Summer Revitalising Detox

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It’s that time of the year again when we are looking to get back into shape for the summer days spent on the beach or in less clothing exposing more of our lumps and bumps 🙂

What better way to kickstart this by doing a simple 7 day detox, (or longer if you prefer).

Why would detoxing benefit you?

By doing a detox, you are giving your organs a break, allowing them to operate more efficiently, and removing toxins that cause inflammation in the body.

Our bodies detox daily, but in the modern world we are bombarded with toxins every day. Toxins are found in the air we breathe, the foods we eat, chemicals in the water, pollutants, pesticides, household cleansers, and beauty products (including makeup, lotions, shampoo, hair dyes and perfumes).

Toxins enter the bloodstream, and the liver works hard to detoxify the body of these harmful substances. When the liver becomes overworked and sluggish, all the detoxification pathways suffer, and your health suffers.

Your body protects you from harmful toxins by producing mucous or fat to prevent an immune reaction. But what happens when there are too many toxins in the body and too much mucous as a result? Your body can carry up to 7kg of mucous, which can lead to excess weight, fatigue, poor digestion, food intolerances, and a weakened immune system.

There are numerous benefits to detoxifying:

  • Have clearer skin
  • Reduce cellulite
  • Lose unwanted weight and bloating
  • Release stored fat
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Improve your digestion
  • Boost your immune system

Contact to purchase your Body Revitalising Detox and eat clean for a week to start working towards the body you really want!

Happy Detoxing! 🙂

Crunchy mint chocolate recipe

chocolates_grandeI used to love chocolate as a kid and the minty ones were usually my favourites. Just because I don’t eat the ‘normal’ chocolates anymore doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the numerous flavours I enjoyed when I was younger.

Here is a crispy mint chocolate recipe that is so delicious and healthy. Now I love my chocolates even more!

Recipe:

50g Buckwheat
100g cacao paste
100g cacao butter
1T Superfood shake (Optional)
Honey or sweetener of choice (sweeten to your desired taste)
3 drops edible mint essence

Directions:
Soak buckwheat overnight, then dehydrate them for 8 hours (use a dehydrator or place the oven on the lowest temperature and leave the door open to let the air out. Or purchase the already activated buckwheat here)
Melt cacao paste with cacao butter over a double boiler system so as not to cook the cacao.
Once melted and slightly cooled mix in your sweetener and superfood shake. In order for the sweetener not to sit at the bottom use a whisk to mix it round.
Add 3 drops of mint essence and whisk some more. (don’t add too much as it can be really overpowering.)
Add in the buckwheat and stir around and pour. Keep on mixing so they don’t all sit at the bottom and end up in the last batch of chocolates. 

Pour into moulds, refrigerate and Enjoy! 

Natural Minty Mouthwash

Having fresh breath is wonderful. It makes you confident to talk to people without having to worry about what they’re smelling throughout your conversation.
I have to say that when I changed my lifestyle to cleaner eating I didn’t have the yucky feeling in my mouth anymore so no more chewing gum or minty sweets. I do still love to have fresh breath and using a mouthwash is a nice way to freshen up.

If you have a look at how many ingredients there are on normal mouthwashes, and how many you don’t even know how to pronounce you start to get a little concerned. Now I know you don’t usually swallow the mouthwash but what about your kiddies? They swallow the mouthwash quite regularly and all these potentially toxic chemicals are going into their little bodies. It doesn’t seem like a lot but when you add up those toxins as well as other body care products, house hold cleaners and pollution in the air, there is quite a toxic load going into your system. Making your own mouthwash and reducing even just this little toxic load can go a long way in improving your health.

Chewing on parsley, mint or swirling lemon around your mouth also helps freshen up your breath. But  if you don’t have these on hand then you can make your own mouthwash:

Ingredients:
1.5 glasses of purified water
2 tablespoons of food grade hydrogen peroxide
2-3 drops of mint essential oil
Should you want it sweeter add pure stevia

Pop all the ingredients in your bottle and shake to combine.
To Use: Swirl around in your mouth after brushing your teeth and then rinse with water.

This is such an affordable way to make a non toxic mouthwash.

Fresh breath here we come!

