The Best 3-Day Whole Foods Reset

Nutrition Stripped’s McKel Hill is helping us start 2015 in the most balanced way possible.

Does the idea of taking on New Years resolutions kind of make you want to press the metaphorical snooze button and go back to sleep (drinking a glass of nightly merlot, smoking “socially,” leaving your yoga membership unused)? Because we’ll be honest, the whole concept sometimes just wants to shrug and continue down the oh-so hedonistic path we’re already on. Then again, all this talk of a fresh start of 2015 and taking the chance for somewhat of a reset is tempting having just undergone the pure gluttony that the holidays are all about.

With the reset and not the resolution—it’s about the short term setting us on the right path rather than the long term promises we likely won’t be able to keep, are we right?—in mind, we commissioned McKel Hill of Nutrition Stripped to guide us towards a healthy, whole foods-fuelled start to 2015. So prepare that Vitamix you found with your name on it under the tree; herein you’ll find a guide to exactly what you should be eating and drinking to get your year started on the proverbial right foot. (And if three days is child’s play for you—we know there are at least a few of you out there—there’s a week long reset waiting for you here.)

P.S. To snag the full 7-day Reset & Rebalance program (at 10%, with code NSCOVETEUR10), click on over to Nutrition Stripped, like, ASAP.

"The 3-day Reset & Rebalance is all about whole foods, staying hydrated, light exercise, stress management, and sleeping! It’s a complete body reset from processed foods and focuses on supporting your bodies natural detoxification channels (i.e. digestion, elimination, breathing, skin, and mindset!).

It’s far from radical, strict, or challenging—it’s all about celebrating beautiful and delicious whole fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, healthy fats, and proteins on a seasonal basis. This plan is rooted in nourishing your body with foods that are easy to digest that help beat the bloat naturally; it’s also a great way to kick start healthy habits and get on board with the Nutrition Stripped lifestyle for good.

Included is a list of recipes and simple meal ideas to reset your body, from digestion to energy, which will keep you feeling great from the inside out and give you the kickstart you need to get on track. Also, follow the general tips as well to get the most out of your reset and visit Nutrition Stripped for more recipe ideas if something on the menu isn’t in season in your area or you’d like a change (keep the dishes similar if you’re replacing—i.e. a salad for a salad, a grain for a grain, etc.)."

• Whole foods only

• Hydration: drinking water or herbal teas all day long

• Vegan based- but may add high quality animal proteins in 1 serving/day

• Gluten-free

• Incorporate cruciferous vegetables daily, at least 1 cup total into meals or snacks

• Incorporate fresh lemon juice daily into water or into salads, juices, and smoothies

• Incorporate beets (roasted, steamed, raw in a juice) daily into meals, smoothies, or juices. If these are not included on a day for the meal plan, simply add them into any dish you enjoy!

• Take a daily probiotic on an empty stomach (always checking with MD prior)

• If you’re sensitive to caffeine and coffee- do not include in the plan, if not have only 1/2-1 cup daily in the morning

• Practice healthy digestion: allowing yourself enough time to use the restroom every single morning, drinking warm water with lemon and following this diet will have your digestion become more efficient and you should be using the restroom more frequently.

"To start: drink at least 2-3 cups of water upon waking, followed by a cup of warm water with fresh squeezed lemon. Add a dash of cayenne for the adventurous. Black coffee is okay, limit to one cup.

Greens: Green Tart Smoothie or 1 serving of the Stripped Green Smoothie.

Breakfast: Berry overnight oats: 1⁄2 cup rolled oats mixed with 1⁄2 cup raspberries/blackberries/ strawberries/blueberries and 1 cup almond milk. Stir and soak overnight in the fridge. Enjoy cold or warm in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. No sweeteners!

Mid-morning: Wheatgrass shot (on an empty stomach). You may also use wheatgrass powder mixed in cold water with a squeeze of lime. An alternative would be a simple Stripped Green Juice (more greens than fruits).

Lunch: Veggie Sushi Rolls, with the option of adding 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds (mashed with the avocado), or 3-5oz protein of your choice sliced and rolled with the sushi.

