8 Tips For A Super Easy Spring Detox
By Andrea Johnson
We are a nation obsessed with detox fads.
We’ll do just about anything from a juice fast to the master cleanse to just eating cabbage soup to lose a few pounds and detox our bodies. I’ve tried many detoxes myself and I’ve learned something new from each experience.
The most important thing I have learned is that it doesn’t need to be so hard. It can be easy, fun and delicious!
To detox, you just need to consume simple whole foods and drinks. Doing so will help to release toxins and fat that has built up in your digestive tract. Your body will begin to glow from the inside out and you will feel fresh, new and energized. You may experience less bloating and fewer headaches and instead experience weight loss, glowing skin and better digestion.
Sounds great, right?
After a long cold winter, spring is the perfect time to detox and start anew!
Follow these tips and detox for at least 7 days for maximum results.
1. Eat whole foods – Your body is meant to consume real food – foods that are natural with no additives, preservatives, colorants, flavors or other unpronounceable chemicals. Choose foods that come from nature like an apple or some spinach, instead of apple juice or spinach dip.
2. Eliminate meat and dairy products – Meat is acid-forming and is hard on your kidneys. Detoxing will give your kidneys a break, allowing you to get rid of even more toxins and chemicals. Dairy is mucus-forming and most of us have a problem digesting the casein in dairy products. Don’t worry, you will get plenty of protein and calcium from greens, nuts, beans and legumes.
3. Drink water – Drinking plenty of water is essential for detoxing. It flushes toxins and waste from your body and helps to keep your colon functioning. Your kidneys rely on water to remove waste, blood and toxins from your urine. Water hydrates you and keeps you full. Be sure to drink at least ½ your bodyweight in ounces daily, more if you’re active (which I hope that you are, as this further helps detoxify the body!).
4. Eliminate all processed foods – Remember the 3 P’s: processed, prepared and packaged. These “3 P” foods are full of sugar, fat, salt, trans fats, chemicals and additives. Processed foods lack nutrition and can be highly addictive. We detox to rid our bodies from the toxins and chemicals in processed foods.
5. Eliminate gluten – Many of us are gluten sensitive, but ALL of us react to gluten. There are studies showing that individuals with neither celiac disease or gluten sensitivity have adverse reactions to gluten. When you eliminate gluten for at least 7 days, you can observe how you feel without it. It’s possible that your digestive problems will be eliminated. Keeping a food journal to record your GI symptoms – before and after your detox – is a great way to discover unwanted discomforts.
6. Set an intention – Remove negative thoughts and sit quietly for a few minutes to focus on the benefits of your detox process. In addition to eliminating toxins, you may want to lose a few pounds, increase your energy or just reset your body. Write the benefits down and read them aloud each morning to keep focused.
7. Be mindful – Set an intention to enjoy each meal and to feel better after eating. You must slow down and give food your full attention, turn off all electronic devices and focus on what you are eating and how it is helping you achieve a healthier body. Remember, our bodies use the nutrients from the food we consume to fuel each and every cell in our bodies, our blood and our organs. We truly are what we eat.
8. Shop, chop and drop – Write out a grocery list filled with healthy whole foods. Pick a day to shop and don’t forget the grocery list! Wash and chop the vegetables and fruit so they will be ready to drop into your easy meals when needed. Once the produce is chopped, it’s easy to create drop meals. Get creative and make new soups, smoothies, juices and salads.
What to Eat:
- Whole, unprocessed foods
- Vegetables, fresh or frozen (not canned)
- Fruit, fresh or frozen with no sugar added (not canned)
- Water and herbal tea
- Beans and legumes (if canned, unsalted and rinsed well)
- Raw nuts and seeds
- Fresh juice and smoothies
- Herbs and spices
Here’s a sample of what a day of detoxing might look like:
First thing in the morning:
Lemon Detox Drink
- 12 ounces of warm water
- ½ of lemon juice
- A dash of cayenne pepper
- Mix together in a tall glass. Enjoy!
Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
Author: Drew Canole
Recipe type: Smoothie
- 1 banana peeled, sliced and frozen
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- 1 ½ cups unsweetened plain almond milk
- 1 handful of spinach
- 1 Tbsp raw cacao
- A dash of cinnamon
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a tall glass.
Easy Detox Soup
- 10 cups vegetable broth
- 1 single lb. bag frozen sugar snap stir-fry
- 1 can 14.5 oz diced tomatoes basil, garlic and oregano
- 6 cups Tri-color coleslaw
- ½ cup black beans
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic clove, minced
- 1 tsp oregano
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- In a large stockpot, heat extra virgin olive oil over medium heat. Stir in onion and garlic; cook until onion is transparent, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in broth and bring to boil over medium high heat. Once boil is reached reduce to medium heat and add frozen stir-fry mix. Cook for 5 minutes.
- Add tomatoes, cayenne pepper and oregano. Cook for 5 minutes.
- Add coleslaw mix and cook for another 5 minutes over medium heat.
Eat the Rainbow Detox Salad
- 1 cup kale, torn into bite sized pieces
- 1 cup spinach, torn into bite sized pieces
- 6 strawberries, sliced
- ¼ cup blueberries
- ¼ cup yellow pepper, seeded and diced
- ½ cucumber, sliced
- 1 carrot, peeled and sliced
- 1 apple, diced
- 10 raw, unsalted almonds
- Add greens to a large bowl or plate.
- Top with remaining ingredients and dressing.
- Mix if desired.
Kick-it-up Salad Dressing
Recipe type: Salad Dressing
- ½ tsp liquid Stevia
- ¼ cup cider vinegar
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp red pepper
- Juice from 1 lemon
- Salt and pepper to taste (you can also use black seeds for the pepper)
- Whisk together Stevia, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and red pepper.
- Slowly pour in olive oil while whisking to emulsify.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Pour into jar with lid and refrigerate.
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Andrea Johnson is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach with Whole Plate. She specializes in autoimmune diseases, weight loss and preventative health. She is a member of the Health Coach Group, The Inner Circle and the International Association for Health Coaches.
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