How do I pursue a diet detoxification?

If you are thinking about incorporating some healthier eating and exercise habits into your lifestyle, then you may want to consider including a brief “dietary detoxification” in your program.  It’s not a good idea to go on a prolonged fast or to use colon cleansing as a feature of your detox.  If you’re game, it is acceptable to briefly shift your diet so that you remove significant amounts of processed and refined foods and then selectively reintroduce certain choices.
The easiest and safest approach is to commit to 8- 10 servings of fruits and vegetables for 5 days to replace many of the refined snacks and side dishes you were eating.  Also remove all sugary drinks from your eating plan and try to eat non-meat protein sources like fish, beans and legumes, nuts and seeds (measure portions) some of the time.  You can swap out regular milk and replace with soy milk, rice milk or almond milk, 1-2 servings per day.  Include small servings of healthy fat like olive oil, avocado (though if you have a small serving of nuts daily, you’ll get the benefit of healthy fat along with a dose of protein).  Try to drink plenty of water or unsweetened teas.  Then decide what you absolutely can’t live without, and reintroduce in intermittent portion-controlled amounts.
Another approach is to just make select “swap outs” as you shift away from a diet full of processed foods and fast foods.  It’s always a good idea to talk with a health professional before making radical changes in your diet.  Also remember that the primary purpose of a detox like this is to help you commit to lasting healthy changes in your diet.  

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