The 3-day Detox Diet

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Today is it hard to avoid having toxins and chemicals in our system because of our lifestyles and the environment. However, our bodies are quite remarkable and have been built in such a way as to protect itself from these harmful intruders. Although our kidneys, liver, skin, and even the lungs often need to work a little harder to separate, neutralize, and dispose of these toxins. When toxins accumulate in our body it causes a release of some form of chemical. This can gradually mutate into cancers or other degenerative diseases of the body.

We need to be selective as to what we put into our bodies because we can never take it back. Sometimes changing your lifestyle is the only way you can improve the proper functioning of your body processes. A detox program can be very helpful in getting rid of body impurities. As with any detoxification program, they are designed to flush out free radicals, increase cell renewal, and strengthen your body’s immune system. Ridding your body of toxins will make you feel so much better. Even the 3-day detoxification diet can help in eliminating damaging toxins.

There are many detox diets our there. One must realize that not all detox diet programs are suitable for everyone. A 3-day detox diet just might be wise to start with to test the diet program and it is also a milder way of detoxifying your body. If you are interested in a longer detox program you may want to consult your doctor first before you begin. This is especially important if you are underweight, malnourished or have a chronic disease such as cancer, kidney and liver disease, ulcerative colitis, iron-deficiency, anemia, as well as others. This is always a good idea when considering any type of diet program.

As mentioned above, there are various detox diets, however, the 3-day detox diet is a good quick start program toward detoxification. Each morning for the three days drink a cup of warm water and ½ lemon squeezed in it when you get up. This is to stimulate your gastric juices. Drink the lemon water instead of your usual cup of coffee or tea. When planning your meals for the day you should include one cup of whole grains like brown rice, buckwheat, amaranth, and at least three servings each of fruits and vegetables. One of the servings of vegetables, at least, should be raw vegetables such as carrots, celery, or cauliflower. Choose the vegetables you enjoy. You could also fix yourself a salad made of fruits and vegetables. However, for dressing your salad, use vinegar or any of the natural virgin oils. Natural oils can include olive, coconut virgin oils, or fish oil.

In addition to the changes in your meals you will also need to take two doses of a kidney and liver tonic over the 3-day detox diet period. Not two doses a day. Just two doses over the three days you’re trying to detoxify your body. You can choose from the following kidney and liver tonics: two cups of dandelion, a clove of fresh garlic, chamomile or fennel tea. Other choices include pure vegetable juice like carrot or beetroot, a medium bunch of black grapes, or two cups of parsley or yellow tea. On a daily basis you will need to drink 8 glasses or more of water as well. It’s a good idea to make this a habit anyway. Fresh fruit juices such as apple and orange can be counted as part of your water intake. And lastly, before you go to bed drink a cup of herbal tea. The whole idea is to increase your fluid intake by ingesting more water, juices, fruits, and vegetables to flush out harmful toxins and waste.

As part of your 3-day detox diet be sure to include a 30-minute walk within the program period. Exercise with any diet is ideal for weight loss and improved health. After the third day, you will feel rejuvenated and have more energy and should have dropped a few pounds. You may want to do the 3-day detox diet again either consecutively or the following month. To have better health for the rest of your life, a change of lifestyle is always better than a few days of dieting.

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Author: Denise Duncan


 

About the Author

Denise Duncan is an author and editor for a number of health related websites. For more information on weightloss and body detox go to NewBodyDetoxCenter.com .

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3 Day Detox Diet Preparation Tips

Before you get cracking on a 3 day detox diet, there are some things that you need to gather or source so that you have them ready for when you start. Many of these you will already have, or will know where to get hold of, but you should do this in plenty of time. Having them ready makes your detox diet program go smoothly and a little preparation is never a bad thing.

Stay tuned tomorrow for actual Detox Diet.

Talk to you soon!

