15 April 2011

Refuel and recharge

Detox has earned a bad rap because too many diets call for fasting and deprivation. Here's a healthier, less stressful way to clean up bad eating habits.

Detox has earned a bad rap because too many diets call for fasting and deprivation. Here's a healthier, less stressful way to clean up bad eating habits.

By detoxing you are, in effect, rebuilding and strengthening your detoxifying organs, which should then help you gain more energy, clear your skin, improve digestion and strengthen your immune system against infections or illness.

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness, fatigue, light headedness, sugar cravings
  • Frequent mood changes such as depression, forgetfulness and lack of concentration
  • Bloatedness, nausea, poor digestion, constipation or irregular bowel activity
  • Intolerance towards fatty foods and alcohol
  • Excessive sweating and unpleasant body odour
  • Worsening or onset of hay fever, asthma or skin rashes
  • Raised blood pressure or fluid retention

  • Water consumption, at least 1.5 litres of fluid a day (but also don't overdo it - too much water can be dangerous)
  • Fresh fruit (listed below) and juice
  • Vegetables: preferably raw, steamed or juiced (listed below)
  • Nuts, seeds and pulses
  • Fresh fish, preferably grilled or baked
  • Brown rice and rice products, wholewheat bread
  • Garlic and herbal teas like ginger, peppermint and thyme
  • Sprouts — the vitamin and nutrient content of pulses increases when sprouted. They are some of the most nutritious and inexpensive foods you can eat. Mung beans, lentils, chickpeas, adzuki, sesame, barley, soya beans and linseeds can all be sprouted at home.

  • Dairy products
  • Red meat
  • Processed or convenience foods
  • Tea, coffee, alcohol — they dehydrate
  • Sweets and chocolates
  • Smoking (or try to cut down at least) and avoid smoky environments
  • Food containing preservatives, colorants and sugar
  • Bread, wheat, biscuits, cereals
  • Salt — use organic herb and spicy herb seasoning like A. Vogel, Bioforce Herbamare and Trocomare or Kelpamare, as a salt substitute
  • Sweet, carbonated drinks

  • More energy
  • Fewer allergic reactions
  • Better quality sleep
  • Healthier skin
  • Fewer mood swings
  • Normal bowel movements
  • A clearer mind
  • Fewer and shorter infections

  • Heat a little sliced garlic in a pan with a couple of spoonfuls of water and olive oil. Add Rosa tomatoes and cook till they start to burst. Toss in spinach to wilt slightly and serve with lightly steamed fish or chicken.
  • Stuff a chicken breast with spinach mixed with olive oil, orange peel and sesame seeds. Simmer chicken in stock flavoured with orange juice, ginger, garlic and a little soya sauce… Oriental coq au vin a la detox!
  • Wrap a salmon or chicken fillet in a few spinach leaves and steam each parcel in vegetable stock. Serve with a tomato juice-based dressing.

  • Toss smoked salmon or mackerel with butter lettuce and rocket leaves and top with ripe peach slices.
  • Poach 4 whole peaches in 2 C (500 ml) orange juice, 1/2 C (125 ml) water, 2 T (30 ml) honey, 2 star anise, 1 T (15 ml) lemon juice till tender — about 20 mins. Reduce sauce to thicken if desired.
  • Make a salad using fresh peach wedges, goat’s cheese and walnuts.

  • Add papaya to fruit salads, breakfast cereals and smoothies.
  • Make a fresh papaya salsa to dollop onto grilled fish, chicken or meat. Mix 2 C seeded and finely diced papaya, 1—2 thinly sliced red chillies, 1—2 cloves crushed garlic, 1 heaped t (7 ml) very finely chopped lemon grass, 1/2 — 1 t (5 ml) minced or fresh ginger, 2 T (30 ml) fish sauce, 1 t (5 ml) brown sugar, the juice of 1 small lemon or lime and a large handful chopped fresh coriander.
  • Make a dressing using plain yoghurt, fat-free milk or water, salt, milled pepper and curry paste. Drizzle over a salad of leaves, sliced papaya and shredded chicken.

  • Use ripe juicy tomatoes to make a detox-style gazpacho, but remember to avoid stock and preservative-packed condiments. Chop 6 large ripe tomatoes, 1/2 English cucumber, 2 red or yellow peppers, 1 small red or white onion, 2 garlic cloves, 1/4 C (60 ml) parsley. Place in a blender with 2 T (30 ml) lemon juice, 21/2 C (750 ml) tomato juice, 11/2 C (375 ml) water. Blend to desired consistency, add a few drops Tabasco sauce to taste or season with Broodmare salt substitute. Serve well chilled.
  • Make a dressing with homemade or store-bought tomato juice, chopped herbs such as parsley, chives or basil, garlic, lemon juice and a dash of lemon. Drizzle over avocado and mixed leaf salads.
  • Slow roast baby tomatoes in the oven and toss into couscous or grains, over pasta or into salads.


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