Detox diet advice

cruciferous vegetables including Arugula, watercress, cabbage, Napa cabbage, daikon, wasabi, turnip, rutabaga, broccoli rabe, bok choy, cauliflower, broccoli, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, kale

(photo compliments of healthyurbankitchen.com/blog)

I’ve been striving to eat clean(er).

I’ve read about The Master Cleanse or lemonade detoxification diet, and it was recently recommended to me, too. I follow a blog that raves about it, mythineats (great blog, by the way), so if it’s for you, power to you.

It seems too simple, though. And potentially unhealthy. So I kept reading and consulted my Dad, a hobby ‘hoping-to-turn-semi-pro’ nutritionist.

His bottom line: you don’t need to throw your body into shock and deprive it of key nutrients to detoxify. Garlic will wipe the metals out of your system, eating clean detoxifies and regulates your body naturally, and anyone will get the awesome results of this Master Cleanse if they quit eating garbage and had two bowel movements (sorry, had to say it) every day for 10 days.

I don’t want the easy way out. I want to learn positive habits that keep me free of toxins.

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The health lesson I learned from Burn Notice

scene from the tv show Burn notice. two men standing in a kitchen. man on left, Sam, is a little chubby wearing a Hawaiian shirt with a large tub of fried chicken on the counter in front of him. man on right, Michael, is shirtless and very muscular and fit and is eating a cup of yogurt

(photo compliments of Netflix.com from Burn Notice: Season 1, Ep. 11)

Michael Westen is obsessed with yogurt. In every episode of Burn Notice, he eats a cup of yogurt, opens the fridge to reveal that it’s filled with only yogurt, or Sam escapes a weird conversation with Fiona by slipping out to get some more yogurt for Michael.

What is that about?

Well, Michael Westen is cut (see photo). And yogurt is a super food.

I’ve talked about the general foods that fuel fat loss, but let’s highlight yogurt.

Women’s Health magazine boasts on its list of the 12 Best Foods for Your Abs that fat-free or low-fat dairy, like yogurt, builds strong bones and fires up weight loss. It also fights osteoporosis, obesity, high blood pressure and cancer.

How do you lose 81% more abdominal fat?

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