No Time Like the Present
So I decided today that there is no time like the present to do a detox. While everyone is munching on their 2 lbs boxes of chocolates, I have decided to detox from sugar. I know what you are thinking, "Wow, Michelle, but it 's Christmas; live a little." I look at things a little differently than other people.
First of all, Christmas is on December 25th which is a couple weeks away. Secondly, I like to feel the best I can every day. If I have a bunch of junk running through my body that is exactly how I am going to feel; like a bunch of junk. I have come a long way in the food arena. I am at a place that I can easily go without foods that I enjoyed that could possibly affect my health, focus or energy for the day. Don't get me wrong over the weekend I will be enjoying some homemade vanilla ice cream, which has zero sugar in it and tastes amazing!
My health is a major priority. Many people depend on me and if I am not functioning at my best, it may be a challenge to help them in the best way I can. I am at a place in my life that I refuse to be less than my best .
Anyway, I figured that there is no way like starting the New Year right, by starting it now!
Sample detox day of food:
Juice from one lemon, water, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, 3-4 drops of stevia glycerite
20 minutes later:
2 shots of espresso with MCT oil and coconut milk
Simple omelette with a huge handful of spinach and a sprinkle of raw cheese on top
Salad with sliced chicken breast, an avocado (yes, a whole avocado!) topped with homemade ranch dressing
Smoothie - HUGE handful of spinach, juice 1 lemon, 2 inches of fresh ginger, coconut water, 1 tablespoon collagen hydrolysate
Grass fed burger with raw cheese, cherry tomatoes and homemade mayo
What is Collagen Hydrolysate?
According to Nourishing Traditions and much of the information I’ve read from the Weston A. Price foundation, there are various health benefits to Gelatin, including:
- Supports skin, hair and nail growth
- Good for joints and can help joint recovery
- Can help tighten loose skin
- Can improve digestion since it naturally binds to water and helps food move more easily through the digestive tract
- Rumored to help improve cellulite
- Great source of dietary collagen
- Source of protein its specific amino acids can help build muscle.
As one company explains:
Gelatin is a good source of protein (6 grams per Tablespoon), collagen and amino acids (it has 18, 9 of which are essential). Of these amino acids, Glycine is reported to help liver function and Lysine is utilized in muscle building and calcium absorption. Because of this, gelatin is often included in recipes for homemade baby formula, as it also helps digest milk proteins.
Hydrolyzed Collagen is unique in its amino acid structure because of its high amounts of glycine, lysine and proline, which are found in lower amounts in other protein food supplements. These particular amino acids are found to generate cell growth much quicker because the natural ability to produce supporting amounts of connective tissue diminishes after the age of 25. Hydrolyzed Collagen is more easily digested because of its low molecular weight and is absorbed within 30 minutes. All of the amino acids collectively are beneficial to cell reproduction, but it is the distinctive spectrum of this product that impacts the metabolic pathways to healthy tissue.
Hydrolyzed Collagen is beneficial in replacing the synovial fluids between the joints and secondly, to repair and build cartilage weakened by overuse through impact and stress. Our bodies are made up of 30% collagen of which 70% of these proteins are connective tissue made of collagen.
Hydrolyzed Collagen is the missing link in supplying amino acids like glycine, proline and lysine that are required by the body to build connective tissue to regulate cell growth. It will benefit hair, skin tissue, muscle, cartilage, ligaments and blood cell growth. Some doctors are referring to this product as the new anti-aging product of the century.