Day 3: Tips & Tricks
Here’s snapshot of what I’m not allowing myself to have while cleansing for the next month; Alcohol, sugar, honey, artificial sweeteners, diet pops, dairy (except greek yogurt) caffeine, red meat, refined flours, whey products or high-glycemic fruits. Sticking to fruits and veggies under a GI of 35, pretty much limits you to apples, blueberries and grapefruit.
Increase your fluids
I’m also trying to drink more water and fluids. A good rule of thumb, is to drink at least half your weight in ounces, which could help increase your resting metabolic rate by as much as 30%. For example, 150lbs = 75 ounces = 9 cups of water, or just over 2 litres. To help stay hydrated, caffeine-free teas are also a blessing. Loose-leaf teas can be a fun, tasty treat to look forward to instead of that bottle of wine on a Friday night!
Green, the sexy new black
Eating a ton of greens can be overwhelming at first, so to start the cleanse, I like to throw them in a blender. You can juice as well, but I find blending them is more filling and you know you’re getting all the nutrients out the greens. I’ve always sworn by a simple 5-Ingredient shake for breakfast that includes your choice of leafy greens and some fruit to sweeten.
5 Ingredient Simple Green Smoothie
1 handful of Kale, Spinach or other leafy green 1/3 of a Cucumber 1 handful of Kale, Spinach or other leafy green 1/3 of a Cucumber 1/2 of a Green Apple 2 tbsp chopped fresh Ginger 1 tsp Spirulina power 1 cup water
Blend and enjoy! The Spirulina gives it that nice deep green color, and it’s available in powder form at most health food stores for around $15. If the shake isn’t sweet enough, go ahead and add the other half of the apple. It won’t kill you and it’s better than a muffin. 😉
words by | Taylor Jukes