New Year Super Cleanse

So you’ve overindulged at xmas and you’re feeling it… Do you need to lose a bit of weight? Want to feel lighter and get back into your jeans? With this simple cleanse you can do all of this and improve overall health at the same time. For best results, follow for one month  (until you notice results) if you break before you notice results you’ll not make progress, then you can add a few treats in here and there but sticking mainly to the plan.

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Firstly, you’ll need to adopt these healthy habits:

  • You should leave at least 12 hours between finishing your evening meal and your breakfast. For example if you finish your dinner at 8pm you should eat your breakfast no sooner than 8am in the next morning. If you can do up to 14 or 16 hours on some days this will really help with weight loss. Water, Black coffee and black tea are all okay.
  • Try to do REGULAR light exercise, like a brisk walk before you break your fast. Avoid strenuous exercise whilst on the cleanse.
  • Drink at least 8 large glasses of water a day. My rule is “Drink before you are thirsty” if you get thirsty you are already dehydrated. Coconut water is excellent if you can get it, and very hydrating.
  • Add a the juice of half a lemon to water and drink first thing in the morning. Repeat before dinner.
  • Fill up on raw vegetables or a green smoothie before meals.
  • Ideally, have a light breakfast, i.e smoothie, fruit or oatmeal, a larger lunch (from the ingredients I’ll list below) and a lighter evening meal of a salad/vegetables + protein.
  • Do not allow yourself to get too hungry.
  • Take snacks everywhere. Best snacks are: Oatcakes (check they are wheat free), almonds, Nut butter + apple.

EXTRAS:

Sip on lemon infused water through the day, this is very cleansing and will help surpress appetite.

Drink a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in a glass of water after each meal.

Needs something sweet? Have a piece of fruit, a handful of raisins or some dark chocolate if you really need it (but not a whole bar).

Foods to fill up on:

  • Oats
  • Nuts and seeds (including chia seeds)
  • Nut butter
  • Beans/lentils/chickpeas
  • Sweet potato and root vegetables
  • Quinoa, millet, brown rice
  • Green vegetables i.e, broccoli, spinach, kale etc.
  • Use Coconut oil for cooking and  olive oil + lemon juice + pinch salt for dressing.

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What to avoid:

  • Sugar, all sugar substitutes
  • All processed foods
  • Dairy: Milk, butter, cheese
  • Wheat
  • Alcohol
  • Yeast

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What should you be eating? Smoothies, large salads packed with seeds and root vegetables, baked sweet potatoes, home-made soups, dishes made with beans and lentils.

If you eat meat then chicken, eggs and fish can be added to your salads in moderation.

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Typical daily menu:

Upon waking: Half the juice of a lemon in large glass of water.

Black coffee or Green tea

One – four hours after waking:

Green smoothie consisting of: 1/2 banana or apple, spinach or greens, 1/2 avocado, ice, water. Optional: desert spoon of pea protein.

Snack: Pack of oatcakes or carrot sticks.

Lunch: Large green salad with steamed broccoli, hummus, pumpkin seeds with olive oil/lemon/salt dressing or 1/2 avocado.

Snack: Handful almonds

Dinner: Mixed bean salad with olive oil dressing.

With plenty of water, coconut water and herbal teas throughout the day!

Miracle worker: Bicarbonate Soda

Cheap, easy to use household item, Bicarbonate of Soda can be used around the house as a very effective chemical-free cleaning product, but what not many people know is that it has many other, possibly more interesting uses. I swear by this white powdery compound as a  health and beauty miracle worker; I cannot imagine my life without it. So, forget expensive creams and chemicals – go to your local supermarket and pick up a pot of bicarbonate of Soda now, for less than 1 Pound! And try out these health and beauty tricks that work miracles!!:

Drink daily to neutralise the body’s PH levels. Bicarb Soda is anti-acid and therefore will balance the body’s PH levels resulting in overall improvement of health and will assist the body’s natural ability to heal itself (combined with a healthy eating plan) . Drinking daily and throughout the day will improve overall health and is said to increase athletic performance and digestion: Take two teaspoons in a small cup of water, stir and drink.  It can be used to treat urinary tract infections, kidney stones, gout, cold and flu and is widely reported to be a natural cancer cure and also a very good preventative measure. Most commonly it can be used for immediate relief from bloating, gas or an upset stomach but it’s benefits go far beyond these.

I feel cleaner and lighter drinking bicarb soda, especially after a meal and before bed time. I have had painful stomach ache in the past and this relieved it almost instantly.

Gargle it for best results in the initial stages of a sore throat it will prevent it from developing. gargle at least three times a day with 2-3 teaspoons in a small cup of water.

This has been an excellent sore throat remedy for me and I often do this as a preventative measure if colds and flu are doing the rounds at work.

Use as Face Mask to combat oily/acne skin by mixing a splash of warm water into a cup of 2-3 teaspoons of Bicarb Soda to form  paste – apply to freshly washed skin and leave for 25-20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and pat face dry. Apply to individual spots to reduce inflammation.

