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  One week detox menu.
 

Fine French chocolate, creamy Italian gelato, succulent Chinese dumplings, tongue-numbing Indian curries and rich Penang laksa…cosmopolitan Singapore has them all, and more. Eating is truly the national pastime of Singaporeans, perhaps even more so now than before, with rising affluence and globalization causing people to be more exposed to different food cultures.

However, as we load up on more and richer foods, are we perhaps overtaxing the human body beyond its capacity to cleanse and rejuvenate itself naturally? Are our increasingly indulgent diets, coupled with busier and more stressful work lives, to blame for the rise in lifestyle related diseases, such as hypertension and obesity?

While a direct causal relationship may be hard to pinpoint, there can be no doubt that it is a good idea to occasionally allow the body a much-needed rest. And one good way of doing that is to let the body detoxify.

Detox principles

Basically, detoxification is a process for eliminating poisonous wastes from the human body to achieve optimal health, just like how automobiles must undergo regular maintenance and servicing of engines and filters.

There are many different detox diet plans around, but they mostly follow similar major principles:

To down at least 2 litres of water a day to flush out toxins and waste products.


Ensure a substantial intake of fruits and vegetables, preferably fresh or just lightly cooked.
Other unprocessed whole foods that are good for the body include grains, seeds and nuts.
Avoid processed and refined foods
Avoid substances toxic to the body, such as alcohol, drugs, caffeine, tobacco, refined sugar, saturated fats.
Try to go for organic foodstuffs and drinks.

A one-week detox program incorporating these principles typically looks like this:

  Breakfast Mid-morning snack Lunch Mid-afternoon snack Dinner
Day 1 A whole lemon squeezed into a glass of warm water, and a cup of natural yoghurt topped with some honey A handful of organic pumpkin seeds and walnuts Moderately-sized piece of grilled salmon spiced with ground black pepper, with lightly steamed carrots and asparagus on the side Two wedges of papaya or guava Brown rice served with a selection of vegetables such as mushrooms and bean sprouts stir-fried with just a little olive oil, garlic and ginger
Day 2 A banana smoothie made from fresh banana, natural yoghurt, milk and a little honey to sweeten if necessary A medium-sized orange Clear fish soup with brown rice, and a fresh vegetable salad with a light Japanese-style dressing or a balsamic vinegrette A glass of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and three unsalted rice cakes/wafers Grilled de-skinned chicken fillet rubbed with rosemary with a small serving of baked potato
Day 3 Wholemeal toast topped with tomato and lettuce, with a glass of freshly squeezed apple juice A small cup of unsweetened apple or vegetable chips Japanese buckwheat noodle, or soba, cooked in a clear vegetable broth with an egg A small cup of natural yoghurt with organic sunflower seeds, raisins and walnuts, a littled honey to sweeten if necessary Baked cod fillet with lightly steamed corn and carrots
Day 4 Fresh fruit on natural yoghurt, topped with some chopped walnuts Two unsalted rice cakes/wafers topped with a light tuna and freshly chopped onion spread Wholemeal pasta tossed with organic extra virgin olive oil, some kidney beans and lightly seared tuna A handful of organic sunflower seeds, almonds and raisins Roasted fresh tomato soup with fresh basil and a few slices of wholemeal toast on the side
Day 5 Organic oats, walnuts, sunflower seeds and unsweetened dried cranberries with chilled milk and a little honey Two wedges of grapefruit and a handful of fresh berries A large bowl of clear vegetable soup with brown rice Three unsalted rice cakes/wafers topped with a mixture of mashed avocado, onion, tomato and a dash of lemon juice Japanese udon lightly stir-fried with organic olive oil, garlic, vegetables, mushrooms and some slices of chicken
Day 6 A cup of hot organic green tea some wholemeal bread toasted with sesame seed A small cup of roasted sweet potato and corn Brown rice with stir-fried pumpkin and grilled de-skinned chicken An avocado smoothie made from fresh avocado, natural yoghurt, milk and a little honey to sweeten if necesary Wholemeal pasta tossed with organic olive oil and a freshly chopped basil pesto sauce with toasted pine nuts
Day 7 A strawberry smoothie made from fresh strawberry, natural yoghurt, milk and a little honey to sweeten if necessary A medium-sized orange A salad of tomato, lettuce, prawn, lightly seared tuna, fresh basil and rocket with a dressing of balsamic vinegar Two wedges of mango and a small handful of walnuts Brown rice with mushrooms grilled with olive oil, black pepper and garlic, and a seared mackerel fillet

Remember that detoxifying is not the same as starving, so don’t take a detox program to extremes. Do not over-exert during exercise too, as your calorie intake during the program will be reduced. This is a good time to purge your mind and soul of any toxic thoughts and emotions as well, so try exercises like yoga and stretching moves.

Above all, have fun!

 

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