For some people, the urge to "spring clean" extends to
their bodies. They embark on a juice cleanse-a diet composed of
fruit and vegetable juice-to jump-start weight loss or to purify
their systems. Will a detox diet help you and your family?
Awareness. The term
"detox" can be used to describe the elimination of
rich, sugary, fatty, empty calorie and/or highly processed foods.
By replacing these with whole fruits and vegetables plus whole
grains, your family is better off.
Weight loss. We expect quick
results. Detox diets can provide rapid weight loss because the
regimen is so low in calories.
Extreme. Detox diets tend to
be extreme and eliminate food groups that provide important
nutrients like protein and calories.
Safety questions. It depends
on how extreme the diet is, how long one stays on it, and the
health status of the individual. Before going on a detox diet with
fewer than 1,200 calories, consult a medical
Typical low-calorie detox diets are not safe for kids.
Naturally, expectant mothers also should avoid them.
Rather than drastic detox, consider a switch to cleaner
"Clean eating is a long-term lifestyle of choosing whole
foods in their most natural state from all food groups,"
says Michelle Dudash, RD, author of
Clean Eating for Busy Families. "It also means
choosing foods from as close to home as possible and eating with
Keep the switch simple and safe with these
1. Get ruthless. "Identify snacks
made of refined grains and sugars and either toss them, take them
to the office, or donate unopened packages," Dudash says.
2. Keep new favorites on hand.
Tempt your family with fresh fruit, and stock nuts and raw veggies
with hummus for munching.
3. Keep junk out. "Save the
`unclean' foods for special occasions, if you must serve them at
Christine M. Palumbo, RD, is a nutritionist living in Naperville.
See more of Christine's stories here.
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