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I've overindulged on holiday and I'm planning a detox now I'm back. What are the best things to eat?

Look to eat plenty of fruit and veg each day. Smoothies are great for this – and they taste good as well! Try berries – the antioxidants and fibre they contain are fantastic when it comes to detoxing. A triple berry smoothie with raspberries, blackberries and blueberries is really effective and delicious! When it comes to breakfast, opt for porridge made with skimmed milk or water, chopped banana, and a handful of dates. If you like creamy porridge but want a lower-calorie option, try using half milk and half water.

Another good breakfast is scrambled egg, with spring onion and tomato, plus a slice of toasted wholemeal bread. For lunch try a salad made with lean chicken breast, half an avocado, tomato, lettuce, and topped with toasted pine nuts. Or maybe a tuna salad, made with one small tin of tuna in brine, half a red pepper, a tomato, a little crème fraiche, and mixed leaves. If you want something slightly more filling have one slice of wholemeal bread with your salad.

Dinner could be a stir-fry with strips of lean beef, bean sprouts, peppers, Savoy cabbage and oyster sauce, served with rice noodles. If you are being really strict with your detox, you could double up the amount of veg and leave out the noodles. Soups are also great when you’re detoxing. A large bowl of carrot and courgette soup plus a wholemeal roll with olive oil makes a great evening meal.

Drink as much water, herbal tea and diluted juice as you like. Restrict your tea, coffee and fruit juice intake to two cups a day. And, keep alcohol to a minimum. And treat yourself to a healthy daytime snack - two small satsumas or an orange with a handful of mixed unsalted nuts are good, or a couple of rice cakes and a small red apple.

It’s important to remember than when you are trying to detox, you don’t need to restrict yourself to very small portions. As long as you’re eating the right foods, you should be having enough to make sure you feel full and satisfied after each meal. This will also help to reduce cravings in between meals.

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