You know those people who go on those re-donk-you-lus cleanses that essentially sound like they're spending a week, crash course style living the way you've been living for the last five years, only to go back at the end of it and start eating like the slothy fatty McFatter standard North American processed diet full of wheat, cheese, booze and sugar?
Wait a second! You're not one of them too are you?
Here's the thing most people have to learn about detox. It's not a diet. A detox should not be a crash anything. It's not something you can do twice a year where for 1 week you drink epsom salts, consume only lemonade and enema your poopershnickle out the hooha. The best of the best way to detox is to make 80% of what most people would consider a cleanse, your everyday way of living. Make sense?
This means that most of the time you are drinking loads of water, eating mostly organic/local/seasonal plant based foods, showering in clean water, drinking herbal teas, reducing stress, getting loads of sleep and then once in a while you have some chocolate cake, maybe a glass of wine, perhaps get dolled up in all your makeup, eat a pizza- whatever it may be.
Now, doing this once in a while is not considered cheating. I hate when people go on diets and call Friday a "cheat day" or give themselves "cheat meals". Sounds a bit too much like deprivation to me.
What if we ate the good stuff most of the time, maybe even hid some of the good stuff in already amazing dishes and then whether you pay attention or not, you are always on a sweet living, healthy eating, body detoxing lifestyle? Well you know what? You end up feeling great, experience less pain and illness, rest better, are active better, and look better. Isn't that what we're all after anyway?
Yes, you know by now that my kits of goodies have been a raging hit. Makes it easier for you to know what you need. And I love the challenge of mixing as many of these goodies into my fave recipes.
Four of my most fave detoxing ingredients are included in both this awesometown Pot Luck dinner winner, and in my Detox Kit.
- Spirulina: Blue-green microalage that contains an abundance of minerals, protein and the superpowers of chlorophyll. Great for thyroid support, reducing fatigue, increasing endurance, and supports cellular detoxification. Brings the good in and pushes the bad ickies out!
- MSM which stands for Methylsulfonylmethane, is a building block for joints, hair, skin and nails. It promote energy production, alleviates inflammation and helps detoxify the liver. It's kinda bitter and sulphury on it's own but easily disguised in salad dressings and smoothies.
- Ocean's Alive Marine Phytoplankton. If you've been to my classes, you know how this goodness makes my energy sing. This unique super-nutrient from the ocean provides the body with an increase in energy- the cells of this talk to the cells of our body and say- let's kick this being into high gear without the need for digestive power or any other wasted energies. It detoxifies on a cellular level!
- Wheat Grass Powder, most sweet on it's own, the powder is like a wheat grass shot. It improves blood flow, increases red blood cells, skin cleanser, supports immune system, improves hair health, anti aging.
Ready to get cooking this amazingness?
Wild Rice and Quinoa Power Party In A Bowl
(note, vegetable measurements below are approximates- feel free to improvise)
1/2 cup quinoa (uncooked) + 1 cup water
1/2 cup wild rice (uncooked) + 1 cup water
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 onion, finely chopped
4 cups green beans, steamed
2 carrots, grated
1/2 zucchini, spiralized
3 cups broccoli, steamed
4 leaves of kale, shredded
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, lightly toasted
1/4 cup sunflower seeds, lightly toasted
- Cook quinoa in water- bringing to a boil and reducing to simmer for about 20 minutes or until water is absorbed.
- In a separate pot, cook wild rice in water with onion and garlic. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer until water absorbed, about 35-40 minutes.
- Allow grains to cool.
- In a large mixing bowl, toss together raw and cooked vegetables.
- Add grains and seeds and mix thoroughly.
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbs or more to taste of maple syrup
1/2 lemon, juiced (or 2-3 Tbs)
2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
1 tsp MSM powder
1/2 tsp spirulina
1 tsp wheat grass powder
1 dropper full of Ocean's Alive
sea salt to taste
- In a blender blend together all dressing ingredients. Add more maple syrup, lemon juice and sea salt to taste.
- Add dressing to salad and toss thoroughly.