It’s a horrible word… DETOX. Sounds painful doesn’t it!
To me it, detox, conjures images of raw green vegetables, clay and lot’s of lemons. The words deprivation, torture, tasteless, starvation and frequent toilet stops come to mind. So I recommend detox the natural way. By eating the foods we should be eating anyway, and just adding some extra citrus and hebs to help the cleanse process.
But truth be told, the detoxification process doesn’t have to be painful, or bland, or even that radical a change to your regular eating habits.
So WHY DETOX?
– to increase energy, vitality and improve digestion.
– to allow your digestive track and liver to better utilise nutrients.
– to help improve protein synthesis and avoid insulin resistance.
– to ensure we are functioning optimally at a cellular level.
DETOX101 – So here’s my basic formula to help you detox without purchasing a fad ‘cleanse’:
HOW OFTEN: My recommendation is try this plan for the first week (5 work days) of every second month (or around every 8 weeks).
– Prioritise GREEN (preferably organic) VEGETABLES (they should make up the majority of your meal)
The main benefit of greens is the chlorophyll which help the liver cleanse the body of environmental toxics from air pollution, heavy metals, herbicides, cleaning and cosmetic products and pesticides. They are also high in fibre, increase cellular alkalinity, improve bowel function and contain essential antioxidants and phytonutrients.
Fill your fridge with kale, spinach, bok choy, wheatgrass, barley grass, broccoli sprouts, asparagus, broccoli, spirulina, brussel sprouts, zucchini, cucumber and all other organic leafy greens. You can also use a quality organic ‘greens powder’ supplement here, one of the few supplements I recommend EVERYONE take. Utilise healthy oils, vinegars, nuts and seeds to dress and flavour your vegetables.
– RAW (again preferably organic) VEGETABLES (to be eaten raw or my preference – juiced)
Especially beneficial are foods high in glutathione and sulphur. Artichoke, asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, onions, kale, garlic, turmeric and oregano.
– PROTEIN SOURCES
Base your main meals around the following proteins: organic (free range) eggs, chicken or turkey; line caught fish. Use primarily herbs and spices to flavour your proteins.
– CITRUS FRUITS – lemons and limes
Citrus fruits flush out toxins, jump start the digestive tract and aid the liver in its cleansing process. Start and end each day with a warm glass of lemon water (then clean your teeth – with natural toothpaste:)
– Quality OILS
To lubricate the intestinal walls and help absorb and eliminate toxins. Include as dreessings (NO NOT HEAT) high grade Omega-3 supplements (Look for high levels of EPA/DHA) or fish oil, avocado, flaxseed oil, cod liver oil. When cooking at heat I would recommend coconut oil (or organic grass fed butter).
I would recommend limiting fruit during a detox phase (which I recommend to try for a week every couple of months). I would personally limit fruit to the occasional serve of berries or half a grapefruit, and perhaps the use of an organic apple of kiwi fruit in your green shakes.
– APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (20 ml half an hour before each main meal)
– FILTERED WATER (with a slice of lemon)
– GREEN TEA/MATCHA (three times daily)
– GREEN SHAKES (the perfect snacks between meals)
So that’s the basic list of what to include, now a few things NOT to include for your 5 day detox:
No sugar or artificial sweetener -( if you can’t live without use raw honey or maple syrup)
No dairy – includes milk, cheese, whey protein.
No SOY. Enough said.
No Gluten. Sorry carboholics!
No red meats. I know… It’s only 5 days you can do it!
No cooking using olive oil (use coconut oil).
No using the microwave (and NEVER heat with glad wrap or in plastic).
Need more carbs?
If you are really struggling for energy, exercising a lot or your primary focus is muscle gain, then I would add brown rice or quinoa to your lunch or post workout meal. Pumpkin and sweet potato are also a GREAT starchy carbs to add natural sweetness and fill your energy requirements.
I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any questions.