ericathevegan

Yesterday you said tomorrow.

New Year’s Detox

So, I’ve been reading up on vegan detox options. 

I figure, since I’m a vegan, and I want to do the aforementioned something new, I could start with a nice detox.  21 days will do the trick. 

10 Detoxing Tips (that I got from Vegan on the Go-Go):

1)   Start your day with a glass of lukewarm water, lemon juice, and an optional pinch of cayenne. This awakens the digestion system, cleanses the liver, and stimulates circulation.

2)   Throughout the day, be sure to drink plenty of water. Green tea will also boost your metabolism and provide your body with an ample dose of antioxidants.

3)   Be friends with bacteria! Probiotics are great for your gut. They’re found in fermented foods such as yoghurt, sauerkraut, and kombucha. You can also take them in capsule form–just be sure the capsules don’t contain gelatin!

4)   Go all out on raw fruits and veggies, whole grains, and legumes, all of which are packed with fiber. Take a multivitamin daily.

5)   Really watch your sodium and refined sugar intakes. Craving dessert? Stick with fresh fruit for the time being.

6)   Chew your food really, really well so your body doesn’t have to do more work than necessary. That’s what your teeth are for, after all!

7)   Exercise! Sweating helps cleanse the body from the inside out. Go for a nice but sweaty bike ride. 

8)   Try to stop eating at least 3 hours before you go to bed. This really allows your body to digest everything and, then, repair itself overnight. I emphasize the try here because, sometimes, you just CANNOT survive without a bedtime snack. Trust me, I’ve been there—I’d much rather get a good night’s sleep than toss and turn thanks to a grumbling tummy. If you must, eat a piece of fresh fruit or some yoghurt, something relatively light.

9)   Take a refreshing shower or bubble bath. Add a couple of drops of mint essential oil, and breathe deeply. Thoroughly scrub every inch of your God Pod  to cleanse body and, more figuratively, spirit.

10) Finally, get a good night’s sleep, 7-8 hours for optimal health and healing.

Personal tips:

  • read your Bible daily
  • keep the house you clean – organized living space = organized life/eating/exercising patterns
  • groom yourself – upkeep the nails, brush your teeth each morning, feel attractive

So what can I eat?

  • ★All fresh vegetables
  • ★All fresh fruits
  • ★All WHOLE grains, except wheat
  • ★All beans, except soy
  • ★All nuts and oils, except peanuts (favour walnuts and walnut oil while cleansing)
  • ★Black tea, green tea, and coffee are OK in moderation (1-2 cups per day)
  • ★The best cleansing fare is nourishing, nutrient-dense food like homemade soups, stews and chili made with love
  • ★Why? Since the idea is to clean out and balance your system, you want to ensure that any food you put back in is the healthiest possible, and also the easiest for the body to use. Basic, whole, unrefined and unprocessed foods retain the maximum amount of nutrition. As such, your body will be able to utilize the nutrients in these foods to reap the most nutritional benefits. This accomplishes the “balancing” objective

What should be avoided?

  • ★All sugars, refined and otherwise (this includes even natural sugars like honey, molasses, maple syrup and dried fruits)
  • ★Soy
  • ★Wheat
  • ★Peanuts
  • ★Cold foods and cold drinks should be kept to a minimum
  • ★Anything processed or pre-packaged (this even includes “healthy” junk food like veggie sausages, Earth Balance margarine, non-dairy ice cream, chips, bars and cookies). A good rule of thumb  is if the food contains any ingredients that would not be found in a normal person’s kitchen (xanthan gum, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, carrageenan, mono and diglycerides, for example), then it should be avoided completely.
  • ★Why? The goal here is to avoid any and all foods that can be challenging for the body to process. Soy, wheat, and peanuts are the most common problematic foods and many people are mildly allergic to one or more of these items but never realize it until they remove them from their diet completely. Then suddenly, they find that the indigestion, gas, bloating, acne, eczema, runny nose and hay fever issues that have always plagued them are miraculously gone! Additionally, sugar (even natural forms of sugar) wreaks havoc on your hormones.  It’s nice to let your insulin take a break from the wild roller coaster that sugar forces it to go on. And as for cold food and drinks, these are harder for your body to process and utilize in general so they are counterproductive to the balance you are trying to achieve by cleansing. By avoiding these foods during your Vegan Detox, you are accomplishing the “balancing” and “resting” objectives.

Drink at least two liters of water throughout the day. If you enjoyed your morning lemon water, go ahead and add lemon to your daily two-liter consumption as well. Why? Water taken in this amount throughout the day helps to flush out the bladder and urinary tract, and also facilitates the movement of your bowels, thus continuing the “cleaning” objective as well as setting your system up so it is able to absorb more nutrients from future meals.

Why are you doing this?..other than to try out something new

Well, as my ‘About’ says, I am a binge eater.  I eat unneccessarily and consistently.  I’m not even eating real food anymore, just meaningless garbage.  When I do eat real food, I eat it in excess.  I wouldn’t even call what I do eating, but gorging. GORGE – strange word.  My meals aren’t divided anymore like you’re average healthy human being’s meals would be.  “What did you have for lunch?” someone may ask. “I don’t know,,I just ate and ate so I don’t really know when lunch occured,” is what I would think to myself.  My skin is beginning to look unhealthy and discolored.  Just yesterday, I got a zit on my cheek.  What the hell.  I normally have clear skin, and if I do get a blemish, it is most definitely not on my cheek.  When my skin begins to look sick, I know there is a problem.

DETOX HERE I COME.

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