Have a Foot Scrub. Soak feet in a bowl of water for 15 minutes, take a small handful of bicarb soda, rub between hands and massage into feet for a few minutes, one at a time. Place both feet back into the water and soak. Feet will feel super duper clean and refreshed.

Exfolitate body or use as bath salts. Bicarb Soda neutralises skin acidity and helps  to detoxify the body. It feels refreshing whilst renewing and softening the skin.

Use as a mouth wash. I once felt I had an abscess forming in my mouth and I was travelling at the time and did not have access to a dentist. Lucky for me I read about using bicarb soda a remedy for mouth troubles and thought I would try it, thinking I would do it daily. I was amazed when after my first try of swishing the stuff around my mouth, the swelling on my gum had completely disappeared! This demonstrated just exactly how powerful this miracle worker is. I try to have a weekly swish with it just because I know how clean it’s going to make my mouth. I highly recommend doing this especially if you have any dental/mouth concerns.

Whiten teeth by dipping tooth brush into the bicarb soda and lightly brushing. Careful not to overdo it as it may wear down tooth enamel. Recommended once a week after brushing with normal toothpaste.

If you know any other uses, please post a comment in the box below I’d love to hear your ideas.

 

Wheat-Free Nut Roast-for absolute nutters!

NUTS, OATS, BUCKWHEAT FLOUR ARE THE MAIN INGREDIENTS FOR THIS NUTTY DELIGHT…..

So the conventional recipe for the winter classic ‘Nut Roast’ is full of bread crumbs, and lets face it most of us sensitive folk will do anything to avoid this venomous grain. Lets remember why…

Modern wheat has been described as the “perfect, chronic poison”. It is not the gluten but the wheat that is highly toxic as wheat is drenched with the toxic chemical/pesticide Roundup several days before harvesting the grain. Roundup allows for a bigger and better harvest, it is a weed killer, not meant for digesting. Eating weed killer may cause a wide range of health problems from cancer to allergies.

Tip: Try organic spelt bread and products or make your own – you’ll notice the difference!

My Nut Roast Recipe which uses buckwheat flour instead of wheat (buckwheat is gluten free and very nutritious) and oats instead of bread crumbs. This is the recipe (+ adaptation):

3oz Ground nuts (almonds/ hazelnuts/cashews

3oz Oats or oatmeal

2oz Margarine, vegetable oil or coconut oil

1 tsp marmite (optional)

1 large grated carrot (optional but recommended)

1/2 pint vegetable stock

Mixed herbs: marjoram + thyme

1 Garlic clove crushed

2 oz Buckwheat Flour

Method:

Cook oil/marg in pan until liquid. Stir in flour until thick. Gradually stir in stock until mixture has a sauce like consistency. Add herbs, garlic (and marmite). Keep stirring on low heat for 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and add oats and nuts.

Shape into loaf or put into a tin (lined with grease-proof paper). Cook for about 30-40 minutes at 180.

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Serve with roast potatoes and vegetables.

Adaptation:

Instead of using grated carrot – Sautee 1 finely sliced leek in coconut oil until transparent for approx 15 mins on low heat. Add half nut roast mixture to tin – make a layer using all the leeks before covering with remaking nut mixture.

So, save a turkey this Christmas and do your body a favour -quit wheat for good and have a Nut Roast!

Courgetti

By adding more raw fruits and vegetables to your diet you can obtain maximum nutrition from these foods and better absorption of the nutrients. The nutrients from raw foods are more abundant and result in cleaner blood and healthier cells. This is our mission.  The superior nutrition you get from raw foods will return your cells to their more  natural functioning – the benefits are endless. Because raw foods are easy to digest, this frees up your energy enabling it to focus on its purpose, which is healing and cleansing. I try to eat 50% raw and I do this by having raw foods with (almost) every meal.

This is one of my easiest, most convenient raw recipes…

For the courgetti, you can buy fancy machines which are over-priced… OR for 10 euros I bought what looks like a potato peeler but actually makes these lovely noodles, look out for them in good kitchen shops:

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Grate/peel your courgettes until you get to the seeded middle ( you can juice this later). Your courgetti will look like this:

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For the sauce you will need:

3 tomatoes

1 small red bell pepper

Clove of garlic

Pinch salt and pepper

Tablespoon Nutritional Yeast (optional)

Blend ingredients and serve with avocado garnish.

Voila!

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What I ate Wednesday (in pictures)

Upon waking: Lemon water

Then I made… apple, raisin, cinnamon oats + fresh black coffee

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Later in the morning….

I just grabbed these Rawnola + some fresh jasmine tea

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With an organic local squash in the kitchen I made a soup…Next, a bowl of soup with 2 rice crackers w/ almond butter

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And dinner…plenty of greens, chickpeas, brown rice, avocado and corn + nut oil + pinch salt.

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Between meals I drink lots of water and 3-4 herbal teas.

How to Drink Vinegar, and Smile about it.

Vinegar… Natural Organic Fermented Apple Cider Vinegar.

