Sunday, March 31, 2013

Detox Diet

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I am sure that from the title that you are wondering what in the world is a detox diet.  Let me explain...I have food allergies and while away I ate things that I don't normally eat, not necessarily things I was allergic to, just things outside our normal diet.  I spoke to my doctor about it and she suggested a detox. It is where I eliminate foods and introduce more vegetables.  This would help clear all of those things from my body as well as cleanse it.  I convinced my husband to do this with me, his biggest concern was the giving up of caffeine, mainly coffee.  He did decide to do this with me after talking to him about the importance of eliminating caffeine.

Below you will see what the plan calls for as well as what we ate for the last 7 days. 

This is what the plan calls for:

Foods to Eat:

fresh or frozen fruits
unsweetened, natural juice
dried fruit, unsweetened, in limited amounts, such as cranberries, dates, raisins, goji berries

Vegetables thought to be particularly good detox foods include broccoli, cauliflower, broccoli sprouts, onions, garlic, artichokes, beets, and dark leafy greens such as kale, collard greens, and swiss chard.
sea vegetables, including kelp, nori sheets, wakame

Grains and Starches:
rice, especially brown rice
wild rice
whole grains are preferred, but products made from the above may be allowed, such as brown rice pasta, pure buckwheat noodles, rice crackers, and bread

Beans and Legumes:
split yellow and green peas
adzuki beans

Nuts and Seeds:
sunflower seeds
pumpkin seeds
sesame seeds
chia seeds
hemp seeds, hemp nuts
coconut, especially young coconuts
nut and butter made only with allowed ingredients
peanuts and peanut butter - usually not recommended
choose unsalted, raw nuts and seeds

cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil
hemp oil
flax oil
chia oil
almond oil
avocado oil
coconut oil
safflower, sesame, and sunflower oils in limited amounts (due to omega-6 fatty acids)

"milks" - made from allowed foods, such as rice milk, almond milk, hemp milk
coconut milk - except canned coconut milk
herbal teas
green tea
lemon water
unsweetened juice made from allowed fruits and vegetables
mineral or seltzer water - in limited amounts

stevia (liquid)

apple cider vinegar
miso - small amounts
black olives
lemons and limes
fresh and dried herbs and spices
cacao powder and cacao nibs
carob powder
sea salt
wheat free tamari - in limited amounts

Animal Protein:
organic turkey
organic chicken
wild, cold-water fish, such as Alaskan salmon
wild game, such as venison, buffalo, ostrich

Daily Detox Do's:
Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water per day
Take the time to chew food well

Top Detox foods: Pomegranate, arugula, lemon, seaweed, cabbage, quinoa, blueberries, wheat grass, beets, ginger, cauliflower, green tea.


Dairy Products and Eggs:
cottage cheese
sour cream
yogurt and kefir
ice cream and frozen yogurt

wheat products containing wheat, such as pasta and bread

refined sugar
any white sugar
any brown sugar
high-fructose corn syrup
evaporated cane juice
artificial sweeteners

All gluten-containing grains, including wheat, barley, rye, spelt, triticale, kamut, couscous, bran, and farina

soy milk
soy yogurt
soy sauce
soy protein powder

Coffee and Caffeinated Beverages:
soft drinks

Here are the foods that we purchased to supplement what we already had in the freezer:
sweet potatoes
almond flour
unsweetened coconut
pumpkin seeds
sunflower seeds
silvered almonds
gluten free tortillas (we used a brown rice tortilla made by Food for Life)
green tea (I am allergic to green tea but my husband drank this)
hemp hearts

Day 1: Actually ate out for lunch but had a salad from the salad bar with lots of greens including spinach, all vegetables that are allowed and some oil and vinegar.  Dinner was the Chicken Noodle Soup.

Day 2: Breakfast - Oatmeal (steel cut oats) with nuts, a little honey and some raisins, Lunch  - a big salad, Dinner  -  Chicken with tomatoes, artichokes with quinoa and asparagus.

