Has anyone tried a detox or cleanse? I am just coming off a 14 day liver detox. My husband and I did a clean eating type of detox in November “for fun”. The one we did together was only 5 days. I don’t think I could get him to do it for any longer. We were both eating too much crap and having sweetened coffees every day of the week, so we thought we would clean it up for a few days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Basically we ate healthy and cut out caffeine which was the hardest for us both. You add in lots of smoothies that had greens and berries. The first 3 days were the hardest of course, but we got through it. He said he will do it again but have one cup of black coffee a day with it 🙂
I was introduced to the liver detox by an acquaintance online. She reached out and said that there was a group starting right after the first of the year. I was a little intimidated by the 14 days of no sugar, no caffeine, no gluten, no FUN…. but why not. If it improves your health… First thing in the morning you drink a mixture of fresh lemon juice, aloe juice, olive oil, berries, coconut water and a mix of all sorts of stuff (ayurveda, milk thistle, mangista, peppermint, coriander, fennel, cardamom, cinnamon and guduchi). You can’t eat or drink anything for 2 hours after that and then eat very clean for the rest of the day.
Why a liver detox? The liver is called the “Queen Organ”. It holds toxins, environmental conditions, stress and emotional baggage. Yes, I just said emotional baggage. SO when you detox the liver, you give it a little break and let is sort of reset. The liver cleanse not only removes toxins, but also helps remove negativity, anger and stale emotions. Yup. Our body is marvelously complicated. and why wouldn’t it be.
So did it work? I’d say it did. I felt a peace; I felt grateful; I felt clear headed; I also felt a connection to the food I was putting in my mouth – that I was only eating what nourished my body and only ate when hungry. It was a good feeling.
I also had a latte on day 15. Best latte I ever had. First having a big glass of lemon water. I will probably do the 14 day cleanse again. I think it’s always good to take a step back and reset your body and mind – and in this case your liver.
One of the meals I had several times over the 14 day detox was a dish my brother gave me the recipe for. Of course, his called for butter and brown sugar, so I had to revise it a bit. It would be delish on or off the detox.
The picture above had a slice of charred halloumi, which is a cheese made of goat’s milk or sheep’s milk. This was for everyone BUT me and was told it was delicous.
Sweet potato and Quinoa with Chimichurri
- 2 cups Quinoa made according to directions
- 3 Sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced about 1/4 inch think
- 4 T olive oil
- 1/4 Cup coconut sugar
- 1 bunch collard greens
- 1/2 cup parsley
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 2/3 cup olive oil
- Coat the sweet potatoes in 2 T of olive oil and spread evenly on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and coconut sugar. Put in a 425 degree oven and bake for about 25 minutes, turn over and bake for another 15 minutes or until they start to darken.Meanwhile, make the quinoa according to the directions and cut the collard greens into bite size pieces. Saute in the remaining 2 T of olive oil until wilted. Add in a little salt to taste.Make chimichurri by adding in all of the ingredients and pulsing in a food processor until almost pureed but still has a little texture. Make dish by adding a good sized spoonful of quinoa in the bottom of the bowl, topping with the blackened sweet potatoes and the collard greens. Then spoon over the chimichurri sauce. (and a slice of fried halloumi if you want).