Going home for the holiday season is always delightful, to say the least. However, I find that when I surround myself strictly with family and friends, I tend to let myself go. Add that to the stress of finals, work, and general lack of motivation to go to the gym, my post-holiday, pre-Chicago body is certainly in need of a little work.
Salvation this year came in the most recent issue of Woman’s World. Mock the source all you want, but this is the very same publication that turned me onto the fabulous (and effective) shake diet.
So, what does said detox entail? Let’s find out …
1/2 C. plain, low-fat Greek yogurt (I prefer Yoplait of Fage)
1/2 C. berries
a pinch of ginger (I think I’ll be using fresh)
1 hard-boiled egg
6 cherry tomatoes or baby carrots
3 oz. broiled/poached chicken breast (or 1/2 can no-salt-added tuna … ick!)
3 C. tossed salad
2 tsp. olive oil (mixed with vinegar, cayenne pepper, and herbs to taste)
15 raw, unsalted almonds or 22 unsalted pistachios
4 oz. wild salmon
1/2 Tbs. olive oil + herbs and lemon juice
2 C. steamed spinach + corriander / tumeric
1/2 C. roasted sweet potato
**All meals and snacks are to also be consumed with 8 oz. of coffee or green tea and 10 oz. of water. Artificial sweeteners and salt are to be avoided.
The diet promises a loss of around 4 lbs. a day … we’ll see just how effective this detox will be.
Chicago (and 2011) … here I come!