is a vital organ that helps clear away toxins and
impurities from our bodies.
The Liver Cleansing Diet is one way of helping the liver
filter out impurities from our blood. This diet, written
by Dr Sandra Cabot, has been around for about 8 years
and has been reported as beneficial by many people who
have tried it.
Although some people notice a weight loss during the
diet, it isn’t a weight loss program and doesn’t
restrict calorie intakes. It is a healthy eating
program, and many of the habits gained during the 8 week
diet can be maintained afterwards as part of a healthy
The liver cleansing diet takes 8 weeks to complete in
full and establishes a better metabolic balance. It
helps people with liver problems as well as those just
wanting to feel healthier.
Some of the main factors of the diet include:
The liver cleansing diet isn’t easy for many westerners
used to a lot of processed and fast food options. In
fact, many such people will look at the diet and decide
it’s too hard to contemplate unless they are forced into
If the diet appears too hard for you, perhaps try some
simple changes in your diet for a few weeks first to
ease yourself into it. These changes will have their own
benefits and might just make the whole diet seem
Make one day
a week vegetarian. It really isn’t that hard to go
without meat for just one day a week – try a napoli
pasta sauce, nachos, a salad roll, fried rice or a
sweet drinks you have – even swapping one glass of
water for a glass of cordial or soft drink will help
you reduce the sugar in your diet. Likewise, having
1 or 1.5 teaspoons of sugar in your coffee is less
than 2 teaspoons and it will add up over days and
amount of raw veggies you eat by having a salad
instead of cooked veggies, grating a carrot as an
edible garnish or use vegetable sticks as snacks
with or without dips.
fruit jams as a replacement for those with added
sugar and preservatives.
your eating so you can enjoy the tastes and notice
when you are full so you are less inclined to
brown rice instead of white – you may be surprised
to find it has much more flavour as well as more
nutrients and fibre.
versions of dairy products to reduce the fat
content, but choose those without added sugars.
puddings and cakes for desert, try stewed or canned
fruit – without sugar or syrup. For a bit more
interest, sprinkle over some honey and coconut and
bake it for a short time.
butter and margarine on toast and bread, etc. If
you’re having a sandwich, you will often find the
filling is enough by itself anyway. As alternatives,
consider using tomato paste, pesto, squashed
avocado, tahini, humus, chutney or honey.
salad dressings from a bottle, use vinegar, lemon
juice and herbs.
away food that has been sitting in a shop – choose
food that is cooked fresh. For instance, watching a
hamburger being cooked is safer than a pasta or
curry dish sitting in a bain marie.
nuts and seeds mid afternoon to keep your energy
levels up without indulging in a chocolate bar or
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