Hippocrates was right – You are what you eat!

Your physical body is the result of what you put into it, but perhaps our thoughts and feelings also reflect what we feed ourselves.

Before we outline the herbal detox diet foods, let’s briefly discuss the damage bad food can do.

Food Toxicity

Processed food is a major contributor to our toxic load. We all know about smoking, drinking, and drugs causing toxicity and health problems. We also widely accepted that the over-consumption of too much fat and sugar causes metabolic problems like obesity, diabetes and eventually heart disease.

What we often overlook is the hidden dangers of everyday processed foods in our diet. The simplest processed foods can contain additives that can potentially damage our health.

This very short video shows briefly how food toxicity can affect us.

Find out more about Food and other Toxicity

 

 

 

HERBAL DETOX FOODS

Detox food

Since modern food is a major source of our toxin build up, a return to raw, whole and unprocessed food is an important part of the DETOX program. You will get detailed recipes along with your program, but below is a short list of foods I suggest you can use while completing the Ultimate Herbal DETOX.

This page is only a snapshot of the complete diet but it does include many of my favorites.

 

DETOX JUICES

Orange juice in a glass
Juice combinations could contain the following: Apple, Beetroot, Capsicum (Bell Pepper), Carrot, Celery, Grape, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mango, Noni, Orange, Papaya, Pear, Pineapple, Pomegranate, Tomato, Wheatgrass or Barley Grass.

I recommend getting fresh organic produce and making your own juice but if this is not practical then simply get the best juice you can buy which does not have added sugar. Freshly squeezed juice is best with some of the fiber retained.

Rather than buying or squeezing juice, or even using a juicer, you can simply use a high-speed blender to make a pure fruit smoothie, which is much more nutritious than juice alone.

Check out my Pure Orange Juice recipe

DETOX SMOOTHIES

Green Smoothie


This is a great way to start your day. Just take your favorite fruit (sorry no bananas as they are too starchy for this program) and fruit juice and add some organic plain yogurt. Throw in some of our BodiTune DETOX ‘n SLIM protein powder for more energy.

I personally like to alternate between Green Smoothies and Berry Smoothies, with the odd Orange and Cacao smoothie thrown in.

Check out my favorite Green Smoothie

DETOX FRUIT SALADS

Detox Fruit Salad Bowel
Try combining different fruit including Oranges, Lemons, Pears, Nectarines, Plums, Peaches, Pineapple, Kiwifruit, Apples, Mangoes, Cherries, Prunes, Apricots, Papaya, Watermelon, all Berries, (no Bananas as they are too starchy).

You can dress your fruit salad with plain unsweetened yogurt (or whipped cream), Dried Blueberries, Dates or Raisins and sprinkle with Cinnamon.

The simpler the better!

Try my super easy Chocolate and Pineapple Dessert

 

DETOX VEGETABLE SALADS

Fresh Mediterranean Salad


These can include Avocado, Basil, Bean Sprouts, Beetroot, Broccoli, Cabbage, Capsicum (Bell Pepper), Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery, Chives, Coriander (Cilantro), Cucumber, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Olives, Parsley, Rocket, Spring Onion, Tomato, and any green leafy vegetable. Dress with Garlic, Yogurt, Lemon Juice, cold pressed Olive Oil, Pesto, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Herbs.

You could add a little homemade Hummus when doing a gentle detox.

My Favorite in the summer is this Mediterranean Salad 

 

LIGHTLY STEAMED OR STIR-FRIED VEGETABLES

Eggplant Stir Fry
Any of the vegetables above can be used plus Pumpkin, Parsnip, Eggplant (Aubergine), Zucchini (Courgette, Marrow), Sweet Potato, Mushrooms, Carrot, Leek, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Spinach, Kale, Silverbeet, and Spinach.

Adding herbs and spices into your detox diet really helps your digestion and the elimination of toxins. I particularly recommend Thai, Chinese and Indian Curry, and Chili dishes.

Try my version of Green Coconut Curry

DETOX SOUPS

Spicy Tomato Soup

Soups are a great way to detox, as you can make a large pot of vegetable soup and have it for three nights running. No meat is allowed but vegetable soups can contain any of the above-mentioned vegetables. They must be made without flour, barley or split peas. I really like mushroom, tomato or pumpkin soups.

Check out my favorite soup recipe

 

SNACK IDEAS

Celery sticks with a little Hummus, Carrot sticks with Guacamole (Avocado and Garlic dip), Asparagus, Cucumber or Beetroot. Plus Prunes, Dates, Figs, Raisins, Olives, Gherkins or Pickled Onions are all OK in small amounts.

A combination of all of these foods along with the Ultimate Herbal DETOX can relieve your body of years of build up and help you to lose any excess weight that may also have accumulated.

Keep it simple, pure and alive and you can’t go wrong.

Brett Elliott ®