4 Week Detox Plan

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

4-week-detox-dietThe 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan was created by holistic nutritionist Michelle Schoffro Cook. Her program uses many forms of natural therapies to restore your body’s functioning including nutrition, herbal medicine, exercise, acupressure, meditation and massage.

Cook states that the four-week program is designed to provide a thorough cleansing that is much deeper than many of the other detox programs currently available. You will systematically cleanse the various organs and systems of the body in a specific order that Cook says will produce the best results.

4 Week Detox Diet Basics


The program is broken down into four phases:

  • Phase 1: Cleansing the kidneys and bowels
  • Phase 2: Cleansing the lymphatic system (this will help with cellulite as well)
  • Phase 3: Cleansing the liver and gall bladder (and you will break down fatty deposits in your body too)
  • Phase 4: Cleansing the blood, lungs and skin

The basic dietary structure is similar for all the phases with the major difference being that specific herbal teas and special foods are recommended to affect the target organs. For example, in phase one, where the focus is on the kidneys, you will drink cranberry juice, dandelion tea and buchu tea. You will also eat one or two organic apples each day.

Throughout the program each morning starts with fresh lemon juice in warm water and a fiber supplement. From breakfast until noon dieters are encouraged to limit their intake of food to fresh juices, fruits and fruit smoothies.

Lunch should consist of a large salad with an emphasis on leafy green vegetables. Dinner will also include a salad as well as other dishes such as soups and vegetarian main dishes. Recipes are also included for healthy desserts.

Certain foods are to be strictly eliminated such as caffeine, alcohol, sugar, wheat, processed foods, fried foods, salt, meat and dairy products. Organic eggs are the only animal product allowed however their consumption should be limited to three per week.

Dieters are encouraged to drink lots of water. The nutritional supplement, Cellfood, is to be added to three cups each day. Cook says that Cellfood is an essential aspect of the program because it helps to flush out the toxins that are stirred up and eliminated from the fat stores and internal organs of the body.

Cook also recommends the use of a multivitamin and mineral, digestive enzymes, acidophilus and a green food supplement daily.

Detox Foods

Almonds, apple, artichoke, avocado, banana, beets, blueberries, cabbage, carrots, celery, cherries, cranberries, flaxseeds, garlic, grapefruit, kale, legumes, lemons, olive oil, onions, raspberries, seaweed, spinach, watercress, watermelon.

Sample Diet Plan

On rising

Juice of ½ lemon with warm water

After rebounding exercise

1 teaspoon psyllium husks and 1 teaspoon pectin in 1 ½ cups water or unsweetened juice.

Breakfast

Smoothie made with fresh papaya, pineapple and banana

Morning Snack

Fresh berries

Lunch

Large green salad with tomato, red pepper and avocado
Balsamic vinaigrette

Afternoon Snack

Celery sticks with almond butter

Dinner

Large mixed salad
Moroccan vegetable and wild rice soup

Evening Snack

Orange, date and nut balls

Exercise Recommendations

Cook recommends exercising on a rebounder because this increases the lymphatic flow by up to fourteen times normal. Thirty minutes of brisk walking is also recommended five days a week.

Costs and Expenses

The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan retails at $16.95.

Click here to purchase this diet for a discounted price.

Pros

  • Encourages the intake of a wide variety of whole foods and a high amount of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Includes unique information about the use of herbs and acupressure.
  • May help to reduce cellulite.
  • Acknowledges the role of stress management and psychological factors in health recovery.
  • Contains recipes.

Cons

  • Highly restrictive and will be very difficult to eat out.
  • Many dieters will experience fatigue and discomfort due to withdrawal from caffeine, animal products and sugar, especially in the first week of the diet.
  • Some dieters may experience digestive disturbance due to the sudden increase in fiber from supplements, fruit, vegetables, whole grains and beans.
  • Does not include a meal plan.
  • Is not designed specifically for weight loss.
  • Requires the use of nutritional supplements, which may be quite expensive.

