Once I discovered that I had to change my diet, I went on a mission to learn as much as I could about healing with food. Eliminating gluten and dairy was a great start and the results were transformative. But that didn’t mean the rest of my (somewhat deficient) diet could stay the same.
In order to really revamp your health, you can make small, mindful changes over time. Trying to overhaul your entire life at once can lead to more stress—and ultimately more illness. Forcing the changes can mean you beat yourself up for being “weak” and giving in to the cravings. Let’s not fight with ourselves and create more frustration. For me, I started a juice cleanse to help me break the emotional eating habits. This got my mind and body in the right place for phase 2, which was working on my daily diet.
We all know that sugar and processed foods aren’t good for us, but cutting out those comfort foods can be hard, even after a cleanse. That’s why it is important to continue to introduce healthy foods and beverages into your diet to ultimately “crowd out” the junk foods. The more nutrients you consume, the more satisfied your body becomes. When your body feels taken care of, it doesn’t crave so many quick fixes, like coffee, chocolate and alcohol, as much as it used to.
It is truly amazing what simple steps we can take to yield major results!
3 Simple Shifts
Add in Fresh Green Juice: My juice journey was incredibly significant in my life, as it represented a major turning point for me. But even after the juice cleanse, I continued to fill my body with wholesome, green-powered juices on a regular basis. Whether it be in the morning for breakfast or as an afternoon pick-me-up, I always try to have a few cups throughout the week.
A cup of green juice is a nutritional powerhouse because the nutrients hit your cells fast. Without fiber to slow down the absorption of greens, veggies and fruits, your cells soak up an abundance of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It’s important to have this be MOSTLY vegetables and very little fruit so it doesn’t spike your blood sugar.
Add something like this a couple times a week. And if you don’t want to do JUICE, try it as a smoothie instead.
Incorporate Bone Broth: Homemade bone broth (not the kind you get in a box) contains collagen. Collagen is what keeps your bones, ligaments, skin and tendons elastic and youthful.
Bone broth is also known for healing digestive issues and reducing inflammation. It has been key to helping improve my digestion. When I was on my juice cleanse, I added a few cups of bone broth every morning to maximize my energy. If you are shifting to a new diet, a cup of bone broth can help you feel satiated while offering your body a healing dose of comfort. Here is my recipe for a combination of veggie and chicken broth.
Drink Plenty of Water: It sounds so obvious, but it’s so important. Our bodies confuse signals of hunger and thirst. So if you’re feeling really hungry or craving a sweet treat, try drinking a glass of water first and see if it helps. If it does, you were probably dehydrated. The rule of thumb is to consume half your body weight in ounces daily.
For example: if you weigh 120 pounds, you should drink about 60 ounces or 7.5 cups of water each day. Of course, this number can fluctuate depending on many factors, such as climate, activity level and age. In addition to plain H20, I drink warm water with lemon every morning instead of a cup of coffee. Shocking, I know! But the lemon clears toxins and congestion that your body releases while you’re sleeping. It revs up your digestive system and provides you with more sustainable energy than a cup full of caffeine.
If you are struggling to lose weight, reduce inflammation or curb cravings, try adding one healing tip into your daily diet. Remember that healing takes time, so give your body a week or two to adjust.
If you don’t have the time to make your own green juice, picking one up at the grocery store can be a good solution. I look for fresh-made ones by the store and have even found a few juice bars around my area like Nekter. Do you have a good water bottle? Having a colorful water bottle can really help make you drink more! I love how pretty mine is and tend to want to carry it around more.
Email me with questions and let me know what your health goals are in the comments below.