Foods To Avoid During Your 3 Day or Any Day Detox

 So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and are going to give your digestive system a well deserved break!

You feel bloated, and sluggish. Its times for a detox to reset your digestive system, and metabolism.

Foods high in fat, and highly processed do take our digestive system into over drive. Therefore it is good to detox once in a while.

Having that bloated feeling?

Here are some foods which you may want to avoid until after the detox is over…

  1. Red meat, chicken, turkey and any meat products like sausages, burgers, and pate, these slow the digestive system down, and have a lot of fat, which the body finds difficult to digest, so will more than likely be stored.
  2. Dairy Milk, cheese, cream, these hold alot of bacteria good and bad, some people however are intolerant to Dairy products, and this can be manifested by a bloated stomach, constipation, joint pain, headaches, coughing.
  3. Butter and margarine
  4. Any food that contains wheat including bread, croissants, cereals, cakes, biscuits, pies, pastry, quiche, battered or breadcrumbed foods, etc
  5. Crisps and savoury snacks
  6. Chocolate, sweets, jam and hidden sugars, and
    Refined sugar
    White sugar
    Brown sugar
    High-fructose corn syrup
    Artificial sweeteners
  7. Processed foods, ready meals, ready-made sauces and takeaways
  8. Alcohol
  9. Coffee and tea
  10. Shellfish. Foods that tend to have moderate-to-high mercury levels, such as king mackerel, orange roughy, swordfish, tuna (bigeye, ahi, albacore, yellowfin), tilefish, bluefish, grouper, and mackerel (Spanish, gulf).

Here are some foods you may want to replace

Instead of the dairy products on the list above, opt for organic, probiotic-rich kefir and yogurt.

Besides wheat, avoid other gluten-containing foods such as barley, bulgur, rye, triticale, wheat bran, wheat germ, couscous, einkorn, farina, emmer, faro, graham flour, kamut, matzo, spelt, and semolina. Although oats don’t contain gluten, they are often processed in plants that produce gluten-containing grains. People with a gluten allergy or sensitivity should avoid them or opt for gluten-free oats.

Opt for fresh fruit and spices that have a sweet taste like cinnamon. Use natural sweeteners sparingly, such as honey, maple syrup, fruit jams, and fruit compotes. 

Cut back on caffeine from coffee, energy drinks, and soft drinks. Instead, try green, matcha, oolong, or white tea, which generally have less caffeine. Or enjoy caffeine-free herbal tea. Rooibos tea and spice tea are good non-caffeinated options. If you are used to drinking coffee and are finding it difficult to cut back, try black tea instead.

Hope you find this list useful, remember the whole idea of detoxing is to reset the gut, to help support a more effective immune system.

Having a good prebiotic and Probiotic is equally important to put back the good bacteria into the gut as detoxing removes good and bad bacteria. As you know we need good bacteria to help us fight infections and inflammation. Why not try PURE, as this has a high level of prebiotics and probiotics.

If you have any questions on detoxing, please leave a comment and let me know.

**** GUEST POST**** Working Out Builds Health in Body and Love

Today we are really excited to announce a guest blog post today from Tonya Vrba an accomplished writer who writes about health, career and dating issues. 

Working Out Builds Health in Body and Love
Have you ever tried to start a work out routine or eat healthier, only to have your efforts sabotaged by your partner? 
They may not intentionally do it, but they’re not on a health kick. Why should they give up the chips? 
Perhaps you have been on the other end of things, with your partner spending all this time working out when they could be cuddling with you at a movie. 

