Clean eating is also part of the cleansing process for us. We believe that it is important that you go through a good preparation before starting your detox program. We want you to get the full spectrum of benefits from this cleansing program. A detox diet will reduce the symptoms from the fast, it will permit you to make reserves of nutrients, and it will encourage more weight loss. Follow our pre and post detox guidelines to get the best detox results possible.
The Detox Preparation
A good detox diet program will prepare your body for the full 7 days of the cleanse. It will make it easier for you physically and mentally. If your body has been gradually introduced to clean and healthier food, the first 3 days of your detox will be easier, with less withdrawal symptoms.
Think about it. A fast allows the body to clear out toxins and metabolic waste that has been stored in your cells. That is an intense detoxification process. If on top of that, your body needs to detox from the unhealthy food you usually eat, the withdrawal symptoms may be more difficult for you.
This is why we advise you to follow a pre-cleanse detox diet program 2 weeks before you start your Om Detox 7 day program. We encourage you to eat non-acidic food when it is possible. That means avoiding processed foods, animal products (including eggs and dairy), industrial sugar, caffeine and alcohol. If it is not possible for you to prepare for two weeks, do what you can. The longer you prepare for the fast, the better it is for you.
If you are suffering from type 2 diabetes, you must follow a whole food plant-based diet that is low in fat before you start your detox program. It is imperative that you normalize your blood sugar levels before fasting. You should contact us before you start the program, and you should consult your doctor.
The Detox Diet – 2 Days of Raw Food
Now that you slowly prepared your body for the detox with healthier food, it is almost time to start the fast. If you did not do a long preparation, make sure to do the 2 day pre-cleanse detox diet. Remember that we only suggest what is best for you. It is up to you to decide how long you will prepare your body for this detox.
Two days before you start the OmDetox program, we recommend you to choose an alkaline diet, mostly composed of raw fruits and vegetables. This detox diet will permit you to have less symptoms in the first couple of days of the detox. Eating raw will also allow you to absorb more vitamins and minerals than you would eating cooked meals. Stocking up your reserves of nutrients before you start your fast will prevent deficiencies and will provide you with more energy to detoxify.
How to Break a Fast – Post-Cleanse Day 1 & 2
Introducing the food in your body after a fast has to be done gradually. After being shut down for a week, your digestive system is now sensitive to pro-inflammatory foods. You should reintroduce food carefully in order to get all the benefits from this detox.
Choosing simple meals is the key to a successful post-cleanse diet. We recommend you to eat fruits only to break the fast. Vegetables will then be reintroduced. Lightly steamed veggies are also permitted at dinner time. Follow our dietary guidelines and you will enjoy every second of it!
Post-Cleanse – Day 3
On the third day after your detox program, you can almost eat normally, but not quite yet! Continue eating colourful salads, fresh vegetables and fruits. Additionally, you can now introduce the rice in your diet. You should choose whole and organic grains, like brown rice.
Dal soup, a traditional Indian lentil dish, is also permitted. Just boil the dal in water with a little bit of garlic and your favorite herbs, until creamy. Yo will find soup recipes on our Pinterest page.
Post-Cleanse – Day 4
You can now eat plant proteins like beans, chickpeas, lentils, nuts, seeds, tofu and tempeh. More grains can be introduced, like quinoa, buckwheat, barley and millet. For the next 4 days, you should AVOID the following foods, which will be too strong for your sensitive system:
-Coffee and tea (caffeine)
-Meat, poultry & fish
-Eggs & dairy
-Soft drinks & alcohol
-Chocolate, chips & candies
-Deep fried & spicy foods
-Wheat (bread, pasta, pastries)