~Erica

Before you get cracking on a detox diet, there are some things that you need to gather or source so that you have them ready for when you start. Many of these you will already have, or will know where to get hold of, but you should do this in plenty of time. Having them ready makes your detox diet program go smoothly and a little preparation is never a bad thing.

Check list of essentials:

Airtight food containers Tupperware, for example.

Steamer Metal or bamboo (the type you put over or in a pan of hot water to steam vegetables or fish).

Skin brush Natural bristles. The bristles should be firm but not too stiff, otherwise they may irritate your skin.

Exfoliating creams or salt Use up odds and ends of creams to save money. If they are not exfoliants add a tea-spoon of salt or sand and this will do the job.

Loofah or flannel mitt Use a toweling or natural fiber mitt.

Somewhere to exercise Gym, bedroom, stairs, lounge, etc.

Bath or shower Access to both a bath and shower is ideal but one or the other is fine.

Check list of optional or luxury items:

A juicer This is a definite luxury but what better time to try making your own juice than during a detox diet?

Organic foods There are many suppliers of organic fruit, vegetables and fish prepared to deliver nationally. Alternatively, many supermarkets now stock organic produce which is fortunately not too much more expensive than regular produce. But beware of the food going off quickly. The secret with organic food is to buy little and often. Using organic foods will automatically reduce your intake of pesticides (which are routinely sprayed on most conventionally grown fruit and vegetables). Organic foods are not essential – the fact that you are actually going to be eating fresh foods over the next month is probably enough of a change. But if fruit and vegetables already form the basis of your diet then try organics and see if you notice a difference.

Shopping list:

There are some more unusual items – on top of your meals – that you will be required to eat or drink every day and these should be bought in advance as you are unlikely to have them in stock. Some may sound a bit odd but all will be revealed!

Vegetable juice – Bottled carrot or beetroot juice is usually available from your local health food shop. Start with one bottle. Alternatively, if you have a juicer, buy fresh vegetables and juice your own.

Olive oil – Try to buy extra-virgin, cold-pressed or first pressed oils as these are purer. They are available in all supermarkets – 1 liter (2 pints) will do to start.

Fresh garlic and odorless garlic pills. From greengrocers and health food shops – buy enough pills for one a day or a large bulb to start (i.e. one clove per day).

Kelp tablets. Kelp tablets will help control your metabolic rate and maintain a constant detox state. Ask at your local health food shop for a good-quality supplement and follow the daily dosage instructions on the box.

Honey. Try to buy a pot from someone who stocks good quality, home-made honey. The less refined the honey, the better.

Fresh lemons. Three to start.

Sprouted beans. From your health food shop or buy a sprouter and \’do your own\’. You can also sprout your own beans on blotting paper or any absorbent paper. Simply dampen the paper, sprinkle on the seeds and leave in a light, sunny place. Make sure the paper doesn\’t dry out and the beans will sprout in a few days. Mung beans, chickpeas and alfalfa are all good. (If you cannot find these, replace them with a daily supplement of alfalfa pills.)

A hot spice of your choice. One or more hot spices, e.g chili, cayenne, lemongrass, ginger (raw is best but powdered will do).

Water. Filtered or bottled, tap if necessary. Flat is preferable to fizzy – save the fizzy for evenings out! You will need enough for 1.5 liters (3 pints) a day for the first three days.

You can gather these items together in preparation for the first day of your detox diet program, but most of the foodstuffs should be bought as and when you would normally do your shopping.

The fresher the foods, the more nutrients you will get. Fresh, crisp vegetables will leave you feeling fresh and crisp yourself. Old, limp vegetables … need I say more!

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Author: Michelle Spencer


 

About the Author

We are bombarded with toxins, pollutants and man made chemicals every day of our lives, so it’s critical to our long term health that we follow a liver detox diet every few months to help boost our internal detoxification system. Doing a 3 day detox diet is probably one of the best and easiest ways to get started.

Olive Oil Lemon Garlic Cleanse

An olive oil lemon garlic cleanse requires drinking a mixture of 2 tablespoons olive oil, the juice of half of a lemon and one clove of garlic, minced, every day for 21 days.

