Sat 5 Jan 2013
I’ve been thinking a lot about detoxing lately because heck, it’s January and it’s a good time to turn things around health-wise. I’ve been thinking about detoxing a lot lately anyways, and all the different options we have available to us for improving our health. It’s key to find the way that works best for you. Here are a few options to incorporate a cleanse into your life:
A Real Detox – obviously you can just bite the bullet and do a real detox. My favourite is the Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox, i do it once or twice a year and it rocks. It’s a 12 day commitment and comes with a food guide so you can get your body in a more alkaline state so the herbs can really do their work. Here’s a recent article I saw on the PH thing, it’s supposed to help your body fight disease. The real reason the food guide is great is because it’s all non-processed super healthy foods that retrain your taste buds and help you remember how great brown rice and veggies taste. It can be tough to figure out good food choices, if you need help with that, check out my cookbooks. Bottomline is, it takes commitment (and cooking time) but you’ll feel like a million bucks and lose a few pounds too.
Detox by Week – But you don’t have to do a real detox, there are other options too. One thing i like to do all is treat my Monday, Tuesday, and heck sometimes even Wednesday as a detox. I’ll enjoy myself on the weekends and use Sunday to make a couple days worth of healthy soup, like Green Soup or Chick Pea Tomato Stew for work lunches. And early in the week i find i have more energy for dinner-making, so I’ll set up the rice cooker to make brown rice before work and put some salmon in the oven when i get home. I’ll get my workouts in so that I feel like i’m on the healthy track. And then when the week wears me down and I take food shortcuts and have my Saturday glass of wine, it’s ok because i know i’ll be back at it on Monday again.
Detox by Day – Another thing I’ve been playing with is detox-eating for the first half of the day. I read the Warrior Diet and it got me on to trying this one. This isn’t for everyone but it’s been working for me. Basically you undereat during the day and then overeat later in the day. So in the first part of the day you enjoy fruits and veggies (salads, juices) and light protein (eggs, yogurt, protein powder) and save your carbs and animal proteins for dinner. This was tough for the first two weeks when i was ready to start eating my stapler by 9:00 a.m. but now i’m into it. It’s made me much more aware of what my body needs and when, i feel like my cravings have reduced and i prefer to eat more at night when i’m enjoying dinner with my family. Check out the reviews for the Warrior Diet or get the book if you’re interested.
Phase 1 Detox for January – Here’s another option that I’ve done enjoyed in the past. I live in the North so I prefer to save my Wild Rose Detoxing for spring when it’s warmer out, there are more fruits and veggies in season, and there’s more light so I can get outside and exercise. I’m just not in the mood in January when it feels too chilly to sit down to a cold green salad. But there’s plenty of things I can do to prepare for a good detox. And if you get your body ready, you notice much fewer side effects. I’ve written a blog post on eating detox healthy all the time. Basically it’s a good time to try to stuff as many fruits and veggies as you can into your meals to ease out all the other things you were enjoying over the holidays. This is a great time to try hearty salads like
Greek Chick Pea salad. Make
Corn Chowder for the family and don’t tell them how healthy it is. Or try a new option for breakfast like steel cut oats in the slow cooker - nothing sticks to your ribs like those babies. I also find just soaking steel cut oats overnight helps reduce cooking time.
Same with exercise – it may be too dark and cold to be keen about training for a marathon, but this is the time of year I say *any* exercise is good exercise. I’ll go for a long or hilly walk on the weekend, hit a hot yoga class to mix it up and try to do something every day or two. If nothing comes to mind – I’ll hit the floor and do situps and pushups til it hurts. Or see how many squats I can do in a minute. The key is *anything*. The idea is to at least keep your exercise levels up enough that when you do get keen in the spring, you’re not going to be all sore and out of breath because you’re starting from scratch. After 8 weeks of Phase 1 Detoxing, you’ll be ready to decide if you’re up for a real detox or heavier training.
So many options to be healthy – have a healthy and happy New Year!