April first. Spring has sprung. ...or is attempting to.
With Easter just passed, maybe your diet recently has consisted of Peeps and French Toast Casserole? You feel warm weather immanent. You want to get healthy, but you feel kinda down and bleh. Your brain is in a fog left over from that sugar coma. And, you're not quite sure how to go about pulling yourself out. Well...
LET ME HELP YOU!
Let's Spring clean your insides!
Here's the jam- the idea is to make this doable, not to make you insane. Of course there are rules, and of course this requires commitment, but the idea is that it is fairly simple and once you get the hang of it, it should be pretty easy!
Rules for which to Abide for a Squeaky Clean Inside (or something):
-Coffee. Yes! Have it! But no more than two cups, and not after 2pm. 2 before 2. Coffee has it's benefits, for shizzle! But keeping it to before 2pm will help you when you cuddle up later. And sleep is MAJOR for detoxing and restoring those insides. If you need a kick mid afternoon, try really cold water, a green juice (light on the fruit), or a small snack with protein and healthy fat. NOT SUGAR. And keep your coffee black. If you usually add four sugar packets and fill half the cup with milk, you aren't doing anyone any favors. Cut out all that bullshit. You get used to it, I promise.
-Try to add in some of these foods every day:
Lemon -naturally detox that liver by increasing enzyme production, vitamin C kick, antibacterial, improve hydration. Squeeze it on your food, in your water, your tea...whatevs. Just get it in!
Dark Leafy Greens – the most nutrient dense food on the planet. Eat them like your life depends on it. ...cuz it kinda does.
Cabbage – Surprise! Detoxes the liver and adds bulk and fiber to meals. Add it to soups and stir fry. Eat sauerkraut for Probiotics to help out your guts!
Artichoke – Promotes enzyme production to aid digestion. Just don't eat them soaked in mayonnaise or fried. Kinda loses their charm.
Beets – Add natural sweetness while you detox! Helps eliminate toxins from the body. Also, they're just freakin delicious.
Garlic and Ginger – Flava flave! Tons of antimicrobial properties, pumps up immune system, helps out your liver. EAT THEM.
Sea Vegetables – Yup. While Seaweed is super gross at the beach, it's super helpful in the body! Eliminates toxins and heavy metals. Regulates thyroid function. Good stuff! Try dried Seaweed snax for a salty alternative to chips, or add kelp noodles to soup. Sprinkle dried sea veggies over just about everything for a salty kick!
Broccoli and Cauliflower – Cruciferous veggies are the bomb.com. Eat them. Done.
Seeds – Sunflower, Chia, Hemp... all good. Help prevent cholesterol in the blood, provide protein, healthy fat, and fiber, help body with elimination. All good things!
-Focus on Protein. I'm not one of those crazies that think you should ONLY eat veggies. Not at all. So, aim to get 15-30 grams of protein in the AM and focus on lean protein and non-starchy carbs (read: vegetables) for the rest of the day.
-Water, Water, Water. Drink it. Just, shit loads of it.
Things to AVOID!
Yes, you will have to give up some stuff. But, trust me, as soon as you get in the habit of saying no to french fries, it gets easy. I promise.
Just Say No:
-Added Sugar (Any and all. Nothing with any kind of Syrup or anything that ends in -ose). If you must, only small (VERY SMALL) amounts of either honey or maple syrup.
-Chemical artificial sweeteners. No splenda! Only Stevia if you want to use a no calorie sweetener.
-Light on the dairy. If you must, Unsweetened Plain Greek Yogurt. Add your own fruit.
-Refined flour. Nothing white. Sorry, but this is huge.
-Cured meats. Steak. Red meat. Yuck.
-Severely limit alcohol. Sorry, Charlie. I'm talking like 1-2 drinks a week. Yup, even wine. Your body's calorie burning abilities stagnate like whoa when processing alcohol.
Attempt to limit processed foods to a bare minimum. Eat as close to nature as your life allows.
MOVE YOUR BODY. Ger off your ass, folks. Walk more. Sit less.
Whatever it takes to get you up and moving, do it. You'll have more energy than ever. No doubt.
Want to up the ante? Include a high quality Probiotic (the refrigerated kind), an omega-3 supplement, a cleansing supplement (I take Liver Cleanse from Thorne Research. But anything with Dandelion or Milk Thistle is good. They make them in tea form, too!), add in Turmeric (supplement form or in cooking. It's also in curry powder.), cook with Coconut Oil.
Need some ideas?
- Hard Boiled eggs are a great breakfast or snack.
- Roast up a bunch of veggies to throw together with chicken or fish for lunch and dinners.
-Roast broccoli with lemon juice and oil
-Roast cauliflower with oil and curry powder
- Wilt greens in a pan with a little oil or water and some garlic
- Use almond milk instead of regular milk (unsweetened of course!)
- Put lemon Juice on your salad and 1 form of fat. If you have avocado or nuts/seeds there's no need for oil, too.
- Want dessert? Eat fruit. Make a sugar free chocolate sauce with Cocoa powder, water and Stevia
To break it down:
Eat real food.
Some fruit (berries are best).
Add some detoxing ingredients.
Move your ass.
Say hello to your de-cluttered body! Your guts will love you.
Feel free to ask away on my Facebook page. I'm always available!
Spring is going to be amazing. And so are you. :)