Goodbye winter - hello spring! But despite the joy of the new season, we often find ourselves feeling tired and under the weather. Bad diet and lack of exercise during the winter mean that waste products and toxins have built up in the body, causing us to feel tired and unwell. This makes now the ideal time to get the metabolism going again with an effective detox . We have created a one-week diet – completely gluten-free of course - that will cleanse your body of waste products and toxins. And this is how it works: Purging waste products and toxins Detoxing has more to do with cleansing the body than with losing weight. This is why there are no quantities or calorie amounts specified in our diet. Instead, you decide for yourself how much you eat, depending on your needs. Although, if you cut down on your portion sizes, then of course you can lose weight in the diet week, too. Best of all, stick to the old saying: Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dine like a pauper. The main feature of our diet is supporting the excretory organs that are responsible for the removal of metabolic residues - i.e. the bowel, the kidneys, the skin, the liver and the lungs, while at the same time introducing as few new waste products as possible into the body. The most suitable foods for this are cooked or raw vegetables, salad and fruit. You should therefore eat as much as possible of these foods. The following types are preferable due to their cleansing and detoxifying effect: Vegetables and salad: Artichokes: Support digestion and the bitter agent cynarin stimulate the metabolism of the liver and the gall bladder. Jerusalem artichoke: The "diabetic's potato" is low in calories and saturated by the fibre inulin. Kale: Contains especially high levels of vitamin C and lutein, which is essential for the eyes. Asparagus: The tasty stalk has a diuretic effect as a result of the aspartic acid it contains and the high potassium content. Tomatoes: The red pigment lycopine found in tomatoes is a particularly effective antioxidant and therefore strengthens the body's defences. Herbs: Fresh herbs contain many biological substances that support the excretory organs and produce very few waste products themselves. Perfect for seasoning! Psyllium: Also known as ispaghula; contains fibres that swell up when in contact with water and thus cleanse the digestive system. Fruit: Papaya: Contains strong antioxidants that act as free radical scavengers and it is also believed that they help burn fat . The high proportion of vitamin C and dehydrating potassium is also of interest. Pineapple: Rich in enzymes that have a positive effect on the digestion of protein and the burning of fat. Forest fruits: Forest fruits, especially blueberries, have an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect. Their plant pigments also have a stabilising effect on the blood vessels. Pears and apples: Both are a source of pectin, a water-soluble fibre that helps cleanse the body of heavy metal toxins and lowers cholesterol. The following should also be noted: Use as little fat as possible when cooking; steamed dishes are therefore preferable to roasts. Use high-quality olive oil when preparing salads, as this helps the body absorb vitamins. Reduce sugar and salt intake during the diet, including when preparing meals. Instead of salt, fresh herbs can be used for seasoning. No coffee or alcohol should be consumed. It is, on the other hand, important to take lots of exercise, especially outdoors; the best idea is to go for half an hour's brisk walk every day - whatever the weather. And last but not least: in a detox diet, it is extremely important to get plenty to drink, between one and a half and two litres a day is preferable. This will help better flush out the substances that are polluting your body. The best things to drink are still mineral water, sparkling fruit juice drinks with no added sugar and unsweetened herbal or fruit teas. Green tea and rooibos tea are particularly recommended, as they both contain ingredients that can act as free radical scavengers. Liquorice tea has a detoxifying effect that cleanses the digestive system of toxins, as does nettle tea, which drains and strengthens the immune system. Here is the week's plan for our gluten-free detox diet: There is a suggestion for each meal of the day for every day of the week; in each case the recipe either follows immediately or can be found by clicking on the appropriate link to Oscar’s recipe collection. Either fruit or fresh fruit or vegetable juice is suitable as a morning or afternoon snack (ideally choose one of the types recommended above).