THE DOCTOR-APPROVED 3-DAY DETOX PLAN

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THE DOCTOR-APPROVED 3-DAY DETOX PLAN
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Suffering a chocolate hangover? Here is your fast track back to a healthy lean body.

Post-Easter and ready for a reboot? ‘Dr Detox’, Dr Sara Celik ND is a Naturopathic Doctor with a focus on detoxification and reducing inflammation in the body. Here is her 3-Day Detox Plan for getting your body back on track. Fast.

WelleCo (W): What are the most common signs you see in your clients who are in need of a detox?

Dr Sara (DS):Fatigue, digestive issues (like constipation or gas/bloating), and problem skin are the most common signs. Another common sign is weight gain and difficulty losing weight. Detox is an excellent way to hit the restart button and reduce toxins that may be contributing to these signs and symptoms.

W: What happens to the body after we binge on something, like sugary Easter chocolate?

DS: Besides the fact that junk food such as Easter eggs provides zero nutritional value, when we binge, blood sugars spike and we promote inflammation in the body. While this may not seem like a big deal in our younger years, as we get older blood sugar imbalances and inflammation can lead to serious conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.

W: Can you tell us about your approach to Naturopathic Medicine and what it involves?

DS: Naturopathic Medicine involves teaching patients about their health, plus treating the whole person, not just symptoms. We treat the root cause of disease and combine the wisdom of nature with the power of modern science. My goal in practice is to teach, inspire, and motivate my patients to realize their full potential.


Hit the reset button

Dr Sara’s 3-Day Plan for resetting the digestive system, detoxing, restoring balance and feeling your very best.

"Detox is an excellent way to hit the restart button and reduce toxins that may be contributing to these signs and symptoms." -  Dr Sara Celik ND

DAY 1

NOURISHING PROTEIN Peruvian Chocolate Black Forest Smoothie. 

On waking

2 heaped teaspoons of SUPER ELIXIR Greens and one vial of Detoxifying Liver Tonic Super Booster, blitzed in a blender with ice-cold filtered water or your favourite plant-based milk.

Breakfast

NOURISHING PROTEIN Peruvian Chocolate Black Forest Smoothie. 

Blend all the ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Pour into glasses and top with a sprinkling of rose petals.

10am pick-me-up

Warm water with lemon, or a peppermint or ginger tea.

Lunch

Green Leafy Lentil Salad and Celery Soup.

Green Leafy Lentil Salad

  • 1 cup cooked brown lentils
  • 4 cups baby spinach leaves, rocket or greens of your choice
  • ½ red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Handful of walnuts
  • ½ cup crumbled feta

Dressing

  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to season

Make the dressing by adding all dressing ingredients into a bowl and stirring quickly with a fork.

In another bowl, place the greens, add the lentils, add the dressing the mix. Sprinkle with extra walnuts and feta if desired.

Celery Soup

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 head of celery, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon chickpea flour
  • 1 ¼ cup plant-based milk
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

In a large pot, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil. Add celery and sauté until tender. Add chickpea flour and stir well. On medium heat, add milk alternative, stirring constantly, until the desired creamy consistency is reached. Remove from heat and purée in small batches until smooth. Season with sea salt to taste.

Snack

Hummus and rice crackers.

Dinner

Creamy Coconut Chicken Curry with Organic Brown Rice.

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon curry powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 organic chicken breasts, cut into small cubes
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil, divided
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 can coconut milk (398 mL)
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup snap peas, cut ends
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 fresh squeezed lime
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Mix spices in bowl and toss chicken in with spices. Add 1 tablespoon coconut oil to large pan and cook chicken in batches uncovered for 7-10 minutes. Set cooked chicken aside. In large pot, heat remaining coconut oil on medium heat. Sauté onions and garlic, then remove and set aside. Add water. Cook on low medium heat covered for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Add sautéed onions, garlic, ginger, coconut milk, and cooked chicken. Allow to simmer on low medium heat for 20 minutes, then add red bell pepper, snap peas, and bay leaves. Cook for another 5 minutes. Add freshly squeezed lime juice, sea salt and black pepper to taste. Serve with brown rice.

