A detox diet is not just about weight loss, but boosting energy, improving digestion and leaving you with bright, glowing skin.
Although it may seem like a fad diet with no sugar, no milk, no alcohol, no grains – plus you’ve probably heard of lemon detox and soup cleanses – a detox diet is far beyond a rapid weight loss quick fix. The aim of a detox plan is to detoxify your kidneys, liver and bowel, as well as improving their workability. Read our 7 day detox diet plan and follow with our guide on what foods to eat (and what food to avoid).
Starting your detox plan
Start with keeping a diary and select a week in which you have no events such as wedding, birthdays or other special occasion meals scheduled. You may feel loose bowel movements or headaches at the start of the detox week. Don’t panic as this is simply your body activating the detoxification process of the organs. Within a day or two, these symptoms are likely to subside.
Foods to avoid
Grains: rice, wheat, bakery items,rye, oats, barley and spelt
Sugar, artificial sweeteners, maple syrup, honey
Milk products (only half cup of plain yogurt with acidophilus every day)
Foods to enjoy
Water (aim for 2-3 litres per day)
Fish (canned in olive oil or water, and fresh variety)
Green tea, white tea, decaffeinated weak black tea
Seeds (raw unsalted sunflower/pumpkin/sesame seeds)
Nuts (raw unsalted cashews/macadamias/walnuts/almonds)
Coconut oil, olive oil
Legumes (canned or dried, like lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans)
Small amounts of skinless chicken or lean red meat
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