There are LOTS of different detox diet plans out there. I am sure that you have noticed a number of them online. Whilst it is fine to stick to these diet plans, you need to bear in mind that it isn’t a ‘one size fits all’. In fact, I am sure that if you browse through some of the plans online there will always be something that you don’t like in each of them. I have therefore come up with a solution, planning your own detox diet plan. In this article I am going to give you some hints and tips on how you can put this diet together, and more importantly, how you can detox your body using it.
Firstly, you are going to want to consider how long you want to engage in your detox diet plan for. Whilst many people suggest that you undertake a 7 day detox plan, I find that this is actually overkill for many people, especially newcomers. You don’t want to be put off the idea of detoxing right? Instead, I suggest you plan for three days to begin with. If you can last three days comfortably, then you can always continue for a further two to make five. You may not want to head up to seven in your first stint, as to feel comfortable performing future detoxes.
Next, it is worth noting that you should ONLY stick to the foods in your detox diet plan. This means watching everything that you put inside your mouth. That means no mints or even chewing gum. The only time that you will want to deviate from your diet plan is when you are drinking green tea (decaf), water, or perhaps hot lemon water. Apart from that, make sure you stick to it!
Ideally with your detox diet plan you will want to be aiming for around 1,500 calories a day eating wholesome foods. Although I do understand that there are plenty of people out there who do need to eat slightly more, so do adjust your portions in order to best fit your needs. However do not change the foods that you are eating. When you are on a detox diet plan the general consensus is to eat little and often. When I detox I like to have breakfast, snack, lunch, snack and dinner. Evenly spread over the day. Let’s take a little look at the sorts of foods you want to be eating.
The two most important food groups that you want to be consuming during your detox are of course fruits and vegetables. Make sure that they are always fresh and organic. If you drink juice then ensure it is unsweetened and completely natural. Almost any fruit is fantastic for detoxing, although the vegetables which tend to work best include broccoli, onions, garlic and beets. Therefore you should always try to combine these together.
You will also want to throw some grains into the mix, as you do need a bit of starch. For breakfast you can look into oats. For meals you can look into brown rice, wild rice or even buckwheat. There are plenty of detox recipes out there especially crafted for you. For the proteins of your meal look into lentils or green peas. Again, make sure they are organic.
Snacking is one of the most important parts of the diet detox plan. For this I find that nuts and seeds tend to work well. The best are pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews or even walnuts. Do not eat peanuts or peanut butter. They have been processed and could actually be detrimental for you.
One of the questions I get asked a lot by those planning a detox diet plan is the type of oil you should use. In my opinion, one of the best is flax oil or coconut oil, although this may be difficult to source. Instead look into extra-virgin olive oil or similar.
Hopefully that has given you a brief idea on what to include in your diet detox plan. I haven’t covered everything, but it should certainly help you on your way.
* Obviously it is recommended that you do your own research and consult a specialist/doctor before proceeding with a treatment. Everyone is different and what may work for one person, may not be good for another. I am not a professional in this field and hence cannot give you specific advice, only the information that I have learned … which may not be correct.