I am not much on detox diets or cleanses after the holidays even though they are all the rage. If you are like me, you may overdue it even more between Thanksgiving and New Years knowing you will “cleanse” it all off starting January 1.
A 3 day cleanse between Thanksgiving and Christmas can help with decreasing extra weight gain. My recommendation would be a 3 day Bieler’s broth cleanse which is alkalizing for your body. There are many options available but the one I will be doing soon is as follows:
4 medium zucchini (coarsely chopped)
3 cups string beans (remove the ends)
2 sticks celery (coarsely chopped)
1 bunch parsley or cilantro (or you can do a mix)
4 cups water
Bring the water to a boil in a pot then place the zucchini, beans and celery in the water and let simmer for about 10 minutes until slightly softened (the color will be a brilliant green).
Spoon mixture into a blender (you’ll have to do several batches) and add the parsley or cilantro uncooked and liquefy. Mix it all back together and place in the refrigerator. You can warm up or eat cold, I think it tastes like a green gazpacho.
It is important for the vegetables to be organic and the water from a good source. Eat as much as you want of this and only this for 3 days. Also drink a lot of extra water. Getting in a sauna or taking Epsom salt baths during this time is also helpful for your short cleanse.
Dr. Bieler felt that this combination of vegetables was ideal for restoring acid-alkaline and sodium-potassium balance to organs and glands, especially the sodium-loving adrenal glands which suffer under stress. The broth is also supportive for liver function — recall that the liver is our detoxifying organ. Bieler’s broth is highly recommended for those under stress or suffering from stress-related conditions.
Eat as much as you want of this and only this for 3 days. For some this might not seem like enough food for your busy schedule, if so try replacing this as a snack. Also drink a lot of extra water. Getting in a sauna or taking Epsom salt baths during this time is also helpful for your short cleanse.
Make sure if you are on any medications that you discuss this with your health care practitioner first.
Happy cleansing!!! And Happy Holidays!!!!