I can’t express how much better I feel when I eat clean, AKA eat healthy and nutritious foods. It is absolutely unreal how much more energy and vitality you feel inside. And, if you do it for long enough, you start to see it on the outside. I’m talking clearer skin, softer hair, stronger nails – all that stuff we try to “buy” at drug stores.
As far as “detox” goes, I always put that in air quotes. Your body has a built in mechanism for detoxifying even non-clean foods that you shove in your body from time to time. You may have heard of them before – They are your liver and kidneys! Now, these organs do not work like a filter. We do not have organ versions of Britas inside of us. They perform a series of chemical reactions to turn any potentially harmful chemical compound (ammonia, for example) into a new compound that can then be excreted as waste. Remember that – nothing “accumulates” there. People do not need to go for oil changes and tune-ups!
Note – A REAL detox is a medical procedure for removing dangerous drugs from the system of addicts. That kind is not a myth. Not even a little bit, and it saves lives! But when you take in junk foods with saturated fats and lots of salt and preservatives, your organs are your treatment facility. So there really is no need to “detox” in the way that popular alternative health gurus suggest.
Those usually require going on a crazy low-calorie juice cleanse for at least 3 days to get everything moving. I don’t know about you, but I don’t really like cayenne pepper in a juice and I really like to have something solid in my system, so I choose to eat foods that are just healthy.
By continuing to put in healthy foods over junk foods, your body gets the nutrition it needs, which is why there are great side effects like high energy and a general feeling of well-being. It can be rough at first, for sure, but there are ways to overcome the cravings you might experience for foods you are used to eating:
Now, some of these may do the trick, and some may not for you, but they are definitely healthy substitutions that you can make in many recipes!
Healthy eating is a lifestyle that we can all embrace. That does not mean not having a small slice of cake for your birthday or saying no to every single thing in the world that has “carbs,” but it does mean thinking about what your body needs and providing it. Simple(ish)!
I will be posting a meal plan soon for a week that will give you an idea of all of the ways that you can make healthy meals happen and what to eat when you are trying to do that. At first, that can be the biggest challenge!