Cleanses can be extremely beneficial: they give your digestive system a break, flush out toxins, and remove inflammatory and high-allergen foods. But the most important thing you need to do for yourself, in order to lose weight and get healthy in a sustainable way, is listen to your body.
And in the cold winter days, do you really want to sip on cold juice that only chills your bones? Or would you rather be eating warming and grounding foods, while still achieving your weight loss and cleansing goals?
Incorporate some (or all) of the following tips to help you detoxify daily, reduce gas and bloating, lose weight, and feel more energized, while still warming and satisfying your body and needs:
1. Start your morning with a warm glass of water with lemon.
This will help stimulate your metabolism and detoxify your liver. Extra bonus: add 1 TBSP of apple cider vinegar to further aid the detoxification process.
2. Sip warm water throughout the day.
This practice is suggested in Ayurveda in order to help calm your gut and improve digestion. Plus it’ll help warm your body in the winter months. Aim to drink at least 60 ounces of water per day, which will keep your body functions ebbing and flowing and assist in the elimination process.
3. Upgrade your diet and aim to eat whole, clean foods.
- Starchy and non-starchy vegetables such as cucumbers, cauliflower, beets, and sweet potatoes
- Leafy greens, like kale and spinach
- Fruits, such as green apples, grapefruit, and lemons
- Healthy fats like nuts and seeds, avocado, and coconut oil
- Organic lean protein such as fish and cage-free eggs
- Gluten-free grains like quinoa.
4. Cut out the junk.
That means get rid of the processed, packaged foods and refined sugars as well as typical allergens like gluten, dairy, and soy. Try getting rid of these for just 1 to 2 weeks and see how your feel.
5. Enjoy some dandelion root tea.
This tea contains liver-detoxify properties, which help to unclog the liver by removing toxins. It also can help soothe your belly, relieve constipation, and lose water weight.
6. Practice mindful eating.
Sit down, relax ... and eat your food. The way we eat, our environment, and our state of mind are extremely important factors in your weight. When you eat while stressed, on the go, or doing a million things, your body is in a place of stress, which greatly disrupts your digestion. This in turn leads to bloating, gas, and weight gain. So before you eat, take a deep breath, relax, and chew your food slowly.
Yes, this one is expected to be on the list, but that’s because exercise will only assist with both your mental and physical state. If you can’t make to it to the gym (or refuse to leave your warm house), try doing some exercises at home. There are a ton of great online sites that offer both free and inexpensive exercise videos from yoga and pilates to zumba and strength training. Get your body moving for just 20 minutes a day to get your blood flowing, calories burning, and mind relaxing.
8. Slow down.
This time of year the days are shorter, darker, and colder, and we are naturally inclined to want to hibernate. And that’s OK. Maybe commit to doing less and cut back on your hectic schedule. Try to take some time to slow down and truly enjoy every second of your life.
This is one of my favorite and most important tips to help you truly be at your best. Take advantage of slowing down this season and time to rest, enjoy a warm bath, light some candles and read a good book. Watch movies and snuggle up with your significant other. Whatever is your thing, do it and feel good about it.
Aim to laugh every day. Doing so you will increase your happiness, reduce your cortisol level, which is caused by stress (and creates belly fat), and naturally lose weight.
11. A bonus recipe: Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes”
- 1 head cauliflower
- 2 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
- Ghee (or butter of choice)
- Curry Powder
- Sea Salt
Break up cauliflower into florets
Pour 2 cups vegetable stock into saucepan and add cauliflower
Bring to a boil. Then cook on medium with lid for about 10 mins. or until cauliflower softens, stirring periodically.
Once softened, drain most of the vegetable stock (but leave some to keep cauliflower moist)
Mash up the cauliflower into a creamy consistency
Add in 1 TBSP ghee (or butter of choice), 1 TBSP curry powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, and sea salt to taste
Mix seasonings into the mash and enjoy
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