Fall Back In Love With Your Body

PUMPKIN SMOOTHIEI really enjoy eating so I used to dread the words cleanse and detox, to me it brought up fasting, not chewing and pain. I didn’t want to drink green juice at every meal and be hangry all day. Where is the joy in that? Plus I knew I’d gain the weight back when I started eating again.

But I found there is a more sustainable way to detox my body. One where I could eat delicious seasonal meals that were simple, still delicious, and I could still reset my eating habits. (The Pumpkin Spice Smoothie is one of the breakfast choices).

Why would I even want to do this? Well, the body sometimes needs a break.  You may have a pretty clean diet but still breathe in toxins from the air or absorb them through your largest organ, the skin, if your water isn’t filtered. Maybe you drink socially, have a lot of caffeine, eat sugary treats or just a few too many healthy treats. It could be that you’re having a little too much pasta, bread, potatoes or cheese. Many of our convenience foods have ingredients that our bodies do not recognize as food and they confuse our system.

It might be that you’re stuck in a rut and not sure of what your next step should be. Your imagination could be blocked and shutting down your creativity. If you find yourself irritable and not really sure why you might want to give a detox a try.

A detox is not a fast. It’s more of a rejuvenation and a reminder to feed your body what it really needs and not just what you are craving. It’s something I like to do, especially in the spring and the fall, as a prep for the upcoming seasons. In the autumn we are prepping for winter, clearing congestion out so our immune system is in top form and can resist colds and flu. And I want to be in shape for the holidays, rather than binge eating from mid-October to early January.

Want to join me? I’m leading a Fall Back In Love With Your Body Detox on September 21 and you can get more details here: Press The Reset Button.

You can expect:

  • Support
  • Daily check ins and a 15 minute phone call to begin the detox.
  • Menu ideas
  • Preparation tips for the detox
  • Step by step guide for the detox
  • 39 pages of tasty, easy to prepare seasonal recipe
  •     sesame chicken, lemon sole, light soups, salads, stir fries, curries, and more!
  • What to do post cleanse
  • Choices for carnivores and vegetarians alike

Quit the Whining – It Could be Worse

curveballI had a curve ball thrown at me last week. I went to see my doctor and my liver function is still not completely normal. I’m on an elimination diet that is basically like a cleanse. I cannot have: wheat, dairy, sugar, corn, alcohol, eggs or fruit. I’m okay with no wheat, I can live without dairy. But dang I miss my eggs and fruit.

It really was not what I wanted to hear on a Friday night. The weekend was coming up and this curtails a lot of plans. My diet is fairly clean but I do have a weakness for sugar. It’s no secret that I like dessert and that I am generally careful about the portions of it that I consume.

On the flip side in looking at labels of some of the foods I enjoy I realize that while they were low in sugar maybe there were a few too many of them in my eating plan. The sugar does add up throughout the day and since sugar is metabolized in the liver it could be more of a strain than I need.

Still, it was pretty annoying on Fathers’ Day to watch everyone eat the ice cream cake that I love. I did make my own dessert, which was good and I enjoyed it. It tasted like a warm chocolate muffin and it was sugar, corn, egg and wheat free. A friend tasted it and liked it too. It was not ice cream cake but I didn’t feel deprived or left out.

I was annoyed with the list but I am happy that I have the knowledge and tools to be able to eat delicious meals that nourish me and still keep in these guidelines. I have had several people ask me what the heck I eat now. They’re surprised when I have a long list of foods that I eat.

So what do you do when life throws you a curve ball? Do you rail against it, ignore it or decide to make it work for you? Do you focus on what you can’t have or what you can have? I’d love to hear your response, so please leave me a comment.

Are you in a situation where you don’t know what to eat? Do you think your eating plan could use some fine tuning? Send me an email, janinemchale@empoweredplate.com, and together we can come with a plan that works just for you.

