The body is always detoxing and cleansing – that's part of what your liver, kidneys, and lungs do – but sometimes it can use a boost. (Think post-weekend in Vegas, feeling sluggish or bloated – or just too addicted to a nightly dose of sugar, cheese, or alcohol.) Dr. Frank Lipman, an integrative doctor whose patients include Kevin Bacon and David Letterman, says you can hit the reset button on your diet – no starvation or liquefied salad dinners required. "If you feel deprived, you're not going to be successful," says Lipman. Follow these tips for a minimum of 10 days (if you can go two weeks, so much the better) to kick start a healthier way of eating, ditch your bad habits – and shed those last five pounds.
3. Be Ready to Ditch Gluten, Dairy, Soy, and Nightshades
Gluten, dairy, soy, and nightshades (potatoes, eggplants, peppers, tomatoes) create toxicity or inflammation in the system, says Lipman, and when you remove them, generally you feel better. (Don't think you have a gluten sensitivity? Lipman says most people aren't aware they are because "their symptoms often aren't even related to the GI tract.")
Dairy and soy are relatively straightforward to cut, but as for gluten, you'll need to read labels carefully: Besides the usual culprits – wheat, rye, oats, spelt, couscous, bulgur, and semolina – gluten frequently appears as "modified food starch," "hydrolyzed vegetable protein," or "texturized vegetable protein." What's wrong with tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and eggplants? Some people have sensitivities to nightshades without realizing it – all have inflammation-inducing alkaloids.
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