Detox Disturbed

by Brooke on January 10, 2012

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At this point, I am sure you have heard about the popular term called “detox.”  But what does it mean…well there really is no actual meaning.  It is thought that if you go on a “detox” diet you help your body eliminate toxins.  WHAT?

Now, I understand that if you are smoking, drinking, eating frozen dinners/take out (aka junk), and live an inactive lifestyle your body will be in distress.  Just check out the couple above!  But that doesn’t mean you need to go on a “detox” diet it just means that you need to make healthier lifestyle choices.

One week of detox pills, fruit/vegetable shakes, and other products will not magically fix your health and put a band-aid on the situation.   The word “detox” is just one more gimmick and scam companies are using to get Americans to buy their products.  Your health doesn’t take a holiday and you need to work on it 365 days a year.

If you want to change your lifestyle try this instead:

Eat in moderation, watch your portion sizes, and increase your physical activity!  I believe the healthy plate model combined with physical activity is the best example of this.

Healthy Plate Model:  Breakfast consists of 1/3 grains, 1/3 fruit, and 1/3 protein for example: 1 cup of dry cereal, 1 cup of skim milk, and a small apple.  For lunch and dinner, fill half your plate with vegetables as they have no cholesterol, are full of fiber, provide many nutrients, and are low in calories.  The other half of the plate consists of 1/4 protein and 1/4 grains.  An example of this could be a generous portion of fresh grilled vegetables, 3-4 ounces of grilled chicken, and 1 cup of brown rice.

No gimmicks.  No pills.  Just effort!

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Dagny January 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm

My thoughts exactly! Any “cleanse” or “detox” is just so much ridiculous marketing. A lot of people think this kind of thing will get them “back on track.” Just start doing what you should be doing every day, for the rest of your life!!! There’s no better way to be ON TRACK!

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Brooke January 12, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Thanks Dagny! It is amazing how many people can fall into the marketing trap of buying gimmick, after gimmick, after gimmick and never losing weight.

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Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian January 16, 2012 at 12:06 am

YES!! Seriously!
I often find though that telling this simple thing to patients is difficult. They so want to buy into the gimmick so badly!

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Patricia Helton April 11, 2014 at 12:14 am

I don’t buy that detox thing either. I am firm that all of that is BS and doesn’t really do anything to your body. I’ll blatantly say it’s BS, oh did I just say that twice? Yeah, it’s BS and I hate BS.

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