Healthy- Eating Strategies for Optimal Health

The way we consume food today has a lot more to do with emotional satisfaction than energy replenishment.

January is the perfect time to detox and focus on functional eating. Every day we’re bombarded with toxins and chemicals (in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the products we use and the foods we eat), which over time accumulate in our body and lead to headaches, pain, digestive distress, disease and stubborn weight that won’t come off. When we help our body detox, by eliminating toxic burden, our organs can function better at generating great energy level and shedding excess pounds!

Here are 8 tips for dietary detoxification and functional eating that will help you lose weight and feel more balanced, healthy, and energetic:

  1. Stay hydrated. This is key to support your kidneys and liver (main detoxifying organs), improving digestion and weight loss. Aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water (or up to 100 ounces) daily. Drinking plenty of water will help flush your body of toxins, keep your skin healthy, and help you eat less.

  2. Eat small meals throughout the day. Consume healthy snacks in between meals to avoid over-eating. Aim for 5-6 small meals throughout the day (mostly veggies and whole foods) to regulate your blood sugar and increase metabolism.

  3. Do not skip meals. Eat your first meal within 1-2 hours of waking up and try low-glycemic foods to establish balanced blood sugar levels throughout the day.

  4. Eat mindfully. We have lots of mindless eating habits that lead to weight gain. Focus on slowing down when you eat, smelling the food before each bite, savoring the food, and chewing slowly.

  5. Serve your meals on smaller plates. If you don’t have any, go out and buy some. Studies have shown that when people eat food from a large plate or bowl, they serve and eat much more. When people eat from a crowded 8- to 9-inch plate, they eat less. Your brain can actually perceive the smaller plate portion as more food, which in turn makes you feel satiated.

  6. Keep your portions right. Divide your plate in quarters. Fill half of your plate with vegetables and some fruits you like. Another quarter is for your protein (this can be meat, poultry, fish, tofu, beans, legumes, eggs). The last quarter is for your grains, nuts and seeds (such as quinoa, brown or wild rice, almonds, walnuts, pecans, pine nuts and seeds). Of course in actuality there will be some combining and blending, but the key is to maintain this mental portions when preparing your meals.

  7. Avoid unhealthy snacking.

  8. Take it easy on the alcohol. While alcohol can be part of a balanced diet, it is also hard on the liver.

These daily strategies will help ease the toxic burden on your body and you’ll feel better each day.

If you or someone you love is interested in losing weight under medical supervision of a board certified Gastroenterologist, please visit and make your appointment for a one on one consultation.


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