Do you remember you may have made the new years resolution that this was going to be your year to clean up your act exercise regularly and cut out that daily 3pm chocolate? So it’s now August and you haven’t exactly stuck to your plan have you? You are still feeling sluggish and run-down, your skin is spotty and your body feels a lot older than it really is.

Don’t worry, it’s not too late! According to the experts, a detox diet is a great way to kick-start good habits. This doesn’t mean you have to live on fruit and vegetables for a month. It just means you have to give up or take a break from processed foods such as chocolate, chips and dips and plan to exercise for two weeks. This will give your body the chance to regain itself and if you are lucky you may just lose a few kilos. Naturopaths say, ” A detox diet is great for giving your overloaded liver a rest, especially if you like to indulge in alcohol or the odd occasional party drug. Aim to do it at least four times a year at the beginning of each season for two weeks. It may seem like a drag but we can assure you by the end of the second week you will feel like a new person.

If you do lack the old willpower then get a girlfriend to do it or a work colleague. If you live in Sydney, the Bondi Junction gym Spin City offers a 10-day Spring Clean program that provides you with a specialised diet, fitness program all under the watchful eye of a personalised trainer. If you are a member of a gym anywhere around Australia, the best thing to do is ask one of the trainers if they could help you start a detox program.

What do I have to do?

  1. Exercise every day even, if it’s just a 30 minute walk. Nikki, personal trainer from The Temple of the Body and Soul in Sydney says, ” If you don’t like treadmills then try to swim, cycle or play a game of tennis.”
  2. You must stick to your cleansing diet for two weeks straight.
  3. Avoid (this is the hard one), coffee, tea, cola, alcohol. Also keep away from drinks that contain artificial sweeteners and energy drinks. Drink herbal tea instead.
  4. Drink at least three litres of filtered water every day.
  5. Steer clear of white-flour products like bread, pasta and rice. Instead go for brown rice, Ryvitas and brown bread.
  6. Fill up on fruit and vegetables and make sure you get enough protein from fish, eggs, nuts and soy beans. Oh! Red meat is another no-no!

Sample Menu

Breakfast: Fresh fruit drizzled with natural yoghurt and skim milk

Lunch: Ryvitas with tuna and salad.

Dinner: Stir-fried vegies with brown rice.

More information:

Spring clean classes are held throughout the year. For more details phone 0411 500 004 or send an e-mail to physical@bigpond.net.au.