The non-crazy detox diet

May 22, 2012, 12:30 pmwomenshealth

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A simple meal plan that will hit your body's reset button!

What are you doing this weekend? Ready to look better naked?

Ideally, I’d like you to use this 2-day kick-start plan on Saturday and Sunday and then begin the full fitness and diet plan the following Monday.

It’s purely optional, but the best way to get into the groove of a new approach to eating is by experiencing early results — a strategy that’s worked over and over for hundreds of dietitian Keri Glassman’s clients.

The sooner you start looking and feeling better, the more motivated you will be to stick with the plan. That’s why these 2 days of meals offer up less variety—but no less flavour—than the rest of the diet, and why they’re a little lower in kilojoules.

You won’t feel deprived or hungry, and you’ll definitely have an overall feeling of wellbeing after going without processed foods, salt and sugar. You’ll feel healthy, and the drop in sodium alone will help you shed a little water weight.

It’s important to eat exactly what’s listed below on both days of the cleanse—but note that there’s more variety here than meets the eye in terms of which foods you choose to eat and how you prepare them.


Blend 1 cup skim (or soy, almond or rice) milk, 1 cup berries, 1 tsp peanut butter or flaxseed oil and 1 cup of ice until frothy.

Bonus: Add a dash of cocoa powder!

1 cup sliced cucumbers

1 cup green tea

Bonus: Add a little vinegar and fresh dill to your cucumbers, or make a cucumber salad by slicing a couple of unpeeled cucumbers into rounds, dousing them with flavoured vinegar (fig is great, if you can find it), and letting them marinate for an hour. Drain off the vinegar and keep them in the fridge.

Bonus: Drink your green tea straight up and hot—or brew a whole pot, toss in some fresh mint leaves or slices of peeled fresh ginger, and let steep for a few hours. Store in the fridge and pour it over ice when you’re thirsty.


Steamed or raw greens (cos, spinach, mesclun, bok choy, rocket, frisee, watercress, endive, etc.)

115 g lean protein (white meat chicken, firm tofu, lean beef, fish, 2 tsp oil (olive, sunflower, walnut)

Bonus: Mix-and-match your greens! You can get a lot of no-kJ flavour simply by adding rocket or watercress, both of which have a peppery kick. Or you can toss a handful of fresh basil, coriander or flat-leaf parsley in with salad greens for an extra jolt of flavour.

10 asparagus spears, blanched

1 cup green tea

Bonus: Dip the asparagus into fat-free yoghurt swirled with Dijon mustard to taste.

Read more: Get a flat stomach: week-long eating plan

Steamed or raw greens
115 g lean protein

2 tsp oil

Bonus: Be creative with your 2 teaspoons of oil, at both lunch and dinner. Whisk it with a teaspoon of vinegar and some herbs for vinaigrette; use it to sautée bite-size pieces of white-meat chicken, lean beef, tofu, or fish; or mix it with a flavour-booster spice mix to rub on chicken, beef, or fish before grilling or cooking on the barbie.

Adapted from Look Better Naked

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  1. ALEXX06:59pm Sunday 10th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    have plenty of water and keep everything in moderation. Avoid sugar- use natural sweeteners like Natvia.

  2. MAX12:19am Friday 08th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    All your recommendations for detox are great , you only forgot to mention one key Factor .... Water water water .... It actually helps you detox ........... Water water water ???? Mmmmmmm H2o for anyone with a scientific mind .....

  3. Sarma09:48am Thursday 07th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    The breakfast is confusing. A peanut butter and cocoa smoothie? What are the detox/health benefits of that combination?

  4. ao12:34pm Thursday 24th May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    A detox should not include milk or soy products which can be allergens as well as oils which can be heavy on the liver. These articles are written by people who have no understanding at all!

  5. Paul12:15pm Thursday 24th May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    This diet is a CRAZY as all other "detox" diets. As has been said above the bother can deal with toxins by itself if you eat a normal balanced diet. These FADS are unnecessary. (Yes, I am a Doctor.)

  6. mellie11:19am Thursday 24th May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    People need to get back to basics and eat fresh and homemade food. Keep away from processed food full of salt, sugar, fat and preservatives, soft drink and alcohol. Then there will be no need to detox.

  7. Tim W10:48am Thursday 24th May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    detox, right and you wont ever need a detox! I eat pretty similarly to this every day anyway. though a bit more than 115gm of lean meat, lol...more like 500gm. :) I'm fit, i'm healthy. I feel great pretty much every day... and that's a total consumption of 3000 calories+ every day too. ;)

  8. redreamer10:45am Thursday 24th May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    That is all well and good for those who love cucmbers and green tea, but that leave a huge number of struggling individuals.

  9. 09:55am Thursday 24th May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I agree. The 'de-tox' myth assumes the human body can't free itself of anything harmful and we all walk around full of poison! Chuck it in the basket with the 'drink 2 litres of water a day' myth. Detoxing is a very unhealthy practice, the only saving grace of this one being a short-term weight loss. And the water drinking has been blown out of the water (sorry!) by urologists long ago, and is probably being kept aliveby 'makers' of bottled water and vaccuous models who claim it responsible for their good skin.

  10. kirsten09:22am Thursday 24th May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I rather not eat the same thing for dinner and lunch, tends to get rather boring and this diet really doesn't sound too healthy at all, where is all the other food you need to eat during the day to keep yourself healthy?


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