Today I am sharing about fall detox and a great way to jumpstart it during the fall season to prepare for winter. Don’t miss a great green juice at the end.
Stress and Detox
Summer did not know go the way I expected in many ways. When my husband and I spoke about our summer plans we did not think we were going to be busy but summer ended up busier than we expected. In fact, it was a bit stressful with two unexpected deaths in our family and quitting my full-time job. One of the things I have had in mind was to start a detox.
What first comes to mind when you think about detox? Initially for me, I think I getting rid of the things I enjoy the most but in reality it is retreating to actually analyze what has been dominating life and habits. There are so many things in our life that contribute to having a toxic lifestyle that not only harms the emotional being but also the mental and physical being.
Even though I am not a health professional, I am a person who has always been interested in healing my own body with the things that God has given us on this earth. Since being married and having kids I have been less consistent with my health because truth be told, I get distracted by my situations, stress, and by life circumstances.
Being truthful to yourself
I know one of the first places to start is to be truthful with myself. It is not enough to have the desire but to actually follow through so even though I do not have an accountability group, I have been praying that God will give me the strength to be wise to go about a healthy detox so I can have a reset.I think one of the reasons we get stuck is that we get so far into bad habits that any hope of regaining control seems so distant. Well, when I decided to start my slow detox, I read on what would be go for digestion since I have slow digestion due to having no gallbladder.
Ayurveda, which translates into “knowledge of life” is an ancient system of healing that examines physical constitution, emotional nature, and spiritual outlook in the context of the universe. I think it is an interesting system and philosophy but I do not embrace it completely. While I know my spiritual connection is clear through knowing God as my Creator, I know he enlightens us to understand more about our bodies in many ways.
I will not get into this all completely but it helped me in my research on what herbs to use for my own detox. In the last 2 weeks I have been using Organic India‘s triphala, a traditional Ayurvedic digestive tonic (made up of three fruits—amalaki, bibhitaki, and haritaki) with antioxidant properties. These three fruits act as a mild laxative while ridding the body of toxins that will sicken the body. I have seen very great results after taking it twice a day. Let’s just say I am going to the bathroom a lot more.
Additional slow not shocking ways to detox is eliminating processed foods. I get in a rut of picking ready to eat foods that are not as healthy because of convenience especially as a mother of 3. I am being more consistent leaving foods prepared so as not to feel tempted to make wrong choices.
Green Juice and Fall Detox
I am thankful for juice cleanses as well, like my friend Nicole’s recipe called ZESTY CARROT (NOT SO) GREEN JUICE. I made her recipe yesterday and sipped it slowly on an empty stomach and then took a nap instead of eating a heavy meal. I felt energized! I loved the combination of kale and spinach with the apples, ginger, and lemon. It was super tasty and very palatable.
ZESTY CARROT (NOT SO) GREEN JUICE
by Nicole Raudonis
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Ingredients (1 glass)
- 3 medium carrots
- 2 medium red apples (cored)
- 1 large handful kale
- 1 large handful spinach
- 1/2 inch ginger
- 1/2 lemon (cut off peel)
Run all ingredients through the juicer.
Depending on the size of your juicer’s feed tube, apples may need to be chopped before juicing.
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