Day 3: Breakfast - leftover oatmeal with nuts, a little honey and some raisins.  Lunch - ground turkey cooked and placed on a tortilla with hummus, arugula, tomatoes.  Dinner - Tortilla wrap with salmon, arugula, hummus.

Day 4 - Breakfast  - Paleo breakfast bars.  Lunch - huge salad.  Dinner - chicken sausage (no sugar added), baked sweet potatoes and salad.

Day 5 - Breakfast - paleo breakfast bar. Lunch - huge salad. Dinner - we ate out at a asian restaurant where we ordered chicken with vegetable (no sauce) mine actually came with rice noodles.

Day 6 - Breakfast - paleo breakfast bar with almond butter. Lunch - huge salad.  Dinner - cabbage pineapple salad, and green salad.

Day 7 - Breakfast - paleo breakfast bar with almond butter. Lunch - tortilla with turkey, hummus, adzuki beans and greens. Dinner - Baked salmon with roasted cauliflower and salad.

I apologize for not having pictures of everything.

Paleo Breakfast Bars
1 cup blanched almond flour

  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup hemp hearts
  • ¼ cup blanched slivered almonds
  • ¼ cup raisinsIn a food processor combine almond flour and salt.  Pulse in coconut oil, honey, water and vanilla. Pulse in coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almond slivers and raisins.  Press dough into an 8 x 8 inch baking dish, wetting your hands with water to pat dough down. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.  Make sure that you cool them completely before cutting otherwise it will make them crumbly. 
Baked Chicken with Tomatoes and Artichokes
2 boneless chicken breasts
1 can unsalted, chopped tomatoes
1 can plain artichokes, drained
Dried basil, garlic, parsley
Add chicken breasts to casserole dish, dump can of tomatoes and artichokes over top.  Add herbs to the amount that you would like and bake in a 350 degree Fahrenheit  oven for about 30 minutes or until done. 

Lunch/Dinner Turkey Wrap
1 brown rice tortilla, warmed in microwave for about 30 seconds.  Spread with homemade hummus, top with spinach, arugula and some lettuce (be generous), top with a cooked ground turkey patty (place a spoonful of ground turkey into a skillet (no oil) and cook until done, pressing flat to help cook.  Slice turkey patty in half and add to tortilla.  I also added when cooking turkey one day a little bit of cumin, and curry.  Add 1 sliced avocado.  Sprinkle with some salt and pepper.

Cabbage and Pineapple Salad
1 small head of cabbage cut into chunks
1 fresh pineapple, cut into bite sized pieces

Salad with all kinds of vegetables, adzuki beans and some of the cabbage, pineapple salad.

Baked Salmon with Roasted Cauliflower
1/2 head of cauliflower cut into small pieces
olive oil
salt, pepper, garlic powder
2 salmon filets
Place cauliflower onto a baking sheet.  Drizzle with a little but of olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic.  Place in a 425 degree Fahrenheit oven and bake for about 15 minutes.  Turn cauliflower over and bake for another 15 minutes.

Place salmon onto a cookie sheet, sprinkle with a little bit of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place into oven to cook while the cauliflower is cooking.  The salmon will not take very long to cook at this oven temperature so keep an eye on it, you don't want it over cooked.

Snacks:  For snacks we found that a handful of nuts, a couple of dried figs, or one date rolled in unsweetened coconut satisfied a sweet tooth and satisfied the urge to snack.

Personal notes:  We both thought that we would be excited to add certain things back into our diet.  This morning I had an egg (omelet with hummus and arugula) but it didn't satisfy me like I thought it would and it seems to be just sitting in my stomach.  My husband had a cup of coffee after having a mug of green tea and told me that he realized that he was drinking coffee just to drink it, he never tasted it.  So now he said that he will sip and enjoy the flavor of his coffee each morning.  We will continue to eat more vegetables, cut out bread (gluten) and probably sweets.  Also with this just being a week long, we will continue to eat this way.  We both feel good (more energy) and I lost a little bit of weight.  The weight part was an added bonus but not the point of this whole detox.

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