Detoxification is not just to have a bright skin glow and sparkling eyes but it also works to shed extra kilos, improve digestion and boost energy levels.
Although it may seem like a fad diet with no sugar, no milk, no alcohol, no grains—a detox is far beyond a mere weight loss quick fix method. The aim of detox plan is to unload organs that detoxify your body like the kidneys, liver and bowel-apart from this it also improves and supports their workability. If you desire to give your body some break, improve health then follow this 7 days detox plan for best results.
What to do?
Keep a diary and select a week in which you have no events such as wedding, birthdays or other special occasion meals scheduled. Few people may feel loose bowel movements or headaches at the start of the detox week. So there is no need to panic as this is because of activating the detoxifying organs and sudden withdrawal from certain foods, these symptoms are likely to subside, around in a day or two. So brace yourself!
Foods to avoid
· Milk products ( only half cup of plain yogurt with acidophilus every day)
· Sugar, honey, artificial sweeteners, maple syrup
· Grains like spelt, barley, oats, rye, wheat (bakery items), rice
· Dried fruits
Foods to enjoy
· Lean skinless chicken, red meat (2 serving per week)
· Legumes (dried or canned, such as kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils)
· Organic eggs
· Olive oil, coconut oil
· Nuts (unsalted raw almonds/walnuts/macadamias/cashews)
· Seeds(unsalted raw sesame/pumpkin/sunflower seeds)
· White tea, green tea, black tea (decaffeinated)
· Vegetables (fresh)
· Fruits (all fresh fruits)
· Fish (fresh variety and canned in water or olive oil)
· Water (1 to 3 liters daily)
My Detox Plan for The Next 7 days
· Drink lemon juice in the morning:
It cleanse the system and gives a kick start to your digestive system. Add half lemon juice to a cup of hot water. Drink this on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning.
Do one hour exercise daily during the detoxification week. Do any exercise that makes you puff and pant, and makes you sweat more like walking uphill, jog, yoga etc. High intensity exercise increases circulation and lymph flow that helps in release of harmful toxins via sweat.
· Have raw foods:
Eat mainly raw and cut the cooking process. Raw foods are rich in enzymes and nutrients. You can add fresh sprouts to your salad for that extra energy.
· Mental detox:
While you are at body detox, do a little mind detox too. By DE cluttering the mind via 15 minutes meditation daily. If you are not familiar with meditation try belly breathing at first. You can place your palms of your hands onto your lower belly and breathe in and out through your nose, slowly to 3-4 counts. Do this for 15 minutes for better results.
· Drink more:
Drink at least 3 liters of fluids every day. It will support kidney detoxification and help to move the lymph. You can drink herbal detox teas, fresh vegetables juice and lastly more spring water.
· Brush your body:
Regular brushing increases skin detoxification and support circulation. Use natural fiber body brush or loofah, brush it in circular stroke before you go for shower. You start brushing from hand and feet then move to legs and under arms, avoid face and throat and other delicate areas where you may have a rash or sore spot. After brushing take a quick shower and finish it off by a cold water burst that helps in blood circulation of skin.
· Chew well:
Chew at least for 12 times before swallowing down your food. Being mindful of what you are eating helps boosts your digestion and curbs overeating.
Don’t take up this plan if you are underweight, breastfeeding, pregnant, elderly or against a doctor’s recommendation.