OK, you have left it long enough. With just a few weeks until Christmas it is time to get serious and take control of your diet. How good would it feel to be 3-5kg lighter in time for the celebrations? And the good news is that you can with a little focus and a few diet tricks of the trade. While there is no scientific evidence to show that the body needs to be “detoxed”, what a diet clean out can do is simple make us a little more aware of the bad food habits that have gradually crept into our lives and how much better we feel when we focus on eating fresh unprocessed foods.
In this context a ‘diet reset’ is simply a short period of time in which the diet is based primarily around unprocessed, natural foods such as fruit and vegetables, nuts, wholegrains and seeds as well as small amount of nutrient dense, lean protein such as tuna and salmon. It is a time to get rid of the extra sugars, and processed foods, and caffeine, and alcohol – all the foods that slip into our diet when we find ourselves busy, tired and overwhelmed with huge demands on our time. There is no need for special drinks or tablets or long periods of not eating as after just 3-5 days of eating this well will find that your sugar cravings disappear, as well as the constipation and bloated tummies. Your skin and hair will look healthier and you will have more energy than ever before, and you are even likely to drop a few kg in the process.
So, over the next week or so cut back on the social engagements so you can completely control your food and alcohol intake, cook yourself a big batch of “reset” soup, clean out the cupboards and get rid of all the extra snacks and treats you know should not be there and commit to a short diet reset. This simple act of commitment coupled with a few kg of weight loss in a relatively short period is often all you need to find your motivation and make the dietary changes that have been holding you back.
Top tips for a successful diet reset
Commit for a period of 3-5 days.
Eliminate all caffeine from tea, coffee and cola drinks as well as alcohol.
Eliminate all processed biscuits, bars, cakes, muffins, cereals and snack food.
Eat at least 3 cups of vegetables or salad and 2 pieces of fruit each day.
Snack on fresh fruit or a handful of nuts.
Stick to lean proteins such as chicken breast and vegetables/salad for main meals.
Include 1- 2 cups of wholegrain carbohydrates such as oats, beans, chick peas and sweet potato as desired.
Expect to feel tired and headachy for the first couple of days before feeling revitalised by Day 3.
Aim to drink 2-3 litres of water each day. More than this is not necessarily better.
Do not over-train during your detox – a 30 -60 minute walk each day is more than adequate when you are not eating many calories.
Shape Me’s Detox Soup
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 leek, white part only, finely sliced and washed
1/2 head of celery, chopped
2 cups (500 ml) salt-reduced vegetable stock
3 cups (750 ml) water
420g tin chopped tomatoes
1 medium carrot, peeled and cut into 1cm cubes
500g pumpkin, peeled cut into 1cm cubes
1 head of broccoli, cut into florets and steamed
1. Gently heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion, leek and celery and sauté over low heat until soft, about 5 minutes.
2. Add the stock, water, tomatoes, carrot and pumpkin. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
3. Top with the steamed broccoli and serve.
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