A Holistic Approach

This program will most appeal to dieters who are interested in a holistic approach to detox due to the inclusion of unique information regarding the use of herbs, acupressure and lymphatic cleansing.

However, unfortunately the lack of clear guidance or a structured meal plan may result in suboptimal results for dieters who lack the knowledge to ensure that the diet is nutritionally balanced.

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
  • Mary

    Is this good to go on if your exercise routine is intensive??

    • Geoff

      To increase the calorie intake simply add more avocados to the salads and/or smoothies.

    • http://www.everydiet.org ted

      It probably is a bit too low in calories for those that like intense exercise. Either curtail your exercise for a few weeks or look for a different plan.

  • edie

    It often gives me confidence in a diet plan when I see green food supplementation as a part of it, From the viewpoint of the list of instructions and sometimes from the taste I think, with a taste like this it’s got to be doing you good.

  • stacie

    I love this detox. I do it once a year. Strictly. I highly suggest it. It serves for a clear mind, skin, and body. I didn’t lose a bunch of weight. Maybe 10 lbs max. It’s not for that though. It’s to “push reset” on your body. Don’t detox for weight loss. Detox for balance.

  • Sucie

    Can anyone please paste the diet plan which is really written in the book here ?

    • ted

      No, that would be a copyright violation and it would be deleted by admin. sorry

  • amy

    I’ve done this detox several times and keep going back to it. It’s inspired me to make lifestyle changes…in other words, I still do many of the things suggested in the detox even when I’m not detoxing. It’s not very structured, which at first feels strange, but in the end, I liked that I had to read the book (instead of just going to a summary page) to understand why each piece is important. I lost 20 pounds the first time I did it! For reference, I’m 5’10” and started at 150lbs and ended at 130lbs.

  • Mazuki Kimura

    I am going to do this diet with some lean meats and without the supplements. I’m adapting this as more of a lifestyle plan but I will do some more exercising.

  • Chauncey

    Also, they are correct. The lack of the documented daily diet plan is really lacking here. You’ll have to read it and create your own. The list above is more than you’ll get in the book. Otherwise fantastic!

  • Chauncey

    We do this every year. Great to give the body a regular oil change!

    • bruce A

      Can anyone that has done this diet tell me where they got the Buchu. I have done much research at the Health food, store online and on Amazon and fine nothing except a very expensive tincture. I am thinking of just proceeding without it.Thanks for any help
      BA

  • Chris

    78 pounds in two weeks? Not sure about that…

  • cherie

    i lost 78 pounds in two weeks amazing highly recommended

  • hannah

    I’ve never done anything like this I hope I can do this!

  • laila al mangour

    very helpful information …it is great to know what to eat ….

  • constance

    i am about to start after new years on the 3rd

  • stacie dunlop

    I agree with the comments above. This is an excellent detox that I did with success 5 years ago and am now in the first week of it again, and it is going very well. The problem with the plan is that it is not very organized and the reader really needs to pay attention to all the details that are spread throughout the chapters. Also, there is no meal plan, which can be very challenging to some, but if you keep it simple, then you won’t have many issues. Supplements and basic supplies (organic pure unsweetened cranberry…very expensive, cell food, even more expensive) of whole foods can cost about $250, but after that it is quite inexpensive as the diet consists of only fresh fruit, veggies, grains and legumes. It is very restrictive, but hey, it’s a detox, what do you expect? All I know is that my digestive tract was transformed after the first time I did this plan, so I would highly recommend this to everyone.

  • John

    Hi

    I was going to wish you luck but see from the date that I am too late. How did it go? Would you reccomend it? Any tips?

    thanks

    John

  • kimora

    how many weight will lose on dis diet?

  • Carmilla

    I had a baby 8 months ago and ever since her birth I have suffered with the pain of an irritable bowel..I have tried 3 diets and I’ve lost weight thats all.. but i want this to go away so I am staring on monday. wish me luck

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