20 Detoxifying Foods And A Plan Your Body Will Love

20 Detoxifying Foods And A Plan Your Body Will Love

Here are 20 detoxifying foods and a plan your body will love! Think of these as tools to help rid your body of junk that's holding you back from feeling and looking great. I like to think of toxins as road blocks. If you've been eating a less-than-healthy that makes it difficult to remove the road blocks, you're going to have a really hard time losing weight. Road blocks can happen anywhere - the liver, stomach, intestines, blood, etc.

Swapping out toxic for foods that have a cleansing effect is a step in the right direction. Most people have no idea how good they could feel until their body has eliminated some of the toxins lurking around. If you've been struggling with weight loss despite eating copious amounts of healthy food and getting in a reasonable amount of exercise, this might be helpful. No matter

who you are, you have toxins in your body. Toxins are in the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. Even the healthiest of people have some degree of toxicity. It's unavoidable, but much of it is preventable.

20 Detoxifying FoodsBell PeppersThe next time you go shopping, load your cart up with a few of these foods. All of these foods do a great job "handcuffing" toxins and dragging them out of your body. They also add value via nutrients back to your body that are absorbed and used for energy, increasing metabolism and generally making you feel great.

 

  • Apples
  • Avocado
  • Beets
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrotscarrot
  • Cilantro (extremely effective and my personal favorite)
  • Dandelion Greens/Dandelion Root Tea
  • Flaxseeds (freshly ground - no whole or store-bought ground)
  • Garlic (preferably raw)
  • Grapefruit
  • Green Tea
  • Lemons
  • Parsley
  • Peppers (any type)
  • Pineapple
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes

Don't forget about these great detoxifiers, too:

So what should you avoid?
If you want to really make an effort at eliminating toxins from your body, try avoid the following foods entirely for a full two weeks to really notice a change in now just how you feel, but also how you look!

  • Refined Sugar: juices, sodas, cookies, candy, ice cream, sorbets, syrups, many condiments, sugary yogurts, etc.
  • White Flour: pastries, store-bought breads, pretzels, etc.
  • Most "Diet" Foods: just about anything labeled light, low fat, no fat, fat free, sugar free
  • Many Cooking Oils: corn oil, canola oil, soybean oil
  • Packaged Snack Foods (containing MSG): chips, salted nuts, cheesy crackers, etc.
  • Alcohol

Try to eliminate these foods for two weeks - just for the detox period. Afterward, if your body feels good, you can start bringing these foods back:

  • Dairy (eggs, too)
  • Caffeine
  • Gluten* (barley, rye, wheat)
  • Corn*

*Consider staying off corn and gluten for a longer period of time.

Right now, half of you (if not more) are rolling your eyes, cursing at me or saying something like "What else is there to eat?" or "What am I supposed to eat for the rest of my life? Lettuce?"

Here's a sample day of a healthy home-spun detox menu:

EARLY AM:
12 oz room temp or warm lemon water

BREAKFAST:
green tea, dandelion root tea or rooibos tea
oatmeal made with no sugar added almond milk + 1 small handful raw nuts + stevia+ cinnamon

SNACK:
12 oz water
vegetables + homemade hummus (see recipe below)

LUNCH:
8 - 12 oz water
salmon + spinach + quinoa+ olive oil + any vegetables you would like to add

SNACK:
green tea, dandelion root tea or rooibos tea
clean pumpkin granola bar cookies (sans chocolate chips)

DINNER:
8 - 12 oz water
Red Lentil & Sweet Potato Stew (love this recipe)

A couple tips:

  • Don't eat to capacity. That's just not good.
  • Drink lots of water, but make sure you drink it about 10 - 15 minutes before you eat.
  • Expect cravings. If you've eaten a lot of sugary foods (even fruity yogurts) or consumed caffeine, it's not uncommon to have cravings, or even headaches (caffeine withdrawal).

The goal is to get your body as free and clear of toxins as possible. We all have a life, and eating "pure" each and every day doesn't always fit into the picture. After you're detoxified, try to maintain it as much as you can. It's ok to make exceptions everyone in a while, but get back on track as soon as possible.

ABOUT TRACI
Traci is a nationally-recognized health and fitness coach, and the current coach working with Steve Harvey's Bridal Bootcamp. Traci has also been featured on Dr. OzThe TODAY Show, in SHAPE, SELF and local news programs. Her specialty is weight loss through clean eating and interval-style training. Traci is available for private coaching and corporate consulting. To contact Traci, please email traci@tracidmitchell.com. 

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