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Video: Kick off 2011 with this easy detox diet

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    >>> this morning on new year, new you, kick your weight loss into high gear . have the holidays left you lethargic, but we have a smart diet that will get you on a healthier track in just three days. joy bauer is here to tell us all about it. we're talking about -- is this a detox?

    >> it's a detox. and basically what it is is it's a smart menu of everyday foods are just loaded with ant oxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber, all of the ingredients to help you get rid of the bloat.

    >> tell us what we can eat. what can't we eat while we're on a detox.

    >> you don't want to have any processed foods . there's no added salt, there's no added sugar there,'s no artificial sweeteners or even sugar substitutes . for three days we can get rid of all the extras. and it's a lot of food, you're going to feel satisfied.

    >> usually on programs that are a more extreme diet, you lose the weight and then it comes back pretty quickly.

    >> this isn't an extreme diet. this is calorie control, but it's loaded with stuff that's going to help you lose weight . but really i want people to view this as a launching pad into healthy eating . follow this for three days, you're going to lose anywhere from two to six pounds. but after that, you got to commit to eating right.

    >> how about for breakfast?

    >> this is a power protein smoothy and what i love about it is it's loaded with protein. there's a scoop of protein powder .

    >> can you substitute almond milk ?

    >> this is on the website for people who have allergies and who want to go vegan. half a cup of blueberries and raspber raspberries. a little bit of cinnamon. i think it's delicious and it's very filling.

    >> and what about caffeine on this?

    >> i'm fine with caffeine. as long as you're not caffeine sensitive, you can have a cup of coffee in the morning. or tea.

    >> what about lunch?

    >> prior to lunch, i want everybody to drink two glasses of water plain or with some lemon. the idea is you're going to start to fill up and take the edge off your hunger.

    >> how soon before your lunch should you --

    >> 30 minutes. that was a great question. and then you can drink as much water as you want with your lunch. you get a superlarge spin gnash salad. then on top of that bell peppers and carrots and red onions . half a cup of beans for protein and for iron. a little bit as toast if you k and then you're going to dress it with a teaspoon of olive oil and unlimited balsamic red wine or vinegar.

    >> quality balsamic is fantastic.

    >> delicious.

    >> and you get a whole grapefruit. this is a great calorie bargain. 120 calories for the whole grain fruit. and a steamy mug of green tea .

    >> what about a snack.

    >> you get a half a cup of pistachio nuts. best of all it's in a shell and you have to work to eat it.

    >> so you're burning some calories.

    >> and it slows you down.

    >> a mug of tea again. an unlimited portion of fish with either lemon or ground pepper and any seasonings other salt. because you want to manage the bloat. and a huge heaping portion of as much broccoli as you like. it has cancer fighting properties, green tea again.

    >> so i could have a whale for dinner.

    >> first this is "today" on nbc.

    >>> coming up, hoda and kathy lee are really losing it. they're devoting the whole hour to getting healthy.

    >> what you wear, what you eat, how to look better and how to lose ten

TODAY contributor
updated 1/6/2011 2:40:20 PM ET 2011-01-06T19:40:20

If your holiday celebrations left you overstuffed, you’re not alone. Good news! This daily detox menu will blast away bloat, boost energy, burn fat, and ensure that you regain your mojo in just a few short days — but by all means, follow for up to a week if you want. It’s the perfect way to start the new year with a fresh, clean slate! The meals do not include meat or poultry — but you can eat fish, and they’re loaded with the ideal mix of antioxidants, protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Here’s how it works:

  • Follow the same daily menu for three to five days in a row.
  • Eat only what is listed on the menu — no added sugar, honey, sugar substitute, salt, salad dressing, condiments, etc.
  • Drink only what is listed on the menu — no soda, fruit juice, alcohol or diet beverages.
  • Enjoy black coffee or tea at breakfast (regular or decaffeinated).
  • Drink two 8-ounce glasses of water within 30 minutes of eating your lunch and dinner meals. Drink as much additional water as you’d like throughout the day.
  • Drink one cup of regular or decaffeinated green tea after your lunch, afternoon snack and dinner.
  • If you’d like to make this plan vegan, see simple substitutes at breakfast and dinner.

Ready, set, go.

Joy’s Protein Power Smoothie
In a blender, combine 3/4 cup skim milk (for vegan plan, substitute soy or almond milk), 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup frozen raspberries, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder (for vegan plan, substitute soy, rice, or pea protein powder), 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 5 ice cubes. Blend until smooth and frothy. Optional black coffee or tea.

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Drink two 8-ounce glasses water (with optional lemon) within 30 minutes of eating. Drink as much additional water as you’d like during the meal.

Large spinach salad                                                                                 

  • Unlimited spinach leaves
  • Unlimited antioxidant-rich produce (Best choices include bell peppers, tomatoes, carrots, red onions, broccoli, and sliced beets. You may also add cucumbers, mushrooms, celery, and cauliflower.)
  • 1/2 cup red kidney, pinto, or black beans
  • 1 tablespoon toasted, chopped pecans
  • Dress with 1 teaspoon olive oil and unlimited balsamic or red wine vinegar

1 pink or red grapefruit
1 cup green tea

1/2 cup unsalted pistachio nuts (in shell)
1 cup green tea

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Drink two 8-ounce glasses of water (with optional lemon) within 30 minutes of eating. Drink as much additional water as you’d like during your meal.

Unlimited baked, grilled, broiled, or poached fish — good choices include cod, halibut, haddock, and wild salmon, seasoned with fresh lemon and black pepper (for vegan plan, substitute sautéed tofu)

Unlimited steamed broccoli with optional fresh lemon and black pepper

1 cup green tea or naturally caffeine-free herbal tea

For more tips on losing weight, visit www.joybauer.com and follow Joy on Facebook and Twitter.

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