7 Day Detox from “Goop”

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I wanted to feature a detox today because after a race is complete and you have months and months of training behind you, your body can be awfully tired. I mean, you run hard, you eat a lot of carbs and sometimes you torture your body in all sorts of delightful ways. So once you cross that finish line, it’s time to restore and regroup. NOURISH. Nourish your body and soul. I’m utilizing the all powerful Gwen Paltrow and her amazing site Goop for this detox plan. She may be a little nuts but I kind of love her menu for this detox and I admit, I kind of even love her site. Although I initially poked a little fun at her book: “It’s All Good,” I have found some really great recipes in there alongside some helpful tips on how to keep focused and healthy. So, a big thanks to Goop for this information. Have a GREAT day everyone! Get out there and run!

According to Dr. Alejandro Junger in addition to the menu there are a few more “basic principles of detoxification” that should be kept in mind while following the detox menus.

  • Do deep breathing or gentle yoga.
  • Take a couple of spoonfuls of extra virgin olive oil at night to help stimulate your liver to eliminate bile and keep its circulation flowing.
  • If your bowel movements get sluggish, you can accelerate things by drinking half a shot glass of castor oil followed by a glass of water or using a mild herbal laxative. Bowel elimination is paramount for correct detoxification.
  • The skin gets rid of many toxins so it is important to sweat, either by exercising or taking a sauna.
  • Finally, make sure you eat whole organic foods, which have the best chance of having all the nutrients needed for liver and general detoxification.

Menus (bold indicates a recipe, see below for recipe links)

Adjust the time to your schedule and the meals to your taste but remember that there can be no dairy, grains with gluten, meat, shellfish, anything processed (including all soy products), fatty nuts, nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant), condiments, sugar and obviously no alcohol, caffeine or soda.

Day One

  • 7am (or upon rising): Glass of room temperature lemon water
  • 8am: Herbal tea
  • 10am (breakfast): Blueberry and Almond Smoothie
  • 11:30am: Coconut water*
  • 1:30pm (lunch): Salad with Carrot and Ginger Dressing
  • 4pm (snack): A handful of mixed pumpkin and sunflower seeds
  • 6pm (dinner): Broccoli and Arugula Soup
  • *Make sure that the coconut water has no added sugar. Fresh is ideal but the brands Zico or Vita Coco are readily available.

Day Two

  • 7am (or upon rising): Glass of room temperature lemon water
  • 8am: Herbal tea
  • 10am (breakfast): Raspberry and Rice Milk Smoothie (follow method for Blueberry and Almond Smoothie)
  • 11:30am: Coconut water
  • 1:30pm (lunch): Detox Teriyaki Chicken and Steamed Greens
  • 4pm (snack): Miso Soup with Watercress
  • 6pm (dinner): Pea and Basil Soup (follow method for Broccoli and Arugula Soup)

Day Three

  • 7am (or upon rising): Glass of room temperature lemon water
  • 8am: Herbal tea
  • 10am (breakfast): Oatmeal (make with rice or almond milk instead of water so it’s a bit more substantial)
  • 11:30am: Coconut water
  • 1:30pm (lunch): Blueberry and Almond Smoothie
  • 4pm (snack): Cucumber, Lime and Basil Juice
  • 6pm (dinner): Super Greens Juice / Miso Soup with Watercress

Day Four

  • 7am (or upon rising): Glass of room temperature lemon water
  • 8am: Herbal tea
  • 10am (breakfast): Mango and Coconut Milk Smoothie (follow method for Blueberry and Almond Smoothie)
  • 11:30am: Coconut water
  • 1:30pm (lunch): Miso Soup with Watercress
  • 4pm (snack): A handful of blueberries
  • 6pm (dinner): Steamed Salmon and Greens

Day Five

  • 7am (or upon rising): Glass of room temperature lemon water
  • 8am: Herbal tea
  • 10am (breakfast): Peach and Almond Smoothie (follow method for Blueberry and Almond Smoothie)
  • 11:30am: Coconut water
  • 1:30pm (lunch): Raw crudite (carrots, green beans, radishes, cucumbers, zucchini) with Carrot and Ginger Dressing
  • 4pm (snack): Beet, Carrot, Apple and Ginger Juice
  • 6pm (dinner): Cucumber and Avocado Soup

Day Six

  • 7am (or upon rising): Glass of room temperature lemon water
  • 8am: Herbal tea
  • 10am (breakfast): Blueberry and Almond Smoothie
  • 11:30am: Coconut water
  • 1:30pm (lunch): Mixed Greens with Steamed Salmon, Olive Oil & Lemon Juice
  • 4pm (snack): Super Greens Juice
  • 6pm (dinner): Detox Teriyaki Chicken, brown rice, steamed zucchini

Day Seven

  • 7am (or upon rising): Glass of room temperature lemon water
  • 8am: Herbal tea
  • 10am (breakfast): Raspberry and Rice Milk Smoothie (follow method for Blueberry and Almond Smoothie)
  • 11:30am: Coconut water
  • 1:30pm (lunch): Miso Soup with Vegetables
  • 4pm (snack): A handful of almonds
  • 6pm (dinner): Steamed fish, quinoa, roasted squash

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