Saturday, September 19, 2020

Weekend Cleansing Diet


Most people take better care of their cars than their own bodies. A sunny day in the summer brings people out of their homes, to wash their cars lovingly while they defile themselves with chemical-ridden hot dogs off the barbie. People spend hours cleaning their homes and then are too rushed for time to prepare a meal made with fresh, wholesome ingredients to nourish themselves – instead they opt for a trip to Burger King.

Take a weekend and follow the diet below. Bring the love you feel for things outside yourself back to yourself.

Two days prior to the diet, it is a good idea to eat only whole grains and beans, vegetable protein or fish, vegetables, and fruits. No dairy, meat, coffee, or sugar.

I have done this fast/diet from one to three days. Pick a weekend when you can hide and try it.


Herb Tea Mixture
Boil three 1/4-inch slices of fresh gingerroot in 1-1/2 pints of distilled or filtered water for three minutes. Pour this over 1 heaping T of the following mixture, consisting of equal parts: peppermint, licorice root, fennel seed, and fenugreek seed. Steep 10 to 15 minutes.

Liver Flush Drink
Juice of several oranges or grapefruit, 6 T lemon juice, 3T cold-pressed olive oil, and 2 to 4 crushed cloves of garlic. (I usually chug the olive oil and use the juice as a chaser – same for the garlic.) Follow Liver Flush Drink with 1 or 2 cups of tea.

Mid Morning

Fresh Vegetable Juice If you don’t own a juicer, find a place that does. Go there and have any combination of carrots, celery, beets, parsley, spinach, and wheatgrass.


Large Salad
Any combination of veggies and sprouts. Dressing of lemon juice and cold-pressed olive, sesame, safflower, or sunflower oil, with garlic, onions, and spices for flavoring.

Late Afternoon

Fresh Vegetable Juice Same as mid-morning.


Large Salad
Either another large vegetable salad, same as lunch, or a fresh fruit salad.

Throughout the Day

Herb Tea Mix and plenty of distilled or filtered water.

Other suggestions

  • Go on a newsfast. Shut off the TV, forget the paper, and just concentrate on the things you really can change in your life.
  • Dry brush your skin with a natural-bristle body brush before your shower or bath.
  • Take lots of walks outside and breathe deeply.

Other Detoxifying Food Options

Sweet & Sour Cabbage-Apple Slaw

  • 1/2 small head green cabbage, shredded (about 1-1/2 C)
  • 1/2 small head red cabbage, shredded (about 1-1/2 C)
  • 2 medium carrots, shredded
  • 2 medium tart apples, chopped
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1/4 C fresh parsley, chopped fine
  • 1/2 C raisins
  • 1/4 chopped walnuts (or pecans) or sunflower seeds or a combination of nuts and seeds

Sprinkle chopped apples with lemon juice to prevent browning. Add remaining ingredients and toss with dressing (below). Best if chilled at least 1 hour before serving.

Salad Dressing
2 T extra-virgin or quality olive oil (optional)
1/4 C honey
2 T rice vinegar

Whisk ingredients together.

Middle Eastern Quinoa Salad

  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 C fresh parsley, chopped fine
  • 2 – 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 3 green onions, chopped fine
  • 1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained
  • 1/4 C fresh mint leaves, chopped fine
  • 3/4 C quinoa
  • 1 1/2 C water

IMPORTANT NOTE: Rinse quinoa in a sieve thoroughly (10 to 15 quick rinses) with cold water.

Heat 1-1/2 C water to boil. Add quinoa, cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender. Set aside to cool. Prepare the remainder of the salad in a medium-size bowl. When quinoa is cool, mix with the rest of the salad. Chilling overnight before serving is best, although it can be eaten immediately. Salt and pepper to taste.

Tofu Cutlets

  • 1 pound extra-firm tofu
  • 2 T miso paste
  • 1 C water
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 C nutritional yeast

Breading mix:

  • 1 -1/2 C yellow cornmeal
  • 1 T paprika
  • 1 t dried rosemary
  • 1 t dried thyme
  • 1 t dried basil

Slice tofu into 1/4-inch thick slices. Mix together the miso, water, garlic, and nutritional yeast. Marinate the slices for at least one hour (or overnight).

Mix breading ingredients together. Dredge moist tofu slices in breading mix and arrange on baking sheet coated with cooking spray or canola oil.

Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Turn. Bake another 15 minutes until golden brown.

Enjoy Your Cleanse This Weekend!

Gloria Brown
Women's health and wellness retreat leader providing vacations and trips for women to get in shape -- and stay that way! On you can find my articles about weight loss, health and women's issues. Please feel free to contact me on

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