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  • Healthy living, here’s to you!

    January 3, 2017


    Today is the first step towards the new, healthier, stronger, and happier you! The hardest step is quite often deciding and committing to taking that first step but fortunately there are a lot of web-based weight loss programs that can help you. So, congrats!

    In addition to exercise, it is vital to include a healthy diet. One of the most successful ways to improve your health is to feed it wholesome and healthy foods. In order to prime your body for receiving those nutrients it is important to cleanse and rid your body of toxins (not everyone should/can cleanse so be sure to check with your doctor before doing).

    How does a detox cleanse work?

    Basically, detoxification means cleansing the blood. This is done by removing impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are processed for elimination. The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymphatic system, and skin. However, when these systems are compromised, impurities aren’t properly filtered and the body is adversely affected. A detox program can help the body’s natural cleansing process by:

    1. Resting the organs through fasting.
    2. Stimulating the liver to drive toxins from the body.
    3. Promoting elimination through the intestines, kidneys, and skin.
    4. Improving circulation of the blood.
    5. Refueling the body with healthy nutrients.

    Detoxification works because it addresses the needs of individual cells, the smallest units of human life.

    There are numerous ways to detox and many recipes you can choose from. I have provided you with some of my go-to’s and a couple new ones I’m excited to try.  There are also varying number of days that you can choose to cleanse (seven days being the maximum). I will be doing a three day cleanse but you can choose what works best for you.

    Day 1: Fasting. This will be a purely liquid diet for 24 hours. No sodas, no coffee, no sugar, no alcohol. I recommend doing this cleanse on your off workout days.

    Drinks to have- chlorophyll water (my own recipe), fruit/vegetable infused water, chicken bone broth (this one has amazing healing benefits for your gut), herbal teas (dandelion root is a great detox tea and lemon is a natural de-toxin), and diluted cranberry juice.

    Day 2 and 3: Continue with liquid diet drinks as mentioned above but now include raw vegetables and fruits, soup (recipes included), and smoothies (recipes included).


    Recipes

    Chlorophyll Water Recipe (enjoy this any and every day)

    Bag of Spinach, ½ cup water, fresh mint leaves,

    1 cup fresh brewed mint tea and then iced.

    Place spinach, water and mint leaves in blender and blend. Strain liquid through cheese cloth into pitcher. Add 2 cups ice, iced mint tea and fill remaining space in pitcher with water. Mix well and refrigerate.  This is concentrated. When ready to pour a glass. Fill glass 2/3 with ice water and then add the concentrated chlorophyll water to top of glass. Mix and enjoy! Be sure to mix well before pouring as chlorophyll will settle at bottom. For video tutorial go to, https://www.facebook.com/linda.lotticlinard.

    *Benefits of chlorophyll- helps control cravings and hunger, encourages healing, promotes cleansing by binding to toxins to hamper absorption, protects DNA against fried foods, super potent antioxidant action (protects cells from oxidative damage by eliminating free radicals), effective again Candida albicans (candida albicans can lead to depression, fatigue, digestive problems just to name a few), promotes healthy iron levels and more!

    Lemonade Cleanse

    2 Tbs fresh lemon juice, 2 Tbs pure maple syrup, 1/10 tsp. cayenne pepper in 8 ounces water. Mix and enjoy!

    Green Detox Drink (no natural sugar so be prepared for this one)

    This vegetable detox drink is made up primarily of green vegetables, providing an effective natural body cleanse of the digestive system.

    3 carrots,3 kale leaves, 2 celery stalks, 2 beets, 1 turnip, ½ bunch of spinach, ½ cabbage, ½ bunch of parsley, ½ onion, 2 garlic cloves

    Mix all ingredients with water and puree in a blender.

    Fruit Detox Drink-  Because fruit is high in fiber and packed with essential vitamins and minerals, it’s a wonderful natural detox for the body. This recipe incorporates fruit, along with flax oil and lecithin, to provide essential fatty acids while you detox. In your blender, combine:

    8 oz. of orange juice, 4 oz. of purified water, ½ cup banana, ½ cup strawberries, ½ cup yogurt, ½-inch slice of ginger, 1 small garlic clove, 1 Tbs. flax oil, 1 Tbs. lecithin granules, 1 Tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice, if desired, 1 Tbs. of protein powder.

    Cleansing Detox Soup (6 servings) -found on theglowingfridge.com

    Ingredients

    • 1/4 cup water (or vegetable broth)
    • 1/2 of a red onion, diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 3 celery stalks, diced
    • 3 medium carrots, diced
    • 1 small head of broccoli, florets
    • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
    • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced
    • 1 teaspoon turmeric (I used powdered)
    • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste (optional)
    • fine-grain sea salt and black pepper, to taste
    • 6 cups water (or 4 cups vegetable broth + 2 cups water)
    • 2 cups kale, de-stemmed and torn in pieces
    • 1 cup purple cabbage, chopped
    • juice from 1/2 of a small lemon (or a whole lemon, depending how much lemon flavor you prefer)

    Instructions

    1. In a large pot, add the water and turn on the heat to medium-high. After it’s hot, add the onion and garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the celery, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes and fresh ginger. Stir and cook for 3 minutes, adding in extra water or broth as needed (another 1/4 cup). Stir in the turmeric, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper plus salt and pepper to taste.
    2. Add in the water or vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Add in the kale, cabbage and lemon juice near the last 2-3 minutes of simmering. Enjoy!

     

    Skin Loving Green Juice-found on the glowingfridge.com

    Combine ingredients in blender.

    • curly kale
    • carrot
    • celery
    • cucumber
    • lemon
    • apple
    • turmeric
    • ginger

     

    Here’s to your health!

     

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    I’m Linda Louise, one of the bloggers on this website and Colleen’s little sister. I’m just a girl in her mid-thirties who feels thirteen when I play outside with my boys, fifteen when I sing my heart out listening to tunes while driving by myself, and sixty five when I go out past ten at night. I have a thing for junior mints, Mt. Dew, shrimp and kale (though not all at once) and I have a crush on Superman. I still get girlish butterflies when I read Twilight, cry when I read These is My Words, and smile from ear to ear when I read Anne of Green Gables. I have nightmares about aliens on a regular basis and I have a bad habit of midnight snacking. I love everything sports, except golf (although can that honestly be considered a sport??), and I hate anything that slithers, hisses, or stings. I have a problem with giggling at inappropriate moments and I sometimes wish life was a musical. I love science, hate math, love Dr. Seuss, and hate olives. My family is my world and my joys come from their happiness. I’ve learned I don’t know much about anything and I live for a good adventure, naps, cuddles, stories, exceptional food and The Shire.