Are you feeling bloated or fatigued, suffering from acne, digestive issues or brain fog? If so, you may be in need of a little quick and easy diet detox.
We’ve all been there: exhaustion, lack of sleep and too much business in our lives. But the problem could actually be inward versus outward. Our bodies are exposed to toxins everywhere – from the food we eat, to the air we breathe and even the personal care products we use. And the most gentle and easy way to detoxify is through nutrition.
Take three days for yourself to participate in this simple food detox to reset your cravings and digestion. Let’s help you feel good again!
The Don’ts of Detoxing
Before we get into the simple to-do list of this detox, here are the foods to avoid as you flush out and cleanse your system. Some may surprise you!
– Junk food snacks: No brainer here, but this includes crackers, chips and sugar-packed granola bars. For something salty and crunchy, turn to a nut mix, or as weird as it sounds – pickles!
– No “Hidden” Junk Foods: “Hidden junk food” in our context also includes most processed foods we don’t think about, like White Flour (think baked goods like cookies, donuts, crackers and muffins, but also most varieties of breads). Refined flours are quite low in nutrients, are tough on the digestive system and often lead to bloating and brain fog. An exception would be a sprouted bread like Ezekiel Bread. Feel free to eat nutrient dense, gluten-free grains like brown rice and quinoa.
– Soda: Diet and Regular. These tasty, sparkling beverages that you depend on for caffeine are actually full of sugar (if regular soda) and chemicals to flavor and color the drink. However, don’t cut out caffeine cold turkey, or you might end up feeling sick. You are welcome to enjoy organic tea and organic coffee. Green tea and dandelion root tea are wonderful choices to help support the body during detox. If you need a bubbly beverage, reach for sparkling water.
– Fried foods: McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, french fries and fair food (sad face).
– Eliminate sugar completely for these three days: Baked goods, ice cream, candy and anything with added refined sugar. Opt for natural sweeteners like stevia and maple syrup. If you must indulge in something sweet, have a square of 80% dark chocolate or a few dates. Sugar consumption can lead to weight gain, acne, decreased energy and a lowered immune system. Many of us are even addicted to it, as the typical diet contains sugar in excess, from sweets to condiments and even baby food.
The Do’s of Detoxing
The below are no-brainer, common sense tips for general health and well being, yet we often forget the simple things in life that we should be doing. This simple detox takes you back to basics!
– Increase your intake of plants: Nuts, seeds, fruits and especially veggies are a big, fat yes!
Eat at least one serving of veggies at every meal and for at least one snack, although you are welcome to have all the greens that you want. Greens alkalize and detoxify the body. Plus they are full of amazing nutrients that your body is craving!
– Drink a glass of warm lemon water before breakfast: This helps to alkalize the body and prepare the digestive tract for food. Think of it as the food version of a warm up before your workout.
– Drink plenty of water throughout the day: Water will help your body flush toxins and of course, keep you hydrated.