Many people think detox is about depriving yourself on a juice fast but that’s not a detox at all; that’s a cleanse. I’m not into cleanses because they don’t offer fiber, which is something that helps your body detox through proper digestion. Fiber helps move food through your digestive tract so your body can flush out waste and toxins. Detox starts with eating clean food meaning eating whole foods such as avocado, nuts and seeds, fruits and veggies, etc. as well as eating organic foods. Eating whole foods is so important because your body cannot identify processed foods; it wants foods with whole ingredients such as a cracker with almond flour, sea salt, pepper, spices and olive oil; these are all one ingredient foods that make up a lovely recipe without being filled with chemicals or additives. Eating organic is another great way to detox your body because when you eat organic, you aren’t allowing pesticides, herbicides, growth hormones and antibiotics into your body because organic foods are free of these foods.
When you see the USDA green and white certified organic seal, you can trust that product is organic and is free of the above toxins. I’m sure you’ve seen numerous organic products popping up in food stores, restaurants, airports, etc. because people are starting to take notice of the benefits of eating organic and eating clean, whole foods. Many brands have created incredible organic products that are healthy and delicious; even though the product may come in a box or package, doesn’t mean it’s processed and unhealthy. For instance, Campbell’s Soup just launched a line of organic soups that taste incredible. I was so impressed with the flavor and the fact that the soup is not sold in cans but in tetra pack boxes instead. It’s a dream come true for me because I’ve been making homemade organic soup for years and when I don’t have enough time to make a pot of soup from scratch, I can easily reach for a box of Lentil or Chicken Noodle Soup and have it on the table in a few minutes with a big green salad, avocado and anti-inflammatory Omega 3’s such as ground flax seeds or raw walnuts. This is a simple example of how organic is going mainstream and how everyday people are starting to think about what they put into their bodies and how their food makes them feel as well as how their food is made. Here are a few ways to detox your pantry and start eating clean.
1. Avoid Ingredients You Can’t Pronounce. Check the labels before you purchase anything.
2. Look for the Certified Organic Green & White Seal on Packages. This will be on the front of the package so keep an eye out for it when shopping.
3. Drink More Purified Water. Try to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day to help flush your body and remove toxins.
4. Cut Out White Flour Products Such as White Bread and Enjoy Whole Grain Bread Instead. You’ll be helping your hormones, cortisol and blood sugar when you remove white foods and add in whole grains.
5. Cut Out Refined White Sugar and Use Maple Syrup or Honey Instead. Honey and maple syrup are full of nutrients; add them to your desserts or tea in place of white sugar.
6. Get at Least 8 Hours of Sleep a Night so Your Liver Can Have Enough Time to Detox While You Sleep. Your liver detoxes while you sleep, so you want to make sure you get enough shut-eye so it can do its job!
7. Schedule a Massage to Increase Circulation and Get Your Lymphatic System Moving to Detox Toxins in Your Body. Try to get a massage a few times a month.
8. If You’re Pressed For Time, Don’t Be Intimidated. You Can Make a Meal Out of Ready-to-Eat Organic Foods. Look For Premade Organic Products with Clean Ingredients such as the Campbell’s Soup I mentioned above. You can pair pre-made organic salads with lemon juice, sea salt pepper, packaged almond flour crackers and packaged soup for an easy and nutritious meal.