Tips to reboot your Energy for the New Year
To detoxify means to give new life, vitality and vigor. Fortunately, our bodies are naturally equipped to detoxify and regulate optimum circulation for our health. Nothing fancy or expensive needs to be taken, or applied to ‘kick start’ a detox for your body, there are a few healthy habits which assist your liver, kidneys, lymphatic system and skin to optimise healthy function and ‘detoxify’ to their best capacity to help increase energy, refresh your mind, support your body to move easier, and boost your immune system.
- Focus on the low glycemic load of your food choices. Low GI is best and that means fresh natural foods, not processed ‘products’. Think of sugar (high GI foods) as an occasional treat.
- Eat mostly plants – plenty of low glycemic vegetables and fruits. This should be the majority of your diet and your plate. Aim to include 2-3 vegetables in each meal.
Eat beans sparingly – lentils are best. Avoid big starchy beans more than 1-2 times per week for better digestion.
Eat meat or animal products as a side, not as the majority of each plate.
- Focus on more protein and healthy fats. Nuts (excluding peanuts), seeds (flax, chia, hemp, sesame, pumpkin), coconut, avocados, sardines, olive oil and the healthy saturated fat from grass fed or sustainably raised animals. Nuts and seeds are full of protein, minerals, and good fats lowering the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Stay away from processed vegetable oils such as canola, sunflower, corn, and especially soybean oil.
- Avoid dairy – it is for growing calves into cows, not for humans. Try goat or sheep products only as a treat, and always choose organic to avoid high antibiotic transfer.
- Avoid gluten – Most is from ‘Franken Wheat’ sold in products now, which is genetically modified – instead look for heirloom organic wheat (Einkorn); if you are not gluten sensitive, then consider it an occasional treat.
Eat gluten-free whole grains sparingly– they still raise blood sugar and may trigger autoimmune compromise.
Also essential to your optimal health is your daily water intake!
By focussing on the quality of WHAT you eat, your body’s natural control systems (including appetite) kick into gear and the habits of eating more nutritious fresh natural foods becomes what your body craves!
Dr Rachel Murphy
In clinical practice, I continue to pursue passion for treating infants and children as well as pregnancy care, including pre and postnatal support. I have a strong belief that environment plays a crucial role in health and well being, and therefore treatment management must also include advice on exercise and nutrition, ergonomics, stretching, rehabilitation and lifestyle modification.
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