Perhaps you landed on this page and want to know more about detoxing, please feel free to visit my recent post, Time for the Big “D” as in Detox. I have posted a few of my recipes and food recommendations for while you are on a cleanse. You have to choose your food selections carefully while doing any cleanse. Please keep in mind that you will want to make sure that you are getting the recommended amount of fiber (25-30 grams for women) and drinking plenty of water (a little more than half of your body weight). Normally you should be drinking half of your body weight in ounces; however, during a cleanse it’s best to increase the amount of water an additional 10-15 ounces.
If you weigh 150 lbs., you will want to drink at least 60 oz. of water. Water and fiber helps to move toxins of out of your body. The more water you drink, the more you will use the restroom, which will remove more toxins. Fiber helps to trap toxins in your colon and prepares it for removal.
The recipes below are some that I use while doing the cleanse; however, it’s not limited to this list. Please feel free to improvise and include your own options. When you are cleansing it’s best to use organic fruits and vegetables and free range meat without being treated with hormones or antibiotics. The idea is to remove toxins, hence you do not want to eat foods that have pesticides and chemicals on them.
Breakfast: Steel Cut oatmeal or Oatmeal with Flaxseed, Fruit (blueberries, grapefruit, grapes, apples, oranges)
Omega-3 Eggs scrambled accompanied with a whole grain, ei; with Ezekiel bread toasted (or any Sprouted or 100% whole grain bread, muffins, bagel, etc.)
Homemade breakfast parfait: see snack below (great for breakfast or mid day snack)
Snacks: Parfaits with granola, fruit, nuts, trial mix, and yogurt or kefir (both contain beneficial probiotics which supports gut health)
(I sometimes prefer to fast for breakfast during cleanse, to give my organs a break).
Soup: Lunch or Dinner
Cabbage has many amazing health effects that are beneficial for not only promoting regularity, it is also loaded with rich in Nutrients. I recommend that you make enough Chicken Cabbage Soup to last for a few days. I often have this soup as a meal a couple of times a day. You can learn more about the benefits of cabbage by going to the link:
About Cabbage Chicken Cabbage Soup: (may add additional vegetables: ei: cauliflower, green beans-vegetables that have fiber)
2 Cartons or 8 cups of Organic Free Range Chicken Broth
1-2 organic chicken breasts cut in small pieces
1 head of Green Cabbage cut into squares (1”)
½ onion chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic (3 small or 2 large)
Dash of cayenne pepper (depending on your hot spice tolerance)
2 tbsp Extra virgin Coconut oil (optional)
Dash of Pepper to taste
Directions: Place chicken breast in with the chicken broth, garlic, pepper, pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer approx 10-15 minutes or until chicken is cooked and no longer pink in middle. Remove scum from top if any. Add cabbage, onions, extra virgin coconut oil. Let it simmer on low for 7-10 minutes (or until cabbage is desired texture). While vegetables simmer, shred or cut up chicken breasts. Put chicken pieces back into the soup and let it simmer additional 5 minutes. Add a pinch of Celtic Sea Salt if needed to taste.
I had an opportunity to try Jordan Rubin’s Chicken Cleansing Soup while at one of his health conferences and have made it several times. This big pot will last you a good 3-4 days! I literally can eat it it for two meals a day.
Salad: Lunch or Dinner
You can have a salad at lunch and at dinner. Just make sure that you are getting a lot of fiber during the cleansing. Fiber is important during the cleansing process. If I have a salad in the evening, I like to accompany it with a piece of fish right on the salad or on the side.
Mixed Greens or Romaine, use any variety of vegetables: red, yellow, orange peppers, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, celery, red onions, alfa-alfa sprouts, ½ size avocado sliced. (Can add a wild caught fish to salad for protein at dinner) (Salmon, Mahi-Mahi, Snapper, Tuna, Mackerel)
Home made Salad Dressing: (make enough for a couple of days)
1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 Tbsp Lemon Juice
Herbs (oregano or a blend of Italian herbs)
Dash of ground pepper
Celtic Sea Salt
*You can add low sodium soy sauce if you desire)
Mix all ingredients and use shaker to shake well or just make sure to stir real well.
Cabbage Chicken Soup (my mother’s recipe)
1 whole green cabbage
1 chicken breast
1 bunch of cilantro
4 stalks of green onions
1 to 1 1/2 whole lime
Boil chicken breast let cool and then shred or cut in small thin slices
Cut cabbage in quarters and finely cut each quarter
Cut up cilantro & onions finely
1/4 tsp of Celtic sea salt
dash of pepper
dash of soy sauce to taste
In a large bowl, combine cabbage, chicken, cilantro, onions, salt and pepper, soy sauce. Squeeze lime juice over the salad mix and toss really well before serving.
Baked Wild Fish (Mahi-Mahi, Snapper, Salmon)
Marinade Recipe for Fish: (for 4 pieces)
4 tbsp Coconut oil (melted)
1/2 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp Fish Sauce (Anchovy sauce from Asian store, Woodman’s, Asian markets)
1 tsp of Chili red crushed pepper (only for those who like spicy food)
This marinade is also delicious on chicken.
Stir well and pour over fish, let marinade 5-10 minutes. Bake at 375F for 25-30 minutes (depending on thickness of fish). Increase ingredients for additional pieces of fish. Serve with brown rice, salad, green beans or any green type vegetable.
What you should not consume during cleansing:
*Caffeine (coffee, tea, soda)
Some people feel like they can not give up the coffee-I would then reduce the amount and buy organic coffee beans or grounds.
*sweets (sugar, cookies)
I hope you enjoy the recipes and wish you a successful detoxing experience! You are on your way to being healthier! Please leave a comment and let me know how you are doing and if you have tried any of the recipes.