Detox Menu Plan

Happy, healthy new year!  For the record, I am not a dietitian and I can’t say that this detox plan is right for everyone. As with all “diets”, please don’t take my word for it, do your own research and make sure this is a good fit for you. We are all so different, and I don’t believe in “one size fits all”. This is what has worked for me- and I just wanted to share it.

A little back story: For several years, I have watched my own metabolism slow down and my weight slowly creep up. Growing up, I was naturally slim and it wasn’t really until my thirties that I noticed weight gain. But back then, loosing a few pounds used to be easy. Not anymore. Although I do not consider myself a heavy person, I  gained pounds around the middle that made me feel sluggish and unhealthy. For several years I tried everything. Phases of no carbs, juicing, fasting, no gluten, going totally vegan, etc….nothing really worked or lasted too long if it did.

But this summer I tried something different. I stumbled on a book written by a cardiologist….and it completely changed the way I thought about food. It convinced me to cut back on fat. This went against everything I believed. Even though both my parents had heart disease, I was of the mindset that good fats, were “good”. But often I drowned my salads with “good” olive oil, and ate tons of “good” nuts, and cooked with lots of “good” coconut milk. I also had eggs ( my favorite) for breakfast on most days of the week, though I did eat them over a big green salad.

Well, even though I was eating a lot of fruits and veggies, I still couldn’t loose a single pound!! I still felt heavy around the middle. I felt tired. I realized how personally, even though I ate a diet full of fruits and veggies, I tended to reach for richer foods- cheeses, oils, nuts, eggs and chocolate. In the beginning, I just started paying attention to my choices. I noticed that instead of having lunch, some days I would have a bowlful of nuts (thinking they were good for me). Which they are, but like most things, in moderation.

I learned that our bodies, when we consume too much fat (and toxins from overly processed foods), just can’t filter them out as efficiently as it used to. It is almost like our own, naturally built in, detoxing system gets overloaded and tired. It stops processing fat it as effortlessly as it once did. Cutting out fats/toxins for a period of time is like rebooting the system. It allows our bodies a break, letting it “catch up” with its inner cleaning.  Eating clean foods for a period of time, allows our body a chance to do what it naturally want to do. Heal.

And while we cut back on fat and processed foods, our bodies become better able to absorb all the good clean foods we are putting into them. And I find that in the process, I start to actually crave these clean foods.

So, this is what I did ….and I felt so much better. I lost weight for the first time in years. I also had more energy and slept better. Gradually I started adding a little fat in, but not nearly as much as before, and the weight has actually stayed off. My body just seems to be working more efficiently. I’m not promising miracles here, but I think if you give it a try, you may be pleasantly surprised- like I was.

For more inspiration on this way of eating, look up….  “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease”, written by the cardiologist I mentioned above.  Also read  “The China Study’,  “Forks over Knives”,  “The Mc Dougal Diet,” and The Hot Belly Diet ( Ayurvedic).


For the next 2-4 weeks, starting as soon as you are “mentally” ready…begin the following:

  • Drink 12 oz warm lemon water first thing in the morning ( you can also use fresh limes, grapefruit or oranges) . Alternately, drink warm water with a couple teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar (“with the mother in it”, I like Braggs Brand ) first thing in the morning ( I do every other day) .
  • After a light nutritious breakfast ( see breakfast menu ideas) make the Ayurvedic Tea and drink it hot, everyday, throughout the whole day, refilling as necessary. Drink lots of this hot tea or hot clear fluids all day ( like yerba, or green tea, or hot natural herbal teas) This is key. It flushes everything out.
  • Try to eat a wide array of fresh fruits and veggies. Branch out. Diversify.
  • Take a break from eggs for breakfast.
  • Take a break from nuts.
  • Take a from all processed foods- eating whole fresh ingredients as much as possible.
  • Take a break from sugar. ( A little honey or maple is OK)
  • Take a break from white flour, eating only whole grains.
  • Go really light on all fats, even “good fats” like olive oil, coconut, nuts and avocados. A little is OK, as it really does make food palatable, but be mindful of how much you are using and try not to have more than 1-2  tsp oil in any one meal. Just try it, and take note of what you usually eat.
  • Take a break from all cheese, butter, yogurt and sour cream, all dairy, red meat, pork or rich meats.
  • Start Taking 1000 mg of vitamin C and a multi B complex vitamin every night.
  • Fish, seafood and very lean meats are OK in moderation, although, if so inclined, take a break from them altogether, or try only having it once a day, with the vegetable being the focus of the meal.
  • Weigh yourself once before you start, and then not again for 2 weeks.
  • If for some reason you have a meal or a whole day where you totally splurge, no biggie, just start again the next meal or next day. Don’t let it stop you from continuing. Just let it go. Start again fresh. For example, I go out to dinner at least once a week with my girlfriends, and honestly, I order whatever I want. The rest of the time I try to be fairly good though.
  • Try to go on a walk, bike ride, hike (or something moderately active) for 30 minutes, on most days. Breath deep, and give your body gratitude. Thank your heart, your lungs, your limbs, for making it possible to move and be alive.
  • Consider detoxing your heart and mind. Begin looking at stuck emotions, and ask yourself what would be healthy to let go of, release, or forgive.
  •  Consider your spiritual and emotional health. Are you making time to do the things that keep you connected,  balanced and joyful?  For example, for me this means being outside in the natural world  and creating time for stillness first thing the morning …sometimes with a spiritual or  inspirational book, or poetry, and having a daily gratitude “practice”. We are all different, and I think we intuitively know what we need. It’s easy to forget how important it is.
  • Detoxing and cleansing is not just for the physical body, it’s for our whole body – our emotional body, our mind and spirit as well. It’s also for the space around us. Look around where you live. Do the things in your home truly bring you joy? Or do they weigh you down or burden you? Start clearing out the things that do not bring joy — giving them to others, donating them or throwing away.  Create a space that is peaceful, restorative and joyful.

