One of the problems with diets is that people think of them as temporary. You change your habits for a few weeks, lose some weight, and then can go back to the way life used to be. This is probably the reason diets don’t work. This detox isn’t supposed to be one of those temporary fixes—it’s a kick in the butt to change the way you eat.
With this detox diet, you will eliminate all processed foods. That means no refined sugars and another good rule of thumb is don’t eat anything that comes in a box. Most of the recipes on this site are actually detox friendly, or can be easily modified to assist you during the detox.
Before starting the detox, I highly recommend sitting down and doing a bit of meal planning. If you aren’t prepared ahead of time you will be more prone to slip up and eat something you shouldn’t be eating. The detox is much like the elimination diet, however, I think it is easier to follow. It is six weeks long and works by eliminating everything but lean meats and vegetables, and then slowly adds fruits and legumes back in. Once the six weeks is over, you’ll want to slowly add grains back in. During this time your body will be hypersensitive to what you put into your body, and you’ll want to take notice of foods that irritate you, and consider eliminating them from your diet.
This isn’t supposed to be a weight loss tool, but just so happens to have that effect on people. When you start eliminating toxins from your body, your body is able to absorb the foods it needs better. This results in things such as improved memory, clearer skin, and more energy.
General Principles of Detox:
- This diet helps you withdraw from your addiction to refined foods in addition to screening for food allergies. If no significant improvement when done, you may try to withhold fish, eggs, soy and nuts.
- Do not go hungry. Eat every other hour, if necessary. No calorie counting. If you are full, you will stay away from foods to avoid.
- Do not weigh yourself. From now on, focus on waist size.
- Eat breakfast as a king, lunch as a queen and dinner as a pauper (400%, 40%)
- Snacks: pulse bars (nuts, fruits, grains) carrots (any portable veggie), protein drinks/bars, sardines in peel back cans, rice cakes, etc.
- Plan ahead, so that you don’t get caught hungry around bad food.
- Recruit family members. This diet is very hard without support.
Detox Diet (Glycemic, Mediterranean science) | Book: “Licking Sweet Death”
Meat: Vegetables: Nuts: Drinks:
Chicken, turkey, fish, canned tuna, sardines, eggs. No red meat, dairy or pork.
All but potatoes. Lots of wild yams, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, leafy greens, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, turnips, kale, collard, water crests. Avocados and tomatoes are OK. Salad dressing: “Bragg’s” and or lemon, garlic, olive oil, tarragon, vinegar and pepper. “Chop” your salads a lot (the more you slice up the lettuce, the more nutrients you get out of it.)
All nuts, seeds, but no peanuts (they’re legumes). Chew almonds 40x =appetite suppressant. Chew all other food at least 12x before swallowing.
Before meals. No pop. Lots of filtered water with lemons (see flouridealert.org). V8 juice, green tea, almond milk. Make your own carrot, celery or other vegetable juice.
Add a new fruit/day (no quantity limits). Best: grapefruits and berries. Dilute Odwala, Bolthouse, pure Pomegranate (best), organic fruit juices (1/3-1/2 water). Weeks 4-6 Adda new legume/day (no quantity limits). Beans, peanuts, peas, soy, soy milk, and lentils. Weeks 7 + Add cereals, breads, pasta, chips, and tortillas. Add a whole grain every three days: corn, brown rice, wheat, etc to pick up on hidden food allergies. Book “Paleo Diet.” Maintenance: Avoid commercial fruit juices, pop, dairy, red meat, pork. Coffee and alcohol are okay at one serving/day.
Add a new fruit/day (no quantity limits). Best: grapefruits and berries. Dilute Odwala, Bolthouse, pure Pomegranate (best), organic fruit juices (1/3-1/2 water).
Adda new legume/day (no quantity limits). Beans, peanuts, peas, soy, soy milk, and lentils.
Weeks 7 +
Add cereals, breads, pasta, chips, and tortillas. Add a whole grain every three days: corn, brown rice, wheat, etc to pick up on hidden food allergies. Book “Paleo Diet.”
Avoid commercial fruit juices, pop, dairy, red meat, pork. Coffee and alcohol are okay at one serving/day.