4 Ways to Detox Your Diet

I used to drink a lot of coffee. I worked long days, which began at 4:30 am and I had a perceived need to be “up” for everybody no matter the time. This required a regular schedule of caffeine beginning with large mug of coffee at breakfast, followed by a mid-morning cup and then an early afternoon shot.

Then my body started talking to me, but I didn’t listen. When I crashed mid-morning or fought fatigue late in the afternoon, I chalked it up to a long day of work and not my caffeine habit. Sleepless nights came from having too much on my mind or working too late or looking forward to the next day or…too much caffeine?

The only choice was to cut down because more caffeine didn’t seem to be working. So, over the course of a month, I began reducing the amount of coffee I drank each day while substituting a cup of green tea in the mornings. By the end of the month, I had given up coffee.

That’s how I gave up one toxic habit and substituted a more effective one. So, what is it for you? Coffee? One glass of wine becoming three? Or is your love of bread negatively affecting your waistline?

If you can’t think of one dietary issue you need to address,
may I make some suggestions?

Processed anything contains too many refined grains, added sugars, broken down and remade meat, added colors, monkey part (just kidding about that). However, avoiding anything from a package for a few weeks is a great way to improve your energy level, detox your liver and maybe drop a few pounds.

Added sugars have no place in a healthy diet. White sugar, fructose and high fructose corn syrup, in particular, are addictive and suppress your immune system. A few weeks free of added sugar will reset your palate. Try small amounts of local honey if you need a little sweetness.

Alcohol may help you sleep (not really, it disrupts sleep patterns), but it goes straight for your liver where harmful free radicals are released as it metabolized. This is not to mention what it does for your waistline, your libido and your judgment.

Gluten is an evil buzzword, but not without reason. Even if you think you don’t have a problem with this gluten, let it go for a few weeks and see if your skin gets clearer, your gut calms down and your mind becomes more focused.

NutritionJohn Holley