"But Summer means bikinis!!!" I hear people cry.
Never fear Vegie Heads, we are all in this together, and together we shall share knowledge, encourage and support one another, and come Summer, we shall be GLOWING from head to toe!
First things first......
What is a detox?
Detox, short for detoxification, is the body's natural, ongoing process of neutralizing or eliminating toxins from the body.*
What are toxins and why are they in my body?
Toxins are anything that can potentially harm body tissue, including waste products that result from normal cell activity, such as ammonia, lactic acid and homocysteine, and human-made toxins that we are exposed to in our environment, food, and water.*
How does my body remove them?
The liver, intestines, kidneys, lungs, skin, blood and lymphatic systems work together to ensure that toxins are transformed chemically to less harmful compounds and excreted from the body.*
A lot of people focus so much on removing things from their diet, that they forget about things they should be ADDING to their diet.
How many times have you said, or heard someone say "I'm removing coffee, bread and sugar from my diet". And how long has it lasted? I'm guessing not very long.
It's all psychological.
If we are focusing on things we cannot eat, we tend to crave them more than if we knew we could eat them
To put it simply, don't look at a detox as deprivation- look at it as ABUNDANT REJUVENATION.
There are plenty of detox diets out there, supplements you can take to help, and foods to avoid. There are books, websites and DVDs devoted to the subject.
I like to keep it simple though. I have followed this detox many times, and just love it:.
It's completely free, all you do is sign up and they send you emails everyday to motivate, inspire and encourage.
To start with, its best to prep your body for change, and doing a three day green smoothie cleanse is super easy and tasty.
I am a green smoothie addict, and have been for a long time. Before I invested in my Thermomix, I was drinking thick, gluggy green smoothies....
to drink and digest. Invest in a good blender, it will make all the difference!
Green smoothies are not as gross as they sound- in actual fact they are delicious, and the ingredient possibilities are endless!
Beginners green smoothie:
-2 cups of organic baby spinach
-1/2 cup frozen berries
-2 cups of purified water
Blend together and slurp!
You will notice an amazing difference in your health;
-you will be going to the toilet (and more regularly than ever before!)
-your skin with glow with health and clear up
-your eyes will be brighter
-your breath fresher
-your gums healthier
-your PMS and blood sugar levels stablised
-your weight stabilised
plus many more wonderful changes!
Have a look at the Queen of Green: Victoria Boutenko's website:
and also, my very good friend Kristine's website:
(and she will have a book out very soon...."The Green Smoothie Bible"!!)
Anyway, back to our detox....So in preparing your body for any detox, you should be drinking plenty of water, resting, gently exercising, and KEEP AN OPEN MIND!
I like to look at detox's seasonally: we are now in Spring, so load up on heaps of gorgeous, fresh produce, like:
Apples, Lady Williams
Oranges, Blood, Seville
Beans, Broad, Green
Onions, Spring, Green
By eating more of the above fruit and vegies, you will be automatically assisting the body with its Spring clean.
Some guidelines to follow:
-Reduce starchy foods (carbohydrates) to a minimum
-Eat reasonable amounts of plant based protein
-Eat large amounts of vegetables
-Eat a large proportion of those vegetables raw or in blended juices
-Eat plenty of raw fruit
-Use cold pressed olive oil to dress salads (it's green, not yellow, which is heat-pressed)
-If cooking food, use low temperatures in general - steam, boil, poach, cook in a low oven
-Avoid dairy foods - milk, cheese, butter
-Drink water, herb teas and green tea
-BE KIND TO YOURSELF!
Supplements that may assist:
-Milk Thistle: Supports the liver during the detox and aids in protecting liver cells., Many symptoms can occur when the Liver is 'congested', and can be very unpleasant.
-Aloe Vera Juice: Soothing and cleansing, aloe vera has been used for centuries to assist with not only burns, but also symptoms associated with IBS, and Crohns disease, and ulcers.
-Psyllium husk: Is the husk from plantain seeds, and taken in water, it reduces appetite, improves digestion and cleanses the system
-Chlorella: Is a green sea algae, related to Spirulina. Chlorella is the entire algae, whereas Chlorophyll is simply the green pigment. Chlorella is perfect for a heavy metal detox, and removes traces of arsenic, lead and also acts as an 'internal broom', sweeping away any toxins.
-Barley Grass: Suitable for Coeliacs, barley grass is the ultimate alkaliser. It helps to balance out the body, especially if you consume a highly acidic diet.
There is a tonne of info here for you to start with, and if you want to know more just ask!
My detox is starting right now :)
Begin the day with a fresh lemon, squeezed into some water YUM!
More detox info to come