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3 Post-Holiday Detox Strategies

By December 31, 2012August 13th, 201436 Comments

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3 Post-Holiday Cleansing Strategies For a  Healthier 2013

By Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN


Pants a little tight after all that festive indulging? Feeling more tired than usual?


Well, let’s get rid of those extra holiday pounds and boost your vitality with these 3 smart slim-down cleansing strategies courtesy of our friend and holistic nutritionist, Yuri Elkaim.


After all, there’s no better time to CLEAN your body of toxic gunk (thank you alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and chemicals) and excess weight than the beginning of a new year.


So with that said, I’ll let Yuri work his magic. Enjoy…


Alright, I’ve been summoned to help you start 2013 in the healthiest manner possible. So I’m here to deliver the goods. But before I do, I must confess that I’m not a fan of cleansing in the traditional sense.


By that, I mean your typical “pop-a-pill” and spend all day on the toilet type of cleanses. The problem with almost all cleanses on the market is that they are completely focused on the WRONG thing.


They want you to believe that by buying bottles of their herbal concoctions, supplements, or drinking gallons of “spicy lemonade” that you’ll be able to lose weight and feel more alive than ever.


And although they may show quick results, they will rarely if ever lead to lasting change. That’s no fun if weight loss is your goal, for instance.


What good is it to lose 20 pounds in 2 weeks only to pack it right back on as soon as you revert back to your old ways to eating after your detox is complete?


I want quick AND lasting change for you. I want you to enjoy incredible vitality and a body you can feel proud of. Not for just a few days but for good.


And that’s exactly what the following 5 healthy cleansing strategies will help you move towards.


Cleansing is important – if it’s done right. It’s not about relying on supplements but rather making small adjustments to the most important thing you do each day …




Yes, you can eat more and weigh less. Yes, food can heal what ails you. And yes, these foods can actually taste delicious.

But you have to know what you’re doing.


Let’s start with these 5 strategies…


#1 – Get Your AM Drink On


Yes, that’s right… I want you to drink first thing in the morning. But I’m referring to water, and lots of it. I recommend starting your day with ONE liter of water before ingesting anything else.




Two reasons…


First, you lose a lot water during sleep through breathing. Therefore, rehydrating when you wake up is important.


Second, since you’re immobile during sleep, the toxins that your body produces and tries to get rid of build up in your liver and bile. Drinking water in the morning can help move those toxins out of your system in your urine and stool.


Bonus tip: Add a squeeze of lemon to your morning water. Lemon stimulates gall bladder contractions, which facilitates the removal of those stored toxins. Lemon also awakens the rest of your digestive tract so you’ll find yourself hopping on the toilet quicker than by drinking a morning coffee.



#2 – Go Green and Enjoy a Liquid Lunch


If I were to give you ONE strategy that could improve your body and health dramatically it would be to add more greens into your diet.


And the easiest way to do that is by liquefying them.


Because let’s be honest…


Unless you’re a cow grazing the pasture, you’re most likely not going to be eating grasses and leafy greens all day long. But you certainly can throw greens like kale, parsley, swiss chard, lettuce, and any green powders into a blender, right?


The power of green vegetables lies in their incredibly high levels of vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting phytonutrients. Greens are also the major source of alkalinity within our food supply. Without getting too technical here, just realize that when you’re body is too acidic (from eating too many grains, sugar, and animal products) it becomes prone to sickness, disease, and lethargy.


By eating more vegetables, especially greens, you can restore the natural alkaline pH that your blood requires for optimal health.


Here’s my go-to lunchtime smoothie that I know you’ll enjoy too…


1 head of kale, Swisss chard, or dark green lettuce

½ handful cilantro

1 apple

1 pear

1 banana

Juice of ½ lime

500 ml of water


Throw everything into a blender and you’ll get about 1 liter of cleansing power that tastes amazing!


#3 – Remove Common Congesting and Allergenic Foods (at least temporarily)


Foods like sugar, caffeine, and alcohol are obvious ones to scratch off the list when cleansing your body of toxic build-up in a healthier way.


