This page includes an excerpt from my book Detoxify Your Body, Lose Weight, Get Healthy & Transform Your Life - Volumes 1-3.
When I talk about a cleansing diet, I am referring to a calorie restriction menu that will help the body purge itself of toxins in the bloodstream and digestive system. This regimen can also help to initiatet weight loss, approximately two-to-four pounds daily.
In this page, my discussion will focus on using the diet in preparation for fasting for weight loss and detoxification.
If you have been eating poorly and/or excessively, your fasting efforts will go a lot further if you prepare your body for 7-14 days prior to the fast via a cleansing diet. This means removing from your diet any and all junk, greasy and sugary foods that you are accustomed to eating.
The removal of these toxic foods will send your body into ultimate detoxification mode, and it will work hard on your behalf to eliminate the filth that keeps you from experiencing optimal health and wellness. Of course, usual offenders that must be eliminated in this cleansing diet are sugars, starches (enriched flour) and saturated fats.
These include but are not limited to pastries, candy, white rice, white bread, soda pops, butter, frying oil, cheeseburgers, pizza, etc Stay away from then for 7-14 days before you start fasting. If you are going to use this cleansing diet without fasting, you can follow it for as long as necessary; 30 days is average, although I have heard of people who stay on it for several months for continued weight loss and ultimate body detox cleansing.
Cleansing Diet: Banned Foods
Foods to Limit During Cleansing Diet
Starting The Cleansing Diet
Starting immediately, eliminate ALL of these foods and beverages from your diet... period. This is the beginning of the process. For now, continue to eat whatever else you have been eating EXCEPT for the foods that are listed above. I want you to take a full step forward and discontinue eating any and all junk, not just during the cleansing diet, but for good.
That's the whole point of our work together, right? To help you achieve measurable improvements in your health. So cut it all out. Do not eat even a little of them anymore. I mean Nothing, No More, Finito, Nada! You are taking the monumental step of removing ALL toxic foods from your diet.
I use the word 'monumental' because, in truth, you are now in the minority.
The majority of people live their whole lives and NEVER confront their eating behaviors. So, by following this cleansing diet, you are taking a big step forward in the transformation of your life and health.
Eat SIX Times DailyEating smaller meals with greater frequency, totaling six meals per day, is one of the strategies that helped me to expel the most intestinal debris, keep my energy levels up and even accelerate weight loss.
I would strongly encourage you to observe the banned foods list during the cleansing diet, as well as change your eating structure to one of six smaller meals. This method will accelerate your metabolism, meaning that the body can process and expel toxins faster and more efficiently.
But, dont worry this cleansing diet doesnt have to be hard. The six-meals-per-day structure includes breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, mid-afternoon snack, dinner and evening snack. The metabolism is like a fire. Let me give you an analogy to illustrate.
Imagine that you were stranded in a very cold place and need to keep a fire burning to survive the night. Would you be better off dumping a huge amount of firewood at once, or would the fire burn longer and keep you warmer if you added small amounts of wood frequently? Of course, the answer is the latter. The more frequently you eat during the cleansing diet (observing the banned foods list), the better you will feel and the more energy you will have.
Consequently, the metabolism will work evenly and continuously, which results in faster weight loss and elimination of toxins. Having larger meals with less frequency is like dumping a large amount of wood into the fire. You will get one heck of blaze initially, but it will die out sooner and not provide as much heat (energy) as it would if you added wood more sparingly.
This is what causes the monster cravings that keep people trapped in binging and overeating for years. If you want to disconnect the cravings and succeed in your cleansing diet, eat more frequently. To help you see how this works, here is a sample menu from a typical day in my life:
Sample Cleansing Diet MenuBreakfast 8:00 AM
1 Cup of Oatmeal with 1 Cup Skim Milk, a Handful of Raisins or Plums
Mid-Morning Snack 10AM
1 Apple or Pear Mixed With One Cup of Nonfat Yogurt (Plain) OR, ONE Apple, Pear, Banana or Other Fruit
Lunch - Noon
Big salad with lettuce, tomato and other veggies you may like. For dressing, use olive oil (no more than 1 teaspoon) and balsamic vinegar.
Mid-Afternoon Snack 3PM
Same as before - I usually have a piece of fruit mixed with yogurt. At this time in the afternoon, I also drink another cup of green tea. Green Tea has energy-boosting and body-heating properties. It will help to give you a pep as well as calm hunger pangs. In addition to green tea, seltzer water (sparkling water/club soda) is great to navigate hunger.
Six ounces of chicken, fish or ground turkey (I like to make turkey patties) Large salad as the one eaten for lunch
Evening Snack - 8PM
Big salad with 3OZ Chicken, Fish or Ground Turkey - No carbohydrates.
Water Fasting For The EveningOnce you eat the last daily meal, then you will be 'water fasting' until the following morning. In other words, ONLY WATER is allowed.
