Joshi Holistic Detox.Monday, August 29, 2011
So a friend of mine mentioned to me that she started the Joshi Detox last week. Me being curious and very skeptical of most detoxes, I asked her for details and did some google research on this Joshi fella. The information I found was all very positive and I was happy to hear that you can actually EAT on this detox. I was never intrigued by starving my body from food and drinking lemon/cayenne/syrup water for days. His diet isn't about cutting back on portion sizes, but asks you to follow a 21-day detox during which you avoid certain items, such as processed acidic foods, followed by a new eating regime aimed at maintaining a well-balanced acidity level in the body.
Joshi says "By 'healthy foods' I mean foods that will return your body to its naturally alkaline state. My Holistic Detox is designed to alter the pH (acid/ alkaline) balance in our bodies, which will have a profound effect on our internal environment and therefore on the whole way our bodies work.
Without realising it most of us eat far too many acid forming foods. Eliminating these from our diet will take a lot of stress away from our digestive system and also change the way our palates work. This will allow us to process our food more efficiently and stop it being stored as fat in the body, as well as actually altering the type of food that we choose to eat.
On a detox programme the first thing many people worry about is craving those foods they are no longer allowed. However, my regime is designed to reprogramme the palate, and therefore train the mind to love those alkaline foods that are good for us and not crave those acidic naughties that are so harmful".
1 Start the day with a glass of warm water with a little fresh lemon juice squeezed in it to flush the kidneys. 2 Eat slowly and chew your food at least 8-12 times.
3 Sip water during meals and about ½ hour after eating.
4 Eat several smaller meals a day rather than a few large ones.
5 Drink about 1-2ltr of water or herbal teas a day.
Warning For the first few days you may experience headaches, increased tiredness and nausea. This is the start of the detox process. If you're concerned, stop the detox and seek advice from your GP. Take herbal teas with honey every two to three hours until the symptoms subside.
The detox programme: Your at-a-glance food chart
Foods to avoid
• Fruit drinks such as orange, grapefruit and orange juice.
• Alcohol, especially wine, champagne and beer.
• All fruit (especially citrus) except ripe bananas.
• Processed, fried and spicy foods, baked beans and pizza.
• Low-and reduced-fat foods – these are usually loaded with sugar, carbs and chemicals.
• Bread, pasta and other wheat and gluten products.
• Dairy foods such as cheese, milk and butter.
• Fizzy drinks, tonic water and carbonated flavoured water.
• Nuts, except pine nuts and seeds.
• Potatoes, aubergines, mushrooms, cucumbers, courgettes, tomatoes, peppers and avocados.
• Red meat – lamb, beef, pork, ham, sausages.
• Shellfish – prawns, mussels, crab, lobster and shrimps.
• Sugar, sweets, chocolate, cakes, biscuits, croissants and muffins.
• Tea and coffee, except green tea and herbal teas such as chamomile, rosehip and peppermint.
• Tomato ketchup, vinegar, mustard, sauces and chutneys.
• Yeast and yeast products (check the labels on food products such as soy sauce and pickles).
Foods to increase
• Brown rice.
• Buffalo mozzarella (occasionally as a cheese alternative).
• Dark green vegetables (except avocados which are acidic).
• Eggs (no more than three or four times a week).
• Fish (especially oily fish such as sardines, but not shellfish, tuna or swordfish).
• Freshly made vegetable juice.
• Freshly made vegetable soup.
• Gluten-free oatmeal made with rice milk or water.
• Gluten-free and wheat-free bread and cereal.
• Goats cheese, ricotta cheese, cottage cheese.
• Live yogurt.
• Olive oil.
• Pulses, lentils and chickpeas.
• Salad (excluding tomatoes and peppers) and steamed vegetables.
• Soya and tofu products.
• Soya milk, rice milk and goat's milk.
• White meat-chicken and turkey.
• Salt and pepper allowed in moderation.
After reading the book and many blogs, I've decided to start the detox next week (September 6th) and I will blog each day on what I've been eating and how I'm feeling. This will be a huge challenge for me as I've never really stuck to a diet before, I've never done a detox and I actually cannot live without my precious coffee.