Before bed

SLEEP WELLE Calming Tea steeped in hot water, sipped slowly.

Additional recommendations

In the morning, try to get in 10 minutes of mindfulness meditation to set you up for the day with focus, which will help you avoid caving further to your cravings. In the evening, an Epsom salt bath rich in magnesium can help soothe tired muscles – a side effect of toxins exiting the body. You might also wish to take a probiotic to help your digestion along, as sugar can be laborious for the gut to process.


DAY 2

On waking

SUPER ELIXIR GREENS Detox Superhero Smoothie

Blitz ingredients in a high-speed blender.

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Breakfast

Wholegrain Toast with Avocado and Boiled or Poached Organic, Free-Range Eggs.

10am pick-me-up

A green tea or rosehip tea.

Lunch

Hearty Turkey, Chilli and Kale.

  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 cup lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ tablespoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 can organic kidney beans
  • 1 ½ large can organic tomatoes
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon coriander, chopped
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • Handful fresh kale

Heat coconut oil in a large pot on medium high. Sauté onions and garlic. Cook until translucent. Add turkey and cook until evenly brown. Mix occasionally. Stir in spices and mix well. Lower heat and add beans, tomatoes, celery, coriander, sea salt, and black pepper. Mix well and mash the tomatoes while stirring. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add water if needed to keep from sticking. Serve warm with fresh kale leaves.

Snack

Carrot Sticks and Fresh Guacamole.

Dinner

Power Bowl.

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 cup carrots, cut in sticks
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • ½ cup baby spinach
  • ½ cup coriander, chopped
  • ½ cup green onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Heat coconut oil in a wok on medium high. Add seeds, garlic, and ginger. Lightly sauté́ for 1 minute. Add carrots and broccoli. Stir-fry for 5 minutes, mixing. Add spinach, coriander, and green onions. Toss for 1 minute. Add soy sauce and apple cider vinegar. Toss for 2 minutes. Best served with brown rice. 

Before bed

SLEEP WELLE Calming Tea steeped in hot water with 1 teaspoon of raw organic honey mixed in.

Additional recommendations

To speed up lymphatic drainage and assist the circulatory system – which aide in the process of detoxification – try some dry skin brushing before you bathe and slather on a detoxifying clay mask. This will help fight the signs of premature aging that sugar can cause.


DAY 3

Breakfast

NOURISHING PROTEIN, Detoxifying Liver Tonic Super Booster and SUPER ELIXIR Greens Piña Colada Smoothie.

Blitz in a high-speed blender and enjoy.  

10am pick-me-up

A green tea or rosehip tea.

Lunch

Gluten-Free Mediterranean Quinoa Tabouli Salad.

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa, cooled
  • 1⁄2 cup parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mint, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ¾ cup red pepper, chopped
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and toss together lightly. Make sure the quinoa has cooled completely. Chill for one hour to allow flavours to blend. Serve cold.

Snack

Sliced Apple with Organic Almond Butter.

Dinner

Lettuce Wrapped Veggie Burgers with Pickled Beets and Sweet Potato Baked Fries.

  • 500 grams ground organic turkey
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • ½ onion, shredded
  • ¼ teaspoon tandoori tikka masala spice
  • 1 handful coriander, chopped
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients (except coconut oil) in a large bowl and mix well using your hands. Form into burgers. Melt coconut oil in a large pan on medium- high heat. Add turkey burgers and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, flipping once. Serve wrapped in lettuce with sliced tomatoes and guacamole spread.

Before bed

SLEEP WELLE Calming Tea steeped in hot water, adding sliced ginger, turmeric, lemon and a small sprig of sage to the concoction before serving.

Additional recommendations

Try to meditate and journal to help you keep your mindset clear and focused, adding in a 30-minute walk in nature to clear any residual brain fog.