Detox and cleanse diets don't all require subsisting on rice cakes and large gulps of air. Ease into a healthier eating plan with these painless, tasty tips for how to detox your overindulged body without starving.
Detox Diet Tip #1: Go Naked
Let your food go naked, that is. This means choosing whole, unprocessed foods and ditching anything with additives, preservatives or five-syllable ingredients that you need a chemistry Ph.D to understand. As In Defense of Food author Michael Pollan advises, don't eat anything your great-great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food (we're looking at you, Dunkin' Donuts Sausage Pancake Bites). Ready to make a "clean" break? Just follow these five simple rules and try our 7-day clean eating challenge.
Detox Diet Tip #2: Veg Out Cut back on the meat in your diet plan, and you'll lose weight faster and improve your overall health. People who eat only plant-based foods (aka, vegetarians) generally eat fewer calories and less fat, weigh less, and have lower cholesterol levels than nonvegetarians. according to researchers at the Mayo Clinic. Try simple swaps like substituting a meatless protein—tofu or seitan—for beef in your stir fry.
Scared of carnivorous withdrawal? Get some support by checking out Meatless Monday, a non-profit initiative with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health that aims to reduce meat consumption for the good of personal health and the planet. Bonus: Tofu and seitan cost a lot less than filet mignon, so you'll see an extra benefit of meatless meals in your grocery bill!
Detox Diet Tip #3: Sip Smart
Don't sabotage your healthy diet by sucking down drinks packed with enough sugar to set a classroom full of kindergarteners into a frenzy. Try swapping your sugary sweet tea with antioxidant-packed green tea (find out how green tea can give you an edge at the office). And instead of the frozen, whipped-cream-topped milkshake that's disguised as a coffee drink, try whipping up a protein smoothie with fresh fruit and almond milk. With the right healthy ingredients, smoothies make the perfect meal on the go. Now raise a glass of something healthy. Cheers!