By Claire Diab and Dennis Boyle
Time to clean out the closets–Fall is here! As the leaves fall, preparing for winter, this is the perfect time to let go of things that do not serve us anymore. This is the time to cleanse your body, mind, and soul by eating right, meditating, and communing with nature. Nourishing your body, mind, and spirit is an everyday event all year round. In between the seasons is the best time to cleanse and start anew as we go through this transitional phase.
Food is medicine, and we can use it to keep us strong and healthy. Your body is a magnificent machine that carries you around all day. Your body is truly a miracle. It is important to clean out and purify your body once or twice a year. There’s a powerful yet simple detox you can do that will keep you strong and keep your intestines in great shape. You will feel energized, your skin will look good, and your eyes will sparkle. Strengthen, rejuvenate, and revitalize your body from the inside out.
I designed this detox after 30 years of studying nutrition and dabbling in different diets. Cleanse our body, mind, and spirit before the holiday festivities begin. It is easy to follow and implement into your daily life. In five days, you can change your body’s composition and physiology with this fun and easy detox.
- Wake up and “Break the Fast”: Drink 8 oz. of room temperature water first thing in the morning.
- 5-10 minutes of breathing techniques: Belly Breathing, Rhythmic Breathing, Alternate Nostril Breathing.
- 10-20 minutes of meditation.
- 10-15 minutes of movement (i.e., yoga, jogging, or walking).
- Drink warm water with lemon before breakfast. This will cleanse your lymph system and kick-start your metabolism.
- Drink water between meals.
- Eat whole foods and give thanks before eating.
- If you drink coffee, limit it to one cup per day.
- Stay present throughout the day.
- Meditate in the evening.
- Wind down after 9:30 p.m. with nourishing choices.
- Take a nice bath before bed using oil and candles.
Things to Omit During Detox Delicious Foods to Enjoy During Detox
Alcohol Rice/Rice Pasta
Dairy Rice Milk, Almond Milk
Pasta Seeds (Avoid Peanuts)
Wheat and Gluten Steamed Vegetables: Broccoli, Kale, Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots
Sugar (Alternative: Maple Syrup) Rice Cheese
Vinegar Low-Sodium Soup
Fried Foods Gluten-Free Bread/Bagels
Cake, Cookies, Candy Apples, Grapes, Berries, Watermelon
Yams, Sweet Potatoes
Salads (Add Nuts, Beans, or Chopped Steamed Veggies)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Lemon
Claire Diab is an internationally recognized Yoga therapist. She is the director of the Yoga Program for the Chopra Center founded by Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. David Simon. She is an adjunct professor of Asian Studies at Seton Hall University. She is the author of several books and DVDs on Yoga including “Yoga For Firefighters.”
Dennis Boyle is a retired fire director and acting chief with the West Orange (NJ) Fire Department. He was the recipient of the 1999 New Jersey Deputy Fire Chiefs “Fire Officer of the Ye