When you’re doing so much good for your body, you fall into a weird mental space somewhere between, “I’m actually craving a salad” and, “Whatever, I’ve earned this pulled pork sandwich.”
We are all for balancing out the good and the real good, but we’re also realistic, and more often than not a mere indulgence turns into a full-on binge and you’re left wondering what went wrong as you wipe away tears with a fast food wrapper. Shh, calm down—this isn’t forever. All you need is a quick body detox to rid yourself of any extra gunk that may have entered your system over the past few days, and one of the most effective ways is with a healthy cleanse.
A cleanse—whether it be all-liquid, whole food, or a mix of both—essentially resets your system so that it returns to functioning at an optimum level. You can expect to feel rehydrated, notice improved skin tone and have an abundance of energy all while potentially shedding a few pounds that may have snuck on. Overall, it gives you a boost to get right back to business in achieving your health and fitness goals.
There are many ready-made cleanse and detox programs out there, but they can be pricey. If you want to do a detox that’s a bit more affordable and just as easy, the best way is to make one yourself, right at home. Not sure where to start? To the kitchen we go!
Simple, to-the-point, and refreshing: the best way to start your day when cleansing is with a large glass of filtered water with the juice of half a lemon. This stimulates the liver to begin the day’s detoxification process, and can help with digestion. Adding a dash of cayenne pepper will also give your metabolism a boost while balancing out your blood sugar.
If you’ve gotten serious about this, going three days consuming only liquids like smoothies, fresh juices, herbal tea, water will definitely help flush out any unwanted impurities. The water and lemon drink mentioned above is a great alternative for something with a little flavor and an extra kick.
To add a little variety, consider giving a Pineapple and Ginger Detox Drink a try:
If you need something a little more solid, just make sure that you’re focusing primarily on fruit and vegetables and keep them as fresh as possible. Water-rich picks like cantaloupe, strawberries, watermelon, cucumber, zucchini, and celery are all at least 90% liquid, so they’ll fill you up and provide great flavor while hydrating your body from the inside out.
A midday snack of unsalted nuts and/or seeds will supply energy with some protein and fiber. Raw walnuts and nuts are best and are rich in detox-aiding nutrients such as magnesium, selenium, omega 3’s, and copper. Your cells will be better equipped to fight against disease and expel pollutants, so you’ll feel less bogged-down by the nasty stuff.
While it’s best to seek out foods that deliver your daily doses of vitamins and minerals naturally, a supplement can help fill in the gaps when necessary. Since you’re admittedly eating a little off of your regularly scheduled meal plan, it’s important to make sure all of your body’s needs are being adequately met.
There’s no need to line up 15 different pill bottles and make your way down the row; a convenient multivitamin will do. At the very least, taking a little extra Vitamin A, Vitamin E, or Iron will give you a radiant glow and help your organs to get back to their ideal level of functionality.
There is absolutely no reason to toss the following otherwise perfectly healthy foods indefinitely, they just don’t have a place in your current detox. Eliminating dairy, eggs, meat, fish, sugar, gluten, and alcohol will reveal much stronger results after you’ve completed a cleanse, and can be reincorporated into your diet when you feel like you’re back on track. As we said, this isn’t meant to be an eternal plan; just a few days to a week should get you feeling like your old, kick-butt self again.
Detoxing is not all expensive concoctions and wild, difficult-to-pronounce ingredients: everything you need to restore and rejuvenate yourself is easily found at home. While we do not recommend it for a permanent eating routine, picking and choosing from some of the tips above can enhance your current health regimen and take your progress to the next level.
Pairing these methods with plenty of rest will help you return to a place of positivity and assuredness, and before you know it, you’ll be foregoing the pulled pork to lean towards the salad craving every time.
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