A bounty of benefits.
If you plan to re-introduce meat into your diet, Niemerow recommends doing so slowly. Gittleman suggests starting with organic poultry rather than beef or fish, which can contain mercury.
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Typically, they keep a journal and reintroduce foods systematically, noting any changes in energy, digestion, cravings, or other symptoms. It's productive to use a typical food and amount, rather than testing foods and portions that you're unlikely to eat as part of your regular diet.
Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman, author of The Fast Track Detox Diet, agrees: “If a detox is done properly, you should feel lighter and cleaner.” Many people report having more energy, and Gittleman says detoxing can even help with sinus problems and congestion. Other physical benefits may include clearer skin and better digestion.
There’s a lot of planning that goes into a detox. Which program will you follow? When will you start? How long will you go for? There are groceries to buy and temptations to hide (lock up the cookies!). But if the only thing you’re planning post-detox is how you’ll indulge once you’re done, you could be undoing all that work.
Whatever you eat, make sure you don’t eat too much of it. “During a detox people often realize that they don’t need to eat as much as they think they do,” says Niemerow. “When you eat slowly and eat smaller portions, you’ll discover how much food you really need to feel full,” echoes Gittleman. “Take time to really appreciate how good food tastes when you haven’t eaten a lot in a while.”