Sunday, January 10, 2010

Happy New Year!

Hi friends! I've missed you all! Aaron were out and about in Colorado and Arizona for the last few weeks. We had a blast. As always, we were so humbled by the majestic beauty of the mountains and desert, yet reminded of how fortunate we are to live in Encinitas.





As most of you know, I seek to live a decently healthy lifestyle. I seek to make wise decisions concerning what foods I put in my body, hydration, sleep cycle, exercise, and most importantly, my spiritual health, which I ultimately sumbit to the One I believe created me. I believe I will live one life in one body on this earth and I hope to take care of this body to the best of my ability. What really excites me, is that I am privileged with helping others reach their optimal health.

I am a professional fitness coach who advocates a healthy lifestyle but I am not a nutritionist. Any nutritional information I share here is information I have learned through my personal journey of health. Every person has individual needs and I encourage you to seek out a professional if needed.
Anyway
During the holiday break, I, um, ate a bit heavier than normal. After arriving home and stepping out of our van and feeling the ocean in the air we breathe here, I had this deep desire for cleansing.
I was hoping to post this on Monday before I started my (gentle) detox and encourage any of you who interested to join with me, but Aaron and I had a lot of stuff to take care of this week. Well, coincidentally, I have had a lot of questions this week concerning detoxing. So, I am post this now.
I don't advocate an "eat all you want for a period of time" and then detox lifestyle. I actually believe in ongoing cleansing, but detoxing can also be a gateway to altogether cleaner eating habits. There are all sorts of detox programs to varying degrees and this may not be the right fit for you, but if anybody does want more info, email me. If anyone does try this, let me know how it goes!

Firstly, let me say that the ingredients used were the highest quality I could find. (i.e. certified organic, hormone-free)

Each morning I started off with a smoothie:
Water, Romaine lettuce, celery, apples, banana, parsley, ciliantro, & fresh lemon juice. I blended until smooth. Yes, blended and not juiced. I don't have an 'official position' on juicing vs. blending. I believe both to be beneficial. Most mornings, I drank a mug of warm water and half a lemon before the smoothie. I didn't always have time for this. It is extremely important that the first liquid to enter our stomaches in the morning is NOT coffee. I struggle with this because I do love a nice mug of warm coffee in the morning. I suppose I could call it one of my New Year's resolutions. Coffee will not be the first thing to enter my body in the morning!

My snacks would vary: fruit, coconut water, raw nuts, raw truffle balls, veggies.

Lunch: Spinach salad loaded with veggies. I always included one full avocado and about a teaspoon of pumpkin seeds. I seasoned with Celtic Sea Salt and the only dressing would be Apple Cider Vinegar and/or 1/2 lemon and/or Cold Pressed Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Dinner was my only cooked meal: hormone-free meat and veggies. If possible, I suggest eliminating cooked oils, but it wasn't the best option for me. Veggies can be raw, steamed, or roasted.

The only beverages allowed: water and tea. I do recommend that in order to know the amount of water you drink, divide your bodyweight in half. Work toward drinking that amount in ounces per day. (not only during detox, but everyday)

Reminder, NO:
dairy
caffeine
alcohol
grain products


Minimal amounts of:
Sugar (only naturally occurring sugar from the produce and a bit of agave nectar)
Cooked Oils (ideally none)

Transition off of the detox should actually be gradual. Eating habits shouldn't be a stark contrast from the detox.

Anyway, love you all!



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