Whether you're cleansing for a week or a month, these low-key detox tactics will keep your metabolism in check.

 

 

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Cleansing with food

 

Eat a light and healthy diet. Use cooking methods such as steaming and grilling. Sauté food in a little vegetable stock or natural tomato juice. Try to fry foods rarely and if you do, use only a dash of monounsaturated oil such as olive or peanut oil. 

Avoid:

  • Big meals
  • Dairy products
  • Sugar, honey and any foods containing sucrose, glucose, dextrose and fructose
  • Caffeine products including tea, coffee and cola
  •  Alcohol
  • Red meat
  • Canned, pre-packaged, fast or heavily processed foods
  • Foods with a long shelf life
  • Condiments, such as mayonnaise and chutney

Eat In Moderation:

  • Eggs and chicken – preferably free range
  • Fruit
  • Goats’ cheese 
  • Salad dressings and vinegar
  • Wheat – if you can, avoid wheat altogether by cutting out pasta and conventional breakfast cereals and opting for gluten-free health breads and breakfast flakes made with corn maize and rice flour

Enjoy Abundant:

Fresh vegetables, eaten raw wherever possible

Rice milk – choose one that contains calcium 

Pulses and legumes, such as chick peas, lentils and all varieties of beans

Garlic, ginger and herbs to enhance the flavour of foods

Fish – especially the deep water varieties

Rice – try different varieties such as arborio, basmati, wild and brown

Varied foods – rotate your menus, so that you are not eating the same foods every day

Antioxidant-rich foods such as carrots, tomatoes, sweet potato, beetroot and leafy greens

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