The body is detoxifying itself naturally all the time. It cleanses itself daily through the liver, kidneys, colon, skin, lungs and lymph. It allows us to keep illness away, gives us energy and helps us think clearly.
If our bodies are being overloaded with stress and with toxins (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) they will not be able to keep up.
Then toxins enter the bloodstream the liver works hard to detoxify the body of these harmful substances. When the liver becomes overworked and sluggish, all the detoxification pathways suffer. This puts major stress on our system and we start to develop food allergies, headaches, adrenal fatigue, bloating in the belly, bags under our eyes, weight gain, and worse. If not addressed these could start to turn into major chronic diseases.
By doing a detox, you are giving your organs a break, allowing them to operate more efficiently, and remove the toxins that cause inflammation in the body.
There are so many benefits of detoxing, here are a few:
- Lose unwanted weight and bloating
- Release stored fat
- Renew your cells
- Reduce inflammation
- Improve your digestion
- Boost your immune system
- Stronger sex drive
- Clearer skin
- Reduce cellulite
- Better sleep
- Access the energy your body needs to keep you healthy and restore your vital energy
Ideally, it is recommended to detox at least four times a year, with every change of season. I have put together both summer and winter detox programs for you to try detoxing with the foods that are in season. They are based on the Elimination Diet which means you will cut out the foods that are the common allergens and then re-introduce them slowly, one by one, to see which ones cause your body problems. It works as a diagnostic tool to uncover hidden sensitivities and food intolerances. It is a clean eating detox which could eventually become your way of life. By doing this you can reduce inflammation in your body, balance your pH levels, and improve vitality. These are the Complete and the Basic Detoxes that can be found on my website.
Try detoxing today! Give your body a break and eat clean.
I often get asked the difference between my ON-season and OFF-season nutrition plan, and I hope it will give you an understanding of how I approach things on a personal & professional level. As most of you know, the best results come from what you put into your mouth and can make up to 80% of your results. The other 20% is smart dynamic training designed for what you want to achieve and the type of life you want to live.
Now I eat really healthy most of the time (another 80/20 rule) so for the 20% that I am relaxing a bit, my vices are sparkling wine (in winter it is red wine), dark chocolate, pretzels, and Italian panini. These treats I enjoy over weekends. In the past I use to beat myself up and feel this extreme guilt when eating anything remotely “unhealthy” but as I have gotten wiser (ok, older) I have come to understand the importance of “living” and “balance”. I use these words a lot but it’s just because they're so fitting!
The other 80% of the time I eat really healthy & clean. This means fresh whole-foods, loads of veggies, seasonal fruit, raw nuts, seeds, whole grains, I use loads of spices & herbs, and I experiment with food a lot. Now when it comes to ON-season eating, the major difference comes in cutting out the 20% treats, and controlling quantities on certain foods. I love the food I eat and the type of food doesn’t change, just the treats get taken away and quantities adjusted.
Below I have made a comparison example of how I function ON and OFF season with my eating. Now I could to try eat my ON-season diet for the entire year, but that doesn’t give me much room for “living”. In the past I have done the all year round “clean eating” but have just ended up deprived, irritable, frustrated, and binging when I felt I “deserved” a day off, only to beat myself up the next day. This was a continuous cycle and not a very healthy place to be in, emotionally or mentally. This was not working for me and I needed balance back. So although I am not as lean during my OFF-season, I am definitely happier, healthier and far more energized.
ON-Season Eating Plan(I measure most of my foods, except the veggies)
- Upon waking: Green tea, followed by my Veggie Green Juice about 45min later
- Straight after 1st workout: Vegan shake & 1 seasonal fruit (e.g. medium banana) & vitamins
- Salad of spinach (unlimited), 125g raw mushrooms grilled, sprouts, 1 large tomato.
- 1 medium banana OR 1 thin slice of 100% rye bread
- If avocados are in season I will work it into my calories for the day
- Black coffee
- Large salad (unlimited), baked sweet potato (quantities measured), legume & seeds (quantities measured)
- Green tea
- Again, if avocados are in season I will work it into my calories for the day
- 2 rice cakes with peanut butter (depending on how I am feeling for my 2nd workout of the day, I might add a banana)
- Black coffee
- Veggie Green Juice with plant protein powder added
- Unlimited amount of stir fried vegetables OR oven baked vegetables (specific selection of vegetables e.g. baby marrow, aubergine, peppers, onion, green beans, broccoli, spinach, tomato, pumpkin, carrots, beetroot, butternut, mushrooms, red cabbage, white cabbage etc) cooked with coconut oil and seasoned with a variety of herbs and spices.
- Alternatively, homemade tomato OR pumpkin soup
OFF-Season Eating Plan
This entails pretty much anything I feel like eating as long as I am making the healthiest choice possible, and I always start with 1 or 2 cups of green tea first thing in the morning.
