The dynamics of a Detox Diet

A dietary detox is a great way to take control of cravings and shed some kilos while establishing good eating habits. Foods containing saturated and trans fats, sugar and alcoholic beverages are excluded and replaced with a wide variety of fresh, healthy foods and beverages, eaten in moderation. A detox should be ideally undertaken for between 2-7 days. Please note: a detox program should never extend beyond one week without medical/healthcare professional supervision.

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An extreme detoxification diet is not advisable generally and particularly if you are:

  • Pregnant and/or breast feeding
  • Already on a diet supervised by a qualified health professional
  • Underweight
  • Suffering from psychological complaints or an eating disorder.

Here is an example of a good DETOX DIET

Include:

  • At least 2 litres of water per day
  • All fresh fruit
  • All fresh vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, onions and garlic are particularly good)
  • Rice – brown, basmati, rice cakes, rice crackers, rice milk
  • Natural yoghurt
  • Oats
  • Beans
  • Fresh fish
  • Unsalted nuts and seeds
  • Virgin olive oil
  • Teas – herbal, green and non-caffeinated only
  • Spices, herbs, vinegar, garlic, ginger and a little honey or stevia for flavouring.

Two suggested additions would be to include a Fibre supplement and an Antioxidant supplement.

What you definitely need to exclude:

  • Red meat, chicken, processed meats, sausages, bacon
  • Milk, cheese, eggs, butter
  • Alcohol, coffee, soft drinks
  • Confectionery
  • Products containing wheat (eg. Bread)
  • Sauces, pickles
  • Battered and bread-crumbed food
  • Saturated fats
  • Processed and highly refined foods

You can combine the allowed foods in any combination you prefer, but for your benefit we have included a sample of a one-day diet.

Breakfast:

  • A mug of warm water with freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Bowl of fresh berry fruit salad with natural yoghurt and sprinkling of oats and seeds

Snack:

  • Glass of fresh fruit juice (diluted with 50 percent water) or try a berry mint smoothie (see recipe below)
  • Small portion of unsalted nuts
  • 1 banana

Lunch:

  1. Bowl of homemade vegetable soup (see recipe below)
  2. Rice cakes with almond butter (see recipe below)
  3. Glass of water

Afternoon tea:

  • Homemade tzatziki dip (natural yoghurt, garlic, cucumber and lemon juice) and raw vegetable sticks (eg. carrots, celery)
  • Rice crackers
  • Cup of herbal tea or try a Can’t Believe it’s Kale Juice (see recipe below)

Dinner:

  1. Grilled salmon steak with lemon juice and coriander
  2. Steamed vegetables or salad with a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oils
  3. Piece of fresh fruit
  4. Glass of water (try soda water over ice with fresh lime juice)
  5. Always remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day. For something different, you may also like to try a tall glass of soda water over ice with freshly squeezed lemon and/or lime juice.

RECIPES

Lentil vegetable soup

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 1/2 cup brown lentils
  • 250 g tomatoes
  • Chopped parsley
  • Bay leaf
  • Water

Heat the oil in a pan and add garlic, onion, carrots and celery. Stir in lentils, water, bay leaf, chopped tomatoes. Bring to boil and simmer for approximately 1.5 hours. Discard bay leaf, add chopped parsley and serve.

Almond Butter

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 pinch salt

Place almonds and pinch of salt in a food processor and turn on low. Almonds will turn from solid, to a course meal and into small, lumpy balls. Keep processing until the oils break down and almonds transform into a smooth, creamy butter.

Berry Mint Smoothie

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Juice all ingredients and serve over ice.

Our pharmacists recommend supporting your body during the detox process, by taking a good antioxidant supplement throughout your detox. When your diet changes, so can your bowel motions. Avoid using laxatives, and rather ask your Pharmacist for advice about a suitable fibre supplement.

As this information serves as an educational aid only, please don’t replace any medical advice you have received for individual conditions or treatments. If you are not sure, do consult your doctor, pharmacist, nurse or naturopath before following any medical regimen to see whether it is safe and effective for you.

If you do decide to follow this recommendation, may you feel like a brand-new you in no time and may you truly experience the incredible boost a healthy body offers. We have specialized nutritionists and pharmacists ready to help in any way, so don’t hesitate to pop into your nearest Durbell Pharmacy whenever you have questions. We look forward to helping you succeed.