It’s a brand new year, and most of us pigged out over the last few holidays-Thanks giving, Christmas, Saint’s Day, etc. I don’t know about you but I gained a whopping 15lbs. in just a little over three weeks! But if your 2014 goal is to start making better-more healthier-choices in your life, then why not start with a healthier diet?
Studies show that simple choices such as drinking water, frequent sex or 1/2 hour exercises, organic produce and staying away from genetically modified foods, make a huge impact on the body’s stress and weight management, sex drive and emotional health.
If you have been doing this already and you consider yourself to be a fairly healthy person, that’s great! However, if you believe you need a little help getting started with the simple stuff? Read ahead; THIS may be the game changer for you.
It’s always best to start with a detox. There is a lot of misunderstanding about what a detox is and how to do it, so let me explain in simple terms: detoxification.
Detoxification is what your body does naturally to neutralize, transform or get rid of unwanted materials or toxins. It is a primary function of the body, constantly working and interacting with all other functions of the body. This is done by decreasing the amount of toxins we put into our bodies while at the same time supporting our body’s detoxification and elimination systems with the nutrients it needs to function properly.
As a culture we are very aware of our external cleanliness. We clean our teeth daily, we bath and wash our hair daily or every other day and we like to look and smell clean because it makes us feel better. Similarly, I see detoxification as internal cleansing. The problem is that it’s often hard to know when our internal cleansing mechanisms are not functioning well. Unlike other parts of our body it is very hard to know how well our liver is working, and our liver is the main detoxification organ. Apart from synthesizing and secreting bile, the liver acts as a filter for toxins and bacteria in the blood and chemically neutralizes toxins, converting them into substances that can be eliminated by the kidneys.
So you see, when I am talking about detoxification, it is about improving and optimizing the function of your body’s own detoxification systems.
So what can you do to help?
Here are TEN simple changes you can do make in your diet to boost your detox.
- Like Rice? Switch from Rice to Quinoa
With 9g of protein and 5g of fiber to the serving, it’s a much more satisfying and healthier alternative. Not to mention, it has more calcium than a whole cup of beans!
- Like Mashed Potatoes? Switch from Potatoes to Mashed cauliflower
It’s significantly lower in calories, higher in fiber and packed with vitamin B-12 for cell growth and brain power!
- Like Bread? Switch from bread to Pita
Economic theorists say bread is one of the most inelastic goods on the planet. Scientists have been forced to genetically modify wheat to supply the ever-growing demand for the product and as a result have lead to the development of a higher rate of gluten and wheat allergies across the world. Pita is unleveled bread that is usually made with whole grain ingredients, from an ancient recipe. With more protein, more fiber and less carbs than 2 slices of bread, a whole pita holds more stuffing than a regular sandwich which makes more room to stuff that grilled chicken and those tasty greens!
- Like French Fries? Switch from French fries to Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potatoes have a higher nutritional value, including carotene (vitamin A) than potatoes. It also has fewer calories and more fiber to keep you satisfied and cleanse your digestive system. Besides, sweet potato fries are simple and easy to make and best part is, they are baked, not fried!
- Like Ice Cream? Try Frozen yogurt
It’s rich in protein and has ¼% more calcium than ice cream. Yogurt has active ingredients such as acidophilus and probiotics which boosts metabolism, cleanses the colon and puts back healthy bacteria. Yogurt also has a lot less sugar and calories than ice cream with a similar creamy consistency that treats your taste buds on any occasion. Yum!
- Like Corn Flakes? Switch from Corn Flakes to Granola
Corn is one of the most popular genetically modified grains in the world. Most granola (but not all, so read the label) is made from organic whole grains, is gluten free, high in fiber and is naturally sweet. It’s an excellent breakfast choice, hot or cold, and great for sprinkling over your porridge for a delicious crunch.
- Like Ranch dip? Switch from Ranch to Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is packed with calcium, water soluble vitamins and contains 17g protein to the serving; which means greater hunger satisfaction and fewer calories. A serving of ranch (3 tablespoons) is just a little under 200calories where as a serving of Greek yogurt (1 cup) is only 90 calories!
- Like fruit juices? Try Fruit flavoured water
Use high enzyme fruits such as pineapple, lemon, lime, strawberries and Seville orange to boost the flavour of your drinking water. It gives it a subtle burst of fruit flavour to your boring water and makes drinking your 8-a-day so much easier!
- Like Coffee? Switch to Green tea
Both are great beverages that are linked to great health benefits. However, one has more caffeine per cup than the other, and green tea gives you the same benefits as coffee without the crashing effect in the end due to the spike of adrenaline. Green tea not only refreshes the body but is an excellent renal detox that puts a glow on the skin and combats free-radicals!
- Like Chocolate? Switch form Milk Chocolate to Dark Chocolate
Milk chocolate is made from loads of sweeteners (not limited to condensed milk) which adds to, and builds up colon toxicity levels over a period of time. I know it is a very popular snack treat amongst most of us but If you have insulin issues, I suggest that you avoid sweeteners altogether, including Stevia, as they all can decrease your sensitivity to insulin. So if you struggle with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or extra weight, then you have insulin sensitivity issues and would benefit from avoiding ALL sweeteners. Dark chocolate contains 70-90% pure coco and is scientifically proven to reduce cardiovascular disease, belly fat, stress and the high levels of antioxidants protects the skin from the sun and improves brain function.
Go get your detox on!