5-Day Clean Eating Reset
Christmas is a wonderful time of year spent in the company of loved ones and indulging in copious amounts of delicious food and drinks. Hearts and tummies full! And man did I enjoy it this year! I don’t believe in being too restrictive at these special times of celebration. But (after the food coma subsides) there comes a time when my body starts to tell me I need a bit of a reset. Think pimples erupting on my face, bloated stomach and general lethargy. It’s ok to derail from the clean eating track sometimes, but these days I definitely feel the difference in my body and mind when it goes on for too long. My body just loves to be healthy I tell you! So here’s a 5-day Clean Eating Reset guide to reset the body and get healthy again, without total deprivation. We’re not about dieting here, just cleaning things up a bit so we can feel better. Personally, I like to start a couple of days after New Years and kick the year off with a boost of health, but feel free to pick a 5-day window that suits you.
Where to start?!
Check out our post Clean Eating – A Beginners Guide for some tips. Essentially, clean eating is choosing foods that are minimally processed and as close to their natural state as possible. Start by getting rid of most of the not so clean foods in the house, particularly processed and high-sugar foods. It’s so much easier if you don’t have the temptation!
Stock up on the good stuff
Fill up your fridge and pantry with lots of fruit and vegetables, nuts, wholegrains and good fats. Take a look at our Clean Eating Kitchen Essentials list to get you on your way. Buy organic when you can, especially those on the dirty dozen list.
Drink lots and lots of water to flush your body of any toxins that might have built up. Better yet, do this Water Challenge alongside the Clean Eating Reset for an extra boost.
For the 5 days of your Reset, try to incorporate the following:
Breakfast: have a nutritious start to the day with good fats, carbs, fibre and protein.
Lunch and Dinner: Aim for 1 serve of protein, 2 cups veg and 1 serve carbs per meal. (Mix and match the options below).
Snacks: try and stick to 2 snacks throughout the day, 1 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon.
Below is a list of ideas and recipes with links that you can fit into your plan.
Smashed Avo on Toast with a sprinkle of Hemp Seeds
Lunch and Dinner
1 serve of protein (about the size of your palm): chicken, fish, beef, turkey, tofu, tempeh.
1 serve of carbs: Whole-wheat bread or wraps, 1/2 cup of cooked brown rice, quinoa or whole-wheat pasta.
2 cups of vegetables: salad, stir-fry or steamed veg.
Tuna Salad Sandwich
Eggs and Spinach on Avo Toast
Veggie sticks with hommus
Apple slices with almond butter
Banana and peanut butter
Wholegrain crackers with tzatziki
Handful of nuts
Tips and tricks
Chop up some veggie sticks to have on hand in the fridge if you feel hungry.
Reach for a handful of nuts if you’re getting a sugar craving.
Brush your teeth after dinner to avoid going to the kitchen for an evening munch. Go for a nice herbal tea instead.
Feel the benefits
Try as hard as you can to stick to the plan and you will feel so much better by the end of it. A clearer mind, more energy, glowing skin, and just knowing that you are contributing to the longevity of your life are all good incentives. Keep eating as clean as you can after your reset, making it the norm rather than the exception.