What to eat post-detox

How to maintain healthy habits

It’s almost worse for you to detox and then immediately re-tox, and keep re-toxing, explains natural living and food expert Janella Purcell.

I recently went on a detox retreat, which included juice fasting and colonic irrigation. I felt great! However, after the new year I’ve gone back to eating the same food and drinking alcohol. Is there any way I can find a balance and keep my energy levels up at the same time?

Trying to keep some of the habits you had while on a detox is of course what we’re aiming for. 

A good habit to keep is having half a lemon squeezed in warm water in the morning. A 30ml shot of raw apple cider vinegar mixed with a teaspoon of raw honey in the mornings, or anytime really, is another great way to help keep your body alkaline. A green smoothie is a wonderful habit to get into, and stay in. Add chia and hemp seeds, flax oil, coconut, raw cacao powder, micro greens like spirulina and look out for gubinge and camu camu – both plants have extremely high sources of vitamin C, an important antioxidant needed for proper detoxification.

Dietary – regularly eat kale and the rest of the cruciferous family, such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and kohlrabi. Garlic and turmeric are wonderful to help keep us healthy both in body and mind while fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, organic tempeh and miso are wonderful for our gut and immunity.

Reduce your intake of acidic/inflammatory foods like processed foods, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, grains and legumes, and generally eat an alkaline diet that includes most fruits, vegetables, peas, beans, lentils, spices, herbs and seasonings, and seeds and nuts. All melons and asparagus are alkalising. Reduce alcohol and chemically grown foods.

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