the GOOD, the BAD & the YUMMY
The weekly feature where I share one thing that I’m loving, one thing I’m not, and one simple, SUPER easy, clean-eating recipe.
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the BAD: the January Cleanse
So, you over indulged in December. Despite what our lizard brain may be telling us, January (at least in the hemisphere that’s enjoying the depths of winter), is NOT the time to deprive, restrict, “detox” or even ditch the sugar. For those of you for whom January is winter time, it’s obviously one of the coldest months of the year – and when many people get sick. This is not the season to be juicing all day or to finally try that raw vegan thing.
This time of year is for immune system support – sleep and great, whole food. It’s a time for stews, soups, roasted veggies and hot chocolate! Bring on the in-season carbohydrates!
the Good: Tips for a Healthy January “Reset”
- Water is your best (and cheapest!) “detoxifier,” so drink up! Stop throwing money away on plastic water bottles. Pay once for a Big Berkey above-counter water filtration system and get your daily dose of clean, fluoride free water. (Mother Earth will thank you, too!).
- I start my day with a large glass of room temperature water to get things moving and to get at least 16 oz over and done with!
- Keep the fridge and pantry stocked with REAL foods that are wonderfully comforting in the colder months. Things to have on hand can include: broths, sweet potatoes, squash of any kind, frozen broccoli, cauliflower, and squash for easy soups, ingredients for paleo hot chocolate, oatmeal, eggs, ingredients for quick, healthy pancakes. Enjoy anything that can almost feel a little too heavy in the warmer months – no low carb winter for me!
- Keep your belly full, too! It’s not the time for deprivation, but SATIATION!
- Dose UP on the veggies: roasted veggies are the bomb. You can slice and dice almost any veggie and roast it on high heat with some S&P and herbs and it will be magically delicious. Try it: empty a bag of baby carrots into a large zip plastic bag, pour in some olive oil, S&P and a dried herb of choice (eg parsley) and shake the bag to coat all of the carrots. Spread on a baking sheet and roast on 400F until they are roasted all the way through (you should be able to easily cut with a fork). Serve immediately for comfort food without consequences!
- Sleep more. It’s dark, it’s cold and you want to “detox,” so hibernate like it’s your birthright, mama bear.
- Hot yoga, infrared sauna and other steamy activities (*wink *wink)
- Use fats for extra moisture. The winter can be very hard on the skin. No matter what you use as a part of your skin routine, in the winter consider smothering doses of castor oil, coconut oil, or olive oil and other natural fats after a hot shower. I will cover myself in coconut oil – even my hair – when I’m feeling particularly dried out.
- Reduce alcohol, keep weekdays “dry,” or skip it all together. Alcohol is dehydrating, sure, but reducing or skipping it in January can contribute to a much easier “reset.” A few weeks (or weekdays) without alcohol can help you sleep better, have more energy, reduce bloat, reduce cravings for crap food and generally help you feel lighter and brighter.
- Decide what you WILL DO instead of WON’T DO: will you focus on gut health, on immune support, on building that yoga practice? What will you focus ON, instead of “try to stay away from?”
the YUMMY: Easy Blended Soups
What You Need:
- 16 oz of organic frozen veggies, such as broccoli, cauliflower or butternut squash
- You can use fresh veggies, of course, but I’m going for STUPID EASY here.
- Coconut oil, olive oil or another healthy fat
- 1/2 – 3/4 of a container of Pacific Organic Vegetable Broth (or bone broth)
- you can always order Kettle & Fire Bone Broth shipped directly to your door!
- 2 tbsp flax seeds (whole)
- S&P (not much salt needed if you’re using broth)
- Any herbs/seasoning that sound great to you
- Optional: garlic, onion, carrots and/or celery – add to the veggies in step 1
- Warm the veggies in a skillet with 2 tbsp of water, 1 tbsp oil and S&P (the soup tastes better when you pre-cook the veggies, but I’ve been known to just mix the veggies and broth in a pot until warm!)
- After the veggies are partially or fully cooked, transfer the veggies to a pot, add the broth, flax seeds and any additional seasonings
- Warm the broth with the veggies – I sometimes leave this on low and let it simmer for awhile for max flavor, but you can also just get it warm and move on to next step
- Use a label to scoop the contents into a high speed blender and blend on low, then high briefly until all flax seeds are thoroughly blended
- Taste and add anything else that you think it needs!
Don’t stop there! There are dozens of easy blended soup recipes right here!