Originally posted on my other site www.KaseyJSmith.com
It is a common practice to detox at least four times per year, once with every change of season. Doing so cleanses our bodies and helps to remove any toxins that exist from stress, lifestyle choices, and even environmental factors.
It is no secret that our taste changes and the foods we eat change with the turn of the seasons. We go from cold, fresh fruits and vegetables to more warm and hearty meals. Completing a Fall Detox can help prepare your body for these changes and withdraw any toxins or build ups created from the hot summer months.
Some signals your body gives off letting you know it is time for a detox may include:
- digestive problems
- acne or other skin issues
- bad breath
- bad circulation
- weight gain
By doing a simple cleanse or detox you should see immediate improvements and benefits including better sleep, more energy, improved digestion, clearer skin, weight loss, and even a reduce in cravings.
A fall detox will also help prepare your immune system for the exposures to come, especially with kids going back to school. Typically the fall detox focuses more on the lungs and large intestine, which are important for circulation, heart health, and proper digestion.
Here are some general tips to help with your Fall Detox:
- Try to eat primarily whole foods. We need to remove processed and refined foods from our diet and focus on clean eating.
- Check out some detox teas and broths to amp up your detox.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Focus on increasing water intake to flush out your systems.
- Go toxin-free with your soaps and cosmetics. Toxins are absorbed into the skin just as easily as they are consumed through your mouth.
- Lower or reduce your stress levels through meditation, yoga, or some other form of exercise.
- Reduce or eliminate alcohol from your diet.
Bonus Tip: Join me for my Fall Clean Eating Cleanse on September 27th!
I created this Fall Clean Eating Cleanse Program for anyone who desires to:
- Ditch the afternoon crash and burn without the sugar and caffeine pick me ups
- Lose weight naturallywithout shakes, bars, and pills
- Turn the clock back, look and feel beautiful using a natural approach
- Reduce your toxic load (and the 5-10 extra pounds it keeps on)
- Crank up your metabolism using real food for real energy that lasts
- Kiss the embarrassing gas goodbye!
- Learn how to de-stress in this busy stressful world.
- Embrace balance physically and emotionally for a happier, healthier, YOU.
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I’m getting personal in today’s post. FYI: this post is not well written or thought out. It’s not meant as any type of advice, either. Just sharing some personal information.
I have been married to my husband for almost five years now. We’ve been together for nine. We have two amazing boys together. Our relationship has had more ups and downs than I would like to admit. Sometimes I feel as though we should have called it quits a long time ago. We get into arguments and hold grudges. I complain to my friends about what he’s doing or not doing. I say I’m done and that I can’t take anymore. We talk it out. We makeup. We’re happy for a little while and then we repeat the whole process.
I know we’re not the only couple that does this.
We’ve been going through a lot this year. Last night we went on a date to talk about things. To figure out if we could work it out or if we should part ways. It was a nice dinner. We had a good conversation. You know what I realized? We don’t take care of our marriage. We don’t put effort into it. We hardly ever go on dates. We hardly ever just talk. We’ve let life get in the way. He plays a lot of golf because he loves it and it is a stress reliever for him. I get pissed off when he plays golf too much and get mad for him not helping me around the house.
I’m bitter towards him because he doesn’t help when I need it most – but I don’t ask for help. I have a hard time asking for what I need. It’s silly when you think about it. I’m mad at him because he doesn’t help out and I assume he knows what I need without asking. He’s a man. I have come to learn that they can’t read minds. You have to tell them what you need.
He admitted he needed to be home more and when he was home he needed to help me out and take on some responsibilities. I had to explain to him that being a stay-at-home-mom was really hard for me. I can’t do it all by myself. I don’t get a break – being mom is a 24/7 job. He didn’t know I felt this way.
I promised him I would tell him what I needed and put my foot down when I had to.
After our long discussion (and getting some gluten-free midnight magic cupcakes from GiGi’s) I felt much better. We both did.
Each time we go through something like this I do feel closer to him. We can learn from our problems or we can run from them. We’re choosing to learn. We can’t expect our relationship to work if we ignore and don’t care for it. I’m willing to put in the work and he is, too. That makes me happy.
This is a great make-ahead recipe for those mornings when you just don’t have time to make anything. Cut them into bars or slices for a quick grab-and-go breakfast. Packed with protein, healthy fats and fiber my Nutty Breakfast Bake is sure to make your start to the day a good one.
Nutty Breakfast Bake
- 1 cup nuts (I used a mix of almonds and walnuts)
- 1 cup seeds (I used a mix of sunflower and pumpkin seeds)
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup oats (use gluten-free if you have a sensitivity to gluten)
- 1 very ripe banana
- 1/2 cup dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, blueberries, apricots, etc)
- 2 eggs (or egg replacer to make it vegan)
- 1 Tbsp blackstrap molasses (optional- for added iron)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- ground cinnamon or your favorite spice
Preheat over to 350 degrees F. In a food processor add the nuts and seeds and grind into a powder or almost powder consistency. Add the shredded coconut and oats and pulse to blend. Add the banana and dried fruit, pulse to blend. Finally, add the egg and remaining ingredients (if using) blend until mixture is combined. Pour into a pie plate and spread it evenly over the dish. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool (if you can wait) and serve. Enjoy!