In a recent exploration of attempting to drink more water and exclude refined sugars from my diet, I was inspired to compile an April Spring Detox feature for sharing fresh content on a weekly basis in an effort to decrease the amount of toxicity that we expose ourselves to on a daily basis. We typically associate the word "detox" with some sort of diet, however detoxing goes far beyond what we put in our bodies. From healthy meal options (yes, breakfast, lunch, and dinner) to natural household cleaning products and DIY beauty treatments, I hope to provide you with a framework that will help you stroll through spring feeling lighter and perhaps glowing as well! You can pick and choose pieces each week as it best suits you and your own lifestyle, or dive right in and join me full heartedly.
So, why "detox"? Well, with a little help and inspiration from The Whole Pantry, detoxification removes harmful toxins from the body after it has been bombarded by exposure to various things such as food additives, preservatives, artificial flavors, pesticides, toxins in personal care products, etc. It's imperative that our body has the opportunity to continuously flush out these toxins to prevent build up that may put our health at risk. The vitamins, minerals, and nutrient rich foods that we choose to consume on a daily basis can support the overall detoxification process.
So then what should you be leaving out? Major culprits include processed foods, refined sugar, fried foods, sweets, soda, refined breads which are all low in minerals and high in sugar. Also to this list, I'm adding coffee and dairy. Yikes! I can imagine how intense and "limiting" this may sound, but quite honestly I think you'll be surprised at how flavorful and enjoyable this type of lifestyle can be. Through detoxification, you'll begin to notice the positive effects and will become much more in tune with your body's nutritional and dietary needs. Rather than thinking of it as "limiting" or "removing" things from your daily routine, think of it more so as "adding" new and beneficial ingredients and products that your body will thank you for introducing yourself to.
This week, in week one, I'll focus on Eating for Beauty which includes recipes packed full of super foods as well as skin treatments that are sure to leave you feeling refreshed. Breakfasts are focused around (but not limited to) flavorful smoothies which are easy to whip up and take with you on the go while lunches can be prepared the night prior. Dinners can be made after returning home from work, a time for you to get your hands on some new recipes and feel proud of taking the time to cook as opposed to grabbing on the way home.
Week One Sneak Peek...
Rise & Shine Smoothie
Pistachio Sesame Seed Balls
Coconut Oatmeal & Raw Strawberry Chia Jam
Smashed Avocado Toast
Fuji Apple Kale Salad with Maple Spiced Hazelnuts
Wasabi Pea Crusted Tempeh
Plentiful at home DIY body scrubs such as Java Mint, Coconut Ginger, and Chai Masala
Always know that you can substitute ingredients and play around with them to your liking. This is all meant to be exploratory and inspirational, keeping optimal health in mind.
Hooked yet? It's cool if not. I'll keep the full unveiling for tomorrow, once the month of April officially begins. In the meantime, here's a grocery list of pantry staples that you can perhaps stock up on throughout this first week, all of which will be featured somewhere along the way.
Frozen strawberries and/or blueberries
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Matcha green tea powder
Pure Maple Syrup
Raw pumpkin seeds
Sriracha, or hot sauce of choice
Hope you stick around all month long (and then some)!
In good health,