A glass of vinegar water is one of the most refreshing drinks on my list. Although the taste is not something to rave about, the health benefits are!

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Tip: Use ACV on your skin. It’s the best toner you’ll ever use as it contains malic and lactic acids balancing the PH levels in your skin whilst softening and exfoliating! Because of this ACV is excellent used on acne, psorisis and even wrinkles.

Foods that are fermented are great for digestion reducing indigestion and raising energy levels. It is also good for the guts bacteria and helps to maintain a good bacteria balance.

Tip: Sip on ACV after a large meal or too much alcohol and it will help to normalise the PH in your blood, helping to reduce any negative effects. Drinking it before a meal helps suppress your desire to overeat!

Drinking ACV is thought to aid weight loss and reduce fat cells in the body. How? Who really knows? But it is said that the vinegar interferes with the body’s digestion of starch and therefore less calories are absorbed. You can find hundreds of weight- loss products out there which contain ACV as the main ingredient.

ACV has antibiotic properties and helps fight colds and flu, drinking it through flu season may prevent you getting ill.

 Tip: Gargle with ½ vinegar ½ water to soothe a sore throat.

ACV can be taken as a tablespoon in warm water but I also enjoy it in a large glass of cool water, it can also be taken in juice if you find the taste too much.

Tip: Add to olive oil, mustard and lemon juice to create your own dressing.

ACV is also a great hair tonic as it normalises the pH levels on your scalp it promotes better hair growth. It is also known to clear dandruff.

Tip: Put it in a spray bottle diluted with ½ water and spray onto your scalp – leave for 10 minutes, rinse and wash as normal.

When I drink ACV I feel ‘cleaner’ and I do feel it gives me an energy boost and stops unhealthy cravings. I also love using it as a toner on my skin (I often just wipe it over my face before gong to bed – nothing else) I am sure it reduces wrinkles and always gets rid of spots and my skin feels really smooth the next day.

So, if you haven’t tried using ACV, do it soon and tell me what you think!

What I Ate Wednesday

Upon waking: Jar of water with half a lemon squeeze.

Breakfast: Gluten Free home-made toast with sugar Free Blueberry Jam + fresh blackCoffee….

Lunch: Green Juice (cucumber, carrot, parsley, spinach, apple), Salad (lettuce, grated carrot, beetroot and orange salad) with falafel burger – left-over from last night- half a Gluten Free bun.

Followed by a Gingseng Tea

Dinner: Raw Vegetable Pizza (with glass of champagne)

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And… Here’s the recipe:

Pizza Crust:

3 courgettes

2 tomatoes

1/2 lemon juice

1 garlic clove

2 dates

½ red onion

2 red bell peppers

1/4 cup Flax Seed

Grate or finely slice the courgettes into noodles and put them aside. Blend all the ingredients and pour onto the courgettes – mix together. Then create a circle with mixture on your dehydrator for approximately 6 hours or if you don’t have a dehydrator put into the oven on a low temperature until crisp. Add tomato sauce, and your own selection of fresh vegetables!

Before bed a glass of warm water and Apple Cider Vinegar !

Let me know if you enjoyed this post!

Magical benefits: Lemon Water

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Drinking lemon water in the morning and/or drinking it throughout the day on a regular basis, can significantly improve your health. Get into the habit of this and it will naturally become part of your daily routine!

Some of the most notable benefits include: Cleansing of the liver, reduction of inflammation, better digestion, assistance in weight loss, promotion of healthy skin rejuvenation, boosting of immune system, assistance with the fighting of viral infections, gives a great Energy boost, and can be used in skin care (See ‘The Skin Guide’)

Ideas:

Squeeze half a lemon into a cup of warm water- drink on an empty stomach!

Fill your bottle with filtered water, squeeze in half a lemon – Take to work or exercise class for a refreshing and vitalising drink!

Create a jug or bottle of water infused with lemon slices and/or cucumber slices (leave overnight or for a minimum of five hours) for a fresh tasting, energy boosting, refreshing drink at home or on the go!

Table Scones

Gluten Free Table scones.

These Table scones are ideal for Breakfast snacks or an alternative to cake. Serve hot or cold, plain or with your favourite fruit jam.

Prepartaion: 4 tsp of chia seed soaked in a glass of cold water for 15 minutes (or until gooey)

Ingredients:

Buckwheat (sarrasin) flour 4 cups; 4tsp chia seeds soaked in water; 1tsp baking powder; 1 cup Vegetable Milk  (Rice, oat or nut); 3 cups water; 1 tsp Cinnamon; 1 – 2 tbsp coconut sugar; 2 handfulls of raisins (optional)

Method: Put your flour in a large bowl, add the baking powder, cinnamon and coconut sugar, make a hole in the middle and pour in the soaked chia seeds.

Using a hand blender, blend the mixture from the middle, gradually add the milk and water until you have a thick but smooth mixture. Add the raisins

Using a ladle and a good non-stick (pancake) pan, drop small amounts of mixture onto the hot pan, flip over after about 3 minutes.

Thank you for reading and enjoy your scones!

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