Kickstart Your Cleanse
Spring Is a Time to Get Healthy
Spring is approaching fast and you may be considering giving your body a cleanse as you transition into the warmer months. It is a natural process and something that is beneficial at the start of the spring. Approaching a cleanse in a healthy way can help you to re-establish a baseline and allows your cells and organs to function at their optimum potential. Cleansing also allows you to introduce “healthy”, organic and fresh foods in your diet – giving your digestive system a break and purifying your blood.
I strongly believe in eating wholesome cleansing foods in order to bring your body to an alkaline state and this will balance your body in a way that will be beneficial for life. Cleansing isn’t about depriving your body of food or nutrients – instead it is a chance to retrain your palate to acquire the taste for whole foods in their natural state. It is safe to do a one or two day juice fast (if you feel up to it) but it is not necessary. It is about eating fresh whole foods as the basis of all your meals. Eating more salads, drinking more smoothies and drinking lots of fresh water throughout the day. At the very least start your day with a glass of warm water with lemon juice to get the process going – this is the easiest and best thing you can do to start your cleanse today!
Why you need to cleanse:
To help the body as it neutralizes and eliminates toxins through the major organs such as the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph and skin – our bodies do it every day! But if our self-cleansing system is overloaded by our unhealthy lifestyles and exposure to environmental toxins, it becomes difficult to do it on its own.
There are many factors that contribute to toxicity in the body – (processed, packaged foods, the environment/pollution/ chemicals in the home –shampoo, makeup, kitchen and bathroom cleaners, detergent etc…). If you give your body a little break from these “toxins” you will feel so much better as a result!
We have limited control over the environment that we are exposed to– however we have total control over the food we eat and the products we use on our body and in our homes. So make new, fresh and healthy choices with what you are eating and using!
We are over-chemicalized, through our diet (animal protein, saturated fat, caffeine, alcohol and sugar) and through the environment. Even if your diet is good, a cleanse can restore your immune system and protect against environmental toxins and disease-bearing bacteria, viruses and parasites.
What you can do (for maximum results):
Eliminate: bleached and refined flours
Choose: whole grains or gluten-free grains
Eliminate: Refined sugars (high fructose corn syrup)
Choose: natural sweeteners like honey, coconut nectar or maple syrup
Eliminate: Table salt
Choose: sea salt instead
Eliminate: Trans fats and refined oils (processed corn, canola, sunflower)
Choose: olive oil, flax oil, hemp oil and coconut oil
Eliminate or Reduce: Meats treated with hormones or antibiotics, farmed fish:
Choose: organic and wild varieties
Eliminate: Foods sprayed with pesticides and herbicides
Choose: local and organic varieties
Eliminate: Conventional dairy products
Choose: use alternatives like hemp, coconut, rice and almond milk
What To Avoid:
Genetically modified foods and oils – make sure it is labeled (Non GMO)
Additives and preservatives (nitrates, sulfites, flavourings and colourings): read your food labels!
Fast foods, fried foods
Sodas, juices with added sugar
Coffee, cigarettes and alcohol
The bottom line is to eat whole foods, fresh foods, lots of green leafy vegetables, salads, smoothies, whole and sprouted grains, nuts, seeds and other healthy oils. These foods should make up the bulk of your diet. Fill in the gaps with herbal tea, fresh lemon water and you are on your way to superior health. Here’s a great salad to try.
Marni’s Kale Slaw Salad
1 bunch of kale (any variety), chopped into bite size piece with rib removed
1 head red cabbage
2 carrots, shredded
1 beet shredded
2 tbsp hemp seeds
½ cup olive oil or hemp oil
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
1 lemon, juiced
2-4 tablespoons raw unpasteurized honey
1 tsp sea salt
How it’s made!
Shred the cabbage, carrots, beets and fennel in a food processor with shredding blade or use a mandolin or hand slice into thin strips.
In a mixing bowl, toss in all the raw vegetable ingredients (except the hemp seeds)
In a separate bowl, mix together the vinaigrette
Combine vinaigrette with raw veggies and toss together until the cabbage and kale are well coated.
Allow salad to marinate in fridge for a few minutes – or up to an hour, mixing in the hemp seeds just before serving.