Ready to detox? It’s the time of year when New Year’s Resolutions are in full force because bikini season is just around the corner. I just finished telling my husband this morning we should start doing a quarterly detox. Detoxing doesn’t have to cost you and arm and a leg, getting healthy can be affordable too!

1.   Rid Your Body of Refined Sugar

When you look at the food labels of the processed foods you are consuming, more than likely it contains refined sugar. It’s time to clean out the pantry! We want to throw out anything with white flour, containing preservatives, and is high in sugar. When you look on your shelves, I want you to see a cabinet full of whole grains such as quinoa and rice, beans, oats, and potatoes.

2.   Let’s Talk Oil

No more vegetable oil! We want the good fat, which is a monounsaturated fat and can be found in olive oils. Olive oils are great for cooking, used as a dressing, dipping sauce, and more. We want to decrease our intake of saturated fat and increase our monounsaturated fat intake.

3.   Take a Break from Your Beloved Caffeine Vice

We all have our vices and I love my large cup of coffee but sometimes we need to step away from our addictions and give our body a break. Replace this vice with more exercise and water intake. Aim to get in at least a gallon of water a day in. You will notice the more hydrated you are, the less you need the caffeine boost and you will lose weight. In the morning, I start my day off by drinking 2tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar with “mother” and I love my afternoon herbal teas.

4.   Breakaway from the Booze

Time to give your liver a break. I was guilty of this too; I loved the overly sized glass of red vino after work. If weight loss is one of your goals, your alcohol intake is playing a bigger role than you think. Ready to lose weight, lessen your cancer risk, and have a better sex life… cut the booze from your diet and watch the magic happen. Just think the money you save from happy hour, you can purchase fresh fruits and veggies from the farmers’ market.

5.   Have You Ever Thought of Becoming a Vegetarian?

Animal proteins are processed and high in fat. Do you think this is the only way to lose weight is by eating a diet high in animal protein, think again!

Chicken and Beef are full of hormones which increases your chance for weight gain, inflammatory issues, cancer, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and more.

Just give me three days, no eggs, red meat, chicken, or eggs. Remember it’s only 72 hours!

It’s time to go grocery shopping…

So, let’s get started, first we need to compile a grocery list:

Produce

·      Asparagus

·      Apples

·      Avocados

·      Carrots

·      Broccoli

·      Berries

·      Kale

·      Spinach

·      Romaine Lettuce

·      Oranges

·      Sweet Potatoes

·      Gemstone Potatoes

·      Tomatoes

·      Lemons

Protein

·      Legumes

·      Beans

·      Tofu

·      Edamame

·      Chick Peas

Dairy

·      Greek Yogurt

·      Almond Milk

·      Coconut Milk

Whole Grains

·      Brown Rice

·      Gluten Free Oatmeal

·      Jasmine Rice

·      Quinoa

Fats

·      Almonds

·      Walnuts

·      Almond Butter

·      Olive oil

·      Avocado

Tips to Stay in Budget

1.   EAT LOCAL, EAT FRESH                                                                                                                  

I’m a big believer in shopping farmers’ markets. I feel you get less pesticides, herbicides, it tastes better,  and it’s less expensive. Look for your weekend markets. Remember fresh tastes better!

2.   EAT LESS MEAT

We have already solved this problem, eliminating meat not only will make you feel better but it will also save you money!

3.   LOOK FOR SALES

If you find a sale on produce, buy in bulk. Buying in bulk means it may spoil before you have time to eat it, so learn how to freeze and store all your produce properly. This is also a great time to measure out your servings so they are ready to go when you are ready to cook.

4.   READY TO GARDEN

I never thought I would be one to garden. Never say never, I really enjoy it and I know what I am eating. Plant some fruit trees, tomato plants, and all the herbs your heart desires. The possibilities are endless and the rewards are worth it!

5.   LEARN TO LOVE LEFTOVERS

Leftovers save us a lot of money. If I make a big pot of rice and vegetables, we pair this with a few days’ worth of meals. Don’t waste food, add in a variety of vegetables, use lemons or limes, and learn to use an array of spices to keep your palette happy!

6.   MEAL PREP IS KEY

Make it part of your week, prepare your food so you make better choices. Invest in meal prep containers and layout your menu on Sundays before the work week gets going. Always be prepared!

7.   COOK MORE, EAT OUT LESS

Yes, we all love the occasional meal out but do you know what goes into your food? Refined sugar, vegetable oil, gluten, and more! Your body will love you for cooking more and your pocket book will say “thank you” too!

Every day we should be striving to be the best version of ourselves.

Your body craves good food, detox now!

I know you are going to love the way you feel and I can’t wait to hear all about it.

Contact me with any questions or concerns,

Cindy Lane Ross

References:

Haas, Elson. (2012). The Detox Diet, Third Edition: The Definitive Guide for Lifelong Vitality with Recipes, Menus, and Detox Plans. New York, NY: Random House.

Klein A., Kiat H. (2015) Detox diets for toxin elimination and weight management: a critical review of the evidence. J Hum Nutr Diet. 28, 675–686 doi: 10.1111/jhn.12286