 

Recipe from http://www.easyrecipeplugin.com/

The sugar trend / fad

Sugar has been found out!

It is now the new fat. It’s like a dirty word. It managed to hide away while fat was getting the bad reputation, but now it has been exposed.

It hides in just about everything from yoghurts to ready-made meals to sauces to ‘health water’. Remove the fat and sugar has to be added to give it any flavour. And while the flavour is better, it’s not doing our bodies any good.

But don’t be scared of it as not all sugars are created equal. Fruit sugars are still good for us in the whole food form.
Sugar cane, where some of our sugar comes from, is really nutrient rich as it still has all its minerals, vitamins, intact. Once refined it turns into our white sugar that we add to cakes and chocolates and other goodies. It is so devoid of nutrients that our bodies don’t actually know what to do with it so it stores it as fat, or if there is an excess potentially causes illnesses.

Due to the sugar trend that’s going on people are now scared of fruit, but it has so many vitamins, minerals, fibre, anti-oxidants, phyto-nutrients, enzymes and water, and by cutting this out completely it could cause major problems.

As a society, have we actually been eating that much fruit that it has caused obesity, diabetes and other related illnesses? Or has it been the refined cane sugars, high fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners and sugars, sauces and hidden sugars?

Our brains and muscles need glucose to function. The major fuel for our bodies is glucose, which we get a lot from fruit. Our cells use the glucose as energy to function properly. It keeps us alive. Our bodies turn the sugars from fruit into simple sugars which is used to fuel our bodies, our brains, central nervous system, muscles and cells.

If you are craving sugar or feel low in energy, have a piece of fruit. This is your body’s signal that you need glucose. But in this day and age we have been programmed to have a sugary drink or a chocolate bar, instead of a nourishing food that has natural sugars in as well as fibre and other nutrients that will help prevent sugar highs.

If you continue to do this your body will thank you for it!
There is a reason why there is that saying of ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’.

As with a lot of things, moderation is key. Try to find organic where possible. Berries are a wonderful low GI fruit so if you are still concerned about how much sugar is in fruit eat these.

 Ways to curb sugar cravings:

Cutting out all sugar from your diet will cause your body to want you to ‘cheat’ and you end up reaching for the wrong form of sugar.

We create a blood sugar roller coaster by consuming chocolates, sweets, cakes, soft drinks and sports drinks etc so our bodies produce insulin to bring down the sugar levels in our blood. We then feel tired so we reach for these goodies again, thereby spiking our sugar levels again, and so the roller coaster continues.

  • Consuming green foods such as broccoli, green leafy veg (Kale, spinach, coriander, parsley etc) can help to lessen the cravings for sugar.
  • Eat in the morning before 10am. This way you are giving your body the fuel it needs and you are not starving and lightheaded by the time it comes to lunch time that you reach for the nearest thing to you and binge on it.
  • Grazing throughout the day can work for some people, eg, having 3 smaller main meals and snacking in between these meals. By doing this you are maintaining your blood sugar levels and there is no dip and no craving to get your energy levels up again.
  • Get adequate sleep. When your body is well rested you will minimise your need for sugar to give it energy to function throughout the day.
  • And by exercising regularly this can help you sleep well.

I used to eat all sorts of foods with sugar in it and decided to cut it out a few years ago after reading about how bad it was for me. The cravings and withdrawal I had were incredible. I actually stuck my spoon in the honey jar and gulped down mouthfuls occasionally to get me through it. But after 2 weeks I was over it. Now when I eat anything with artificial sugar in it tastes just that, artificial and horrendously sweet. Thankfully my palate has adjusted. As a result of cutting out refined sugars my skin has cleared up, eczema went away and my joints are back to normal, but all the while I was still eating fruit.

Listen to your body and see how much fruit works for you. I work well on quite a lot of fruit, however I also have a lot of greens to balance my system.
I am grateful to have made the transition, give it a try, it’s worth it!

Here’s a recipe from my summer detox for you to try:

SUMMER LOVE

2 cups kale
1 cup frozen berries (blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, blackberry)
1 ½ cups water or non-dairy milk (coconut, hemp or almond milk)
1/2 banana
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon shredded coconut flakes
3 Brazil nuts

Blend together and enjoy the nourishing goodness.