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During the holidays, even the obsessively healthy indulge in cookies, cakes, and cocktails. But come January, many are ready to whip their diets into shape and lose those extra pounds. Dr. Sherri Jacobs, a certified nutritionist and vice president of the South Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians, offers six tips for doing just that
✓ Eat fiber-rich, nutrient-rich foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean protein.
✓ Keep healthier snacks like nuts and pre-cut fruits and vegetables around so you will be more likely to reach for those when hunger hits.
✓ In order to cleanse your body, drink lots of water—at least half of your body weight in ounces every day. Herbal tea is good, too. Set a goal for water intake to best ensure that you down enough throughout the day.
✓ Choose leafy greens such as spinach and kale, colorful peppers, sweet potatoes, and vibrant fruits such as berries and oranges. When buying meat, poultry, or fish products, choose the freshet, least-processed cuts. The same goes with whole grains: the more processed a food item is, the less nutritious it will be.
✓ Take vitamins that support the liver health and detoxification, such as green tea, milk thistle, dandelion root, and B vitamins, all of which can be purchased at your local health food store.
✗ Don’t buy processed foods high in sodium or sugar.
✗ Decrease your consumption of the seven most inflammatory foods—wheat, dairy, corn, soy, peanuts, sugar, and eggs.
✗ Stay away from diuretics like alcohol, coffee, and soda, which cause dehydration and make it harder for your body to cleanse itself.