Many of us are feeling tired, frumpy and bloated by this time of year and the easiest way to put the bounce back in your step is by detoxing. Naturopath, Emma Sutherland, www.healthequalsvitality.com.au, has your four-week detox plan.
Environmental toxins, preservatives, pesticides, stress, alcohol and coffee shift your body into an acidic state where you easily put on weight and lack energy. By eliminating these harmful factors from your life, your body will be able to return to its natural state of vibrant health.
The aim of my detox is to restore health and vitality by flooding your body with all the nutrients needed to rebalance it. This is not a juice fast or a radical pear diet – it is super healthy eating with easy-to-follow steps. By the end of four weeks you will be amazed at your glowing skin, flatter stomach and increased energy.
So, let’s get started. In week one, remove all refined and processed foods from your diet. This is everything in a packet or tin, take away meals and soft drinks. Shop locally at a farmers market or find an online delivery service such as www.lettucedeliver.com.au. Eating organic during your detox is fundamental as organic food has higher nutrient levels and none of the pesticides that conventional food has.
Plan ahead as this will be the key to success. Get organised and cook some soups and casseroles for easy lunches or quick dinner options. Take some ready-to-eat snacks to work – almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, vegetable sticks and dips such as hummus to munch on between meals. The more you have healthy choices easily available, the less likely you are to be tempted by the chocolate bar at 3pm!
Start every day with a cup of hot water with half a lemon squeezed in. This will cleanse your liver and encourage regular bowel motions. Aim to drink two litres of fluid every day. Dandelion leaf tea is a beautiful liver tonic while fresh vegetable juices such as carrot, beetroot and ginger are packed full of antioxidants. Pure filtered water is a must as you need to flush toxins from your body on a regular basis.
So, in this week you may feel a bit flat and tired. Understand that you are experiencing withdrawals from chemicals such as caffeine and processed sugar. By the end of the week your energy levels will be up again and you will feel lighter and stronger.
• Avoid process foods
• Eliminate caffeine, alcohol and refined sugar
• Cook and freeze meals ahead
• Fill your work place with healthy snacks
• Rest and relax