Hello and welcome to Health in Heels with Dr. Lisa!
Are you ready to detox after some winter indulgences? We are coming off the holiday season where many of us indulged a little too much. Halloween Candy, Thanksgiving Pie, Egg-Nog, New Year Champagne, and of course those little heart-shaped chocolates.
When people hear “detox” they think of extremely restrictive diets accompanied by irregular and frequent bowel movements. But “detoxing” doesn’t’ have to be torture. In fact, when you eat the right foods, in the right balance, your body naturally rids itself of excess waste and unwanted compounds. And that is the theory behind Clean Eating Detox.
By eating unprocessed whole foods, a Clean Eating detox can help you overcome cravings for sugar and other processed foods, restore your gut health, and remove toxins and extra body fat.
Unlike extremely restrictive diets like juice cleanses (which all but abolishes protein), you can actually sustain a Clean Eating Detox over a longer period of time, just follow these three simple tips:
- Get enough lean protein, and distribute it throughout the day. Women need at least 50-60 grams of protien a day (more for active women). So make sure you are consuming 20-30 grams of lean protein every 4-6 hours. That’s a 4 oz salmon filet, a half-cup of diced chicken breast, or a half-cup of black beans.
- Switch your carb sources. Try to get most of your carbohydrates from vegetables and whole grains instead of sugars and flour. Make sure you are getting no fewer than 120 grams of carbs per day.
- Keep calories down and spread throughout the day. A low-calorie diet for women should be between 1500 and 1800 calories with 350 at breakfast, 450 at lunch, 550 at dinner and two 150 calories snacks in between.
- In order to make a lower calorie diet enjoyable, avoid added sugars and saturated fats that suck of calories without leaving you feel full.
- It’s also a good idea to take some form of nutrient supplement while you are calorie restricting.
I’ll post links to some of my favorite clean eating recipes below.
Hope this video was helpful, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to submit them in the comments below or on my Twitter or Facebook page.
Thanks for checking out Health in Heels, as always, I’m Dr. Lisa reminding you to be well and be fabulous!
Try this Simple Green Protein Detox Smoothie
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon almond butter
2 cups mixed greens (kale, chard and spinach)
Red Beet Detox Smoothie
1 small beetroot (washed, peeled and diced)
2 frozen bananas
3 soaked dates (soak dates in filtered water overnight)
1 scoop raw meal powder
2 soaked prunes (soak prunes in filtered water overnight)
1 cup almond milk
Blend the chopped beets with 3 tbsp. of almond milk for 1 minute, then slowly add the rest of the ingredients one at a time and process until smooth.