It is common to feel overwhelmed when going into your first Two Week Detox Program. It may seem like a lot of work, especially if you are not much of a chef and enjoy eating out. Luckily, there are wide variety of healthy and nutritious foods to choose from that you can enjoy while cleansing your body back to optimum health.
Detoxing is not synonymous with fasting. Dr. Nuzum is an advocate for using food as medicine to help your body heal and use its natural biological processes working from the inside out. When selecting your detox foods, choose fresh organic items as locally sourced as possible.
Animal proteins, legumes, seeds, nuts and grains are all excellent sources of protein while detoxifying your body. Dr. Nuzum recommends limiting protein to four to six ounces three times a day and not always sourcing it from animals. Seeds, nuts, quinoa and legumes are excellent vegetarian options for protein sources. Avoid highly processed meats, soy products and peanuts when possible.
Although limited, dairy and cheese is acceptable while on the detox program. Raw and unpasteurized are best because they have active enzymes that will not clog the liver, as pasteurized dairy products do. You will want to keep your raw dairy intake to a minimum or avoid it altogether. If you are a cheese addict, you can have raw mozzarella, cottage cheese or goat cheese every three days but limit it to two to three tablespoons per meal. If you are dealing with a chronic illness or a inflammatory process, avoidance of dairy altogether is advised.
You cannot go wrong with any green foods that you can get your hands on. Include large amounts of broccoli, spinach, celery, sprouts, cucumbers, kale and green beans. Green foods are rich in chlorophyll that works with the body to eliminate chemical toxins, pesticides, herbicides and heavy metals.
Colors of the Rainbow
Any and all vegetables are going to be welcomed on this detox. When you sit down to a meal, the more variety in color on your plate, the better. Dr. Nuzum recommends that 60% of your meals are vegetables and of that 50% be eaten raw. Some of our favorites are broccoli sprouts, asparagus, artichokes and beets due to their powerful detoxifying properties.
Look through your cabinets and throw out any vegetable or canola oil. They are harmful to your body and shouldn’t be cooked with whether you are detoxing or not. For cooking at higher temperatures, opt for avocado oil that has a smoking point of 520 degrees fahrenheit. For medium temperatures, coconut oil can be used up to 350 degrees. When making salad dressings and for use on cold items integrate olive, almond and grapeseed oils into your diet. Adding variety allows you to get the benefits of healthy fats and minerals that each of these oils can offer to your body.
All herbs and spices are welcome on this journey for vitality for life! Just because you are actively detoxing your body doesn’t mean that your food needs to be lacking in flavor. However, do avoid adding seasonings that have added salt, MSG, or sugar..
You cannot go wrong with adding fresh herbs to your meals, or even to your smoothies. Parsley and cilantro are powerful additions to any meal that aids in detoxifying the body of heavy metals, chemical waste and removes toxic build up in the kidneys. Consider adding a windowsill herb garden for ease of access to fresh delicious herbs year round.
Enjoy cooking with bountiful amounts of garlic and onions. Their sulfur compounds enhance the liver’s detoxification pathways and are antimicrobial in nature. Garlic and onions are incredible for adding flavor to your meals without added calories and aid in killing viruses and bacteria that may exist in your gut. It is important to note, if you suffer from acid reflux or frequent heartburn large amounts of garlic and onions may trigger a reaction. If you experience discomfort, avoid using garlic and onions for the first part of your detox until your body has had a chance to begin its healing process.