With Summer right around the corner (even though Spring has been a total joke here in Chicago), I’ve been looking to Spring clean my body.
We all spring clean our homes, but only some of us spring clean our bodies. I never really think much about it, until my clothes start getting a bit more snug and my skin starts to go to sh*t. For me the winter is filled with eating comforting and heavy foods and over indulging on #CabSav (I’m obsessed with Duckhorn Vineyards Cab Sav, btw).
There has been a lot of buzz regarding the #Whole30, I”m not totally sold just yet. 30 days is a long time to stop your life. No shade thrown at the Whole30 followers, but I’m just not convinced it’s my thing. I’m a juice cleanse kinda girl and I know there are people who are very much anti-juice cleanse. Last year around this time I did a three day juice cleanse from my favorite juice place in Chicago, City Press. This year, I’m going to eat solids (and save the juicing for the fall). (Editors note: I am not a nutritionist, I apologize if I offend any professionals here and please, please talk to your physician before you follow any type of “plan”. What works for me may not work for you, and what works for you may not work for me. This is not a diet plan, this is not a cleanse plan, this is just what I plan on doing for myself).
So, for my winter detox I’m going to focus on the following things for two weeks.
- Drink the appropriate amount of water for my body weight. You should drink about 67% or 2/3 of our body weight in water daily.
- Avoid all processed foods
- Avoid alcohol
- Avoid dairy
- Eat anti-inflammatory foods- combat all that sugar, diary and alcohol with anti-inflammatory foods my go to list below.
- Leafy greens
- Fruits (all, especially lemons and limes)
- Soaked and properly prepared beans and legumes
- Raw nuts and seeds (always soak your nuts and seeds overnight, or a minimum of 3 hours. This will ensure you’re getting the most out of the nutrients available. Also, soaking nuts helps remove the enzyme inhibitors, tannic acid and physic acid that is naturally found in raw nuts. Trust me, this will prevent discomfort in your digestive system)
- Dates and Dried Figs (Dried fruits should be kept at a minimum)
- Soaked and/or sprouted grains (especially wild rice and millet)
- Seaweed (I love kelp!)
- Herbal Teas
- Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
- Fermented foods like Sauerkraut and Kimchi (So many good probiotics!)
- Green Juices and Smoothies
- Herbs and spices
- Include a healthy balance of fat, fiber and protein with each meal.
- Avoid as much animal protein as possible
- Get my heart rate up for at least 30min a day
- Treat myself. I allow myself something sweet after dinner. I like dipping banana’s into almond butter mixed with cinnamon or snacking on my favorite Avocado Coconut Pudding.
One of my all time favorite go to healthy snacks is my Avocado Coconut Pudding with Chia Seeds. Avocado is loaded with potassium, fiber and healthy fats (read all about it here). Chia Seeds are loaded with more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon and it contains a sh*t ton of fiber (read more about the benefits of cha-cha-chia seeds here). You can choose to add some stevia or coconut nectar to the pudding to sweeten it up a bit. I like to add a touch of coconut nectar to serve (coconut nectar is said to be low on the Glycemic index, which means it won’t spike your sugar levels too quickly).
This pudding is creamy, light and airy, oh and did I mention is delicious? I make this in smaller batches (because avocado’s don’t do so well once it’s been exposed to air). I use my NutriBullet to blend all the ingredients together prior to storing in a glass jar to chill. Always chill before serving!
Then add some chia seeds to garnish!
Recipe below, let me know what you think!