detox foods for healthy
It's not mashed potatoes, but . . .
Holy moley, am I swollen. Between the ham, the cookies, the cocktails, the fudge, the cheese . . .it's amazing I can even fit into my Forever Lazy. Even though there are more goodies on deck for New Year's celebrations, it's time to pull together a list of those other foods. You know the ones that actually do something good for you other than that sugar high.

Whether you decide to make eating healthier a 2012 resolution or not, you might want to spend at least a day or two focusing on these fantastic foods, to at least allow your body to recover. It's your business what you eat come Valentine's Day.

Here are 5 foods that will help your body detox from all the revelry.

Daikon Radish

This radish actually helps lower your cholesterol. You may be tempted to shred some on top of your bacon cheeseburger (and hey, no judgment!) but if you try it in a salad on a regular basis, you'll help reduce that heart attack risk.

Ginger

Cleaning, stomach-settling, what can't this amazing root do? Boil some in water, add it to your fried rice, or gnaw on it. Either way, you're doing your system a big old favor.

Whole Grains

Rather it's oatmeal, quinoa, or multi-grain (and sugar-free) bread, bulking up on your whole grains will do double duty. You'll be helping to lower your cholesterol from all that fatty meat you had during the holidays, and helping move everything through the colon. Ahhh, doesn't that feel better?

Kale/Collard Greens/Spinach

Those dark and leafy greens are perfect for bulking up on your iron without adding meat to your diet. Additionally, hello good digestion!

Berries

You know fruit is good for you, but some fruit is better than others. The berry family offers up antioxidants which are crazy good for you and your blood stream, while having the added benefit of being low in sugar.

So head to the grocery store, and eat well!

 

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