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Shed Winter Weight and Detox

by on 31 August, 2015

Welcome in Spring! A time for change. Where winter is the time to conserve energy, sleep longer and go slow, spring is the time to cleanse, eat lighter and connect with nature.

Here are 3 simple tips to shed winter weight, detoxify and reenergize.

1.      Drink plenty of liquids.
 
‘The Gabriel Method’ is a proven method that focuses on nourishment of the body rather than dieting. Founder Jon Gabriel explains, “I started flushing by body with lots of alkaline liquids like water with lemon or apple cider vinegar and green juices. That did the trick, because I lost the last 40 pounds much more quickly.”

You’ve heard it before, but water really is the ‘holy grail’ in any healthy diet. With so many benefits that including helping your kidneys flush out toxins, you must drink the required 2 litres a day. Even better add fresh lemon to your water, packed full of Vitamin C, calcium, potassium and fiber, it is one of the most beneficial drinks for your body.

Daily Juicing

Broccoli and Kale are part of the cruciferous vegetable family that have been shown to potentially up-regulate liver detoxifying enzymes, which may help increase the body’s ability to detoxify. Cruciferous vegetables also contain powerful antioxidants that may be cancer-preventive.
Parsley can help to stimulate bile production that can help with detoxification process.
Turmeric contains major antioxidant that may help the body to make essential compounds in the detoxification process. Turmeric also contains potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that may help to soothe joint pain.
Ginger may improve digestion which can help with detoxification process and also contains a rich source of antioxidants that can help to protect against damage done during the detoxification process.
Apple contains a compound called quercitin that has been found to help up-regulate detoxifying enzymes and other compounds; additionally quercitin has been found to contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Apples also naturally contain fiber that is beneficial to promoting regular bowel movements, and fiber may also help to prevent health issues including diverticulitis and even colon cancer.

Green Juice Recipe:

•    1 – 2 green apples
•    3 – 4 kale leaves
•    1 cucumber
•    1 head of broccoli
•    1 handful of parsley
•    2.5 cm piece of ginger
•    ground turmeric, for garnish

Directions:

1. Wash all produce well.
2. Remove core from apple and stems from broccoli
3. Add all ingredients through juicer.
4. Garnish with ground turmeric, if using. Enjoy!

2.     Add some bitter greens and spices to your daily diet to help out a struggling liver. Bitter taste is universally recognized as strengthening for digestion. Bitter herbs cause a reflexive secretion of gastric juices and tone the muscles of the digestive tract. They also support detoxification by helping the liver process incoming nutrients and filter impurities from circulation. You can get bitter taste out of these herbs: turmeric, dandelion, goldenseal, gentian, milk thistle, and neem. An easy way to add them to your diet is to drink them as tea.

3.    Eat light.  Having a light dinner gives the digestive system a break. Options can be a leafy green salad with tomato, cashews, avocado, cucumber, grated carrot and olive oil or a detox soup.

Simple Detox Broth Recipe

Fill the bottom of a large pot with onions, garlic and any herbs you like.  Add just enough water to cover the garlic and onions and boil for 10 – 15 minutes.  Do not add any oil to the pot.


Chop up vegetables, such as:
•    Broccoli
•    Parsnips
•    Sweet potato
•    Carrot
•    Kale
•    Spinach
•    Cabbage
•    Peppers/capsicum
•    Silver beet
•    Any other green leafy vegetables that are in season.
•    Do not use potatoes

Fill the pot approximately 1/3 full with chopped vegetables
Fill the pot approximately ½ full with water
Bring to a simmer – do not boil.
Cover and let simmer for 4-6 hours, adding water every hour or so to keep the water level between ½-3/4 full.
Strain broth and serve with your choice of healthy salt, like celtic salt, turmeric, cayenne pepper and ginger.
Store the remainder in a glass container in the refrigerator. Heat and serve whenever you want broth.

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