Diet

An easy seven-day detox plan

From breakfast to snack time, we've got healthy meal ideas to give your system a cleanse. Learn which foods to avoid and others you can indulge in.

quinoa porridge

George Whiteside

Day 1
Breakfast: Gluten-free bread with nut or seed butter and sugar-free jam
Lunch: Grilled fish and quinoa salad with onions, olive oil, avocado, chickpeas and lentils
Snack:
Seeds and fruit
Dinner:
Organic roasted chicken breast with brown basmati rice and steamed broccoli and rapini
Snack:
Nuts with cut vegetables

Day 2
Breakfast: Quick quinoa porridge
Lunch:
Grilled wild salmon with chickpeas, kidney beans and white beans
Snack:
Nuts with cut vegetables
Dinner:
Organic roasted turkey with white beans, garlic and onions, and cauliflower roasted in olive oil
Snack:
Avocado smoothie

Day 3
Breakfast: Organic muesli with unsweetened almond milk and fresh fruit
Lunch:
Madras chicken soup
Snack:
Unsalted rice crackers with almond butter
Dinner:
Steamed snapper with ginger and garlic, with steamed asparagus and wild rice with walnuts
Snack:
Nuts and seeds

Day 4
Breakfast: Spelt muffin with fresh blueberries
Lunch:
Skipjack tuna salad with olive oil, celery and onions, with green salad or chopped radishes, carrots and celery in olive oil and rice wine vinegar
Snack:
Rice cakes with cashew butter
Dinner:
Seared-salmon salad with ruby red grapefruit
Snack:
Fruit smoothie: frozen berries, unsweetened almond milk and low-sugar fruit juice

Day 5
Breakfast: Quick quinoa porridge with fresh fruit
Lunch:
Madras chicken soup
Snack:
Your favourite fruit, unsalted rice crackers with almond butter
Dinner:
Baby greens with chicken and spring vegetables
Snack:
Avocado smoothie

Day 6
Breakfast: Gluten-free toast with almond butter and all-fruit no-sugar jam, fruit
Lunch:
Grilled organic chicken with hummus, brown rice and spinach salad
Snack:
Avocado smoothie
Dinner:
Baked trout with stir-fry of broccoli, cauliflower, onions, mushrooms and brown rice
Snack:
Nuts, seeds, cut vegetables or fruit

Day 7
Breakfast: Fruit smoothie
Lunch:
Homemade veggie or turkey chili with steamed carrots, broccoli and cauliflower
Snack:
Baked sweet potato fries
Dinner:
Cod skewers with mushrooms, onions and half a roasted squash and quinoa
Snack:
All-natural spelt ginger snaps with almond butter

Cleansing cheat sheet

Eat lots of these:

  • liver-healthy veggies, including broccoli, arugula, cabbage, bok choy, rapini, endive, radicchio and artichokes
  • organic chicken, turkey and wild fish (excluding tuna, unless it’s skipjack)
  • onions and garlic
  • brown basmati rice

Limit these:

  • salt
  • refined sugar

Avoid these:

  • red meat
  • processed foods
  • coffee and black tea
  • artificial colours and sweeteners
  • alcohol (except for cooking)

And these, which cause common intolerances and allergies:

  • wheat
  • dairy
  • soy
  • shellfish
  • eggs
  • corn

Reap more rewards: At the end of the week, reintroduce foods that are more likely to cause sensitivities one at a time, says Jean-Jacques Dugoua , ND, and take note of how your body reacts. If you’re feeling worse after adding them — especially with sneezing and congestion, tummy troubles or skin irritation — it might be a sign of an intolerance. This is awesome information: Cut down on it in general, or consider not eating it at all.