A detox should not be something you do in between long stretches of eating junk food and drinking sodas, advises naturopath Mim Beim. The whole point of this diet is detox your body and transition to eating a healthy diet that you can maintain in the long run.
Here is an easy detox program that doesn’t call for drastic changes but still allows you to eliminate the major dietary troublemakers such as sugar and caffeine. This detox can be done anywhere from a week to a whole month.
- Grains. (This also includes products such as pasta and bread)
- Tea and coffee. (Herbal teas are still ok.)
- Anything artificial. Sweeteners, flavours, colouring. Stick to unprocessed foods.
- Anything deep-fried. Food should be raw or steamed, stir-fried or dry-baked.
- Dairy. (You can still have unsweetened plain yoghurt, ricotta cheese and raw milk)
- Meat. (Except chicken)
What You Should Eat and Drink
- Fresh fruit and vegetables.
- Nuts and seeds. (Raw and unsalted)
- Cold-pressed olive and coconut oil.
- Three litres of fluid a day. (These can include water, herbal teas, and juices)
- Fruit and veggie juices. (You can start with carrot or green apple and add beetroot, kale, lemon (with skin), spinach, and dandelion leaves)
- Herbal teas.
Your longer-term diet should be something you’re comfortable with, but the initial detox may cause a few side effects, especially if you are used to consuming caffeine and sugar on a daily basis. You may have to contend with headaches, fatigue, or nausea, but this should only last one or two days. Once you get through this phase, you’ll have beautiful skin, better sleep, weight loss, and more energy to look forward to.