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Time to Detoxify Summer Dietary Indulgences

Green EggsSummer is winding down – aah. We’ve had our fill of burgers, dogs, slaw, potato salad, BBQ, chips and dips, oreos, beer, sodas, and S’Mores. It has been such fun camping and playing and trying to avoid all the smoke in the air this year.

As we turn our thoughts to kids in school, after school sports activities, and homework assignments, it also becomes a great time to think about detoxifying all our dietary indulgences and stressors. With such an onslaught of so many non-nutrients, our bodies are running hard to keep up with ridding the wastes searching for health supporting vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and anti-oxidants – all needed to prevent the onset of fatigue, depression, and illness.

As the weather changes, allergies can rise up and sales of Kleenex take off. Sniffles, colds, and flu have the perfect environment for taking hold in our under-nourished bodies.

Now is the perfect time to make positive dietary changes supporting our detox systems and digestion especially since we all know what sweet indulgences are again just around the corner as Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the December holidays beckon us with more comfort foods.

We can help our bodies heal by consuming lots of colorful fall fruits and vegetables – apples, pears, plums, berries, dark grapes, carrots, yams, beets, and squashes. Blend salads with a variety of mixed dark leafy greens, not just iceberg lettuce. Toss in colorful bell peppers, celery, shredded raw carrots and beets. Top with some pumpkin seeds, sesame and/or sunflower seeds, or ground flaxseeds. These provide a good balance of Omega 3 fatty acids.

Include meals with wild caught fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel, or sardines a couple of times a week. Limit red meats as they digest as more pro-inflammatory stressing our immune cell fighters.

Portion control and variety are key components for health to insure our bodies get many needed nutrients.

Eat breakfast. Small portions will jump start metabolism. This helps with weight loss and management. Consume small snacks (10 am and 2 pm) by combining a fruit with a protein such as almonds or walnuts, nut butters, a little cheese, or seeds you enjoy. Choose your favorite grains such as oats, wheat, rye, millet, or amaranth for luscious warm breakfast cereals to get started in the morning.

Of course, detoxification and good digestion require plenty of clean filtered water. Try to consume in ounces half your weight in pounds. For a person weighing 120 pounds, 60 ounces of water a day would support health and detoxification.

My Food 4 Life classes begin October 1st where you will learn how to design your own healthy diet. Amping up your diet now will insure health and energy through the holidays.

Krystle Shapiro, LMT, MSHN owns NewTritionally Yours! She offers nutritional education classes beginning October 1, 2015. She can be reached at (208) 290-6760.

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