My soon to be future parents-in-law have established a healthy tradition in their household...one full month of healthy eating (no desserts), lots of physical activity and most importantly no alcoholic beverages. After a summer of BBQ's, parties, adult beverages and junk food...this annual fall "cleanse" comes at a great time of year. The fall (like the spring) is a great time of year to detoxify your body and prepare yourself for the coming winter season.This year my fiancee and I have decided to take up the challenge of saying goodbye to the occasional drink for one entire month as well as eating a healthy diet of mostly fruits and vegetables. We are not intending for this to be a major detox but the dietary guidelines we will be adhering to are meant to provide our bodies with lots of vitamins and minerals from whole, unprocessed foods.
The guidelines we intend to follow over the next four weeks are:
1. No alcohol - alcohol dehydrates you, is a source of "empty calories" i.e. calories that do not provide nutrition, and can impair fat metabolism. While we like to enjoy alcohol in moderation, this month we will be giving our livers a good break!
2. Eat a mostly plant based diet - with fall being harvest time it's a perfect time of year for us to get lots of fresh, seasonal produce at local farmers' markets. Great veggies to consume at this time of year for detoxification and health include kale, swiss chard, spinach, beets, jerusalem artichokes, squash, apples (organic!!)...etc.
3. Drink a minimum of 2 litres of water per day (aka 8 glasses) - staying adequately hydrated is so important to one's health. It also helps to remove waste from the body by making sure your kidneys are able to flush out toxins. In addition to fibre, water also helps to keep you bowels regular and eliminating potentially harmful toxins and waste. If you don't love water on it's own, add a lemon wedge (good for the liver) or a few slices of cucumber and mint for great flavour!
4. Supplements - as a naturopathic doctor, even I sometimes find the myriad of supplements, vitamins & minerals available to be overwhelming. My daily personal regime includes only a few key nutrients - fish oil for omega 3s, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, a B complex vitamin, and a probiotic. To give my liver a bit of an extra boost this month, I'm going to be adding an herbal liver formula containing milk thistle, alpha lipoic acid, dandelion, turmeric...among others!
5. Regular physical activity - since I know how easy it is to let exercising fall by the wayside, this month we will be making a conscious effort to find ways to incorporate activity into our everyday routines. Riding our bikes or walking instead of driving, attending aquafit with my mom and sister, regular yoga and generally enjoying the gorgeous fall we're having by spending more time outdoors.
Ok - so that all seems easy enough right?? I'll be posting periodically throughout the month to let you know how we're doing and share some other detox tips!
If you think you're ready for a detox or cleanse, get in touch with me to book an appointment where we can discuss your health needs and create a plan for your own personalized detoxification strategy. Contact Dr. Jackie
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A place for me to share my own experiences as an ND & Mom, things I find interesting in the world of wellness & medicine, share recipes, health tips and home/DIY self care ideas. Between 2012 & 2016 I got married, moved twice and had two kids! But I'm back and have SO much to share with you now. Becoming a mom has completely changed my world and my practice. Stay tuned for lots more from me :)