Winter Detox – Daily Menu Plan
Dr. Elson Haas
written by
Dr. Elson Haas

Jan 01, 2017

This daily guide is from my book The Detox Diet. It is especially useful during the colder months and I have used it with great success during the New Year’s Detox programs that I have offered for the last 31 years at my clinic, The Preventive Medical Center of Marin.


Morning (upon arising): Two 8-oz glasses of water (filtered, spring, or reverse osmosis), one or both glasses with half a lemon squeezed into it.

Breakfast: Begin with one or two pieces of fresh fruit (at room temp), such as apple, pear, banana, grapes, or citrus. Chew well, mixing each bite with saliva.

15-30 minutes later: One medium bowl of cooked whole grains (non-gluten)—such as millet, brown rice, amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat (raw or cooked)

Flavoring: For a sweeter breakfast taste, use two tablespoons of fruit juice, or for a deeper savory flavor use the “better butter” mixture mentioned below with a little salt, or soy sauce.

Mid Morning (11 AM) One-two cups (6-12 oz) veggie water, saved from steamed vegetables.

Add a little sea salt or kelp and drink slowly, mixing each mouthful with saliva. You can also add some green nutrient-rich powder or a vitamin C powder product (C combined with alkaline minerals like magnesium, calcium, and potassium).

Lunch (Noon-1 PM) One-two medium-sized bowls of steamed vegetables; use a variety: such as potatoes & yams, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, beets, asparagus, kale, chard, and cabbage and include some roots, stems, and greens. CHEW WELL !

Mid Afternoon (3 P.M.) same as 11 AM – 1 to 2 cups veggie broth saved from steamed veg.

Dinner (5-6 PM): Same as Lunch – vary ingredients

Evening: Herbal teas only e.g. peppermint, chamomile, rooibos, or blends.

Seasonings: “Better Butter” Butter/canola or flaxseed oil mixture: mix half a cup of cold-pressed canola oil (or olive or flaxseed oils) into a soft (room temperature) half-pound of butter; then place in dish and refrigerate. Use about one teaspoon per meal or a maximum of 3 teaspoons daily. Other seasonings can include herbal salts like garlic.

NOTE: You may feel a little weak or have a few symptoms, such as headaches, during the first couple of days; this will pass. Clarity and feeling good should appear by day 3 or 4, if not before. If you start to feel weak or hungry during this diet, assess your water intake and elimination; if needed, you can eat a small portion of protein (3-4 ounces) in the mid-afternoon or with lunch. This could be fish; free-range, organic chicken; or some beans, such as lentil, garbanzo, mung, or black beans.


  1. Chew your food very well and take enough time when you eat.
  2. Relax for a few minutes before and after your meal.
  3. Eat in a comfortable sitting position.
  4. Enjoy what you do eat and focus on nourishing yourself.