Happy New Year!
It’s still January … so the New Year wishes continue. My 2019 has started rather slowly, as I’m still on my Walk-About.
One thing I like to do at the start of the new year is, clear the “crap” out of my diet. No matter how “healthy” I eat, the holidays always bring back my old eating habits. So #1 in each new year is getting back to healthier ways.
While cold weather doesn’t lend itself to a “detox” or a “fast”, I am very “pro” Intermittent Fasting. Giving your body a break – whether it’s for 12 hours or 12 days – has a lot of benefits.
Intermittent Fasting (IF) is a very fluid idea. There are many variations on the theme. Like “eating styles”, no one way of IF works very everyone. In the past, I’ve done a 10 day fasting program (liquids with a little maple syrup & cayenne pepper), and it was a positive experience, for me. I wouldn’t recommend it to most people, however. The general idea of IF is to incorporate some kind of regular fasting into your regular life. That can look different for everyone. It could be some kind of short fast each week, or a longer fast once a month, or some variation of those … a short one weekly and a longer one every few months. Basically, you give your digestive system a break so it can do some of its own clean-up and repair on your body!
Basics for Clean-Up
Along with my Fasting plan, I’m going to incorporate some ideas I’ve recently read about – that support my body’s natural abilities to “clean” itself. These ideas come from Dr, Jockers’ website, at this link: Dr Jocker’s PDF on Energy & Digestion
- Hydrate – Drink more water. Add some lemon or lime for extra cleansing and flavor.
- Super-Smoothie – Have a daily smoothie with some protein powder, a good fat (coconut oil, avocado, or nut butter) and a small helping of fruit (limit to ½ cup).
- Fermented Foods – Add some raw sauerkraut, kombucha, apple cider vinegar.
- Fennel Seeds – Chew some of these seeds to help digestion and improve your breath.
(1/4 tsp of seeds and chew them well before swallowing.)
- Celery or Cucumber – Add these great cleansing foods.
- *Fasting – Start with 12 hours at a time, extend to 14-16 hours, longer if desired.
*If you are under a doctor’s care, always talk with your doctor first, before doing any kind of fasting!
Just. Eat. Better.
Fasting may not be for you, and I may not do it as regularly as I plan, but one thing I do intend to get back to with total regularity is … Eating Whole Foods! That’s my segway into my Whole Food Restart.
I am reviewing my Whole Food Restart program to summarize parts of it for my new Facebook Group. If you haven’t yet joined, this group is a support for your 2019 goals to be healthier, and will include parts of my Restart eating-style. Click below to see the group. You should be able to click Join. (I may have to Add you upon request.)
My plans for 2019 are some fasting for a clean-up then a Whole Food Restart working into a Whole 30 or possibly a Keto “eating style”.
If you have an interest in doing a program with me, please send me an email.
- My Whole Food Restart is a great way to cut out the “crap” for a bit and start detoxing from processed foods and common food allergens.
- The Whole 30 program takes it to a deeper level, restricting more food groups, but is still very doable for 30 days (or more). I share a lot of Whole 30 ideas and recipes on my FB page.
- If you want to try the Keto diet, that is another option coming out of my Whole Food Restart. I haven’t (yet) gone full-Keto, but I believe there are some benefits for certain health issues.
I hope your 2019 has begun with a positive bang. I’m here to support your continued desires to be and live healthier, day by day!
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