The holiday season is the time of the year that we tend to indulge in our favorite treats. Dr. Oz referred to them on his Holiday Detox episode as cryptonites. They are the sugary junk food that causes blood sugar to skyrocket. Indulging during the holidays at parties with our friends and family typically starts a domino effect of craving snacks that put us in need of a quick detox by the end of the year. Dr. Oz created this Holiday Detox Diet program that promises a quick recovery in just 48 hours.
The 48 Hour Holiday Detox Diet
Sticking to the meal plan for two days will flush out toxins and reduce bloating. It reduces water retention, balances blood sugar, removes fat storing toxins and recharges your metabolism. He recommends a morning beverage, lunch, supper and night time snack to please your sweet tooth while keeping you satisfied.
Breakfast: Melon juice and a bowl of oatmeal.
The melon juice is loaded in antioxidants that enables the body to remove toxins. Simply blend the flesh of one cantaloupe with one cup of coconut water. The cantaloupe provides plenty of liquid because it is 92 percent water. The coconut water is high in potassium that helps to pull out excessive fluid that causes bloating. The mixture is enough to drink one cup for breakfast and four more cups for throughout the day.
A bowl of oatmeal helps you feel satisfied and settles the stomach. He recommends giving it sweetness by mixing in a tablespoon of peanut butter because it is rich in energy boosting niacin.
Lunch: Lentil Soup
You can whip up lentil soup by boiling 1 cup of lentils, 3 cups chicken broth, half a cup each of chopped onion and celery, and a cup of diced tomatoes. Store bought soup is fine as long as it says that it is low sodium on the label. Lentils are a low glycemic food which can keep the appetite calm for hours.
For dinner he recommends a 2 cup purple cabbage salad mixed with one sliced chicken breast, 1 ounce of pumpkin seeds, and one segmented orange with 3 tablespoons of olive oil drizzled on top. Cabbage is high in protein for a vegetable, and is exceptionally high in fiber to help clean the intestines.
Late Night Snack Attack Remedy
Enjoying a cup of soothing chocolate tea will help fight off late night urges for treats. He informed his viewers that, yes, they do make this stuff, and it is easily found in grocery stores. The tea is sweet and has a hint of chocolate taste that is low in calories and high in antioxidants.
Quick Holiday Hangover Remedies
He thoughtfully rounded out the two day detox with a couple beverage tips to cure the hangovers that we may be starting off with from the previous night’s celebrations. The first one is a virgin bloody mary. To make it, blend together tomato juice, one celery stick, a dash of cayenne pepper, and the juice of half a lime. Both tomato and celery stabilizes the blood sugar, which typically crashes after drinking alcohol. His other tip is to gulp down a shot glass full of pickle juice. The salt in pickle juice helps to replenish the body’s electrolytes and reduces symptoms of sour stomach and nausea.