As a bride, you want to look radiant walking down the aisle. In order to prepare, many brides join boot camps, treat themselves to facials and indulge in massages. But what really gets your glow on is to detox.
You can do this the healthy way by using a clean, food-based method. The benefits of this type of cleanse can be weight loss, renewed energy, clear skin, bright eyes and a balanced mood (which is the biggest highlight for a stressed bride).
If you are on any medication or have a medical condition, make sure to get the okay from your doctor before you start. Even though you are just eating “clean” (i.e. no processed, packaged foods; sugar, caffeine or alcohol), check with a medical professional just in case there are any foods you should avoid. Timing is also very important. Detoxing too close to the wedding day can be disastrous. You don’t want your dress to fall off at the final fitting!
Try this 14-day healthy detox to get you ready to rock that wedding dress:
Week 1: Pre-Cleanse Preparation (Hint: start the pre-cleanse 3-4 weeks before your wedding date) The key to avoiding harmful binges during and after the cleanse is to build up a solid foundation. Follow these three tips to gently prepare your body:
Cut back on foods that hinder your body’s detox work. These foods include soy, dairy, refined flours and sugars, plus any processed foods
Introduce more natural foods. Uncooked veggies, fruits and leafy greens are naturally cleansing foods.
Drink more water. Hydration is the key when cleansing. A rule of thumb is drinking half your body weight in ounces. Try drinking a glass of water upon waking.
Week 2: Pre-Wedding Detox Once you have given your body a few days to indulge in a pre-cleanse, you can start this seven-day clean food detox.
Wake up.Glass of water with lemon.
Breakfast.Enjoy one of the following:
Smoothie (see recipe) / Fresh fruit served with 1 cup unsweetened almond milk / Quinoa breakfast (see recipe)
Mid-Morning.Try one of the following: Apple / Pear / Handful of raw nuts and seeds
Lunch. Salads are a great choice. Try Kale and Avocado Salad (see recipe)
Afternoon Snack.Try one of the following: Juice (see recipe) / Handful of cucumber slices and carrot sticks / Grapes
Dinner.Try one of the following: Homemade soups (all-natural and organic ingredients) / 1-2 pieces of baked chicken with broccoli and sweet potatoes / Veggie stir fry with brown rice
Post-Detox Enjoy your glow and return to the pre-detox preparations right up to the big day.
Avocado and Kale Salad Serves 2
1 head of kale, shredded
1 cup red bell pepper, diced
1 cup avocado. chopped
2 ½ Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbs. lemon juice (organic; no additives or artificial flavors)
½ tsp. cayenne
Fresh herbs (such as rosemary, thyme) as garnish
Method: Toss all ingredients in a bowl and mix together. Garnish with chopped fresh herbs and serve.
Red Alert Juice Serves 2
Juice 2 Romaine hearts, 1 cucumber, 2 small beets, 3 small lemons (peeled), 1 celery heart and 2 inches of ginger.
Breakfast Quinoa Make a pot of quinoa at the beginning of the detox and it use for breakfast. Serves 2.
1 cup cooked quinoa
½ cup water
1 apple, chopped
1/3 cup raisins
Method: Combine all ingredients in a pot. Bring to boil. Reduce to simmer until water is absorbed. Serve.
Peach Smoothie Serves 1
Blend 1 cup frozen peaches, a handful of romaine leaves, ½ cup cucumber, 4 parsley leaves, 1 lemon (peeled), 1 cup almond milk.