Most people hate the word "diet" because they think it means they have to get rid of everything they love eating and stick to wheat bread and fiber. Not so! Dieting can be fun and delicious, but you have to get your body and mind into healthy mode. As more and more people are looking to jump-start a more nutritious diet in conjunction with exercise regimens, many consider a detox plan as a jumping-off point to a healthier lifestyle.
A detox is not intended to be a diet plan and should never be treated as such. It is a way to reset your body, allowing it to start up again in a cleaner, calmer, more balanced way. A detox is an excellent way to jump-start a healthy diet (be it for the summer season or beyond) and be on your way to a more balanced lifestyle and improved well-being -- for the long-term.
Many fad detox plans involve a liquid diet for three days or more, but these diets can leave you unfulfilled, hungry and irritable. A detox should never be about starvation or extremely low calorie intake. Instead, a successful detox plan should reset your gut and provide your body with pure, unadulterated food as fuel. The focus of a detox diet should be on fresh and nutrient-dense food that relies heavily on plant-based foods and limited animal proteins.
There are many detox diets on the market -- just do a search on the Internet and you'll find websites, books, and detox centers. But which one is right for you? The one that provides healthy food and drink while clearing out the processed junk and teaching you the basics of healthy eating. For example, the Active Center for Health & Wellness' approach to detox involves a three-week program.
Week 1: The first week starts with elimination -- moving away from processed foods, decreasing your caffeine consumption and keeping a food diary of your daily intake.
Week 2: The second week will bring you into the detox phase which involves two "liquid" meals a day (either homemade shakes, juices or soups) and one "solid" meal per day, which should include carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats. Whether your meal is solid or liquid, you should keep the ingredients fresh and healthy -- and consider that organic foods are even better for your body.
Week 3: The third week will transition you back into a normal eating routine, combining aspects of week one and two into your daily routine and will also create a menu/meal plan that works for you specifically for the long term. This week will also allow you to slowly introduce some eliminated foods back into your diet.
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