Simplicity

As you begin your journey into detox and weight-loss you will notice your tastes becoming simpler. You will begin to revel in each luscious bite of a strawberry or a crisp refreshing salad.

As I’ve said, I don’t have a lot of time to fuss over meals, which is perfect for detox anyway. Simplicity in your dishes and your menus is best for digestion and elimination. It also means freedom from the kitchen, fast foods and spending money on things that make you sick.

I began one day this week with a lovely green juice of spinach, kale, parsley, apple and lemon while sitting on the beach before work.

Newport Beach
Kale, spinach, parsley, apple and lemon

On my way to work I sipped this lovely “Goddess of Greens” while I grabbed a bit of fresh ocean air (yes I know I’m lucky)

At work I had one of my usual delicious salads with lemon.

Greens, beets, carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado and lemon juice.

At home after work my dinner was equally luscious and easy, a salad  with corn, bell, pepper tomato, olives and lemon with a little taco seasoning for a little added zing.

After this refreshing salad I had an eggplant that I halved, scored, topped with butter ( yes! butter), taco seasoning and baked for an hour at 375 while enjoying my salad and a glass of wine. Scrape the cooked eggplant out of the skin and squeeze a little lemon juice. Yum.

As I have said before, cooked oils should be eventually eliminated from your diet. All oils except for coconut oil change their molecular structure at high heat and become rancid. Therefore they are indigestible and toxic to the system. Butter on the other hand, does not change with high heat and is completely digestible and recognized as food by the body. Of course it is not one of our desirable plant-based fats so should only be enjoyed occasionally and in small quantities.

In the Beginning…

The key to success in this way of life is to stay with it. It can be fun and exciting as you see the great progress you are making, but it can be difficult @ times. This journey you are embarking upon is truly a dance. There are many subtleties and you will become more and more aware of the signals your body is sending you. It is important to begin slowly. You do not want to make huge changes in the beginning. Your body will tell you when it is time to take it up a notch and when it is time to slow down a little.
We are so conditioned by this society to eat like everyone else. Big breakfast, lots of variety in our meals for two examples and both of those couldn’t be more wrong or damaging to our systems. People don’t realize just how much energy digestion takes.

You may have noticed in my daily detox essentials the term light to heavy. That works for each meal ie start w/ a salad and end w/ the entre. It also works for the entire day. Little or no breakfast, a very light lunch and a satisfying, comforting evening meal. I know that may sound odd to many of you, but it works. Once you train yourself to eat light during the day you’ll see that your energy increases greatly. You won’t need that afternoon siesta anymore.

Also in this list of essentials is to never mix starch and protein at the same meal. The reason for this rule and the light to heavy rule is that the key to health and weight loss is to eliminate our meals and the remaining waste from past meals as quickly and efficiently as possible. The body digests protein and starches or carbs differently. The stomach acids needed to digest both of these completely different substances will neutralize each other if they are in the stomach together, thereby tripling digestion and transit time. Meals begin to crash into each other in the stomach, the intestines and the bowels and the system bogs down to a near standstill. The residues from these old meals ferments, forms gasses, begins to rot and decay and then it dehydrates as it is packed into the tissues to make room for the next few meals.

Eating the way I suggest and following these few simple rules, you will begin to loosen up these deposits of old dehydrated waste in your body. And as you eliminate them your energy and vitality will increase tremendously.

If you can replace your breakfast with a green juice and have a green salad with avocado and lemon juice for lunch, you will soon see what I mean. Results will begin to happen immediately. For our purposes, avocados may be technically a fruit but they combine as a starch. If this is too much of a change for you right now, if you are used to a big breakfast of starch, protein or both you definitely want to start a little slower. You might want to begin with sprouted grain toast and avocado or an egg with cottage cheese for breakfast. Please don’t combine either of these ideas with each other or with fruit. Variety may be the spice of life but where your diet is concerned, it is a disaster for a lean energetic body. A breakfast possibility for a cleaner stomach could be some fresh fruit or a smoothie made with bananas, berries and throw in a little spinach or romaine and some bee pollen.

After a well combined breakfast, have your green juice as a mid-morning snack then lighten your lunch as much as possible. If you prefer starches, have avocado with your salad. You could add a piece of whole grain toast or a small baked potato (preferably a sweet potato) to this. If you prefer protein, have some grated cheese on your salad instead of the avocado and add a boiled egg or a small piece of fish or chicken if you need more. But remember not to mix starches with the protein.

If you can begin by  abiding with these two simple rules, you will be off to a good start. The next step is to look at your afternoon snack, if necessary, and your evening meal.

I’ll save that for another post.