October 06, 2015

Posted in detox diet, healthy eating, spring clean, vegetables

Post School Holiday Detox

Two weeks of chicken nuggets, popcorn, soft serve icecream and hot chips may have you reveling in the freedom of being a kid again, eating whatever you want. But at the end of it, you may be left reminded once again that there is a reason you don’t eat that stuff all day every day anymore – because you are not growing upwards anymore….. Depressing as it is, it is easy to get straight back into good habits to undo the damage!

  1. Get straight to the grocery store and fill up your trolley with fresh fruit and vegetables
  2. Hide the frozen snacks in black plastic bags in the freezer. You don’t need to waste them, but if you cover the chicken nugget and fish finger boxes in something that you cannot see through, then you will be less likely to grab them out when the kids whinge about being hungry. And if you are not making them, then you are less likely to eat them too!
  3. Freeze some mango and bananas. These are an excellent first step to making delicious smoothie at home when you are hot and bothered in this sweltering heat without reaching for a cold soft drink. Just mix some frozen mango, 1 frozen banana, some ice and coconut water together in the blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Make friends with salad. A salad doesn’t have to be just vegetables, you can pump it up with some quinoa, brown rice or beans. Tinned beans are such an easy way to add more protein and iron (kidney beans and black beans are the highest in iron) to a fresh salad.

Eat yourself prettier

There are lots of fruits and vegetables that have external uses on your body, like lemon juice as a toner, cucumber slices on puffy eyes, or an avocado face mask. But what about eating these foods? Can you impact the way you look by eating them too? I would say yes! I recently read an article about a grandmother in the USA whose modeling career is at an all time high. Obviously she had to be genetically blessed to begin with, but she quoted in her beauty regime to eating a whole avocado every single day. So it got me thinking about other foods that can help make you look better. Here are some of my favourites:

Cucumber. I don’t go a day without having a juice with at least 2 cucumbers in it. Cucumber is an excellent source of silica which helps to strengthen connective tissue, like hair, skin, nails, tendons, etc. If your diet is lacking in silica, it can result in slackening of the skin and your body not able to heal wounds as quickly. But if you are getting lots of it, then your skin, nails and hair will all get the benefits!

Avocado. This fruit is incredible useful for maintaining healthy young looking skin.  Avocados contain an antioxidant called carotenoids, which high amounts of can be helpful to improve skin density, thickness and tone, which could be why lots of avocado will help to protect your skin against environmental damage. Avo’s also have high levels of moisturizing monounsaturated fatty acids which help to maintain moisture in the epidermal layer of your skin. This helps your skin feel soft and hydrated.

 Pineapple. You probably would have noticed the rise of Vitamin C serums as a topical anti ageing soluition. Vitamin C is a great way to boost collagen production, which is the firmness we all have as teenagers, but start to lose as we age. You can also get the benefits from eating Vitamin C. I like it in pineapple juice, but you can get it from any Vitamin C rich foods like dark leafy greens, kiwifruit, berries, citrus and tomatoes.

Almonds. These little pocket rockets contain lots of Vitamin E which is essential for great skin. Vitamin E helps the ski to retain natural moisture and it is also a powerful protector against nasty free radicals. The sun can destroy your skins natural reserves of Vitamin E, so having extra reserves can help to protect your skin again sun damage


Why wait til Monday to start

Today is a good day, a great day in fact. The days are getting longer, the mornings are lighter, the birds are chirpier and this weekend is forecast to be above 20 degrees for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane! Good times!

So why wait to get started on being healthy? There are plenty of reasons to start tomorrow:

Just over 3 months til Christmas holidays, and if you plan on going somewhere where a swimsuit is mandatory, then that is not a lot of time to get into shape

Spring time is the best time to get inspired about changing something for the better in your life. It might be your health, your wealth, your education, or your relationships. Starting something new and exciting is as energizing as a holiday.

The fruit gets sweeter and more abundant which makes eating fresh and clean so much easier and much more delicious

Warmer nights means eating salads is suddenly not crazy talk. I know in the depths of winter, sometimes the idea of only eating a cold salad or juice seems like the most ludicrous thing you have ever heard. But what a difference a month makes!!