Here is the food list for the detox diet. Start where you can & improve over time.

1. Amp up the vegetables during your Detox Diet –

  • Minimum of 4 handfuls of salad and 3 handfuls vegetables per day. Choose fresh, chemical-free produce where possible.
  • Vegetables most highly sprayed are apples, strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, spinach, capsicum, nectarine, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, potato, sugar snap peas. So choose these in organic or biodynamic or soak for 5 minutes in a sink of water with 1 cup apple cider vinegar to neutralise these chemicals.
  • Add fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut or kimchi – 1 tsp per day to start.
  • Suggestions – green smoothies, salads, stirfries, soups, steamed veg.

Detox Diet Farmers' food market stall with variety of organic vegetable. Vendor serving and chating with customers. ** Note: Shallow depth of field

AVOID – canned, dehydrated, frozen or pickled vegetables.

2. Increase good quality protein –

Proteins to ENJOY (1 palm sized portion per meal):

  • chicken
  • eggs
  • fresh fish (max 3-4 serves/week) except larger fish susceptible to higher heavy metal content – flake, swordfish, tuna, marlin, king mackerel, salmon
  • calamari
  • kangaroo
  • tempeh or tofu (if vegetarian)
  • turkey

Detox Diet Food high in protein isolated on white

Proteins to AVOID –

  • pork
  • sausages
  • shellfish – prawns, oysters, mussels, crab
  • cured and deli meats – smoked salmon, salami, ham (high in nitrates)
  • tinned meat and fish
  • beef
  • duck
  • lamb

3. Ditch the dairy

  •  ice cream
  •  milk
  •  yogurt
  • cheese
  • butter
  • cream

Detox Diet dairy

Instead, ENJOY –

  • coconut milk or cream
  • coconut yogurt
  • unsweetened nut milk – almond, cashew, etc
  • unsweetened rice milk
  • unsweetened good quality soy milk. eg Bonsoy (occasionally)

4. Go gluten-free

ENJOY this great selection of alternatives during your Detox Diet:

  • almond meal
  • brown rice
  • quinoa
  • millet
  • buckwheat
  • polenta
  • amaranth
  • coconut flour
  • rice cakes or crackers (plain)
  • wild rice
  • corn
  • red rice
  • wild rice

Detox Diet gluten free grains

AVOID:

  • wheat
  • barley
  • oats
  • rye
  • spelt
  • tritcale

5.  Nuts and Seeds

Detox Diet nuts seeds

ENJOY 1 small handful raw, natural nuts daily or nut spreads:

  • almond
  • brazil nuts
  • chia seeds
  • hazelnuts
  • linseeds/flaxseeds
  • macadamia nuts
  • pecans
  • pepitas
  • pine nuts
  • sesame seeds
  • sunflower seeds
  • walnuts

AVOID – peanuts, peanut butter, roasted &/or salted nuts

6. Beans and Legumes

Detox Diet beans legumes

ENJOY up to 1-2 serves per day (1 serve = 30g cooked)

  • alfalfa sprouts
  • bean sprouts
  • lentils
  • chickpeas
  • borlotti beans
  • broad beans
  • butter beans
  • black beans
  • adzuki beans
  • kidney beans
  • split peas
  • pinto beans
  • navy beans
  • mung beans
  • lima beans

AVOID:

Flavoured and salted canned beans or those with preservatives, additives. Remember start where you are and improve over time. Ideally soaking and cooking a packet of legumes and freezing them in portion sizes.

7. Fruit

Detox Diet fruit

ENJOY:

  • Fresh fruit up to 3 serves daily. 1 serve = 1 piece or 1 handful chopped fruit.
  • Frozen fruit, with no additives

AVOID:

  • Canned fruit due to added sugar and preservatives
  • Crystallised/candied fruit
  • Dried fruit due to high sulphite content

8. Oils

Detox Diet - oils

ENJOY:

  • coconut oil
  • flaxseed oil
  • macadamia oil
  • olive oil
  • rice bran oil
  • sesame oil
  • walnut oil

AVOID:

  • butter
  • canola oil
  • duck fat
  • fried foods
  • margarine
  • peanut oil
  • vegetable oil

9. Dressings, Condiments, Sweeteners & Seasonings

ENJOY:

  • all herbs & spices
  • garlic
  • homemade dressings & sauces
  • homemade dips & spreads – ie guacamole, hummus, tahini, etc
  • lemon juice
  • tamari
  • salt – celtic, sea or himalayan

AVOID:

  • additives
  • artificial colours
  • preservatives
  • aspartame, saccharine
  • comerically made sauces & condiments
  • white sugar, rice bran syrup

10. Beverages

Detox Diet - lemon water

ENJOY:

  • 2-3 L pure water daily (flavoured with orange, lemon, mint, cucumber, ginger)
  • herbal teas (limit green tea to 1 a day)
  • fresh vegetable juices
  • unflavoured sparkling mineral water

AVOID:

  • alcohol
  • black tea
  • caffeinated softdrinks
  • coffee
  • fruit drinks and cordials
  • reconstituted fruit juice
  • soft drink/carbonated beverages

 

“Eat more fruit and vegetables and less processed foods, cut back on alcohol, quit smoking if you’re a smoker, and do more exercise,” – ABC news

Feel free to check out some of my healthy recipes and smoothes which will aid you on your Detox Diet.