In this cleansing diet, you should not eat anything at least two hours prior to turning in. Sometimes I also take one 500 mg tablet of Tryptophan at night to help me sleep. Tryptophan is an awesome amino acid that helps to stabilize mood.
At this point I'm done eating for the day and drink only water until 8AM the following morning. Again -> NEVER EAT FOR THE LAST TWO HOURS BEFORE YOU GO TO BED. Do you ingest a large portion of your daily calories a few hours before bedtime?
When your body is at rest, all of your metabolic processes slow down so you dont burn as many calories as you would during the day while you are actively moving around.
When you eat large portions of food shortly before you go to bed, many of those calories are going to be stored as fat.
Unfortunately, some people eat very few calories all day long, then gulp down a large dinner and then munch on snacks all evening before they go to bed! Throughout the day they may have ingested 500 to 700 calories, and then 2,000 to 3,000 calories right before they go to bed. Bad idea!
Tape your mouth shut if you have to. But eat no more!As I said, this cleansing diet will do wonders if you do it for at least two weeks before you start fasting. Other people simply stay on the cleansing diet for a longer period of time until they reach their detox cleansing and/or weight loss goals. Whatever the case may be with you, I am certain that you will notice the results.
A Proper Cleansing Diet Can Produce The Same Weight Loss and Detox Cleansing Benefits Offered by Total Water or Juice Fasting. And It Does This By allowing The Person to Eat, Although At a Notably Reduced Capacity
The Big PictureIF you are new to fasting, then by all means a cleansing diet is the easiest way for you to practice fasting and start to experience the initial signs of body detoxification. And a cleansing diet is not difficult to put together. The whole point of a cleansing diet is to cut out all of the crap that you have been eating and strip the diet to a bare minimum.
Let's take one more look at what we have outlined:
Sugar is out. Salt is out. Flour (enriched or ANY other type) is out, saturated fats are out, eggs are out (Egg Whites Only) bread, ice cream, pastries, cakes, bagels, cold-cuts (even deli), milk, alcohol, sodas, coffee/caffeine... they're all out.
Red meat is out and so are any other fatty meats as sausages, ground beef and hot dogs.
All bread is out, except for a single whole wheat piece here and there. No butter, no mayo, no mustard, no olive oil, no salad dressing (except for olive oil & balsamic vinegar). Fruit juices can be drunk is small quantities, and they have to be watered-down 50/50.
I am not saying that this is the ONLY WAY that a cleansing diet can be done, but I am absolutely certain that if you follow thes path, you are going to attain remarkable (and measurable results), just like I have time and again over the past 15 years.
Cleansing Diet Side EffectsI want to come straight ahead and tell you that this cleansing diet business, initially, will likely be no fun at all. The hunger and detox symptoms may be mild, moderate, but could very well spike to severe levels.
Many who embark in a cleansing diet are obese and, in reality, food addicts. I certainly was. And when you remove the 'goods' (the drug of choice) and the hours start to go by, the chills, nausea, mood swings, hallucinations (very rare), fever, vomitting, diarrhea and migraines emerge, symptoms very similar to those experienced by a person detoxing from drugs.
Detox symptoms while on a cleansing diet can persist for as long as 30 days. The good news is that their intensity will begin to wane after roughly 14 days, and rarely if ever does a person experience all of the ones that I've listed. Hunger is, by far, the most prevalent. The others will come and go, but will usually be at their peak in during the first two weeks.
What you have to keep in mind is that, even though you are feeling like crap, you are actually getting better. You must reframe your thinking and constantly remind yourself that the discomfort and hunger you are going through is going to help you detoxify, heal, lose weight and rejuvenate. That is the winning state of mind.The cleansing diet is, by far, one of the most powerful ways to take a body that is obese and toxic, and - in the course of several days - actually begin to see the firstfruits of a powerful and awe-inspiring metamorphosis.
It may not feel like much at first; you may have a lot of weight to lose. That is fine. Because at this moment, you are taking suggestions and learning to do things differently, for the benefit of your health, and for the benefit of all the people that love you and count on you in their lives.
The most important ingredient is willingness and relentlesness. You have to put on blinders like a horse. Look at absolutely nothing but the goal that you have before you; remind yourself of the reasons why it is important for you to reach it. Put it in writing and look at it constantly.
Life ImpactWhen you start to see results, when you realize that you are walking towards a solution to the health/weight issue, the detox symptoms, suddenly, won't be so important or even difficult to navigate. And, truthfully, they aren't. Any discomfort that you go through in this cleansing diet is minor in comparison to the huge benefits that you will receive in mind, body and spirit.
You will realize that what matters above all things is the newfound sense of peace, joy and wellness that you will feel. Doing this cleansing diet for 14 to 30 days can truly transform your health. Moreover, it will give you tremendous insight about who you are and what the weaknesses are that try to keep you from reaching your highest potential.Return From Cleansing Diet to Fasting and Cleansing MAIN.
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