How to Detox Your Body!!

28 Sep

Why would one perform a detox, you may ask?

Well, a detox works to eliminate excess chemicals, hormones, and irritants that are hanging out in the body, all of which can come from both our environment and the things we eat and drink.

Our body is built wonderfully so that it will naturally get rid of these toxins, but sometimes it can become over-loaded and it does not get a chance to catch up. If you have been experiencing things like fatigue, gastro-intestinal issues (gas, bloating, heartburn), headaches, irritability,  sweet cravings, etc. it is very likely that these symptoms can be coming from irritants within your diet.

The detox that I mentioned a few days ago is a very simple 21 day elimination diet. The things that you avoid while on the diet are foods that commonly cause extra stress within the body when consumed. The foods that you will avoid include:

  • Dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, margarine, shortening)
  • Gluten (wheat, oats, rye, barley)
  • Corn and corn products (corn starch, corn flour, tortillas, chips and corn syrup)
  • Soy or products made from soy
  • Peanuts and peanut butter
  • Beef, pork, cold cuts, bacon, hot dogs, canned meat, canned tuna, sausage, shellfish
  • Caffeine, alcohol, and artificial sweeteners

The foods that are allowed are:

  • Herbal and green teas, 100% juice  (vegetable and fruit)
  • Gluten free grains like brown rice, wild rice, millet, quinoa, buckwheat, etc
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables (preferably organic)
  • Beans, peas and lentils
  • Fish (hopefully wild caught), and organic turkey, lamb and chicken
  • Eggs (organic, vegetarian fed)
  • Nuts and nut butters
  • Olive oil, coconut oil, flax seed, and fish oil

Things like vinegar, jelly/jam, crackers, mayo, natural sweeteners like honey, agave, maple syrup, high quality 60% or higher cocoa/chocolate etc are allowed as long as they do not contain ingredients that are  being eliminated. These more processed foods should ‘pepper’ your diet and the above foods should be the main components of meals.

My tips for detoxing:

  • Make extra time to feed yourself well. It is harder to ‘grab and go’ decent meal/snacks without setting aside a little extra time to prepare food.
  • Eat as much of your vegetables raw as possible for maximum nutrient delivery.
  • Focus mainly on whole foods (foods that are as close to the natural form that they were grown in). Try to limit boxed and pre-packaged foods as much as possible.

  • Try new things! After you start looking at ingredient labels, you are going to be seriously limiting a lot of foods that are VERY common in our American diet. On the other hand, doors are opened to try a lot of really awesome and delicious foods that you probably would have never tried before! Be adventurous!
  • Along with that, try new recipes. Try different cultures traditional foods!
  • Try to eat twice as many vegetables than fruits.
  • Accompany your 21 day detox with an anti-inflammatory protein powder or green drink. This will help expel toxins even quicker! I personally like to have a smoothie just about every morning while on the detox with fruit (banana), protein powder, fish oil, almond milk and Sunbutter (nut butter made with sunflower seeds), or an all-fruit smoothie with the powder.

Here are a few meals that I had while on my detox:

Black bean burgers with ketchup, mayo, tomatoes and avocado slices on top, side of roasted broccoli.

Hummus with rice crackers and carrots with steamed red potatoes with a cilantro drizzle.

My “cheesy” chicken and broccoli skillet. Recipe found here.

Broiled cod, and sides of my zesty potato salad, and more broccoli. I promise I didn’t only eat broccoli!!

Eggs scrambled with spinach and tomatoes topped with nutritional yeast and Applegate Farms chicken sausage.

Curried lentils with brown rice, falafel and sauteed rainbow chard.

Good snacks are:

  • Rice cakes with nut butter and jelly or dried fruit
  • Larabars
  • Nuts and dried fruit
  • Berries with dried coconut and slivered almond sprinkled on top
  • Rice crackers with guacamole
  • Hard boiled egg
  • Banana or apple with nut butter
  • A small smoothie
  • Rice based cereal like Puffins Rice puffs with non-dairy milk (almond, rice or coconut)

After the 21 days, you begin slowly reintroducing the foods that have been taken out, one week at a time (i.e. dairy one week, gluten the next week, etc). This way, you give your body plenty of time to react to the reintroduced category of food if you have a sensitivity to it. Things you want to look for are gas, bloating, change in sleep, change in mood, headache, change in bowel movements. If you experience any of these symptoms 3 hours after eating it (or immediately) or up to a week after eating it, you have a sensitivity to that type of food. This is how I determined I have a dairy intolerance and I’m getting a sneaky suspicion that corn is also a no-no for me. Now if you experience any of these things, you don’t have to avoid these foods forever. You will just know that whenever you eat them, you are going to pay the price.

This familiar diet is extremely helpful to get you feeling good again! You may not feel great the first week or so while changing your diet over. This is because all the toxins are being released into the bloodstream to get flushed out of your system.  In fact, you may feel quite yucky! Anything from just feeling not like yourself to flu-like symptoms. After the first week though, you should start having better energy, craving less sweets and have clearer thinking!

Try it for yourself! It is so rewarding and fun after you get the hang of it!

If you need any extra help with this, please feel free to leave a message or email me at I can help with questions if things are certain things are allowed or meal/snack ideas!

Now go get healthier and happier!!



6 Responses to “How to Detox Your Body!!”

  1. healthyexposures October 3, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    I found this really interesting and thoroughly informative! It was nice to read about someone detoxing, but still eating enough meals, and delicious meals, too. It’s definitely making me rethink detoxing as something I ought to have a go at 🙂

    • Kaleigh October 4, 2010 at 9:25 pm #

      I’m so happy this helped! There are a lot of really strict detoxes out there, but I feel like this one is just perfect. It is really crazy how well a person’s body can respond if you just take these certain things out and you are eating so few refined and processed foods. Good luck if you choose to do this and let me know if you need help!

  2. Holly October 7, 2010 at 8:13 pm #

    fab post dear! i love that this detox isn’t anything crazy – just good, whole foods and lots of paying attention to our bodies. it’s what we should ALL be doing – i may be doing this soon…

    • Kaleigh October 11, 2010 at 6:56 pm #

      Thanks girly! It is amazing how much the little changes make a difference! Let me know if you plan to start it! I’d love to hear about it 🙂


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