That’s it! Your body is giving you all the signals: you’re drained. You have really put it through its paces with long days at work, meals swallowed in a rush, large coffees and “sugar free” sodas, sleepless nights, the stress of too many demands from bosses and loved ones alike, not too mention a complete lack of physical exercise. The accumulation of all those stress factors have stored up a lots of toxins in your body.
You have run out of energy, your skin is dull, it is time to reset the clocks with a nice little 3 day DETOX program that will do you a world of good.
Make a date with yourself for next Friday, that’s when we begin. We will be done by Sunday night after dinner, but nothing prevents you from going on for another few days to create some good habits.
3 days is short . Very short. Not long enough to establish life long habits (that takes at least 3 weeks). Nevertheless, it is sufficient to jumpstart your system, to reboot just like your computer, to cleanse your organism.
No meat, no cold meats
No dairy, no gluten (so no bread or pasta) and no yeast
Plenty of green, white tea and herbal tea
Sudation to flush toxins out
Fresh fruit and vegetables, whole foods and grains in abundance
No ready made meals
Lots of physical activity
Sleep and meditation to reduce stress
– 250 ml non-dairy milk (hemp, rice, almond or coconut, avoid soya if you can. As a last resort, soya milk will do) + 1 banana + 1 handful seasonal berries or 4 dried figs or, supreme delight, 6 squares bitter dark chocolate (80% cocoa) + A touch of vanilla extract
Zap zap, enjoy.
If you are still hungry, which is virtually impossible considering that size of a stomach, you can have a large pink grapefruit.
Lunch: We opt for foods with strong detoxifying capacities such as watercress, lambs lettuce, garlic, almonds, apples, prunes, artichokes, asparagus and wholegrain rice.
We substitute meat for a veggie steak, or steamed, grilled or baked (in foil parcel) line caught fish (no farmed fish to avoid the noxious stuff the poor animals are made to feed on)
Sample menu: kale salad marinated in orange juice to tenderise it, followed by baked cod steak with quinoa, you can use a little oil here but no more than a tbsp, finish with 2 squares dark chocolate for pudding.
Snack: DETOX smoothie: 250 ml non dairy milk + 1 banana + 5 prunes + tsp vanilla extract.
Dinner: Watercress or lambs lettuce salad followed by indian risotto: cook some wholegrain rice in vegetable stock, add a little light coconut milk, peas, black pepper and turmeric for its powerful detoxifying properties. Finish off with a few litchees and 3 mandarins
A homemade wholesome soup followed by the same fruits.
At least 1 hour walk per day. That really is the minimum. No excuses. If you cannot walk for a reason or another, cycle (on a stationary bike or outdoors), get on the elliptical trainer, swim, put some music on and dance, go skiing, in short, whatever cardio you can find to do.
As 1 hour is the minimum, I would like you to carry a pedometer and aim for 20,000 steps a day. Yes I know, it’s twice what is usually required, but you must bare in mind that the notorious 10,000 steps are the very teeny weeny bare minimuml required!
100 ab reps a day or more depending on your fitness level. To assess what that is, go to the burn and then add 5 reps.
25 push up reps on your knees or not, depending on your fitness level without arching your back
10 minutes wake up LeBootCamp yoga routine
When you wake up do not rise immediately, stay lying down another 10 min., if you can, play some relaxing music. Close your eyes, but stay awake and visualise your body, from the tip of your toes, to the feet, ankles, calves, knees… keep going upwards, thighs, buttocks, pelvis, abdomen, ribs, lungs, heart, throat (make sure it is relaxed by the way), jaw (that one too, don’t clench), tongue nice and soft, eyes, ears, forehead and finally top of your head. Now go back down visualising each part of your body in the same fashion. Slowly move your limbs, more your head from side to side. Awaken gently, serenely.
Now you are awake but you still keep your eyes closed. With your eyes shut sit up on the side of your bed, feet on the ground, back straight, your head rests gently on the top of your spine. Visualise the day ahead. You might go to work, or maybe not and these days are yours to enjoy before getting back to the coal face. Whatever lies ahead of you, imagine beautiful moments in this day putting to the side anything that might drag you down. Get inspired by visualising beautiful things and exhale visualising how negative things leave you as your out breath leaves your body. Continue for at least 2 minutes, ideally 5.
In the evening, at the close of your day, when you get home for example, practice breathing yoga to relax your mind.
Don’t watch any TV. Yes, it is possible I can assure you! Instead, page through the pile of magazines you never get to read, reach for the novel gathering dust on your bedside table, spend time with your family and talk about your day, pamper yourself. In short keep away from passively absorbed negative images.
I recommend that you tick off what you have done each day. I also advise you to diarise you meals or log them in your LeBootCamp blog. You are welcome to use the comment box at the end of this post to share your recipes, menus and experience. I will happily personally give you feedback, constructive criticism or a big huge pat on the shoulder!