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10 Vegan Recipes To Detox Your Day

10 Vegan Recipes To Detox Your Day

A Vegan Detox does not have to be a time set aside for boring foods and bland shakes. Having these tasty and vibrant vegan meals can help to keep you on your game and full of energy and vitality.

As each day goes by, your body is subjected to toxins in your environment, a diet that may possess too many processed foods, as well as the negative side effects of living a stressful lifestyle. Over time, this can interfere with your overall health and well being. A detox is when we give the body a rest so it can heal and do its job to the best of its ability.

By incorporating these recipes into your vegan lifestyle, you allow your body to detox on a regular basis — rather than going cold turkey for a week, like so many detox plans suggest.

Here are 10 vegan recipes guaranteed to keep your body in tiptop shape by nourishing your liver and ensuring it does its job of detoxing your body every day.

1. Lentil and Tofu Soup

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    Lentils provide the protein that assists in Phase 2 liver detoxification. Lentils are one of the easiest legumes to digest and have been shown to help reduce belly fat. This recipe freezes well also. So, try making a large batch that will provide you with several nutritious meals.

    2. Easy Chickpea Salad

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      The secret to this delicious salad is the wonderful dressing. Even while detoxing, it is important to be consuming oils for their omega content. The dressing in this recipe includes olive oil, herbs, and lemon juice, which are all great for the liver.

      3. Pomegranate Fennel Quinoa Salad

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        Quinoa is an excellent source of protein that is a great addition to any vegan lifestyle. The apple cider vinegar dressing complements the fennel, while the pomegranate seeds add vibrancy and colour to this salad, which is perfect on the side or as a meal on its own.

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        4. Roast Garlic Butternut Squash

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          This wonderful dish is an assortment of phytonutrients to go with the protein and fibre provided by quinoa, walnuts, tomato, and garlic. A warming dish, but one that can be enjoyed over the summer BBQ season also.

          5. Blueberry Kale Pops

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            Just because you are on a detox doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a treat. These treats are amazing. To keep it in super detox mode, be sure to juice the purple grapes yourself rather than buying packaged juice at the store.

            6. Green Smoothie Cups

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              This is a recipe that will save both time and money. There may have been times when you didn’t have the ingredients on hand to make a fresh green smoothie. That is not a problem when you have a good stock of these beauties in the freezer. Wonderful avocado, kale, and flaxseeds make these Green Smoothie Cups a meal in themselves.

              7. Vegan Green Smoothie

                When you think detox, you probably think green smoothies. I like to make mine up in batches. That way, there is always a glass or two available for the whole family to enjoy. By adding hemp powder, this is a powerful vegan green smoothie.

                8. Kale and Wheat Berry Salad with Tempeh

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                  This is a great recipe for anyone new to kale and needing some persuasion to indulge in it. The secret to any kale recipe is to make sure to remove the stem and only eat the leafy parts, as suggested in this recipe.

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                  9. Snap Pea Slaw with Creamy Cashew Dressing

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                    When you need to detox, you need to go green, green, green! This recipe is all of that with an addition of a creamy and delicious cashew dressing. Enjoy.

                    10. Curried Chickpeas and Kale

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                      This recipe is a paneer that uses chickpeas instead of cheese. Kale is used in this recipe, but if you feel you are all “kaled” out, you can always use spinach.

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                      Last Updated on September 15, 2020

                      4 Ways to Deal With Big Life Changes in a Positive Way

                      4 Ways to Deal With Big Life Changes in a Positive Way

                      Life changes are constant. Whether it’s in the workplace or our relationships, nothing in life ever remains the same for long.

                      Regardless of the gravity of change, it can always be a little scary. So scary, in fact, that some people are downright crippled by the idea of it, causing them to remain stagnant through anxiety.

                      Have you ever noticed how much of life’s transitional periods are riddled with anxious vibes? The quarter life crisis, the mid-life crisis, cold feet before getting married, retirement anxiety, and teenage angst are just a few examples of transitional periods when people tend to panic.