But not many people realize that foods like corn, soy, grains, and most animal products (especially dairy) are very congesting and taxing on your digestive and immune system.


Essentially, what this means is that by eating these “allergenic” foods on a regular basis, some of their proteins can be identified as foreign invaders by your immune system. As a result, they stimulate inflammation throughout your body, leading to mucus production, congestion, and shunted flow of energy.


The best way to realize this is to experience it first hand. And the only way to do that is by removing these foods from your diet – at least for a few days. Then, once you notice that you have more energy, less congestion, better bowel movements, and have shed needless fat, then you can add them back into your diet (one at a time) to notice their effect on your body.


You’ll be shocked – to say the least.


Not sure where to start?


Here’s a simple one day meal plan to give you some ideas of how delicious a proper “food-based” cleanse can be…




Coconut Blue-Cranbery Smoothie

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1⁄4 cup fresh or frozen whole cranberries

250ml coconut milk

250ml water



Leek and Onion Soup

3 leek stalks

1 large onion

5 garlic cloves, minced

5 stalks celery, juiced

1 carrot, juiced

2 tbsp Braggs Liquid Aminos to taste 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped

2 tbsp olive oil (optional)

4 cups water

Fresh ground black pepper to taste



Roasted Veggie and Quinoa Perfection

1 cup quinoa

2 cups water

2 small zucchinis, chopped 1 medium carrot, chopped 1 small red onion, chopped 2 tbsp coconut oil

1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped

1 yellow squash, peeled and chopped

Juice of one fresh lemon Sea salt to taste


1. Roast chopped vegetables in the oven at 300°F until tender.

2. Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a medium pot and then reduce the heat to a simmer and let cook for 10-12 minutes, or until water is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy.

3. Place bed of quinoa on plate and surround or top with roasted vegetables and a splash of fresh lemon juice and sea salt to taste.


I hope these ideas get your taste buds sizzling. Cleansing is absolutely critical to your health (since we’re all way too toxic) but I want you to realize that cleansing doesn’t have to revolve around crazy herbal supplements.


Instead, it can and should be based on eating clean whole foods. That’s the only way you can achieve quick and long-lasting results. After all, you’re improving your dietary habits one day at a time – and improving your daily habits is what counts in the long run.

==> 101 Juicing Recipes for Detox & More!!

Join the discussion 36 Comments

  • Marie says:

    I see this is a “one day cleanse” plan, but how many days should we follow it? Thank you in advance.

    • Anna says:

      Hi Marie, follow the detox for 2 -3 days, if you are training hard add in some BCAA’s.

      • Susan says:

        Hi Flavia,

        What do you think of all the talk on green coffee beans? I am considering taking them and really don’t know what to believe. I value your opinion above all others!

        • Flavia says:

          Hey Susan, I must be out of the loop because I haven’t heard of green coffee beans??

          • Susan says:

            It’s green coffee bean extract in the form of a capsule that you take 2-3 times/day before a meal. They are supposed to aid weight loss because (please excuse my ignorance if I have this wrong) they deter the absorption of carbs and fat. Dr. Oz did a study on his show and since then they have become more and more popular.

          • Susan says:

            Anyone have an opinion or have used the green coffee beans?

  • clare lawman says:

    could you replace the Braggs Liquid Aminos with miso soup as they are kinda made from the same thing?

  • Deb Reeps says:

    thanks Flavia these sound great. For the Lunch soup, how is it prepared? You only mention that the celery and carrot are juiced. What do you do with the leeks, onion, and garlic are they cooked or chopped and blended?


    • Anna says:

      Really you could do either one you wanted. I will probably chop the leeks and onions and add together all ingredients and cook as a soup. 🙂

  • Melanie says:

    My gym has 0 medicine balls. I’d like to purchase one for myself, it seems easier than substituting with dumbells. If I could purchase one now and one later, what weight should I get first and what weight would I buy after that? I’d say I’m intermediate with your workouts. Thanks!

  • Lea Ann says:

    Is the breakfast and lunchtime smoothie a meal replacement or is it between meals?

