Drop 5 Pounds in 3 Days!

Lose weight fast with nutrition guru Lyn-Genet Recitas's three-day detox diet.

By More.com Health Editors
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Want to kickstart a healthier you? Try this 3-day anti-inflammatory cleanse from Lyn-Genet Recitas, director of nutrition at Neighborhood Holistic, a nonprofit health center in New York City. Three simple rules: Avoid added salt, drink plenty of water (calculate how much you need here) and if no amounts are listed for a specific ingredient below, you may eat as much as you'd like. Average weight loss on a plan like this? Nearly five pounds, says Recitas. But The Plan here.

DAY 1

Breakfast
1 cup OAT-FREE granola (second choice: rice-based cereal) and 1 cup berries

Or

20-oz smoothie (Blend 1 pear, 1 cup berries, ice and liquid. Top with 2 Tbsp chia seeds.)

Note: Columbia County Flax Granola is great for relieving chronic constipation. Also, for cereal or smoothie you may use a Rice Dream beverage or So Delicious Coconut Milk.

Lunch
Carrot ginger soup (recipe below)

Mesclun-mix salad (mesclun, ¼ cup low-sodium chickpeas, cucumber, ½ ounce sunflower seeds and ¼ avocado) with lime agave or lemon oil vinaigrette (recipes below)

Snack
1 cup watermelon

Dinner
1 head Swiss chard, 2 carrots, 1 onion, 1 zucchini, 2 heads broccoli and 4 shiitake mushrooms in spicy coco sauce (recipe below)

Carrot and beet salad (Grate 4 carrots and 1 small beet and you will have 3-4 servings of a salad) with lime agave or lemon oil vinaigrette

Steamed broccoli with extra-virgin olive oil

Note: Shiitake mushrooms help with immune function. Do not substitute regular mushrooms, which are more reactive and avoid all mushrooms if you have yeast infections.

DAY 2

Breakfast
Cereal (as above) or smoothie

Lunch
Leftover chard

1 cup brown or basmati rice with ½ oz pumpkin seeds

Snack
1 apple

4-6 Brazil nuts

Dinner
Warm kale salad (see below)

Carrot ginger soup

1 cup steamed snow peas with extra virgin olive oil and orange zest

DAY 3

Breakfast
Cereal (as above) or smoothie

Lunch
Mixed green salad (Mixed greens with 1/2 cup low-sodium chickpeas, cucumber, leftover snow peas, ¼ avocado) with lime agave or lemon oil vinaigrette

2 rye crackers with 1 oz cheese (sheep’s milk or goat)

Snack
Apple and 8-10 almonds

Dinner
Chicken with spicy apricot glaze (recipe below)

Grated raw beet and carrot salad (see above)

Sautéed zucchini with onion, basil and lemon zest 

RECIPES
Carrot Ginger Soup

1 .5 liters water
1.5 lbs carrots
1 zucchini
1 onion
2-3 cloves garlic
Raw ginger, cinnamon, cumin, onion powder and black pepper to taste

Chop all ingredients. Add water and simmer for 30 min. Puree the mixture.

(For thicker soup use ½ liter water)

Lime Agave Vinaigrette
¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/8 cup water
1 Tbsp Herbes de Provence
1 Tbsp agave nectar or honey

Lemon Zest Vinaigrette
Zest from 2 medium-sized lemons or 1 small orange
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
1-2 garlic cloves (mashed)
Herbs of your choice (I like Herbes de Provence)
Optional: mustard

Steep the zest in the olive oil for at least one day before making vinaigrette, preferably 4-5 days. Mix in balsamic vinegar, garlic and herbs. Will keep for one week. While mustard is a nice addition, it is high on reactive list and must be tested first.

Quick Spicy Coco Sauce
1 can coconut milk (Do not use low fat.)
Ginger, cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, garlic, onion, black pepper and cayenne—all to taste
½ tsp salt
1 heaping Tbsp brown sugar

Sauté the spices. Add salt and brown sugar. Reduce for 20 min. Will hold for 5 days or you can freeze the remainder. Portion is 1/8t cup per serving.

Warm Kale salad
2 cups kale
Extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil
Carrot and beet salad (see above)
¼ avocado
red onion
1 oz goat or sheep’s milk cheese

Sauté kale oil for 1-2 min. Season as you’d like (Ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, cayenne, cumin, cloves, and black better aid digestion. Rosemary and oregano are wonderful, too.) Top with remaining ingredients.

Spicy Apricot Glaze
½ cup apricot jam
¼ - ½ cup water
1 Tbsp chipotle peppers in adobo sauce or 2 tsp smoked chipotle powder (less sodium)

Buy Lyn-Genet Recitas' new book, The Plan, here

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First Published Mon, 2011-06-20 17:04

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