Monday, November 30, 2009

Liver Cleanse!

These next two weeks I am going on my detox regime. Anyone want to join in on the fun? It is the perfect time to do this because there is going to be treats and goodies everywhere and I have found being on this kind of cleanse makes it easier not to indulge. I am going to be posting recipes to help keep things from getting boring. It is a wonderful way to reduce any inflammation in your body, decrease mucous, drop some weight and give your liver a much needed break from life. It is pretty easy to follow:

1. 40 % vegetables
2. 30% protein
3. 20 % fruits
4. 10% fat (in the form of extra virgin olive oil)
5. 1 % cheat (mine is a cup of coffee with soy creamer)

The specifics of each day:

2 tbls olive oil (or you can use flax oil) a day
2 servings of 4-5 oz. protein a day plus 1 egg (including Whey Protein)
2 servings of fruit a day (1 cup of berries or a piece of fruit is a serving)
unlimited amounts of vegetables (squashes are not allowed except spaghetti squash)
2-4 capsules of DHA Essential Fatty Acids
lemon water
1-2 tbls. ground flax seeds
1 tbls superfoods (Garden Of Life see picture above)
1 tbls apple cider vinegar
spices and herbs of your liking
small amount of sea salt
one small cheat (mine is soy creamer in my green tea or a glass of wine once a week)
these two weeks are free of sodas, dairy, grains, flours, nuts, sugar.

You can see that it is easier to list what is allowed instead of what is not allowed. Because this is a cleaning type of regime, it is essential to eat organic produce and free-range/organic meats. The reason why is because the liver is responsible for breaking down those chemicals and the goal is to give the liver a break.

Here is an example of what my day might look like:
green tea with soy creamer
1 scoop whey protein (undenatured whey!) shake with superfoods
lemon water

lemon water

veggie tofu patty
sauteed spinach or spinach salad and grated carrot (using 1 tbls. of olive oil for day)
lemon water

cup of strawberries
lemon water

oven roasted fennel (using other 1 tbls of olive oil for the day)
seared salmon with cilantro and lemon zest and ginger
lemon water

Before Bed:
Flax seeds 1 Tbls. (in lemon water)
Lemon water

This is such an easy cleanse. But, the key to success is preparation, and bringing your food along with you. Regardless if you want to cleanse along with me, I will be posting some recipes you may find interesting and healthy!

The recipe for the photo above:
Radicchio and Tofu Burger Saute

(These tofu burgers have a small bit of canola oil in them. I use them anyway, because they are really handy.)
1 wildwood tofu burger cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 head radicchio sliced thin
1/2 carrot grated
1 tsp. olive oil
1 pinch salt
2 tbls. fresh parsley chopped

I heated this up in a saute pan for 5 minutes and ate it for lunch. You could prep the vegetables for three days of lunch at one time and just pull out of the fridge and heat up (or eat as a raw salad!) to make things fast and easy.


heather said...

I am tempted.

Becky said...

Oh man, I didn't think that the diet could get any more restrictive than what I'm attempting to do to myself on a daily basis, but I think that you may have hooked a new subscriber if you're willing to document your daily meal plan like you did today. My husband is interested!

Anonymous said...

I have had enough of your perfection with your food habits ever since we were at the great old eiu! But seriously, I have missed your smile and sense of humor for so long now I just had to write! Missed u all these years and so happy you are so blessed with a wonderful family

Jessica said...

who is anonymous in this thread? hopefully you never had to experience my "baby poop soup" from back then! That might have caused permanent scaring! I am so curious now :)

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure you remember me but I am the Chicago chick who was cool enough to be expelled from the gams. Hahaha

Anonymous said...

Its Nikole. We pledged together along with Sarah. I had a dream about u and Sarah a few weeks ago and just had to find out how u are! You look exactly the same as you did in college! I am definately going to start using your recipies if it will help me to look 22 again. :-)

Jessica said...

NIKOLE OLIVER???? How long have I been trying to find you? Uh, a while. Are you on facebook? How can I get in touch with you? Waaaay too many questions. If you are not on fb...lets email! I want to catch up more! This is very exciting!! I have really missed you!!

Anonymous said...

Yes it's me!!! I am soooo happy you remember me! I have thought about u sooo many times over the years! And have missed you! I'm not on facebook but u can email me at

Sarah said...

seriously thinking about the cleanse will go back to that later-- but more importantly:::: NIKOLE!!!!!!!! Need. MOre. Info. STAT!!!! SO glad to find you!!!


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