January 18, 2014
“By Jan. 31, many people have failed resolutions crumbled around our feet because we make promises we can’t keep!”
Skip the resolutions – revitalize with these daily detoxing tips Vegetable and fruit smoothies such as ginger beet (above) and alkaline green offer delicious, fiber-rich ways to kick off the morning.
At the start of a new year, many people have resolved for new beginnings, fresh starts and better lifestyles. Church groups may kick off a season of fasting for the congregation to achieve physical and spiritual empowerment. Gym memberships go up, diets begin, and pledges to “do better” are taken. By Jan. 31, many people, including myself, have failed resolutions crumbled around our feet because we make promises to ourselves that we can’t keep! I’m a busy entrepreneur with a part-time job, a mother of children with activities, in a committed partnership for 10 years, and a freelance writer and recipe developer. I find it impossible to coordinate a diet, maintain a fast or dedicate a lot of time to a fussy meal plan. What I can do is institute some lifestyle changes and foods that will allow my body to naturally cleanse via daily detoxing of my body, mind and spirit, and you can too. I’ll share this info and foods that help you heal, restore and revitalize during the 2014 CrossRoadsNews Health and Wellness Expo on Jan. 25 at the Mall at Stonecrest. I will be on the main stage near Sears on the mall’s lower level at 2 p.m.
of water, and take a large glass into your bedroom at night. Drink it first thing in the morning when you arise. Before you leave for work, fill a water bottle that’s at least a quart and drink it on the way to work. You’re already halfway to your daily goal by having four of the eight glasses in before 9 a.m.! Nothing hydrates like good old-fashioned water, plus you’ll flush toxins out. n Avoid food additives/preservatives, artificial colors/flavors, processed foods Yes, this means you will have to cook. But this means it will be easier to avoid hidden calories, salt, fats and sugar. You can control the integrity of the ingredients in your food when you prepare them yourself. And you may be surprised how quickly your cooking skills will improve.
10 ways to detoxify naturally n Get more sleep Set a bedtime, and each week for a month go to bed 15 minutes earlier. If you’re used to falling asleep with the television on, try switching to relaxing music or natural sounds. Try to reduce any lighting in your room and unplug electronics. n Move it Break a sweat with daily cardio. Sweatn Limit sugar, artificial sweeteners, salt, ing helps your skin eliminate toxins, and a caffeine and alcohol good workout is great for your body and Excess amounts of these ingredients can your mind state. Even if you start small with cause your body’s pH to be more acidic. Dis- a 15-minute brisk walk, and increase the ease loves an acidic environment. Plus your intensity of your workout by 20 percent each filtration organs like kidneys and liver have week, by month’s end you’ll be proud of how to work to eliminate these toxins from your far you’ve come! body. Give these organs a break by minimizing your toxin ingestion. n Manage your stress What are the biggest stressors in your life? n Drink more water How can you respond differently? Consider Having a hard time getting in those 64 learning meditation, mindfulness and other ounces? End each day with a large glass methods of keeping your cool and maintain
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focus. Do you know someone who is calm under pressure? Consider asking them for tips on how they handle stress. Would you benefit from a mentor to help you better manage your business? Could you use professional services like a cleaner to keep your home clutter-free? Would your job be willing to shift your hours or increase workfrom-home possibilities to reduce your daily commute? Look for solutions to manage the biggest stressors in your life. n Eat more fiber
Stimulate your digestive system with fruits, vegetables and whole grains, which all contain fiber. Natural fiber from food sources is easier on your system than fiber supplements. Most people get plenty of fiber by following the My Food Plate diagram, which suggests half your plate at any meal be 50 percent fruits and vegetables with a serving of whole grains. Another refreshing way to get more fiber is to kick off the morning with a vegetable and fruit smoothie!
Alkaline Green Smoothie Serves 1-2 2 cups baby spinach leaves 2 cups kale leaves 1 whole peeled lime or lemon 1 organic cucumber chopped 1 inch piece of raw, peeled ginger 1 cup pineapple 1 cup water or coconut water 1 cup orange juice Combine ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. If needed, sweeten with honey, agave nectar or apple juice. Ginger Beet Smoothie Serves 1-2 ¼ beet, peeled and cut into wedges 1 cup spinach or kale leaves 1 cup pineapple 1 cup orange juice 1 inch piece of raw, peeled ginger Juice from half a lemon Combine ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Berry Almond Smoothie Serves 1-2 1/2 medium banana, peeled and cut into chunks 1/4 cup frozen blueberries 1/4 cup frozen strawberries 1/4 cup chopped fresh mango 2 tablespoons sliced almonds 2 cups chilled unsweetened vanillaflavored almond milk Combine ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
with yoga, tai chi and meditation, increases the circulation of oxygen through your body. Take a load off with laughter. Laughing The end result can be a reduction in stress, is our way of releasing intense emotions. improved mental clarity and a renewed sense Laughter brings people together and can of peace. break tension. Laughing releases endorphins, our body’s way of feeling good. And laughter n Scrub-a-dub-dub Skin brushing and other exfoliation is contagious! So do yourself and your loved ones a favor by getting a case of the “sillies” methods like the use of loofah sponges and bath gloves help your skin to shed dead and letting the good times roll. cells. You skin also will eliminate toxins and benefit from the improved circulation that n Take a deep breath – and repeat! Deep breathing, like the kind associated results from a vigorous scrubbing. n Laugh
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