Detox: Back To Healthy Habits


There’s no fresh start than getting your body into shape with some exercise and a detox. A detox flushes out all the toxins and unhealthy foods we tend to load on during the holidays. Your body will thank you for it, you’ll feel lighter and your skin will benefit as well.

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Dietician Ashleigh Caradas says, “A detox gives your digestive system a break. It can take 3 to 7 days but make sure if you detox and eat clean, don’t go back to your bad habits. Aim to maintain a healthy balanced diet.”

Foods to avoid:

  • Alcohol
  • Cigarettes
  • Milk products (except ½ cup unsweetened yoghurt such as plain yoghurt each day)
  • Sugar, honey, maple syrup or any artificial sweeteners
  • Coffee
  • Grains: such as wheat (bread, biscuits, cakes, pasta), rye, barley, oats, spelt and rice
  • Dried fruit

Foods to eat:

  • Fruit: any and all fresh fruit
  • Vegetables: any and all fresh vegetables
  • Fish: fresh, canned in water or olive oil
  • Lean red meat, chicken (without the skin). Limit to two serves per week.
  • Legumes: dried or canned, such as kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils
  • Eggs: preferably organic
  • Olive oil (preferably extra virgin), Coconut oil (unprocessed)
  • Nuts: raw unsalted almonds, walnuts, macadamias and cashews
  • Seeds: raw unsalted sesame, pumpkin and sunflower seeds
  • Green tea, white tea, weak black tea (decaffeinated)
  • Water: from one to three litres of water per day

Make sure to also exercise at least an hour a day to sweat like jogging, spinning, or any high cardio exercise as vigorous exercise increases circulation to help sweat out toxins.

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