Nutritionists suggest that in the few weeks before your detox you need to up your five-a-day intake. Introducing more fruits and vegetables increases the amount of vital vitamins and minerals, boosts our immune system and keeps our skin looking radiant in the cold of winter.
Clare Neill suggests that ‘two weeks before your detox cut down your intake of processed foods and microwaveable meals. Even if they claim to be healthy they are loaded with hidden salts which lead to dehydration’. Try to reduce the amount of dairy in your diet as it takes a long time to digest - opt for the soya alternative.
Tom Whitehead talks little and often - ‘if you reduce your main meal size and increase the number of meals you have a day to five or six this will increase your metabolism and control blood sugar levels to stop you snacking and reduce body fat storage’. Choose ‘lean meat, vegetables and nuts’. So pile your plate full of winter veggies for Christmas dinner!
Tom Whitehead orders you to step away from the microwave as ‘processed foods are not naturally produced which are hair to digest and may affect our hormone levels. Stick to clean, fresh foods including lots of fruit and vegetables’.
The golden rule – try have as many colours on your plate as possible. Green leafy vegetables are high in iron and calcium, orange vegetables are high in vitamin C and Beta Carotene which are good for the immune system, and lean meats and oily fish are good for your heart, hair and nails whilst reducing inflammation in the body.