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Try simple, safe plan to detox

Updated: February 19, 2013 5:17PM

Instead of trying unsafe detox plans that drastically cut calories, promote enemas and diuretics, and make you feel sick, how about a simple and safe detox plan instead?

Detox plans promise to defeat inflammation, boost fat-burning and eliminate toxins from your body. There’s limited research behind many of these claims and most are dangerous, especially if followed for a prolonged time.

If you feel the need to detox, then do so safely. Here are three suggestions:

Out with the old, in with the new

When’s the last time you cleaned out your fridge, freezer and pantry? Take a few hours to go through your inventory and keep a running list of healthy essentials to stock up on. Toss expired foods and donate foods you tend to mindlessly indulge in.

Shop smart

Instead of running into the store and choosing your usual items, start shopping smarter. This means preparing a shopping list based on healthy recipes and snacks. Oftentimes, stores send out circulars with weekly sale items -- save money by finding recipes that include those items.

Eliminate your weakness

A healthy diet and weight-loss plan includes all food groups, including whole grains, fruit, veggies, dairy, healthy fats and lean protein. However, some folks wish to eliminate not-so-healthy choices as a way to detoxify. If you choose to do so, here is a list to choose from:



Added sugars

Processed foods

Most folks can’t go cold turkey forever, and once you fall off the wagon, you’ll feel bad about yourself. Instead of setting yourself up for failure, choose a reasonable time frame to eliminate that item (such as a week or a month). Once you accomplish your goal, you can choose to reintroduce the food in small amounts or keep it off your menu.

Courtesy Toby Amidor

Scripps Howard

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