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Figgin' It.

Posted Aug 20 2013 6:14pm
Hey loveys,

Ok so now that the week has begun and my crazy weekend has wrapped up, I've been in serious detox mode. I'm not really doing a "detox" per se, but I've been drinking an INSANE amount of water (I've peed over 10 times today... FYI), adding lemon to my water in the mornings (a natural blood detoxifier) and have been literally eating only fruits and veggies... and meat. I know it's only Tuesday but let me tell you what I've ate so far this week
Monday
Breakfast - fresh strawberries/blueberries with frozen berries and vanilla almond milk blended into a smoothie
Lunch -  1 litre of green juice with a small can of tuna
Snack - Salad with hard boiled eggs and chick peas and tomatoes, cucumber and onion
Dinner - chicken tacos on romain lettuce instead of wraps with water

I had a lot of coffee yesterday because I think I was still slightly hung over from the weekend and it really just got me through the day.

Tuesday
Breakfast - same as above but half vanilla almond milk and half water because I ran out of almond milk
Snack - FIGS! First time ever...... more on that in a second.
Lunch - A huge salad of chopped romanie, cherry tomatoes, baby cucumbers, radishes and carrots along with a small can of plain tuna in water

My Lunch Salad!
Snack - leftover green juice and a banana

I've also already guzzeled 1.5 litres of water at work, not counting the 3 cups I had in the morning with lemon. This is why I can't stop peeing. And I only had 1 coffee today, I opted for Chinese Green Tea instead of my second cup!

Morning Lemon Water
I work across the street from a really big grocery store so yesterday on my lunch break I went over and picked up A TON of veggies and berries because my fridge is bare and I haven't done a good veggie haul in quite some time. I've actually been super duper lazy and gross when it comes to the foods I've been eating lately and my skin clearly shows it to the world, massive break out... but anyways...

Grocery Haul!
This is the massive haul I brought home. There is everything from fresh, Ontario grown blueberries in there to PC Organic Kale/Spinach/Chard mix (which I'm super excited to try). I think there's also bok choy, celery, cucumber, mini cucumbers, carrots, beets, orange and yellow bell peppers, strawberries, raspberries, kale, ginger, green onions, broccoli florets, figs.... I think that's about it. :) I was super excited and I still am. A lot of this stuff I'm going to juice (mmm carrot/beet/ginger juice is SO good) so hopefully it helps my not-so glowing skin become lots more glowing!

OK!! So exciting times people - as you can see as part of my list of foods that I bought yesterday, I purchased some figs. Now, I know people who LOVE figs, but I've never been able to bring myself to eat one because the look of them kind of freaked me out. However, because I was on this insane "Detox" kick, I basically grabbed any fruit or veggie in the friggen grocery store. So 8 figs made their way into my cart and into my fridge when I got home. I brought 2 to work today to try.

I literally had to Google "How To Eat A Fig" because I didn't even know what I was supposed to do with it.

Anyways, I learned that you basically wash them and twist off the stem and then eat it just how it is. BOOM.


There is my fig. Someone commented on Instagram that it looks like an alien mouth.... now all I can see is an aliens mouth. Perfect.

I really actually liked them and can't wait to eat some more when I get home. In true Sarah fashion however, I wanted to know the benefits of eating figs so I could share it with all of you. It also occurred to me that I haven't done a Food For Thought post in like 17 years, so tonight I'm going to do one on FIGS. Annnnnnnd go.

Food For Thought - Figs!
Ok so first off, when I Googled "Health Benefits of Figs" the first thing that came up was something that said figs are the healthiest foods... so score one for figs. They're part of the mulberry family and they grow on Ficus Trees! They are unique because they have an opening on them called "the eye" which doesn't connect to the tree but it just helps the fruit's development by increasing its communication with the environment (very zen figs.. very zen).

Blood Pressure - Figs are a super good source of potassium which is a mineral that helps control blood pressure. If you're diet is higher in sodium than it should be, eating extra potassium (aka figs) is always a great idea.

Fibre - figs are a good source of dietary fibre, in 8oz of figs, there's 5.8% of our daily intake of fibre. Fibre helps control weight by helping to cleanse the colon and keeps us feeling fuller longer!

Calcium - figs are also a fruit source for calcium. For those who don't eat dairy, figs are a good alternative when trying to get your daily calcium intake! The potassium in figs may also counteract the increased urinary calcium loss caused by high-salt diets which also helps in preventing bones from thinning out at a fast rate.

Cardiovascular Health - figs have been shown in animal studies to lower triglycerides in the blood! Hollllla... amazing.

Eye Health - studies have shown that eating 3 or more servings of fruit per day will help lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration by up to 36%! Um... hello. None of us want that, so start eating your 3 servings of fruits!
(source)

So basically figs are super healthy and should be a part of your dietary rotation. They are super delish too, and someone actually said you should spread fig with some nice cheese on a cracker, which I think sounds delightful!

Q: Are you a Fig Fan?
Q: Tell me, what's your favourite detox tip (I mean food wise, not supplement, detox pills wise)!
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