Detox: What to Eat

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Drink a cup of warm water with the juice of 1/4 lemon, which stimulates the liver and helps release digestive enzymes. 

Have a cup of hot oatmeal with a cup of fruit and 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon. Drink a cup of green or black tea, if you wish. 

Midmorning Snack
If you're hungry, eat an organic apple or pear and 10 unsalted raw almonds. 

Eat a cup of legumes (lentils, split peas, beans, chickpeas), a cup of cooked brown rice or quinoa, and a cup of steamed vegetables (include the Brassica family, such as broccoli). For flavor, saute onion, garlic, ginger, and turmeric in a teaspoon of olive oil and add to food, but avoid salt. Drink a cup of digestion-boosting ginger or spice tea. 

Midafternoon Snack
If you're hungry, eat celery and carrot sticks with 2 tablespoons of hummus. 

Steam 2 cups of mixed vegetables; eat with a cup of brown rice. Use the same flavorings as lunch. Drink a cup of ginger tea. 

Before Bed
Drink a cup of warm water with lemon. Be in bed by 10 p.m.

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Comments (50)

  • JoeB 7 Mar, 2009

    I'm a guy and I'd like to do a detox. Should i increase my portion sizes or stick with what you list here?

  • KrystalDZ 10 Feb, 2009

    I just came across this plan recently so I am just starting it. The lunches are filling me up REALLY fast. Should I just stop eating or keep going or save it in case I get hungry later today?

  • bluegrassbassgirl 3 Feb, 2009

    The Stash Tea Company (www.stashtea.com) has lemon ginger caffeine free herbal tea (bags) that is quite good.

  • pastrypixie 22 Jan, 2009

    I will try it, I thought it had to be made with fresh ginger. Thanks.

  • khataclimici220 21 Jan, 2009

    Pastrypixie: you can pick up ginger tea at the grocery store, i prefer "Yogi Tea" brand. It can a bit spicy. I always put a teaspoon of soy milk in mine to take the edge off. :)

  • pastrypixie 21 Jan, 2009

    Can somebody give me some advice on making the Ginger Tea? I tried making some yesterday following the directions on the Martha Stewart website but it was really spicey hot. Is that how it is supposed to be? Also, does anyone else have a recipe for digestion boosting spice tea. It recommends drinking a cup after lunch on the first week. But I can't find a recipe for this tea.

  • Commit2Fit 14 Jan, 2009

    I started the plan late, but am hoping someone can still answer my question. One of the tips is to not eat raw veggies, but the midafternoon snack suggests celery and carrot sticks. That seems contradictory. Is it not a big deal since it's not a large quantity? I'm just curious.

  • guessica 14 Jan, 2009

    steel-cut oats are the best! made right, they taste perfectly creamy without dairy. the cooking time can be a turnoff, but we make them overnight in a small crock pot, and they're ready when we wake up in the morning.

  • bateaubus 13 Jan, 2009

    I use steel cut oats-I cook the largest serving size on the package directions on Sunday and portion it out all week.It is never slimey like rolled oats.

  • Rustshark 13 Jan, 2009

    When cooking Non-instant Oatmeal : If you bring the water to a boli THEN add oatmeal it tends to have more texture. IF you add the oatmeal to the cold water and bring it all to a boli it makes it "creamier'. Day-old oatmeal can be "fried" in a bit of non stick cooking spray till brown on each side then topped w/ peannut butter or honey similar to a pancake.

  • RegencyLass 12 Jan, 2009

    tdempsey, did you make your oatmeal with water or milk? I was brought up making it with water, and I hated oatmeal (slimy). Then I was told that eating oatmeal made w/ water was like eating corn flakes w/ water. Then I made a pot of rolled oats with fresh cows milk instead of water and it was much better!

  • tdempsey 12 Jan, 2009

    okay, i am a week behind. I want to do the detox, but i can't eat hot oatmeal. I don't like the taste or the texture. Is there something i can substitute?

  • mrsofficer 11 Jan, 2009

    Can I sub peanut butter for hummus? Im just getting started on Monday and I am not a fan of hummus, tried it before and the whole bottle went to waste. Thanks.

  • kayla1 9 Jan, 2009

    I am on my 5th day and also was wondering if you could roast the vegeables in the oven with garlic and olive oil. Eating the same thing everyday is getting tough

  • guessica 9 Jan, 2009

    all - is it allright to roast the vegetables with a little oil instead of steaming them, just for variety's sake? or does that change the vegetables in some way we don't want?

