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Detox Detox Detox!

Posted Jan 02 2011 12:00am
Now that I have officially been given the ‘all clear,’ it is time to start detoxing and get my body clean and healthyagain!  To kick-start this we spent almost a week in a beautiful location, eating well, walking on the beach and relaxing.  We stayed at the beautiful Byron Bay Eco Retreat in Northern New South Wales.  

This retreat has been built in harmony with nature and is set behind the sand dunes at New Brighton Beach.  The secluded hideaway is made of Balinese-style pavilions (all outdoors) and allows you to eliminate the walls and be at one with nature.  It is also dog-friendly and backs directly onto a dog-friendly beach – absolute heaven for our staffy girl, Trudi.  This could be her favourite place in the whole world.  It could be Dave and mine too, although by the end of the week we were completely covered in midgy bites and were getting sick of being so close to nature! 

We took our juicer, blender/food processor, spirooli, and a LOT of fruit and vegetables.  In fact, we had a tray of 20 mangoes, 5 coconuts, 2 watermelons, a paw paw, about 20 apples, some oranges, 2 pineapples, a bunch of kale, a bunch of bok choy, a bunch of brocollini, some cauliflower, 2 punnets of strawberries, mushrooms, limes, lemons, a bag of carrots, 2 cucumbers, 6 zucchinis, half a celery, ginger, garlic and more.  This is between 2 people and a doggy by the way. 

We ended up eating about 80% raw for most of the week.  I had planned on having mostly juices and only a bit of raw food (no cooked food at all), but I felt the detoxing effects almost straight away, so I decided to just go gently.  I’m still sniffling and have a lot of mucous but this is not a bad thing, it is simply my body’s way of eliminating the toxins.  I was very tired, stuffed up and had a headache for a couple of days, but as soon as I ate some cooked foods (pizza to be exact!) I felt a little better as this slows down the detox process.  

Under normal circumstances, it’s best to push through with these symptoms if you can and continue with your detox, drinking plenty of water to help flush out the toxins.  However, considering just how toxic I probably am, and considering that my body is still very very weak and my immune system is almost non-existent, I am going to be super gentle!  It has made me realize that I am not going to be back to perfect health in just a couple of weeks.  This is upsetting, but it is just the way it is.  I can’t expect to spend 6 months pumping my body full of the worst stuff ever and then expect to eliminate it straight away.  This will take time. 

Here are some pics and a rough guideline of what we ate each day…

Fruit smoothie - banana, strawberries, mango and orange.

Veggie Juice - celery, carrot, apple, cucumber

Zucchini Pasta with tomato basil sauce including, tomato, capsicum, mushroom, basil, parsley, garlic, olives and avocado.

Method: Peel 1 zucchini per person and use spirooli (or vegetable peeler or mandolin) to make it into "spaghetti."  Sprinkle with a little sea salt and massage.  Set aside and allow to soften while you prepare the sauce.  Add 3 tomatoes and 1/2 clove garlic to food processor.  Process briefly until chopped up. Add as much capsicum and basil and parsley as you like. You can either add the other ingredients to the food processor or add them on top separately. Spoon mixture on top of the zucchini pasta and serve. Quick, easy and delicious! 

Zucchini 'spaghetti'
Finished product!

Veggie juice

Silverbeet salad w avocado, tomato, mushroom, lemon juice, flax oil, capsicum, sunflower seeds
& Veggie soup

I LOVE my veggie soups. I make a variety of different ones but basically all I do is boil some water, add some seaweed, dried Asian mushrooms (cheaper than fresh!), some spices and veggie stock or miso paste, some fresh ginger and then right at the end I add some chopped up veggies such as carrots, bok choy, broccolini, cauliflower and tomato. I don’t let the veggies cook for long, only a couple of minutes at most. That’s it! I will usually add rice noodles to this as well for a bigger meal, but I didn’t want to eat anything processed this week so I left them at home. 

Day 2 

7am - Fruit smoothie

9am - Silverbeet salad

Watermelon juice 

2pm - Zucchini pasta

Watermelon juice

Veggie juice – cucumber, celery, apple, carrot and ginger.

8pm pizza at Three World’s Organic Pizza Café

This place, on the Gold Coast (we drove an hour just to get here!) is amazing. This was our first time here and I can honestly say that we had the best pizza ever, vegan or not! We had a half mediteranean (roasted eggplant, pumpkin, mushrooms, tomato base and their home-made vegan cashew cheese) and half pesto (pesto base, broccoli, corn, pumpkin) large pizza. We were stuffed! 

Day 3 

Lemon and Ginger tea (it’s a good idea to always start the day with warm water and lemon juice or something similar to assist in alkalizing the body to start the day. To learn more about the alkaline/acid balance of the body, check out this post. 

10am - Fruit smoothie with coconut, mango, pineapple and paw paw 

11:30am - Bowl of chopped paw paw and mango in squeezed orange juice - yum!

at Santos- sushi with avocado and brown rice and a veggie juice. Check out the Resources page for details about Santos in Byron Bay.

5pm - Silverbeet leaves with chickpea salad

Chickpeas, lemon juice, cucumber, tomato, parsley, basil, mushroom

This is such a simple, fun, nutritious meal. Simply combine all ingredients except the silverbeet leaves and then fill a leaf with some of the chickpea salad and roll up. PS. How nice is the view from our deck? 

Chickpea salad

5.30 - Watermelon juice

Day 4 

Lemon and Ginger Tea

7am - 2 mangoes

11am - fruit salad

3pm - Veggie soup 

5pm - banana soft serve with coconut and mango
Method: Chop up some banana and put in a container and freeze overnight.  Take it out of the freezer and thaw slightly before putting it into the food processor.  Keep processing until smooth and fluffy.  Top with mango and coconut!

Pizza at Three Worlds Cafe (again!). 

Day 5 (leaving) 

Lemon and Ginger tea
1 mango
Toasted turkish bread with avocado at cafe

3.30pm - big salad with kale, mushroom, lime juice, flax oil, tomato, cucumber, snow peas, parsley, basil, capsicum

7pm veggie noodle soup

At the end of the week we had gone through most of our food and felt sooooo relaxed! Thanks Mum and Dad for booking the place - best birthday present!  

As we head into the New Year and hot hot weather, it is a great time to do a bit of a detox.  I'll be talking more about this over the next few months but, for now, I hope you enjoyed the recap of my own gentle start to detoxing!

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