7 tips for a healthy home detox

Whether you’re cleansing for a week or a month, this roster of low-key detox tactics will keep your metabolism ticking and evade the perils of fasting while resetting your gut and tastebuds.

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