Improve Your Metabolism part 3
The third installment on a healthy detox plan from Amanda McQuade Crawford
It is summer and improved metabolism has been on my mind and on this blog.
Today is my DAY 1:
I dropped all fats and half the protein. If you are trying this, remember this does not include needed supplements for mental health, such as essential fatty acids, fish oil, omega 3 oils, or similar stabilizing items your body needs regardless of food intake. I had 3 oz. of ocean-caught salmon (yes, there is some fat in there).
Drop all protein and carbohydrates, except for unlimited fruit and vegetables (your choice).
Avoid starchy fruits like bananas, as well as starchy vegetables such as potatoes, yams, carrots, and peas. Stay on greens, steamed or raw, with a drizzle of lemon juice or balsamic vinegar and a dash of sea salt or gomasio (sesame and sea salt) for electrolyte balance.
All 3 days: Unlimited good quality water and herb tea, as you like.
Day 1 & 2:
Best done first thing on rising is to drink one glass of fresh lemon juice in water.
Later, drink one 8 oz. glass of carrot, beet, and cucumber juice.
Since I am still working, I need energy: up to three smoothies with one teaspoon nettle seed, one tablespooon freshly ground flax seed, and enough local fruit in season plus plain water to whiz up nicely in the blender.
For my breakfast smoothie, I’m using one-half apple, two apricots, and 8 fluid ounces of apple juice. Drink it right away or the flax turns into gel. The second smoothie, mid-afternoon, will be one teaspoon nettle seed, one teaspoon chia seed (for essential fatty acids), one tablespoon flax seed, a loose handful of purslane leaves from my garden, or watercress form the farmer’s market, ½ a cucumber, a wedge of red cabbage, plus enough water to make a blender salad that satisfies me for the next four hours of work. My liver feels like it has been to a day spa. I don’t even want a third smoothie, but if I get a headache or feel irritable, any variation of seeds, fruit or vegetable that keeps me feeling energized will do. A few leaves of lettuce, a tomato, a clove of garlic, one teaspoon each nettle seed and chia seed, one more of flax seed freshly ground, carrot juice, and I feel ready for anything.
One glass lemon juice and water; I sip this slowly.
When I need energy, I’ll have one 8 oz. glass of mixed apple/sprout juice (such as wheatgrass) or cherry juice with a small, finger-sized chunk of fresh ginger (anti-inflammatory).
Or, I may prefer one 8 oz. glass of pineapple/ papaya juice (rebuilding and pain-reducing).
Remember to rehydrate with plain water and any herb teas that nourish the liver, avoiding excess caffeine.
I’m going to break my fast the next morning (DAY 4) with amaranth or gluten-free granola, with apple or pineapple/coconut juice on it (no milk or soy drinks, though rice milk or almond milk are fine).
As we ease back into food while boosting metabolism, I’ll have a small green salad for lunch with grated carrots and a cup of cooked brown rice topped with basil, chives and a dash of seas salt.
Eat fruit and vegetables on DAY 5 to your heart’s content.
By the end of one week, add one new food per day back into your new normal patterns of eating.
Say YES to: a dash of cayenne, black pepper, apple cider vinegar, kelp, local bee pollen unless you are vegan, and rest.
Say NO for the whole week or longer to: salt, eggs, dairy, sugar, meat, or flour. If you follow only this advice for seven days, you meet three goals. First, this is quite a feat, the week allows your body to cleanse deeply.
Observe how each type of food feels before adding in more. Move from starchy vegetables and the safest complex carbohydrates such as organic brown rice, quinoa, and amaranth, to more risky starches like corn, wheat bread and pasta, soy, and even oatmeal.
Add proteins last thing in this week of cleansing changes (DAY 6). Start with vegetable proteins to your liking — lentils, nuts, chili without meat — in small amounts. Chew well to avoid indigestion. Then add one type of protein, one per day, over time.
Don’t go nuts on avoiding fats as you add carbohydrates, protein and fat back into your meals. In fact, you should eat some nuts unless you are allergic. Walnuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, Brazil nuts (loaded with selenium), and pumpkin seeds are all healthy fats, as are avocados, cold water fish such as mackerel, herring, and salmon (never farmed: it is low in healthy omega 3 oils, and too polluting to the environment to consider as a viable option).
That’s it! To promote keeping a heatlhy metabolism, simply notice how foods you used to eat make you feel. Pick the ones that provide fuel you can burn well. You control what goes in. And we are on our way to our healthy metabolic rates with a clean system and a fresh start.