Wednesday, November 14, 2007


Project for the upcoming weekend:


With all the food that I've consumed over the last one month, my body feels very very sluggish and heavy. It's hard getting up in the morning these days because I feel drained and exhausted. So I'm going on a detox diet this weekend to clean up my stomach and hopefully this would re-energize me.

I was a little sceptic about detox so I decided to read on detox so that I'd understand what it's all about.

Learn About Detox
Detox, short for detoxification, is the removal of potentially toxic substances from the body. Although detox is primarily thought of as a treatment for alcohol or drug dependence, the term is also used to refer to diets, herbs, and other methods of removing environmental and dietary toxins from the body for general health. This is a sample two-week detox diet plan to support detoxification by increasing elimination from the body, cleansing the colon, enhancing circulation to clear toxic substances, eliminating foods from the diet that require detoxification or are allergenic, and providing nutrients to support and protect the liver, the main organ involved in detoxification.

A detox diet is recommended by some alternative practitioners to promote the elimination of unwanted chemicals and environmental and dietary toxins from the body for optimum health.

This is a sample list of allowed foods on a detox diet.
1. Fruit
Fresh or frozen fruit.

All fresh vegetables. Vegetables thought to be particularly good detox foods include broccoli, cauliflower, broccoli sprouts, onions, garlic, artichokes, beets, red and green vegetables.

3. Rice
All forms of rice, including rice cakes, rice crackers and rice pasta. Brown rice is typically preferred.

4. Other Grains
Quinoa, amaranth, millet, and buckwheat can be used instead of rice. They can be purchased at a health food store or in some grocery stores.

5. Beans
Split yellow and green peas and lentils are easiest to digest and require the least soaking time. Other good options include kidney beans, pinto beans, mung beans, garbanzo beans (chickpeas) and adzuki beans.

6. Nuts and Seeds
Unsalted nuts or seeds can be sprinkled over salads or eaten as a snack. Good options include flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews and walnuts. Nut butters are permitted. Peanuts and peanut butter are usually not recommended.
7. Oil
Extra-virgin olive oil is a preferred oil.

Doesn't look so bad.

So this weekend I'll be munching on leaves and sipping tea all day long. Hopefully this will make me feel better next week.
Who wants to go on a detox with me? :)