I have to agree with Isabelle, though… it may do an awesome job, but the taste may not sit well with many 😉

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Talk to you soon!

~Erica

5 Vegetarian Myths

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Want to give up meat but you’re afraid you will not get the nutrients you need? Fear that you’ll end up gorging on carbs and getting fat? And wait, isn’t being a vegetarian too complicated?

What if you could wave a magic wand to feel healthier, get slimmer and reduce your risk of dying from heart disease, while also lowering your chances of developing diabetes, cancer and other ailments – from diverticulitis to dementia?

A no-brainer, right?

Six to eight million people think so. That’s how many Americans have adopted vegetarian eating. Even I was skeptical about giving up my meat, but when I got pregnant this last time and couldn’t eat it because it tasted like dirt and made me sick… I had to do a little research to make sure not only I was getting the nutrients I needed, but also that my growing baby was. And I have yet to go back…

“Vegetarian diets – which contain no beef, pork, poultry, fish or shellfish – are naturally low in saturated fat, high in fiber, and packed with essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals and cancer-fighting compounds,” says Neal Barnard, M.D., adjunct professor of medicine at George Washington University and president and founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nutrition advocacy organization that promotes vegetarian eating.

Still not convinced? Vegetarians tend to be slimmer than meat-eaters, according to a 2005 Tufts University study of 55,459 women.While 40% of the non-vegetarians were overweight or obese, only 25% of the lacto-vegetarians (who eat no meat, poultry, fish or eggs) were overweight.

After a lifetime of believing a meal isn’t complete without meat, doubts are understandable. Read on for information about vegetarian diets from registered dietitians and chefs, along with tips for making the transition.

Myth #1: I won’t get enough protein.
The truth: It’s easy to be a vegetarian and get the protein you need.

Your body needs 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, according to the latest Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). That translates to 0.36 grams of protein per pound.“So, if you weigh 140 pounds, you need about 50 grams of protein [a day],” says Susan Levin, R.D., director of Nutrition Education for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

That’s easy on a vegetarian diet. Enjoy a bagel smeared with peanut butter for breakfast (4 grams for 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and 10 grams for the bagel); veggie burger for lunch, between 2 slices of whole-wheat bread (depending on the brand, can be 13 grams, plus 4 grams for the bread); and an afternoon snack of a cup of yogurt (14 grams) and a handful of almonds (8 grams in a 1/4 cup).

You’ve already met your daily protein requirement, and it’s not even dinnertime. “If you consume enough calories, you’ll get enough protein,” Levin adds. “Most Americans get twice the recommended amount.” Even some vegetables are high in protein. For example, “broccoli gets one-third of its calories from protein,” Levin says. When cooked, it weighs in at 4 grams of protein per cup.

Legumes (beans, peas, lentils) are another good protein source. Like rice? You’ll love protein-packed quinoa. Pronounced KEEN-wah, the South American seed is extremely easy to prepare, says Jeff Stanford, owner of Ravens, a fine-dining vegetarian restaurant on the Mendocino, Calif.  “Just put washed seeds into water and boil for 15 minutes. Drain and serve,” Stanford says. “Quinoa risotto with grilled spring vegetables is beautiful and delicious.”

To see how your favorite foods stack up, the protein content of many foods is listed here.

Myth #2: Vegetarian diets make you fat.
The truth:
If you load up on cheese, junk food and white carbs (pizza, pasta, white bread), you may gain weight.

That’s because white carbs – as opposed to whole grains that are full of healthful fiber and nutrients – are full of empty calories and lead to weight gain, says the Harvard School of Public Health.

“Vegetarians who turn to chips, candy and cupcakes may gain weight,” she says. “Or if you eat a lot of cheese – cheese enchiladas, quesadillas, cheese sandwiches – you will also increase the amount of saturated fat and calories in your diet.”

