No starvation, no depravation--but also, the basic no-no's of a week-long detox: no meat, wheat, dairy, corn, added sugar, processed food, alcohol, or caffeine. It sounds scary, but there's so much you can eat and experiment with, and in so doing, you'll be giving your liver a little love.
What can you expect from doing a food-based detox? Maybe a little dragginess at first, but many folks report feeling energized, alert, and a lighter, healthier feeling. You can't go wrong with greens, beans, fresh juices, fruit. Perfect for spring!
After the jump are some recipes she shared today on the air.
Zucchini Pasta with Hemp Pesto
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
Hemp Seed Pesto:
2 cups basil
1/2 cup walnuts
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 cup hemp seeds
Salt to taste
1. In a food processor, combine hemp seed pesto ingredients. Blend until smooth. Add more olive oil for a thinner consistency. Set aside. Using a julienne peeler, peel zucchini to make long spaghetti like strips. In a medium bowl, combine zucchini strips with pesto and toss. Garnish with tomatoes and serve.
Kale and Goji-Berry Salad
2 bunches of kale
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 cup goji berries (presoaked for 30 minutes)
2 tablespon cold pressed olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon raw honey or Agave nectar
1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
1. De-stem the kale and chop crosswise into small pieces. Place into a mixing bowl and massage along with the olive oil, lemon juice and salt, working well with your hands until the leaves are well coated in the mixture and wilted. Add in the Agave, pecans and goji berries blending well to combine.
2. ....Another one she mentioned, which I found fascinating: CHIA PUDDING. No joke. Buy some chia seeds (pet not required) and stir in a tablespoon or two with some almond or other nut milk. Let sit for 10-15 minutes and apparently it thickens to a pudding. Add cinnamon and vanilla! This I've got to try.
Also: Check out this Whole Living story on detox diets!
Terri Trespicio, host, "Whole Living"