One of the first places to start detoxifying your life can be in the simplest of places: your kitchen. On our last Mamavation TV show, we had the chance to chat with Mamavation Dietician, Corinne Dobbas, as well as Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Jean Layton. Dee, Elizabeth, and Toni have each had a chance — as a part of our Bootcamp — to speak one-on-one with both Corinne and Dr. Jean to get some pointers about their nutrition and overall health.
So what are some of the basic tips that Corinne and Dr. Jean have to offer?
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase, “American diet?” Most likely, you immediately picture fast food, soda, cookies, fried everything, and more. This is exactly what Corinne and Dr. Jean discussed with the Mamavation community.
The problems with the “American diet”
- The American diet doesn’t have enough fruits, vegetables, or whole grains.
- We spend too much of our eating time doing other things rather than eating “mindfully.” When we think about what we eat, we tend to be more satisfied.
- Our food sources tend to be primarily fast food. This doesn’t mean that the food comes from a drive thru. Instead, it’s food we can grab on the run. These foods are generally processed and not at all clean.
- Most of what we consume is made up of starches. This drives our blood sugar levels up higher than they need to be and can lead us to blood sugar crashes.
What advice do they offer?
- Begin eating more fruits and vegetables. There are still carbs in these foods, but they contain more fiber which leads to a better balance and will make us feel much better.
- Listen to and learn from your hunger and fullness cues by eating mindfully. Pay attention while you’re eating to actually enjoy your food rather than eat quickly and on the go.
- Avoid getting calories from drinks like sodas, sweet teas, lemonade, and fruit juices. They don’t actually benefit you and only add to the calorie intake that could be used for other whole, unprocessed foods.
What can we do right now?
When it comes to making changes in your kitchen, don’t jump up right now and throw everything away that is sitting in your cabinet. A change in the kitchen and in our pantries takes time. There are a few things you can do as you use up the items you already have:
- Cook at home! Even if you aren’t cooking the healthiest of foods, you will remove the extra sodium and sugar that restaurants and fast food places have in their food. This sodium and sugar tricks our bodies into wanting to go back again and again.
- Stop buying anything in a box that has two layers of packaging. Apples in a plastic bag? That’s only one layer. Cereal in a box? Remember, it comes in the cardboard box and then in the plastic bag. In general, that means it’s a processed food rather than a whole food.
- Eat a good breakfast in the morning. Aim for protein, and avoid the sweetened drinks like juice. Consider protein and fruit.
Our Mamavation Moms are following a low glycemic diet. This type of diet helps regulate their blood sugar so that they won’t “crash” between meals. When we crash, our bodies have used up the sugar (both natural and added) that foods can contain. This leaves the body feeling tired and worn down and results in craving more sugar.
What else can we do to detoxify? Check out the show from Monday night (at the top of this post), and be sure to join us next week when we talk about fitting fitness into your daily life.