What foods do you buy for a spring detox diet?

Today was session one of the spring detox we are hosting at Retrofit Pilates and I feel refreshed and motivated after our invigorating “expressive dance pilates” workout with Ana. Thanks Ana!

I started my 10 day food elimination detox this morning when I rolled out of bed and drank some warm lemon water instead of coffee.  It is now around 4pm in the afternoon and I’m starting to get the “I need caffeine” headache and the “I just want something sweet” craving.  Your body can become dependent on these and other food substances so it may take a couple of days of feeling yucky before you start to feel amazing.  But that’s ok because I am prepared and I’m one step ahead of the cravings.  Here’s a look at my shopping list:

In addition to the above items I had these staple foods at home which you can purchase in bulk:

Almonds, almond butter, brazil nuts, sunflower seeds

Rice and almond milk. If you can’t find the original unsweetened kind then the sweetened vanilla flavour is fine.

Brown rice, a brown and wild rice mix, quinoa, rice pasta, rice porridge (like cream of wheat), rice crackers, rice cakes and lentils.

Garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Indian curry spice mix, paprika, sea salt, Italian seasoning spices.  All herbs and spices are acceptable. You’re going to need them to make your food less bland.

100% natural fruit juice (don’t go overboard with this, even though it is natural fruit sugars too much of it can negatively affect your blood sugar levels). A 1/2 cup of guava, pear or apple juice is enough to satisfy my sugar cravings.

I use honey to sweeten things like herbal tea but stevia is also good.

Why did I choose some of the foods on my shopping list?

Apples, pears, frozen berries: these are cheap and sweet so they can satisfy your sweet tooth.  You can eat them as a snack, blend them into a fruit smoothie, chop and add them to salad, boil them to the desired consistency with some lemon, honey and cinnamon for a snack, breakfast or to use as a spread for rice cakes.  Adding nuts and seeds to the boiled fruits adds protein and good fats to keep you feeling full for longer.

Broccoli, kale, cabbage: these are also relatively cheap and are all part of the Brassica family of vegetables.  Foods in this family contain phytochemicals which support liver cells in their detoxification process.  Their high amount of fibre also adds bulk to your stools making you more regular.  Cabbage can be made in so many different ways and seems to last a long time because whenever I buy one I can use it for two weeks (or until I’m sick of the cabbage flavour!)

Hummus and avocado: Hummus is a spread made from chickpeas and comes in a variety of flavours. You can dip raw vegetables or rice crackers into it for a snack. You can spread it on rice cakes or mix it into your brown rice and quinoa for added flavour. Avocados are great for salads. I also mash them with some olive oil, salt, lemon and garlic to make a guacamole spread for rice cakes or to mix with brown rice.  Hummus and avocado spreads are quick and easy to make and provide good protein and fats.

Tonight my plan is to prepare some meals for the week and tomorrow I will share some more `meal and snack ideas.