We’ve all had those weekends where we may have had a few too many glasses of wine, gave into an ice cream craving or had 100 slices of pizza. Come Monday you feel puffy, bloated, sluggish and SO READY to start detoxing and “getting your diet back on track”…sound familiar? This Green Detox Drink will help cleanse your body and get you back on track whether it’s Monday morning or mid-week.
Detoxifying benefits of the Green Detox Drink:
- Ginger- Helps stimulate digestion and total body circulation. It cleanses the buildup of toxins and waste in your liver, color and other major organs.
- Parsley- Increases the productivity of liver enzymes to detoxify the body and is especially useful for removing heavy metals. In addition, it acts as a diuretic cleansing your blood and kidneys.
- Spinach- Aids with digestion due to its high fiber content and provides powerful antioxidants.
- Romaine lettuce- This surprising superfood helps prevent plaque buildup on your arteries and regulates blood pressure.
- Mango- Helps this drink not taste like crap. Just kidding, they are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants for overall health.
You guys…I officially completed the 21-Day Sugar Detox!!! I think I deserve a medal or something because damn that was challenging.
Shockingly, the last thing I want to do to celebrate is eat a chocolate cake or chug a beer. I feel so good and have never had more energy so I’m not rushing to add sugar back into my life any time soon.
I’ll be honest the 21-Day Sugar Detox was hard but the lessons I’ve learned form this experience are so worth it. Before this plan I was so unaware about all the sugar sneaking into my diet from everything from my “healthy” almond milk coffee creamer to the frozen chicken I have used forever. WTF?! I also wondered why I got uncontrollable drops in blood sugar that caused me to panic if I didn’t eat food immediately and why despite how much I ran/worked out I couldn’t get a flat stomach.
I’ve officially completed week 2 of the 21 Day Sugar Detox woo hoo!
This week has been SO MUCH better than the first. I’ve had little to no hunger between meals, no headaches, my digestive system has been working great, I’ve been sleeping well and have had so much energy throughout the day!
I’m starting to really consider continuing this clean eating after the 21 days are up!
The key to this week has been figuring out the correct balance of carbs, proteins and fats that my body needs AND at what time of day my body needs some extra carbs. I personally need to have carbs like a sweet potato in the morning then a tiny bit at lunch then am good to go with proteins and fats for the rest of the day! *Remember I’m adding extra carbs like brown rice, sweet potatoes, quinoa…etc due to the modifications available for those who are very active.
BUT to keep it real there have been some challenges from this past week that I’ll go over in this post.
Sugar is a sneaky little bitch.
It’s in everything! Bread, pasta, coffee creamer, peanut butter, salad dressings, bacon, frozen meats…seriously EVERYTHING! So unless you’re eating only whole foods you are probably consuming a lot more sugar than you think. Don’t believe me…next time you’re at the store just read a few nutrition labels and you’ll be shocked.
Anyway, let’s get to why I’m doing the 21 Day Sugar Detox aka 21DSD. I eat a pretty balanced diet but over the past few months I’ve been consuming more bread, flavored creamers, crackers, chips, chocolates, frozen foods and processed crap than usual. I’ve noticed changes in my sleep, my skin, my energy levels and have had the craziest drops in blood sugar that make me shaky and panicky if I don’t eat immediately.
What you eat for breakfast sets the tone for your entire day.
Think about it…
If you start your day with a doughnut and sugary coffee you’re going to be a lot less likely to eat healthy throughout the rest of that day. I don’t know about you but when I start my day wrong my mind immediately goes to “SCREW IT MODE” and I just figure I’ll get back on track the next day. Hello cheat day that turns into cheat week that turns into 20 unwanted pounds.
You guys, I’m telling you simply starting your day off with something healthy makes a world of difference in your energy, food cravings and overall mindset.
Did you indulge a little too much over Memorial Day Weekend?
Well if so you’re in luck because today we’re talking all about water and why it’s so important… especially when your desperately craving a full body detox.
Let’s get right into it!
We’ve all been told that drinking water is good for us but never really been given the details like how much we should drink or why it’s even so beneficial to our health.
So today we’re getting to the facts.
How much water should you drink in a day?
