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detox: good or bad?

hi lovelies <3

i came across this post about detox diets on, and i thought it was really interesting.

before, i had really only heard of the crazy cyan pepper with lemon juice and god-knows-what-else liquid detox. i wanted to try it once in college, but i heard you practically live on the toilet the first couple of days (if you know what i mean..), and that does not sound pleasant.

by definition, a detox diet removes harmful substances from your body, including pesticides, msg, saturated fats, etc. etc.

a typical detox runs from 1 week to 10 days and you can eat the following foods:
  • Whole foods that are high in fiber (grains, nuts, seeds, etc.)
  • Organic foods and drinks (because they contain no pesticides)
  • Fruits and Vegetables in high quantities
  • Lots of water
  • Certain herbal supplements such as Licorice, Milk Thistle, and Psyllium seed
which means avoiding
  • Alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, drugs
  • Processed foods and refined flours/sugars
  • Certain supplements due to additives
  • Meat and Dairy

since i'm trying to be more conscious about my health as well as my weight, i am considering at least attempting a detox according to the specifications above. my grocery store visits include considerably more fruits and vegetables, as well as new and different foods i had been wanting to try: quinoa, lentils (i've had them before but never made them myself), coconut water, carrot juice, etc...

however, organic foods seem to cost considerably more than their non-organic counterparts (plus there is always hype about how much better organic foods really are than non-o). plus with my busy schedule, it is harder for me to plan meals and prepare them as opposed to grabbing something fast or on-the-go.

however, i think there is definitely value and upping your intake of fruits and veggies, drinking more water, and avoiding foods with tons of sugars and sodium. i've also been trying to eat more frequently (snacking is good for your metabolism) and have considerably increased my physical activity. but i'm sorry, i love me some dairy : )

with that said, i am going to try and continue applying some of the rules to my everyday diet. even though sometimes this seems like much better logic:

until next time..
<3 alaina

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Jessica said...

i did a detox last year. was thinking about doing another pretty soon. the one i did before was where i had fruit juice and fresh fruit.

alaina said...

that sounds good and refreshing, especially with summer coming up!