So you have now completed your preparation and ready to begin your program.
Day 1 Elimination
Today you should start eliminating the starches from your diet – take out the bread, rice, pasta – plus all other processed carbohydrates. This includes cakes, pastries, muffins, sugary drinks, sweets, and basically any product containing flour or sugar.
Check out my groceries and more info about processed carbs below.
WATCH – Brett’s Detox Groceries
It’s important to stock up with fresh food and snacks that you can have during your detox program, so here is a little video where I share what I have purchased for my own personal Detox program. I might help you think of what you could start buying more of.
Why Do We Remove Processed Carbs?
Not only do processed carbs addictive, irritate your gut, and cause inflammation, but they also destroy metabolic balance in your body.
You may have heard in the news over the last few years that Diabetes is on the rise. In fact, it has become a global epidemic and is one of the biggest health crises the world has ever seen.
One of the side benefits of completing the Herbal Detox program is weight management and this comes about largely through the elimination of simple processed carbohydrates.
The end result of prolonged processed carbohydrate use is what they call pre-diabetes. They estimate that up to 40% of the adult population could be suffering from this.
Controlling your blood sugar has many massive benefits to your health.
Day 2 Elimination
Today is the day for taking out your proteins. I’m making this easy for myself by making a huge pot of vegetable soup, which you can see in the video. To thicken it, I have used a tiny amount of red lentils, or you could use a little dahl, but this will be the last of the protein foods.
You will also need to take out meats, nuts, seeds, beans, eggs, cheese, and any other heavy protein foods that are not fruit or vegetables.
From this time onward you need to keep an eye on your toilet habits. Not the best topic to talk about but one which is very important! From here on your normal toilet habits may change at any time.
What to expect is a bit unknown. Some people may get loose, semi-fluid bowel movements, whereas others may get extra bulk and volume. Some may not get a movement for a few days even. Please be assured this is just a normal part of the process.
Remember to do that gentle exercise, even if it is some stretching and walking it’s worth it.
It’s time to look after number one!
Six Reasons To Avoid Meat
1. Early Death
A study involving 448,568 men and women over ten years found significant associations with processed meat intake were observed for cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and ‘other causes of death’.
2. Acidity and Inflammation
Current data suggests an association between the amount of dietary red meat and processed meat intake and levels of obesity-related inflammatory markers.
3. Cancer Connection
Processed meats have been directly linked to bowel cancer, one of the most common and lethal forms of cancer. Red meat is classified as probably carcinogenic to humans
4. Increased Stroke Likelihood
A high-protein diet might benefit health in some ways, but depending on what kind of protein a person consumes, it could raise their stroke risk too, suggests a large new study that found eating lots of red meat increases the likelihood of having a stroke.
High consumption of red meat, and specially processed meat, is associated with an increased risk of 32% for Diabetes.
6. Coronary Heart Disease
In one study we have a consistent picture for a reduction of Coronary heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension, in which risks appear to be lower in vegetarians, and some of the mechanisms are clear.
Alcohol and Coffee on your Detox
In this video, Brett talks about cutting back on alcohol and coffee during your detox. Detoxing your body can be hard enough without having to completely quit everything. It is better to quit one thing at a time and try one habit each year. It could be sugar, coffee, energy drinks, or any other emotional comfort eating drinking, or drug habit. Steady incremental change is the best way to make permanent improvements in your habits.
Day 3 Elimination
Today you should eliminate any other processed food which may be in your normal diet.
It’s out with the starches, proteins, grains, sugars, and meats. It’s all fruit, vegetables, juices, soups, and unsweetened yogurt from here on in!
If you can utilise organic food then even better as it is completely natural and untouched by chemical pesticides, fertilisers, additives, or affected by irradiation. If you can’t get organic then get your food from the local grocer and try and avoid the big stores if possible.
Today is a good day to start planning your shopping list for the days when you are taking your Detox capsules. There is a shopping list on page 15 in your user guide, but also find a link to the shopping list on our website below.
Remember your blender is your friend and it can produce some awesome smoothies like the Black Forest Berry smoothie below.
See a quick message about alcohol and coffee in the video below. The good news is, you don’t have to stop completely if you’re a regular drinker, but it’s important to cut right back.
Keep up the great effort, you are not alone in this.
Why you’re going onto whole-foods!
Your digestive system works in a similar way to your home garden compost heap. You throw your scraps on your compost and a little while later you have a nice pile of fertilizer come out the other end. The difference with your gut is that there’s a permeable membrane that filters out the good stuff, the nutrients that your body needs, and what is left behind becomes the compost. The process of digestion largely involves acid, enzymes, and bacteria of which there are literally trillions.
These micro-organisms exist in a subtle balance with each other and have to compete with thousands of unhealthy parasitic organisms, bacteria, worms, yeast, mold, and fungi. If our health organisms become deficient, then the unhealthy varieties move in for the kill. A very important point to remember about what you eat relates to this simple fact. Don’t eat anything that you wouldn’t throw on your compost heap because it simply won’t digest properly. For example, most factory processed foods are preserved with chemicals and these will upset your digestion. What we want to eat are foods that break down naturally like unprocessed fruits and vegetables. These feed the good varieties of microbes and are called prebiotics.
When detoxing it is very important to be well-stocked with the right foods. Now that you’ve completed your elimination diet you will ready to stock up for the next 14 days of herbal detox. We have created a list so click on the button below.
Look at all the great foods you can choose from: (Use organic where possible)
- Almond or rice milk
- Almonds (1 & 2-month plans only)
- Apple cider vinegar
- Bananas (1 & 2-month plans only)
- Blueberries & blackberries
- Broccoli and Cauliflower
- Brown rice (1 & 2-month plans only)
- Cacao (Raw)
- Cabbage red/white
- Capsicum (bell pepper)
- Chia seeds
- Coconut cream
- Coconut milk
- Coconut oil and desiccated coconut
- Coconut yogurt
- Corn on the cob
- Courgettes (Zucchinis)
- Dahl (1 & 2-month plans only)
- Dates & Figs
- Feta (1 & 2-month plans only)
- Fish sauce
- Fresh fish (1 & 2-month plans only)
- Kumara (sweet potato)
- Lemons and limes
- Mango and Passionfruit
- Milk, organic farm gate
- Miso, from health food stores
- Mung beans or Alfalfa sprouted
- Mushrooms, any type
- Olive oil, cold-pressed, extra virgin
- Oranges and squeezed orange juice
- Pickled onions and olives
- Pumpkin for soup
- Quinoa (1 & 2-month plans only)
- Soy sauce
- Spices & herbs including basil, cayenne pepper, chilli flakes, cilantro, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, curry powder, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, kaffir, mixed herbs, oregano, paprika, parsley, thyme, turmeric.
- Spinach & Silverbeet
- Spring onions
- Sundried tomatoes
- Tamarillo (Tree tomato)
- Tofu (1 & 2-month plans only)
- Tomatoes and tomato juice
- Yogurt, unsweetened
- Watermelon or Rockmelon
It’s time to get shopping, then you will 100% be ready to start your Herbal detox program.
Continue with the Lead-in Days 1-4 Here