Fish is a staple in my diet. I think I could actually live off tuna sashimi and dark chocolate… maybe add in some C (C Coconut Water) and a few fresh green juices. I’m just a girl with simple needs, well simpler than some let’s just say.
Indulgent is a word I have used far too often lately when describing meals out and social appointments alike. So last week I chose to practice the virtues of another word… repentance.
My repentance came in the form of PHD Cleanse.
Personally I think more things in life should be quick and easy… well some things, dinner being one of them. Spending an hour creating a healthy meal from scratch is probably the last thing you want to do after a long day mid week. When I’m in a rush or just can’t be bothered cooking dinner I have a Japanese inspired go-to meal. It only takes 3 minutes to make and is packed full with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, selenium, zinc and chromium. For a spicy touch try adding cayenne pepper and/or dried chilli.
Those who know me know that I have an incredibly sweet tooth and LOVE chocolate. From age 5 I’d eat so much in one go that I’d give myself a migraine… needless to say by age 6 chocolate was banned from the house aside from Easter time. Easter became more exciting than Christmas for me.
There are many different approaches to nutrition, from Ayurveda to Paleolithic, and they all have their own merit. My nutrition philosophy and approach is purely from a digestive perspective. Your digestive system is responsible for eliminating waste and toxins from the body, when this does not happen properly it seriously impacts your overall wellbeing, you may notice slow weight gain, low energy level, headaches, vitamin deficiencies and other such symptoms. Regularly consuming vegetable juices is a great way to help support and maintain healthy digestion. If you’re feeling heavy and bloated or just that your body needs a bit of extra something then you may want to try my colon cleanse recipe using bentonite clay.
One of my favourite places to visit whenever I’m in Sydney is The Suveran. The Suveran is a dairy free, sugar free, gluten free, wheat free, yeast free and grain free wholefood café. Sounds bad I know but the food these little hippy geniuses make is to die for. Each perfectly balanced meal is made from a delicious range of superfoods, spices, seeds, vegetables, free-range meats and sustainable seafood. You’ll even fall in love with the half broken ‘vintage’ décor.
Healthy cooking is easy and tastes great as well. Try this gluten-free recipe I recently came up with. It’s jam packed with antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals that’ll nourish your body. I love cooking with gluten-free kelp noodles as an alternative to rice noodles. Not only are they versatile but they are high in calcium. *Note – Kelp noodles are available at some local healthfood stores or online here
Juice fasting or cleansing has become the detox method du jour and for good reason. Juicing is one of the fastest ways for our bodies to absorb essential nutrients from fruit and vegetables that support our overall health and immunity. Your body needs an array of different vitamins and minerals to sustain good health,juicing is a great way to concentrate those nutrients to get the benefits without having to eat 5 kgs of fresh produce a day.
Nowadays there’s an abundance of ‘health foods’ on supermarket shelves, aisles dedicated to organics, yogurts ‘straight from the farm’ and an array of gluten-free, biodynamic, free-range, ethically harvested delights. But are they really healthy or is it food-marketing dancing on a fine line.
After a month (or two) of decadence it’s time to say goodbye to the booze, bon voyage to the late nights and good riddance to sugar. Oh yes, it’s detox time and today I start mine.
The biggest mistake many make when embarking on a detox is not easing into it first. Going cold turkey on sugar for instance can spike insulin levels, drag energy levels way down and make you crave it all that much more. So my first detox tip is: Preparation.