What is detoxification?
Detoxification is the process in which the body removes toxins from within.
What happens during detoxification?
When you detox, you go through the process of removing toxins from the body’s tissues and cells. The toxins are then transferred through the bloodstream to be eliminated from the body.
Why is detoxification necessary?
Harmful substances accumulate in the body over time due to the numerous toxins found in the standard American diet. The result is accelerated aging, chronic illness and fatigue.
Usually, the body can detoxify itself, but with the foods we consume, the body’s ability to detox is greatly impaired and we must be proactive and help the body remove excess toxins.
How do you aid the body in detoxification?
You set aside a period of time where you remove all “toxic” foods from your diet and consume specific foods within a detoxification zone. This will allow the body to begin the process of healing itself by removing the harmful substances from the body.
What are the health benefits of detoxification?
v More energy
v Weight loss
v Improvements in blood pressure
v Improvements in skin tone
v Removal of excess fluid
v Improvements in various physical conditions
v Improved digestion
How long should detoxification occur?
For your body to recover fully, a period of 3-4 weeks is recommended every 12 months.
What to expect…
Physical and mental symptoms may occur. As the toxins are being eliminated, the body will react with an allergic-like response. These symptoms include headache, stomachache, rash or acne, headaches, or feeling irritable and lethargic. These symptoms will subside as the body becomes used to the new way of eating.
What foods are in the detoxification zone?
Beverages (not pasteurized)
Organic Green Tea
Organic Black Tea
Organic herbal tea
Basic Vegetable Juices
Combination Juices (fruit and vegetable)
Acai Berries Grapes
Blackberries Honeydew melon
Goji Berries Kiwi
Alfalfa Sprouts Cucumbers
Cabbage (red or green)
Cauliflower Green Beans
Garlic Sweet Potatoes
Kale Idaho Potatoes
Mushrooms Red Potatoes
Peppers (all types)
Other Foods Outside the Detoxification Zone
Brown or Wild Rice
Beans (red, black, black eyed)
Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter
Wild caught fish and seafood (2-3 times a week)
Pure maple syrup
This list can be modified as needed, but foods consumed should be as close to its natural state as possible and fall within the detoxification zone. This is mostly a plant based diet, but other foods are listed to ease into the plant based diet. Fish is listed for consumption 2-3 times a week. Remember, to experience all the benefits of detoxification, it is important to consume at least 80% of your meals in the detoxification zone. Avoid fried, fast, and overly processed foods. It can be quite difficult to go through the detoxification process, so do your best every day and remember each day means a new day to try again.
*Remember there is no calorie counting or restriction. You can eat as much as you want from the foods in the detoxification zone. Please consult with your doctor before beginning the Detoxification program*
Crockpot Hot Cereal
½ cup rolled oats
½ cup steel cut oats
½ cup chopped dates
½ tsp salt
4 ½ cups water
½ tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 ½ cups berries
- Put grains, dates, salt, and water in a crockpot 2. Turn the heat to low and cook overnight, or for 6-8 hours 3. When ready to serve, stir in vanilla, cinnamon and berries
Strawberry Peach Smoothie
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen peaches
2 cups water
2 oz. raw agave nectar
- In a blender mix all ingredients until smoothie is blended to desired texture.
1 ½ tbsp. nut butter
3 tbsp. oats
½ tbsp. honey
½ tbsp. dark chocolate chips
- Roll into balls.
Nut Butter Boat
2 tbsp. natural nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew, walnut) with 1 cup apple or celery slices topped with almonds or raisins.
1 or 1 ½ cups unsweetened shredded coconut
¼ cup raw honey or pure maple syrup
2 tbsp. virgin coconut oil
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until well blended. 2. Place mixture in parchment lined container and refrigerate for about one hour to set 3. Once mixture is firm, remove and roll into small snack balls (These can be easily stored in airtight container in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks or in the freezer for the long-term)
3 cups fresh roma tomatoes
20 sundried tomatoes, soaked
4 cloves garlic
2 cups dates, pitted and soaked
2 oz. parsley
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp sea salt
- Place ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth
- Spiral 4 oz. of fresh zucchini
- Top with marinara
Sample Meal Plan
|Breakfast||Crockpot Oatmeal||Strawberry Peach Smoothie||Crockpot Oatmeal|
|Snack||Banana||Coconut Bites||Nut Butter Bite|
|Lunch||Mixed Green Salad with strawberries and walnuts||Black beans and wild rice||Wild caught flounder with Roasted vegetables|
|Snack||Strawberry Peach Smoothie||Watermelon||Mixed Fruit|
|Dinner||Black beans and wild rice||Wild caught flounder with Roasted vegetables (sweet potatoes||Marinara Zuchetti|
|Snack (optional)||Apple||Honeydew Melon||Pineapple|