What is a Detox Diet?
A detox diet means you are eating “clean”, which means you are including more whole foods such as vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats into your daily diet. It also means that you are decreasing or eliminating foods like sugar, alcohol, and refined grains.
It doesn’t mean depriving yourself of delicious food and going hungry. It just means you’re eating the healthy foods you should naturally already be consuming every day.
Think of it more as a lifetime eating approach, rather than a short-term quick-fix diet.
Why Should You do it?
I don’t know about you, but every now and then, I start to feel a little lethargic, have digestive issues, and to add to my misery, I’m gaining weight a little faster than I would like. This is when I know that I’ve been enjoying too many high-fat meals, sugar-laden desserts and alcohol. It’s usually around the time we are eating out a lot, travelling or during periods of a lot of celebrations for one reason or another. Then it’s time for a diet detox!
What Are The Benefits?
You know that person you admire with all the energy, shiny hair and bright complexion? That person is probably eating a clean diet.
When you eat clean, you can kiss medical bills and sickdays good bye. You will be including a lot more vitamins and minerals into your diet resulting in a healthier you! You may even live longer. Studies have shown that eating a low-fat diet results in a longer lifespan.
If you’re not already convinced to get started on this right away, you will also save money. Skipping expensive restaurant meals, and dropping the take-out orders, planning your meals and your grocery shopping will all result in you saving money.
What is involved?
- Planning your meals ahead of time can make a world of difference.
- Eat when hungry. Stop when full.
- Choose organic whole foods. Load up on fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Drink at least 2 litres of water daily.
- Limit your alcohol. One glass of antioxidant rich red wine daily.
- Read the label. Only one or two ingredients.
- Avoid processed or refined foods, including: flour, sugar, bread and pasta. Instead eat more whole grains such as: quinoa, wild rice, oats, wheat berries, farro, millet and kamut to name a few.
- Limit added sugar. That means sugary deserts, baked goods, soda pop, some yogurts, tomato sauces, cereals, and juice.
- Keep an eye on sodium. Use herbs and spices more to flavor your food. Consider using coarse sea salt or kosher salt sparingly as they contain less sodium than table salt.