I have done various versions of this detox, but the basic principles are the same.
It’s basically whole unprocessed food that eliminates common allergens.
No SUGAR (that means alcohol too).
No CAFFEINE (other than green tea).
No RED MEAT (some allow lamb and venison).
No PEANUTS or SHELLFISH (common allergens)
Don’t worry about quantity – it’s hard to overload on veggies and fruits.
Here’s the list of DO EAT (see there’s lots here! It’s not so bad!):
Vegetables: any vegetable except for corn
Fruits: any fruit except for oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit, dried fruits
All beans: chickpeas, lentils, black beans, etc.
1 serving per day of Grains and Starchy Veg: millet, oats, rice and rice products, buckwheat, rice pasta, rice cakes, rice crackers, slow-cooked oatmeal, sweet potato, potato, squash.
Nuts and seeds: all nuts and seeds except for peanuts.
Fish and meat: all poultry (chicken, turkey, duck, etc.), fish and seafood (except shellfish)
1 serving per day of non-cow (is that a word?) dairy: feta (made from sheep or goat milk); goat cheese; small amounts of butter. Replace dairy milks with oat, almond, rice or soy milk
Soy products: Tofu, tempeh, soy nuts, soy milk, and whole soy beans. Only have one serving of soy per day.
Sweeteners: honey, Stevia, maple syrup – in your salad dressing only
Spices and Condiments: All spices are fine, although read labels of mixed spices as they often contain gluten
Oils: Limit to canola oil, butter, peanut oil, flax seed oil hemp oil and extra virgin olive oil. Coconut oil is a healthy fat
And of course the list of DON’T EAT:
Dairy products: yogurt, cheese, milk, cream, sour cream, cottage cheese, casein, whey protein concentrate. 100% pure whey protein isolate and goat-milk cheeses are allowed.
All grains that contain gluten: wheat, spelt, rye, kamut, amaranth, barley. This means that most breads, bagels, muffins, pastries, cakes, pasta, durum semolina, couscous, cookies, flour and cereals are off limits, unless they are gluten free.
Corn: popcorn, corn chips, corn breads or muffins, corn of any form
Oils: hydrogenated oils, palm kernel oil, trans fatty acids, soy bean oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil, vegetable oil, shortening and margarine. Limit your intake of safflower and sunflower oil. Olive oil is okay.
Alcohol and caffeine: during your detox I recommend you cut these out completely except for green tea.
Peanuts and peanut-containing products: peanut butter, peanuts, etc.
Sugar: table sugar (sucrose) and all products with sugar added must be cut out completely. Foods to avoid include rice syrup, maple syrup, honey, foods/drinks containing high fructose corn syrup, packaged foods, candies, soda, juice, etc.
Citrus fruit: oranges, tangerines and grapefruit. Lemons are okay.
Red meats: pork, beef, lamb, all types of cold cuts, bacon and all types of sausages.
Read labels and stay away from preservatives and chemicals as much as possible. If you don’t recognize it, don’t eat it!
Here’s what a typical day could look like:
Start the morning with warm water with a slice of lemon. It’s very refreshing and is great for your digestive system. This really helped me when I was having heartburn.
Green tea and smoothie for breakfast. Don’t skip breakfast! Eggs are also great for breakfast.
Lunch – I like leftovers or a big salad with protein for lunch.
Mid-afternoon snack – fruit and nuts are great. Hummus with veggies. Try to have protein with your snack.
Green tea and/or Greens + in the afternoon.
Dinner – protein, lots of veggies, and a grain (non wheat) if you haven’t had one. Soup is a great dinner.
Also remember to drink lots of water throughout the day. 6-8 glasses MINIMUM.
See, now how hard is that!
While this is a pretty basic guideline for a detox, if you have the opportunity, I encourage you to undertake a detox with a Naturopathic Doctor. If you live in Toronto, Dr. Turner at Clear Medicine is absolutely amazing, and I highly recommend her.
**This isn’t medical advice, and if you are concerned about your health, it’s best to get guidance from a Naturopathic Doctor.