used to fight AIDS and certain cancers, says Jamieson. Add 1 package of cooked tofu for protein, and serve over 1 cup brown rice.

DAILY DETOX TEA Buckthorn Bark Made from the dried bark of a shrub that grows in the United States and Europe, this herb is known as a mild laxative, working gently without irritating your system. To make a medicinal-strength tea, steep 3 tablespoons of bark in 2 cups of hot water for at least 20 minutes, then strain. Drink in the morning, at noon, and at night.

CLEANSING YOGA POSE Lying Twist (Jathara Parivritti ) According to yoga philosophy, twists facilitate the detoxification process by forcing blood out of the vital organs and allowing fresh blood to take its place. While doing this pose, Gates recommends focusing on bringing the belly toward the spine on every exhalation. Lie on your back with your knees in toward your chest and your arms out to the sides. On an exhalation, turn your head to the left as you shift your knees to the right toward the floor, but not all the way down. Inhale as you bring your knees and head back to center. Exhale as you move your knees to the left and head to the right. On an inhalation, bring your knees to the center. Repeat this pattern six times, alternating right and left. When you are done, bring your knees to your chest and take five deep breaths.

CLEANSING RITUAL Journal Writing Putting pen to paper helps process emotions and release feelings in a safe way. Miller recommends writing about any feelings that come up as you eliminate foods like sugar, caffeine, and alcohol. “You may discover why you have these habitual patterns in the first place,” she says. It’s also a good time to write about your motives for the cleanse: What do you hope to achieve, and what are your goals for after the cleanse?

*REMINDER: Take your psyllium and slippery elm twice a day and do your morning skin brushing.