Article posted by Sherri Sacconaghi, November 11th, 2013
While many people are familiar with the idea of detoxifying the body, there is a lot of confusion on how to do it safely. There is so much information on juice fasting, or calorie restricting cleanses that promise fast weight loss results. But if it seems to good to be true, it is.
Trendy cleanses and fasts may show results on the scale but ultimately you are wasting muscle, losing water and will end up feeling fatigued and cranky. In order to detoxify your body properly, you need to give it good clean food. Real food. Macronutrients like carbohydrates and high quality protein. It needs fuel that supports a healthy metabolism while giving the internal organs a break from trying to process junk food.
IF your body is feeling heavy, lethargic and slow its time to clean it up and out . If this is your first experience with detoxifying your body, keep it simple. Pick a reasonable time frame of about 7 days (you can do anything for 7 days, even go without cookies right?). Don’t starve yourself, fuel it with real food.
Follow these simple guidelines for 7 days:
Sugar/ apples/pears, berries
Wheat Brown rice, rice pasta
Processed foods oats/quinoa
Corn Green veggies (broccoli
Brussels, kale cabbage is best)
Frozen is okay too.
Meat and shellfish Wild caught salmon cod, halibut
Peanuts All other nuts
All Dairy Milk/yogurt alternatives from rice, hemp, coconut.
For the 7 days avoid all caffeine and alcohol. Stick to filtered water with lemon ( very detoxifying in its own right). Use olive oil and vinegars and all the spices you would like but avoid ketchup, BBQ sauces ,creamy dressings and packaged seasonings. Keep it clean and simple.
After just a few days you will feel a jot of energy and a lighter step.
Here is a recipe to get you started.
(Adapted from: Metagenics)
1 Tbsp. Olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 carrots, sliced
2 celery stalks, sliced
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
6 cups of vegetable stock or water
1-28oz can of tomatoes with juice
1/3 cup of brown rice
16 oz. can of kidney beans, undrained
1 lb. fresh green beans, chopped
And other greens you would like (kale, spinach, peppers work well).
Sautee veggies until soft, add stock, tomatoes and rice, bring to a boil and cover for 50 minutes on simmer. Add kidney and green beans and simmer until tender.
Go into the holidays feeling strong and healthy.
For more information of how to benefit from a proper detox:
Sherri Sacconaghi, AADP, NASM-CPT
Certified Health Coach
"Inspiring you Towards a Healthy Body and a Joyful Life".