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A short detox can make a massive difference to how you feel for weeks afterwards. Not only is weight loss inevitable, as you’ll lose excess fluid, but a cleanse will also reset your energy, improve your concentration and clear up skin flaws.
We don’t advise diving in at the deep end straight away – you’ll get better results if you do some prep work first, so we recommend putting a few pretox strategies in place at least five days beforehand. This involves phasing out certain types of foods, along with undertaking a few lifestyle changes. We’ve also listed handy what-to-do advice in case you get stuck and some simple after-care tips. Ready to feel great again? You’re just three days away from a new you!
Prepare for your cleanse with these top tips
Sleep is a prerequisite for renewal and rejuvenation of your body’s cells. Aim to get around eight to nine hours of shut-eye to support your immune system and nourish your cognitive health.
Five days before starting the detox, cut out the obvious sources of sugar like ready meals, chocolate, sweets, cookies and the biggie: booze. Whatever your drink of choice, alcohol will dehydrate you and deplete your body of important nutrients.
Wheat is difficult for your body to digest and can cause inflammation and some digestive discomfort, so instead try to replace wheat from breads and cereals with protein-rich foods like yogurt and eggs.
Five days before starting our food plan, keep your diet simple with easy to digest foods. Think oatmeal with berries and seeds for breakfast, baked sweet potato with tuna and salad for lunch and lean meat and steamed veggies for dinner. Make a shopping list before hitting the supermarket so you load up on healthy food rather than treats.
Keep your body hydrated with water – around a half-gallon a day should do. This will help to flush out toxins, clear skin and reduce bloating. Aim to cut caffeine too, as it releases the stress hormone cortisol, which increases abdominal fat.
Healthy advice to help you get the most out of the plan
Kick-start your digestive system by drinking a cup of warm water with lemon first thing.
Dry brush before your bath or shower, starting from the soles of your feet and moving upwards, as this kind of lymphatic massage helps to detoxify, too.
Continue to drink a half-gallon of water and sip on nurturing herbal teas.
Have a hot bath or foot soak with Epsom salts in the evening to help your body release toxins.
Top tips to maximise your results post-detox
Ease yourself back into three meals a day slowly, keeping the good stuff in your diet as much as possible. Leafy salads and white fish, veggie soups and chicken with roasted veggies are all excellent choices.
Eat something green at every meal (think kale, spinach, watercress) as the green veggie family can really help to keep your liver ticking over. Plus, greens can help regulate your body’s natural pH and may even help ward off disease.
Gut-friendly fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi are a useful addition to a balanced diet, as they increase levels of healthy bacteria, which help to keep bloating at bay.
Exercise is just what the body needs following a detox. A good sweat session helps to remove unwanted toxins from the body, so combine high-intensity workouts like running, cycling with low-key yoga for the perfect balance.
If you find it difficult to control your sweet tooth once you’ve finished the detox, try swapping out nasty sweeteners and ordinary sugar for stevia. This naturally sweet plant extract won’t spike insulin levels or create any of the roller-coaster energy crashes that come with regular sugar. Xylitol is another good sugar substitute.
Our diet involves replacing breakfast, lunch and snacks with juices, soups and smoothies, while still allowing a nutritious dinner at the end of the day. Breakfast is a cup of lemon water followed by a different green juice every day to help kick-start liver health. This is followed by a filling mid-morning smoothie snack, a hearty soup for lunch and a protein-rich healthy dinner. Our diet is designed to revitalise rather than restrict, so if you feel very hungry between lunch and dinner you can add in a cup of miso soup.
You should refrain from intense exercise while undertaking the diet (relaxing yoga and meditation is fine).
Cup of hot water and lemon upon waking, then juice the following ingredients:
Scatter ½tsp ground cinnamon and ½tsp ground nutmeg on 1 cod fillet. Add the juice of half a lemon, wrap in foil and bake in the oven. Serve with unlimited steamed mangetout and kale.
Cup of hot water and lemon upon rising then juice the following ingredients:
Place 1 red onion, 1 garlic clove, 170g butternut squash, 1 large tomato on a baking tray. Scatter with ½tsp turmeric, ½tsp cumin seeds, 1½tsp coriander seeds and ½tsp mustard seeds. Roast in the oven. Place the ingredients in a blender with 300ml veg stock and blitz until smooth.
100g tofu cooked in 1 tsp coconut oil. Add 1 red onion, 1 garlic clove, ½tsp grated ginger, 100g baby corn, 100g mangetout, 100g garden peas and 1 red pepper. Add 1tbsp reduced-salt soya sauce and a handful of coriander. Serve on a bed of steamed, grated cauliflower.
Sweat 1 onion. Add half a sweet potato, 3 carrots, 1 large tomato and 300ml vegetable stock. Boil until soft and add a handful of coriander to finish. Blitz until smooth.
Top 1 fillet of salmon with 1tbsp reduced-salt soya sauce and ¼tsp grated ginger and bake in the oven. Serve with a side of roasted tomatoes, mixed peppers and steamed spinach.
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