- I’m not a doctor but a quick and easy way to create a daily water goal for yourself is just dividing your weight in half. For example, I weigh 140 lbs so I divide that in half meaning my daily water goal should be around 70 oz. Obviously if you’re very active your body will probably need more but this is just to get a very general goal. If that math is too much for you just remember the 8 x 8 rule which is to drink eight 8 oz cups of water a day to equal about 64 oz total. ***Please note that half your body weight and the 8 x 8 rule are not backed up scientifically. They are simply general recommendations for people to aim for to prevent dehydration.
I normally live a very 80/20 lifestyle.
80% of the time I’m working out and eating healthy but that other 20% well… that’s drinking IPAs, eating cookies, partying in Pacific Beach until 2:00 am and ending the night making my Uber driver go through the Taco Bell drive through so I can get a crunch wrap with extra nacho cheese.
After 3 weeks of birthdays, friends in town, family visiting and just summer shenanigans let’s just say I feel a little off balance.
More of a 50/50 lifestyle if you would!
I feel bloated, sluggish and just uncomfortable. It’s time to get my diet and life back on track!
So today..which is Monday I’m going to bring you all along to see EXACTLY what I eat in a day when I’m trying to detox and reset my body.
Yesterday afternoon Bryce and I went to lunch at one of our favorite sandwich places, Rubicon Deli. I hadn’t eaten here years so I was eager to see if my favorite salad ever was still on the menu…it was.
It’s called the Superfood Salad and it has organic baby kale, avocado, walnuts, fresh blueberries, baby shiitake mushrooms, hemp seeds, kale chips and goddess dressing with omega 3 rich flax oil.
All those superfoods are great and all but it’s THOSE KALE CHIPS that I’m so obsessed with. I had totally forgotten about kale chips and how easy they were to make until I ate that salad which is crazy considering my old roommate and I use to go through like 10 bunches of kale a day to fuel our kale chip addition.
I got such positive feedback last time I did a What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) post so I wanted to do another one. This is more of What I Ate on Tuesday but hey you get it.
If you have no idea what WIAW is all about visit the blog Peas And Crayons for a full explanation. It’s basically bloggers sharing what they really eat in a day. The purpose of this being to share ideas and inspire healthy eating all over the web.
Let’s get to it!
6:00am: Woke up and hit snooze 893749324 times
6:30am: Jose’s Chocolate Raspberry Coffee (SO GOOD) with less than 1 Tbsp of Silk vanilla almond milk creamer
7:30am: My Green Detox Drink 2.0! I’ve recently been changing up my daily green drink. Now I dissolve 1 Nuun tab into the water to give it some extra flavor and beneficial electrolytes. Then I just do 3 giant handfulls of kale, about a cup of mixed tropical fruit, a giant piece (about thumb size) of fresh ginger then a heaping scoop of Amazing Grass Green SuperFood.
As I mentioned in both my Weekly Meals and Weekly Workouts posts this week I’m running my 1st half marathon of 2016 on Sunday. This means my usual sneaking in a few chocolates here, a couple chips there and maybe having some buttery microwaved popcorn at work needs to stop (temporarily). I have such a sensitive stomach eating 1 wrong this can mess me up for days so I have to be extra careful with my eating before a race.
A few months ago I read an article Kellen at A Cup of Kellen wrote after running her first full marathon titled “20 things I wish I knew before running a marathon”. After reading this my view on eating and running completely changed by 1 simple statement she made:
“Eat to run, don’t run to eat”
That simple little statement hit home. I’m so guilty of finishing an awesome training run and immediately going home and stuffing my with a bagel and cream cheese for breakfast, pizza for lunch then getting froyo for dessert because “I earned it”. Well, sucks when I wake up the next feeling awful and sluggish. “Eat to run, don’t run to eat”. I’m really working on changing my mindset from “I earned this crappy food” to “what food can I eat that will make my runs even better” and it’s made such a difference in both my recovery time and training.
This “What I Ate Wednesday” (which is actually what I ate on Tuesday) is to show you all what I typically eat in a day leading up to a big race. It’s not perfect, but hey it works.
For more information on what “WIAW” is all about click here.