There’s no need to restrict quantity when undertaking a detox, simply address the content of what you consume! It’s the perfect time of year to do one, for a body spring clean.
What you should cut out
A good way of preparing for a detox is to omit all alcohol, tobacco, gluten, dairy and caffeine for 1 week as a lead up to a stricter 2 week session. For the 2 week detox, further omit all animal products, including fish and eggs. The 2 weeks should consist of each day having 7 portions of vegetables and 3 fruits (apples, pears, berries, pineapple, papaya).
The grains allowed are buckwheat, quinoa, wild rice, brown rice and millet. You can get flakes as well as the whole grain, so you are able to make porridge, as well as a side serving with your meals. Your protein sources can be nuts, seeds, beans and lentils.
Dairy alternatives can be from almond milk, coconut milk, hazelnut milk or hemp milk, all unsweetened. Remember that fresh herbs and spices can really pep up a meal.
One-Day Meal Plan Example:
Breakfast: Buckwheat porridge with almond milk, berries and ground flax seed.
Snack: Almonds and an apple
Lunch: Baked sweet potato with home-made hummus, a large mixed salad with lemon and olive oil dressing
Snack: Home-made guacamole with carrot, cucumber and celery sticks.
Dinner: Italian style rice with leeks, garlic, peas and mushrooms, served with kale or spinach.
If you already have a vegan lifestyle you’ll benefit from cutting out gluten and soya for a few weeks and replacing them with healthier grains and vegetable protein sources, such as lentils, beans and quinoa.
Apart from pure water, opt for herbal teas. Try peppermint, Redbush (try the Earl Grey version) camomile, dandelion leaf and root teas. If you find you are missing your daily caffeine habit try green tea which has just enough caffeine to stave off withdrawal headaches.
There are some very useful supplements to aid the liver whilst detoxing, so see a nutritional therapist who can set a personalised plan for you.
by Jacquie Lane, CNM graduate in Naturopathic Nutrition.