How to Do a Post-Holiday Sugar Cleansing Detox + Meal Plan

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Post holiday season Google searches for “weight loss tips” and related keyword spike by almost 60%. Most of us are guilty of going on a holiday binge and then start looking for a quick fix once the New Year brings with it a bellyful of jelly.

If this is what you are feeling, read on

Post Holiday Detox Diet

Here is an after Christmas cleanse that will drain the sugar from your system that has been disguised as innocent holiday goodies lovingly fed to you by friends and family. This simple and powerful Christmas cleanse will help you stabilize blood sugar levels within 28 days.

Step 1: Eliminate Sugar and Simple Carbs

Start your sugar cleanse plan by eliminating all sugar and simple carbs from your diet. Avoid drinking sugary drinks and cut out sweets like candies, cakes and baked treats. Start reading labels on everything in your fridge. Readymade foods like pasta sauces, condiments, soups, ready-to-eat snacks have added sugar. There may be sugary wolves hiding in a sheep’s fold as they aren’t directly listed as sugar. But here’s a trick to find out those sneaky sugars – any ingredients whose name ends in an ‘-ose’ is more likely than not a culprit.

This can seem like a daunting process as you are going to see these names pop up on the labels of all those cans and packets and it may seem like you can’t eat anything. Be patient. If you have just had a sugar high from holiday goodies, when detox day dawns it does take time for your taste buds to adjust to the less sweet taste. Understand that sugar can be just as addictive as alcohol and cocaine. A sugar fiend is comforted by the rush they feel just like a “high” experienced with sugar’s chemical cousin: alcohol.

While doing a sugar detox program know that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie, irrespective of its source. So watch that you don’t switch your white refined sugar with artificial sweeteners. This will just be taking one sugar block away for another sugar block. Drink plenty of warm water to cleanse your system and stimulate digestion and elimination.

Step 2: Eating Right to Stabilize Blood Sugar

High quality protein-rich foods will regulate your blood sugar levels, because they will gradually get released into your bloodstream and not cause a sharp spike in blood sugar like refined carbs. Most importantly, the high quality protein foods as well as fats will take more time to digest so you will feel fuller for longer and your blood sugar levels will stay steady.

Consuming fresh veggies are among the top weight loss tips for a sugar cleansing detox diet. You can eat all of the vegetables on the Yes list given below, this is because veggies are nutritious and great sources of fiber and antioxidants without affecting your blood sugar levels.

Healthy fats are also needed as they influence blood sugar control and prevent the risk of cardiovascular disease. Foods with healthy fats include nuts, seeds, coconuts, olives and avocados. You can eat lean protein, legume, whole and fresh fruit (in small quantities).

YES LIST

All Herbs, All Vegetables (except potatoes), Apples, Avocado, Beans, Beets, Blueberries, Brown Rice, Carrots, Cinnamon, Coconut Oil, Eggs, Fish, Goji Berries, Grapeseed Oil, Ground Flax, Lemon and Lime, Lentils, Mixed Berries, Nuts, Olive Oil, Organic Chicken, Organic Turkey, Organic Grass-Fed Lamb, Quinoa, Pears, Salsa, Seeds, Spices, Stevia, Tomatoes, Unsweetened chocolate (pure cacao bean), Yams*

*Limit to ½ cup per serving

NO LIST

Agave Nectar, Alcohol, All Fried Foods, All Fruit not on Yes list, All Grains not on Yes list, Artificial Sweeteners, Breads, Buckwheat, Candy, Cereal, Cheese, Cream Sauces, Dairy, Cane Juice, Flour, French Bread, Fructose, Fruit Juice, Fruits, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Honey, Hydrogenated Oils, Maple Syrup, Millet, MSG: Monosodium Glutamate, Oatmeal, Potatoes, Raw Cane Sugar, Soy, Sucrose, Sugar, Tortillas, Trans Fats, Vinegar, Wheat Bread, Wheat Pasta, White Bread, White Flour, White Rice and Yogurt


Post Holiday Detox Meal Plan

For a healthy drink anytime throughout the day, blend:

  • 2 tablespoons of grated ginger
  • 1 lemon, freshly squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 cup of purified hot water

Make a tea with the ginger and strain. Once the water is cool enough to drink mix in the lemon juice and honey.

This drink helps improve resistance to infection, providing protection against colds and flus, stimulates sugar and liver detoxification, is a great antioxidant, aid digestive issues, stimulates circulation, especially to hands and feet, helps reduce blood pressure and brings blood flow to the surface.

Breakfast:

Green Smoothie:

  • A handful of spinach
  • Half a pineapple
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of mixed berries
  • 8-10 ounces of water

Place in blender and blend.

Or

Vegetable Omelet:

  • 3 egg whites
  • Mixed vegetables (celery, onions, peppers, mushrooms, garlic)
  • 1 tablespoon of ground flax or chia seeds

Or

Scrambled Eggs with Veggies:

  • 3 egg whites
  • Mixed vegetables (celery, onions, peppers, mushrooms, garlic)
  • Dress with salsa

Or

1 cup of cooked quinoa flakes with cinnamon

Snack:

1 apple or 1 pear

Or

4-5 almonds

Ginger Tea

Lunch:

3 oz. grilled children breast or fish fillet

2 cups spinach salad with cucumbers, red peppers with extra virgin olive oil and lemon

1 cup of cooked vegetables according to Yes list

Or

1/2 sweet potato

2 cups spinach salad with cucumbers, red peppers with extra virgin olive oil and lemon

1 cup of cooked vegetables according to Yes list

Or

1 cup of cooked brown rice or quinoa

2 cups spinach salad with cucumbers, red peppers with extra virgin olive oil and lemon

1 cup of cooked vegetables according to Yes list

Note: Do not mix protein and starch together, so don’t mix sweet potato, quinoa or rice with chicken or fish.

Snack:

Protein snack:

  • 1 cup of raw vegetables
  • 4-5 almonds

Starch snack:

  • 4 tablespoons of hummus
  • 1 cup of raw vegetables

Dinner:

2 cups of green vegetables

2 cups of salad with extra virgin olive oil and lemon

Or

3 oz. baked chicken breast

1 cup of asparagus

1 cup sliced zucchini

2 cups of salad with extra virgin olive oil and lemon

Or

1 cup of cooked brown rice or quinoa

1 cup of green vegetables

2 cups of salad with extra virgin olive oil and lemon

Snacks:

Protein snack:

10-15 almonds

Starch snack:

Several brown rice, ragi crackers unsweetened

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