  • Danaid 8 Jan, 2009

    I'm cutting out milk altogether(I take high dose of calcium Dr. prescribed). But you can get unsweetened almond milk. I like the flavors of the oatmeal/fruit without added milk.

  • LadySith13 7 Jan, 2009

    I belive the whole week is vegetarian because it is the most natural and easy on your digestive system. you want to get al that meat that is rotting in your digestive tract out.

    Human digestive systems are not made for the levels of meat consumption that people today eat. Trust me you will feel really great after a week without eating animal products.

    If you have sinus issues or allergies, cutting out dairy will REALLY fix you up! Much better then taking tons of pills.

  • LadySith13 7 Jan, 2009

    I belive the whole week is vegetarian because it is the most natural and easy on your digestive system. you want to get al that meat that is rotting in your digestive tract out.

    Human digestive systems are not made for the levels of meat consumption that people today eat. Trust me you will feel really great after a week without eating animal products.

    If you have sinus issues or allergies, cutting out dairy will REALLY fix you up! Much better then taking tons of pills.

  • missnanny 7 Jan, 2009

    Oh my gosh. I too am a coffee fannatic amd I just gave it up all together. Well, the headaches are gone now but now I know what they were from. My advice is don't go clold turkey.Next time I'll know better

  • emschneider 7 Jan, 2009

    I also find the warm lemon water to be helpful in curbing my appetite. I still have to have my two cups of coffe in the a.m. though, trying to cut down to one. Haven't had a sugar craving yet. The legumes and vegetables have really kept me feeling full. Sofar so good - take one day at the time -

  • Danaid 7 Jan, 2009

    It's me again! I've read all the comments! Don't shoot yourself in the foot the first week! None of us lives in the ideal world, if we did we wouldn't have even made the commitment to work with this program. It's set up as guidelines! The detox method is setup to cleanse your colon without having the runs and getting the proper nutrition! Yes, there's alot of food and we are on the go, try to eat slowly with breakfast! Eat what you can, stop work appropriately, make time for yourself.

  • Danaid 7 Jan, 2009

    Hi again! For the coffee drinkers and I am among them, to a degree, do a slow withdrawal or you will get the migraines! Have a cup in the morning with your usual additives. But my suggestion is to buy a very good brand of coffee and start to cut out the specialty drinks, or cut down on sugar, if you use half and half start to ease off to whole milk, then low fat. Takes time to develop other taste sensations that you enjoy do that over the 5 weeks.

  • Danaid 7 Jan, 2009

    This has been difficult to start due to finishing holiday foods! But found that I didn't need to eat as much during the rest of the day, if I eat a large breakfast. I need a snack in the afternoon and at night more. The wam water is terrific!

  • Laurie_C 6 Jan, 2009

    For info. about cooking legumes and whole grains, cooking time charts and instructions are provided at http://www.vegparadise.com/charts.html . I can't eat all this food. Lst night I could only eat about half of the dinner!

  • slightlypale 6 Jan, 2009

    I just started the detox this morning, and boy does my oatmeal and fruit bowl look large! michabarno, I'm hoping what you're saying is right because I'm not sure I can down all this food at once before the "almost feeling full" point they say to stop at.

  • michabarno 6 Jan, 2009

    It seemed like a ton of food until I hit day one... Something about not having any carbs (the bread kind) or sugar all day made me *starving* by dinner time.

    For us coffee drinkers, it doesn't say ANYWHERE to quite cold-turkey. In fact, in the intro to this week it says that's a poor method. That's why day one is called "scale back". The only suggestion is to drink 1/3 the amount of coffee we had been drinking. Today's suggestion is to loose the milk.

  • dcottavia 5 Jan, 2009

    Hi everyone! Am I missing the detox do/don'ts? I am not seeing the list of items to eat/not eat. Assist please ... Thanks!

  • kayrob 5 Jan, 2009

    I can't drink water frist thing in the morning. Would having the water/lemon later in the morning have the same efect?

  • BodyPeace 5 Jan, 2009

    I agree about the raw food and I may just add in my daily salad without dressing along with the cooked veg.

