Hi friends, sun is shining! The weather is starting to get warm and the days are longer now. After many months of eating hot soups and heavy foods to keep warm during the winter, we emerge into spring. This is the perfect time to reset your body and slowly transition to eat more fresh greens and lighter foods.
Did you know that your body actually uses up a lot of energy to digest food? Protein and fats takes the most time, whereas carbs and veggies takes the least amount of time. So going on a detox will be good for the body as it allows let your stomach to rest from digesting a combination of foods all day.
I remember my first detox retreat. It was on an island in Thailand by the beach. There was limited access to internet so you really feel like you unplugged (Learn more about The Sanctuary Thailand here). The detox program was 3 days of clay shakes, fruit juices, hot vegetable broth in the evenings and daily colonics.
Before the program, they recommend that you cut out meat, dairy, sugar and caffeine! (Crazy, I know!) This allows for an easier, less shocking detox experience. After the program, you slowly reintroduce what you cut out over a couple of days.
However, if you don't think you are ready for a full detox experience, all you need to do is to increase your intake of vegetables! Especially fresh leafy greens and stop eating meat and limit dairy for at least 3- 5 days. That alone can help you reset your body.
Here are my 8 simple tips that you can do to right at home:
1. Drink 1 glass of warm lemon water or warm apple cider vinegar water when you wake up (Helps activate your digestive system)
2. Yoga for 20- 30 minutes (Try this fun detox video here on YouTube by Yoga by Adriene)
3. For breakfast, drink a green juice or green smoothie (Check out my Pinterest board for some inspiration)
4. Replace usual coffee in the morning with a cup of green tea
5. For lunch, eat 6 cups of green leafy salad with a palm size of vegetarian protein (eggs, tofu, tempeh, feta cheese) For dressing, only use olive oil, lemon juice or ACV and Himalayan salt
6. For snack, 1 cup of veggie sticks or low glycemic fruits (strawberries, apricots, plums, peaches are in season now)
7. For dinner, 2 cups of green leafy salad + 2 cups of stir fried vegetables with garlic + 1 cup of brown rice, red rice or quinoa
8. Meditate for 10- 20 minutes (Concentrating on breathing deeply allows oxygen to circulate more completely through your system)
As I have been getting some positive feedback on my Instagram post, I decided to share this clean and fresh salad recipe with you. The taste is so yummy that you will feel super good for eating something nourishing. The base is either quinoa or red rice if you like. The best thing is you can always customized it to what you have available in the fridge. Like swop cucumber for green peas or coriander for mint.
I wish you all a wonderful, energizing spring! Get outdoors, move your body and enjoy the much needed Vitamin D.
Ingredients 2 cups cooked quinoa (red or white)
1 medium carrot, shredded
1/2 cucumber, sliced (swop for peas)
6 cherry tomatoes, halved (swop for red peppers)
1 spring onion, sliced (swop for onion)
A few sprigs of coriander (swop for mint or parsley)
1/2 feta cheese block, crumbled
Extra virgin olive oil
Hemp seed oil
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This website does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Marisa Sim- Mindful Health Coaching are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, please see your physician.