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

Dried fruits

Grains: rice, wheat, bakery items,rye, oats, barley and spelt

Sugar, artificial sweeteners, maple syrup, honey

Coffee

Milk products (only half cup of plain yogurt with acidophilus every day)

Alcohol

Cigarettes

Foods to enjoy

Water (aim for 2-3 litres per day)

Fish (canned in olive oil or water, and fresh variety)

Fruits

Vegetables

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

Organic eggs

Legumes (canned or dried, like lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans)

Small amounts of skinless chicken or lean red meat

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