Dr. Junger’s 7-Day Vegan Cleanse, as Featured on Dr. Oz

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By Ali Wetherbee

Dr. Junger recommends this diet for those with signs of inflammation, achy joints, irritated skin or scalp, or family history of cancer. You may feel constantly stressed out, crave sugar, or rely on red meat. Inflammation can be a sign of food intolerances or allergies, and this diet will give your body a break from the potential offenders and aid in identifying which foods could be contributing to your inflammation. Plus, the diet includes anti-inflammatory superfoods to help your body heal.

The Basics:

  • The diet lasts for 7 days, with 3 full meals plus snacks of veggies or 1 cup of almonds or berries.

Foods to avoid:

  • All animal products — no meat, fish, eggs, dairy
  • Any gluten — no wheat, oats, barley, spelt, rye, triticale
  • All nightshades — no eggplant, potatoes, tomatillos, bell peppers, hot peppers, paprika, chili powder, cayenne, curry

Foods to focus on eating:

  • Whole vegetables, greens, fresh vegetable juices
  • Whole fruits, avocado, coconut, berries (fresh or frozen)
  • Nuts and seeds (including nut butters), quinoa, lentils
  • Fermented foods
  • Caffeine — via green tea — in small amounts
  • Turmeric and ginger, added when cooking (these foods are anti-inflammatory)

Recommended Supplements:

Dr. Junger’s Sample Meal Plan (courtesy of doctoroz.com):

  • Day 1

Breakfast: Chocolate Mousse
Lunch: Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Bowl
Dinner: Broccoli and “Cheddar” Soup

  • Day 2

Breakfast: Buckwheat Granola
Lunch: Pureed White Bean Soup
Dinner: Sesame Noodles

  • Day 3

Breakfast: Zucchini Muffins
Lunch: Mushroom Lasagna
Dinner: Curried Celery Root Salad

  • Day 4

Breakfast: Almond Pancakes
Lunch: Vegetable Stir-Fry with Quinoa
Dinner: Butternut Squash “Noodles” with Winter Pesto

  • Day 5

Breakfast: Blueberry Stone-Fruit Crumble
Lunch: Wilted Spinach and Chickpeas
Dinner: Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower with Quinoa

  • Day 6

Breakfast: Coconut Yogurt Parfait
Lunch: Roasted Winter Squash with Lentils
Dinner: Thai Noodles

  • Day 7

Breakfast: Hot Breakfast Cereal Bowl
Lunch: Roasted Autumn Vegetables and Rice with Cranberries and Walnuts
Dinner: Carrot Parsnip Soup

Detox for Your Body Type Diets:

Dr. Junger’s 3-Day Liquid Cleanse

Dr. Junger’s 5-Day Gut Flush

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