Detox Your Body From the Inside Out

Detoxifying Foods | Lean and Green Body Blog

Detoxing is more than taking a hot yoga class and drinking some lemon water. Detoxing involves cleaning out impurities and toxins in your body and bringing it back in balance.

It is important to keep our bodies pure, free from toxins and free radicals. Detoxing our bodies is not something we should only do a few times a year; detoxing should be part of our daily routine. Everyday our bodies are exposed to toxins, and it’s imperative that we continually free ourselves from these damaging particles in our bodies. Our kidneys and liver are two essential organs which are responsible for this daily detoxification process. Our liver and kidneys filter out everything that we consume, so it is essential that we keep our liver and kidneys clean and healthy for optimal detoxification. Keeping our vital organs healthy through daily detoxification will save us from years of disease and illness.

Detoxifying Foods | Lean and Green Body Blog

Some insight into the top 4 detoxing foods: artichokes, asparagus, beets, and broccoli. Artichokes help the liver to function at it’s best by increasing the production of bile in the liver. Bile helps to break down food and toxins and assists in eliminating them from the body. Asparagus has a similar job assisting the liver in eliminating food, drinks, and toxins from our body by way of drainage. This vegetable is a powerful diuretic and helps to flush any remaining toxins in our system. Asparagus is also well known for fighting cancer and heart disease by decreasing the inflammation in our body. Broccoli is a key detoxing vegetable as it consists of multiple phytonutrients which aid in detoxification process. Beets, among many others on our list, help to ensure the toxins in our system leave our body completely and do not stay trapped inside.

Detoxifying Foods | Lean and Green Body Blog

20 of the Top Detoxing Foods

  1. Artichokes
  2. Asparagus
  3. Beets
  4. Broccoli
  5. Avocados
  6. Cabbage
  7. Garlic
  8. Grapefruit
  9. Turmeric
  10. Collard Greens
  11. Lemon Water
  12. Sweet Potatoes
  13. Spinach
  14. Tomatoes
  15. Kiwi
  16. Almonds
  17. Blackberries
  18. Chia Seeds
  19. Flax Seeds
  20. Hemp Seeds

Enjoy these foods in your daily smoothie, salad or bowl!

*Stay lean and green*

Jennifer 

Fast Food

Fast Food | Lean and Green Body Blog

It’s time to start rethinking fast food. We have become so dependent on eating quickly, eating in our cars, on planes - taking everything to go. In our fast paced lifestyles it is easy to forget quality of ingredients and we forgo healthier alternatives in lieu of a quick fix.

I love the concept of fast food, quick and easy food on the run. Fast food allows us to grab a quick coffee, a short lunch, or an after school treat on the way to the kid's game. However, it’s time we start redefining fast food. Fast food options do not need to sacrifice quality, locally sourced ingredients. We can have quick and healthy meals.

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Choosing foods that are bioavailable; easy for our bodies to recognize, breakdown and utilize is the goal. Even in these times of desperation, when we feel we would settle for almost anything, it’s important to pause and figure out what the healthiest, cleanest option would be for our body. Which option is not only going to satisfy your hunger, but boost and sustain your energy, and help you reach you goals.

We live in a time where there are several healthy fast food options. Delicious Raw is one of my top picks for fast food restaurants in Florida. Offering quick and easy meal or snack options you can eat in shop or take with you. Whether it’s a cold pressed juice and a peanut butter fantasy bar to your kid's soccer game, or grabbing a Maca Bullet coffee and an acai bowl on your way into the office.

No time to stop? No problem. Pack a cooler in your car with meals, treats and drinks for the day! On my busy days you will typically see a cooler in my front seat packed full of fresh pressed juices, hummus, raw vegetables, and RX Bars. I always have snacks on hand in case I get into a bind, and do not have time for a ‘real’ lunch. Mornings can get crazy and hectic, especially if you have children, so I suggest packing the cooler at night before bed and leaving it in the fridge.

For more snack ideas check out our Instagram and Facebook page.

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Jennifer Khosla

Founder, Lean and Green Body.  Mind Body Wellness Practitioner, Holistic Nutrition Specialist and Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher; Jennifer Khosla received her B.S. in Athletic Training from Springfield College. She later went on to study clinical dietetics, holistic nutrition and modalities to heal the body naturally through nutrition and lifestyle. 

Clean Eating

Clean Eating | Lean and Green Body Blog

It’s not all about the macros. Recently everyone seems to be so focused on macronutrients, consuming enough protein in proportion to the amount of fat and carbohydrates. Paleo, macrobiotics, carbohydrate loading, gluten free, vegan... there are so many labels boxing us in to how we eat. Instead of boxing yourself into a label and a specific group - eat foods that fuel your body and nourish your soul. Eat in a way that honors where you are today, and where you would like to be in a week, a month, and in a year from now. What does that look like for you?

Our dietary focus needs to be on eating clean, eating in a way that honors our body and soul. We need to prioritize what’s important when it comes to our food. Understanding where our food comes from, and how it will work and digest in our bodies; these need to be our priorities. Clean eating simply means consuming whole unrefined foods in their natural state, with minimal processing and preservatives. Think potato instead of french fries, apple instead of apple pie... eating ingredients and foods in their natural state. With clean eating, we want to minimize or eliminate the use of preservatives.

How long will it take for that avocado to start rotting on your counter? In general, the faster a food begins to rot on your counter or in your fridge, the easier it will be for your body to break it down and digest it. I suggest consuming foods that are bioavailable, foods that our bodies can recognize, break down, and utilize.

Instead of attaching a label to your diet, eat in a way that honors your body. Every time you eat, think about fueling your body. What would be a better option for you? Which will sustain your energy? How will you feel an hour after eating? These are all things to consider when choosing foods. Eat foods that make you feel good, inside and out. Eat foods that increase your energy, making you feel vibrant and ready to take on the day.

Where do you begin? Start by eliminating all processed foods from your house. You are the gate keeper, it is your job to control what foods come in. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store where the fresh, whole, clean foods are. Begin to choose healthier options for you and your family.

Everyone’s dietary needs are slightly different depending on our current health status and our goals. Consider what your body requires today, and what it will need to help you meet your goals. Eating clean, whole foods, and eliminating processed and refined foods, will ultimately lead to a healthier and more vibrant you!

Clean Eating | Lean and Green Body Blog

To learn more about clean eating join us for our Nutrition Talk on Wednesday, March 29 at Delicious Raw (Pavilion Location) beginning at 6:00pm with an all levels yoga class. Please RSVP to jennifer@delraw.com.

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Jennifer Khosla

Founder, Lean and Green Body.  Mind Body Wellness Practitioner, Holistic Nutrition Specialist and Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher; Jennifer Khosla received her B.S. in Athletic Training from Springfield College. She later went on to study clinical dietetics, holistic nutrition and modalities to heal the body naturally through nutrition and lifestyle.