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Superfood detox in January – Week 1

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Week 1 Detox

This January my husband and I are doing a clear out.  Not for the house but for our bodies.  Neither of us are nutritionists, and although my husband is a doctor he says nutrition wasn’t covered much in medical schools, and science has moved on dramatically so we both read a lot of literature on the subject.  Also, I still carry my baby weight but Cost Centre 4 is nearly 5 months old so my excuses are running out for shedding the final kilos.

If you are reading this, I declare to you that I don’t have a medical background in nutrition but I read a lot, and I love the organic and healthy living.  I have always been interested in the natural and how certain foods can heal the body, and what you can do to protect the body.

After reading books like The China Study which really explains why we should eat meat or eat any diary products and it makes perfect sense but giving up meat products forever is something I am not ready to do quite yet.  Forever is too much of a mental commitment.  Baby steps.  Changing a lifestyle requires babysteps.  And although I am organic crazy I also love good meat, fish and seafood from good sources.

So I have come up with my own personal acceptable detox for January 2015 and each week I will be posting what our next detox is; what we are adding and what we are taking out.  The reason I am removing or reducing the meats, sugars and dairy is to reduce the body’s acidity level.  Keeping the body in alkaline mode means the body is healthier, has time to heal and to clean out the gut.  #Fact – Did you know that babies grow in the alkaline amniotic fluid in their mother’s womb pH of 8.5.  #Fact2 – A pH of 8.5 dispels any fungus or lichen as they prefer an acidic environment, and that makes sense as soap is alkaline.

Week 1 – No meat, fish, seafood, no refined sugar, or refined grains and dairy products during the weekdays, and only small portions of meat on the weekend.  Eggs are our only source of animal protein. 

I can’t therefore say it is a totally vegan diet as we have eggs but eggs in many health books are now classified as a superfood.

#myopinion – I am a little conflicted with juicing because that is adding a lot of sugar to the body that is not necessary.  I’d rather eat it raw or add them to soups.  In any case, I have always been a savoury girl so I’d rather have a raw kale salad or a spinach soup.

Cookery books – I usually take a twist on standard receipes or I pick out my favourite cookery books.  In my next post, I will tell you a few of my most used books.

On the menu

#Dairy free pesto – use your usual receipe but replace your parmesan cheese with 1/3cup of nutritional yeast instead.  To make it a superfood pesto, add walnuts to the blend and sprinkle with chia seeds.

#Pumpkin soup – fry an onion, add turmeric and garam masala, with the pumkin to make it a superfood before blending, and sprinkle with chopped pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

#Lentils du Puy vegetable soup with a few freshly chopped tomatoes, throw fresh spinach thrown in.

#Mushroom and a fresh chilli omelette

#Kale and avocado salad – sprinkled with chia seeds and hemp oil

#Quinoa salad with pomegranates, mint, pine nuts, with a honey and lemon dressing – sprinkle with nutritional yeast and chia seeds with a superfood boost.

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Monday, January 05, 2015