Reestablishing Balance after Travel with a Mini Detox

My life the last 2 months has been a whirlwind.  I had three trips back to back culminating in a trip to Argentina.  I kept it together for the first two trips, but while in Argentina, I must admit, things fell apart a bit.

Oh yes, it happens to us all.

Argentina is a dream place for me.  I love the smells, the streets, the parks.  I love so much there.  It is my total happy place.  This visit, I started off touring with a group of people to explore new places and ended with a few days of family and work time.  I got a more intense “mate” experience along with lessons from a few experts!  I found new mates and bombillas to bring back.  I got up early each day and worked a lot.  I stayed up late to spend time with family.  That meant that I was exhausted and did not do much self-care.  That also meant that I used food as fuel, and not the good kind!!

I came home like a bloated croissant!

Time to replenish and detox!!  Time to relax and rebuild.  I created a plan and thought I would share it with you, in the event that you have experienced something similar after travel, or even if you have had a hard week.

I have created the detox with three levels.

1) Pussy-Willows
For those just starting out, or needing to just change things up a bit

2) Sunflowers
For the more adventurous, maybe those that have dipped a toe into the “detox waters” before

3) Yerba Tree
For anyone wanting to do a radical cleanse, total detox

You can do this for 1, 3 or 7 days.  You can even do this for 30 days!

Upon Waking
All levels: warm water with lemon, yerba mate,
Optional: probiotic, spirulina, vegetable juice, celery juice

Breakfast
Pussy-Willows: choose one of the following, recipes listed below
Smoothie
Fruit alone
Oatmeal

RECIPE: Smoothie
1 scoop of protein powder (optional) choose a vegan one like Sunwarrior or Vega One
1 cup frozen berries
2-3 frozen bananas
1 cup greens (baby kale or baby spinach)

RECIPE: Oatmeal
2 cups Organic, Gluten Free Oats
5 cups water
pinch of salt
1 cup berries
banana, vanilla, raisins and cinnamon optional

Place water and oats in a pot and simmer.
Stir often
Add pinch of salt
Cook about 5-7 minutes or until desired consistency.
Turn off the flame and add fruit, vanilla, and cinnamon if desired.

Sunflowers: choose one of the following, recipes listed below
Fruit smoothie
Fruit alone
Oatmeal

Yerba Tree
smoothie (fruit and greens only)
Fruit smoothie – no protein powder
Fruit alone

Lunch – you can add salad with apple cider vinegar or lemon juice (greens and veggies), pick any or all of the following in each category

Pussy-Willows
Fruit
Steamed veggies
Baked potatoes – no oil on top (can use salsa or 1 tbsp of hummus)
Beans, lentil soup or chili – made oil free

RECIPE: Eazy-Peazy No fat vegan Bean Chili
1 1⁄2 tbsp. cumin
1 white or red onion, cut into small pieces
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 tsp. cayenne
1 zucchini, diced
1⁄2 cup chopped sweet or white potato
Two cans of organic black beans rinsed well
One can of organic kidney or garbanzo beans rinsed well
One 14-ounce can of crushed organic tomatoes
2 cups water
1-teaspoon sea salt
1⁄2 bunch of fresh cilantro
1 cup kale or spinach, chopped
Fresh cilantro (optional)

Put everything, except for the greens in a pot, cover with water and simmer about 1.5 hours or until beans are cooked through.
When done, turn off heat and stir in greens.
Serve over baked potato or greens.  Can top with fresh cilantro.

RECIPE: Yellow Lentil Soup
2 cups lentils (soaked overnight – discard soaking water and rinse well)
3 carrots
1 Vidalia (or any other) onion
3 stalks of celery
Pinch of salt
3 cloves of garlic
4 tabs of miso (I used mellow miso)
Spring onion

In a pot put onions, celery and carrots, cover with water and simmer.
Add salt
Add lentils and cover with water.  (Make sure that water line is about an inch above the lentils and when it gets low, just keep adding water)
Bring to boil and simmer about an hour and a half or until lentils are soft.
In a separate bowl, put the miso.  Add a bit of the broth and stir until miso is completely dissolved.  Keep adding broth as needed.
After the lentils are done, add the miso.  You never want to heat miso too high or boil.  So, I always turn the flame off.  Stir miso in.
Add soup to a bowl and sprinkle a few slices of spring onion.

Sunflowers
Fruit
Steamed veggies
Baked potatoes – no oil on top (can use salsa)
Beans, lentil soup or chili – made oil free

Yerba Tree
Fruit
Steamed veggies
Baked potatoes – no oil on top (can use salsa)

Dinner – can be the same as lunch, or…..

Pussy-Willows
Steamed vegetables
Brown Rice
Quinoa
Baked potatoes – no oil on top (can use salsa or 1 tbsp of hummus)

Sunflowers
Steamed vegetables
Brown Rice
Quinoa
Baked potatoes – no oil on top (can use salsa)

Yerba Tree
Vegetable Juice
Steamed Vegetables
Baked potatoes – no oil on top (can use salsa)

Snacks
Pussy-Willows: choose any of the following, eat as much as you want
Fruit smoothie – with protein powder
Fruit – any and all fruit except coconut and avocado
Mochi –a pounded rice snack that you put in the oven.  It puffs up and is delicious
Sliced cucumbers, rice cakes or celery with hummus
Banana NICE cream – frozen bananas with a bit of water in a blender, can add unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla and/or dates to sweeten

Sunflowers: choose any of the following, eat as much as you want
Fruit smoothie – with protein powder
Fruit – any and all fruit except coconut and avocado
Sliced cucumbers or celery with hummus
Banana NICE cream – frozen bananas with a bit of water in a blender, can add unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla and/or dates to sweeten

Yerba Tree: choose any of the following, eat as much as you want
Fruit smoothie – without protein powder
Fruit – any and all fruit except coconut and avocado

For more detox suggestions, please chek out my book “Balanced Bodies: 7 Day Detox & Reset” http://www.blurb.com/b/6978478-balanced-bodies-7-day-detox-reset

 

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About Ana Goldseker

I am a whole foods coach specializing in weight loss. I help people with food addictions and building a food plan that works for them. Please visit my website at www.mindfulnutrition.net for more information.
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2 Responses to Reestablishing Balance after Travel with a Mini Detox

  1. talkcei says:

    Hi Ana,

    Thank you for this timely email! I just got back very late on Tuesday night from a business trip to Vegas. :0 Two nights there, and 10 hours on a plane in 3 days. Boy do I need a detox. And my oldest daughter is getting married in August, so I am trying to lose 6-7 lbs. that have crept back on.

    Step One for my trip detox was to go to Beth’s yoga class last night. Ahhhh. Step Two is your detox menu.

    Timing is everything!!!

    Hope all is well with you. ☺

    Best, Lori

    Lori Martinet Director of Marketing Communications Electronics 1953 Greenspring Drive Timonium, MD 21093 (T) 410-372-4933 ((F) 410-252-5231

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  2. Oh Lori! I love this! Thank you!!! Good luck! You are going to do sooooo well!!

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