By Jo Cordell-Cooper*
IF you overindulged over the festive period, you may be interested in completing a “detox” diet.
Although detox diets are a little controversial – as they often include supplements and added fibre, they can be a way to get back in balance.
If you follow a healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables you should not actually need supplements or fibre, and I suggest that if you are thinking of a detox with expensive supplements you check with a health professional first.
If not, you might end up with very bright urine – a sure sign you are excreting, rather than absorbing, the supplements.
There are, however, benefits to detoxing. On this note, let’s consider how we can make a detox diet as successful as possible.
What is a detox diet?
A detox diet generally means that you consume only fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies for a set period, ranging from two days to three weeks.
I highly recommend a food-based detox that is short in duration (three to five days).
What does a successful detox claim to do?
Often, we hear that detox diets will remove toxins from the body.
Ideally, any detox should eliminate the “liver loaders” – caffeine, alcohol, processed foods, reduce salt and added sugar – and promote a return to simpler, less processed foods and beverages.
Detoxes also claim to ease digestion – you should not be constipated when you eat plenty of fibre (plant-based food) and drink water and herbal tea. If you are, seek medical advice.
Using a detox diet does not replace a sensible diet, but it can be used as a stepping stone away from a highly processed diet and back to balanced eating.
Listed below are my top five tips to help you succeed with your detox diet.
- Elect the detox diet of your choice about two weeks before you are ready to start it.
- Explore all the recipes. For instance, do you like the recommended food? If not, perhaps choose another eating plan.
- Eliminate caffeine, alcohol and added sugar a week before you start.
- Create a shopping list a few days before you start.
- Set aside a dedicated afternoon to prepare any meals in advance.
There is nothing magical about a detox diet, but by eliminating some of the digestive irritants like caffeine, alcohol, sugar, salt and processed food you will be well on the way to a sustainable healthy eating plan.
If you would like to learn more about what happens in your body when you detox visit my blog via www.activesolutionsandhealthnetwork.com.au/detox-diet/ or phone me to discuss your options on 0409 862 206.
*Jo Cordell-Cooper owns and operates the award-winning business Active Solutions and Health Network that specialises in women’s fitness at all ages and stages.