Wednesday, January 4, 2012

detoxing the right way

Photo by Michelle Shefveland
As the holidays end and the new year begins, the popularity of "detox diets" increases dramatically. The idea of cleansing our GI tracts, clearing out all the junk and eliminating toxins, is certainly very appealing. Most detox diets promise energy rejuvenation, glowing skin, and weight loss. Who wouldn't want those things? I absolutely believe that good food and exercise play an important role in these things; just look at the name of my blog! But the key word here is "food." Detoxing usually tells you to eat only one thing or nothing at all! It only takes a little common sense to see the flaw in this logic; your body needs carbs, fats, protein, vitamins and minerals to survive and thrive. Depriving it of its means of fuel, functioning, and healing is far from the recipe for health.

That being said, I'm far from against the concept of "detoxing." Taking a period of time to be extra-intentional about what you're putting into your body is a great idea! The right way to "detox," then, is two-fold: eat only whole, unprocessed foods and drink lots of water and green tea. I found a great article that outlines a more detailed detox plan by Women's Health contributor Keri Glassman for you to follow that takes both of these into account. Good luck!

Detox the natural way for extreme results

(P.S. A detox is also a great time to try some new recipes! See my New Year's Resolution cooking challenge for some more inspiration!)

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