                      We can’t control every aspect of our lives, and we can’t stop change from happening. However, how we respond to change will greatly affect our overall life experience.

                      Here are 4 ways you can approach life changes in a positive way.

                      1. Don’t Fight It

                      I once heard one of my favorite yoga instructors say “Suffering is what occurs when we resist what is already happening.” The lesson has stuck with me ever since.

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                      Life changes are usually out of our control. Rather than trying to manipulate the situation and wishing things were different, try flowing with it instead.

                      Of course, some initial resistance is natural if we’re going into survival mode. Just make sure you are conscious of when this resistance is no longer serving you.

                      If you’re feeling anxious about impending life changes, it’s time to practice some techniques to address the anxiety directly. These can include meditation, exercise, talking with friends about how you’re feeling, or journaling.

                      If you’re worried about a big life change, such as starting a new job[1] or moving in with your partner, do your best to control your expectations. It may help you to talk with people you know about their experiences going through similar changes. This will help you form a realistic picture in your mind of what things will look like post-change.

                      2. Find Healthy Ways to Deal With Feelings

                      Whenever we’re in transitional periods, it can be easy to lose track of ourselves. Sometimes we feel like we’re being tossed about by life and like we’ve lost our footing, causing some very uncomfortable feelings to arise.

                      One way we can channel these feelings is by finding healthy ways to release them. For instance, whenever I find myself in a difficult transitional phase, I end up in a mixed martial arts studio.

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                      The physical activity helps me channel my emotions and release endorphins. It also helps me get in shape, which generally increases my mood and energy levels.

                      Exercise is important in cultivating positive emotions, but if you’re struggling with anxiety in particular, it’s important to cultivate a regular exercise routine as opposed to a one-off workout. One study found that “Aerobic exercise can promote increase in anxiety acutely and regular aerobic exercise promotes reduction in anxiety levels”[2].

                      If exercise isn’t your thing, there are other, less intense ways of cultivating positive emotions and reducing anxiety around life changes. You can try stretching, meditating, reading in nature, spending time with family and friends, or cooking a healthy meal.

                      Find what makes you feel good and helps you ground yourself in the present moment.

                      3. Reframe Your Perspective

                      Reframing perspectives is a very powerful tool used in life coaching. It helps clients take a situation they are struggling with, such as a major life change, and find some sort of empowerment in it.

                      Some examples of disempowered thinking during life changes include casting blame, focusing on negative details, or victimizing[3]. These perspectives can make awkward transitional phases much worse than they have to be.

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                      Meanwhile, if we utilize a more positive perspective, such as finding a lesson in the situation, realizing that there may be an opportunity for something, or that everything passes, we can come from a greater place of ease.

                      4. Find Time for Self-Reflection

                      Having time to reflect is important at any stage in your life, but it’s especially important during transitional periods. It’s quite simple really: we need our time to step back and get centered when things get a little crazy.

                      As a result, big life changes are perfect for doing some self-reflection. They are opportunities to check in with ourselves and practice getting grounded for a few minutes.

                      Take a look at this reflective cycle adapted from Glibb’s Self-reflection guide (1988):[4]

                      Use self-reflection when facing life changes.

                        Self-reflective exercises include meditating, yoga or journaling,[5] all of which require some quiet time to get yourself together.

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                        One study found that journal improves “self-efficacy, locus of control, and learning”[6]. A healthy sense of self-control can make the process of change easier to bear, so that in itself is a great reason to try self-reflection through journaling.

                        To learn how to start journaling, you can check out this article.

                        Final Thoughts

                        Big life changes may rock us for a little while, but they don’t have to be as bad as we initially perceive them. If handled in a positive manner, transitional periods can pave the way for some serious self-growth, reflection, and awareness.

                        Cultivate a sense of positivity and find ways to diminish the anxiety around life changes. Once you make it to the other side, you’ll be grateful that you made it through in the best way possible.

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