Are you ready to detox?

By | 2013-09-12T12:00:12+00:00 September 12th, 2013|beauty, Detox, gluten free living, health, holistic living|

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“A Sensational YOU- The Summer Detox”

Detox to a new you. A refreshed you.

A vibrant you. A satisfied you.

 

Start any Wednesday you want with September 4th being your last available date before the Fall Detox kicks -in. 

The basic premise of my seasonal detoxing is this: 

By removing irritants, allergens, preservatives, added sugars, and other problem foods, you can help restore balance to and de-stress the digestive tract.

 

Detoxing your diet isn’t just healthier – it can change everything! 

Food is one of the biggest influences on your life. It drives your hormones, your brain chemicals, your metabolism, and affects your energy and your mood. 

How Do You Know You Need It?

 

Doing a gentle detox every few months is a great way to clean up and clear out. Ask yourself the following:

  • How do I feel when I wake up in the morning? Groggy?  Exhausted?
  • How do I feel at the end of the day? Depleted? Burned out?
  • What kinds of foods have I been eating, and how do I feel after I eat them?
  • What physical complaints keep surfacing (e.g., aching back, stiff neck, stomach trouble)?

Remember, it is the SILENT INFLAMMATION that is your worse enemy and shortens your life span, e.g., aching back, stiff neck, stomach trouble. It is the things you get used to and live with. 

But you shouldn’t! 

Your Plan at a Glance for a Gentle, Food-Based Sensational YOU Summer Detox: 

Foods to avoid. Gluten, dairy, soy, caffeine, alcohol, added sugars, and factory-farmed meat. For the purposes of detox, removing these common digestive irritants can be an eye-opening experience. 

Focus on what you can eat. It’s easy to think, “there’s nothing I can eat!” but it’s more likely that you’ve been eating the same things for so long you forgot there were other options. Remember this isn’t meant to be a punishing deprivation diet. I provide you with 89 super easy recipes to choose from! 

Labels to look for. Organic, grass-fed, free-range, antibiotic-free, pasture-raised, hormone-free, gluten-, soy- and dairy-free. While we skip animal products for almost 2 weeks, this is something to look for after your detox is over as well.

 

Think plants, not packages. Skip pre-packaged snack foods and opt for veggies, which do a lot of the heavy lifting in a detox diet. They are filled with fiber that pulls the toxins out of your system and aid in digestion, so all the junk gets cleansed out. Opt for liver-supporting foods like bitter greens, lemon, artichoke, beets, which support the detoxification process. 

Add a daily probiotic.  By repopulating your gut with healthy bacteria, you help your body more easily digest the foods you eat and strengthen your immune system. As far as dosage, around 10-15 billion units is a good starting point. It might sound like a lot but remember there’s over 100 trillion bacteria in your gut. An out of balance gut has more of the bad bacteria. 

Don’t think of this as a “diet.” What’s most dangerously misleading about the detox idea is that it seems as if, in a few days, you can undo years of poor eating – enough to go back to those habits without consequence. Which is not the case. A detox is not magic! If you go right back to pizza and French fries, you will not have gained much. 

Add old foods back in slowly. After 11 days of Sensational YOU Summer Detox , rather than revert to your old habits right away, you add one food in every day or so to see how it makes you feel. When you do this one at a time, you’re apt to more quickly identify a negative reaction and its cause. Maybe one day you have milk in your cereal, and then some in your tea, and see how that feels. A few days later, you try some bread or pasta. Being hyperaware of how those foods affect you is part of the learning process. 

Kick start new habits. What did you discover during the detox, and what did you learn about how not eating certain foods affects you? Maybe you found that going off dairy helps your digestion, or that a gluten-free diet makes you feel more alert. Use that information to jumpstart better habits and begin a better relationship with food. 

Sounds EASY? 

It really IS, but we are social beings, we need support, accountability and the done-for-you HOW TO.

About the Author:

Joanna Puciata, founder of Heal ‘N Glow, is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Student Mentor, Certified Gluten Practitioner helping others to remove obstacles preventing them from living fully and by design. Joanna has mentored people from all over the world and is known for her tough yet feminine approach.