The Right and Wrong Way to Detox

Read this before you jump on the cleansing bandwagon.

by Stacey Colino
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For a more healthful approach, focus on detoxing your eating habits rather than your body. Diets that include regular meals (or “eating occasions”) and a varied mix of produce, lean protein and healthy fats can jump-start your efforts to slim down and eat better. The hope is that a short-term cleansing diet will encourage you to reduce your dependence on ingredients like sodium in the long run. Two examples of safer plans are the 21-day Quantum Wellness Cleanse, which calls for fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and soy products as well as lessons in changing the way you think about food, and the three- to 10-day BluePrint Cleanse, which consists of six raw fruit, vegetable and nut juices daily. The nut products are a good source of protein.

For most women, a shorter cleansing plan is easier to follow. That’s why More asked Glassman to come up with a three-day detox plan that will encourage more healthful eating habits long after the diet is over. This 1,000-calorie-a-day regimen is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, lean proteins, omega-3 fatty acids and fluids—and is free of added salt, sugar, processed foods and alcohol. (Check with your doctor before following this or any other detox diet.) Bon appétit!

 

More’s Clean-Living Diet

Developed by nutritionist Keri Glassman, RD, this three-day detox plan offers back-to-nature foods while eliminating less healthful ingredients and helps ease you into a more nutritious eating pattern for life.

DAY 1

Breakfast

6 ounces scrambled firm tofu, mixed with 1 teaspoon ground flaxseeds and 1 teaspoon dried basil

1 cup green tea

1 cup water with 1 ounce lemon juice
   

Midmorning snack

1 sliced pear sprinkled with 1 teaspoon cinnamon
   

Lunch

Steamed kale (at least 1 cup but as much as you want), dressed with the flavored vinegar of your choice (such as fig, raspberry or orange)

3 ounces broiled, baked or poached salmon (no added fat) with 1 teaspoon dried spice, such as oregano

6 walnut halves

1 cup water with 1 ounce lime juice
   

Midafternoon snack   

½ cup edamame

1 cup green tea
   

Dinner

Large baby-spinach salad with 1 cup chopped carrots, tomatoes and red bell peppers, dressed with 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil and lemon juice to taste

Steamed broccoli (at least 1 cup but as much as you want)

3 ounces turkey (grilled, baked or roasted) with 1 teaspoon herb, such as thyme

1 cup water with 1 ounce lemon juice

1    cup raspberries

DAY 2

Breakfast

Scrambled eggs (made from 1 whole DHA/EPA-fortified egg plus 3 egg whites), mixed with 1 teaspoon
dried parsley

1 cup water with 1 ounce lemon juice

1 cup green tea
   
   
Midmorning snack
   
1 cup blueberries
   

Lunch
 
Steamed broccoli (at least 1 cup but as much as you want)
   
3 ounces cod, grilled with 1 teaspoon dried herb, such as rosemary
 
8 cashews
   
1 cup water with 1 ounce lemon juice
   

Midafternoon snack
   
½  cup chopped celery and ½ cup chopped cucumber
   
1 cup green tea
   
   
Dinner
   
3 ounces scallops (approximately 4 large ones), broiled or grilled
   
Large spinach salad with ½ cup chickpeas, ½ cup green beans, ½ cup red bell peppers and ½ cup carrots, dressed with 1 ­teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil and the vinegar of your choice
   
1 cup water with 1 ounce lemon juice
   
1 cup strawberries

DAY 3

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