To be honest, as soon as January hits, everyone goes crazy!
Detoxing, cleansing, juicing, exercising. They throw all the chocolate in the bin or give it away to Aunt Elda. It’s like a mad frenzy…and more often than not, it falls flat on its butt!
You’re lucky if your new regime lasts past the third week in January. Most will give up, feel hopeless and start eating doughnuts and gin at 11am!
Ok…so its maybe not quite that bad, but there are some important things to know to help guide you into a pleasant and easy detox in 2021.
The art of successfully detoxing the body, in my experience as a Nutritionist (I have been working in clinical environments for over 15 years now), is taking things slowly. The more consistent you can be with your diet, and introduce small changes in the new year, the better results you will see, and the more sustainable it will be for you. Then the better you begin to feel, the more you are likely to continue.
Believe me, once you find your new energy and "va-va-voom" again, you will not want to stop.
And that is what a detox should be. It should not be too brutal, unless you are struggling with a serious disease, and that’s a whole different story. In that instance, it is a good idea to treat the body as if you are having an intense clear out, and if anyone would like more information on that please let me know.
The main thing that I see with my clients when I scan their health on my devise, if the results show lots of toxicity – is that they have a very stagnant lymphatic system. This creates a back-log in the liver and can affect everything from hormonal imbalances, sleep disorders, skin issues, migraines, digestive complaints and joint pain.
The association with what you eat and how you feel really is 100% real. What you put in your body is your fuel and your healing, and even if your mission is to lose weight, you still need to eat.
Whenever I create diets plans for my clients there is usually more food included than they would imagine. This is because your body needs the right nutrients in order to lose weight. Often, we snack on a biscuit or crisps and feel hungry 20 minutes later, because these foods cannot possibly satisfy our bodies, so it tells us to eat again. When we eat Nutritionally rich foods, we feel full, and satisfied. Our brain power is good, and we feel energised.
Here are some really simple ideas to start your detox:
Detox Alkalizing and Anti-Inflammatory Water Ideas
For all day long sipping!
Water should be slightly warm or room temperature. This helps you stay super hydrated – helps push things through the lymphatic system and keeps the liver and kidneys happy!
Four recipes to try:
Add 1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar, 3 inches of freshly grated Ginger and the juice of one lemon to 2lts of water
Add the juice of 1 Lime, 2 slices of Orange, 5 slices of Cucumber, a handful of mixed berries to 2lts of water
Add 1 Camomile and 1 Lime Flower tea bag to 2lts of warm water water and let diffuse. Drinking this will not only help hydrate and detox you but will also leave you feeling calm and in control.
Add 1 Green Tea bag diffuse in 2lts of water and sip all day helps keep your body hydrated and stay squeaky clean.
I love green smoothies because if you make them right, they can give you a kick of nutrients like no other.
I would suggest you make a pint of green smoothie and split it in half. Have one half in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Add superfoods such as wheatgrass, spirulina and baobab (please see my already made, easy to use superfood blends) into the mix and a tablespoon of chia seeds and flax seeds. They will help you to feel full, plus add a considerable amount of good fibre, vitamins, minerals and omegas into the mix.
Green Smoothie Recipes
Blend with coconut water for an electrolyte burst!
Half a cucumber, 2 Apples,1 Lime, 1 Avocado, handful of Spinach
2 sticks of Celery, handful of Spinach, 1 Banana, handful of Berries
Handful of Berries, 1 Peach, handful of Kale, handful of Coriander1/4 of a Watermelon, 2 Oranges, handful of Spinach
Food & Health Tips
Swap wheat bread for sour dough.
Eat sour croute – this helps produce good bacteria in the gut, which helps with good vibrant health.
Eat mainly plant based – plants are anti-inflammatory and can reverse disease.
Make a rule – NO PROCESSED foods.
Eat Quinoa for lunch – with a truck load of vegetables instead of a sandwich.
Evening meal should be very light. Soups are perfect. Eat in an 8-10 hour window. Start at 10am and don’t eat after 6pm. (The health benefits to this are amazing!)Add spice to your foods – taste is everything – if it tastes delicious you will love it and spices help you to detox, add considerable antioxidants and give many good health benefits including boosting your immune system.
Cut out dairy – use milk alternatives such as almond milk and oat milk. Making your own is easy and there are loads of recipe videos on my website for you to see.
Exercise every day for at least 30 minutes come rain or shine – your body will thank you for making it move!
Meditate – You only need to do 10 mins per day and Yes this helps you detox! Not only in your mind but also in making good clear choices in your every world!
For even more information on how to be healthy and happy in 2021 check out my book – The Art Of Healthy Living.
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