Welcome to Week 1 of our 4 week spring cleaning plan! By now hopefully you have cleared out the sugar and starchy carbs - and all other processed foods. During the next 4 weeks we will follow a plan that emphasizes clean protein and lower carbohydrate over all, which will also help us move into a more fat-burning mode for energy- and weight loss- as well as helping to weed our inner gardens. The next food group to think seriously about is dairy. This can be a very controversial topic! There are many people who have difficulty digesting lactose - and for those individuals the undigested lactose can cause bloating, gas, lots of discomfort and fuel our less healthy bugs. Fermented dairy however - yogurt, kefir- has lots of healthy bacteria and are considered probiotic foods. For this initial phase- because the goal is to weed the entire garden- it is best to limit- or even eliminate- yogurt. However- if you NEVER have discomfort with dairy - feel free to reduce the yogurt - and I mean plain 2% or full fat yogurt only- slowly. Instead- and especially for breakfast- think of adding in eggs and whey protein (preferably from grass-fed cows). Whey protein can make a great shake and can replace yogurt as a topping for berries and nuts! The next installment will cover what foods to start emphasizing and a basic meal plan.
Finally - drink LOTS of water. Coffee is also fine- but green tea is best!