Want to try a cleanse but intimidated by the commitment of most detox diets? You don’t need to swear off sugar or only drink juices for days or weeks at a time. You can detox your body in one day.
A short cleanse not only gives you the kick you need to get back on a healthy track, it also gives your body a rest from hard-to-digest and blood sugar-spiking foods. And you won’t get any of the harm that you would from restrictive long-term cleanses. ‘Especially if done often or followed for a long time, [cleanses] can be harmful and cause unpleasant side effects such as cramping, bloating, nausea, vomiting, dehydration, headaches, lack of energy and dizziness,’ warns Dietitians of Canada. And, any plan that involves any amount of fasting may trigger disordered eating or nutrient deficiencies.
Instead, think of a one-day detox as a reset button; a reminder of how your body feels when it’s fed healthy foods and is well hydrated. You’ll be inspired to eat healthy again. Firouze Zeroual, co-founder of Reset Yourself, whose celebrity client list includes actress and director, Robin Wright, gives her tips on how to do a one-day detox.
Foods To Avoid: This may seem obvious, but skip foods that with added sugar, like milk, sauces or sweet cereals. Also pass on anything that is processed, manufactured or packaged. Salt is also on the don’t-eat list, as it can cause bloating. And the same goes for caffeine from coffee, black tea and chocolate. This will also avoid added sugars and food preservatives. Meat does take longer to digest, so avoid high-fat proteins and red meat. Think of it as a day of eating healthy whole foods. You can avoid dairy, too, if you find it hard on your digestive system.
Nutrients Required: A healthy detox plan will include a variety of nutritious foods, dietary fibre and fluids. In addition to drinking juices and soups that are made with fruits and vegetables, make sure you include solid and raw foods in the form of salads, smoothies and whole-food snacks, like nuts and seeds. For protein, go for plant-based protein or if you must, small portions of lean meat. You’ll want a balanced approach to food to make sure that you get your required nutrients, including antioxidants like vitamin C and metabolism-boosting micronutrients, like B vitamins.