Although “treating the cause” of an illness is fundamentally most important, next up is to “remove the obstacles to cure”. Eating a clean diet allows your body a vacation from it’s usual duties and thus the time and energy to restore to a more optimal state of functioning. The more you clean up your diet and lifestyle the better state of health you will experience in the long run. The following is a basic detoxification diet. Be sure to check with your physician first to determine if a detox is the right choice for you.
Include in diet – mint, spearmint, comfrey, licorice root, eucalyptus, dandelion, chaparral, red clover, chamomile. Coffee substitute: Pero, Cafix.
Avoid – alcohol, cocoa, coffee, milk, soft drinks and decaf coffee.
Include in diet – millet, rye, buckwheat, whole wheat, bran, corn, 7-grains, soya tortillas, only whole grains, freshly ground or sprouted, free of all preservatives.
Avoid – white bread and blended bread made out of white flour
Include in diet – millet, oatmeal, brown and wild rice, buckwheat groats, barley, cornmeal, cracked wheat and 7-grain, freshly ground if possible.
Avoid – processed cereals which are puffed, flaked, etc., NO WHITE RICE.
Include in diet – no dairy products. Tofu (soy cheese) is OK. Milk substitutes: soy, sesame or diluted tahini milk, rice milk, use nut milks sparingly, no eggs in any form.
Avoid – eggs, milk, cheeses
Include in diet – most cold-pressed, unsaturated oils such as, safflower, sesame, walnut, corn, soy and soy lecithin spread
Avoid – butter, shortening, margarine, saturated oils & fats, cottonseed oil. Rancid and continually heated oils.
Include in diet – cold water fish (baked, broiled, poached) tofu, all legumes
Avoid – beef, pork, poultry and veal
Include in diet – fresh, whole fruits, fruit cocktails, stewed fruits, natural fruit gelatin, whole tapioca. Sweeteners: honey, sorghum and maple syrup (in moderation)
Avoid – Canned or frozen fruits, all pastries, custards, sauces, ice cream & candy
Include in diet – fresh fruits organically grown if possible. Apples, apricots, bananas, berries, cherries, currants, grapes, guavas, grapefruit, lemon, mango, melon, nectarine, oranges, papaya, peaches, pineapple, pears, plums, persimmons, tangerines
Avoid – sprayed and sulfured fruit, canned or frozen fruit.
Include in diet – only fresh unsweetened juices if possible. Fruit: apple, berry, cherry, grape, grapefruit, lemon, orange, pear, pineapple, prune. Vegetables: beet, carrot, cucumber, celery, garlic, onion, peppers (red or green), radish, red cabbage, turnip. Peel sprayed vegetables or wash thoroughly.
Avoid – all canned and frozen juices
NUTS & SEEDS
Include in diet – limited amounts of nuts, particularly fresh, raw walnuts, almonds, pecan and peanuts. Raw nut butters, freshly made only. Seeds: sunflower, chia, sesame and pumpkin.
Avoid – roasted and/or salted nuts and seeds. Cashew, brazil and pine nuts are too high in oil.
Include in diet – home made soups made from listed ingredients. Brown rice, barley or millet can be added. Miso soups with vegetables.
Avoid – canned and creamed soups, fat stock, bouillon or dehydrated consomméé
POTATOES, PASTA & GRAINS
Include in diet – baked or steamed potatoes with jackets and mashed. Potato salad seasoned with salad dressing. Millet, brown rice and all kinds of pasta & macaroni made from buckwheat, whole wheat, soy and vegetable flower without eggs.
Avoid – French fries, potato chips, grilled potatoes, white rice, white flour noodles and macaroni.
Include in diet – chives, garlic, parsley, sprouts. Herbs: Laurel, marjoram, sage, thyme and savory. Kelp, vegetables and herb seasonings (that contain no sodium chloride “table salt”). Salt substitutes: “Spike”, “Vegit”, “Veg Sal” and soy sauce.
Avoid – spices, pepper and table salt
Include in diet – raw or freshly steamed, organically grown if possible. Artichokes, asparagus, beets, carrots, celery, chives, corn, cucumbers, endive, green and wax beans, green peas, lentils, lima beans, onions, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, yams, watercress, kale, beet tops, radish, red cabbage, etc.
Avoid – sprayed, canned or frozen vegetables.