Time for a non-tox diet

Posted on: 29 December 2009 by Mark O'haire

It's time to lose that Christmas pudding feeling and give your liver some TLC with a non-tox rather than de-tox.

It's the morning after the month before. The cold light of a January dawn brings the consequences of over consumption of pudding, cake, mince pies, alcohol and money whilst the waistband, liver and the bank balance are all somewhat strained to say the least! 

So it's time to lose that Christmas pudding feeling and give your liver some TLC. A week or two of gentle detox should help you back on track and establish good eating patterns to keep you in good shape through 2010. During the festive season the liver works overtime. Its job description includes metabolising the alcohol you drink, and sugary, fatty foods make it harder for it to work well.

The following programme emphasises non-tox rather than de-tox, helping you to avoid food and drink that increase the liver's workload, and include foods that nourish your organs of elimination, all of which should help put a spring in your step and help you lose a few pounds too!

Things To Avoid:

  • Alcohol
  • Processed food
  • Sugar
  • Red meat.
  • Caffeinated drinks
  • Wheat and dairy foods

Things To Include:

  • Plenty of water and herbal teas
  • Lots of vegetables (except potatoes and squash)
  • Fruit
  • Regular modest meals - don't skip any!
  • Good lean protein: fish, eggs chicken, tofu, goat's cheese
  • If you can buy organic foods, so much the better

Example Diet Plan

Breakfast: A small bowl of porridge made with water, add blueberries (frozen are fine), walnuts and some plain live organic (soy) yoghurt, or a poached egg and cooked tomatoes on a slice of rye toast, with a small glass of pommegranate or purple grape juice.

Lunch:  Make a salad with a colourful array of vegetables (including broccoli, watercress, some avocado and spinach leaves to support organs of elimination). Add protein: some fish (tinned sardines or salmon are fine), an egg or some Cauldron organic tofu. Dress with some olive oil and lemon juice. Finish with an apple.

Dinner: Grilled chicken or fish, lots of steamed vegetables (think of a plate filled with rainbow colours to maximise nutrient content) and a helping of sweet potato, mashed celeriac or Puy lentils. Finish with a few Brazil nuts. Nibble fruit and a few nuts if you need a snack.

A Basic Supplement Programme

A good multivitamin, Omega 3 fish oil, and a 'good bacteria'-booster such as a Probiotic. Champneys Detox and Cleanse formula may help to further support the liver.

Here's to a healthy and vibrant 2010!

Ailsa HigginsChampneys Nutritionist, Ailsa Higgins, BA Hons DipION MBANT

Ailsa has been Champneys nutritionist for three years, working with the kitchen and restaurant on food policy issues; with individual guests (including food intolerance testing); giving talks and workshops; and running weight management courses for club members. A nutritional therapist since 1999, she studied at the renowned Institute of Optimum Nutrition in London, and subsequently directed their postgraduate seminar programme. She also studied psychology at Nottingham University before focusing on her lifelong passion for food and its impact on health.

In addition to her private practice, she lectures, runs courses and workshops for public and business sectors, and has been a regular contributor to magazines such as Essentials, Eve, Harpers, Zest, Now, Taste and works periodically with the well-regarded In:spa fitness retreat company as resident nutritionist.

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