Top Pick: 7-Days Detox Plan

[tag]Detox[/tag]ification is gaining popularity nowadays. Just over tea the other day, a girlfriend of mine has expressed her interest in jumping on the bandwagon and go on a [tag]body detox[/tag]. Her main reason is to [tag]lose weight[/tag]. On the other hand, I go on a detox because I want to spring clean my body from builds up toxins in the body.

A lot of us go on [tag]detox plan[/tag] for a few reasons. Among the reasons are:

  • Have more energy
  • Boosts your immune system
  • Improve your complexion
  • Banish [tag]cellulite[/tag]
  • Lose weight and inches

Generally, a detox can dramatically reduce the presence of unwanted toxins, wiping the slate clean.

What causes a build up of toxins?

Often food is over processed causing detoxifying nutrients to be lost and chemicals to be added to enhance colour, flavour (i.e. MSG) or to extend the shelf life.

But it’s not just what we eat that builds up toxins in our bodies, it’s also the environment in which we live in. Cigarette smoke, pollution, pesticides, they all play their part.

Why Detox your body?

Even when we think we are eating right and being healthy, toxins still build up in our bodies and can become major factors to common health complaints such as fatigue, headaches, stress, weight gain, bloating and many more including just feeling run down.

My favourite Detox Plan

I was never a fan of extreme detox plan and I was totally excited when I found a safe and sensible detox plan by Weight Loss Resource’s Dietitian, Juliette Kellow.

I have been following this plan for close to a year and I must say this plan is very suitable for beginners because it has the least restrictions and only use it to kick start a longer term, more varied healthy eating plan.

Basically in this plan, you must know what you can or cannot eat:

Foods to include in the plan

* Fruit – your plan can include any fruit including fresh, frozen, dried or canned in natural fruit juice. This includes apples, bananas, pears, oranges, grapefruit, satsumas, sultanas, raisins, pineapple, mango, kiwi fruit, strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, nectarines, peaches, melons, star fruit etc

* Fruit juice – either make homemade fruit juices or smoothies from fresh fruit, or drink ready-made juices. Make sure ready-made juices are labelled as being ‘pure’ or ‘unsweetened’.

* Vegetables – eat any vegetables including fresh, frozen or canned in water (without salt added). This includes carrots, onions, turnip, swede, sprouts, cabbage, peppers, mushrooms, sweetcorn, peppers, leeks, courgettes, broccoli, cauliflower, salad, tomatoes, cucumber, spring onions etc

* Beans and lentils – eat any beans, including those that have been dried or canned in water. This includes red kidney, haricot, cannellini, butter, black eye, pinto, red lentils, green lentils and brown lentils

* Tofu and Quorn

* Oats – sprinkle oats over fresh fruit or use to make porridge, sweetened with honey and fresh fruit

* Potatoes – all types

* Brown rice and rice noodles

* Rye crackers, rice cakes and oatcakes

* Fresh fish – eat any fresh fish including cod, plaice, mackerel, salmon, lobster, crab, trout, haddock, tuna, prawns, Dover sole, red mullet, halibut, lemon sole, monkfish, swordfish etc. Canned fish in water is suitable too eg salmon or tuna

* Unsalted nuts – eat any including Brazil, peanuts, almonds, cashew, hazel nuts, macadamia, pecans, pine nuts, pistachio, walnuts etc

* Unsalted seeds – eat any including sunflower and pumpkin

* Plain popcorn – without sugar or salt

* Live natural yoghurt
* Extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar
* Garlic, ginger and fresh herbs

* Ground black pepper

* Honey

* Water – at least 2 litres a day. Tap or mineral water is fine.

* Herbal or fruit teas

Foods to avoid during your detox

* Red meat, chicken, turkey and any meat products like sausages, burgers, and pate

* Milk, cheese, eggs, cream

* Butter and margarine

* Any food that contains wheat including bread, croissants, cereals, cakes, biscuits, pies, pastry, quiche, battered or breadcrumbed foods, etc

* Crisps and savoury snacks including salted nuts

* Chocolate, sweets, jam and sugar

* Processed foods, ready meals, ready-made sauces and takeaways

* Alcohol

* Coffee and tea

* Sauces, pickles, shop bought salad dressing, mayonnaise

* Salt

* Fizzy drinks and squashes, including diet versions”

For the first time on this plan, I find the hardest part of it is to avoid bread, eggs, tea, and chocolates because these food has been part of my daily diet. It was tough at first but eventually, I managed to beat the cravings. :)

Like any other detox plans, this plan do encourage some good habits such as eating more fruit and vegetables, drinking more water and cutting down on junk food and processed foods.

Plus they encourage you to cut back on caffeine and alcohol – all good habits to get into. They also help you to think about what you’re eating and can be quite motivating as you take charge of your health.

With this post, I will try my best to posts recipes that compliments this detox plan. Stay tuned ! :)

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