My post this week is a SENSIBLE 14 day detox plan that I often give my clients if they are low in energy levels, feeling a little down or depressed or if they want to kick start a weight loss plan.
I say SENSIBLE IN CAPITALS because there are no expensive supplements to take, no living off cabbage and soup for 2 weeks, its easy to follow and stick to and there no aggressive or potentially damaging powders that claim to rid your body of toxins (often causing more harm than good!)
This detox plan focuses on healthy nutritious eating, getting adequate portions of protein and vegetables and quite simply cutting out sugar.
The reason for cutting out sugar – very briefly excess or overloads of sugar that aren’t converted into energy are stored in the body as fat. This can lead to weight gain. Also the excess sugar will send your blood sugar levels soaring, initially leading to an energy boost but then what goes must come down and eventually you are left with a tired lethargic slump. Then you guessed it, you will need to refuel with more sugar to keep you going! Is that mid afternoon slump familiar to anyone?
Anyway give this program a go and let me know what you think… Please note – you are still allowed small amounts of dry wine, tea and coffee but obviously in moderation!!
DR PHIL MAFFETONE’S 14 DAY DETOX
Dr. Phil Maffetone’s 14 day weight loss and cleansing test is a great way to get started on a program that will detoxify your body safely and with great results!
This is a great program for anyone who wants to regulate their blood sugar with healthy foods.
The Two-Week Test
Dr. Philip Maffetone
I developed the Two Week Test in the early 1980s to help people get back their intuition and instincts about healthy eating. This is the first step to getting off the vicious diet cycle which is perpetuated so much this time of year.
Many people eat too much dietary carbohydrate – beyond what their bodies can tolerate. The Two Week Test is a simple method for understanding and correcting this problem.
First note if you have any of the following problems, and write them down:
- Physical or mental fatigue
- Blood-sugar handling problems
- Intestinal bloating
- Sleepiness after meals
- Increased fat storage and weight
- Increased triglycerides
- Increased blood pressure
- Poor sleep
In addition, if you are concerned about your weight, weigh yourself before starting the test. After the test, you will ask yourself again how you feel regarding these complaints, and also check your weight on the scale.
During the Two-Week Test you will significantly decrease your intake of carbohydrates. It is important that you do not go hungry. Eat as much as you want but stick strictly to the recommended foods. Before you start the test, make sure you have enough of the foods you’ll be eating during the test. Go shopping and stock up on these items. In addition, go through your cabinets and refrigerator and get rid of any sweets in your house, or you’ll be tempted.
As for the test itself, you merely want to eat using the following guidelines for a period of no less than two weeks.
Foods to avoid:
- Bread, rolls, pasta, pancakes, cereal, muffins, chips, crackers and rice cakes.
- All sweets
- All products containing sugar such as ketchup, honey, etc. (read labels!).
- Fruits and fruit juice.
- Highly processed meats such cold cuts, which often contain sugar.
- Potatoes, corn, rice and beans.
- Milk, half-and-half and yogurt.
- So-called healthy snacks, including all energy bars, shakes and drinks.
- All soda, including diet.
Foods to eat:
- All cooked or raw vegetables (except potatoes and corn).
- Whole eggs, unprocessed cheese, cream.
- All unprocessed meats including beef, turkey, chicken, lamb, fish and shellfish.
- Tomato, V-8 or other vegetable juices such as carrot juice.
- Nuts, seeds, nut butters.
- Oils, vinegar, mayonnaise, salsa and mustard (check labels for added sugars).
- Sea salt (unless you are sodium sensitive).
- Water! At least six to ten, 8-ounce glasses each day.
- Dry wine, coffee and tea if you normally consume them.
After the Two-Week Test
Re-evaluate your list of complaints. If you feel better now than you did before the test, or if you lost weight, chances are you were previously eating too much carbohydrate and would benefit by lowering your intake. Any weight loss during the test is not due to reduced calories, as many people eat more calories than usual during this two-week period. It’s due to the increased fat-burning resulting from reduced insulin production. While there may be some water loss, especially if you are sodium sensitive, there is real fat loss.
If your blood pressure has been high, and especially if you are on medication, ask your health-care professional to check it several times during the test. Sometimes blood pressure drops significantly and your medication may need to be adjusted, which should be done by your health-care professional.
If the Two-Week Test improved your signs and symptoms; the next step is to determine how much carbohydrate you can tolerate, without a return of these problems. This is done in the following manner.
Begin adding small amounts of carbohydrates to your diet with every other meal or snack. This may be an apple for a snack, or some brown rice with dinner. Begin with fruits, lentils, rice and honey, and afterwards try bread, potatoes and others. Whatever you add, make sure it’s not a refined carbohydrate: no foods containing sugar, no refined-flour products (like white bread, rolls or pasta), brown rice instead of white, etc. Don’t add a carbohydrate to back-to-back meals, as insulin production is partly influenced by your previous meal.
With each addition of carbohydrate, watch for any of the symptoms you had previously that were eliminated by the test. Look especially for symptoms that develop immediately after eating, such as intestinal bloating, sleepiness or feelings of depression. If your hunger or cravings disappeared during the two weeks and now have returned, you’ve probably eaten too many carbohydrates. If you lost 8 pounds during the test, and gained back 5 pounds after adding some carbohydrates for a week or two, you’ve probably eaten too many carbohydrates.
PS – Photo taken at Killcare, near Sydney Australia.