This time of year, many of us want to renew our commitment to eating well and exercising regularly. Some of us want to try something drastic and/or intense to “get back on track” especially after a particularly self indulgent spell. Some of my clients and friends ask about plans to detox such as a juice cleanse or a 3 day water fast. Unless there are concerns regarding allergies and or food intolerances, it is not necessary to restrict ourselves so harshly. I prefer a slower and more practical approach. The idea is really to eat healthier and be kinder to our bodies through healthier lifestyle choices.
I always start out by making a trip to the market or the grocery store. I plan out my week’s menus in advance and I stock up on healthy produce. The focus is on fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes and whole grains, lean proteins and to avoid sugar as much as possible as well as all refined and prepackaged foods. Try to cook as often as possible. Sip water and herbal teas throughout the day. And, finally get plenty of exercise and sleep.
In the long run, ‘slow and steady wins the race.’