With every turn of the new year, you make resolutions. This year as your de-clutter your desk and workspace, you are also looking to do so for your mind and body. If that is the case, then you are a good candidate for a detox diet – a cleansing of the mind and body that starts with healthy, plant-based eating.
Detox diet can be simplified as a break for the body – a vacation for the digestive tract. It will leave you feeling lighter and younger. More than just a reprogramming on what you eat, it also retune your emotional connection to food.
So what exactly does a detox diet entail?
The basic detox diet derive proteins and other nutrients from grains, vegetables, fruit, seeds and nuts. It is a plant-based diet. Pick foods the support the body’s natural detox process.
G-Bombs – Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries, Seeds
G-Bombs stands for greens (packed with antioxidants), beans (high in fiber and protein), onions (anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants), mushrooms (help regulate blood sugar and promote healthy weight management), berries and pomegranates (antioxidants) and seeds and nuts (packed with healthful fats and protein).
With this much fiber from these food in a detox diet, it can be a shock to the body system. You should chew more to counteract gas, especially on vegetables such as cauliflower and broccoli. A benefit to chewing more is you get more fullness with less, reaching your satiation point with less food faster. Also drink plenty of water.
Cut down on protein
Go light and easy on protein while you are on a detox diet. Meat can be hard for the digestive tract to process, so a break is usually welcomed. A good gauge is to limit to no more than a serving of meat twice a week. However, if you are concerned about protein intake and detox safety in general, contact your doctor before setting out on a detox diet program.
Who needs a detox?
Not everyone should be on a detox diet. If you feel and look great, you probably don’t need a detox. And if you’re underweight or nursing, it could actually cut out the fat and protein your body needs. But if you have headaches, sinus congestion, fatigue, allergies, acne, joint pain or depression, you might benefit from a detox diet program. A word of caution – a detox diet is experimental and experiential,
If you, for example, start out by eliminating refined sugar, alcohol, caffeine, wheat and dairy for a few weeks and you feel better — but you really, really miss the morning cup of coffee, then reintroduce it and see how you feel. If the symptoms — for example digestive issues — come back, then reevaluate.
A detox diet should be incorporate slowly into daily habits to see the beneficial effect of body-cleansing. It will make you look at food differently. Some ideas include using dates as a sweetener, replacing regular dairy milk with cashew milk and cooking without using oil.
While a detox diet starts off with a wish to lose weight, it can be much more than that. The first steps towards detoxing can make way for changes beyond just food. It is forces you to rethink of your habits and emotional attachments. Love the food that love you back. Remove destructive habits that destroys us.