The Autumn Detox Cleanse
It’s time to Purge the OLD stuff that’s been sitting around all summer.
I don’t know about you but for some reason the summer hits, the kids are out of school, the routines are loosened and my healthy eating habits take a little hiatus! You’d think the donning of a bathing suit would keep me in order but the free flowing skirts and tops can make me forget about the snugness of my fall clothes…yikes. More importantly though, after a few weeks of reckless abandonment I feel DISGUSTING, tired, irritable and ready to get back into healthy living. The key for me is to be aware of the choices I make and the consequences that are rearing their ugly head and to keep shortening this stage until it disappears and I feel SUPER FAB all year long. And that is a whole other blog for another day.
I have posted a plethora of smoothie and juice recipes and this is one area that stays put all year long. I can’t imagine how I’d feel if I didn’t keep this healthy habit going. During the summer, I love picking edible weeds, such as plantains, chickweed, dandelions etc. from my garden and all of my fresh produce and making refreshing juices & smoothies with them. I get immense pleasure from this habit and it saddens me as my garden begins to dwindle and slowly gets put to rest.
But not to worry, as the leaves change colour and shed, it is a reminder that change is in the air and that we also need to purge. Including a fall detox into your life may help to stave off seasonal colds, keep your immune system healthy and prepare your organs for the colder months that lie ahead.
According to Health Coach and Integrative Nutrition Specialist Jolene Hart, the fall detox should be all about the lungs and the large intestine. In both alternative and conventional medicine theory, these organs are linked to skin and breathing problems like asthma, eczema, rashes and dry skin—all of the most common things to ail us in the colder months.
To support the lungs and large intestine, Hart recommends limiting sugars, flours, dairy and alcohol for a healthy, mucus-free stomach. Also consume Fenugreek tea (or capsules) to open up the nasal passages. Include warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves into your foods which actually support both intestinal and respiratory health.
For a fall detox cleansing juice, stick with fall fruits and vegetables. Many believe it’s best to have fresh fruit juices in the morning and vegetable juices in the afternoon. Fall foods (organic when possible) to use in your cleansing juices are grapes, apples, beets, leafy greens, and a hint of lemon (but don’t overdo the citrus). Here’s one of my favorite fall detox juice recipes:
DETOX BEET & APPLE JUICE
1 medium beet
1 large apple
1 cup fresh kale leaves
Place all ingredients in the juicer or blender and process.
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FALL DETOX MEALS
A few Fall detox meals to add into your healthy rotation. Enjoy foods that warm you and ground you such as squashes and root vegetables. Add earthy spices to your meals. Commit to a plant-based diet to rid your body of excess animals proteins and fats.
Tanya Morrison is the creator of the Busy Mama Detox which is a 12 week program that runs in January, April and September of each year. To find out more about this life changing program check out the testimonials and information at www.busymamadetox.com
I look forward to hearing from you and being a part of the 12 week Busy Mama Detox Program starting Sept 21, 2014. To register email firstname.lastname@example.org. Register before Sept 6th and receive a jumpstart on your detox! Refer a friend receive a BONUS gift.