A new year is a good time to start fresh by eating healthier and exercising more. A few weeks of very clean eating is a good way to get back on track, reverse some of the damage we did during the holiday feasts and maybe shed a few unwanted pounds. You don’t need to do anything extreme with severe detoxing and cleanses to feel and look better.
Nutritionist Kerri Glassman says that eating a healthy, balanced diet will enable your organs to work better so your liver, kidneys and GI tract will naturally aid in cleansing your system when you cut out the junk and stick with whole food.
1) Eat a healthy, balanced diet
Stock up on lots of antioxidant rich foods. Choose organic when possible. Glassman advises eating high water volume foods including grapefruit, oranges, cantaloupe and asparagus to help you feel full without taking in a lot of calories. Eat lean protein like eggs, fish and grilled chicken and good fiber like quinoa and brown rice. When preparing lunch and dinner, pile veggies on your plate. A couple of Glassman’s favorite snacks are celery with all natural almond butter (no added sugar or sodium and no trans fats), cucumber dipped in guacamole and sliced apples sprinkled with cinnamon.
2) Drink plenty of water
Water helps flush you out and green tea offers a good amount of antioxidants. Dr. Oz recommends drinking dandelion root tea because it aids in cleansing the liver.
3) Get enough sleep
Our bodies rejuvenate and repair while we sleep and adequate amounts of sleep help the metabolism function properly. They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothin’.
4) Ditch the toxic chemicals
Give your body a fighting chance by avoiding toxins. Switch to household cleaners and personal care products that do not contain harmful chemicals. The ingredients in most of these products have serious harmful effect on your health. Some cause cancer and many disrupt your endocrine system. Choose products like Ava Anderson Non Toxic.
5) Avoid the bad stuff
The fun part: When you’re trying to cleanse and rid your body of toxins it’s important to avoid salt, sugar, alcohol and all packaged foods. A little strict but easier than some of these drastic detox plans out there. If you have a friend who is considering doing one of those, forward this to them and suggest they try it for a few weeks and I bet they’ll see results. A votre santé!