So you think your diet is reasonably healthy and the exercise routine is established? Great work. Now you’re ready to excel at the next level. Phase two toxin elimination will require some organisation but nothing outside your capability. If you have read or even completed the liver cleansing diet then this will be easy for you. There is no need to buy the books by Sandra Cabot that explain how to do this diet, although I must say they are excellent. My advice: follow the easy plan I have formulated for my own personal use, then when you are looking and feeling fabulous and attract that well paid job you can afford to go out and buy those books. Eight weeks of self-indulgence is all you require to completely detox and improve your health and life. I’ve been following this diet once a year for the previous ten years and will continue to do so.
The diet in a nutshell:
• Avoid red meat, dairy foods, animal fats, fried food and any processed food for the full 8 weeks.
• During the middle 4 weeks you also need to avoid egg yolk, chicken and in exchange to increase your intake of fish, vegetables, fruit, bread, rice and pasta.
• Steam, bake or stir fry using only good oils like olive, sunflower or canola oil.
• Drink lots of water, and begin each day with fresh fruit juice or a squeeze of lemon or orange juice in water.
You can drink coffee, tea and wine but in very limited quantities. If you are prone to overindulgence then I would suggest you switch coffee to dandelion root tea, and switch black tea to green tea or other herbal tea. If you need milk then use soy milk. Limit alcohol to one glass of wine, but obviously eliminating alcohol completely during a detox diet will produce better results, especially if you are detoxing from alcohol!
The reason I used the phrase ‘eight weeks of self-indulgence’ earlier is because I found that to be the easiest way to approach this diet. I bought only foods from the supermarket that are allowable on the diet and really focused on the ones I really liked. For me the indulgence was for seafood (even the cheapest fish is great), vegetarian Indian curries (without the ghee), fresh Asian stirfry fish and vegetables (and chicken during the first and last two weeks), Italian pastas (tomato based) and crunchy salads. Many Japanese dishes are perfect for this diet. If you don’t like fish then I suggest using tofu since it soaks up any flavours during cooking.
Spices and herbs can be used liberally so there’s no need to bore your taste buds. I made my own naan bread and taking wraps for lunch is great. The great thing about curries, pasta sauces and soups is that they can be made in bulk and frozen so you always have a good stock of food you can access quickly when food cravings strike.
Tip: Recipes for everything are easy to obtain over the internet and are free. Before commencing this diet it’s a good idea to plan your menus in advance and cook and freeze in bulk. Good planning is the key.
The following example diet works for me every time. I hope you like it too.