Detoxing For Beginners: Put These Foods On The Naughty List

Detoxing can feel incredibly overwhelming, but the key is to never begin your detox confused about what to implement and what to avoid. The first step to Detoxing is the elimination process. This is where you assess your diet and take out everything that will be harmful to your diet. Here's a helpful list of foods to remove from your diet and put on your "Naughty List." If you follow these instructions, you'll have an incredibly impactful beginning, and a clearer path throughout the whole process.   

The Naughty Food List


Alcohol: High in sugar and taxing on detox organs.

Added Sugar: Causes high blood sugar followed by a crash and increased food cravings for unhealthy foods.

Wheat/Gluten: For many people, gluten can cause irritation and damage to the gut, contributing to a host of problems in the body. Gluten triggers autoimmune responses as well as thyroid issues and can create the conditions for leaky gut in many people.

Dairy: A very common allergen and acidic in the body.

Soy: A very common allergen, often genetically modified, and may disrupt hormones in both males and females. Avoid tofu, soy milk, edamame, soy-based ice-creams, soy-sauce.

Peanuts: peanuts often have a mold called alfatoxin. Even if you don't have a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction, many people are still extremely sensitive to them.

Eggs: A common allergen.

Shellfish: A risk of parasites and metal contamination.

Corn: A common allergen, and elevates your blood sugar

Artificial sweeteners: Known to increase food cravings, elevate blood sugars as well as blood sugar crashes and alter the gut bacteria.

Grapefruit: This fruit has been known to block certain enzyme processes in the body.

What should you focus on?

Fresh Vegetables  

Eat 5-7 servings of veggies per day. These veggies can be raw or cooked.  (Avoid your intake of high-glycemic vegetables for example Lima beans, corn, white potato, sweet potato, yams)

Fresh Fruits

Consume 1-3 servings a day o fruits such as blueberries, cherries, and peaches.  Avoid fruits high in carbohydrates such as bananas, prunes, and figs.


Consume fish oils, olive oil, and other sources of Omega 3 fats.  Coconut, avocado, palm oil are all okay to consume. Minimize fats from animals which are not grass-fed, free range, wild caught. Avoid canola and vegetable oils.


Fiber will help the body eliminate toxins through the intestines.

Quality protein

Consume 3-4 servings per day.  Invest in grass fed, free range meats. It’s okay to consume a protein shake but make sure that the ingredients are not on the “naughty list”.  Beef, venison, buffalo, pork (no ham or cured pork), chicken, cod, turkey, halibut, white fish, lamb are all great sources.


Try to drink at least eight 8-oz glasses of water ever day. Water is essential to detoxification by eliminating toxins from the bloodstream, lubricates and flushes wastes and toxins from all cells.

The detox information in this series article is a collection of information I have learned throughout the years.  From Dr. LaValle, to Life Time’s approach, to various seminars and professional speakers.

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