It’s okay, you’re not the only person to fall off the wagon this summer, and whether you came out relatively unscathed or feeling like you’ve been run over by a tractor, it is probably time for you to get back into your regular routine of healthy eating. If you’ve never really had a healthy eating plan, then there’s no time like the present to get your butt in gear!
So how do you approach your eating plan this time, and how do you get quicker results with the same amount of effort? Simply whip up these five foods and beverages daily, and you’ll be back in the saddle in short order.
The great thing about smoothies is that they can deliver so many bioavailable nutrients to various areas of the body with very little digestive capacity required. This not only gives your body a rest (especially if you have been eating BBQ and drinking a lot of liquor this summer) but it also helps support your body’s natural detoxification process.
The key to a good smoothie for these purposes is to not make it too sweet, add plenty of bitter herbs and spices for your liver, and throw in a couple superfood powders to jack up the nutritional power. One of my favorites includes some frozen mango, lemon, lime, mint, turmeric, parsley, coconut oil, a bit of raw honey, some coconut milk, and pure water. Get the Health Ranger’s Organic Turmeric Root Powder, Fermented Super30, coconut oil, and raw honey for the best results.
Perhaps the most popular way to take a load off the body, juicing has long been a great way to flood the body with highly bioavailable nutrients, that can give every nook and cranny of your body a nice scrub.
The key with juices is to avoid high sugar fruits and stick to the bitter varieties of produce that will do a better job at supporting your body’s natural detoxification process. Think green apples, celery, kale, cucumber, basil, mint, ginger, lemon, lime, and the like. If you’d love a great recipe to get you started, try the Mini Vacation Juice recipe which uses most of the ingredients listed above.
Another great way to lighten up the load on the body is to eat one big salad a day. The water density and bitterness of salad greens, along with digestive supporting vegetables and herbs like onions, garlic, and cruciferous vegetables, makes this a no-brainer to clean house. Add in some cucumber, and maybe even some berries, and you have a nice, light, and refreshing salad.
To make these salads fulfilling and easier on digestion and the liver, consider skipping animal protein in favor of avocados, and go easy on the fats in the dressing (non-dairy dressings would be best). This way you’ll get a better effect, without feeling hungry in half an hour.
For a fun, delicious, and fulfilling salad recipe, try this Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe.
A good way to kick the body back into healthy mode is to make a daily tonic. Often, they are made with herbs and spices that support all areas of the body, so a refreshed and lighter feeling often ensues after consuming them.
Some tonic herbs include turmeric, ginger, schizandra, moringa, tulsi, reishi, ginseng, dandelion, and rhodiola. To make your own daily tonic in mere minutes, try the Total Body Tonic and make sure to use the Health Ranger’s Organic Freeze Dried Schizandra Powder for an unbelievable kick.
As a side note, with fall and winter coming, you’d do well to keep a bottle of the Antibiotic Tonic in your cupboard which is an exceptional homemade remedy to support the digestive and immune systems.
With cooler weather approaching, warming foods become much more desirable. Soups are a great way to use up the fresh vegetables from the garden, and when prepared purposefully, can be very supportive to the body’s natural detoxification process.
Some great vegetables for this time of year that work well in soups include pumpkins, squash, broccoli, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, and more. Add in things like garlic, onion, coconut oil, ginger, curry, miso, dill, salt, and pepper, and you have a nice warming and invigorating soup that will satisfy your belly. Blend the ingredients for even more healing power due to greater assimilation of nutrients.
A nice soup recipe to reset your body, and support the immune system in times of trouble, is the Best Soup For Sickness Recipe. It will fix you up in no time!
I hope this gives you some great ideas on how to use food to kickstart your body’s natural detoxification process. Now get back in that kitchen, and eat and drink your way back to that healthy feeling you desire.