Short Detox “Tune-Up” Using Foods, Juices, Teas, & Herbs

I am going to do a 5 day “Cleanse” or Detox this next week, and I thought I would share what I personally will be doing with those who are interested.  I am not a proponent of intense cleanses, ie those that involve fasting or laxatives, although they may be appropriate for certain people.  And I also am a busy working business owner who doesn’t realistically have the time to take 2 or 3 weeks out of my life to do a more involved detox program.  So I’ve found something that works well for me, while still maintaining my other duties and without starving myself.  I do this regimen when I feel like I’m getting sluggish, whether with low energy or when my digestion is not doing well, which usually go hand in hand together for me.  My skin is not looking so good, my digestion is tending toward bloating, I am feeling down because of the gray, rainy weather…  And I know a 5-day Detox program will do me some good!

So, here it is, folks.  This is Katya’s Detox Regimen, including a day-by-day food schedule, herbal additions, and a shopping list.  The key, I’ve found, is to prepare ahead of time.  If you don’t, you’ll get hungry and cranky and eat whatever is convenient and right at hand.  So, make a plan, a shopping list, and make sure you have everything you’ll need easily on hand, and perhaps anything tempting out of the house or easy access.  This is my plan; modify it to suit your needs!  You’ll notice it avoids all of the major allergens: wheat, dairy, corn, eggs, and soy (except for tamari).  It also does not include any refined sugars.  The idea is to eat as clean and purely as possible for 5 days (or longer, if you so choose).

Please see my other post, Is a Cleanse in Your New Year’s Resolution?, for information on the Cleanse Kit and the detoxification herbs I’ve developed at Herban Wellness.

Day 1:

Upon awakening: squeeze 1/2 a lemon into warm water and sip.  Shake 1 Tbsp fiber blend (Herban Wellness Fiber Blend with Psyllium and Beet) in 1/2 cup water and drink.

Breakfast: 1/2 a grapefruit (or other fruit) and quinoa cooked in almond milk with cloves, cinnamon, and cardamom.

Lunch: Brown rice with steamed broccoli, beets, onions, garlic, and a little tamari/soy sauce.

Mid-afternoon: Green powder blend (Herban Wellness Great Green Nutritional Powder Blend) – 1 Tbsp – shaken in 1/2 cup water or apple juice.

Dinner: Simple lentil soup with potatoes, onions, and turmeric powder in veggie broth.

Snack: raw almond butter and granny smith (or other variety) apple

Beverages through day: 1 quart of Cleanse Tea (Herban Wellness’ Rebalancing Cleanse Support Tea), water with fresh lime juice, Detox Drops (liver cleanse tincture) in a little water before each meal.

Day 2:

Upon awakening: squeeze 1/2 a lemon into warm water and sip.  Shake 1 Tbsp fiber blend (Herban Wellness Fiber Blend with Psyllium and Beet) in 1/2 cup water and drink.

Breakfast: 1 grapefruit and a mango.

Lunch: Large salad with spinach, arugula, pumpkin seeds, avocado, cucumber, and marinated beets, drizzled with flax seed oil and fresh lemon juice.

Mid-afternoon: Green powder blend (Herban Wellness Great Green Nutritional Powder Blend) – 1 Tbsp – shaken in 1/2 cup water.

Dinner: Roasted vegetables (pan-roasted in olive oil with rosemary and thyme) including sweet potato, beets, jerusalem artichokes (sunchokes), and onions

Snack: celery, carrot slices, sugar snap peas

Beverages through day: 12 oz fresh veggie juice, 1 quart of Cleanse Tea (Herban Wellness’ Rebalancing Cleanse Support Tea), water with fresh lime juice, Detox Drops (liver cleanse tincture) in a little water before each meal.

Day 3:

Upon awakening: squeeze 1/2 a lemon into warm water and sip.

Breakfast: Fresh grapefruit juice and 1 quart water with lemon juice, maple syrup, and a pinch of cayenne pepper sipped on through the morning.

Lunch: 16 oz fresh veggie juice.

Mid-afternoon: Green powder blend (Herban Wellness Great Green Nutritional Powder Blend) – 1 Tbsp – shaken in 1/2 cup water.

Dinner: 16 oz homemade veggie broth

Snack: veggie broth as needed.

Beverages through day: juices, broth, 1 quart of Cleanse Tea (Herban Wellness’ Rebalancing Cleanse Support Tea), water with fresh lime juice, Detox Drops (liver cleanse tincture) in a little water before each meal.

