Come January 1, most of us wake up groggy from a month-long food coma only to find that pants that fit perfectly in the beginning of November are suddenly beginning to feel a bit snug at the waist. That’s okay. The holidays are meant to be celebrated. But if you want to fit back into your skinny jeans before Valentine’s Day, you’ve probably considered trying a detox diet.Detox Without the Deprivation, our bodies naturally detox our systems by releasing toxins through the liver. “When we ingest something, the nutrients pass through the liver before they get sent through the bloodstream,” says Marlowe. “If we ingest toxins, like chlorine and chemicals in water, hormones and antibiotics in meat, or pesticides on vegetables, the liver will either break the toxin down into something less harmful or package it up in preparation to send it out of the body.”
But our systems can sometimes get overwhelmed by too much indulgence (like Christmas cookies and a third helping of eggnog). A detox diet focuses on foods that flush the system and reset our bodies to absorb the nutrients we take in through our regular diets.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to fast or drink only juice to detox. Marlowe actually recommends food-based detox diets. “You don't just have to do a juice fast or a regular fast to detox, and you don't have to just eat carrot sticks,” says Marlowe. “When you cut out the toxic junk foods, you are still left with plenty of flavorful, delicious options. Try cutting out junk and eating detoxifying foods for just three days, which is short and manageable, yet long enough to see a difference.”
If you’re ready to get started, we’ve got some delicious recipes and tips for a healthy detox diet. That way, you can get back on track and feeling your best.
Eat Water-Dense Foods
Tomato and Watermelon Salad Recipe