Its time to detox!
Love love love the excuse that it is Christmas to eat too many fatty foods, drink too much wine and champagne, but my waistline and stomach are groaning from the side effects!
You have the same problem? Well it is time to detox! But unless you are a serious fanatic, going hard-core detox is really hard, and with my work load, I know I am personally not up to something that courageous!
But there are other ways to gently detox, which instead of only cleansing the body, also nourish your body at the same time, helping it to become stronger and give you huge amounts of energy without going hungry, or feeling nauseous for days.
With the hot weather having set in now, it does make it easier to eat lots of vegetables, fish and yoghurt, to help our digestion to function at its optimal best.
My personal health detox works really well and yet does not end your life for a few weeks.
f you are a coffee or tea drinker, make sure it is real coffee, preferably organic and organic tea. The tea is better for you if brewed in a teapot than a tea bag, this way you get the antioxidant value of the tea or coffee, not just the stimulus! If you must have sugar, again organic, NO sweeteners unless you are using Agave, because artificial sweeteners are more toxic for your body than sugar is. Drink only A2 or organic milk, the best milk is Cleopatra’s milk available from health food stores, it is listed as “bathing milk” due to Australia’s silly health regulations (but I won’t start on that!) or drink Soy milk, I prefer Bonsoy as it is made using a very old tradition which does not destroy the integrity of the soy bean.
Buy only, or as much as you can, fruit and vegetables which are organic. Same applies for breads, rice, nuts, yoghurt, butter etc. Eat only that which is made from scratch, no processed food bars, biscuits, chips etc. If you must eat cake, buy it from a health food store or from a quality fresh bakery that does not use emulsifiers or fillers, or even better, make it yourself! But ultimately just avoid all sugars and salty foods.
Start your day with a large glass of warm/hot water 350 ml – 500 ml with ½ lemon squeezed in if you can stomach it.
In a glass of water or pure apple juice put in1 tablespoon UDO’s Choice Beyond Greens this is a whole food blend for better health. It is made from organically grown whole foods, whole food concentrates and herbal extracts. It contains essential fats, fiber, phyto-nutrients, minerals, vitamins, naturally occurring enzymes, and proteins – without fillers, binders or other non-nutrient ingredients. Taking a tablespoon of this marvelous super food blend, helps to nourish, and detox the body, 100 x better than taking a multivitamin!
Add a teaspoon of Maquai Berry powder to up the antioxidant value of the mix, as Maquai berries are 4 x stronger than goji or acai berries. The berries fight free radicals and help with weight loss, so mixing both Udo’s choice beyond greens and Australia’s own Maquai berries will give you a natural nutrient dense detoxing start to the day!
Breakfast is a bowl of organic muesli, or porridge with organic yoghurt, milk or soymilk. If you have a huge day ahead of you, free range or organic free-range eggs with organic baked beans. If eating eggs, add a decent sized pinch of pure natural salt. You will know if the salt is not heavily processed as it is not white, but an off white colour which does not flow smoothly out of the bottle. Natural unprocessed sea or rock salt is dense in trace minerals that our bodies need. Unlike processed salt that causes many health issues, natural real salt remineralizes the body, does not cause fluid retention, actually the opposite and it tastes so much better!
A bowl of fresh organic fruits and organic yoghurt, or just one or the other with another glass of water or two. Your aim is 2 -3 litres of water per day. A cup of green tea will help stimulate the metabolism and up the antioxidant factor and help the body disperse some of the fats you ate…….
A salad with fish or salad and seafood sandwich or salad and chicken sandwich or salad and avocado and goats cheese sandwich, or everything above in a salad! Just lots of greens and beetroot and pumpkin and mushrooms and seafood! Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over it and drink more water!
Try a cup of green tea and a glass of water and nuts or fresh fruit and nuts.
Another version of lunch – lots of vegetables. Cook your food using coconut oil; the list of what this miracle oil can do is endless. It also willnot become a bad fat when heated up unlike most other oils. And drink more water……..
Finish up your day with 15 Sun Chlorella tablets these are my preferred form of Chlorella as the cell walls have been broken down so the body is able to absorb the nutrients better. Chlorella detoxes the liver and intestinal system. It helps with flora regrowth in the intestinal system and has been known to help the liver rebuild itself. There are many other wonders that come with Chlorella (which is also in the Udo’s beyond greens.) Take 1 probiotic to help restore the intestinal flora that has also been damaged by all of the indigestible foods eaten over the Christmas and New Year period.
(Warning, the first few days of consuming of all of the wonderful cleansing and nourishing foods, may cause you to have a close relationship with the toilet and have bad wind. Keep up the water levels and all will be well within 2 to three days, with a slimmer waistline and a clearer head as well as great skin!)
Most importantly – move move move! Walk, swim, yoga, anything! Get that blood flowing and drain that lymphatic system. I personally think Yoga is the best for detoxing, but if you have never attended classes, do not start doing this at home following a DVD, as you can injure yourself.