Whichever position you are in, you should seriously think about working out together. If health isn’t enough to motivate you, then let your relationship be the motivation. Studies show working out is a great bonding activity for couples.
Sex: Let’s get the obvious out of the way. You and your partner are both fit, healthy and flexible. In the gym you watch each other sweat from the effort of flexing muscles. With all that’s going on in the world, it may be best you conserve water and take a shower together.
Companionship: Having a cheerleader by your side at the gym is invaluable. Knowing that your partner is waiting for you at the gym instead of at home on the couch is a great motivator. On an off day, when you’d rather just go home and do nothing, you now have to confront your partner. If they do their job well, they’ll insist on working out. You can vent your stresses to each other over a pair of weights.
Competition: Friendly competition can improve your work out and bond couples together. You may have only planned to run 10 laps around the track, but if your partner is still going, you may suddenly find the energy for a few more. If you are both about equal in your fitness level, this may be a great time to get each other to branch out in other areas of life. Set a deal that the one who runs the most laps gets to choose the movie or dinner for the night. 
Improve Your Health Faster: Connecting all the dots, you’ll see that working out together will often result in working our harder and more often. This can be especially important if working out is necessary to avoid hypertension or diabetes. 
Rekindle Your Love: Sure, sex is great, but don’t forget about the love. Watching each other push yourselves and meet your fitness goal will remind you why you love each other. You will view your partner and they will view you as a strong and determined person. When you reach your goal, your partner will be right there to share the moment with you. 
Why are you sitting on the couch while your partner is at the gym? Look at what you are missing out on. If you want to try something a bit different than the gym, look into couple’s Pilates or yoga. Find something you both like to do and enjoy your health in both body and love.
Author Bio: Tonya Vrba is a passionate writer. Her work has been published in newspapers and blogs. She writes frequently about health, career and dating issues.
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Juicing Detox, what to do , tips and recipes

Why Detox?

Detoxing using Juice has become very popular in recent years as an easier way to consume lots of nutrients without having to eat lots of whole fruits and vegetables, as well as being friendlier on the digestive system, which is really the point of all this.

Detoxing is essential in these days and times, where we rely on fast foods, processed foods and takeaways, our body finds it hard to digest these foods, and we are not eating enough fibre, fruits or vegetables. Experts recommend you eat at least 6 to 8 servings of vegetables per day, which many people (myself included) have difficulty achieving.

Detoxing will help you clear your Gastro-intestinal system, also known as GI. Your GI consists of your stomach and large and smaller intestines.

You may not realise this but your GI system is the centre of your immune system in the body. If your GI is toxic, then this will create inflammation in other areas of the body, such as heart issues, breathing issues, joint issues, secondary inflammations such as cancer, lupus, fibromyalgia, ulcerative colitis etc.

In fact most illnesses are caused by inflammation in the body. Detoxing will help to reset some of these inflamed areas and will help to trigger your metabolism and fat burning.

So if you struggle to get enough greens and fruits in your diet, or suffer from a sluggish metabolism, inflammation or auto immune deficiencies, keep reading to find out how a juicing detox can help you eat more vegetables, and help detox your body.

How Long Should I Detox For?

You only need to use the juice detox for 3 days maximum. With a 3 day detox juice cleanse, you drink only juice and water for that time to give your liver and digestive system time to detox. During the cleanse, aim to drink every 2 – 2 ½ hours and try to be consistent. Skipping a juice may disrupt your blood sugar levels and cause you to go off the juice detox.

Juicing Vs Blending

So what is the difference between Juicing and Blending? The difference between juicing and blending is what’s left out of the process. When you juice you take away the fibre as you remove the skin from the process, with blending you can add fibre, protein and other minerals and nutrients.

Well you can use a juicer to extract juice or you can use something like a nutrabullet to create green smoothies. Either way you will get the benefits. I know some experts say Juicing is better that blending, but others say blending also has its benefits over juicing.

Personally I do a mixture of both!

Benefits of Detox

  • Helps you lose weight quickly.
  • Improves nutrient absorption.
  • Feeds good bacteria in your gut.
  • Helps lower cholesterol.
  • Helps detox your liver.
  • Lowers blood sugar levels.
  • Improves your skin.
  • Broadens the range of vegetables you eat.
  • Improves athletic performance.
  • Blended fruits and vegetables retain all their fiber for healthy digestion
  • The fibrous parts of fruits and vegetables fill you up and also contain antioxidants

Detox Recipes

Green Detox Juice Ingredients:

  • 2 green apples, cut in half.
  • 3 stalks celery, no leaves.
  • 1 cucumber.
  • 8 leaves kale.
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled.
  • 1 piece fresh ginger.
  • Sprig of mint (optional)

Carrot Juice Surprise

  • 6 small carrots
  • 1 broccoli
  • 3 celery leaves
  • 1 small peeled cucumber

Cut carrots, broccoli and cucumber in small pieces. Blend in a mixer or juice to form a smooth vegetable juice. You can add some salt and black pepper to taste.

You can research online for more green juice smoothies and juice recipes. Check out my Pinterest for some great ideas

6 Tips To Help You Focus

Do you struggle with your day remember things you should be doing, or you are in the middle of one task, then get distracted by another? All to do with the dreaded menopause, or malfunction of the thyroid. So in this post I am going to share some of the things that has helped me to focus better and to achieve more out of my day.