Day 4:

Upon awakening: squeeze 1/2 a lemon into warm water and sip.  Shake 1 Tbsp fiber blend (Herban Wellness Fiber Blend with Psyllium and Beet) in 1/2 cup water and drink.

Breakfast: 1 grapefruit and a pear.

Lunch: Seaweed salad (rinsed seaweed mix from PCC), tossed with spring green lettuces, cucumber, bell pepper, and a drizzle of flax oil, sesame seed oil, and tamari/soy sauce and lemon juice to taste.

Mid-afternoon: Green powder blend (Herban Wellness Great Green Nutritional Powder Blend) – 1 Tbsp – shaken in 1/2 cup water.

Dinner: A baked potato with flax seed oil and spices to taste and a cucumber, tomato, onion salad with flax oil and lemon juice.

Snack: celery, carrot slices, sugar snap peas

Beverages through day: 12 oz fresh veggie juice, 1 quart of Rebalancing Cleanse Support Tea (Herban Wellness cleanse tea) water with fresh lime juice, Detox Drops (liver cleanse tincture) in a little water before each meal.

Day 5:

Upon awakening: squeeze 1/2 a lemon into warm water and sip.  Shake 1 Tbsp fiber blend (Herban Wellness Fiber Blend with Psyllium and Beet) in 1/2 cup water and drink.

Breakfast: 1/2 a grapefruit (or other fruit) and quinoa cooked in almond milk with cloves, cinnamon, and cardamom.

Lunch: Nori rolls with brown rice, avocado, and cucumber wrapped in nori seaweed sheets with tamari/soy sauce and wasabi.

Mid-afternoon: Green powder blend (Herban Wellness Great Green Nutritional Powder Blend) – 1 Tbsp – shaken in 1/2 cup water.

Dinner: Simple lentil soup with potatoes, onions, and turmeric powder in veggie broth.

Snack: celery sticks with raw almond butter

Beverages through day: 1 quart of Cleanse Tea (Herban Wellness’ Rebalancing Cleanse Support Tea), water with fresh lime juice, Detox Drops (liver cleanse tincture) in a little water before each meal.

Shopping List:

– Cleanse Kit from Herban Wellness with Rebalancing Cleanse Support Tea, Detox Drops, and Fiber Blend with Psyllium & Beet

– Great Green Powder Blend

– 6 lemons

– 3 limes

– 4 grapefruit

– 3 apples

– 1 pear

– 1 mango

– 3 yellow onions

– 3 red onions

– 3 heads garlic

– 1 sweet potato

– 1 bunch beets (3-4 beets)

– 3 large florets broccoli (one bunch)

– 1 head cauliflower

– 2 avocados

– 2 cucumbers

– 1 bell pepper

– 2 sunchokes

– 1 celery root

– 4 potatoes

– 1 bunch (or about 1 lb.) carrots

– 1 bunch celery

– 3 cups spinach

– 3 cups spring salad greens

– 1 cup arugula greens

– 2 cups sugar snap peas (or other edible peas)

– 2 on-the-vine tomatoes

– 1 package of edible seaweed (dry or refrigerated)

– 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds

– flax seed oil

– 3 cups dry lentils (any type)

– 3 cups dry quinoa

– 3 cups brown rice

– raw almond butter

– nori seaweed sheets

– wasabi

– tamari (or soy sauce)

– maple syrup

– almond milk (or make your own with raw almonds, soaked over night, blended and strained)

– cayenne powder

– turmeric powder

– cardamom

– clove buds

– cinnamon

– rosemary

– thyme

– 1.5 quarts fresh veggie juice (either from a fresh juice bar or from your own juicer) with less of the sweet veggies (carrot and beet) and more of the greens: kale, spinach, celery, cilantro, parsley, etc.  OR as much as you’d like to drink through the duration of the cleanse!

– make up a pot of veggie broth with onions, garlic, celery root, celery stocks, carrot, beet, seaweed (kombu, kelp, etc.), cook down, and strain to have on hand

– make up a pot of lentil soup to have on hand.

– make up several cups of quinoa & brown rice to have on hand if possible.

– make up fresh almond milk to have on hand.

About Katya

Katya has a deep respect and passion for the natural world and the ongoing healing journey. Having experienced her own health challenges in her teenage years, and having to find balance throughout life, she can empathize with the health challenges many of us face at points in our lives. Having these experiences and seeing the connection time and again between physical health and mental, emotional, & spiritual states, has helped her to see health as part of a whole system. She formally studied Herbal Sciences at Bastyr University and has owned Herban Wellness since 2009.