To begin the new year, Brian & I have decided to give our bodies a break. We were certainly blessed with a bountiful table these last couple of months and it was all delicious but, well, we’re feeling a bit sluggish ya’ know? So, we will be starting every morning in January drinking a lovely detox drink made of water, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and maple syrup.
Lemon juice has so many health benefits. It promotes fresher breath, ensures balanced pH levels in the body, improves digestive function, strengthens the immune system, promotes skin repair, cleanses and revitalizes the urinary tract, detoxifies the liver, promotes faster healing and regeneration, and effectively curbs appetite. Plus it tastes and smells fantastic!
Cayenne Pepper has anti-irritant properties, has the ability to east upset stomach, ulcers, sore throats, spasmodic and irritating coughs, and diarrhea. It is an anti-cold and flu agent, aids in breaking up and moving congested mucus. It has anti-fungal properties and can also aid in migraine headache prevention. It also has anti-allergen properties, is a digestive aid, a joint-pain reliever, and has antibacterial properties.
Maple Syrup has higher levels of beneficial nutrients, antioxidants, and phytochemical than white table sugar, making it an excellent natural sweetener. It can also lower inflammation and better manage blood sugar.
We are starting each morning with a glass of this lemon drink (recipe below) before drinking or eating anything else.
So far we are really liking it.
In addition to this routine, we’ve also decided to do without coffee / caffeine. We’ve really only had one cup of coffee each morning, but lately we both have noticed that we’re not even finishing that. I think our bodies are telling us something. We’ve opted for a naturally decaffeinated green tea and are finding it quite refreshing.
Of course our diets need a bit of an overhaul too. We have found our portion sizes a bit too large and are not eating as many leafy greens as we should so this month we will be making a concentrated effort on that. To help with this, I’ve picked up this book
The Food Lover’s Cleanse by Sara Dickerman for Bon Appetit. Each year for the last 6 years Bon Appetit magazine published a two week cleansing meal plan, complete with recipes. It has been such a hit they decided to create a cookbook that has a two week cleanse for every season…recipes included. Since it is Winter here we will be doing the Winter cleanse.
Now, we usually have wine with dinner and the cleanse plan does allow moderate alcohol consumption, but we’ve decided to pass on that this month as well. Water is a good thing and we haven’t been drinking as much of it as we should so that will be our beverage of choice…and maybe an occasional mocktail!
Here’s the recipe for the lemon drink in case you would like to give it a try.
Lemon Detox Beverage
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Tablespoon Maple Syrup
Pinch of Cayenne
10 ounces warm water.
I’ll be checking in here periodically throughout the month to let you know how things are going.
So, are you working on any new dietary plans for yourself and/or family? I’d love to know what your up to.
Thanks so much for stopping by.