Multi-talented health coach, cookbook writer, wellness speaker, and founder of Walker Well-Being, Tammy Walker is all about making long-term healthy choices. It can be incredibly difficult to make positive food choices all day long (our sweet tooth tends to go into overdrive come 3P.M.), so this week Tammy is lending a hand and sharing her favorite healthy lifestyle tips on our blog.
Along with open-toe shoes, daylight savings, and pastel nails, a light detox is one of my favorite signs of spring. I don’t mean the drastic, liquid-only measures that leave you hangry (hungry + angry) and dead tired. Those diets can often have a rebound effect (i.e. the inevitable post-detox “I deserve it!” bender) that negates the whole effort.
Instead, I recommend embracing more naturally detoxifying whole foods that support your liver, kidneys, and colon (the detox organs) in doing what they’re meant to do. This spring, hit the reset button, increase your energy and improve digestion by eating more of these in-season detox foods.
A few weeks ago, after a particularly gluttonous weekend, I decided enough was enough—I needed to reset my body and my taste buds. I enlisted the help of my friends Emily Parr and Nicole Moke, Equinox's star PR team, who suggested I check out Dr. Jeffrey Morrison's ten-day detox.
At Morrison Health, his New York-based clinic, Dr. Morrison specializes in environmental medicine, or the idea that our bodies are bombarded by toxins on a daily basis (chemicals, pollution, synthetic ingredients) that can cause everything from anxiety and insomnia, to skin issues and hormonal imbalances. He’s not a juice cleanse advocate; instead, he prescribes a period of extremely clean eating. By modifying your diet, he says you can eventually help your body better heal itself.
This week’s guest blogger, Rodan Luo, is a lawyer by day and stylish blogger by night. We can’t get enough of her blog, full of eloquent musings and excellent advice. Since she’s also one of our jetsetter role models (the frequent traveler was most recently in Sayulita, Mexico), she’ll be blogging all week about ways to make travel even more awesome.
(image via: whole-body-detox-diet.com)
When I was young summer meant three things: swimming pools, watermelon, and vacation. Now that I’m older, traveling has become one of the most important things in my life and one of the main reasons I continue to love summer so much. I’ll be here all week to give tips and ideas to make travel (and recovering from travel) easy and fun.
Since most of us are in Memorial Day Recovery Mode, today I’m focusing on the importance of detoxing. Our bodies work naturally to detoxify every day, but sometimes they become overloaded (those margaritas, that pan of brownies). Detoxing is a great way to help our body rebalance itself. Here are three skin detox ideas that will help you achieve glowing skin without the commitment of a raw food diet or juice cleanse.
I attempted a juice cleanse once, and I only made it 48 hours before I completely broke down and reached for a bowl of pasta. But in the the two days that I did manage to stay disciplined and stick to my liquid diet regimen, I noticed two positive outcomes:
1. I didn’t need any coffee to feel energized. The juices gave me a clarity and energy that I wasn’t expecting.
2. My skin was glowing. I’ve never gotten so many compliments in such a short amount of time.
Since then, I’ve been toying with the idea of seriously juicing again, but I’m nervous that I’d give up halfway through. To bolster my confidence, I stopped by Juice Generation at Equinox Greenwich for their first Wellness Workshop, especially since yesterday’s session was on detoxing with nutrition and wellness coach, Tatiana Ridley
Long story short: I need to do a cleanse, stat. Click through to find out if you should detox, too!
Ridley handed out a quiz last night to figure out if you were in need of serious detoxing. Answer the statements below as “True/False,” and if you have 5 or more “true,” consider a cleanse.
