by Craig Ballantyne
Are you on a Detox diet? They are quite the popular little plan these days...
So would a detox diet significantly improve my health? Nah, not really, although it can help someone that is eating Doritos everyday, but only of course, if they take up some long-term healthy habits as a result.
A detox diet won't suddenly reverse the bad health status of someone that has lived the Western Lifestyle for 40 years. It is what it is...2 days of not eating crap (although it's often 2 days - or more - of not eating anything, which has its own detractions...).
So detox diets might seem like a good idea, and might even give you piece of mind and help kick-start your new year's resolutions, but just realize that they are not a quick fix to your health problems. The long-term fix is dumping the Western Lifestyle, as I have said many times before.
Besides, if you think you can actually remove all the toxins in your body, think again. It can never happen. Every breath you take, every move you make, you are creating waste products in your body.
In fact, just this week, four Canadian politicians were tested for toxins and the results were alarming...and it wasn't just because they were politicians!
The tests revealed surprisingly high concentrations of toxins in their blood, all due to air pollution. So no matter how "great" your detox diet, you'll never be able to combat toxins that enter your blood through your lungs.
And many toxins are fat-soluble - meaning they are stored in our fat cells for months, and slowly released over time - not just 2 days.
You'll never truly detoxify...but enough of the science class, let's get to the bottom line on detox diets...
So is living on a juice diet for 2 or 3 days going to kill you?
No. Heck, that's probably healthier for you than a weekend in Vegas.
But is it going to add years to your life?
No, of course not.
So unless a detox diet is really off the wall unhealthy, they are generally neither helpful nor harmful.
All that matters is what you do on a consistent basis for the other 360 days of the year...year in, year out.
If you pick up motivation for healthy habits from your "detox", then maybe it can help you.
But if you go right off the detox and back to the Nachos and Bud, then what was the point at all?
You know what I'm all about - lifestyle change. It's nothing radical, its nothing fancy or magical.
If you want to succeed you simply have to make changes for good.
You aren't going to make all the changes overnight or be able to stick to each one the first time you try it (Hey, I'm still trying to get better and healthier everyday, and I've been at it for all of my adult life).
Hard truth: It might take you years before you perfect your healthy eating habits and kick your cravings.
But as you do, you'll have the rest of your life ahead of you for high-energy living thanks to healthy eating.
Eat well, live well!