Get a spring boost with Liz Earle's healthy detox & wellbeing plan

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The beauty expert shares her meal ideas for a skin & energy boosting detox…

Fruit can make you fat
Boost your energy levels and improve the appearance of your skin with beauty guru, Liz Earle's diet advice.

Famed for her cult beauty products from the Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare range, Liz believes that a healthy diet is central to promoting healthy skin and a more balanced life.

Fruit detox
'When I was first told that fasting on a fruit only diet would give me more energy, or that giving up some of my favourite foods and cups of coffee would leave my skin glowing, I was skeptical. But the principals of detoxification are based on traditional 'cures' practiced by European naturopaths for centuries.

Giving up certain foods, or existing on fruit alone for twenty-four hours, is not hard, especially when the benefits are so great. I now give my system a regular detox boost, even if it is only over the weekend. A short detox programme is a great way to feel more energised and refreshed.

It is the perfect way to revitalise the body, renew energy levels and restore glowing skin and when you have finished you will feel far fitter and healthier and motivated not to return to bad habits.'

Better Breakfasts
'Starting with a healthy breakfast is not only the best way to boost energy levels for the day ahead, but is an easy and positive daily start to a new you.

Refined sugars, found in most breakfast cereals, are the first thing I give up if I'm embarking on a health spring-clean and cutting them out gives me far more sustained energy throughout the day.

On cold winter mornings, I switch to a bowl of porridge made with water and sweetened with honey, complete with a sprinkling of sunflower seeds. Or if I'm craving for something fresh, I opt for chopped fruit and berries with a dollop of natural yoghurt.

You also can't beat a protein-packed organic boiled egg that also contains useful vitamins A, B-complex and E, as well as minerals such as zinc, served up with toasted wholemeal soldiers and a glass of orange juice (vitamin C will help increase your uptake of iron from the egg yolk).'

Midday Meals
'Not only is eating soup (of any kind) a good way to get various vitamins and vegetable fibre in a simple, healthy way, it's also been proven to help shed a few pounds.

This is because when food and water are finely mixed to make soup, they enter the stomach together and stay held in a homogenised state as they pass through our intestines. The increased volume of water and semi-solid food then stays in our system for longer than if we were eating food and drinking liquid separately, so we feel fuller for longer.

According to researchers at Nottingham University, this means we are much less likely to over-eat. This is especially true of whizzed-up blended soups which reduce hunger-pangs the most due to this homogenisation effect.'

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