Foods to Emphasize While Cleansing
- Live Foods: Live foods support the body by providing more enzymes and nutrients that may be missing from boxed and pre-packaged foods. Good choices include raw, organic fruits and vegetables (veggies may also be lightly steamed), as well as fermented foods that contain beneficial probiotic cultures such as plain yogurt, kefir (a fermented milk beverage), miso and/or tempeh. You may also want to supplement with a quality daily probiotic. Buy organic when possible, and always wash your fruits and vegetables well.
- Lean Proteins: Opt for lean protein sources such as chicken, turkey, beef, game meats, fish, tofu, tempeh, hummus, eggs, nuts and seeds, dairy, and quality protein shakes. Buy organic, natural or free-range when possible.
- Grains: Grain sources such as millet, buckwheat, khorasan wheat, amaranth, quinoa, spelt, teff, rye, basmati rice, kamut, wild rice and brown rice provide an excellent source of fiber while cleansing. (Khorasan wheat, spelt, rye, and kamut are ‘cousins’ of wheat and may contain gluten). Renew Life also makes several high fiber supplements as well.
- Water, Water, Water: Drinking plenty of water is essential during cleansing. A good rule of thumb is to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water every day. Choose purified, spring, or filtered water if possible.
- Healthy Fats: Avocado, olives, walnuts, almonds, pecans, flaxseeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sardines, salmon, coconut, and coconut milk.
Helpful Food Guidelines
Here is a helpful list of recommended foods to eat throughout the day, including suggested substitutions for some of the more common foods shown to cause ‘sensitivity’ or discomfort. You may also want to eat smaller portions more often (eating meals/snacks 5-6x per day vs. larger meals 2-3x per day) to keep you more satisfied. We also advise you to eat more slowly and chew your food thoroughly.
- Sprouted Grain Breads: Millet, amaranth, rice, spelt or rye.
- Nut Butters: Nut butters such as almond butter may be eaten with breads listed above, or with carrot and celery sticks.
- Butter, Clarified Butter: Butter (preferably organic) and clarified butter (also known as ghee) may be consumed in moderation.
- Steel-cut Oats/Oatmeal: Steel-cut oats are unprocessed (unlike instant oatmeal) as well as more flavorful.
- Fruits: Granny Smith apples, kiwi, grapefruit, unsweetened berries, lemons, fresh pineapple, and fruits in general make good choices.
- Unsweetened Cereals: Opt for natural cereals with no fruit juice or other added sweeteners.
- Whole-cooked Millet: This makes a great breakfast cereal.
- Turkey Breakfast Patties/Strips
- Eggs: Natural/organic when possible.
- Lean Protein: Chicken, turkey, beef, fish, eggs, and other lean proteins.
- Vegetables: All fresh vegetables (raw or slightly steamed) – EAT PLENTY!
- Beans & Legumes: Including black beans, navy beans, pinto beans, and any dried beans.
- Oils: Cold-pressed olive oil, flaxseed oil, grapeseed, or coconut oil.
- Plain Yogurt or Kefir
- Nuts & Seeds: preferably raw and smaller portions.
- Raw Veggies: Carrot, celery, broccoli, zucchini, yellow squash, any green vegetables.
- Almond or Nut Butter: Excellent with veggie sticks.
- Freshly Popped Popcorn: Consume sparingly, may be flavored with fresh butter and sea salt.
- Vegetable Juices: Recommend mainly green juices. Lemon or Granny Smith apples may be added to taste.
- Herbal Teas: Including chamomile, peppermint, pau d’arco.
- Purified Water: At least half your body weight in ounces daily.
- Green Tea
Condiments & Sweeteners:
- Vinegars, especially apple cider vinegar
- All Spices (as tolerated)
- Liquid Amino Acids: Use in place of soy sauce.
- Stevia, Lo Han, or Monk Fruit
Dairy/Wheat Flour Substitutions:
- Rice Milk
- Almond Milk
- Coconut Milk
- Rice/almond Cheeses
- Goat Milk, Cheeses & Kefir
- Soy (if tolerated)
- Rice Flour, Coconut Flour, Almond Flour, Buckwheat Flour, Millet
Consult your healthcare professional before making dietary changes or using Renew Life products, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, diabetic, on medication, have a medical condition, or are beginning a health or weight control program. These guidelines are not recommended or supported for those under the age 18.