Detoxes and cleanses are all the rage right now. In January people are motivated and ready to get on a healthy track, so this is the perfect time for a sugar detox.

Although some cleanses rely on fasting and calorie restriction as the primary focus, not all cleanses need to be that daunting. The main aspect to focus on during a sugar detox is keeping the body well fed and hydrated. Sugar imbalances hormones, mood, energy, blood sugar and suppresses the immune system. It is well known that sugar feeds bad bacteria and cancer cells, and it has even been compared to cocaine because it is so addictive—yikes!

It’s now time to crush that sugar habit and bring you into a healthy 2015. Follow this 3-Day Sugar Detox and you will start feeling the effects immediately.

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What to Focus On:

1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Keeping the body properly hydrated encourages oxygen to flow freely throughout the body. This allows you to be more attentive, alert and focused. Water itself is a powerful detoxifier because it assists the kidneys and colon to eliminate waste. Hydration means drinking water NOT coffee, caffeinated teas or energy drinks. Although these drinks are comprised of water, they can also be dehydrating for the body. Drink 6-8 glasses (250mL) of water per day. Don’t drink water with meals because it dilutes stomach acid and leads to poor digestion. Add a squeeze of lemon into your water for added benefits and some flavour.

2. Protein & Fat Are Your Friends
Eating tons of sugar creates a cycle of low blood sugar and intense “hanger” (hungry + angry). One way to break the cycle, besides eliminating sugar, is to eat meals that contain tons of good protein and fat (nuts, seeds, legumes, beans, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, etc.). Protein and fat are more difficult to digest, making you feel fuller longer.

3. Taste the Rainbow
Focus on eating colourful foods. When you eat vegetables and fruits with a rainbow of colours, you are getting a whole array of antioxidants and phytonutrients that all have specific jobs to keep the body healthy, skin vibrant and eyes strong. Again, this detox is not about deprivation so when you’re hungry, eat! Just make your vegetables the star of the plate.

4. Prepare Yourself
The key to any good detox is to be prepared. Look over the menu below and see what ingredients you need to buy and what foods you need to prep ahead of time. Prepping lunches the night before is a great way to save time in the morning. It’s only 3 days—you can do this!

3-Day Sugar Detox

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Day 1

Wake Up: Drink Lemon Water (250mL)
Breakfast: Celery, Cucumber & Kale, Oh My Smoothie
*Add in a scoop of protein powder or nut/seed butter to increase the fat and protein of this smoothie.
Water Break: Drink Water (250mL)
Morning Snack: Chia Pudding Cup
Water Break: Drink Water (250mL)
Lunch: Salmon and Greens with Cumin Dressing
Water Break: Drink Water (250mL)
Afternoon Snack: Hummus with Sliced Carrots, Cucumbers & Celery
Water Break: Drink Water (250mL)
Dinner: Herb Roasted Chicken Breasts with Wild Rice, Artichoke & Kale Salad
Water Break: Hot Water with Lemon

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Day 2

Wake Up: Drink Lemon Water (250mL)
Breakfast: Blueberry Ginger Kale Smoothie
Water Break: Drink Water (250mL)
Morning Snack: Handful Easy Peasy Trail Mix
Water Break: Drink Water (250mL)
Lunch: Chicken & Cashew Lettuce Wraps
Water Break: Drink Water (250mL)
Afternoon Snack: Apple with 2 Tablespoons Almond Butter
Water Break: Drink Water (250mL)
Dinner: Oh My Chickpea Goodness Burger (no bun) with Tenacious Tabouli
* To make the tabouli gluten-free substitute quinoa for bulgur and couscous.
Water Break: Hot Water with Lemon

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Day 3

Wake Up: Drink Lemon Water (250mL)
Breakfast: Green Smoothie
Water Break: Drink Water (250mL)
Morning Snack: Handful of Strawberries and ¼ cup Almonds
Water Break: Drink Water (250mL)
Lunch: Citrus Roasted Tilapia with Greek Quinoa Salad
Water Break: Drink Water (250mL)
Afternoon Snack: Guacamole with Sliced Veggies
Water Break: Drink Water (250mL)
Dinner: Clean & Green Chicken Salad
Water Break: Hot Water with Lemon

tamara-green-living-kitchen Tamara Green is co-founder of The Living Kitchen, and a Holistic Nutritionist and Natural Cook. She combines her knowledge of nutrition and passion for cooking good food to work with clients to create lasting changes in their lives.