This last year has been quite hectic for me what with travel, business and family commitments and I can definitely feel the toll it’s taken on my overall well-being so I’m really looking forward to getting a good detox in this Ramadan. In fact ideally I’d like to lose the few pounds that have found a comfortable home on my waistline no doubt due to a few too many meals on the go, nights that took too long to end, early mornings that needed a coffee jolt and of course that wicked sweet tooth of mine…
And I’m guessing I’m not alone in this department, which is why I thought I’d share my Ramadan Detox Diet with you guys
Now considering Ramadan starts tomorrow, we’d best get cracking… coz if you’re anything like me you are just about to make a mad dash for the supermarket right about now!
Ramadan Detox Diet
So first let me say that a Detox Diet is meant to achieve a certain goal – flushing your system of built up toxins – and as such it has specific requirements that need to be met in order for it to be effective. These are:
Eliminating foods that can unbalance your gut – these include highly processed and refined foods (this includes white flour and rice) as well as caffeine
Eliminating foods that can aggravate a system that is out of sorts like milk and foods that contain yeast or moulds like leavened breads and cheese
Reducing your intake of foods that acidify the body like fried foods and meats
Consuming more foods that are alkaline in nature like veggies, whole grains and fruits
As well as adding foods that can introduce healthy bacteria back into the gut like yogurt, kefir and miso
As you can see following a Detox Diet requires a lot of discipline but luckily it’s only meant to be followed for a short period of time (well I guess that’s relative – is 4 weeks short for you?) which is exactly why Ramadan is the perfect time to tackle it!
The goal of this meal is to provide slow burning fuel for the next 15 or so hours. So I usually try and include the following:
1 serving of whole grains (1/2 cup oatmeal OR 1 whole wheat chapatti)
1 serving of fermented yogurt (1 cup laban OR 1 cup kefir)
1 serving of protein (3/4 cup foul OR 1 organic eggs)
1 serving of fruit or veggies (1 banana OR 1 cup salad)
OK I know I know you’ll be ready to eat a horse by the time iftaar rolls around – but this is the time to focus on that mental discipline… Keep in mind that after such a long fast eating a large meal will send your blood sugar levels sky rocketing so keep this meal light but hydrating:
start with 1-3 dates
have a glass of warm water with fresh lemon squeezed into it
finish it off with 1 cup of broth based vegetable soup
Wait @least 30 min or ideally 1 hour after iftaar to have dinner. And keep in mind that because the goal is to detox, the focus should be on eating more alkaline foods:
1 serving protein (75g baked fish, chicken or meat)
2 servings whole grains (1 cup brown rice OR 1 cup whole-wheat pasta)
1 serving fruit and veggies (½ cup cooked veggies OR 1 cup green salad)
Yep you heard that correctly but when I say midnight snack I mean a healthy one and it doesn’t actually have to be at midnight… I usually consider this my post-tarawee snack:
1 serving vegetable protein (¾ cup lentil soup OR ¾ cup hummus)
1 serving fruit and veggies (½ cup fruit salad OR 1 cup veggie sticks)
Keep in Mind
DON’T FORGET to stay hydrated! Make sure to drink @least 2L of water and/or green teas through out the night.
To make it easier, I’ve made it so you can download this plan here if you want to print it out and stick on your fridge. Now I’m a girl and don’t need as many calories as the average boy would so I’ve made modifications for any boys wanting to follow along on the printable menu.
BTW I’m offering a FREE 4 Week Detox Program this month if you want to really get into it with me! It’s something I would normally charge $199 or AED 750 for and my way of saying thank you for all the support and love you’ve shown me over the years <3 You’ll get weekly updates along with recipes, tips and exercises so you can get the full benefit of a Ramadan Detox.
RAMADAN KAREEM EVERYONE!!
*So how do you join the FREE 4 Week Program? If you are already subscribed to my mailing list you don’t have to do anything! If not simply sign up and as a bonus you’ll also get my 5 Key Strategies for Losing Weight & Keeping It Off. I can’t wait for us to get started!