Day 1 is over and I’m doing well so far! Below is a table I’ve made of the foods that I should be eating and shouldn’t be eating, and have stuck it by my work computer and on my fridge at home. I’m finding it fun and helpful to highlight all of the items that I’ve used as ingredients, so I can try to control the amount of each that I’m eating. I also section off my plate into a pie, so to speak, and only have Section 1 Foods covering a small slice of it.
The Detox recommends that you eat 80% alkaline and neutral foods in your diet (Sections 2&3), and limit your intake of acid forming foods to 20% (Section 1).
SECTION 1 (eat less than 20%) :
Protein/Acid Forming foods
|Most recommended||Acceptable during programme||Not recommended during programme|
|Fish||Beans (dried fresh beans)||Buttermilk|
|Beef||Cheese (of any kind)|
|Eggs (whole)||Seafood (shellfish)|
|Nuts (except peanuts)|
|Peas (dried) fresh peas|
|Seeds (i.e. sunflower, flax etc.)|
|Tofu (plain, unsweetened)|
SECTION 2 (eat 80% or more) :
Starch Foods/Alkaline forming foods
|Recommended||Acceptable during programme||Not recommended during programme|
|Millet, buckwheat||Almond milk (without sweeteners)||Bananas|
|Almonds||Berries (blueberries, raspberries etc.)||Fruit juices|
|Cherries||Flour of any grains|
|Peaches, pears, plums, nectarines||Honey|
|Potatoes (baked)||Malt syrup|
|Pumpkin (squash, yams, sweet potatoes)||Melons-cantaloupe, honeydew etc.|
|Soups thickened with flour|
|To be avoided: The golden rules|
|Flours or flour products (pasta, cakes, pancakes, crackers, flour in sauces or gravy|
|Dairy products (except butter)|
|All fermented foods (wine, beer, vinegar, soy sauce, black tea, miso)|
|*Coffee, green tea and herbal tea are acceptable, max. two cups a day|
|** Barley, kasha, bulgar, spelt, kamut, amaranth, oats, rye, wheat berries|
|*** Food to eat in moderation: Tomato or vegetable juice, salt|
|**** i.e. Olive oil, flax oil, sunflower oil|
One of the main functions of the Detox is to balance the pH levels in your body in order for it to operate more efficiently at an optimum level. Our modern diet tends towards much more acid forming foods, making it harder for our bodies to do their jobs.
You are told to not eat flour, flour products, sugar, or fermented foods and sauces. Mushrooms and grapes contain yeast on their outer skin, peanuts have naturally occurring yeasts and molds, sugar is not permitted because yeast thrives on it … Another function of the Detox is to rid the body of excess yeast, to balance the ‘friendly’ yeast and the ‘naturally occurring yeast’ in your body. Yeast over-growths and imbalances can cause digestive problems, bloating, headaches, fatigue, depression…you catch the drift!
I myself have never really given a thought to pH levels and yeast over-growths in my body, but this detox makes sense on many levels:
- Limits meat intake, including meat and fish
- Forbids the intake of dairy (although oddly enough, you’re allowed to eat butter) and flour products
- Encourages you to eat more grains, veggies and pulses
- Encourages you to drink more water
- Encourages you to limit your caffeine intake, but doesn’t make you suffer without it
- Recommends that you give up drinking alcohol for 12 days
Essentially, there is nothing really that extraordinary about this diet. You could probably follow these guidelines and still be quite a lot healthier after 2 weeks, even without the supplements.
There are certain conditions that will make your life easier (and your results better) when doing the Wild Rose D-tox. Read here for a list of things may help a lazy person get though.
Breakfast I don’t usually eat breakfast but this detox makes me quite hungry – I think it’s because I’m not allowed to eat certain things, so my brain tells me I want to eat everything, even though I’m physically fine.
The detox says no fruit juices (Section 3), however it accepts apples, pears and carrots – so what is so wrong about making them into a juice?
|Everything tastes better through a straw! 🙂|
Luckily, I have access to a juicer. If you don’t have one at home, then try one of the fresh juice vendors on the street.
|Lunch: Tofu omelette|
|with fresh corn on the cob|
For tofu omelette, you’ll need: fresh tofu (for frying, unsweetened), spring onion , 1/2 white onion, 2 eggs, olive oil, chilli flakes, sesame oil , salt and pepper. Fry the onion and the white part of the spring onion in a tiny bit of olive oil. When soft, add the tofu squares and fry until nicely browned, then turn them over. Add the egg and the green part of the spring onion, season with salt and pepper and chilli flakes. You can then divide the omelette into quarters and then flip each quarter – it doesn’t have to be perfect. Serve with a small drizzle of sesame oil.
For a 1.8kg whole chicken: Preheat the oven to 190C. Stuff the cavity with half a lemon (pierce the flesh of the lemon with a fork first), half a head of garlic, 1 bay leaf, and (optional) a couple of sprigs of fresh rosemary, sage or thyme. Rub the chicken with a mixture of 2 tbsp of olive oil, salt and pepper, to season.
Place on a roasting tray with some cloves of garlic (I LOVE roasted garlic with everything!), and potatoes if you wish. I’ve chosen not to eat potatoes during the detox. You can baste it during the cooking time, but I don’t bother!
The Detox recommends that you eat as much organic as possible. I’ll be ordering quite a bit from South Stream Seafoods today, and my next roast chicken will be free range – no growth hormones – no antibiotics – no GMO feed!
|Roast chicken is one of the tastiest things I cook on this detox – it’s great because you have plenty left for lunch and even dinner again the next day!|
|The pumpkin before roasting…|
While the chicken was roasting, I made guacamole for my Day 2 snack. 2 avocados, cherry tomatoes (quartered), big bunch of coriander (chopped finely), 1/2 shallot (diced finely), 2 tsp of lemon, a sprinkle of chilli flakes, salt and pepper. If you are storing the guac, putting the cling film directly on top of it stops it from turning black.
|Eaten on rice cakes – you wouldn’t have caught me touching one of these with a barge pole, but these are quite nice! I bought them at the organic food store on Bonham Road (opposite High Street)|
More tomorrow! 🙂