So, I’m starting a cleanse. Here’s some useful information regarding full body detox. here you can find a few different do’s and do not’s. I will post my meals and snacks and what not to show exactly what I am doing. The bulk of my cleanse will consist of the following items: coconut water, water, lemon water, green tea, organic veggies such as kale, spinach, broccoli, carrot, cabbage and parsley, a few fruits like strawberries and bananas, and ya, that’s the bulk of it…oh and coconut oil too…Oh and I have mixed nuts and seeds such as cashew, pumpkin seed and sunflower seed. For the next 7 days this is what I will be intaking. Oh, one more thing, I have a concentrated greens supplement.
But here are a few different detox routines I found on the net, which I feel to be useful 🙂
During a detox, it’s important to have a solid, healthy meal for lunch. Get inspired by these detox-friendly lunch recipes, or feel free to create a meal from any of the “Foods to Include” listed below.
Aim for variety, and take care not to supersize your portions. A lunch salad might include 4 ounces of protein, 1/2 cup of grains, greens, a cup or two of vegetables, a tablespoon of oil, and several herbs and spices.
Our detox guidelines, including which foods to eat and which to avoid, were adapted from “Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself”(HarperOne; 2009) by Alejandro Junger, M.D.
Foods to Include
- Dairy substitutes: Rice and nut milks such as almond milk and coconut milk
- Non-gluten grains: brown rice, millet, amaranth, teff, tapioca, buckwheat, potato flour, quinoa, gluten-free oats
- Fruits and vegetables: unsweetened fresh or frozen whole fruits, water-packed canned fruits, diluted fruit juices and raw steamed, sauteed, juiced, or roasted vegetables
- Animal protein: fresh or water-packed fish, wild game, lamb, duck, organic chicken, and turkey
- Vegetable protein: split peas, lentils, and legumes
- Nuts and seeds: walnuts; sesame, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds; hazelnuts; pecans; almonds; cashews; nut butters such as almond or tahini
- Oils: cold-pressed olive, flax, safflower, sesame, almond, sunflower, walnut, canola, and pumpkin
- Drinks: filtered or distilled water, decaffeinated herbal teas, seltzer or mineral water
- Sweeteners: brown rice syrup, agave nectar, stevia, fruit sweetener, and blackstrap molasses
- Condiments: vinegar; all spices, including salt, pepper, basil, carob, cinnamon, cumin, dill, garlic, ginger, mustard, oregano, parsley, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, and turmeric
Foods to Exclude
- Dairy and eggs: all
- Butter and mayonnaise: all
- Grains: wheat, corn, barley, spelt, kamut, rye, triticale, most oats (oats are usually contaminated with gluten unless you can find a gluten-free brand)
- Fruits and vegetables: oranges, orange juice, corn, creamed vegetables
- Animal protein: pork, beef, veal, sausage, cold cuts, canned meats, frankfurters, shellfish
- Vegetable protein: soybean products (soy sauce, soybean oil in processed foods, tempeh, tofu, soy milk, soy yogurt, textured vegetable protein)
- Nuts and seeds: peanuts and peanut butter
- Oils: shortening, processed oils, salad dressings, and spreads
- Drinks: alcohol, caffeinated beverages, and soft drinks
- Sweeteners: white and brown refined sugars, honey, maple syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, and evaporated cane juice
- Condiments: chocolate, ketchup, relish, chutney, barbecue sauce, teriyaki
Things to Watch For
- Corn starch is often present in baking powder, beverages, and processed foods.
- Vinegar in ketchup, mayonnaise, and some mustard usually comes from wheat or corn.
- Breads advertised as gluten-free still might contain coats, spelt, kamut, or rye.
- Many amaranth and millet flake cereals contain oat or corn.
- Many canned tunas contain textured vegetable protein, which is from soy; look for low-salt versions, which tend to be pure tuna, with no fillers.
- Multi-grain rice cakes are not just rice. Be sure to purchase plain rice cakes.
Many people get real food confused with the processed food. There’s a difference between real food (i.e. fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, grains, etc.) and faux food (i.e. processed foods that are refined, contain chemical additives: preservatives, flavor enhancers, coloring, etc.). Dherbs recommends people to eat only raw foods.
The benefit of a raw food diet is that the raw state of the food is when the food offers the best possible nutritional support. Raw foods can, in fact, be cooked, but only to temperatures of 104 to 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooking at higher temperatures reduces the effectiveness of enzymes and other nutrients found in the food.
Raw food diets aren’t exclusively vegan or vegetarian, but many who follow raw food diets choose to follow vegan and vegetarian principles as well.
What you can eat
Many people (especially first time detoxers) want to know how much fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts, etc. can they eat while detoxing. If they eat raw food, they can eat as much as they want.
So if you like nuts, you can eat as much of them as you like (as long as they are RAW and do not contain regular “salt”).
If you like eating seeds, you can eat as much of them as you like (as long as they are RAW and do not contain regular “salt”).
If you like dried fruit, you can eat as much of them as you like (as long as they do not contain sulfur and/or preservatives).
If you like fruit, you can eat as much fruit as you like as long as they are RAW and preferably organic. If organic is not available, eat what is available. Also, follow the rules of food combining.
If you like vegetables, you can eat as much of them as you like. Real food will not harm you. Real food contains nutrients our bodies need.
It’s funny how people can ask how much of a real food they can eat but never think to ask how much of an unnatural food (or processed, junk food) they can eat. Never!
Raw roods to avoid
There are some foods that should be avoided:
- Buckwheat greens
- Rhubarb leaves
- Cassava and cassava flour
- Any processed foods
- Foods treated with pesticides
- Foods with additives, food color or food dyes
How to prepare raw food
Raw foods may be prepared in several ways:
What to expect
When you transition from the Standard American Diet to a raw diet, your body will go into withdrawal. Expect to feel:
This is not the raw food diet. It’s the toxins leaving your body.
Some people may also experience some nutrient deficiencies, depending on your food choices. Raw food diets may put people at risk for deficiencies in:
Nutritional supplements may be necessary when you adopt a raw food diet. DHerbs offers a wide range of options: