For a clean slate in 2018, discover three easy ways to detox your life.
Detox your diet
At Blessed by Nature, we love food way too much to suggest a juice cleanse or a restrictive detox. Instead, when we want to recalibrate our systems, we cut back on a few of the key aggressors in our diets, such as dairy, sugar, meat, processed foods and alcohol, and ramp up our intake of vegetables, fruit, legumes and whole grains.
A gentle way to detox your diet is to embrace raw and vegan foods. It’s never been easier to follow a vegan diet, thanks to the delicious range of plant-based milks, cheeses and meat substitutes available. If you don’t want to ditch meat and dairy altogether, commit to making Mondays meat-free, or follow the lead of The New York Times restaurant reviewer Mark Bittman, who eats vegan until 6pm each day.
Describing his ‘vegan before dinnertime’ approach on Leonard Lopate’s radio show, Bittman said:
“My arrangement with myself is that from the time I wake up until dinner I eat only fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. I don’t even eat white bread during the day. And then starting at dinner, I do. I have one meal a day when I do pretty much what I want, which is normally quite indulgent.”
Now that’s a diet we can get behind.
Cleanse your beauty cabinet
Once you’ve detoxed your diet, it’s time to do the same to your beauty cabinet. Look for products that contain natural and organic ingredients, like the Australian-made skincare range from Blessed by Nature. Packed with powerful antioxidants, hydrating oils and cleansing botanicals, the Blessed by Nature collection is kind on your skin and the environment.
Try a retoning facial scrub with crushed walnut shells and green tea; an antioxidant daily renewal cream with cocoa, rose and lavender; or a botanical body lotion with mandarin and macadamia for natural beauty products that sound good enough to eat.
Go on a digital detox
One of our New Year’s resolutions for 2018 is to improve the quality of our sleep, and one of the easiest ways to do that is to cut down on the amount of screen time in the evening. But it goes beyond getting a good night’s sleep. You’ll also improve your engagement with family and friends by reducing your time on social media and work emails.
Try these simple ideas for a digital detox:
- Make meal times a digital-free zone
- Switch off your TV, phone and laptop an hour before bed
- Dedicate one morning of the weekend to getting off the couch, out of the house and into a family activity, such as a trip to the beach or a ballgame in the park.