To see my Detox Recipes online click here

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  1. These recipes look wonderful! Anxious to try as many as possible. I noticed in some of the recipes that you use tofu. I don’t like tofu so I was wondering if you could recommend a substitution

  2. Hi Cindi…thanks for your comment. Depending on the dish- you could substitute whole beans, fish, chicken breast ( are you vegetarian?). But I guess I want to challenge you a bit here and see if you could give tofu, an honest try. :) Yes, it’s an acquired taste/texture, I totally get it, but I bet, if seasoned well, you may eventually come to enjoy it? Good luck and let me know how it goes!

  3. Thanks for your help!
  4. Excellent menu recipes! I’ll certainly give it a try soon, my personal challenge would be stay away from cappuccino and cookies at breakfast :)
    Thanks again for sharing!

  5. Thanks Manuela! Yes, fortunately, we ate all the cookies during the holidays, so its easier when they are not right in front of me!

  6. Really impressed to see these wonderful creations…feeling connected as I have a similar style/approach to create something healthy, cross-cuisine & ofcourse delicious!
    Great presentation & pics! First time on your site. Will definitely try some…
    ~ Shweta

  7. Thanks Shewta…appreciate your feedback and welcome to the site!

  8. Your photography is AMAZING! Very impressed :)

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  1. Ira Edwards says

    Very interesting look forward to the variety of recipes.
    At present on a journey of reducing my weight.

    Thank you

    • Sylvia Fountaine says

      Thanks Ira,
      All the best to you…. and I would love to hear updates on your journey!

  2. Jo says

    Hello Sylvia,
    Will the Detox Menu Plan be sent in email? I signed up to receive it but so far nothing came through. Could you please help?
    Thank you! Jo

  3. GIna says

    Awesome site and <i love all the recipes. I tried to sign up for the detox plan but it did not work numerous times. Could you please help? thanks!

    • Sylvia Fountaine says

      Sorry about that…it’s all automated so there must be a weird glitch… I’ll email it to you!!

  4. Connie says

    Hy Sylvia, I love your photos and recipes and can’t wait to try them all. I signed up to receive the Detox Menu Plan and I haven’t receive it. I only received the conformation email. Could you please send it to me?
    Looking forward to hear from you :)
    Best Regards.

  5. Catherine Ruel says

    Hi Sylvia!

    I love your blog, recipes, and outlook on life!

    I signed up as well, but did not receive the menus. Could you send it to me too?

  6. Sara says

    Hello Sylvia,
    I really enjoy your posts in your website. I’m following you on Pintereset as well.
    I’m intersted in doing the detox, I did sign up but I didn’t receive the recipes. Don’t you mind sending to me please.
    Thank you! God bless you!

  7. Laura Hay says

    Hi there! I am totally taken with your site, the beautiful recipes and photography. Thank you.

    I am a little relieved to see – but sorry to say – that I, too, am not receiving anyting via e-mail, although I signed up. When I tried to sign up again, I got a message saying I had already done so – but haven’t received anything. Could you add me to the detox e-mail list?

  8. Renee Losier says

    Hello Sylvia

    I seem to have the same problem as some others. I signed up for your Detox menu and did not receive it. Would you kindly email it to me, please?
    Your website is my go to for great recipes! Thank you!

    • Sylvia Fountaine says

      There was a problem with my Mail Chimp Email settings, but I think it has been fixed…you should have received it this morning?
      Let me know if you haven’t…thanks!!

  9. Natarlia Hansen says

    Hi Sylvia!

    I also did not receive the meal plan, would you be able to email it to me too?

    Thank you!

  10. Olwen Hewitt says

    I’m having great difficulty hunting out the Haloumi salad with mint dressing recipe,so far searched in vain.Here’s hoping!

  11. Jane says

    Hi Sylvia

    I did not receive the meal plan either. Would be much appreciated if you could email it to me.

    Many thanks

    • Sylvia Fountaine says

      Sure- No problem, I will email it to you Mel!
      Did you get the confirmation message? The most common reason people don’t receive it is because there is typo in the email address.

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