21 day action plan

 

Increased energy, sound sleep, weight loss, greater self-knowledge:  That's what you can expect to gain with this three-week plan, which promotes a diet heavy on whole foods.  Week one is about cleaning the slate, while weeks two and three are about focusing on awareness and forming healthy habits.

Week 1:  Pare down and purify

You'll start off by detoxing with a spare diet meant to give your digestive system the rest it needs.  By midweek, you'll likely notice some unpleasant symptoms- fatigue, aches and pains, headache, bloat- all signs that your body is purging toxins.  This is normal (and temporary) so don't lose heart.

What's on the menu?

Legumes, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and oils and seasonings are the only ingredients allowed in the first week.  Breakfasts are juices and smoothies.  Lunches and dinners include lots of liver-boosting vegetables and legumes.

Meditation of the week

Think about your relationship with food.  Separating physical nourishment from emotional comfort helps you make better choices, eating-wise.

Get Moving

Since your're scaling back the protein, skip strength training and anything that's strenuous or done in a heated room, like Bikram yoga.  Focus on stimulating your elimination organs, including the liver and kidneys, with gentle stretches and mellow cardio, such as walking.  Stretch for 10 minutes, 5 mornings this week, and complete 30 minutes of gentle to moderate cardio on three of those days.

 

 

 

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