Following a night of over indulgence the key to resetting and feeling great as quickly as possible is in hydrating and alkalizing the body. Both sugar, alcohol and most other treats along with a lack of our ideal amount of sleep, will strip the body of vital nutrients and water, leaving us rather acidic with a weakened immune -- a ripe environment for catching seasonal colds and flus.
Repair from a night of indulgence with a one day re-set cleanse.
Start your day with a glass of super alkalizing, detoxifying water with lemon juice and cayenne. Fill the rest of the day with mineral rich, whole foods, mainly of the plant-based variety. Fight off the greasy spoon, salty and sweet cravings by eating small meals throughout the day and staying well hydrated.
Also helpful is doing a little sweating. A brisk walk in the fresh air for 20 minutes will do wonders in helping lift energy and start the cleansing process.
Hangover Cure Smoothie
6 leaves of romaine lettuce
5 inches of cucumber
2 dried dates (soaked if possible)
1 cup watermelon
1 Tbs hemp seeds
½ Tbs ginger
pinch of cayenne
1 Tbs goji berries (optional)
1 tsp spirulina or 10 drops Ocean's Alive Marine Phytoplankton
2 tsp buffered vitamin C powder (optional)
1 cup ice
2 cups water
Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth
One Day Re-Start Cleanse
Upon Rising: Water/Lemon/Cayenne 500-750 ml room temperature water with juice of half a lemon and a pinch of cayenne.
Breakfast: Power Porridge (option 1)
Low glycemic, high protein, nutrient packed porridge to keep you going throughout the day. ½ cup serving of oatmeal cooked with cinnamon, chopped apple, coconut oil, and gogi berries. Bonus: after cooking add in mixed nuts/seeds and raw honey to taste.
Breakfast: Protein Power (option 2)
2 poached organic eggs, 1 slice whole grain Ezekial toast, roasted sweet potatoes, and mixed steamed greens (kale, spinach, chard) with sea salt and flax oil.
Mid Morning Snack:
Green juice or small green smoothie (see recipe)
Lunch: Cran Apple Salad (Option 1)
Keep lunch light and nutrient packed with refreshing light salad and tummy soothing soup.
Mixed Greens salad with fennel, cranberries, sliced apple, toasted pumpkin seeds. Dress with a mix of olive oil, honey, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard and sea salt.
Lunch: Carrot Soup (option 2)
This soup is soothing to digestion, packed with antioxidants and the ginger is anti-nauseant and kicks the immune system into high gear.
Simmer together 10 carrots with 2 Tbs ginger, 1 chopped onion and 6 cups of water for 20 minutes. Puree and you're ready. Season with sea salt to taste
Mid Afternoon Snack:
Green juice or apple with almond butter.
Dinner: Easy One Pot Stirfry
Easiest way to use up leftovers and pack in the vegetables.
Cook up 1-2 cups of your grain of choice (brown rice or quinoa are great for this). With cooked grains, add to a frying pan or wok and mix in with 4-5 cups of your fave veggies along with fresh garlic, ginger, tamari and touch of honey. Cook just until veggies are soft.
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