My apologies for the missing post last week- It has been a busy move for me between flying, working and holiday festivities. I spent time on a post for several hours but finally accepted defeat after a series of technical difficulties. My dad was witness to a few moments of frustration as I shouted at the computer.
Last week’s post was intended to be about traveling – and the importance of packing food as well as hydration. To the right is a picture of what I took on the plane for my journey back to Victoria. For this five hour flight I brought a pre-made salad with wholesome dressing and two Larabars. I would also suggest packing an empty water bottle!! (so they can fill it up for you)- This will save u money on the 3$ airport bottles and keep you more hydrated than a small glass of aqua each time the flight attendant cartel comes around.
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with family and friends – AND increased the portion of veggies on their plates! It can be a tough season to stay healthy and food conscious so give yourself credit.
In the aftermath of holiday splendor my very close friend has requested steps for a simple, accessible cleanse. I think the word accessible is very important when discussing the prospect of health. If we consider food processors, juicers and organics to be the foundations for healthy eating – then we are making it difficult for everyone to access whole foods . So I’ve put something together that will be simple for anyone to follow ~ with or without a juicer!
As we leave December and begin a time of resolutions it is important to let go of things that are bringing us down. Here are a few items to eliminate in order to cleanse the holiday junk from your system!
12 days without...
- sugar and sugar substitutes
- dairy – especially milk/cheese/butter
- red meat – (if you eat meat stick to lean poultry or fish)
- salad dressing
- canned goods (due to preservatives)
- boxed goods (check those ingredients)
- high-glycemic fruit
- limit caffeine intake as much as possible (coffee and tea)
- minimize use of cooking oils
12 days with…
- WATER! (this will be the mechanism that flushes you out while keeping you hydrated – drink copious amounts of water over the 12 day period~ i.e 12 glasses/day)
- green vegetables (lettuce/kale/asparagus/bok choy and so on)
- sprouted grain bread
- keep your plate 70% vegetable based (as green as possible)
- drink water in the morning, after each meal and throughout the day
- move your body for 45 mins/day
- eat sprouted grain toast for breakfast to kick-start digestion
- snack on raw veggies, low-glycemic fruits
- steamed and raw veggies as opposed to fried
- lunch is the time for foods that require more digestion (i.e. grains)
- clean dinner (salad based meals are best at this time – with WHOLE dressing)
- finish eating 3 hours before bed
The above are tools gathered from a variety of sources that have worked or me. It is always a good idea to discuss cleansing with your doctor if you have any concerns. It can be difficult to have these discussions – but ask questions anyway and do some research to find what’s going to work best for you.
Try cleansing for 12 days and keep a log of how you feel. Taking note of energy levels and mood can tell you a great deal about what is and is not working! From the end of the cleanse you can then transfer some of the things that worked into your daily life.
I think the beginning of a new year is a good time to be more conscious in our lives. This could involve diet, exercise, relationships, the environment or your goals. With a shift in consciousness comes awareness to areas in need of improvement. This year (in addition to health) I have chosen to continue working on my interpersonal communications in an effort to be more clear and concise with others. Do you have any “resolutions”??
A couple more things I wanted to share with you as we begin 2012…
First is my blogger summary from 2011, which is pretty interesting to check out! There were 4,700 visits to this site from 6 continents~ I want to send a big THANK YOU to all of you for reading and sharing with friends!
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,700 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.
Next is an article from the Harvard School of Public Health, shared with me by a good friend from Montreal. Here is a link to Calcium and Milk: What’s Best for Your Bones and Health?. It is really interesting to see such a well recognized and prestigious school presenting evidence against dairy as a source of calcium. Take a look at the article and the Healthy Eating Plate published by Harvard Medical School. Of course I totally agree but am also anticipating some controversy!
Once again thank you for all the support in 2011!
Wishing every one of you health and happiness for 2012,