Myth #3: Vegetarians have to compensate with vitamins and other supplements.
The truth:
Strict vegans, people who eschew all meat, fish, eggs and dairy, need to ensure they get ample vitamin B12 and omega-3.

Vegetarians are more likely to have too-low concentrations of vitamin B12 – found in highest levels in fish and meat – and omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil), according to a February 2011 review by Zhejiang University in China, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. But vitamin B12 also can be found in fortified non-dairy milks, energy bars and breakfast cereals. You can also take supplements, but first consult your doctor before taking this or any other supplement.

For vegetarians who want to avoid fish oil capsules, omega-3 is found in ground flaxseeds, walnuts, canola oil and soy, as well as in vegan supplements. Fortified nutritional yeast is a complete protein and a great way to sneak vitamin B12 in your daily diet. (Tasty tip: Try sprinkling it on popcorn.)

Myth #4: Vegetarians don’t get enough iron.
The truth: Vegetarians are no more likely to have iron deficiencies than non-vegetarians.

While vegetarians tend to have lower iron stores than meat-eaters, the “incidence of iron-deficiency anemia among vegetarians is similar to that of non-vegetarians,” according to the American Dietetic Association (ADA).“But the form of iron found in plants is not as well absorbed [by the body] as that found in meat,” Lavine says.

That’s why the ADA suggests that vegetarians try to get 1.8 times more iron than people who eat meat.
Foods high in iron include dried fruit, beans and peas, lentils, enriched cereals, whole grains, baked potatoes (with the skin) and dark leafy vegetables, says the Mayo Clinic.

An easy way to ward off anemia: Cook with a cast iron skillet. It increases foods’ iron content. Also, eat fruits and vegetables with vitamin C, such as strawberries and citrus.

Myth #5: Preparing vegetarian meals is complicated and labor-intensive.
The truth: Many of your favorite quick dishes can be easily modified and made meatless.

Besides, a lot of foods you already eat are vegetarian: hummus, guacamole – even pizza, if you get rid of the fatty pepperoni and top with lots of vegetables.  Of course, veggie burgers and other meat substitutes (chickenless nuggets, tofu-turkey, and so forth) are an option, but if you have a soy allergy like I do, you need to make sure you read the label… or just stay away from them because they’re very processed, full of preservatives and sodium.

Here are some more simple and nutritious meat substitutes:
“Instead of tuna, mash garbanzo beans and mix with tuna salad ingredients for a sandwich filling. Swap black beans for ground beef in tacos. And tempeh (made from fermented soybeans), seitan (a high-protein meat substitute pronounced SAY-tan, made from wheat gluten) and tofu can be placed anywhere meat is used,” Caspero says.

If you are ready to try, check out this awesome video series…Vegetarian Done Right.

Talk to you soon!

~Erica

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“Why Do I have Cellulite?”

The Answer:

Cellulite. It doesn’t discriminate. Many women have it and want to know what is cellulite and why do I have it. You may be fit, unfit, slender, or curvaceous. It just doesn’t matter. Saying cellulite is fat is too simple…and it’s wrong.

Here’s The Straight Scoop

Most women have it. Some men have it too. It doesn’t discriminate between the fit and unfit, the slender and the curvaceous. If you’ve got it then you want to know, “What is cellulite and why the heck has it decided to plant itself of my thighs!”

It’s like an uninvited guest that has refused to leave long after the polite smiles and small talk have been exhausted. You’ve tried to melt it away, squeeze it away, cream and lotion it away, and even knead it away with very little lasting satisfaction. What is cellulite powered by anyhow? Why can’t the best of the best seem to get rid of it once and for all?

Well, those other treatments, potions, injections, and concoctions don’t work because they were never designed to target the underlying reason for why you have cellulite.

Their well-meaning scientific explanations are a little lacking in the facts about what is cellulite.

Before we get to what is cellulite, let’s talk a little bit about how your lower body is structured. This, after all, is most often where cellulite decides to plant its flag.

