Friday, January 18, 2013

Detox Facebook Chat! Join Us!

Join the Facebook Detox Chat on Wednesday, January 23rd!

This year we kicked off our 2013 Holistic Living Challenge. For the month of January we are encouraging our community to try an easy detox to help reboot our bodies for the new year.  It’s the first step in our 2013 Holistic Living Challenge and if you’re interested in trying it - or already are - join us on Wednesday, January 23rd to chat about your goals, tips, and experiences or get some inspiration and support to get started!

Our guest expert will be Alexandra Jamieson, Certified Holistic Health Counselor, creator of Delicious Vitality, and author of The Great American Detox Diet.  Her approach to holistic health undid the damage Morgan Spurlock’s 30-Day McDonald’s binge did to his body in the Oscar-nominated documentary Super Size Me, and she has appeared on Oprah, CNN, and MSNBC to share her insights.

 Here’s how our Facebook Chat will work: We’ll be posting a series of questions on our wall throughout the day and into the evening. You can visit our Facebook page all day long to ask your questions, read other people’s tips, and join the conversation with our guest expert!  One randomly selected participant will win a free, 5-week session of Alex’s Rapid Refresh & Reboot Program (valued at $375!) which includes:

  • 5 weekly coaching sessions 
  • 5 weekly action plans Recipes and menu plans 
  • Access to the private Reboot Facebook group 
  • Audio recordings and written transcripts of each call 
  • Daily inspirational emails 
  • 2 Bonuses: Access to Alex's Week in a Weekend program 1-on-1 coaching call with Alex 

This AMAZING program starts February 26th and you will have a chance to win a spot!  It’s easy, it’s inspiring, and it’s fun! Plus, it might just get you started on a healthy journey for 2013!  We'll post a link to enter on this page the day of the chat!

Join us!

For more information about Alex's new Reboot Program, click here!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Holistic Living Challenge: 10 Tips to Detox Your Diet & Reboot Your Body

Raise your hand if you fell prey to a little over-indulgence this holiday season (I’m raising two!).  No matter how much you did or didn’t over do it, starting off the year with a quick detox is a great way to reboot your body and reset your system.  It can even help you find any underlying diet triggers for chronic health conditions (if you do a full-blown “elimination diet”).  In fact, a food elimination diet may help to treat things like chronic fatigue syndrome, psoriasis, arthritis, asthma, eczema, IBS, chronic migraines, GERD, anxiety, constipation/diarrhea, sinus problems, and infertility.

As Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”  So let's start there.  Rather than a full-blown set of resolutions, we're going to work on detoxing ourselves on whatever we are ready to remove.  Even if you’re not ready to do a full elimination diet, you can easily promote your family’s health and wellness by taking simple steps to detox your diet.  Here are 10 to get you started:

1. “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”  This little gem of advice is probably one of the most popular to come from Michael Pollan’s Food Rules (which is an excellent book filled with 63 other helpful tips for detoxing your diet).

2. Eat whole foods. Processed, convenience foods (even those marketed as natural and organic) are stripped of essential nutrients and loaded with other questionable ingredients.

3. Eat organic. Conventionally grown and raised foods can be contaminated with all kinds of pesticide residues, synthetic hormones, and more. Reduce your consumption of these toxic offenders by opting for organic when you can (especially what you eat the most of).

4. Eat less meat and dairy (especially if you're not eating organic).  Residues of persistent chemicals (which means your body doesn’t metabolize or excrete them) such as DDT, PCBs, dioxin, and many pesticides concentrate in animal fat (and then, your fat).

5. Avoid added sugars. The average American consumes around 22.2 teaspoons of added sugar every day. According to guidelines from the American Heart Association, the recommended sugar intake is far lower - for adult women it’s 5 teaspoons (20 grams) of sugar per day, for adult men, it’s 9 teaspoons (36 grams) daily, and for children, it's 3 teaspoons (12 grams) a day.

6. Ease up on sauces and condiments. They may be tasty, but these extra additions are also where a lot of the aforementioned sugars, as well as salt, fat, and artificial additives are hiding in your diet. Fresh herbs and spices or a little lemon juice are healthy alternatives for adding extra flavor to any dish (and many have detoxifying effects, too!)

7. Choose foods that help detox your system.  There are quite a few foods that help your body to detox, naturally.  Dr. John Dempster recommends things like flaxseed, lemon, garlic, artichokes, and apples.

8. Avoid acrylamide.  Acrylamide is a toxic chemical that ends up in certain foods as a by-product of cooking.  According to Dr. Alan Greene, “[c]ertain natural sugars and certain natural protein building blocks become fused together to form acrylamide when temperatures top 250°F (typical toasters top 300°F).” Here are the top foods to be aware of (and great ones to take on as part of your detox!): french fries and potato chips, crackers, toasted breakfast cereals, cookies, and bread.  Dr. Greene says “[a]ll other things being equal, frying produces the most acrylamide.  Roasting is better.  Baking better still.  And...steaming or boiling can produce none at all.

9. Cut back on caffeine and alcohol.  Both are dehydrating and tend to be paired with other things such as dairy, sugar, or juices.

10. Stay well hydrated by drinking lots of clean, pure water.  If your kids aren’t fans of a good old-fashioned glass of water, add a wedge of lemon or orange or even a muddled berry to give the drink a hint of flavor.

Here’s to a healthier New Year!  Join us this year as we kick off our year-long Holistic Living Challenge - a new action you can take each month to live healthier and greener, with special events, prizes, and more!

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