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30 Day Cleanse: To have or to have not..?

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.

Drink more h20!

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. 😉

Have Fun!

words by | Taylor Jukes 

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