There are many modern trends of ‘detoxing’ or cleansing the body in efforts to rejuvenate ones self, or promote weight loss. Many common cleansing methods include the consumption of fruits-only diet, or vegetable only-diets. This can be very unsafe and counterproductive, as it deprives the body of much needed nutrients for operation and overall mood balance.
A common recent trend in cleansing is the removal of any and all alcohol, processed or unnatural sugars, and avoiding processed foods all together. Others may recommend the removal of all grains (think carbs) and even legumes (such as hummus) which would be unfortunate since whole grains and hummus have many nutritional values and when compared to other daily eating habits aren’t all that bad, as they are natural. It’s almost as if to say drop the McDonalds French fries, and don’t forget to drop avocados too—why would you do that? While most things in proportion can be deemed reasonable through proper research and scientific justification, it’s important to maintain responsible education of nutritional value of the food we consume–and how they specifically apply or will benefit us in our weight loss and fitness endeavors.
Professionals and researchers alike agree that proper research and consideration into what you’re putting into your body and the nutritional value it has is of utmost importance. We, better than anyone else, know what’s best for our bodies through experimentation, time, and physiological responses from our body to what we give it
Consider the following valuable tips for creating and managing a more realistic ‘cleansing’ program:
Don’t deprive yourself of all the ‘goods’ at once, or you could literally drive yourself insane! Dropping all of your feel good foods, and making a total transition to higher-health oriented foods could leave you craving and ultimately binging on your old ways again within a matter of days.
Try to find a good balance between valuable nutrient providing vegetables, healthy carbs, and more natural products such as (natural) butters and (vegetable) oils. Consider the nutritional value of consuming natural sweets (sugar) and natural salts (think sea salt for example, if a must) (sodium) by consuming fruits and meats that will satisfy these urges. This way, ideally you don’t feel inclined to sprinkle processed unnatural salts or sugar onto your meals. A balanced meal is most beneficial in getting yourself on an effective weight loss program accompanied by appropriate fitness routines.
Make efforts to apply common sense and deduce otherwise harmful products that you’re putting into your body such as alcohol, nicotine, or unnatural drugs like Caffeine. While most things in proportion are healthy, sometimes even the most innocently shaped cup of Java could lead to addictive habits, irritability, and unpleasant withdraw symptoms.
Don’t deprive yourself of valuable protein (may it be through meats or soy milk) and remember that a happy body is a healthier you. The more protein, healthy fats, and whole or natural carbs the better, as it promotes a more regularly processing metabolism and can promote weight loss over time, Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD a Health contributing nutrition editor with over 15 years experience says.
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