When I am on a detox, I like to keep it simple and full of energy-promoting, detoxifying foods. My detox consists of eating a diet that is gluten-free, refined sugar-free and dairy-free. This may sound a little overwhelming to some and it can be when just starting out, however, it becomes easier once you learn what foods you can eat. Here are a few suggestions on how to implement these three detox components and what delicious foods you CAN enjoy when on a detox. A great starting point for a detox is 7-10 days and this can be extended once comfortable with the detox process.
Gluten-free: Gluten is a protein found in wheat and when eaten in excess it can cause damage to our intestines and bring our bodies into an inflammatory state. Whenever I eat gluten-free I feel lighter, less bloated, and my digestion is enhanced. When eating gluten-free one must avoid all products that contatin wheat, such as bread and oatmeal (unless gluten-free is stated on the package), certain condiments containing gluten, and most packaged cereals. There are a lot of great gluten-free foods and, to be honest, I really don’t miss eating wheat at all. Here are a few gluten-free foods to enjoy: sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, millet, buckwheat, all fruits and vegetables and gluten-free oatmeal.
Refined sugar-free: I find this component of my detox the most challenging and many other people do as well. It takes a few days to get used to avoiding sugar but I always find my energy levels soar after I make it past this. When eating a diet free of refined sugar I avoid all packaged foods that have added sugars (including fructose, glucose, cane sugar, agave and any syrups), nor do I add any sugar to my meals. I prefer not to add organic maple syrup or raw honey during this time to give my liver a break from having to break down the fruit sugars they contain. It can be tough to eleminate sugar from your diet but eating great gluten-free complex carbohydrates (like the ones mentioned above) really help to curb sugar cravings.When these cravings arise eating fruits like apples and berries are a great idea. These are both detox approved, have a small amount of natural sugar, and loads of fibre and antioxidants to boot.
Dairy-free: While this is the least challenging aspect of a detox for me, as it is not a huge part of my diet, it might be quite challenging for others. There are so many great dairy-free alternatives that once one has adapted to eating this way it becomes much less challenging. Dairy can often cause inflammation to the body and may contain unwanted hormones and antibiotics from cattle farming (if non-organic). I find that eliminating dairy from my diet improves my digestion and I even notice that I look less “puffy” in the face. Almond milk is a great alternative to cow's milk and tastes great. On a detox like this it is necessary to use whole foods (non-processed foods) and once you do I’m sure you’ll find that you don’t miss dairy much at all. Minus cheese on some occasions.
Try my recipe for my Collard Green Wraps
Here is a great recipe that I really enjoy, which just so happens to be very detox friendly. It is full of detoxifying vegetables that will enhance liver function and clear out unwanted energy-zapping toxins. It is also a very filling and satisfying meal, so I do recommend you try it!