  • Carlye says:

    Hey Flavia,

    Thanks for all this helpful information! I’m wondering though, I am recently pregnant and I’m looking for a safe and healthy protein powder for my morning shakes. I’m having a hard time finding one as I hear that alfalpha can be harmful to the baby and most whole food proteins contain this.
    Would you be kind enough to suggest any to me?
    Thank you very much!

    • Anna says:

      Hi Carlye, I consulted Flavia and she says:
      “I would use BioTrust myself if I were pregnant, not sure if it has alfalpha or not. I also wouldn’t
      take a lot of protein supplements if I were pregnant, I would keep that to a minimum..I guess print off ingredients
      and take it to your doctor and see what their opinion is.”

      Neither of us have heard of Alfalfa being harmful to the baby, there is so much stuff said out there it’s hard to know what’s true without researching it.
      All the best!

  • Karen says:

    Personally, I think I would need some extra potassium

  • Crystal says:

    Is the green smoothie the recommendation for lunch or is that part of the detox plan? How many days max could you do the detox? Also, the green smoothie recipe seems like a very portion, is it one serving and could this be drank daily?

    Thanks! 🙂

    • Anna says:

      Hi Crystal,
      Yes, the greens smoothie is one of the lunch options, you could also have the soup recipe Flavia posted above. Do the detox for 2 – 3 days. During the detox the greens smoothie can be one serving. It is fine to drink it daily but you need to factor the fruit into your daily caloric/carb intake.
      All the best!
      – Anna, CPT, FF Specialist

  • LA says:

    I just finished a 3 day cleanse and was very pleased with the results. I followed the suggested recipes for all three days. For the soup I made one big batch, just chopped everything up in my food processor and threw it in my crockpot. At the end of my cleanse I lost 5 lbs and overall 3 1/4″, very happy! I thought this cleanse would be a good way to kick off the 8 week abs diet 🙂

  • Jabeen says:

    are grains like steel cut oats and brown rice also congesting and taxing on your immune and digestive system

  • Jabeen says:

    Thank you for replying so soon. I dont mean to be such a pain in the butt but i was hoping you could provide me with a ratio for how many omega 3 and omega 6 acids i should be eating.
    Thanks 🙂

  • Anna says:

    Hi Jabeen,
    Your body can naturally produce omega 6’s but it cannot produce omega 3’s so that is what we want to really focus on getting through our diets.
    Some great sources of omega 3’s are organic eggs, raw nuts, avocado and a high quality fish oil. Flavia recommends having a 1:1:1 ratio of saturated/polyunsaturated/monounsaturated fats and avoiding trans fats.
    All the best!
    Anna, CPT, FF Specialist

  • Dynara Eang says:

    I want to do this cleanse, but am concerned about my protein intake. You mention BCAA’s are OK but what about whey and casein? I see that we would not be animal protein here, so wanted to make sure my muscles aren’t depleted during these 3 days.

    • Anna says:

      Hi Dynara,
      during the cleanse you would not have whey or casein. Just 3 days without protein won’t hurt your muscles very much. If you want to do this cleanse during a recovery period that is great too.
      All the best!
      Anna, CPT, FF Specialist

  • Carolyn says:

    I tried to read all the comments to find out, but I didn’t see anything…can I have additional veggies as snacks? I’ll be starving on the cleanse:)

  • thelma says:

    I’ve been trying to lose belly fat, since i had my two children i gain fat in my middle portion of my body, hips,belly, butt, what can i do to lose the fat?

    • Anna says:

      Hi Thelma,
      May I suggest Full-Body-Licious. This 8-12 week program will help you lose weight, tighten your entire body and will not make you seem like you are on a diet. This program is a full body 5-day workout program consisting of intelligently designed 60-minute fat loss workouts to slim down or shape up. Each week cycles through five different full body workouts and each workout gives extra attention to key body parts that contribute to a flawless figure. By the end of the week you’ve hit all your major muscle groups five times with multiple angles, exercises and “advanced” fat burning techniques and tricks.
      You can find the online program here:, you won’t be sorry!
      All the best!
      Anna, CPT, FF Specialist

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