- Fresh fruits and vegetables, preferably organic
Fruits and veggies are loaded with nutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that can support your body during the detox process. When you choose organic, you eliminate some of the chemicals and pesticides that can contribute to toxicity in the first place.
- Fish, chicken and turkey, again preferably organic
These lean meats are all excellent sources of protein, which can boost muscle mass, feelings of fullness and satisfaction, and energy levels. Again, organic options are ideal.
Drink at least eight glasses of water per day, and aim for 12 glasses. Drinking water helps you feel hydrated and energized, and water can also help you feel full; you can add a splash of fruit or herbs to your water if you need a little flavor boost. Green tea and herbal tea are also great options for hydration.
- Non-gluten grains
You will be avoiding gluten on this diet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy brown rice, quinoa, oats and millet. These options contain insoluble fiber and complex carbs, which provide energy without overtaxing the digestive system.
- Nuts and seeds
In particular, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, and sunflower and pumpkin seeds are recommended. Avoid peanuts, which are a common allergen. You can also use almond butter as a replacement for peanut butter.
Mung beans are particularly great, but kidney beans and black beans also provide protein, fiber and complex carbs.
While it doesn’t make your breath smell great, garlic is antiviral and antibacterial, making it ideal for a detox. You can include a little garlic with your vegetables or lean meats.
- Healthier oils such as coconut, extra-virgin olive, sunflower and almond options.