Cleanse your system naturally with these helpful tips
The Christmas festivities wouldn't be complete without lavish spreads too tempting to resist. Already dreading the damage to your waistline and arteries? We chatted with Weizel Gulfan, a certified Plant-Based nutritionist, macrobiotics expert, and managing partner of Cocogreen Plantbased Wholefoods Corp., to help us come up with a detox battle plan to balance all the rich food of the holidays.
STRIKE A BALANCE
Everything in moderation is the key to a healthy diet, and that is the central principle of macrobiotics. “Macrobiotics is a culinary discipline that emphasizes the yin and yang equilibrium in our bodies. Nothing is forbidden, but everything must be balanced,” shares Gulfan. “For example, if you have meat, you better have it with a lot of vegetables on the side. Overindulged at a party? Eat less the next day.” Macrobiotics also places a strong emphasis on plant-foods, whole grains, and fermented foods as a regular part of our diet.
If you're serious about detoxifying after an indulgent season, Gulfan suggests cutting out the following: “Meat, dairy, refined sugar, processed oil, gluten, nonfermented soy, and inorganic foods, in this order.” Must we cut out meat? Gulfan explains, “Animal fat is hard to digest and is full of allergens to our body. Most disease of affluence like diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, obesity, celiac and other auto-immune diseases stem from an overindulgence in animal protein.” Gulfan also recommends eating meat sparingly.
CHOOSE HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVES
Shifting to a healthier diet calls for smarter food choices and portion control. Gulfan shares, “When opting for bread, choose whole grain or sourdough. Brown rice is always a better substitute, as the complex starch in it takes longer to break down.”
Remember it's important to enjoy your food. Says Gulfan, “We don't believe in deprivation; we do, however, encourage smart combinations when it comes to indulgences. If you have a sweet tooth, opt for tropical fruits... If you're a cookie monster, then choose dairy-free and gluten-free.”
A quick way to detox is via water and the popular juice cleanse, but make sure you're actually getting the latter authentically cold-pressed, organic, and are drinking more vegetables than fruits. Gulfan suggests detoxifying about once a month.
To maintain healthy eating habits, Gulfan advises, “Change happens gradually for it to be sustainable as a lifestyle. If you fall back, just adjust the following day... Whatever it is you're munching on, eat it slowly, savor every bite. The attitude of gratitude goes a long way.” Weizel Gulfan offers consultation services free of charge. Cocogreen, 2/F Picasso Boutique Hotel, L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. For more information, contact (+63916) 641- 4309, e-mail email@example.com, or visit www.cocogreen.ph.