3 Day Detox Diet Preparation Tips

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Before you get cracking on a detox diet, there are some things that you need to gather or source so that you have them ready for when you start. Many of these you will already have, or will know where to get hold of, but you should do this in plenty of time. Having them ready makes your detox diet program go smoothly and a little preparation is never a bad thing.

Check list of essentials

Airtight food containers Tupperware, for example.

Steamer Metal or bamboo (the type you put over or in a pan of hot water to steam vegetables or fish).

Skin brush Natural bristles. The bristles should be firm but not too stiff, otherwise they may irritate your skin.

Exfoliating creams or salt Use up odds and ends of creams to save money. If they are not exfoliants add a tea-spoon of salt or sand and this will do the job.

Loofah or flannel mitt Use a toweling or natural fiber mitt.

Somewhere to exercise Gym, bedroom, stairs, lounge, etc.

Bath or shower Access to both a bath and shower is ideal but one or the other is fine.


Check list of optional or luxury items
A juicer This is a definite luxury but what better time to try making your own juice than during a detox diet?

Organic foods There are many suppliers of organic fruit, vegetables and fish prepared to deliver nationally. Alternatively, many supermarkets now stock organic produce which is fortunately not too much more expensive than regular produce. But beware of the food going off quickly. The secret with organic food is to buy little and often. Using organic foods will automatically reduce your intake of pesticides (which are routinely sprayed on most conventionally grown fruit and vegetables). Organic foods are not essential - the fact that you are actually going to be eating fresh foods over the next month is probably enough of a change. But if fruit and vegetables already form the basis of your diet then try organics and see if you notice a difference.

Shopping list

There are some more unusual items - on top of your meals - that you will be required to eat or drink every day and these should be bought in advance as you are unlikely to have them in stock. Some may sound a bit odd but all will be revealed!


Vegetable juice Bottled carrot or beetroot juice is usually available from your local health food shop. Start with one bottle. Alternatively, if you have a juicer, buy fresh vegetables and juice your own.

Olive oil Try to buy extra-virgin, cold-pressed or first pressed oils as these are purer. They are available in all supermarkets - 1 liter (2 pints) will do to start.

Fresh garlic and odorless garlic pills. From greengrocers and health food shops - buy enough pills for one a day or a large bulb to start (i.e. one clove per day).

Kelp tablets. Kelp tablets will help control your metabolic rate and maintain a constant detox state. Ask at your local health food shop for a good-quality supplement and follow the daily dosage instructions on the box.

Honey. Try to buy a pot from someone who stocks good quality, home-made honey. The less refined the honey, the better.

Fresh lemons. Three to start.

Sprouted beans. From your health food shop or buy a sprouter and 'do your own'. You can also sprout your own beans on blotting paper or any absorbent paper. Simply dampen the paper, sprinkle on the seeds and leave in a light, sunny place. Make sure the paper doesn't dry out and the beans will sprout in a few days. Mung beans, chickpeas and alfalfa are all good. (If you cannot find these, replace them with a daily supplement of alfalfa pills.)

A hot spice of your choice One or more hot spices, e.g chili, cayenne, lemongrass, ginger (raw is best but powdered will do).

Water. Filtered or bottled, tap if necessary. Flat is preferable to fizzy - save the fizzy for evenings out! You will need enough for 1.5 liters (3 pints) a day for the first three days.

You can gather these items together in preparation for the first day of your detox diet program, but most of the foodstuffs should be bought as and when you would normally do your shopping.

The fresher the foods, the more nutrients you will get. Fresh, crisp vegetables will leave you feeling fresh and crisp yourself. Old, limp vegetables ... need I say more!

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