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Friday, January 4, 2013

Detox Diet Plan - "You Are What You Eat"

Detoxification diet for a ‘natural body cleanse’
Detoxification means cleaning the blood. It does this mainly by removing impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are processed for elimination. The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph and skin.

When the holiday season partying comes to an end, are you left with the dullness that follows overindulgence? Then this would be a good time to incorporate a detox into your diet.

So we SevenHills Hospital recommends a three-day detox diet meal plan that is free of caffeine, alcohol, refined carbohydrates, sugar and sugar substitutes. Try this nutritional detoxification program and in just a few short days, you can 

3 Day Detox Diet: Day 1

Kick start your metabolism with Day 1 of the Detox Diet Plan

An orange, half a cup of grapefruit, a large slice of melon
A glass of unsalted vegetable juice
A cup of herb tea with honey

A plateful of raw red and yellow peppers (Yellow Capsicum) , cucumber, tomato, cauliflower, celery, carrots, radishes and lots of fresh parsley.
Add extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice
A large glass of unsweetened fruit juice

Evening meal:
Large mixed salad with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice
Lettuce, tomato, onion, garlic, beetroot, celeriac, fresh mint and any herbs you like
A large glass of unsweetened fruit juice or unsalted vegetable juice
Drink at least four glasses of fluid – water, weak black tea or herb tea – each day

3 Day Detox Diet: Day 2

Breakfast:A large glass of hot water, a thick slice of lemon, a dessertspoon of honey
A carton of natural low fat yogurt

Mid morning:A large glass of vegetable juice, a handful each of raisins, dried apricots (Akhrot) and fresh nuts

Lunch:A salad of grated carrot, red cabbage, apple with sliced red pepper, tomato, radishes, celery, a sprinkle of sunflower seeds, lemon juice and olive oil
A cup of herb or weak Indian tea with honey, no milk

Mid-afternoon:A glass of fruit juice and a banana

Evening meal:Any three cooked vegetables (not potatoes) with olive oil, nutmeg (Jaiphal) and lemon juice, herb tea or weak Indian tea

During the evening:A mixture of dried fruits and unsalted nuts and as much fresh fruit as you like

3 Day Detox Diet: Day 3

Breakfast:Fresh fruit salad of apple, pear, grapes, mango and pineapple, with a carton of yogurt. Weak tea or herb tea

6 dried apricots. A glass of fruit or vegetable juice

Lunch:Lettuce soup – soften half a chopped onion in a large pan with a little olive oil – stir for a couple of minutes, add a pint and half of vegetable stock, lots of black pepper, simmer for 20 minutes, sprinkle with a large handful of chopped parsley
Enjoy with a chunk of crusty wholemeal bread, no butter
Herb or weak Indian tea

Mid-afternoon:An apple and a pear

Evening:Pasta with lettuce pesto – use the with a handful of pine nuts, a little olive oil, one clove of garlic and a carton of low-fat fromage frais (Soft Cheese)
Tomato, onion and yellow pepper salad
Herb or weak Indian tea

Beyond Day 3 of The Detox Diet
  • Treat your system gently on Day four and don’t rush straight into your normal diet/eating habits.
  • It’s best to avoid red meat and start with plainly cooked chicken or fish, some starchy foods and plenty of fruit, salads and vegetables.
  • Don’t eat dairy products apart from live yogurt until Day five.
  • This Detox Diet Plan will stimulate your metabolism and almost certainly result in 3 – 4 pounds weight loss.
  • If necessary you can repeat the detox after two weeks, but you should not do it more than eight times a year and not more than twice in any three month period.

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