Today I’m here with food detox tips. Not to tell you how to make a 180 degree change, but how to take some simple steps toward cleaning up the food you’re putting in your body. There are a million other videos you could watch, documentaries to view, books to read, and e-books to opt-in for, and likely they are all pretty great. Find one of them that resonates and begin taking the steps necessary to clean up your act around food.
I’ll go into a little more depth here regarding the first tip I give in the video.
Start with what’s in your cupboards
If you think about it, a lot of what we buy is mindless purchasing. It was on sale, it was on an end cap, you get one free if you buy the whole case, they’re half off for today only…whatever it is, we buy it thinking we’ll use it. And sometimes we do. Lots of the time we don’t. And those boxes and cans sit around in our pantry for a long time.
When I first started my practice one of my services was a Kitchen Clean Out. I would come to your home and help walk you through what could stay and what needed to go, and why. It wasn’t about feng shui or what boxes fit best to gather for organizational purposes, it was about what belongs in your body and what doesn’t.
#1 Take a look at the ingredient label
A good rule of thumb with this is if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it. If your grandmother doesn’t know what it is, get rid of it. And if it has more than 5 ingredients you don’t really need it.
#2 I’m not a fan of (canned) soup
Notice the sodium content on your canned soup. You might also notice the preservatives. Soup is one of the easiest things on the planet to make. Especially with helpful time-saving appliances such as a crock pot or Instant Pot.
The only salt you should find in your soup is the himalayan pink sea salt YOU have salted it with TO TASTE.
If you still have ionized table salt, get rid of it.
Make yourself some soup. Right now I can hear your brains running with questions like this: “I thought I was supposed to avoid heavy cream or white flour to thicken the soup?” Any REAL FOOD ingredients are going to serve your body way better than a bunch of additives.
Soup is simple to make, often inexpensive, and easy to double batch to freeze for future use.
#3 Get rid of anything with flavor packs
You know what I’m talking about: Hidden Valley Ranch packets, Ramen Noodles, Hamburger Helper, and Stovetop Stuffing. All of these foods are easily made with real food ingredients. The small increase in price you’ll see will far outweigh the cost with health benefits.
Hidden Valley Ranch dressing can be made with some spices and sour cream. Spices are super inexpensive and a little goes a long way.
Ramen Noodles make you constipated. Flavor some whole grain pasta with spices, olive oil, some cheese, maybe some meat and you’re set.
Hamburger Helper? A grain, whether pasta or whole grain rice, spices, ground beef and a casserole dish. Match made in heaven.
Pinterest is your biggest helper in this department.
If you find boxes of Minute Rice in your cupboard, toss ’em and go purchase whole grain organic rice from the bulk section of your grocery store (cheapest way to find it purchasing from a buying club).
When you get home, take a cup of rice, toss it into a bowl and cover with a few cups of filtered water and a splash of apple cider vinegar. Let this soak for 8 hours or overnight. Strain off the remaining water, noticing how the rice is bit fluffed up. By soaking you have begun the digestion process, making it way easier on your body, AND this will also cut down on cooking time, making Minute Rice a thing of the past.
For more food detox tips, check out the video below–>>