Let the new year begin fresh and with a cleanse.

This week I`ll be starting my yearly Clean Week and although you might not believe me, I have been looking forward to this. I will use the same menu plan I followed last year and the year before that and the year before….yes, you get the drill. Having a plan just makes it easier. Why don`t you join me? Just start from the top of the menu plan regardless of which weekday you choose to go clean on.

Some of these clean products I don`t usually stock in my cupboards, so writing a shopping list and getting these ingredients before the diet starts is essential. Make sure you at least have breakfast and lunch for your first day ready, and then you can do the rest of the shopping later.

To get the best result there are a few steps in addition to the menu plan that I will follow:

* Start every morning with drinking a glass of room tempered water with a slice of lemon in it.

* Do more exercise than normally.
If you normally do no exercise than just walking stairs is a good start. Get that heart pumping.

* Stay away from milk, caffein, sodas and alcohol.

* Opt for fruit and nuts as snack in between meals.
Stay away from peanuts, pistachios and macadamia nuts though.

* Choose honey, agave syrup or stevia instead of refined sugar.

* Drink A LOT of water during the day!

* Let there be a window of 12 hours from your last meal of the evening to breakfast in the morning.

There are of course many other “rules” one could add to make the diet stricter, but I`ll go with these for now.

I will follow this, but please feel free to adjust.

Breakfast: Egg white omelet (For a Clean Diet approved omelet, use egg whites instead of whole eggs. Chop up some vegetables, like green bell peppers and onions, and mix them in). One cup of green tea.

Lunch: Lentil and Quinoa Salad

Dinner: White fish soup

Breakfast: One banana and a handful of almonds. Tall glass of water.

Lunch: Beet and Apple Salad.

Dinner: Tuna Stuffed Avocado (Thank you, Tosca Reno!).

Breakfast: Oatmeal and blueberries. After cooking up the oatmeal (see package) mix in some fruit. Berries are a great choice because of their fiber content and antioxidants.

Lunch: Garden Veggie Stuffed Pita Pockets (from Totalbodyresult.com)

Dinner: Garlicky kale hummus in mushrooms (from Clean Cuisine)

Breakfast: Soothing Ginger Lemon Honey Tea and 2 whole wheat rice crackers with sliced avocado

Lunch: Apple and Spinach Salad

Dinner: Chili Chicken Kebabs (from Eat Clean Diet) and brown rice.

Breakfast: Glowing Smoothie (This one is great for you skin!)

Lunch: Indian Lentils with Zucchini (from Clean Cuisine. I would leave the tomatoes out but it`s up to you)

Dinner: Sesame Greens and Bean Sprouts

Breakfast: Pumpkin Oatmeal

Lunch: Cucumber and Avocado Chilled Soup

Dinner: Buckwheat Noodles with Shrimp (if allergic to shrimp use a white fish or no fish)

Breakfast: Fruit platter with a cup of hot green tea.

Lunch: Roast chicken with Balsamic Vinegar and Rice Pilaf (this is SO good!)

Dinner: Warm Broccoli Soup



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