Friday, September 22, 2017

Raw Food Detox Express

Summer just ended and we are moving towards the weekend. What better excuse could you have to go on a detox?


Change of seasons indicates a new chapter in our daily lives. The days are shorter and not as warm as they were only a week ago. If you have nothing better to do this weekend, take some time to prepare your body for the coming cold season.

If you are a raw foodie, you are probably already doing the right things for you body. A short juice fast, accompanied by body brushing, oil pulling, and relaxation exercises, should not be very difficult for you. However, if you are new to raw food, you should take things slowly and consult certified nutritionist or natural health practitioner before you start a detox regimen. Transition to raw food may be a bit complicated for some people and detoxification may bring some unpleasant reactions. Proceed with caution.

In preparation for the quick weekend detox make sure that you have enough organic vegetables and alkalizing greens for juicing and light meals.

Fruits are very important in raw food diet, but during detox I suggest you reduce the consumption of very sweet fruit and opt for berries, instead. Blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are very nutritious and full of phytonutrients that will help your body deal with antioxidative stress as it is trying to get rid of accumulated toxins.

What to do during detox?

  • Start your day with a glass of warm water with lemon juice or a spoon of apple cider vinegar. Skip the coffee! Drink plenty of water during the day to keep you kidneys active. Green vegetable juices will help you stay alkalized and hydrated. They will also help the elimination process.
  • Five to ten minutes dry body brushing with natural brush before the morning shower will activate blood circulation and help eliminate toxin through skin pores.
  • Tongue "scrubbing" and oil pulling are simple techniques that help remove dental plaque and keep your teeth clean and healthy. Any cold pressed oil will do. Coconut oil is probably the most pleasant to use. 
  • Detoxifying foot bath once a day not only allows your feet to rest, but helps draw out toxins though from your body. Adding magnesium oil, magnesium salts, Celtic sea salt, or baking soda will speed up the process. You may also add detoxifying herbs or essential oils. 
  • Do not skip the meals. Make light salads or juices. Snack on berries and raw nuts.
  • Yoga, Tai Chi Quan, Qi Gong, and meditation, are very good for relaxation. Take as much time as possible to stay active during the detox, but pay attention to you body. Jogging might not be the best idea if you body is busy getting into balance. 
  • Take power naps if you feel tired. Detoxification process can be challenging at times. 
  • Relaxing warm bath at the end of the day is optimal. 
  • Be careful what you put on your skin. If you are not sure that your face and body care is free of toxic chemicals, use virgin coconut oil as moisturizer.
  • Cup of calming herbal tea such as camomile, verbena, or holy basil, will help you sleep well during the detox.

The detox practice is a perfect chance to review your food related beliefs and behaviors. It also helps you switch your mood and organize your thoughts if you only take time to do so. Avoid toxic people and negativity. Shut the TV off, and switch off your electronic devices if you can. This weekend is for you.

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon©2017

*Information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Nutritious Vegetable Juice

When it gets really hot in Summer even people who normally cook their food prefer not to spend much time in their kitchens. A quick snack on the go, fresh salad, slice of watermelon, or a visit to a favorite restaurant seem like a better way to obtain nutrition on a hot day. A refreshing vegetable juice always sounds good, whether you are a raw foodie or not.


The ingredients I used to make my Nutritious Vegetable Juice can easily be used to make a delicious salad or a gazpacho and you make want them in this way. For me, today was a juice day and the outcome was not only delicious, but nutritious as well. If you have a juicer, give it a try. Also remember to save the juice pulp and turn it into crackers  or some other savory delicacy. 


Ingredients:
  • 8 heirloom carrots (purple, yellow, white, and orange)
  • 1 large beet
  • 4 celery ribs
  • 1 large heirloom tomato
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 small jalapeno chili pepper
  • 1 small purple onion 
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 lemon, peel removed
  • pinch Celtic sea salt (optional)
  • 1 tsp virgin olive oil or cold pressed flax oil


Method:
  • Wash your vegetables and cut into smaller chunks that will fit into your juicer's opening. I use the powerful Champion juicer. It works great when larger ingredients are  cut into a slivers. Some types of juicers do not require this at all, though. Do what works best for you.
  • Pass all ingredients through the juicer. Add pinch of Celtic sea salt and a teaspoon of olive or flax oil. Mix well.
  • Serve right away and enjoy in good company!


Tips:
  • Fresh juices taste best when they are drunk right away. If you like your juice chilled, transfer it to a well chilled jar or add a few ice cubes Also, chilling vegetables before juicing will help a bit. 
  • My recipe calls for sea salt and cold pressed oil. Celtic sea salt not only enhances the taste, but also helps replenish minerals in your body. Cold pressed oil helps the absorption of fat soluble vitamins. 
  • This juice is nicely spicy thanks to the jalapeno pepper. You can also use a tiny bit of scorpion or ghost pepper if you can take the heat, but do not over do it. This juice is meant to nourish and hydrate your body. 
  • Save the juice pulp and use it to make crackers, or any other dish, raw or cooked that will profit from the addition of a fresh juice pulp. Soup, stew, vegan burger. Creativity has no limits. 
As any of my juice recipes, this one is presented here to give you an idea what vegetables can be used together. You can change the amounts of veggies used, skip the one that is not your favorite or add something that you grow in your own garden. You can add fresh herbs, grapefruit, ginger, or a tart apple. Whatever you do, have fun doing it!

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon@2017


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