Diabetic dieting principles are not about doing without and starving they are about being aware of the type of foods you are putting in your mouth and, in fact, most people eat more rather than less. Many people benefit from a detox diet, unfortunately, the short term detox diet is harsh and very hard to follow. A healthy way of detoxing is to choose a 28 day plan. What most people don’t realise with a 28 day detox diet is the fact they often eat more than they did before.
Before deciding whether a detox diet is going to work for you, you need to be honest with yourself. If you’re not honest with yourself then you won’t know whether this diet will help you and you may embark on yet another diet that doomed to failure before you begin. The questions you need an honest answer to our these.
Do you feel tired all the time?
How many times have you dieting to lose weight but failed to keep it off long-term?
How many times have you looked at a magical slimming formula?
How many years is it since you got into your wedding suit or wedding dress?
Do you weigh yourself every day and get depressed?
Do you ever weigh yourself?
Have you got an exercise bike languishing on your premises and unused?
How many times do you feel guilty when you eat? When you feel guilty about your food choices does that create another spiral of guilt eating?
Although the answers to these questions may be depressing thinking about them especially if you answer yes to most of them may inspire you to try something else.
It is a spiral bad eating habits. Any form of bad eating habits which are consistent is disastrous for everyone but especially for diabetics. Who was the last person you knew who consistently out too much salad. Now you’re getting to see what I mean loads of people me included having the past the whole package of donuts in one sitting! There will be a few of you reading this who will be saying “what only one?”
Many of you will know the feeling you get up in the morning determined to eat the right things. You know what they are, your diabetic nurse has driven them into you hundreds of times. Before you turn around you have a cup of coffee with cream and sugar in front of you. As you start to drink, after all it’s only one cup of coffee, you have put a couple of pieces of toast into the toaster. When they come out you mindlessly slather on a mountain of butter and some sugary toppings such as honey or jam. And of course, you can’t eat all of this without another cup of coffee. Before you finish breakfast you are already starting the day with a massive guilt complex.
When you are at work mid-morning and you have the opportunity to eat a donut or a pastry or some other equally sweet concoction there is no incentive at all to stop doing it because you’ve already had a bad morning. This carries on throughout the day until eventually you fall into bed feeling that you are disgusting and weak.
What you are in reality is human! All of us have days like that. Even Leo who was the most discipline reformed diabetic I know has some days when he eats all day. However, he doesn’t tend to compound the problem by eating a massive amount of sugary things. Every morning he has a cooked breakfast which includes bacon or sausage, an egg or maybe two if he’s hungry, he has either boiled mushrooms or grilled tomatoes with this and they cover half his plate he also has a piece of fish. Every morning he has half a piece of toast. This toast is always multigrain and wholemeal and he never has anything on it. He uses the tomatoes to lubricate the toast or he puts the scrambled eggs on the toast or the fried eggs.
As you can see, this isn’t great food for a detox diet it has to salt in either the bacon or the sausage and both are processed foods. The idea of a detox diet would be that you would avoid alcohol and processed foods for the whole month. It also means no caffeine and no dairy. Some people find in the first few days that they have a headache which is usually down to giving up caffeine cold turkey. That’s the downside the plus side is that most people lose about 3 kg or 5 pounds and never feel hungry.
The biggest difference though usually most people find they feel energised. I make sure I do a complete detox diet for two weeks every year. However, if I haven’t the time when I have been eating too much rich food or drinking a little too much then I just detox for a few days. Next week, for instance, looking at my diary I find that I have a dinner date with friends which will involve too much alcohol and probably a mountain of pasta (that is because it is the one food that Leo cannot eat even wholemeal pasta senses sugar levels through the roof, so I only eat it on high days and holidays when I’m out and he’s not there). I also have a business meeting in a posh hotel which will certainly mean a few treats and also I have dinner with my brother. Knowing that this is coming up this week I followed a detox diet for five days and next week I will have alternate days. The day before going out and enjoying myself I will detox and will be detoxing in between.
That will make a huge difference to my life! What it does mean is that I won’t feel guilty. I know I can eat and drink what I want to do in those three days because I have prepared for them beforehand. I won’t lose weight, but I won’t gain any either.