Detox. Reset. Find balance.

Detox. Reset. Find balance.

The word detox tends to bring to mind scary-intense juice cleanses or a gluten-dairy-meat-grain-sugar-caffeine-free diet that will make you run away screaming (and hungry). But never fear—when I say detox, I’m talking about refocusing the mind, body, and palate on healthy, tasty, and nutritious foods. Instead of going crazy and restricting and nixing all food groups except kale and steamed fish (not exactly a sustainable diet), I want us to spend the week exploring new tastes, textures, ingredients, and cooking techniques.Most of the recipes this week are based on healthy staples like whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and both vegetarian and meat protein sources. These meals will get you psyched about eating well again (and might even help kick that dessert-a-day habit you picked up over the holiday). For a super-easy meal plan, just pick one recipe from each category per day.

Let’s leave the holiday eating habits behind us and give our bodies a daily boost with these ingredients that will help us de-bloat and gain our energy back this week: (Hopefully I am not the only one needing to turn the eating train around ♥)

  • Ginger: Ginger is a common ingredient in detox drinks that will help you lose weight. It jump-starts the metabolism so you’ll burn more calories throughout the day. It’s also long been used to soothe gastrointestinal distress and help move food through the digestive system.
  • Lemon: This sunshiny fruit is a natural diuretic, a substance that promotes increased urine production so you’re better able to rid the body of toxins. Diuretics like lemon also flush out excess water, which contributes to bloating, and excess salt, which is a common byproduct of eating too many processed foods.  Add it to your water all day long.
  • Celery: Like ginger, celery has long been a go-to food for people who want to relieve tummy troubles. It’s high in water and fiber, and celery helps make the body’s pH more alkaline (as opposed to acidic). The stalky vegetable acts as a diuretic, too, so the body retains less fluid and naturally eliminates toxins.
  • Leafy Green Vegetables & Herbs: Greens like kale, spinach, mint, and parsley are high-nutrient foods that make smart additions to detox drinks. Kale, for example, may flush out the kidneys, a set of organs essential for natural detoxification. Herbs like mint and parsley aid digestion so food and toxins move through the digestive tract more efficiently.

Are you looking for recipes that will help you feel better by the end of the week?  Message me and I will send you a weekly plan.