Updated: Jul 29
Every year, I make a pledge to kick off the new year with making my health more of a priority. This ALWAYS involves trying to lose the 3-5 lbs. I gained over the holidays. I've learned over the years that the key to success is to avoid fad/trendy diets that are usually too extreme and unsustainable. The plan has to be something I can stick to for longer than a week or two. This 21 Day Clean Eating Cleanse is a healthier approach to eating and involves choosing all-natural, healthy, whole foods and avoiding any processed, fake foods. Clean eating isn't really a diet, it's a different way of looking at food.
Harmful foods like sugar, grains, hydrogenated oils, and conventional dairy can sabotage your metabolism, increase inflammation, and have negative effects on your body.
Persistent weight gain, low energy levels, muscle and joint pains, skin problems, digestive issues, imbalanced hormones, thyroid issues, and allergies are just a few of the conditions that can be directly related to your diet.
Avoiding these harmful foods for 21 days can drastically change your health, stimulate your metabolism, reduce inflammation, help control blood sugar, increase energy and mood, promote weight loss, and give you the body you desire and DESERVE.
Enjoy healing, whole, real, fresh foods such as high quality protein, fresh organic vegetables and fruit, and healthy fats
Eliminate harmful, inflammatory, hormone dysregulating foods such as sugar, grains (including gluten), conventional dairy, processed foods, alcohol, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, and hydrogenated oils (vegetable oils).
Tips for Detox Success
Eat High quality protein - Protein should be consumed at every meal and snack (grass fed beef, organic eggs, organic poultry, wild caught fish).
Eat TONS of Veggies - Most of our vitamins, minerals, and helpful nutrients come from vegetables. Increasing fiber intake with veggies also helps to diminish excess estrogen levels in the body. Too much estrogen often contributes to why most women have trouble losing weight.
Buy Organic Meat & Veggies - It is important to buy organic meats and vegetables to avoid exposure to antibiotics, growth hormones, and the pesticides and herbicides that are so commonly sprayed on the vegetables. Organic foods can cost slightly higher, if this is a concern for you, at the very least, make sure to buy the "dirty dozen" as organic. Apples, celery, bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, nectarines, grapes, spinach, lettuces, cucumber, blueberries, and potatoes should all be organic. I also include kale and green beans on my list.
Manage Your Fruit Intake - Fruit is incredibly healthy for you, but it does contain sugar. I recommend keeping your total fructose levels below 15 grams per day. Stick with lower fructose fruits like berries and citrus fruits.
Consume Healthy Fats - We no longer have to fear fat. Fat doesn't actually make us fat. Healthy fats are critical for weight loss and proper hormone balance and are often the missing link for finding balance (coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds, grass fed beef, grass fed butter, whole eggs, and ghee). Healthy fats should be consumed at every meal.
Add a teaspoon of coconut oil - One easy, delicious way to increase your consumption of healthy fats is to include a teaspoon of coconut oil into your morning cup of decaffeinated coffee or tea to increase energy, add flavor, and get a healthy dose of good fat before your morning work out.
Avoid hydrogenated oils and trans fats - The damaging effects of trans fats is well documented. They are linked to increasing LDL (bad cholesterol), heart disease, clogging arteries, and Type 2 Diabetes.
Avoid Sugar & Artificial Sweeteners - Eating processed sugar results in spikes in blood sugar. Excess sugar leads to insulin resistance which causes your body to store fat and is the root cause to most chronic diseases. Raw honey and organic stevia are healthy alternatives.
Don't Count Calories - Focusing on calories is missing the bigger picture for balancing hormones and weight loss. How much you eat matters, but the quality is of greater importance. I know from personal experience the two things that women want most in life is to LOSE WEIGHT and EAT! The good news is that you can do both of those on this 21 Day Detox, and you do not have to limit your caloric intake. Just stick to the approved foods and the weight will come off.
Drink a Protein Shake - Protein promotes a healthy metabolism and builds lean muscle. A plant based protein shake can be a fast, easy supplement to aid in weight loss. I drink a shake every morning for breakfast within 30 minutes of my work out.
Try this recipe:
1 scoop protein shake
1 cup organic berries
1 cup of coconut milk or almond milk
1 tablespoon of flax seed or chia seeds
1 cup of kale or spinach
Add ice, blend, and ENJOY!
Balance your hormones - The single most important (and most often overlooked) factor to losing weight when you are a woman near the age of 40 is imbalanced HORMONES! There are certain hormones, that if out of balance, make losing weight impossible. They can put the brakes on your metabolic engine and it doesn't matter how little you eat or how much you exercise, the scale won't move. The secret to weight loss is hormonal harmony. The number one way to know if you have a hormone imbalance is if you have unexplained weight gain. 99% of persistent, unexplained weight gain is hormonal, and most women don't connect the dots. Hormones control every aspect of how we gain and lose weight. If you are concerned that misfiring hormones could be the source of your weight gain, get free access to my Hormone Reset Guide, "Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Health" to see if dysregulating hormones are a factor in your weight issues.
Add High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) - To aid with weight loss and to create a fat burning firehouse, incorporate HIIT with your 21 Day Detox. Research shows that interval training burns 4 times more calories and fat than traditional cardio. HIIT can also cut your work out time by 70%. Read more here...
Use Essential Oils - Essential Oils have plant based intelligence that can support almost any health concern NATURALLY. Grapefruit, Ginger, and Cinnamon Essential Oils, when combined, can help stimulate metabolism, curb appetite, and promote weight loss. Try our Dr. Angela's Essentials Weight Control Blend.
When you eat the way your body wants you to eat, and you avoid harmful, inflammatory foods and eat whole, organic foods, your hormones naturally fall in line, your insulin levels drop, and your belly fat melts away. You lose weight because you work with your body, not against it.
Conquering weight loss will take a commitment. What got you to your current situation, will NOT get you out of it. Change is required. You will not succeed with this program without the commitment to transforming your health. It's time to TAKE YOUR POWER BACK!