Motivational Monday :: A “Sane Detox”

 

We all say it…”I’m going to start on Monday…” well, today’s your lucky day!  Eating healthy and exercising sure can be a pain in the you know what, but BOY does it make you feel like a better person!  Your mood changes, your clothes start fitting better, overall you’re just a happier person!

 

While cruising the internet, we came across this great article in Women’sHeatlh by Camille Noe Pagen…happy reading!

 

A Body Cleanse That Isn’t Crazy :: Detox diets can do more harm than good. Here, we offer a sane strategy

 

“…As nice as it is to think you can simply flush fat away by drinking so much liquid you spend half your day in the bathroom, the reality is that some of these diets are not just literally hard to swallow, but they may also be bad to swallow.”

 

Recipe for Danger?

 


“The concept of fasting—drastically reducing caloric intake or following a liquid diet—isn’t new. The modern-day detox has existed since at least the 1930s, with the first grapefruit diet fad. ”

 

“Today, most commercial detox diets tout an unhealthy formula of minimal calories and nutrients along with some key—usually foul-tasting—ingredient that has supposed fat-melting power, like cayenne pepper or vinegar. But no science backs the idea that following a specific diet for a week or eating only one food will get rid of “toxins.” Your body has the power to do that all on its own: That’s why you have a liver, kidneys, and a digestive system.”

 

Detoxes Debunked

 


“There’s no question that detox diets drastically slash your calorie consumption. But research has found that after just a few days of skimping on calories (even a very petite woman needs at least 1,200), your body stops producing a crucial growth hormone called IGF1, and reduces thyroid and other hormones as well as insulin levels. Over time, all of this can lead to problems such as bone loss and menstrual disruptions.”

 

“…And then there’s the quality-of-life issue. “When you eat that little, your sex drive disappears, you feel tired all the time, and you’re always hungry,” Hellerstein says. And what good is a hot body if you can’t summon the energy to use it?”

 

A Healthier Head Start

 


“That’s not to say every cleanse is bad. Done in a healthy (read: sane) way, detoxing “can feel like an intervention, a fresh beginning,” Hellerstein says… ”

 

“A good plan provides enough calories and nutrients to sustain you (the average woman needs 1,200 to 1,800 calories) and includes fiber and lean protein. With that in mind, Ventrelle created a 1,400-calorie plan (below) exclusively forWomen’s Health…”

 

“Because you’ll eat often—at least every four hours—and drink as much water and decaffeinated tea as you want, you’ll beat bloat while keeping your blood sugar steady and your energy high. This means you’ll be able to cut back without feeling cranky, exhausted, or hungry. And—we pinky swear—you won’t have to gulp down a single glass of cayenne-spiked liquid.”

 

The Plan ::

 

Breakfast
• 8 oz water with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice
• Scrambled egg whites with chopped fresh herbs (such as basil or oregano), topped with a dollop of salsa, and 1 slice whole-wheat toast, dry
or 1 cup cooked oats or cooked oatmeal topped with ½ cup berries or 2 Tbsp nuts
• 8 oz decaffeinated green or herbal tea

 

Snack: 
• Sliced apple with 1 Tbsp natural peanut butter
or 1/3 cup natural trail mix

 

Lunch
• 1 cup fresh spinach or lightly sautéed spinach or kale, squeezed with fresh lemon or orange juice
or 1 cup asparagus with 1 tsp olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice
• 4 oz grilled, baked, or broiled salmon, chicken, or pork tenderloin, seasoned with spices such as lemon pepper
• 1/2 cup edamame beans, steamed
• 8 oz water or decaffeinated green or herbal tea
• 8 pecan halves

 

Snack:
• 1/2 sweet potato or one citrus fruit (orange or grapefruit)
• 4 oz low-fat yogurt

 

Dinner:
• Large spinach or romaine salad with vegetables. Dress with 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil mixed with lemon juice or vinegar (any variety)
• ½ cup to 1 cup asparagus or artichoke hearts, steamed
• 4 oz lean chicken with spices, baked or grilled
• ½ cup brown rice, barley, bulgur, or quinoa
• 8 oz water or decaffeinated green or herbal tea

 

Snack:
• ¾ cup to 1 cup blueberries
or ½ cup pomegranate seeds
• 4 oz nonfat Greek yogurt
or low-fat organic yogurt or low-fat cottage cheese

To read the entire article, click here.

 

 

Do you have any SANE detox secrets?

 

 

 

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