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Get Healthy By Eliminating One Toxin From Your Life

Health Tip: Eliminate One Toxin

Looking to clean up your act a bit? How about eliminating at least one toxin from your life? This can be anything from smoking, alcohol, fried food (deep-fried oreos?), trans fats, or sugar. Slowly cutting out one vice is a lot easier than changing your total lifestyle, and you'll be well on your way to optimal health for the rest of the year (and your life).

Tell me which toxin would be the easiest for you to eliminate in the comments section below.


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adrilenee adrilenee 9 years
Transfat, period. Anything with hydrogenated(evenly partially) oil is a no. Even if the product lists it as having no transfat it may still have hydrogenated oils, they just aren't required to list it if it's under a certain amount..
allien86 allien86 9 years
I tried cutting out sugar last year but I didnt have the willpower. But I am determined to get healthier this year and am cutting out fried foods. I already dont smoke or drink alcohol.
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 9 years
I already don't smoke and I rarely drink or eat fried foods, so what I've been working on for some time now is cutting out trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. It's been working out pretty well for me. now I just eat a whoooooole lot of fresh fruits and veggies. I'm at the point now where when I go to the grocery store I spend 90% of my time in the produce, meat, and dairy sections and only a small part of the time walking down the aisles.
kaethe kaethe 9 years
easiest: quit smoking, 'cause i smoke like a cig per week. second easiest would be cutting out alcohol. but i would never ever be able to cut out sugar...i think i'm like addicted :B
superblondgirl superblondgirl 9 years
I started limiting HFCS and anything partially hydrogenated a while ago, and even though it takes me way longer to grocery shop (reading all the labels), I feel good knowing I've made that step. I cut down on sugar in my coffee, too - now I just need to keep my less dessert resolution and stop eating pieces of chocolate every day!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Trans fats were an easy one for me to give up. Pretty much my main source of the stuff was Lite Cool Whip...even though it has "0gms Trans Fat per serving", I used to eat about half a tubful at a time. I also don't eat fried foods or anything like that, but I SHOULD give up aspartame. I put it in my coffee (although, to be fair, I only drink one cup of coffee a day) and in my tea (also, only one cup a day) and I drink diet soda. I guess I try to rationalize the diet soda thing by telling myself "Hey, at least you aren't getting all that HFCS", but neither one is really healthy.
suz405 suz405 9 years
I have given up sweets since october and its really hard the first 3 or so weeks but then it gets easier, I promise!
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
Fast food generally, not just fried stuff. Although it's quite easy because I can't stand the stuff. (Except perhaps the occasional pub lunch of fish & chips *guilty look*) Trans fat is my next target...
efahey efahey 9 years
cutting out soda definitely...and drink mixes like iced much sugar! I am pretty diligent with my diet so really, cutting out anything would not be to much of an issue.
victoriaeleanor victoriaeleanor 9 years
As of New Year's Day, I've cut out alcohol, artificial sweeteners, and caffeine, and yes, it is possible but not easy! However, it seems to seriously limit your beverage choices to water, milk, juice, decaf teas, etc. Does anyone have any suggestions about how to keep this up without getting bored of drinking the same thing (especially water) all day? I've already heard of drinking juice diluted with water (because juice can be so high-calorie) but am looking for other ideas.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
I need to try to cut out the artificial sweeteners. I got hooked on those single-serving crystal light packets last year. I'm going to try taking lemon and lime wedges to work instead to make the office water more palatable.
mlo319 mlo319 9 years
Buh Bye Diet Coke! French Fries... you're next!
starkiss23 starkiss23 9 years
I'd say that Trans Fat is definitely the easiest to cut out!
suzanne suzanne 9 years
Hi widgit and jooj :WAVE: A cardiologist chef once recommended that I iliminate the sugar buy substituting Xylitol... a natural sugar with virtually no glycemic index, dentists endorse it, great for diabetics amd measures and bakes just like sugar... Google it and see what you think. The only side effect they list is a tummy upset, but I have never had a hint of this and neither have my husband or friends. If the recipe calls for brown sugar, I mix in a little agave nectar to get the brown sugar moistness.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
It hasn't been easy...but I've been cutting out sugar A LOT..I will have one bite of cookie or something every few days.
Molly4630 Molly4630 9 years
Transfat and fried food. Don't think I could give up on alcohol completely...
LJDP LJDP 9 years
I need to give up alcohol but it seems impossible. I need to limit my intake to a couple glasses of wine on the weekends, not every night! I don't eat fried foods so perhaps what I need to get rid of is white foods - rice, pasta, bread, sugar. Let's see if I can try it! But give up my occasional glass of cabernet? Talk about meaningless torture!
legalbeagle legalbeagle 9 years
Im giving up alcohol this year. I want to be an overall healthier person and realized that hangovers were seriously preventing me from getting up and going to the gym on the weekends. Also, ordering buffalo chicken fingers while drunk is probably the LAST thing I need to be doing haha
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Giving up alcohol would be no big deal to me, I did it for a year once just to prove a point to my friends. I rarely drink as it is and to be honest I see it as a waste of money and empty calories.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
all of them are pretty easy to get rid of for me, except for sugar, and it's not toxin, a eprson will get sick and die without any sugar.
rscarter rscarter 9 years
I did a little detox for the first 5 days of the year in which I cut out dairy (I'm already vegetarian), sugar, alcohol, transfats, wheat, peanuts, chocolate... pretty much everything I had been binging on during the holiday season. It was really hard, but I feel much much better. I've slowly began eating certain things that I temporarily limited but I'm still off sugar, which is nice. I had serious withdrawal symptoms because of my sugar addiction, but if feels good to be letting go of that now. Pretty soon I should have no more sugar cravings at all. So if you're considering giving up sugar, just know that it's really hard at first (which tells you something about how evil it is to begin with) but after a few days it gets easier and eventually it's not a problem at all. You CAN do it.
superfoxml superfoxml 9 years
Last year I stopped drinking sodas, and cut out the nasties like high fructose corn syrup. This year I'd like to cut down on the wine I drink on the weekends. I never drink during the week but come Friday I probably overdo it a tad. That's my goal for this year. And I am lactose intolerant so I'm trying to stick to a meat free and dairy free (vegan) diet. Geez. What do I eat, right? :)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
Fried food, sugar, and salt. Actually, I'm really good at avoiding these things, except during the holiday season.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Coca-Cola. I like to have one every fortnight or so, but this year I'm trying to buy the stuff from abroad—it uses sugar, not HFCS, so I think it's SLIGHTLY less evil.
vanilize vanilize 9 years
Dark Sodas.
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