01 Jan Detox For the New Year – Part 1 – FOOD
Help the new year start off great by detoxing your body, mind and home to create more peace and space in your life. In this blog I will be looking at the best foods to eat to help your body get off to the healthiest of new years! Don’t forget to Download my FREE shopping list at the bottom of the page…
Happy New Year to you all! Can you believe we are at the beginning of a new year already? I hope 2017 brought some good things to you. Some people love a new year and are filled with positivity and excitment for the year ahead. Some people just feel like its another day and it doesn’t really matter. Whatever your opinion of the new year, now is a great time to make some small changes within you that can make a big difference in your whole life. You don’t necessarily have to do these at the beginning of a new year, but now is the perfect time!
When you look up detox in the dictionary it states it is:
“a process or period of time in which one abstains from, or rids the body of, toxic or unhealthy substances; detoxification.”
‘Unhealthy substances’ doesn’t exclusively mean what we put into our mouth, but also what we put into our mind. If you have been constantly filling your mind with negative thoughts and carrying out negative patterns of behaviour, our mind can start to live in that negative state which can really drag us down making us feel sluggish and sad.
As well as this, any clutter or mess in our home can create disarray in the mind, making it hard for us to relax and feel at ease with the area we so often spend a lot of time in. So by ridding the home of these unhealthy items it can bring about more clarity as well as space.
In this blog I will be looking at the foods we can begin to include in our diets more to help our body feel happy and healthy. If our body is healthy on the inside, it shines on the outside!
Part 1 – Detox Your Body
I’m sure like most of the population, Christmas was a time for over indulgence, big meals, lots of treats and not much moving from the sofa in your PJ’s. If this was you – great!! I am not here to make you feel bad or to say you should have done things differently. Everyone needs some down time to relax and enjoy naughty treats. So now is the time to get back on track…
Our body has a natural detox filter that works all day every day, so when people go on these crazy detox diets, they aren’t really doing much more than just starving themselves with boring foods! However, we can fill our plates with certain foods that will help the body feel in top condition as well as gaining all the health benefits from the delicious food you put into your body.
Can we really ‘detox’ our body?
There are so many claims out there for food being detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, free radical removing etc. In truth, yes these food do contain high amounts of certain vitamins that can help with these processes, but when you delve a bit deeper into the research, you will see that the amount of that vitamin that is actually taken from the food and sent to the part of the body you are hoping to improve can be very small. This is why it is important to firstly, not get sucked into the wild claims, but to ensure you consistently eat a wide range of healthy foods to get the maximum benefits from all of them! It’s true what they say – eat the rainbow!
Here are some food that we should eat more regularly to ensure we get the maximum nutrients from them…
Foods High in Vitamin C:
(to rebuilding tissue, bones and blood vessels, and boosting the body’s ability to synthesise calcium)
- Bell peppers
- Brussel Sprouts
Foods High in Iron:
(Iron is essential for the production of healthy red blood cells that carry oxygen in the blood around the body)
- Pulses and beans
- Dried fruit
- Wholegrain foods like brown rice
Foods High in Calcium:
(In addition to building bones and keeping them healthy, calcium helps our blood clot, nerves send messages and muscles contract)
- Fortified non-dairy milks like Almond and Soya
- Spring greens
- Dried Figs
Foods High in Vitamin D:
(Vitamin D keeps our bones healthy by helping to control the amount of calcium and phosphate in our bodies. It also appears to keep our muscles healthy too. In my personal experience, we can eat lots of calcium rich foods but sometimes it cannot be absorbed well enough by the body so we need Vitamin D – Specifically D3 – to help our body absorb enough calcium)
- Fortified non-dairy milks like Almond and Soya
- Fortified breakfast cereals (not the ones high in sugar though!)
Foods High in Fibre:
(A fibre-rich diet is important for digestive health, helps you feel full and helps reduce inflammation by supplying naturally occurring anti-inflammatory phytonutrients found in fruits, vegetables, and other whole foods)
- Wholemeal foods
- Beans like lentils and black beans
Should I include anything else?
As you can see from the lists, some of the foods can be found in more than one area and that is because foods do not contain just one micronutrient, but many! So the more you eat of different types of foods, the more chance you have of getting the recommended amount of each nutrient.
Obviously I have just listed a few of the essential nutrients that our body needs and this should not be a subjective list of what to eat as there are many other macro and micro nutrients that you need to consume to ensure a healthy balanced diet and body, but this is simply a great place to start! By adding in some of the above foods or simply eating more of them, you have a great starting point for getting in some essential vitamins and minerals your body needs – especially if your Christmas diet has consisted of chocolate and cheese!
Download My Free Detox Shopping List:
To make it easy for you to work out what to buy from the supermarket with the items listed above, I’ve created a really simple shopping list you can save to your phone or print out so next time you go shopping, you can remember to pop these items in your basket!
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Don’t forget to keep checking back for the other blog posts all about detoxing your body for the new year:
- Simple recipes using these detoxifying foods
- Part 2 – Detox Your Mind
- Part 3 – Detox Your Home
I hope you have a happy and peaceful start to the new year and I look forward to staying connected with you.