I originally wanted to post this post previous Saturday, but I wasn't feeling like writing anything, snowy weather does its magic (as well as first day of that time of the month, you know which), but watching The Avengers and Iron man 2 wasn't the worst scenario either :).
I will talk about 3 anti-oxidant foods probably everyone has at home (if you don't, get them right now!!) and at the end I'll share and explain a diet challenge I'm doing this month and I would be happy if you join me! :)
Our body has a natural ability to clean itself, you don't need to starve to detoxify! We just have to provide the right foods to help it flush out any toxins. Let's start with 3 anti-oxidant foods you should eat/drink every day.
First food I want to talk about are lemons. Lemons are really cleansing and detoxifying, and they also help you balancing out your acid and alkaline levels: meat, eggs, coffee etc. are acid, lemons are alkaline foods.
How to include them in your diet: I squeeze one lemon and pour it into 1l bottle with water and drink it throughout the day. Sometimes I drink even more, I noticed that in colder weather is really hard for me to drink enough water, that's why I prefer water with lemon juice, it just tastes like I'm drinking something fancier than water:).
Another beverage is green tea. It's a mild source of caffeine. Coffee can be really toxic to our body, especially if you drink high doses of it. If you drink green tea instead of coffee, your skin will look better, you'll feel better and it's good to drink green tea before you workout, you'll sweat all the nasty stuff out of your body!
How to include it in your diet: I cannot start a day without a green tea, it's my coffee in the morning, I'm not even kidding. You can drink it whenever you want to, I suggest you don't drink it too much though, it can cause insomnia (if you drink it late in the day).
Next one probably sounds kinda silly, but I don't think everyone is eating enough of ... Vegetables! Preferably raw veggies. It's recommended to eat vegetables in every meal, the more colours (of veggies) on your plate the better. Vegetables are good carbs, they provide vitamins, minerals, enzymes, they provide anything that keeps your body going.
How to include them in your diet: I try to plan my meals, this way I have a complete control what I put in my body. If you don't find veggies that exciting, try to add them in smoothies, I put spinach in my green smoothie (I'll post a recipe soon!), make yourself a vegetable soup, make a gluten-free vegetable pizza ... There are so many exciting ways to make your veggies more appealing, google is your best friend, mmm-kay? :)
I also wanted to write 3 foods you should avoid eating but I feel this post would be too long. So, I'll do that some other time and I'll talk about a challenge I'm doing whole month of March. It's no sugar challenge. And you are more than welcomed to join me :).
No sugar means no chocolate, ice cream, cakes, any other desserts, no candy ... nothing sugary is allowed. Make sure you read labels, most cereal, corn flakes, ketchup have sugar in them - sugar has many names. You can read '50 other names for sugar' article here: click.
If you want something sweet eat fruit instead. Natural sweeteners (stevia, truvia) are allowed. Raw honey is ok, but in moderation, honey has high glicemic index. Stay away from agave nectar and maple syrup for this month. And don't drink any alcohol as well. Most alcoholic beverages are just plain sugar or are absorbed in our body as sugar.
Another food you won't see on my plate this month is wheat. Wheat is absorbed the same as sugar, it doesn't provide any nutrients to our body.
Trust me, it's not that hard. Our body doesn't need sugar ... at all! We crave it because we know the taste of the sugary stuff. Our taste buds were not made to taste this "flavour full" foods, we are totally over-loading our taste buds. Make yourself a favour and cancel out sugar! :) Your body and mind will thank you.
Thank you for reading and joining me with this challenge! Because I know many of you are thrilled to do it ;). Or at least support me :)
Have a happy healthy Saturday!