There are layers lying just below your skin. You skin, the epidermis, is the wrapping. Just below that is a deeper layer called the dermis which lies on top of your subcutaneous fat. Then, beneath that fat is a layer of muscle tissue. Think of it like a skin parfait! And, holding all of this up is that muscle tissue.

That muscle is important when you want to know what is cellulite.

Now, many definitions point directly to fat and target it as the evil culprit for cellulite. In those definitions, that fat must be destroyed or dehydrated in order to get rid of cellulite. Sounds reasonable, right?

Wrong.

Your body actually needs that layer of fat. Without it, you would not be able to survive. And, cellulite is not fat so the whole explanation is not based on how your body is put together.

Want proof? Just look at a slender person with cellulite…

The correct answer to, “What is cellulite?” is that it is a condition. It’s the result of muscle atrophy which is just weak, flabby and mushy muscles that do not have the ability to support the layers above it (epidermis, dermis, and fat) like it was meant to do.

Now if you are sharp, you will wonder why a fit person, one that has some muscle tone, can still have cellulite. Great observation, and there is a great explanation for that.

The area between your waist and your ankles has 90 muscles both large and small. If these muscles are not properly challenged and strengthened with targeted, multi-dimensional exercises then some of them will not be strong. Many of the traditional exercises are only two-dimensional. This is great, but it’s not the answer when you want to get rid of cellulite. To do that, you have to reach those smaller muscles as well. That can be done with multi-dimensional techniques.

Enhance the Atrophied Muscles to Reverse the Cause of Cellulite

Now that you have a real answer for what is cellulite, your next step is to work those neglected muscles with the right technique so that you can achieve the beautiful skin that you deserve.

When you understand what cellulite is, and how your body works, then you can treat it with the right stuff to get rid of cellulite. You don’t have to live with dimpled skin, and you don’t have to spend a fortune on shallow promises that don’t work and may actually hurt you.

Check out this video… 

It gives an awesome explanation 🙂

Talk to you soon!

~Erica

 

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8 Signs Your Body Could Benefit from Detox

Everyone talks about detox, but how many of us actually do it as often as we should?

Here are a few signs that you need to take it more seriously…

  • Fatigue
  • Digestive issues like constipation
  • Migraines, headaches
  • Hormone imbalances, infertility
  • Anxiety, depression, mood swings
  • Difficulty concentrating, brain fog
  • Diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, autoimmune diseases, or cancer
  • Muscle or joint pain

If this sounds like you, then you could most likely benefit from a total-body cleanse. Juice cleanses are very popular for detoxification, but you can also achieve similar results with wholesome foods. Nutrient-rich foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, and high quality animal protein contain vitamins and minerals that can help heal the gut and strengthen your immune system.

Some of the easiest ways to avoid toxins is by following these simple steps…

Choose:

  • Wholesome foods (fruit, vegetables, and high-quality animal protein)
  • Organic foods when possible

Avoid or limit:

  • Packaged foods
  • Toxic foods (alcohol, caffeine, and sugar)
  • Inflammatory foods (gluten and dairy)
  • GMO foods (corn, soy, and canola oil)
  • Fish that are high in mercury (tuna, swordfish, grouper, Atlantic salmon)

Check out my Pinterest board for several detox recipes. You can also try the 21 day sugar detox below… i promise you will feel better 🙂

Talk to you soon!

~Erica

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Read more from Dr. Amy Meyers here…

Dream Water Recipe

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A delicious Dream Water recipe to help get you back on track while also eating your new Greens Chew. To a new you!
Ingredients:
large pitcher of cold filtered water
1 lemon thinly sliced
1/2 cucumber thinly sliced
small bunch cilantro (stems cut off)
small bunch Italian parsley (stems cut off)
handful of frozen cranberries
Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate. Continue to refill with water for 2 days.
Tip: Try preparing the night before so the flavor from the ingredients is stronger.
Drink up!
~Erica