A Quick Detox to Increase Energy

Life’s all about balance, right? So after a week of farmhouse-style living – big family meals of freshly slaughtered meat followed by puddings and custards, and mornings of Jersey creamed coffees and baked rusks – a detox was in order. I knew I could only manage a short one here on the farm, 3 days at best. I came across Dr. Oz’s 3-Day Detox and decided I’d do that, but with a few adjustments. And for only 2 days.Dr Oz 3-Day Detox Cleanse

The closest town to the farm, Bethlehem, doesn’t stock things like coconut water and almond butter. No one had even heard of almond milk. So I had to make due with what they had. I found coconut flakes, raw cashews, sunflower seeds, and to my surprise, gogi berries! And TAHINI! I still had some hemp seed protein and chia seeds from Cape Town. I couldn’t find any kale, so I had to use swiss chard instead. Not bad for a town that was raised on maize and meat.

The detox plan according to Dr. Oz is to have 4 shakes a day. While they’re quite substantial and packed with nutritious whole foods, I thought it a bit boring to have to repeat one of the shakes each day for the “snack” shake. So I made some pureed soups to have in place of one of the shakes.

breakfast shake detox cleanse recipe

Post-Detox Reflections

1. I think it helps to do the detox with the person you live with, or at least one of them. I somehow roped my carnivorous boyfriend into this (I think because he was also feeling slightly bloated). I don’t think it would have been possible to do this on my own in a house full of people preparing food at all times of the day. It’s also nice to complain to someone who understands what you’re going through (just don’t let the conversation turn to what you wish you could have right now, e.g. a glass of wine, a pizza, BBQ ribs… stop that immediately).

2. Green tea in the morning and rooibos tea at night. The green tea each morning gave me a nice light kick, and if you’re a coffee drinker, it will ease the withdrawal from caffeine. I made a large pot of green tea with lemon each morning to sip throughout the day.

3. Don’t skip the detox bath before bed. This was one my favourite part of the detox. Run a really hot bath and add lots of Epsom salts and 5-10 drops of lavender oil. Steamy, lavender-scented bliss.

4. The lunch shake on Dr. Oz’s program was by far the healthiest-tasting, aka it might taste gross to some people. I personally didn’t mind it, but it produced 2 large glasses each, with a bit left over, which took a while to get through. I sipped on this while I made soup.

5. I was grateful for the soup. Since the weather has been rainy and cool for the last few days, drinking cold smoothies all day was not ideal and we really looked forward to the hot bowl of nutritious soup. It’s nice to save this for the “snack” or “dinner” meal.

6. We had our last meal before 8pm, which is something that should be implemented always.

7. I apologize if this is too much information, but I had more bowel movements. This is a good thing as the body is expelling toxins. I also felt quite gassy, especially after the green lunch shake.

8. I slept a little less and lighter. I’m not sure why this is, but it felt as though I needed less sleep and my dreams were insanely vivid. My boyfriend experienced this too.

9. On the first day I felt great – energized, light, and happy. The second day was a little harder, I felt a bit irritable and down. In the evening we started talking about wanting real food and wine. But the next morning (day 3) we both woke up bright and early feeling great again. In fact, we started the day with another shake! Our first solid food was only at lunchtime and I stuck to healthy, whole-food (rye crisp-bread with avocado, another one topped with cottage cheese and sunflower seeds, and a boiled egg).

10. Losing weight was not the goal of this detox, but I lost 3 pounds (1.3 kg) in 2 days.

Overall, I would recommend it! I feel more energetic, lighter, less bloated, and my skin looks better. If I could do this on a farm in South Africa, I’m pretty sure you can do this anywhere.

green lunch shake detox 3-day cleanse

Detox Shake Recipes (single servings)

Have one breakfast shake, one lunch shake, one dinner shake,
and one bowl of soup per day.

Breakfast Shake #1

1 cup strawberries
1 banana
½ cup spinach
1 Tbsp hemp seed protein
1 Tbsp tahini
¼ avocado
squeeze of lemon
1 cup water

Breakfast Shake #2

1 cup strawberries
1 banana
2 Tbsp gogi berries
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp cashews
1 Tbsp coconut flakes
dash cinnamon
pinch sea salt
1 cup water

Lunch Shake

4 stalks celery
1 cucumber
1 cup swiss chard
½ green apple
½ lime
1 Tbsp coconut flakes
1 cup pineapple
handful cashews
1 Tbsp tahini
1 cup water

Dinner Shake

1 cup blueberries
1 mango
1 Tbsp gogi berries
1/2 cup spinach
1/4 avocado
1 Tbsp hemp seed protein
1 Tbsp sunflower seeds
1 Tbsp chia seeds
squeeze of lemon
pinch cayenne pepper
coconut flakes
dash cinnamon
1 cup water

Detox Soup Recipes (makes 4 large servings)

Carrot Red Lentil Ginger Soup

5 Carrots, 2 Sweet potatoes, 1 cup red lentils, 1 onion, 1 celery, large knob ginger, spices (cumin, coriander, nutmeg, clove, cayenne), salt, water

Heat some olive oil in a big pot, add everything and boil for 40 minutes. Puree and add salt to taste.

Broccoli White Bean Soup

1 onion, 3 cloves garlic, large knob ginger, 1 celery, 1 carrot, 1 head broccoli, 2 big handfuls spinach, 2 cans white beans, 1 big handful sunflower seeds, dried herbs (parsley, basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary), coriander, cayenne, salt, water

Heat some olive oil in a big pot, add everything and boil for 40 minutes. Puree and add salt to taste.

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