Another holiday weekend passes into pleasant memory leaving behind a few extra pounds and a recurring bout of acid reflux. Excerpted from my book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Detoxing Your Body, I offer you a weekend body detox that will help to counter any excess you were forced to partake of over a recent vacation. If this is your first detox experience you may want to begin more slowly and take a few weeks to work up to a weekend of fasting. This way you won’t have to experience any withdrawal symptoms that may happen when eliminating certain foods to quickly.
Your weekend detox will begin on a Friday evening, so start your preparations on the Monday before. Be prepared to remove one food a day from your regular diet by having a whole-foods alternative ready to replace what you removed. This is what it can look like:
Monday: Eliminate all dairy products such as cheese, milk, and yogurt. Substitute nondairy nut and rice milks, rice cheese, and soy yogurt.
Tuesday: Eliminate all wheat and flour products, such as bread, baked goods, soy sauce, and pasta. Substitute whole non-gluten grains such as brown rice, quinoa, millet, amaranth, and buckwheat.
Wednesday: Eliminate all refined sugar products and artificial sweeteners, including cookies, cakes, candy, soda pop, diet soda, and ice cream. Eliminate foods containing the excitotoxins: MSG and hydrolyzed vegetable protein. Substitute with raw honey, maple syrup, rice syrup, and stevia in small amounts.
Thursday: Eliminate wine, beer, and all forms of alcohol, as well as regular and decaffeinated coffee and teas. Substitute fresh vegetable juices, herbal tea, pure water, homemade nut and seed milks, fresh lemon juice and water, herbal teas, grain coffee, and unsweetened cranberry juice.
Friday: Eliminate pasteurized fruit juice. Substitute fresh organic fruit and vegetable juice. Try having one 8-ounce glass a day.