SPRING DETOX & RECIPES

 
 

DETOX YOUR BODY
MIND AND HOME
THIS SPRING.

 

 

Chances are you may have slipped in to some “not so healthy” habits throughout winter. I know I’m guilty of a few … not exercising as much, eating more comfort foods, and snuggling up under the blanket for a little longer than I do in the warmer months. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I’m all for embracing each season and all that goes with it. But winter is over and Spring is all about rebuilding energy levels, detoxifying the body and cleansing the mind. And whilst we’re at it, why not cleanse the home as well.

If you’re keen to feel lighter, clearer and more vibrant, I invite you to join me this month by integrating these simple tips to your daily life.

Tip 1: Detox your body.

Over the next four weeks, make a conscious effort to reduce your intake of processed foods, alcohol, coffee, sugar, carbonated drinks and saturated fats. Base your diet around wholefoods and vegetables, and try to source organic where possible. Replace coffee with green, dandelion or other herbal teas that you enjoy drinking. Have an alcohol-free month – your body and mind will love you for it. Stay off the biscuits, cakes, white breads and all other refined processed foods. Visit your local health food store and stock up on tasty and healthy ‘whole food’ snacks. Try carrots and celery dipped in hummus, activated raw nuts and seeds, and fresh fruits. Be organized and fill up your pantry with healthy foods, and take a selection to work so you’re not tempted by a quick-fix of nutrient-depleted snacks. And please stop drinking carbonated drinks – they’re loaded with sugar and the sugar-free ones are loaded with carcinogenic artificial sweeteners. Drink water instead. And if that’s too boring for you, add a few fresh mint leave, or a squeeze of lemon or lime.

Tip 2: Detox your mind and de-clutter your home.

Set aside an afternoon or weekend to go through your cupboards, shelves and drawers and throw out old papers, magazines, cosmetics and food that are past their used-by-dates. Coming home to an uncluttered living space is such a joy, and helps to unclutter the mind as well. The perfect addition to this process, in my opinion, is aromatherapy. When essential oils are diffused, they purify the air and neutralize mildew and other odours. They reduce bacteria in the air and alter the structure of the molecules that create odours - rendering them harmless. Breathing in pure, plant-derived scents also helps to influence and bring about a positive state of mind. The key here is remembering to choose organic essential oils, so as to help reduce your exposure to pesticide residue. My personal favourite is the Be Genki Serene Essential Oil Blend of Neroli, Rose Otto, Rosewood, Palmarosa and Patchouli, renowned for their calming properties. Neroli is regarded as one of the most effective sedative and antidepressant remedies and is reputed to be wonderful in helping with states of anxiety and depression. This is further supported by the relaxing, calming and uplifting properties of the complementary oils that help with depression and nervous tension. Perfect for when going on a detox.

Tip 3: Detox your thoughts.

Many illnesses and diseases start in the mind. Have you ever noticed that those people who often say "I'm sick and tired of this or that" are often sick and tired in physical form as well? Be mindful of what you say as every word has energy of its own. Detox your mind by becoming more conscious of your thoughts and words and make it a priority to have gratitude for all that you are and all that you have the potential to be. You are the creator of your life, so how about turning all those negative thoughts 180 degrees and step forward in to the happy and healthy person that you truly deserve to be.

 
 

RECIPES

HUMMUS.

Ingredients:

1 cup of chickpeas, soak overnight
1/4 cup water
juice of 2 lemons
4 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons tahini±
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink or sea salt
3 tablespoons cold pressed extra-virgin olive oil
pinch of cumin
pinch of paprika

** use organic & biodynamic ingredients where possible, so as to help reduce your exposure to pesticide residue **

Directions.

Rinse chickpeas and then simmer for 2 hours. Strain and allow to cool.

In a blender, mix the chickpeas, water, lemon juice, garlic, tahini, salt, olive oil, cumin and paprika until a creamy paste consistency is made. Taste, and add a little extra lemon, salt, olive oil or spices to suit your taste. Scoop in to glass jars and store in the fridge. Enjoy with carrots or celery.

± Sesame seeds are the main ingredient of tahini. When selecting your tahini be sure to choose the unhulled tahini as it is made from the whole sesame seed providing optimum nutrition. The hulled tahini is stripped of many of its nutrients. Sesame seeds are one of the best sources of calcium out there! and are also rich in other minerals such as copper, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and iron. This combination of minerals make sesame seeds a beneficial food to eat to help: maintain healthy skin and muscle tone; prevent anaemia; provide relief for rheumatoid arthritis. Sesame seeds contain lignans which have been shown to lower cholesterol and prevent high blood pressure. Due to it’s high content of methionine, sesame seeds have been found to help the liver with detoxification. Quite impressive for a little seed.

NUTTY CACAO MACA BALLS.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup hazelnuts
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup dates
1 tablespoon raw Peruvian maca root powder ±
1 tablespoon cacao powder
1 tablespoon unhulled tahini
2 tablespoons raw coconut oil (liquid form, so please heat on a very low heat to melt)
1/4 cup dried shredded coconut

** use organic & biodynamic ingredients where possible, so as to help reduce your exposure to pesticide residue **

Directions.

Mix together all the ingredients (except the dried shredded coconut) in a blender. In your fresh clean hands, roll the mixture in to little bite sized spheres. Coat with the dried shredded coconut. Put in the fridge to set. After a few hours they will be ready. Enjoy!

± Maca root helps to balance the endocrine system and stress levels. It helps to balance hormones, increase fertility and is a natural libido enhancer. It is also a highly nutritious food loaded with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and plant sterols, including vitamin C, D, E and numerous B vitamins; iron, potassium, magnesium, selenium, phosphorus and calcium. Maca is also rich in fibre, a good source of protein and fatty acids and beneficial for supporting the immune function.

SUPERFOOD SALAD.

1 handful of sprouts (There are so many sprouts to choose from, so it’s really only limited to your imagination as to which sprouts to use – white radish, mung beans, red clover, lentils, alfalfa, arugala, green pea, yellow pea, garlic, fenugreek etc)

1 ripe avocado, chopped in to bite-sized chunks
1 tomato, chopped in to bite-sized chunks
1 handful mushrooms, chopped in to bite-sized chunks, and lightly sautéed in coconut oil
1 tablespoon goji berries ±
1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon sunflower seeds
1 handful of walnuts, broken in to quarters
1 tablespoon Udo’s 3 • 6 • 9 Oil Blend®
1 teaspoon Bragg Liquid Aminos
juice of 1 fresh lime
cracked pepper
himalayan pink salt

** use organic and biodynamic ingredients where possible **

Add all ingredients to a bowl. Drizzle the flax seed oil, pumpkin oil, Bragg Liquid Aminos and fresh lime all over. Enjoy!

± A complete protein source, and packed with antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, goji berries are known for their invigorating and strengthening properties that help the body cope with stress by supporting the adrenal glands, as well as increasing immunity, alkalinity, liver protection, and providing anti-ageing benefits.