  • emschneider 5 Jan, 2009

    I am like alot of you, can not give up my morning cups of coffee. I will try to keep it to one cup. Good luck to all of us.

  • kblessing 5 Jan, 2009

    I think that we can change this up and use the information as we see fit. I work afternoons and I will do what they say for the morning meal and lunch, but I will have to do what I can for the evening meal. I cannot just have things planned out like most people will. I do not work an office job and I will not have access to certain things, so I adapt them to meet the goal.

  • gardenbetty 5 Jan, 2009

    I will cut down on coffee but I will not give it up! so does anyone answer our questions or are we just left on our own?

  • jabajj 5 Jan, 2009

    For those of us who are coffee addicts, substituting it with tea 'cold turkey' is just not realistic. (Unless we want to spend the rest of the week with migraines.) It would be nice if the developers of programs like this would consider this and add suggestions for those of us who do live like the majority of the real world...

  • ThePhoenixx 5 Jan, 2009

    I see this is not meant for people who work nights....

  • writer45 5 Jan, 2009

    And is the entire week vegetarian?

  • gardenbetty 5 Jan, 2009

    are we eating the same thing for the whole week? I can not find a menu that says otherwise am I missing something?

  • graytraveler 5 Jan, 2009

    Try making soups.

  • dhbolen 4 Jan, 2009

    This seems like an awful lot of food to eat. I'm not sure I can eat this much. Can I cut back the amount but keep the same proportions? Or is the amount calculated to cleanse the body quickly?!

  • astre 4 Jan, 2009

    candymh, green tea or mint tea are digestive so would do the trick. Try to use good quality herbs for those. Taking the habit to drink green tea is important since it is full of antioxydants as well because it diminishes the risk of cancer.

  • astre 4 Jan, 2009

    Do not attemp this diet before consulting with your doctor especially if you are diabetic. Since there are very little proteins after midafternoon in this diet, you risk hypoglycemia (lack of sugar in your blood) during the night.
    The same advice is given to people with diverticulosis, etc...
    Always consult with doctor and pharmacist (some diets could interact with your medication regimen also).
    Don't do this diet for more than 1 week. Drink more liquids (exercise, baths equal deperdition)

  • candymh 3 Jan, 2009

    Ginger tea, not a real fan. Is it important? I am a coffee fanatic, what type of tea would work just as well?

  • KellyWhalen 3 Jan, 2009

    bubblygirl, I think they just mean after dinner, so as long as you eat around 6, you could have your drink at 7 and still be fine.

  • KellyWhalen 3 Jan, 2009

    I agree with others, try to do your best.
    If you can't use lemon, try apple cider vinegar. It has similar properties, though you may want to use less or add in a drop or two of honey to make it more appealing.
    If you can't get to bed by 10, try adjusting your sleeping schedule to make sure you get 8 hours.

  • bubblygirl 2 Jan, 2009

    I can't drink anything before bed or I pee all night, would it be okay to drink it three hours before bed?

  • xmaliksmom 2 Jan, 2009

    I am allergic to citric acid so i cannot drink the warm water and lemon juice are there any other suggestions the activate the liver?

  • joyseeker 2 Jan, 2009

    I go to nursing school and work full-time second shift at the hospital, so my schedule is a mess. Any suggestions for someone like me, who can't adhere to a "regular" schedule like the one shown? I am never in bed before midnight, although I do try to sleep for eight hours unless classes get in the way.

  • Lavendergreyi 1 Jan, 2009

    I agree. Not everyone will be able (or willing) to strictly adhere to these guidelines, but what matters is trying. I plan to do the best I can and follow the Challenge as closely as I am able and comfortable doing...which will be a huge change and improvement for me, even if I don't follow it to the letter!

  • Haws 31 Dec, 2008

    If some of the goals seem impossible---let them go. I think it is good to TRY, but somethings just will NOT work for everyone. If you let them go, then you are not overwhelmed by failing.

  • bbuubbles 31 Dec, 2008

    Don't set your self up for failing, you may not be able to make all of the suggestions in 7 days. So shoot for 14 days. With each positive step your goals get easier.

  • jtyler 29 Dec, 2008

    "Be in bed by 10 p.m." oh how I wish! I'm not even done with work by then ... I'm hoping I can adjust this to my work schedule ... I get so discouraged by things like this because I just can't adjust my life to that - unfortunately.

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