New Year Cleanse: Day 5 — Brown Rice Boost - The North County Moms

The boost is real! I rely on brown rice to energize me during my cleanses. It also warms my insides and is always a nice change of pace given the amount of raw veggies I consume during these three weeks.


Maria’s Observations 

Like most, if not all, of the foods I eat during these 21-days, brown rice is often my go-to when not cleansing, too. Compared to white rice, its hardy texture and chew add another check in the plus column. Access our household cooking suggestions for this essential cleanse carb in my post from last year.  (My husband does most of the cooking in our home, so the suggestions come from his culinary-inclined mind, which means it’s flavorful and simply good.)

Day 5 2023 – Brown Rice

Day 4 2024 – Kale

Day 6 2024 – Salmon

Francesca’s Take

Brown rice, a staple in many cuisines, is a nutritional gem that aligns well with the principles of integrative nutrition. Unlike white rice, brown rice retains its bran and germ layers, making it a whole grain rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. This intact structure contributes to its slower digestion, promoting steadier blood sugar levels and sustaining energy release.

Brown rice is a valuable source of complex carbohydrates, offering a feeling of satiety while supporting digestive health. Its nutrient profile includes essential minerals like manganese, magnesium, selenium, and B vitamins.

Integrative nutrition emphasizes the importance of choosing whole, minimally processed foods, and brown rice is a wholesome option that nourishes the body and complements a balanced and varied diet. Whether as a side dish, in stir-fries, or as a base for grain bowls, brown rice provides a versatile and nutrient-rich foundation for a holistic approach to nutrition.

Hello, I’m Francesca, and I’m genuinely thrilled to join forces with Maria on this extraordinary detox journey. With 14 years of dedicated experience as an integrative nutritionist, I hold a Master’s in Integrative Nutrition and am certified as a health and wellness coach. My distinctive approach seamlessly blends science-based nutrition with the art and science of coaching, guaranteeing each client a holistic and personalized experience. What sets me apart is not just my wealth of knowledge but my genuine passion for witnessing my clients thrive.

Currently pursuing a doctorate in Integrative Health, I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to bring the latest insights and advancements. My commitment to staying at the forefront of integrative health ensures I can offer cutting-edge strategies to support the well-being of my clients. Please feel free to reach out if you have questions or comments. I look forward to supporting your journey toward optimal health and vitality.

To see access the daily updated menu of 2024 cleanse posts, please visit the Jumpstart January – 2024 Cleanse: María Felicia’s Daily Online Journal

Written by Maria Felicia Kelley with contributions by Francesca Orlando
Maria Felicia Kelley is not a medical doctor. The cleanse and fasting benefits she discusses in this post are derived from her own experiences and observations. Individuals should consult their own healthcare providers when eliminating foods from their diets.
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