So, you’ve probably heard of the paleo diet by now, where you incorporate healthier, whole foods into your diet that were once consumed by your ancestors. There are numerous benefits in doing this, including better general health, fat loss, an increase in lean muscle mass, and the prevention of life-threatening diseases from developing in the future. For something a little bit more extreme, have you considered the paleo detox? This eating plan will cleanse all alcohol and sugar from your system and then gradually incorporate foods back into your diet to kick-start the body’s hormones.
What is a paleo detox?
A paleo detox has a number of benefits, and can help to flush out toxins in your body, leaving you feeling and looking better and healthier than ever before. Like with any detox, the paleo detox can be tough, and will require a certain amount of discipline in order to see the fastest results. However, unlike a paleo diet where you are allowed to consume fresh fruit, on this detox you will need to refrain from eating any sugar at all – including that in apples, oranges, pears and the like.
How do I start the detox?
The first week of the detox is probably the hardest, with experts suggesting that you refrain from eating any sugar (including fresh fruit), alcohol, grain and legumes. The foods you can eat on the diet include vegetables such as onions, radish, cucumber, celery, carrots, mushrooms, seaweed, tomatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, turnip, parsley and lettuce. These foods are rich in natural carbohydrates, and will help to keep you fuller for longer – meaning it will be a little easier to stop yourself from snacking in-between meals.
You will also need to consume foods high in protein, such as lean animal meats like beef and pork, as well as eggs and any fish that you like. Protein-rich foods are low in calories and high in protein content, helping to increase the amount of lean muscle mass on your body, and reducing fat. Finally, you will need to consume some healthy fats on the diet to allow your body to receive all the vitamins and nutrients it needs to function correctly on a daily basis. These foods can include almond oil, avocado oil, pecans, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, sesame seeds, and olive oil.
What happens next?
In the second week of the detox, you will need to start introducing some other food elements, and you start introducing fruit back into your diet. These can include apples, oranges, avocado, cherries, and bananas. You can also welcome back healthy legumes like summer squash or sweet potato.
After the second week, you will need to maintain your paleo detox. You should be feeling much better at this point, and many people who have tried the detox in the past have noticed that they have more energy, feel more alert during the day, and are getting a much better night’s sleep. You can gradually add more protein or healthy fat into your diet after the second week, and you should also notice a marked improvement in the quality of your skin and hair.