Your Lemon Juice Diet 24-hour Mini Detox
Feeling lethargic, bloated and rather unfabulous? Maybe it's time to give your body a break. Theresa Cheung, author of The Lemon Juice Diet, shows you how to get started.
Extract taken from The Lemon Juice Diet (Ebury)
A body and mind starved of nutrients and overloaded with toxins is one of the major causes of poor digestion, blood sugar swings and the resulting fatigue, mood swings and weight gain.
The 24-hour '' concentrates on foods and techniques that can help boost your nutrient intake and cleanse your body of toxins naturally.
To ensure your 'detox' is nutritionally sound, the plan will involve drinking plenty of lemon juice with water; it will also involve regular snacks of fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds.
Rather than starving you of nutrients, which would just cause your blood sugar levels and your mood to sink really low, you will be eating plenty of cleansing, natural foods and drinking lots of water to support your body's own in-house detox system, which is so effective that even the most sophisticated detox product can't compete with it.
The 24-hour plan is a great way to get back on track if you've fallen off the wagon or to give your digestion a boost and kick-start if you're new to all this.
As you follow the plan, never forget that healthy eating to lose weight has nothing to do with dieting - we know that diets don't work in the long term - but everything to do with giving your body the best nutrition it can get.
So, for the next 24 hours, and hopefully for the rest of your life, you are going to give yourself the very best, top-quality, premium-grade fuel.
The basis for this 'detox' diet is four glasses of 'fresh' lemonade, lots of water and regular meals and snacks that are as fresh, natural and healthy as possible.
Not only will it give you all the nutrients you need to expel toxins naturally and revitalise your digestive system without feeling hungry, you can also lose a minimum of 600 grams to 1 kilo, depending on your height and body weight.
Making your lemonade
To make your lemonade you will need:
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice (approximately 1⁄2 to 1 lemon)
300 ml (10 fl oz) pure, filtered water (according to taste)
1 tsp organic grade B maple syrup (optional) or a cinnamon stick
Small pinch of cayenne pepper
Mix together the lemon juice, water, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. Stir well and serve slightly warm at room temperature. As an alternative to maple syrup you could stir a cinnamon stick into your lemon juice.