Cleansing and Detox Diets (cont.)

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What is a modified cleansing diet?

Glassman never recommends that anyone go on an extreme (all liquid) cleanse diet, especially not for an extended period of time. However, she says a modified version may help you reboot your system, especially if you overindulged on vacation or have gotten into a fast-food rut.

In her book, The New You and Improved Diet, Glassman recommends a four-day regimen that some people may find helpful. It consists of eight foods:

  • artichokes,
  • avocados,
  • eggs,
  • granny smith apples,
  • lentils,
  • olive oil,
  • salmon, and
  • spinach.

"I chose these foods because as a group they offer healthy fat, protein, fiber, and water volume. Plus they're loaded with antioxidants," she says.

Glassman says eating only these foods for three or four days will help you feel better. That timeframe also can be enough to "set up new healthy behaviors," she says.

Making healthy food choices will help you feel better. "Feeling physically and mentally better will help motivate you to stick with [it] for three to four days," Glassman says. "It also may motivate you to continue to incorporate the healthy habits you learn into your daily life."

REFERENCES:

Heather Mangieri, MS, RDN, LDN, Nutrition CheckUp in Pittsburgh.

Mayo Clinic: "Do Detox Diets Offer Any Health Benefits?"

Freund, G., Obesity, June 2011.

Keri Glassman, RD, CDN, A Nutritious Life.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/29/2013