Sayonara Cellulite: Another Reason to Detox Your Body
If you’ve ever tried on clothes in a dressing room, you may have noticed some not-so-pretty “lady lumps.” Even thin women and men can have cellulite. So rather than simply avoiding cellulite-accentuating mirrors, here are some tips on kicking it to the curb with regular detoxes.
Cellulite is formed from fluid retention and the accumulation of waste products and toxins in the body. Exercise, stretching and weight-lifting (all of which help get rid of fluid, waste and toxins) are essential for silencing cellulite. When it comes to diet, avoid processed foods and animal products that leave toxic wastes swimming laps in your circulatory system. Doing routine, mostly raw vegan detoxes will help keep your skin silky smooth and light on the lumps.
Choose to do a 7-day detox each month, a 3-day detox every other week, or a 1-day detox every week to rid your body of the crummies. Here are the detox guidelines:
-Start the day with a large glass of filtered water with lemon or cucumber slices. Add a dash of cayenne for an extra kick in the pants.
-Consume only liquids (green juices, non-dairy smoothies, herbal tea, filtered water) and raw fruits and veggies until noon every day.
-Drink tons of filtered water throughout the day, at least half your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces water. No sense in detoxing if the crud can’t ride the river out.
-Eat lots of raw fruits and veggies, preferably organic. The more the better.
-Have some raw nuts and seeds (about ½ cup each day) and cooked whole grains (about 2 cups total) spread out throughout the afternoon, but avoid wheat (gluten) completely.
-At least 80 percent of your diet should be comprised of raw foods, and 20 percent can be cooked grains, beans and vegetables.
-Include a daily multivitamin to ensure adequate vitamin B12 and vitamin D intake.
-Avoid all dairy products, meats, fish, sugar, gluten, alcohol and caffeine.
-Add more green juices and raw foods as needed for energy.
A detox day might look something like this:
7:00 a.m. – Large glass of filtered water with cucumber slices and a dash of cayenne.
8:00 a.m. – Green apple juice (recipe): Juice 1 collard green leaf, 1 kale leaf, handful spinach, 1 stalk celery, small handful parsley, 2 tart apples. Serve over ice.
10:00 a.m. – Herbal tea; 1 cup raspberries.
11:00 a.m. – Large glass of filtered water with cucumber slices.
Noon – Large green salad with: sliced veggies, ¼ cup raw cashews, olive oil and fresh lemon juice dressing; 1 cup brown rice.
2:00 p.m. – Large glass of filtered water with lemon wedge; hummus with sliced veggies.
4:00 p.m. – Herbal tea; 15 raw almonds.
6:00 p.m. – 3 cups mildly steamed broccoli, ½ cup quinoa, ½ cup lentils; filtered water to drink.
8:00 p.m. – Chamomile tea.
Now get your detoxed goodness over to the green boutique and try on something new! How does it look? Cellutight!
Photo Credit: Liz West
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