The Key to Healthy Meals

It’s one of those days.  You had to work late, hit traffic or missed your bus on the way home, and you start thinking about dinner but remember you didn’t go grocery shopping. When you get home you’re scarfing down the chips or cookies that you had for a treat.  You’re a bit disgusted with yourself, you’ve eaten some major calories and still don’t have a plan for dinner.

I can’t stress this enough:  a little preparation goes a long way.   A stop at the grocery store, farmer’s market or where ever you shop ensures that you have healthy foods on hand.  A little planning will give you leftovers and emergency meals along the way.

I understand what it’s like, I had a similar night tonight.  I knew my husband was having left overs from his dinner on Saturday.  What I forgot was that I didn’t prepare anything for me!  Luckily when I looked in the fridge I saw I had eggplant, organic tomato sauce, zucchini and garlic.  I stir fried the veggies and added the sauce.  I always have grains in my pantry.  I didn’t want pasta but I had quinoa, which has enough protein so that I didn’t need meat or beans.  I went from nothing to a meal, with leftovers, in about 20 minutes.  And that’s with chopping the vegetables!

It could be that you freeze soup, sauce, or chili in single or double servings so that when you get home you have something you can pull out and heat quickly.  You can cook up a few different things over the weekend to have on hand throughout the week or just make a double batch when cooking during the week.  Finding out I could freeze brown rice and other grains was a huge score for me.

Preparation is about convenience for yourself throughout the week.  It’s the key to having healthy meals after a busy day.  It’s a way to keep your eating plan and not derail it with something that you will regret eating.

Have you been eating foods that you regret?  It might be time for a whole foods cleanse that resets your good eating habits.  Planning is also the key to having success and an easier time on this cleanse.  Go to http://tinyurl.com/fallcleanse and find out more about participating in this cleanse.

 

 

Feeling Sluggish, Tired or Out of Sorts? Try a Cleanse

Baked Butternut SquashI’m a foodie and in autumn I think of warm and grounding foods.  Foods that are a bit heavier and more satisfying than what I ate throughout the summer months. Butternut squash, pumpkin and asparagus all come to mind right now.  I’m thinking cinnamon and ginger.

I enjoy eating so I used to kind of dread the word cleanse, to me it brought up fasting, not chewing and pain.  But then I discovered whole food cleansing and realized that I could do this.  I could eat delicious seasonal meals that were simple, still sexy, and still reset my eating habits

So why does the body need a break?  You may have a pretty clean diet but still breathe in toxins from the air or absorb them through your largest organ, the skin, if your water isn’t filtered.  Maybe you drink socially, have a lot of caffeine, eat sugary treats or just a few too many healthy treats.  It could be that you’re having a little too much pasta, bread, potatoes or cheese.  Many of our convenience foods have ingredients that our bodies do not recognize as food and they confuse our system.

It might be that you’re stuck in a rut and not sure of what your next step should be.  Your imagination could be blocked and shutting down your creativity.  If you find yourself irritable and not really sure why you might want to give a cleanse a try.

A cleanse is not a fast.  It’s more of a rejuvenation and a reminder to feed your body what it really needs and not just what you are craving.  It’s something I like to do, especially in the spring and the fall, a sort of prep for the upcoming seasons.  In the autumn we are prepping for winter, clearing congestion out so our immune system is in top form and can resist colds and flu.

Think this is something you would like to do?  I am offering a seasonal cleanse that includes:

Daily email support

An information packet that lets you know what to do before, during and after the cleanse

A recipe booklet full of seasonal recipes

Intrigued? Click here for more information  http://tinyurl.com/fallcleanse

For a simple butternut squash side dish:  cut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds.  Place in a baking dish with 1/2 cup of water and cover.  Bake at 350 F for 40 minutes. Make it sexy:  sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.  Use the left overs in place of pumpkin for a smoothie.

Ingredients:
1/2 c canned or fresh roasted pumpkin
1 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 large banana
1 -2 tsp maple syrup (omit and it’s cleanse friendly)
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or more to taste)
2 Tbs ground flax-seed
ice

Directions:

Blend all ingredients until smooth, enjoy!

Serves 1