Day 4: January 9th - Transitioning to a healthy diet post-cleanse
It's almost here; the end of the work week and the final days of the Cleanse.
You are doing great! Have you noticed any differences since starting your cleanse? Energy levels? Mood? Attitude? Appearance?
Weekends are often the most difficult when sticking to a healthy eating plan. We often eat more food and make less healthy choices on the weekends when we don't have a work routine to keep us in check. How do you plan to overcome temptation?
Also, many of you have asked how to keep up this healthy eating once the cleanse ends. Here are some key tips to keep in mind. Let me know if you have any other questions or comments that I did not address.
Transitioning to a healthy diet post-cleanse:
You’ll probably hit the grocery store this weekend to stock up on some food for next week. I bet you’re also wondering what to eat now that you’re all cleansed! I strongly urge you not to resort to your old ways (if they were unhealthy that is…) and ease your way back into solid foods. A few tips:
- Continue to NutriBlast for one meal. Most people enjoy a NutriBlast for breakfast, but any time that suits your schedule is perfect.
- Be mindful of portions. You’ve been eating less food during the cleanse and your digestive system has been taking a bit of a rest so it is best not to overload it with large quantities of food.
- If you were doing the all liquid route - start slowly transitioning to easy-to-digest solid foods. Try some bland steamed vegetables with a spritz of lemon and a side of chunky vegetable soup. (May not be gourmet, but it is only for one day and your body will thank you for it!) You may want to try some of the clean food recipes from the Cleanse. The Kale/Quinoa/Sweet potato dish is amazing...toss in some black beans for added protein.
- Choose recipes similar to the ones you enjoyed during the cleanse. You probably have some ingredients left over for some recipe experimenting.
- After a day or two into your own routine, keep the “rules” in mind and try to choose healthier options more often:
- Cook more; eat out less and reduce consumption of packaged products
- Less meat and more plants
- Dairy alternatives are less inflammatory than milk products
- Be mindful of sugars – they show up in the most unsuspecting foods (breads, crackers, condiments, pasta sauce, frozen meals, yogurt, flavored oatmeal, etc.)
- Limit caffeine and alcohol (wait longer than a week or more to re-introduce your happy hour toddy!) Alcohol is very toxic to a clean liver (or any liver for that matter).
- If you are not gluten-intolerant, you may incorporate these grains in whole form
- Goes without saying – stop smoking if you do so…
- If you plan to eat out, try to stick to a vegan option - try a soup or salad or plant-based dish, but if that's not available, then choose a lighter protein like fish. Keep clear of dairy for now if you plan to reintroduce it eventually - nothing will hurt your stomach more than a big cheesy pizza. And when you do, notice if it makes your stomach upset or if you feel less than stellar...same with any gluten-containing grains.
- This is a time to be mindful of how your body reacts to food - it has been blessed with an abundance of nutritious foods the past 5 days and will most likely let you know when you introduce something that doesn't agree with it. Your body is a porche, not a beat up pickup truck, treat it like such!