Hi! I’m Lindsey, and I’m an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist here at Glow. I’ll be starting my detox on Monday, after a weekend in Cameno Island! In the welcome post Dr. Eric gave you some ideas of delicious and easy foods to eat on the cleanse. I thought I’d share a few of my own tricks.
Generally, I try to do a cleanse once year. Usually it’s during the springtime when I have really bad tree pollen allergies. This year I was able to treat my severe runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing using only Chinese Herbs. That was great but I found that I really missed the other effects of the cleanse like improved energy, great digestion, and overall feeling good. Normally, I eat well and take herbs and supplements as needed, but it’s always nice to have reset button for your body and life.
I think one of the things that scares people the most about detoxing (besides the name) is wondering what to eat. I agree with Eric that with some planning this doesn’t have to be hard. Here’s a few thoughts. One is to plan on having at least one Mediclear shake per day (for breakfast).  It also makes a great afternoon pick me up snack.Two is the ideal but for those of you who want to have one during the day and don’t have a blender, mediclear with juice is a easy (if gritty) alternative. For a quick and easy weeknight dinner buy a organic roasted chicken and add some steamed broccoli. I like to bake several sweet potatoes ahead of time and  either take them for lunch with some salt, pepper and a little olive oil or add them to the next night’s dinner. You’ll be surprised how much veggies and rice you can eat so don’t scrimp on portions of those.
Homemade Mexican food is both delicious and detox worthy. Trader Joes makes a pre packaged guacomole called “Avocado’s number” that is a winner. Mango salsa or peach salsa (peaches are great right now), make great additions to beans and rice. Don’t discount the grilled fish and veggies on the grill either!
Stock up on these….
Olive Oil
Balsamic vinegar
Brown Rice Vinegar (beware of sugar)
sesame seeds
sesame oil
Dijon Mustard
These ingredients can be combined in a multitude of delicious salads. Shredded cabbage with sesame oil sesame seed and salt is yummy. Also try shredded carrot with olive oil, lemon and salt.