My buddy Wendy came to town yesterday so I invited her to hang out with me for a detox day!
Her son's flight wasn't arriving till 10pm, so we had about 11 hours together, and we made every one count!
I had three DVDs lined up for her to watch while we stitched...
...and she was inspired by every one so she took them home to show her husband and son.
Between each documentary I gave her a sample of some of the foods I use in my perpetual detox lifestyle.
She was amazed that the Carrot Coconut Loaf was free of all grains, sugar, and sweeteners and told me she's making it herself today...
She loved the constant supply of detox tea, water and freshly made vegetable juices...
She was blown away by the simplicity and taste of the roast vegetable salad at lunchtime...
...as well as the protein ball we had for dessert!
Throughout the afternoon we drank more fresh veggie juice, dandelion tea and water while we discussed the documentaries and stitched. Wendy looks happy, doesn't she?!
We had the best 'almost-a-sleepover' ever!
Both of us weren't very hungry for the rest of the day so easily satisfied with just an organic apple, but before she had to leave for the airport we did make room for some yummy coconut chia pudding with strawberries and passionfruit...
Wendy is dusting off her own juicer today and now I have my buddy to share recipes and ideas with!
I've had some requests to share where I'm getting my detox program from, so I'll answer that today.
I'm not following any program or book or diet.
Nutrition is something I have studied for 15 years, and whilst I have tried to live and eat using that knowledge it was always a struggle to 'carry' the family along with me as they didn't want to give up refined white products or sugar laden drinks and treats...so I'd rise to the challenge for a few months then give up feeling beaten.
The difference this time is that it's only Mr E and I at home, he is on board with me now (yay!!), and I'm 55...it's amazing how age and the desire to LIVE with renewed vigour, health, energy and adventure can tip you right out of the naughty food bowl and into the fresh and non-toxic salad bowl!
As I've shared before, eating healthy has always been the norm for me, but I also added a whole lot of unhealthy to my body, and even ate way too much of the healthy stuff! Over indulging in healthy OR unhealthy food will add many kilos.
The key is to listen to your body.
Too often we eat everything on the plate because we don't want to waste it, but isn't it better to waste the excess into the trash than waste it into your one and only precious body??
I'm so excited to have broken that shackle from my mind!
Weight is falling off.
I've discovered that my body really doesn't like much red meat, but it LOVES fish and vegetables. It copes with a little chicken. It loves water. It loves dandelion tea. It loves apples. It loves salad. It adores freshly juiced veggies.
And guess what?
That's the bonus of all bonuses for me.
So what else lives in my kitchen these days?
Coconut Milk yoghurt is incredible, and I'm going to have a shot at making some myself...
Mr E loves cereal with yoghurt for breakfast so I've made gluten free granola with flaxseeds, goji berries, pepitas and other nutrition packed ingredients...
We both love real butter, but it's rock hard because we live in the tropics and it always has to be stored in the fridge, so I was buying a spreadable butter and not bothering to read the label. Wow - it was full of chemicals I'd never heard of!
So I bought pure organic butter made from grass fed cow's milk, and I mixed it with cold pressed olive oil. It's delicious, spreads wonderfully, and is free from nasties. Win win.
We keep a large supply of in-season organic fruits...
...and apart from all the fresh veggies we use in juices and salads, I also roast a batch every couple of days. These make a heartier salad for days when we're a bit hungrier than usual (normally after an adventure or long walks)...
Mashed potato used to be one of my comfort foods, but I've changed to mashed sweet potato and pumpkin. I don't add any butter or milk - just the veg alone and it is delicious!
The other day I made my first jar of sugar-free strawberry jam.
All it took was a punnet of strawberries, 3 teaspoons chia seeds, 1 tablespoon of water, and 1 teaspoon of raw honey...yum.
These are some pantry essentials that we go through a lot of...
...and when I want a little snack, I have some Kale Krunch!
It's just dehydrated kale leaves with cashews and nutritional yeast to bind the leaves together.
A book I found at the library has a recipe for making my own so I'll get the dehydrator out of storage this weekend and have a go...
So there you have it, a little peek at my perpetual detox menu!
I call it perpetual because every day in this 21stC world we are bombarded with toxins, so eliminating them from our bodies is crucial and an ongoing process.
One thing I heard this week that really inspired me, and shocked me, was that 50 years ago households spent three times more of their income on groceries than they do now.
The introduction of things like cable tv, mobile phones, internet, fast foods, expensive shopping habits and sports cost, hair and nail treatments, bigger home and cars...well, it seems the grocery bill is the first one most people choose to reduce.
Isn't that sad?
Cable, gel nails, and a big house just won't extend your life or recharge your body.
You have one body. A God given beautiful thing.
Put the best you can into it.