Spring clean your body with “The Cheater’s Diet”

Thursday, March 24, 2011
By Sara Moore

When you think Spring cleaning, you probably think about organizing your closet, office, or the rest of your home. But it can also mean something else such as cleaning out your body from the inside. Marissa Lippert, a leading nutritionist and author of The Cheater’s Diet, shares her tips for detoxifying your system, which will get you healthier and help shed the pounds.

Give your liver a break and flush toxins
Beets and cruciferous veggies including broccoli, brussel sprouts, and cauliflower are great for releasing toxins. You can also drink a one or two cups of green tea in the morning and afternoon. It’s loaded with antioxidants and a bit of caffeine and is a cleansing alternative to other calorie-dense or sweetened beverages.

Release any sight of extra water weight
Citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruits, lemon, tangerines, etc.) are excellent for jumpstarting a sluggish digestive system and wringing out excess water. Cucumbers, artichokes, and asparagus also serve as light natural diuretics and come into season in mid-to-late spring.

Help bust inflammation and bloating
Get a toned stomach by summer with healthy omega-3 fats such as avocado, wild salmon, and walnuts.

Because we all need a little naughty fix sometimes
Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants and has a rich indulgent flavor. You’ll knock out that sweet fix in just 2 or 3 squares and leave behind a lot of extra, empty calories while curbing sugar and carb cravings.

Get in some new whole grains
Finally, you can say YES to good carbs! Whole grain, complex carbs like brown rice, quinoa, barley, whole wheat couscous and many others give our bodies a solid “sweeping.” They’re known for their anti-inflammatory properties and for being packed with fiber to help fill you up on fewer calories. They’ll also suck up cholesterol and aid speedy, smooth digestion. Read: your ticket to a flatter stomach! Just keep in mind that, because they’re dense, they’re super filling. Aim for ½ – ¾ cups cooked per portion.

Drink to detox
Sorry, we’re not talking cocktails here. Grab water and lots of it to help flush the body of toxins and bump up energy. Green, black, or herbal unsweetened iced tea, seltzer, or water flavored with lime, lemon, or cucumber and mint counts too! Swig back at least 1.5 liters per day or up to about 3 liters.

Give sugar, alcohol, diet soda & refined carbs a break
You’ll feel worlds better in a flash and you can kiss those sugary-sweet carb cravings goodbye too. Ditch the junky stuff (empty sugars, candy, cookies, fries, white breads, your beloved diet drink and the booze) for at least 3 to 7 days and you’ll reap the benefits— your energy, waistline and even your skin will feel the difference. And you might even kick a habit or two in the long run.

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