A Clean Start

After the holidays, I typically will participate in an all juice cleanse to give my body a rest from cocktails and food and start the new year off with a very clean diet.  I have been seeing an acupuncturist for some time now.  I started going years ago for stress and headaches during a time when I was in an incredibly stressful job, and have since learned of the many other holistic benefits that acupuncture has to offer.  I have been seeing the same person over the course of the years and her name is Anna Israel from Wellfit Studios.  She specializes in fertility, cosmetic acupuncture, anxiety, stress and digestive disorders and also works with athletes suffering from injury pain.  She is really fabulous because she is not only an acupuncturist but a hollistic wellness coach, so often when I see her, I leave not only feeling great but also with a recommendation on what to eat to compliment my treatments for a more holistic approach to my overall wellness.     She really knows how to read what is going on with your body and customizes your treatment that day based on what’s going on.  I absolutely love it and can’t say enough about it!!


So I asked her for a detox regimen that she recommends to kick-off the new year, and that I could share with my readers.  She recommends a simple 3-day detox which goes as follows:

  1. Start in the morning with room temperature water with lemon
  2. Eat breakfast and lunch as normal
  3. For dinner have a bowl of Broccoli and Arugula Soup. {Arugula and lemon are great liver detoxifiers from any alcohol or sugar consumed over the holidays}

Broccoli and Arugula Soup


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 yellow onion, roughly diced
1 head broccoli, cut into small florets {about 2/3 pound}
2 1/2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon each coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup arugula or watercress {rich in zinc and Vitamin A}
1/2 lemon

Heat the olive oil in a medium nonstick saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and sauté for just a minute or until fragrant. Add the broccoli and cook for four minutes or until bright green. Add the water, salt and pepper, bring to a boil, lower the heat and cover. Cook for eight minutes or until the broccoli is just tender. Pour the soup into a blender and puree with the arugula until quite smooth. Be very careful when blending hot liquids; start slowly and work in batches if necessary {you don’t want the steam to blow the lid off}. Serve the soup with a bit of fresh lemon.

For a longer more detailed program, Anna also recommends the GOOP 7-day detox cleanse {the only ingredient she recommends changing is the whey in the smoothie recipes.  She suggests thickening them with coconut oil or chia seeds instead}.  It is a 7 day program with various delicious recipes including a detox teriyaki chicken, blueberry almond smoothies and salad with carrot ginger dressing.

What’s great about both of these programs is that it’s not a total juice cleanse, it includes food but they still manage to be a detox cleanse program.

So if you were looking for something to help you start your year off on the right foot, I hope you find this helpful.  AND FOR ALL BOSTON READERS… to further help you start 2013 on the right foot, Anna is offering a 25% discount to all of you during the month of January!!  So if you’ve been thinking of acupuncture, this is a great opportunity to try it out.  Just mention my blog and this promotion when you make your appointment {click here for contact info}.

However you plan your clean start, I hope you do something fabulous for yourself, you are worth it!

Have an amazing day,

* broccoli and arugula soup image and recipe courtesy of goop.

About Emmanuelle

Event Planning & Public Relations in the Boston Area specializing in fashion, beauty, textiles & consumer goods.
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