Detoxing with Salad

Gettin’ crunk with cruciferous vegetables!

Everybody knows, when family comes in for a visit, healthy eating usually takes a backseat. AND everybody knows, no one likes a backseat driver. (I’m looking at you, healthy eating. Don’t tell me what to do!)

What’s at the end of this rainbow? A pot of salad!

After enjoying a wonderful visit with family and indulging some cheats and splurges in the snack aisle, it was time to slide back over into the slow and steady, healthy lane. Some times I’ll do a veggie juice detox. The vitamins and minerals are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, and the extra hydration from the juices help cleanse the kidneys. But sometimes, juice-cleanses are really hard to do. When the body feels deprived, the messages our brain receives are urgent. “Eat now! Eat a lot! Don’t starve!” seems to be the message my brain reads from my stomach during a juice cleanse. And towards the evening, I’ll grab whatever I can shove into my mouth. If nothing is to be had – if I’m really feeling desperate – I’ll take a trip to the closest convenience.

Hail, Caesar!

Enter salads! Not only are salads pumped up with all the fiber our microbiome needs, they’re a great way to scrape out the digestive tract and keep you fuller, longer. Loaded with vitamins, antioxidants, and phytonutrients – you’ll find yourself back on track to healthy eating habits.

Rainbow Salad

Caesar Salad with Tempeh

Read this article if you’d like to find a plethora of detoxing salad recipes.

Most normal human beings (I’m looking at you, judgy eyes) indulge a bit every now and then. Don’t beat yourself up over it. You’ll only end up getting sad from a mental beating, which may make you want to eat more junk for a quick pick-me-up, OR you’ll feel down too long and give up. The more you practice, the better you’ll get at what you’re working at. And the more consistent you are, the quicker habits will form. Practice your art of healthy eating consistently, and your body, mind, and spirit will benefit from it.

Enjoy your art and may you live well!

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