Fall is one of my favorite times of the year to set new goals for my body, mind and spirit. For me, the best way to get started is to do a cleanse which will detox and rid the body and mind of bad habits and bring on new energizing thoughts, patterns and foods.
Here’s a preview of What’s in & What’s out:
The Simple 7 Foods
What They Are & Why You Need Them:
Broccoli is part of an excellent purifying family (kale, Brussels sprouts & cabbage are in the same family). It helps regulate toxin removal in your cells and also has lots of antioxidents to counteract oxidative stress in the body.
2. Beets and beet greens
Beets are full of betalins, which fight aging, reduce inflammation and purge harmful toxins from the body. Don’t toss the beet greens: they are rich in minerals and vitamins, including beta-carotene.
Dark leafy greens are key to a healthful diet, especially when you are cleansing. Spinach boasts more than a dozen disease-fighting antioxidants called flavonoids. It also helps to alkalize the blood and tissues, balance pH levels and helps the body perform at its best.
A superfruit! These little blue berries get their color from anthocyanins, a class of flavonoids that are high in antioxidants and immunity-boosters. In addition to being linked to boosting brain power and heart health, blueberries are lower in sugar than many other fruits.
Avocados boats anti-inflammatory nutrients, including omega-3s, anti-oxidants and phytosteols. They are also high in fiber, key to healthy digestion. And while they are high in fat, it is mostly monounsaturated, which helps reduce bad (LDL) cholesterol.
6. Cannellini Beans
Legumes like beans and lentils are rich in protein and soluble fiber, which helps stabilize blood sugar. This means you stay full longer, reducing cravings. Plus, this protein is one of the easiest for the liver to digest.
Raw almonds pack a powerful fiber-protein combination, very important during a cleanse. They are also loaded with vitamin E, while helps fight inflammation, and immune-boasting flavonoids. Did I mention they are heart-healthy?
What to Leave Out & Why
During the 4 days of your Detox, you won’t be going near these 6 categories of foods. You’ll be challenged but your body will thank you!
Processed Food or Drinks
Artificial ingredients and additives make the body work harder and weigh it down. Give your body a chance to rest by enjoying foods in their purest form.
It’s processed and has zero nutrients — and may be just as addictive as drugs, research shows. In excess, it leads to weight gain and inflammation.
Even if you’re not allergic, you could benefit from a dairy break. It can be the root of sluggishness, digestive upset, and inflammation.
Feel bloated, fatigued, or moody? You may be gluten intolerant and not even know it. Stop eating this protein, found in wheat, barley, and rye, and see if you notice a difference.
It’s a false energy booster that can mask lack of sleep or bad food choices. Coffee is also highly acidic, which makes it tough for the digestive system to handle.
Not only can booze mess with your metabolism, it’s a source of empty calories (125 in 5 ounces of red wine), interferes with your sleep cycle, and makes your liver work overtime
The body’s ability to restore itself is profound. As we free up the energy flow, we come into a new state of vitality allowing the body to work properly, to heal, to create balance and enjoy peak performance – every day of our lives!
I’m ready, are you?