I love celebrating the holiday spirit, but no one wants to enter 2014 feeling like a fatter, worn-out, toxin-loaded version of his or her self.

I am always shocked at how much my social calendar fills up in November and December. My cozy nights at home suddenly become cocktails and appetizers all over town. That’s why this season has me more committed than ever to cleansing as a lifestyle.

But wait, there’s no point in cleansing before the holidays, right? Wrong! In fact, it’s almost a must that you do cleanse right now. Cleansing is marketed as a short, intense retreat into super-restricted eating. I am not into that! I believe that there’s no wrong season for clean eating.

It’s so tempting to put this off until the New Year and not take charge of your life now. But indulging isn’t about throwing all caution to the wind, it’s about finding balance.

Cleansing is a surefire way to get you through the holidays without taking on excess toxins and destructive eating habits. It works in two ways:

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  1. It clears your body of the toxins that stimulate cravings. It’s hard enough to turn down all the cookies, candy and mashed potatoes- you don’t need your body signaling you to gorge on these items.
  2. It creates a healthy balance. You don’t need to feel restricted when you are constantly cleansing. Your body can recover from a few cocktails or a piece of cake if it’s coming from a place of optimal health.

I understand that many people are scared to commit to cleansing right now because you think you have to be restricted. I am ready to bust that myth! The below menu is proof that you can live a cleansing lifestyle and still enjoy delicious, tasty food. (This menu was mirrored after a day of eating from my new online cleanse program, Cleanse Your Body, Cleanse Your Life.)

Hydrate right away: 16 oz. filtered water with with lemon and take a probiotic (I love Dr. Ohhira’s Professional Formula)

Wake up with Elissa’s Detox Tonic

Ingredients

Preparation

Combine in a glass and enjoy!

Breakfast: Green Veggie Juice or Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups romaine
  • 1 apple
  • 2 stalks celery
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 cup parsley
  • 1 lemon
  • 1-2 inch knob of ginger

Preparation

Juice or blend all ingredients and stir in 1 tablespoon of organic chia seeds.

*Note: make two servings of your juice or smoothie to save time in the afternoon.

Hydrate: 16 oz. filtered water with fresh squeezed lemon

Lunch: Beet and Arugula Salad (serves 4)

Ingredients

  • 2 organic beets, peeled and grated
  • 4 stalks organic celery, thinly chopped
  • 1 organic English cucumber, thinly chopped
  • 3 T organic olive oil
  • 3 T organic fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 organic avocado, diced
  • 5 T raw sprouted sunflower seeds
  • 3 cups organic wild arugula

Preparation

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients except arugula. To serve, spoon mixture over bed of arugula.

Afternoon snack: Green veggie juice or green smoothie (make another or drink leftover from the morning without chia seeds)

Hydrate: 16 oz. filtered water w/ fresh squeezed lemon

Dinner: Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sized butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes (about 3 cups)
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 T ground turmeric
  • 1 T curry powder
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 4 cups organic vegetable broth
  • ¾ cup creamed coconut (I use Let’s Do Organic Creamed Coconut dissolved in hot water)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

In a soup pot, heat olive oil over medium health. Add onion and sauté for 5 to 6 minutes until softened and translucent. Add garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds.

Add turmeric and curry and mix well. Add squash and broth and mix. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer until squash is tender, about 15 minutes.

Stir in creamed coconut and put soup into a blender. Cover with a towel and blend on low-medium heat until smooth. Pour back into pot and heat through. Adjust seasonings as needed.

Before bed: a cup of Tulsi tea with Stevia to taste.

Follow this awesome meal plan and you’ll find out that you can keep your cravings in check when you’re tempted to pig out at the Christmas buffet and easily bounce back from that night of peppermint cocktails.

Here’s to walking up on January 1st as your best self, ready to take on the best year yet!

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