Thanksgiving means turkey, sweet potato soufflés, oyster dressing, gumbo, fruit cobblers and a choice chardonnay. However, once out-of-town relatives have departed and the only leftover that remains is a fruitcake, Thanksgiving then becomes synonymous with fluffy midsections, strained buttons and having to wear elastic pants for months. We’ve all been there: that dreaded and then somber moment after your scale displays a staggeringly high number that cannot possibly be true. No matter what your eyes tell you, mashed potatoes and apple pies aren't your friends.
There are, of course, ways to cleanse yourself of your Thanksgiving feast. While most worry about packing on the pounds around the holiday, this detox isn't about weight loss as much as it's about flushing your system and giving it a much-needed lull from having to constantly digest greasy, highly caloric foods that lack nutritional value. I started detoxing as a matter of course when I had my large intestine removed. After undergoing my first liver transplant, I suffered from ulcerative colitis, a colon disease. Doctors praised safe detoxing as a way of giving my body a chance to rest and repair.
In comes a detox smoothie and a few simple steps that have, as a bonus, helped me to maintain a healthy weight while improving my overall health. Even the health of my hair, nails and skin have improved!
Drink at 2-3, 8-oz cups of warm water with lemon juice every morning.
Eat one apple a day, preferably in the morning.
Cut out sweets.
Vegetables should take up at least 2/3 of your plate.
At least once a day, substitute a smoothie for a meal. Simply add two handfuls of spinach, ½ cup of blueberries, ½ cup of strawberries, juice from one lemon, a peeled and cored apple, coconut water and pineapple to a blender, adjusting the amount to suit your preferences.
In one week I lost six pounds. Of course this will vary as everyone’s body type, lifestyle and metabolism differ. And, of course, before beginning any detox program, seek professional advice from a trusted and familiar doctor of your choosing. Further, the longest I'll detox is five straight days before slowly resuming a healthy, balanced diet full of colorful vegetables and plenty of water.
REMINDER: BEFORE STARTING ANY DIET OR DETOX PROGRAM CONSULT A TRUSTED DOCTOR!
A recovering TV producer, I'm working fastidiously--yet unsuccessfully--on my addiction to politics. I'm a hopeless Miles Davis enthusiast, who enjoys gallery-hopping and Nutella cupcakes. I owe my green eyes and gumbo-cooking talent to my Creole genes. And when I'm not blogging all things chic, me and my fur baby Lola Bean Pod are living it up in Atlanta.