The Skinny on Detox Diets

Paleo-detox-cleanseI’m compelled to write more about detox diets and cleanse programs now that the biggest time of the year for weight loss is nearing.  The number one New Year’s resolution is to lose weight.  However it is estimated that less than 9% of people will actually achieve their weight loss goals.   It’s kind of surprising when you consider the fact that the weight loss industry spends BILLIONS of dollars marketing diets, pills, gimmicks, procedures, etc.

If you are embarking on a weight loss journey, you may be compelled to participate in a ‘detox cleanse’.  Depending on the type of program you choose, this may do very little for your weight loss efforts and in fact, it can even worsen your situation.

Calorie restricted programs that rely on juices and liquids for the majority of the cleanse can really slow down your metabolism and make it even harder for you to lose weight. Your body is smarter than you realize.  Imagine that the inside of your body is made up of thousands of workers.  They are responsible for the processes in your body like digesting food, storing calories for energy, transporting nutrients and oxygen to your cells, etc.  To do their jobs they need calories for energy.  If you restrict calories to your body, your workers will be hesitant to use them to do their jobs.  They may think to themselves, ‘Maybe we should store these calories instead of using them just in case we don’t get many more.  We can slow down some of our processes so that we utilized less calories.”  This is basically the exact opposite of what you want to happen when you are trying to lose weight.  You want to give your workers the proper nutrition they need, through healthy calories, so they can do their jobs efficiently.  Your body needs all types of calories from carbs, healthy fats and protein, to function at its best.  The way to do this is by embarking on a whole foods cleanse, one that reduces toxins in your body while also speeding up your metabolism and helping to burn extra calories.

Our 14-day Paleo Detox cleanse does just that. It’s unlike most other cleanses where you drink liquids and feel hungry all day. This cleanse removes hormones, steroids and refined foods from your diet while providing your body with the nutrition needed to function at its best.  As a result of eating frequent whole meals as outlined in our plan, your metabolism will speed up and burn calories more efficiently.

Please be wary of extreme cleanses or pills that promise to melt away the pounds.  Weight loss has been and always will be about eating whole foods that provide your body with good nutrition while balancing the amount of calories you take in with the amount of calories you burn.  There is no pill that can do that for you. Just healthy eating and making smart choices.

 

 

Paleo Banana Nut Muffin Recipe

Paleo-Banana-Nut-Muffin-RecipeThese Paleo banana nut muffins make it EASY to enjoy delicious food with none of the guilt! Gluten free, won’t cause inflammation in the body!

Yields about 16 muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 3 medium bananas
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  •  5 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  •  1/4 tsp sea salt
  •  1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Paleo-Banana-Nut-Nuffin-Recipe-21 tbsp vanilla

Directions for making the Paleo Banana Nut Muffin Recipe:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Line a muffin pan with non stick liners.

Get out 2 separate big bowls.  In one bowl, mash up the bananas good.  Then add the eggs, coconut oil, honey, apple sauce and vanilla. Mix good.  In the other bowl, mix together the coconut flour, salt, cinnamon, walnuts and baking soda.

Next, add your dry ingredients to the bowl with the bananas.  Mix it up well. It will start to get thick.  Keep mixing it to get all the lumps out the best you can. It will be very thick, it looks like you need to add water to it but you don’t.

Once all ingredients are mixed together, spoon into muffin liners.  I used an ice cream scoop.  Fill the liners almost all the way to the top, leave some room as they do rise just a little bit.

Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

 

 

 

Paleo / Gluten Free Coconut Flour Pancakes

This is probably the best Paleo coconut flour pancake recipe I have tried. It’s very easy and fast to prep the ingredients.  If you cook even semi-Paleo, you will have everything in the house already. If not- go get them because all of the ingredients are worth keeping in your baking cabinet if you plan on making more Paleo recipes.

It’s about 5 minutes worth of prep and less than 10 minutes of cooking.

Paleo-coconut-flour-pancakesThe details:

  • Serving Size: 1 recipe
  • Calories per serving: 145
  • Fat per serving: 5 grams

Paleo Coconut Flour Pancake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 egg whites
  •  1/4 cup coconut flour
  •  1/2 cup almond milk Unsweetened almond milk (the vanilla flavor adds a bit of good sweetness to the recipe)
  •  1 teaspoon vanilla
  •  1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  •  1/8 teaspoon salt
  •  1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (or more if you want)

Combine everything in a bowl. Whisk together real good to get all of the lumps out. At first it may seem like the batter is too thick and dry- but they cook up real moist and delicious!

Make sure your skillet is hot and coated with a FF spray or coconut oil. I used an ice cream scooper to measure the batter and pour it in the skillet.

Cook about 4-6 mins each side- depending on how hot your skillet is. You want them to be golden brown on each side.

I poured real Maple Syrup over mine. They were good!

Paleo Banana Bread Protein Smoothie

After an intense cross training boot camp session at UFZ in Monmouth County, your body needs protein to refuel and recover.  The Paleo banana bread protein smoothie is one of our favorites because not only does it give us a dose of 30 grams of all natural, organic, NON GMO and hormone free protein, but it also tastes delicious!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1  cup water
  • 1 serving IDLife organic, hormone free Vanilla protein powder
  • 1 frozen banana, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (or more depending on your taste)

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine all ingredients in high speed blender and blend until smooth.  Adjust nutmeg to desired taste.


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