Dinner: 1/2-1 cup beans or lentils of your choice served with roasted artichokes or steamed artichoke hearts on a bed of fresh spinach, which will slowly wilt from the heat of the artichokes and beans/lentils. Sprinkle 1/4 -1/2 cup toasted pine nuts on top. Squeeze fresh lemon, drizzle olive oil, and a pinch of oregano and additional spices to taste.

Dessert: 2oz of dark chocolate squares with 1 cup of almond milk, coconut milk, or other non-dairy milks of your choice. Fresh watermelon.

Drinks: peppermint tea, Turmeric Tea, green tea or water."

"To start: drink at least 2-3 cups of water upon waking followed by a cup of warm water with fresh squeezed lemon. Add a dash of cayenne for the adventurous. Black coffee is okay, limit to 1 cup.

Greens: Green Tart Smoothie or 1 serving of the Stripped Green Smoothie .

Breakfast: Stripped Green Smoothie, optional add-ins of plant-based protein powders, hemp seeds, nut butters, avocado, extra fruit, etc.

Mid-morning: Wheatgrass shot (on an empty stomach), you may also use wheatgrass powder mixed in cold water with a squeeze of lime. An alternative would be a simple Stripped Green Juice (more greens than fruits).

Lunch: Fig Zucchini Noodles with Hemp Seed Crumble and 3 ounces of the protein of your choice. OR take a large zucchini and shred with a food processor, a grater, or using a mandolin to create zucchini ribbons to use as 'pasta'. Top with fresh tomatoes, basil, and 3oz. protein of your choice.

Dinner: Mediterranean Millet Salad Wraps  with a side salad and 1⁄4-1/2 avocado. Add extra parsley, 1⁄4 cup fresh.

Snacks, as needed: 1⁄4-1/2 cup cashews with 1 cup filtered water, 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric, dash of cinnamon, and 1⁄4 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Blend until smooth. This is great to drink to curb hunger while supplying your body with plenty of healthy fat, fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. The ground turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.

Drinks: Simple hot chocolate to curb any sweet tooth, taking 1 cup almond milk or other non-dairy milk like coconut milk with 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, dash of cinnamon, and stevia or honey to sweeten slightly. Warm over a small saucepan and whisk until combined. Also, peppermint tea, green tea and water."

"To start: drink at least 2-3 cups of water upon waking followed by a cup of warm water with fresh squeezed lemon. Add a dash of cayenne for the adventurous. Black coffee is okay, limit to 1 cup.

Greens: Green Tart Smoothie or 1 serving of the Stripped Green Smoothie.

Breakfast: 1⁄2 cup cranberry juice (100% juice) mixed with 1⁄2 cup filtered water and a squeeze of lime. Followed by the Creamy Ginger Green Smoothie, with the option of adding in extra protein via 3 tablespoons hemp seeds, 2 tablespoons almond butter, or a scoop of plant-based or grass-fed protein powder.

Mid-morning: Wheatgrass shot (on an empty stomach), you may also use wheatgrass powder mixed in cold water with a squeeze of lime. An alternative would be a simple Stripped Green Juice (more greens than fruits).

Lunch: Large massaged kale salad topped with fresh squeezed lemon, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar. Topped with 1⁄2-1 cup steamed or baked sweet potato and quinoa with olive oil, lemon juice and fresh herbs to taste.

Dinner: Start with a small side salad of spinach with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and dressed with a small drizzle of olive oil (about 1 tablespoon) and apple cider vinegar (about 2 tablespoons) and fresh dill. 3-5oz of grilled fish or another lean protein you enjoy, served with grilled, steamed, or roasted asparagus (about 12 spears or more, 1 serving). If vegan, have a baked potato with tempeh cooked with ground cumin, garlic, salt, pepper, and any other fresh herb you enjoy.

Snacks, as needed: 1⁄4-1/2 cup almonds with 1 cup filtered water, a dash of cinnamon, and 1⁄4 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Blended until smooth. This is great to drink to curb hunger while supplying your body with plenty of healthy fat, fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals.

Drinks: peppermint tea, Turmeric Tea, green tea, water."

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