Rather than following an extreme diet food plan that limits just about every food except fruit and veg while at the same time getting you to down a nasty tasteless drink every day, I decided to compile a list of foods you should stock up with. These foods are safer and more sensible and shouldn’t leave you short on nutrients even if you follow it for just one week.
Foods to Stock up with
Your food store can include:
- Fruits – your plan can include any fruit including fresh, frozen, dried or canned in natural fruit juice. This includes apples, bananas, pears, oranges, grapefruit, grapes, sultanas, raisins, pineapple, mango, kiwi fruit, strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, nectarines, peaches, melons, star fruit etc.
- Fruit juice – either make homemade fruit juices or smoothies from fresh fruit, or drink ready-made juices. Make sure ready-made juices are labelled as being ‘pure’ or ‘unsweetened’.
- Vegetables – eat any vegetables including fresh, frozen or canned in water (without salt added). This includes carrots, onions, cabbage, peppers, mushrooms, sweet corn, peppers, leeks, broccoli, cauliflower, salad, tomatoes, cucumber, spring onions etc.
- Beans and lentils – eat any beans, including those that have been dried or canned in water. This includes red kidney, haricot, cannellini, butter, black eye, lentils.
- Oats – sprinkle oats over fresh fruit or use to make porridge, sweetened with honey and fresh fruit
- Potatoes – all types
- Brown rice and rice noodles
- Fresh fish – eat any fresh fish including cod, mackerel, salmon, cat fish, lobster, crab, trout, haddock, tuna, prawns, etc. Canned fish in water is suitable too eg salmon or tuna
- Unsalted nuts – eat any including Brazil, peanuts, almonds, cashew, hazel nuts, macadamia, pecans, pine nuts, pistachio, walnuts etc
- Unsalted seeds – eat any including sunflower and pumpkin
- Plain popcorn – without sugar or salt
- Live natural yoghurt
- Extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar
- Garlic, ginger and fresh herbs
- Ground black pepper
- Water – at least 2 litres a day.
- Herbal or fruit teas