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Detox your lifestyle

Much has been written about detox and liquid diets. Many produce amazing results, however, I’d recommend caution in following them, as liquid and detox diets often have many key nutrients missing, suggests Heath Matthews.

health and fitness Updated: Aug 24, 2009 15:03 IST
Heath Matthews

Much has been written about detox and liquid diets. Many produce amazing results, however, I’d recommend caution in following them, as liquid and detox diets often have many key nutrients missing. They are usually very low calorie diets and results achieved are often at the cost of one’s health.

Speak to a nutritionist or health professional before going on such a diet. Also, research it well and know the risks involved.

If you feel your body needs to be cleansed, first aim to clean up your lifestyle and switch to a healthier way of life. Assess your diet. Are you getting enough fresh fruits, vegetables, water and protein? Cut back on cooking oil, fried food and excess starch (potato, wheat and rice). Substitute sunflower oil with olive oil, full cream milk with low fat milk, steamed vegetables with boiled ones, fried with grilled, processed wheat with wholegrain instead.
Here’s a sample of a healthy diet:

Breakfast (7 am)
2 slices of whole wheat bread/toast with crushed boiled egg whites (season with spices).
Vegetarians can have 2 slices of whole wheat bread/toast with peanut butter.
1 glass fresh fruit juice (250 ml).

Mid morning snack (10 am)
500 ml fruit juice/water with 1 scoop whey protein isolate powder (strawberry flavour).
Vegetarians should make sure their protein shake is derived from plant sources and not eggs.

Lunch (1 pm)
150 g of grilled chicken (vegetarians can have lentil dal cooked with olive oil) with steamed basmati rice (4 table spoons) and fresh salad (as much as you want).
1 glass water (250 ml) or fruit juice.

Evening snack (4 pm)
2 pieces of fruit/raw carrot/celery.
1 glass of water (250 ml).

Dinner (8 pm)
Grilled/steamed chicken or fish.
Small portion of steamed rice.
Vegetarians can have a paneer dish cooked with olive oil and 250 ml of yoghurt with honey.
Salad/steamed vegetables like spinach, carrots, and broccoli.
Your choice of fresh fruit juice, water or herbal tea .
It is recommended to supplement your diet with multivitamins, vitamin C and B complex, and Omega 3 and 6 tablets. Consult your doctor regarding the dosage. In case of special health needs like high blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes check with your doctor about what you should not eat.
Once you start eating healthy, you can start experimenting with dishes, but stick to the principles of healthy preparation. A common misconception is that one feels tired and lethargic while on a diet. In truth, a good diet leaves you feeling energised, revitalised and light.