It’s almost Summer! Well here in Cold Lake, Alberta it is! 28 degrees out yesterday and my Dad thought it would be a good day to stack wood… I got my sweat on that’s for sure, a good way to shed some toxins. Which brings me to my subject! Dietary detoxes; while I am not one for temporary fixes or (rant warning) those companies that sell you shakes and make money off of your “cleanse days” where you eat nothing… Last time I checked, starving yourself was free! Sorry but I really disagree with people who don’t know much about nutrition who sell food items and promises you whatever the corporation claims about their crap. I do however agree with the idea to cleanse the body and it’s organs from time to time to make us feel fresh and clean. Here are some neat, real food detoxes that I have personally tried and suggest as a great way to detox your body, and just in time for summer!
Adjust protein 1 gram/1 lbs target body weight.
Fresh fruits of choice
Raw salad vegetables (variety is important)
Lemons or limes
115g chicken breast or ½ cup egg whites
Day 1 (125g protein/day):
8 am – 25g protein drink
10 am – 25g protein drink
12 pm – 25g protein drink
2 am – 25g protein drink
4 am – 25g protein drink
6 pm – 3 to 6 cups raw vegetable salad, 115g chicken breast or 1/2 cup egg whites and 1 tbsp olive oil
Days 2 and 3 (fruit day):
8 am – 2 cups cantaloupe
10 am – 2 cups strawberries
12 pm – 1 medium banana
2 am – 2 medium apples
4 am – 1 large mango
6 pm – 3 to 6 cups raw vegetable salad, 1/2 avocado and a 25g protein drink
Model Detox Diet
(From a model… I forget where I found this years ago, sorry!) Who are the best people to ask for ideas if you want to lose weight and improve your complexion? Fashion models! During my time in the modeling industry I learned to manage my weight in a healthy way, and eat just the right combination of foods that left my skin looking better and better with each passing year.
Its a very easy plan to follow that can still get fantastic results. Unlike some of the other cleanses on this site, the Model Detox Plan can provide a healthy basis for long term changes to your lifestyle. You don’t need to follow it strictly, take the elements you like and add them to your diet!
Use organic fruits and vegetables as they have less pollutants and chemicals. Organic food also has a higher nutritional content than non-organic commercialized produce. Basically your diet should mostly consist of juiced, raw, frozen, or lightly steamed fruits and veggies. Corn should be avoided, white potatoes can be eaten only in moderation. Eating a variation each day will ensure you are getting enough vitamins and keep this diet as interesting as possible.
Variations of fruit or fruit puree are great for breakfast. They are nutritious, filling and the natural sugars will give you energy to get through the morning.
To make a fruit puree, cut up your fruit and place in a pot on the stove with a small amount of water. Cover and leave it on a low heat until the fruit is soft. Now just throw it in the blender and add a squeeze of fresh lemon to taste. I also like to add a little cinnamon. My favorite blends contain apples, plums, nectarines, pears and berries, but really anything goes.
Lunch & Dinner
For your main two meals its important to keep calories low but nutrition high. A vegetable puree soup is the answer. This will give you energy to get through the day and all the nutrients you need.
Cut up your vegetables, add approximately one cup of vegetable stock, and cover on a low heat until the vegetables are soft. Now throw it in the blender and spice it up with a raw clove of garlic or jalapeño pepper. I also like to add cilantro and a little olive oil.
I like to experiment with different vegetables for this soup. Great ideas are spinach and broccoli, collard greens, zucchini, onion, carrots and sweet potatoes. Beans also make a great addition. I like to use chickpeas but be sure they are organic.
Desserts & Snacks
This diet can sometimes leave you feeling hungry (it wouldn’t be a diet if it didn’t!), so its important to have some filling snacks around for when you need a boost.
Fruit smoothies are a great options for dessert or a snack between meals. You need to buy packs of frozen organic fruits from your supermarket. These lock all the goodness into the fruit and are very convenient. I actually find that frozen bananas taste much better in a smoothie than fresh ones so I peel ripe bananas and put them in a Ziploc bag in the freezer.
Just add ice and a little water, then blend away! I like blends of blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and banana. Its really up to you to find a few combinations that you love. Be creative!
Freshly squeezed juices are very detoxing and a great way to get some condensed nutrition into your body. Fresh juice is also packed full of enzymes which are fundamental in maintaining good health and preventing disease. Some ideas for recipes – try playing around with these super-healthy ingredients. Cucumbers, apples, carrot, ginger, garlic, beet and broccoli.
Don’t forget to drink Green Tea. This is so effective as a diet aid because it increases your metabolism and reduces your appetite. Its great for your health too – it has been used for more than 4000 years in Chinese medicine, to cure anything from headaches to depression.
Recipes for the Model Detox Diet
3-4 medium to large tomato
1/2 medium cucumber
1 bell pepper, any colour
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 garlic clove
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 cup ice water
1 tbp chili flakes
salt and pepper to taste
1. Core the tomatoes and dip them in boiling water for 1 minute to blanch them. Transfer the tomatoes into iced water so that the skin can be removed easily. Dice the tomatoes and put them in a food processor.
2. Set aside 1/3 of the peppers and cucumber. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Chop the peppers and cucumber and stir them in the soup. Enough for 2 portions.
Avocado and Cucumber Soup
2 large avocados
1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 garlic cloves
1 cup and a half cold water
salt and pepper to taste
Scoop out avocado flesh, cut up cucumber, add everything else to the blender. Really easy and it makes 2 servings.
Easy Tomato and Chickpea Soup
1 can chickpeas
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
garnish with basil (optional)
salt to taste
Steam the onion, then add the tomatoes (or boil in a little water if you don’t have a steamer). Add tomatoes, onion, can of chickpeas, ACV, and salt to the blender. This should be enough for 2 good servings.
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp of olive oil
salt to taste
Steam the zucchini and leeks or onions in steamer. Then put in a blender, add garlic cloves and olive oil. Add water for desired consistency, then blend. Pour in bowl and add sea salt.
Raw Food Diet
- Two cups of fruits
- Two and one-half cups of vegetables
- Five and one-half mixed cups of, nuts, peanut butter, seeds, peas, or sprouted lentils, (a complete protein combinations is very important…)
Yes, 5 and ½ cups of beans, peas, seeds, nuts, peanut butter etc sound too much. But these are 5 and ½ cups of fresh, raw beans, peas, seeds, nuts, peanut butter, etc. together. We did a portion breakup for your convenience (or you can adjust the portions according to your taste) – 1 cup of peas, 1 cup of beans, 1 cup of sprouts, ½ cup of lentils, ½-1 cup of nuts, ½ cup of seeds, 3-4 Tbsp of peanut or other nut butters. Now, remember the beans/peas/lentils mentioned are fresh and raw ones, and not dried ones that are soaked. If you are using dried beans/peas/lentils that are soaked, then you would need to reduce the quantity, as dried ones absorb water, swell up and increase in volume when they are soaked, and they are also nutritionally denser.