The perfect detox plan to start the year.
It’s a brand new year so why not match it with a brand new svelte, slimmer you? If you’re tired of super strict diets that aren’t doable and leave you irritable, then it’s time to follow the perfect detox diet to lose those extra kilos that crept up thanks to all the end of year partying. New age health guru and nutritionist Suman Agarwal shares her tried and tested tips to recover from the excesses of the festive season past. Her time tested dictum has always been to choose foods wisely and mindfully to ensure weight loss rather than fretting over calorie counting.
“It’s only human to throw caution to the winds when you’re surrounding by your favorite foods,” says the fit and gorgeous nutritionist. But festivities over, it’s important to start a detox plan to recoup your health and embrace fitness as a part of your lifestyle once more.
Detoxification, says the good doctor simply means flushing out the bad and letting all that’s healthy and good for you in. Do you know for instance, what’s the best remedy for a night of too many gin and tonics? “Just drink lots of water flavored with a dash of lemon juice. Similarly the best way to rid your body of the ill effects of over indulging in fried snacks and sweets is consuming fiber-rich foods that release energy slowly, keep you full for longer and help the body to use energy more efficiently. “The focus should be on simple fat-burning foods that are also a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals,” she says.
Read on for an ideal one week detox diet:
• Sugar-free muesli + one cup low fat yoghurt
• One glass milk + Whole Wheat Bran (Flakes)
• Two egg whites + two whole wheat, unbuttered toast
• One bowl dalia khichdi + buttermilk
• One bowl rice-dal khichdi + raita
• Two chapattis/one katori brown rice + one katori dal + big bowl of vegetables + one glass of buttermilk
Evening snack options.
• One fruit
• Fistful of channa (roasted chickpeas) and five to eight almonds or pistachios.
You can look at repeating the lunch options because cutting down on carbohydrates at dinnertime will help you cleanse your system.
• One bowl of dal/two dal chillas/ a bowl of mung sprouts+
• Big bowl of vegetables /soup/salad+
• One katori of fresh yoghurt
Non veg options
• Two pieces skinless chicken/fish+
• Big bowl of vegetables/bowl of vegetable soup/big bowl of salad without dressing+
• One katori fresh yoghurt
Some important points to remember.
• Have a glass of warm water with lime and one teaspoon honey every morning on an empty stomach;
• Sip water through the day. Apart from being needed for efficient food digestion, water helps produce feelings of fullness. It’s the easiest and cheapest way of reaching your weight loss goals AND flushing your body of toxins.
• Drink a glass of coconut water mid-morning. This electrolyte-rich drink will help the kidneys flush out toxins;
• Eat at least one orange daily. This vitamin C rich fruit is also full of fiber;
• Drink two cups of green tea everyday (This is not applicable to pregnant women);
• Say a firm ‘NO’ to fried foods such as samosas, bhujiya, pakodas, dry namkin;
• Avoid cakes, pastries, tarts, muffins, mithai, ice-cream, kulfi, cold drinks and milk based desserts such as shreekhand and kheer;
• Satisfy your sweet tooth with fruits such as apples, pears and pineapple when you’re craving something sweet and crunchy.
• Have a spoon of Isabgol or Naturalex powder before meals for an added sense of fullness. Additional fiber is one of the best ways to detox;
• Walk at least four to five kilometres daily. No diet is complete without exercise.