Diane May Nutrition Blog

Beware Detox Diets

January 9th, 2014

There are so many detox diets available now with the promise of everything from miracle weight loss and glowing skin to the release of built up toxins and decreased stress. The only thing these diets will really help you lose is your hard earned money.  Many of the juice cleanses available are loaded with sugar, calories (upwards of 800 calories per bottle in some cases) and sodium. Detox diets have the risk of  vitamin deficiencies, blood sugar problems, anemia and heart irregularities, among other health concerns. Our bodies have an amazing natural detoxification system: the lungs, liver, kidneys and skin. When we go to the bathroom (poop and pee) and sweat, we are naturally detoxing.  On a daily basis our bodies are hard at work detoxing and filtering what we eat and drink.  The best way to stay healthy and detox….stay well hydrated with water and consume a well rounded diet with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fat, stay away from processed foods as much as possible, limit alcohol and move your body! Instead of looking for quick fixes, spend every day taking care of your body and you won’t have to worry about detoxing-your body will be doing all the hard lifting for you, and your wallet will thank you too!




Quick Broiled Salmon with Vegetables



  • 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets (about 1 inch thick)
  • 3/8 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 cup sliced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup vertically sliced onion
  • 1 cup snow peas, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons sambal oelek (ground fresh chile paste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 (1/2-inch) pieces fresh ginger


  1. 1. Preheat broiler to high.
  2. 2. Place a jelly-roll pan in oven; preheat pan for 5 minutes. Sprinkle fillets evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Arrange fillets, skin sides down, on pan. Broil fish 5 minutes.
  3. 3. Combine remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, bell pepper, onion, snow peas, and 1 tablespoon vinegar in a medium bowl. Arrange the bell pepper mixture on pan with fish; broil 3 minutes.
  4. 4. Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, soy sauce, and remaining ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 2 minutes. Stir; let stand 5 minutes. Discard ginger pieces. Serve sauce with fish and vegetables.

Adam Hickman, Cooking Light

 Recipe Time

Hands On: 20 Minutes
Total: 20 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving

  • Calories: 324
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated fat: 2.2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 4g
  • Protein: 38g
  • Carbohydrate: 14.4g
  • Fiber: 1.6g
  • Cholesterol: 90mg
  • Iron: 1.5mg
  • Sodium: 585mg
  • Calcium: 39mg

Beware Detox Diets