Tuesday, January 8, 2013
I'm craving a huge bowlful of yoghurt, topped with berries, bananas and nuts. Like, really really craving them. As I sit here late at night typing up this post I am only one sleep away from my dream bowl of yoghurt. By the time you've read this tomorrow morning I will have finished my 3 day detox, eaten that said bowl of yoghurt, not topped with bananas as we are all out, but most definitely sprinkled with the few scavenged berries from the pots out back and a generous handful of almonds.
It's funny how the second we can't eat certain things, it's all we crave. First thing in the morning for the past three days all I've wanted is yoghurt, same goes for late at night before I go to bed. I swear I've been eating it in my dreams.
I'm not one of those people who do cleanses all the time, sure I think about doing them often but I've always got some completely valid excuse not to (don't we all?!). That's not to say that I haven't done them at all, I have. But if I'm being completely honest the last one I did was well over 2, okay maybe three years ago now and my body has been screaming out for another ever since.
Like a lot of you out there I wanted to start the new year off on the right foot, but doing a detox right in the middle of recipe testing for the book, well that's just a pretty silly idea I thought. While I was in the midst of trying to convince myself that maybe waiting a few more months until my manuscript was done would be the smarter idea, I saw the shout out on facebook from the guys behind Hungry for Change. They had just put up their simple little quicky detox and were providing support and advice over the next three days, would I like to join in? Try as I might, I really had no excuses left.
So on the eve of the end of my little detox do I feel any better than I did before? Not really. I possibly felt a little less tired waking up this morning than I usually do, but that could have something to do with the fact that both kids slept good last night? I dunno. And without trying to sound too self-righteous my diet is pretty damn healthy to begin with (vegetarian, gluten-free, mostly dairy-free, don't smoke/drink coffee, very little alcohol blah blah blah, oh except for all that extra baking I've been nibbling on lately for testing purposes, honest!) so I wasn't expecting miracles in a mere 3 days. Every other cleanse I've done in the past has been a full-on 7-10 day thing, where you take copious amounts of herbs that cleanse all manor of things from your body, all the while you only eat salad or something and then, you really do come out the other end with glowing skin and a lovely flat stomach. But what I have got out of this little cleanse is the self satisfaction of knowing I've finally got it together to actually do one, even with the current busyness of life.
For any of you out there who like me, can't really think of any excuses fast enough to turn down a 3 day detox, I thoroughly recommend this one. All the info and recipes are there, it's free, 3 days, real food and no expensive herbs. Bamm. Do it.
"Parsley cleanses your entire blood supply and it also gives you fresh breath, it contains so much chlorophyl that is cleanses the whole system. Cilantro (coriander) binds with heavy metals, many people are exposed to mercury poisoning through their dental amalgams. Cilantro binds with mercury and eliminates it from the body so it doesn't get lodged in your brain cells." ~Mike Adams, Hungry for Change
Juices really should be made to your own tastes, so take this recipe and run with it. If you don't like kale, use spinach. Don't have fennel? No worries, use more celery. Not a fan of coriander in your juice? Just use the teeniest amount, or leave out altogether. Taste and adjust as you see fit.
Makes approx 500-600ml or one large serve
3 stalks of celery
1/3 telegraph cucumber or 1 small Lebanese one
2 kale leaves
2 silverbeet (chard) leaves
1/2 small fennel bulb
1 small lemon, peeled
a good handful of parsley
a small handful of coriander (cilantro) leaves + stalks, optional
1 teeny piece of ginger (or as much as you like), optional
Cut all the fruit and vegetables into pieces small enough to fit in your juicer (I juice the stalks of all the veges and herbs too), and pass the whole lot through the machine. Drink immediately taking small sips and enjoy!
Adapted to suit my own tastes and from what I had on hand from the 3 day detox plan from Hungry for Change.
Please note that I am in no way affiliated with the Hungry for Change site, books or DVD and only recommend this detox from my own personal experiences and because I wholeheartedly believe in what they are trying to teach people.
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