What if you could have more energy, eliminate cravings and look and feel younger? If this sounds good to you, you may be the perfect candidate for a detox diet. Dr. Joshi's Holistic Detox (Hodder Mobius, 2005) is a 21-day cleansing plan that promises to balance the alkaline/acidic state of your body and flush fat-soluble toxins from your liver. Follow the plan to stop feeling bloated and sluggish and start feeling great (not to mention, a few pounds lighter!)
There are challenges ahead, including ending your love affair with frozen pizza, but you're strong and will get stronger each day as you fill your body with healthy foods and follow these dos and don'ts of Dr. Joshi's diet.
DO: Eat fresh food. Go for the freshest you can find – fruits and vegetables that are in season and have been grown locally. The vitamin and mineral count in these foods will likely be higher than foods that have been shipped from another country or grown in greenhouses.
DON'T: Eat pre-packaged, prepared meals. Not only do these items lack nutrients, but Dr. Joshi also suggests considering the toxins and chemicals in the plastic packaging.
DO: Eat bananas. Preferably organic ones. Bananas offer a slow-release sugar boost to your body.
DON'T: Eat any other fruit. Most of the fruit we buy in grocery stores is picked too early so that it won't be past its prime by the time we get it home. But fruits only reach the desirable alkaline state if they're picked when ripe.
DO: Drink green tea. The high concentration of antioxidants in green tea offers numerous health benefits, from helping your liver to work more efficiently to lowering your blood-sugar and preventing diabetes.
DON'T: Drink alcohol. Most alcohol, such as wine, champagne and beer, is acidic and high in yeast, both of which are bad for your body. Rest assured, once you enter the maintenance portion of the diet after three weeks, you can have small quantities of distilled alcohol, such as gin and vodka.
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DO: Start your morning with a glass of warm water and a little fresh lemon juice. Your kidneys will thank you for the flush.
DON'T: Grab a cup of coffee. As wonderful as may be to wake up to freshly brewed coffee, the caffeine will dehydrate you and increase your blood pressure. Even decaffeinated coffee is full of toxins that will interrupt your detox process.
DO: Drink soy milk. Soy provides important amino acids, which are vital for hormone production and essential to boosting your immune system. However, be sure to choose soymilk with added calcium, vitamin A and vitamin D.
DON'T: Drink cow's milk. With lactose intolerance being so widespread, causing bloating, cramps and nausea, Dr. Joshi recommends choosing an alternative.
DO: Drink only a bit of water during meals. Sipping room-temperature water during your meal will aid in digestion and absorption of the nutrients in your food.
DON'T: Consume copious amounts of water during your meal. Too much fluid can dilute the enzymes necessary for proper digestion.
DO: Have a mid-afternoon snack of herbal tea and a gluten-free/wheat-free biscuit.
DON'T: Keep reaching into a bag of biscuits just because the label promotes a "healthy" status. Calories are calories and they will add up.
DO: Host a detox dinner party. Use recipes from Dr. Joshi's book to wow your friends and prove that healthy food can be fabulous food.
DON'T: Beat yourself up if you can't resist the cake at your best friend's birthday party. Savour the decadent dessert, acknowledge that you need to re-focus your goals and get back on track.
Although Dr. Joshi's detox diet may take some getting used to (No coffee? Really?), the payoff is a digestive system that works like a charm, glowing skin, and enough get-up-and-go to get the most out of life. So pull those "skinny jeans" out from the back of the closet because you just might need them soon.
Want to learn more about the detox diet? Buy Dr. Joshi's Holistic Detox (McArthur and Co., 2005) online today.
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