The Brown Rice Detoxification Diet was a tool that I personally used during my first steps towards a healthier life. The diet embraces natural, whole foods and focuses on eliminating processed foods, sugars and common allergens including dairy and wheat.
The premise is that by following this plan and eating foods from the earth, you will give your body an opportunity to begin to detoxify from the burden of the Standard American Diet (SAD). I love this plan because it focuses on whole foods while providing you with plenty of options to keep you full and nourished.
The first Naturopathic Doctor that I ever saw asked me to follow something similar to this. At the time, it seemed incredibly overwhelming to have to give up so many things that were part of my every day norm. Regardless, I dove in, stuck to the plan and embraced a disciplined mindset. The results that I experienced were incredible. I felt light, energized and healthy for the first time in a long time. I was finally nourishing my body in a way that worked for me. Looking back today, the foods included on the to avoid list are foods that I no longer want or crave (except for the occasional cup of organic coffee).
Follow this plan for three weeks and see how much better it makes you feel. You should experience clearer skin, better elimination, more energy, less stomach pains, fewer headaches, less bloating and much, much more. For me, eating this way wasn’t easy but it was definitely worth it. I bet it will make you feel so good, you will never want to go back to your old ways!
Foods to Eat
- All fresh fruits with the exception of bananas (binding and high in sugar). Grapefruits and lemons are very alkalizing and berries and green apples are low in sugar and high in fiber, so they make great choices. Remember that many fruits are high in sugar so they should be consumed in moderation.
- All fresh vegetables: onions, garlic, carrots, beets, leeks, celery, brussel sprouts, green beans, broccoli, spinach, kale, arugula, bok choy, avocado, sprouts, cucumbers, ect.
- Root vegetables: sweet potatoes, squashes (spaghetti squash, acorn squash, etc).
- Beans: lentils, chickpeas, black beans and bean spreads including hummus.
- Meats: small portions of organic chicken, turkey, lamb and wild deep water fish may be taken no more than once per day. Organic eggs may also be eaten.
- Soups: organic broths, vegetable soups (homemade or all natural).
- Superfoods: chia seeds, hemp hearts, gogi berries.
- Non-dairy milks and yogurts: almond, cashew and coconut milks. These products should be ‘unsweetened’.
- Protein shakes: rice, hemp or pea proteins mixed with non-dairy milks, coconut water, fruits, leafy greens, superfood add-ins.
- Nuts and seeds: almonds, cashews, walnuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds (unsalted, raw nuts and seeds if possible), as well as nut butters made from these.
- Condiments: olive oil, coconut oil, tamari, apple cider vinegar, sea salt, all herbs and spices.
- Brown rice and other gluten free grains: millet, buckwheat, quinoa, tapioca, amaranth (any cereals, breads, pastas and/or crackers containing these grains). Although included, consumption of grains should be limited. If you suspect grain sensitivity, this element should be completely removed. Also remember that not all gluten free products are healthy, so make sure that these products (especially cereals) are not high in added sugars (ie. less than 8g per serving) and are consumed in moderation.
- Drinks: coconut water, green juices.
- Tea: green teas and herbal teas (peppermint, chamomile, ginger, rooibos, etc).
- 2 liters of water per day (minimum) to assist in improving elimination.
Foods to Avoid
- All processed foods.
- All refined carbohydrates (white flours, white sugars).
- Dairy (no cow or goat’s milk products).
- Wheat and products containing gluten including barley, spelt and rye (breads, pastas, tortilla wraps made from these ingredients).
- Corn and corn products.
- Red meats, pork, shellfish, all processed meats.
- Table salt, hydrogenated oils, margarines.
- All sweeteners (small amounts of stevia, honey, and/or coconut sugar are acceptable but limit yourself to a maximum of 12g of sugar per day).
- All alcoholic beverages, sodas, juices including fruit juices (all juices, even natural fruit juices are high in sugar).
- Coffee and black tea (side note: this is a tricky one because I know that when I mention cutting coffee out of your daily routine, it is a big deterrence for many people. There is a lot of debate on coffee but I personally don’t believe that a cup of organic coffee is bad for you. The reason that it is not recommended while following a detoxification program is because caffeine is a stimulant that your body must process. If you cannot live without coffee while following this program, limit yourself to one cup a day of the good, organic stuff).
Once the three week period is over, you should slowly reintroduce some of the foods that you eliminated to see how your body responds. I would recommend introducing each food separately, especially dairy and wheat, since these are common allergens and may make you feel unwell after consuming them. During the re-introduction phase, best practice is to add one new food every three days in order to gauge how your body feels.
And finally, temptation is bound to arise but when it does, use this mantra: “I am dedicated to my health. I am disciplined in this process. I have the strength and personal power to do this.” And it’s true – you do!
Keep Shining — Kate☀️
*Note: This information is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider.