Spring Clean Your Diet In 3 Easy Steps

detox-diet-planFood Writer Michael Pollan says everything he’s learned about food and health can be summed up in seven words: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”

Here are some tips to make this simple smart strategy come alive for you!

Step 1: Eat real food. 

• Choose wholesome foods and savour each mouthful as much as possible.  Real food is food that is NOT processed and is as ‘natural’ and whole as possible. For example: oats not sugared cereals, fresh fruit not fruit juice, tomatoes not tomato sauce, corn on the cob not maize meal, cold pressed olive oil not regular sunflower oil, fresh tuna or salmon not fish cakes.

 Step 2: Not too much. 

• Eat light and eat often. Rather than eating 2 or 3 bigger meals a day, eat smaller lighter snacks through out the day. Remember to choose REAL food as snacks – fresh fruit, crudités, nuts, seeds, eggs, etc.

Step 3: Mostly from plants. 

• This means eating less animal products such as meat and dairy. What I do to help me achieve this is to have Meat-less Mondays! Check out www.frysvegetarian.co.za for some great Meatless Mondays ideas and recipes.

 Do you want to ‘spring clean’ your system on a regular basis? 

Include these vegetables as much as possible as they help support liver and detoxification process:

Cruciferous vegetables: Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, turnips, watercress.

Allium vegetables : chives, garlic, leeks, onions, spring onions, green onions, shallots.

Diuretic foods: cucumber, celery, cranberries, watermelon, parsley, fennel, celery, green beans, asparagus, coriander.

Recipe idea – This salad lasts for a few days in the fridge so make double or triple the amount to save time!

Finely chop or grate the following and mix all together: 1 cup red or green cabbage; 2 large carrots; 1 leek or 4 spring onions or 1 red onion ; ½ – 1 cup fresh coriander; 1 green apple or pear ; 1 red or yellow sweet pepper; 15 ml olive oil; 15 ml lemon juice; Season to taste. Voila! 


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