As spring creeps towards us, we often think of resetting and moving our bodies to get rid of excess pounds that may have accumulated over the cold winter months. Of course, some turn to juice cleanses or eating only raw foods for a week, but as good as these approaches may be for your body, they are not for everyone. Blood sugar issues often dictate what your body may or may not be able to handle and these cleanses may be just too drastic for some. However, if you do want to clean up your body and possibly rid yourself of a few pounds, there is a healthy route to take that is simple and effective. The key is to be consistent in incorporating them into your daily habits!
- Drink lemon water – This act alone can get your bowels working regularly and help make your blood more alkaline. Enjoy a cup of warm water with fresh lemon upon rising and feel the difference.
- Remove problematic foods – We may be ignoring it when we have indigestion or aches and pains, or if we are just feeling a bit off, but some of your favorite foods could be wreaking havoc on your body. If you do suspect something you eat regularly as the problem, remove it from your diet for 14 days and then reintroduce it. Your body will let you know if it is not a good choice.
- Exercise – This is one of the single most beneficial things you can do for our health and yet it is often put at the bottom of our to-do lists. If you’re not making exercise a priority right now, make a spring resolution to find an activity that you enjoy that will give you a workout, and go out and do it!
- Eat more leafy greens – Be creative to add more leafy greens to your meals. By growing a variety yourself they are always on hand to enjoy fresh from the garden. It’s a great way to set an example for your kids too.
- Eat more cruciferous vegetables – A few cruciferous veggies include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussel Sprouts, Kale. There are even more of these cancer fighting veggies, so find your favorites and eat them daily.
Making a cleansing green smoothie is a great way to get a few servings of vegetables into your daily diet. Try this delicious one for breakfast or lunch. It will sustain you and prevent a dip in energy through the morning or mid-afternoon.
- 2 cups filtered water
- 1 small fennel bulb
- ½ cucumber
- 1 heaping handful of fresh mint leaves
- 2 handfuls of spinach
- ½ avocado
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
Let me know how you enjoy the smoothie!
Connect with Lisa George, Registered Holistic Nutritionist – and take that first step towards a healthier lifestyle. The first consultation is complimentary. Contact 613-256-0506 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org