Detox Your Life: Part 1

20.01.15 Eat, Learn Blog SumoSalad

I love the start of a new year, I see it as a great time to detox your life, set goals and use the following 12 months to gauge the progress toward my greater goals. Over the next few weeks I’ll be taking you through some tips to clean out your diet, mind, wardrobe and outlook on life!

In this post I’ll be taking you through food, technology and your mind.

Detox Your Kitchen

I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

We can appreciate that if we eat poorly our health and energy will reflect this. The same goes for eating a diet of high nutrition that feeds our body to operate optimally. Detoxing can be fun and will ultimately help you feel great.

In my household, life gravitates around my open plan kitchen. It is the eating and social hub of the house and it’s also where temptation starts and where I begin with my de-cluttering and removing those tempting items.

Be honest and ruthless when it comes to clearing out your fridge, pantry and treats stash; I know you have one! My own weakness is honey chicken soy potato crisps; I have very little willpower if these babies are lurking in my home.

To prepare your house for the new year cleanse, you’ll need to get rid of any existing food nasties.

Start with your pantry, here you should remove (or donate) processed or tinned items, packet pasta, chips, biscuits and white rice.

Next up; the fridge. Again, if it’s processed I would encourage you to stop buying it. Look out for items with added sugar especially.

Blend up those leftovers - a dash of mint can make all the difference!

Blend up those leftovers – a dash of mint can make all the difference!

  • Drinks The aim is to get rid of artificial ingredients or caffeine so substitute fizzy soft drink, coffee or other drinks that are high in sugar, for a juice or flavored herbal tea. Have it hot or cold and add a little honey or agave syrup to sweeten.
  • Fruit & Veg if you have existing produce that is approaching its use by date, here are a couple of uses for them until your next shop:
    • JUICE IT UP! Put them into a blender with ginger, some fresh lemon and ice along with any herbs you might have for a great juice. I put mine in a glam crystal glass to have a bit of fun with it. Left over juice will keep well in an airtight container in the fridge for approximately 2 days.
    • GET YOUR FRITTATA ON! Great for any veg like potatoes, zucchini or cauliflower. These can be finely chopped or grated into a tray lined with baking paper, along with 6-12 lightly beaten eggs, seasoning and some fresh herbs. Top with any seasoning you have available, like nuts, seeds or chilli flakes. Bake in a fan assisted oven at 200 degrees for approximately 20 minutes or until cooked through.

Once you’ve cleaned out the nasties, you’re ready to fill up your fridge and pantry with less refined and healthier options.


Detox Your Technology

Let’s talk about tech, baby.

Move away from the iPhone.

Move away from the iPhone

Are you a slave to your phone, emails and social media habits? Let’s get you looking outside at the world rather than into a screen.

These days, we all need to make a conscious effort to drag ourselves away from our screens. It can be alarming to look up and notice how much time we’ve spent with our nose in our smart phone, tablets or personal computers.

Cut down your TV viewing

Make an effort to have at least one TV free day in your week. Many of us are over stimulated with digital information and would benefit greatly by incorporating stillness into our routines. Try reading a book, exercising, meditating or spending time with a friend or loved one.

I took TV out of my daily life three years ago and can honestly say I have never looked back! My kids and I have movie night every Friday, downloading a movie of the week. It is a treat and my kids now enjoy playing or reading more.

Social media can be a time wasting pit

If many of us were to use a journal to log the minutes spent on social media we would be alarmed. They add up quickly. Time is precious and something we cannot replace. Making a conscious effort limit the time you spend on sites like Facebook, YouTube and the like.

Tips to keep social media without having it take over your life are:

  1. Schedule a social media free day
  2. Schedule 15 minutes a day for personal social media
  3. Stream line your social media platforms. Do you really need and use all of your accounts?
  4. Spend a week logging the time spent on social media and be honest with yourself. Are you procrastinating or is your time spent well?


Detox your Mind

Messy mind = messy life!

Learn to be comfortable with your thoughts

Learn to be comfortable with your thoughts

Once you’ve cut down on your technology, you can start the battle to de-clutter your mind. It’s hard work to find stillness in your thoughts!

Try a daily practice of meditation, morning and night, and you will find that persistence pays off. It was introduced to me while travelling in Hong Kong and is now the main tool I use to diffuse any stress and anxiety seeping into my life.

There are several ways to approach meditation. Most importantly be curious!

  1. Start with a guided meditation, whilst you are still exploring you can find some online (free pass to use YouTube!).
  2. Research techniques and practices
  3. Join a local meditation center
  4. Find a meditation teacher that resonates with you and embark on their teachings

Other steps to de-clutter and rejuvenate your mind:

  • Incorporate daily physical movement such as walking and other forms of exercise to aid oxygenation of your blood, stimulate happy endorphins and keep the body agile
  • Get out into nature; nothing compares

And that’s it for now! Give the above a go for a few weeks and I guarantee you’ll feel rejuvenated.

Look out for my upcoming tips for a sleek wardrobe, how to keep it simple and the benefits of practicing gratitude.

Want more tips from Kerrie? Check out her Top 5 Tips for a Successful Year.

For information on meditation and the courses Kerrie offers, email her at: kerrie@micromiraclesmatter.com

POSTED BY: Kerrie Otto de Grancy

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