1. I often feel tired, sluggish, or lethargic.
2. I need caffeine in order to wake up in the morning.
3. I feel bloated from too much food or the wrong kinds of food.
4. I want more energy.
5. I drink fewer than 8 glasses of water per day.
6. I tend to get sick easily.
7. I eat processed, take out and/or fast food more than 4 times a week.
8. I drink alcoholic beverages more than 3 times per week.
9. I have cravings for sugary and salty foods.
10. I reward myself with a treat after exercise.
That being said, cleanses can take a serious toll on your body since it’s flushing toxins out of your system. Ridley also gave some great tips to keep in mind before jumping on the detox bandwagon. For one, don’t start a juice-only diet without consulting a medical professional first. Also, if you’re an athlete, be aware that you should switch to a low intensity workout and stay away from strenuous exercises while you’re cleansing.
If you’d rather give juicing a test-drive before you commit, try Ridley’s favorite juice, Cooler Cleanse's Essential Green, using the recipe below:
Handful of spinach
3 stalks of celery
Small handful of parsley
3 leaves of green kale
2 Bartlett pears, seeded
¼ lemon, peeled
½ cucumber, peeled
Instructions: Bunch up spinach, parsley and kale, and push through juicer with celery, and pear. Follow with cucumber and lemon. Scrape off the foam and serve over ice. For variation, add dandelion greens or watercress.
Juice Generation’s next Wellness Workshop with Holistic Health Coach Robin Youkilis is Thursday, February 9th at 7pm. RSVP here!
You wouldn’t know it from how much we talk about cookies, but Birchbox staffers are a pretty healthy bunch. We love our veggies and mind-clearing workouts, and are always up to try the latest fitness class or nutrition bar. Which is why we have new regular column: Well-Balanced. Check back weekly for our latest wellness obsession.
After a Thanksgiving holiday filled with nonstop eating and drinking, I’m due for a little de-puffing. I gave up diets long ago, but I like the idea of an occasional detox. I don’t mean the Master Cleanse variety — my idea of a detox is going a week without drinking, a few days without processed foods, or even just a weekend of yoga and only homecooked meals.
My latest cleansing tool: Kusmi Tea. The Paris-based brand has a range of high-quality teas, but I especially love the wellness blends. Their Detox tea is made from green tea, mate, and lemon grass, all of which spur digestion, flush out toxins, and generally undo your Thanksgiving damage. It’s aromatic and smooth, with none of the bitterness that lesser green teas can carry — I’ve been sipping it in the afternoons instead of coffee. A few more vinyasa classes and I’ll be back to normal just in time for the next round of holiday feasting.
Another tea that does wonders for digestion: Chamomile. Try Zhena’s blend, which is one of our faves.
Back in January, I was all about getting a fresh start. I filled my fridge with kale, almond milk, and tofu, and swore I’d cut back on cocktails and cookies. This lasted a couple weeks…until the combination of frigid temps and oodles of work triggered a relapse into my profligate ways. Sigh. Happily, my beauty resolutions have actually stuck — I’ve tossed out old mascaras, added SPF to my daily regimen, and am being positively reckless with the bold lip colors. And the whole detox thing hasn’t been a complete failure: I’m a total convert to dry brushing, which I’m convinced makes me look slimmer and more toned — even after too much feasting.
Lately, I have a new non-detox detox favorite: The Organic Pharmacy’s Detox Cellulite Body Oil. I slather it all over my arms and legs right after the shower and the zesty, juniper- and grapefruit-infused oil makes me feel awake and energized. The best part, though, is how it keeps my limbs moisturized all day — much more effective than lotion. Doubtful whether this detox oil is having any sort of effect on my liver, but it definitely gives me a mood and body boost.
Want to learn more about dry brushing? Read our guide. For the best beauty-boosting foods, check out The Great Beauty Diet.
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It’s only December 27th but we’re already thinking about how we’re going to detox in the new year. Our skin is easy - hello Naturopathica Pear Fig Enzyme Peel - but what about our tummies and minds? We’re thinking about giving Mark Bittman’s Vegan Til Dinner a go, combined with copious amounts of Mala Yoga, but this Bon Appetit Food-Lovers Cleanse is pretty tempting. Fresh, healthful ingredients, tasty preparations, lots of color and spice — if only we could work from home for two weeks!
How about you? Are you doing anything different in 2011, beauty, health, or wellness-wise?