I think spring is finally here in North Carolina! Everything is super green and the weather is finally starting to stay warm (yay!). I love the start of spring because the sun shines brighter and everything seems fresh and new. Over the past few weeks, I've been wanting to refresh and renew my body by doing a juice cleanse. I usually enjoy cleansing at the start of a season but I've decided to hold off on cleansing for a bit.
The reason I find juice cleanses "easy" is because I can pay someone to make eighteen juices that will last me three days. Instead of having to grocery shop and forcing myself to eat raw foods every day, I can drink six juices a day and feel cleansed within three days without much prep work.
Truth be told, I did not feel like paying for another juice cleanse this week. Instead, I am simply eliminating the foods that normally irritate my digestive system (gluten and dairy). I have not been watching my gluten intake over the past few weeks due to traveling and enjoying all the food that the south has to offer. Although my digestion has been feeling okay, I can tell that my mind and body are not thriving. My mind is foggy and my body does not have as much energy as it usually does.
If you are interested in giving your body a little rest this week, here is an example of what I am doing to take care of mine. Your body may be able to tolerate different foods than mine, so tailor this to your own bio-individuality.
Breakfast - green smoothie made with one banana, sunflower butter, spinach, almond milk, and cinnamon
Lunch - raw salad made with arugula, baby lettuce, carrots, roasted chickpeas, avocado, olive oil, & vinegar
Dinner - salmon seasoned with garlic & pepper, roasted sweet potatoes, green beans seasoned with lemon & pepper
Snacks - apple & almond butter, oat balls (1 cup sunflower butter, 1/2 cup gf rolled oats, 1/3 cup honey, 1/4 cup flax seeds), dark chocolate
It is important to note that if I ever feel too restricted, I will add a wider variety of foods into my meals. While I do not preach a specific diet, I do understand the importance of eating mainly whole foods. When you eat whole foods, your body feels better. This does not mean I expect you or myself to eat only whole foods for the rest of your life (food freedom, duh), but I do want you to understand how to better take care of your body.
I hope this snippet of my meals this week will help you.
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