A cleanse is a great way to start on your journey to a healthy lifestyle. It’s like hitting the reset button and allows you to release toxins in your body and replace them with nutrients. It’s an out with the old, in with the new kind of thing. There are so many different methods to detoxing and anyone can do it. The benefits include clearer skin, increase in energy level , better sleeping habits, immune system boost, healthy digestion and weight loss. This is a very important step to a healthy lifestyle because it enables us to be the best possible version of ourselves.
-Eat plenty of fiber including fresh fruit and veggies. Some great high fiber foods include peas, brussels sprouts, artichokes, broccoli, black beans, blackberries, pears, Lima beans, avocado, raspberries, brown rice, kale, oats and whole-wheat pasta.
-Drink lots of water! It’s recommended that we drink 60 oz of water a day. I could list a million reasons why water is good for you but you already know this. If you’re like me and you don’t really like the taste, you can add fruit to spruce it up. That adds a ton of extra benefits so it’s a win win. My favorite is strawberry and mint.
-Sweat. Working out might not be the most appealing thing to do with your free time but it’s worth it. Sweat releases toxins through perspiration. Go for a run or take a walk in the park. Just get moving!
When I started my clean eating journey, green smoothies were my first project. I was sick of eating garbage but my love for fruit and veggies hadn’t kicked in yet. The smoothies made it really easy to sneak them in on a daily basis. I challenged myself to drink one every morning for one week and then two weeks, three weeks and so on. I noticed a massive increase in energy and over time my body started to crave more of the good stuff.
For one serving: 1 cup of greens, 1 cup of liquid base, and 2 cups of fruit (fresh or frozen). In my opinion, there’s no wrong way to make a smoothie as far as what you put in it. My smoothies are based on what I like personally and I mix and match constantly to keep it fun. Here are a few ingredients you can experiment with while making your smoothies.
To avoid big chunks, blend your greens and liquid first and then add your fruit and extras. Here’s a fun beet detox recipe you can try this weekend:
1 small beet
½ c blueberries
1 c strawberries
1 small orange (seedless)
8 oz almond milk