21-Day Diet Clean-Up… Day 1

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cleaneatingThe warm weather is here and we are approaching a season with an abundance of fresh, local fruits and vegetables. What better time to get reinvigorated about eating healthy and clean-up your diet?! I’m a registered dietitian and have a relatively clean diet and lifestyle, but sometimes with hectic schedules, parties, and occasional impulses to indulge – my diet can stray into more processed foods than I prefer and I start to feel it. My body does not do well when I am not eating clean, I become increasing fatigued, lots of achy joints and feel bloated.

I am going to use Standard Processes Purification program as a template for cleaning up my diet – I like the SP Complete Protein Powder for my shakes (it’s got lots of greens) and I use their supplements for additional support – SP Cleanse, SP Green Food, and Gastrofiber. But I do make modifications to Standard Process protocol to create a more sustainable and balanced eating approach. Each of my clients have different needs, so we make tweaks . This is not about a regimented diet plan, this is a healthy approach to eating that is easy to follow. It takes 21 days to create or break a habit – the idea behind the 21-day diet clean-up is create healthy changes for life and to learn a new way of appreciating and eating foods, your body and health. I will be chronically my journey with helpful recipes, tips and personal tidbits – my goal is to provide support to you on your quest to find harmony with eating and health.

You are probably wondering what this 21-day diet clean-up includes….

  • Lots of Fruits and Vegetables (preferably organic)
  • Green Protein Shakes (Standard Process Protein Powder)
  • Brown Rice, Quinoa, Steel Cut Oats
  • Lentils, Black Beans, Chick Peas, other beans
  • Almonds, Walnuts, Pistachios
  • Eggs, Chicken, Fish, lean Meat (organic, all-natural)
  • Drink lots of water (green and herbal teas too)
  • Break a sweat every day

Important things that to avoid during the diet clean-up…

  • Alcohol, tabacco, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, coloring
  • Processed foods that did not come from nature
  • Packages with ingredients that can not be pronounced
  • Sugar, Dairy, gluten, wheat, refined carbohydrates

Aim for 3-4 shakes per day – I like to experiment with different combinations of fruit and vegetables.
Eat as much vegetables and fruit as desired (emphasize veggies)
Try to listen to your body to determine what to eat or what your body needs.

Here’s this morning’s shake…
1 scoop SP Complete Powder
1 banana
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen peaches
splash of water (enough to get the texture right)
Blend and enjoy!!

 

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