What to Eat While Cleansing

Cleansing Diet
by Ryan Harrison, MA, BCIH

Of course, each one of us is absolutely unique, and dietary needs vary from person to person. Getting a detailed nutritional profile from a trained Dietician, Nutritionist, or Nutritional Consultant is a great way to determine your particular nutrient requirements.

But in general, there are several basic things to keep in mind about good nutrition practices and choices, and how they can supercharge your cleansing and detoxification experience. We’ve put together a guideline below to help.
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Essential
  • Water: drink plenty of good, clean water each day
  • Vegetables: minimum of 5 servings daily
  • Fruits: minimum of 2 servings daily
  • Grains/Starches: 4-8 servings daily (choosing whole grains over refined)
  • Legumes: 1-3 servings daily (i.e., beans, peas, lentils, peanuts, etc.)
  • Healthy Fats: 3-9 servings daily (i.e., monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, omega-3s)
  • Herbs/Spices/Seasonings: Experiment daily to benefit from the natural health promoting qualities of herbs

Optional
  • Dairy: No more than 1-3 servings of low-fat or non-fat each day; choose organic if possible
  • Eggs: Average of 1 per day
  • Seafood: 2-4 servings per week
  • Lean Meats: No more than 1-3 servings per week (i.e., chicken, turkey, tenderloin, flank steak, etc.)
  • Alcohol/Sweets/Caffeinated beverages: The fewer you take in, the better.

Don’t confuse this sample menu with a detox diet – these are foods to help support a cleanse. So, what would all of this look like if you were to put it into practice? Let’s take a look:

Typical

Better

Best

Pancakes, waffles or French toast with syrup; coffee with cream and artificial sweetener

Pancakes, waffles or French toast with fresh fruit; coffee with cream and raw sugar or honey

Whole-grain pancakes, waffles or French toast with butter or nut butter and fresh fruit or honey; green tea with lemon and/ or honey

Blueberry bagel with 2 tbsp cream cheese; chocolate milk

Blueberry bagel with 1 tbsp light cream cheese; orange juice or milk

Whole-wheat bagel with natural (no sugar added) peanut butter; milk or water

Cheeseburger, French fries and a soda

Grilled chicken sandwich, side salad with ranch dressing and a soda

Lean turkey burger with cheese on whole wheat bun, side salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and water or sparkling water with lemon

Candy bar

Granola bar

Handful of mixed nuts with raisins and dried berries

Supreme or Meat Lover’s pizza, breadsticks and chicken wings

Vegetarian pizza, small side salad

Large salad, slice of homemade veggie pizza on whole-wheat dough

Chili dog with fries

Hot dog with onions and relish, with baked chips

Veggie dog on whole wheat bun with ketchup, mustard, onions and relish, and a side salad

Soda or diet soda

Bottled, flavored iced tea

Sparkling water with citrus or berries

Ice cream

Low-fat ice cream or frozen yogurt

Organic, unsweetened plain yogurt over mixed berries

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