In essence, clean eating is a lifestyle that emphasizes whole, healthy, unprocessed foods to maximize your health Clean eating is NOT, however, a diet or a detox, which can be harmful to already healthy breastfeeding moms or moms-to-be. That said, adding naturally detoxifying foods is a great way to eliminate excess toxins in your body while maintaining a healthy eating plan.
This season, in addition to spring cleaning your home, try spring cleaning your diet too with these 6 simple tips.
- Hydrate. Water is part of every metabolic process in our body and also helps keep the level of our body salts in check. Adequate hydration helps to ensure that all systems run smoothly and that excess toxins are excreted in the urine. Here are some delicious infused water recipes from momme meals that also include many natural detoxifiers including ginger, pineapple, basil, and lemon.
- Eliminate Processed Foods and Added Sugars. Processed foods are an easy place for excess sugars, fat, salt, and chemicals to hide. Instead, opt for natural whole foods momme meals that maintain their food integrity. Your body will thank you!
- Don’t Forget the Protein. It is important to include muscle-building protein in your meals throughout the day. (For more information on why protein is important, check out this post.) Choose hormone, steroid antibiotic free lean meat sources, wild caught fish sources, or plant proteins. Here is a great momme meals chicken recipe.
- Include Naturally Detoxifying Foods. Eating whole foods is great for clean eating, and there are some foods that are natural detoxifiers too. Here are some momme meals’ recipes that are full of these detoxifiers. Please note that these foods are recommended as part of a healthy eating plan, not to be eaten exclusively. A “detox diet,” based on restriction and elimination of food groups is not recommended, particularly during pregnancy and nursing.
- Ginger Tea detoxifying highlight: ginger
- Apple Cider Vinegar Redux detoxifying highlight: apple cider vinegar
- Shaved Asparagus Salad with Oranges and Toasted Sesame Vinaigrette detox highlights: asparagus, garlic, ginger
- Radish, Fennel & Arugula Salad with Curry Vinaigrette detox highlights: fennel, arugula, radish
- Exercise. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and sweat helps to naturally eliminate excess body salts and toxins that build up from the body’s metabolic processes. Be sure to get your health care provider’s approval before starting any new exercise routine while pregnant.
- Sleep. Ahh, what is sleep like, right? Right now you’re either pregnant, getting up every 2 hours to pee or you’re a new mom and getting up to feed, rock, or check on your little one. But when the stars align and you can get some much-needed rest, take advantage of it and aim for 7-9 hours. Your body repairs and rests during this time, and adequate sleep can help support and maintain healthy brain function (which we can all use while pregnant or post-partum, right?!).