I noticed recently with the change in hormones that I find it hard to focus, I even get headaches with the amount of information and things to do swimming around in my head, do you?

It can get so annoying when the day appears to end quickly and you don’t seem to get shit done. Or you have started lots of things but not completed any, you seem to drift off to another task and forget the one you had previously started. Ring any bells?

Well here is what I have found that has helped me to focus more on my tasks and get more shit done during the day.

  1. Get a good nights sleep – Often if you are not getting enough sleep, then your brain is not getting enough rest. Try essential oils such as Lavender to help you relax, calm music and stay away from anything electrical, ie televisions in bedrooms, ensure they are totally turned off, and the same with mobile phones. The energy emitting from these items can interfere with brain activity.
  2. Meditate first thing in the morning and last thing at night. This works well for me because you want your day to start right, so if you meditate and set an intention, you are setting up your day. I also meditate in the night, just before I fall asleep, if anything has been bothering me in the day, or I want to get a better result for the next day, I ask the question to myself. More on this subject later,
  3. Make a to do list, either the night before or early in the morning. Making a list helps you to brain dump anything you have on your mind, so note it all down! I make a to do list at the end of the day to review what I have not done, to then carry it over for the next day. I find it easier to keep it on my phone as my phone id always with me. I also use ‘Siri’ alot to remind me of things….
  4. Get yourself a note book and create a gratitude Journal. A great book to help you start up a gratitude journal is The Gratitude Interactive Journal and Workbook by Adalia John I have a gratitude log which I complete again in the mornings, and and at the end of each day. When you express Gratitude for the little things in life, you will start to see and feel more blessings and gratitude come your way.
  5. Eat right, I make sure I eat lots of brain food such as fresh fruits and fresh vegetables, nuts and grains. Reduce or totally cut out the levels of processed foods, salt and dairy.
    Here are some of the key vitamins that help with brain power and focus.
    • Vitamin C. | The Mood Booster. Found in: Peppers, Broccoli, Kiwi fruits, Citrus fruits, Tomatoes, Papaya.
      Vitamin B3. | The Focus Enhancer. …
      Vitamin B6. | The Dopamine Trigger. …
      Vitamin B12. | Memory Amplifier. …
      Omega 3 Fatty Acids. | Cognitive Performance Uplifters.
      I also take a all natural organic seed based nutritional supplement called RAIN SOUL and RAIN BEND to help balance my hormones and increase mental clarity and incorporates all of the above key vitamins.
    • I also include MCT oil and Coconut oil in my cooking and green smoothies. Drink lots of water, as most people under estimate the power of water.
  6. Take time for yourself, exercise or treat yourself. When we hold a lot of stress in our bodies, the effects of are astronomical.

So there you have it my tips to help you focus. If you have any other tips, it would be great to hear from you in the comments below.

What do you see….

We all look st things from a different perspective, because we are observing from a different place or space.

I am looking out at the sea, appreciating the calmness of the waves, the beauty of the rhythm in which it moves towards me, then away from me, gently. I love the sound so calming.

I admire the beauty of the colours I can see in the sea. The sounds I can hear,

If I were in a plane I would have a different view. Seeing a vast ocean with clouds moving in the way, I do not see the movement as I am so high up, it seems still not moving, all one colour. Mysterious and cold.

If I was a bird flying over the sea, I would have a different view. Seeing the foam of the waves bubbling as I fly over. The occasional fish jumping out of the sea, the dolphins playing in the waves just below the surface. Being aware of the direction of the wind, and having to adjust my wings or direction.

If I were a fish, swimming deep beneath the sea i imagine it would be calm, no noise, colourful, the sea bed with sand and plants floating in the sea bed. Crabs, starfish and other creatures all in the same environment.

As you can appreciate everything and everyone will not see things the same way as you do.

We must appreciate differences in other peoples opinion, as their view is not always seen from your view! Sometimes from your vantage point things or situations may seem confusing, alarming, or worrisome. Or there may be events that look insignificant from where you are standing right now.

Be appreciative of how others are seeing and feeling in the same moment you are.

Jump in the sea, dive deep down experience what the fishes would. Go up in a small plan and experience what the birds would. It is these experiences that gives us a broader perspective. That is the beauty of life.