What is a Detox diet?
The purpose of a detox diet is to take the load off the organs that detoxify the body – the liver, kidneys and bowel – while at the same time supporting and
improving their performance. If you want to fast track your health, give your body a break, or just want to detox follow this for 7 days.
Detox diet helps you to shed some extra kilos which you might have piled on during the weekends, functions or festivals.
How to start?
Mark your diary and select a week when you don’t have to attend any functions, birthdays, weddings, or any special meal outing. Prepare a list of things which you
need to buy and stock up. Throw away or donate all the junk in your fridge and kitchen. Some people might experience a cleansing reaction in the first few days of
detox including headaches or loose bowel movement. This is due to the sudden withdrawal of certain foods. These symptoms should subside in 24 to 48 hrs.
Things to avoid:
Dairy (Except 1/2 cup of unsweetened yoghurt in a day),
Sugar, syrup, honey, jams, jellies and artificial sweeteners
Grains: Wheat(Bread, biscuits, cakes, pasta), Oats, Rye, Rice
You can enjoy:
Fruits: Any and all fresh fruits.
Vegetables: Any and all fresh vegetables.
Meat: Red meat or Chicken without skin (limit to two servings per week)
Legumes: Cooked or soaked ( Chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans)
Olive oil preferably extra virgin
Nuts: raw unsalted almonds, walnuts
Seeds: sunflower seeds, Pumpkin seeds(Unsalted)
Green tea OR Black tea
Water : Min 3 litres
DETOX PLAN FOR THE NEXT 7 DAYS:
Morning lemon juice: This is an old method but a goodie to kick start your day. It helps in digestion and cleanse your system. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon in a
cup of hot water and drink it first thing in the morning in an empty stomach.
Exercise: During detox make sure you exercise in an empty stomach. Don’t do much intense workout, however you need to do at least 45 mins of cardio – running,
jogging, walking, swimming, and cycling can be done.
Raw food: Try to consume raw food or cut down the cooking process. raw food contains more enzymes and nutrients. Try having fresh salads, sprouts, par boiled veggies.
4. Karma cleanse: Apart from cleaning your body, It is very important to detox your mind. Try to mediate for 15 mins daily. If you don’t know how to meditate, try
belly breathing. Place your palms on your lower belly, breathe through your nose and feel your belly rising and then slowly exhale and allow the belly to drop.
5. Drink at least 3 litres of water daily.
6. Try to do a steam bath or sauna thrice a week. It will detox your skin and will keep your rejuvenated.
Caution: DO NOT detox if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, elderly, have high blood pressure, are underweight.