- I still have my Veggie Juice OR vegan shake before my workouts with a seasonal fruit. This is on mornings that I have early clients. On late mornings or weekends I start with meal 2
- Spinach, mushrooms, sprouts, tomato, medium banana, 2 thin slices rye toast AND ½ small avocado
- Cup of coffee
- Left overs from the previous night, or salad wraps, or my Vegan muffins, or even my crunchy muesli, it all depends on how I am feeling
- 1 fruit (if I am hungry)
- Green tea
- This varies between stir-fries, roasted veggies, soups, barbecues, LOADS of salad, sweet potato wedges, wraps, barley, corn on the cob etc
The key thing to remember for the above is that it's all about balance. For example, if I had a wrap at lunch I would probably just have roasted vegetables and salad at dinner. Or, if I had a salad & avocado for lunch, I might have wholemeal spaghetti with my vegan bolognaise for dinner. Then on the weekend I will add my treats.
I have really made an effort not to put limits on myself, because in the end I will just end up wanting things more. This is different for when I am prepping for a show because there is an end goal in site. I also make an effort to use common sense. Just choose whole-foods, fresh foods, natural foods, NO junk food, NO over processed foods, no meats, dairy & animal fats. By doing so I am always in best shape I can be to enjoy my life.
Follow your body and not your mind. Listen to your body and what it needs.
What does this mean and how can we apply this practically in our lives day to day and moment by moment?
To help support a smooth and easy transition back into work and family life after the changed routine and potential excesses of the holidays, work with awareness and intention around what foods you reach for and why:
- Excess sugar creates an acid state in your body which in turn creates cravings for more and more sugary foods. Increase your intake of fresh and seasonal fruit and vegetables. This will detoxify your body and help return it to an alkaline state.
- Eat only when hungry and drink only when thirsty – in this way you follow your body and not your mind.
- Avoid eating cooked and raw food together; this will help to strengthen digestive fire (agni).
- Re-establish a regular routine around sleeping, waking and eating habits, this helps to ground and balance body and mind.
When we over identify with the story of our mind and are driven by fear, anxiety, frustration, anger or worry we become stuck in our head and disconnected from our body and life. Here, the practice of the half smile is a beautiful way to help bring us back into our body, our heart and the present moment.
The half smile:
- Slightly lift the corners of your mouth and hold softly for at least three breaths.
- Notice what changes in your body and mind… your focus drops out of your head and into your body, you become aware of what parts of your body are tense, which in turn helps it to relax, you get space from the drama of your mind, your heart can open which provides the potential to return back into the spaciousness of the present moment.
- This can be practiced during any periods of waiting – for the kettle to boil, in any queue at the shops, at the traffic lights, on the telephone as well as first thing in the morning upon waking, and last thing at night just before sleep.
- There is no quick fix… benefits accrue with regular practice over time. If you do this practice 5 or more times a day, it will make a surprising difference to your body and mind, and to the environment.
- When we smile it immediately brings us back into our hearts.
Enjoy the practice of the half smile, and remember to listen to your body.
Happy New Year!
How was your festive season? Did you eat like crazy and make your healthy resolutions only to get lazy or get invited out to dinner with a friend or family member that is visiting and you think, ‘oh well, I’ll start next week when they’re gone’? Then next week arrived and something else happened, and so the story goes...
I can definitely tell you that you’re not alone. Detoxing is not an easy thing to do when you’re really social. You just have to set aside the time and say ‘This is it, I am eating clean for x amount of days!’ And if you really have to, just say no to going out for a few days.
I did a juice fast from the 1st to 3rd of January. It was slightly challenging when I was sitting at the dinner table at home with family and four Aussie guests all tucking into a delicious meal. The hardest part was smelling all those amazing aromas and then looking at may glass jar of whatever juice concoction I had going on and seeing how much less appealing it looked. When I saw them eating artichokes (one of my favourites) I had to take a great big gulp and say ‘this is only 3 days of my life and I know it’s for the best’. Just to make it a tad more challenging, we went out to dinner with friends the next day, and again I was holding onto my jar of juice looking at their meals with envy.
However, I have to say I’m very glad I did it. No matter how good the food smelled, I know I was doing an incredible thing for my body and I felt amazing afterwards. I am looking forward to doing another one soon, this time a bit longer. It was a real test of my willpower and I made it through, now I know how strong I am and what I am capable of.
If you can’t set aside the time to do a detox right now, here are some things you can add into your daily routine:
1. Have Warm Lemon Water Upon Waking
Your body has been detoxing over night, so to help flush out these toxins faster have your lemon water. No lemon? Drink either water on it’s own (Preferably spring or filtered water) or add a teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar. If you have to have your cup of coffee first thing, drink the lemon water first to flush the toxins, then have the coffee.
2. Drink More Water Throughout The Day
If you're feeling sluggish or tired, or think you are hungry, reach for the water. You may find you are actually just dehydrated.
3. Have A Green Juice During The Day
Green leafy veggies are packed with nutrients and chlorophyll which help detox and rebuild your body. They also help purify and oxygenate your blood.
These little delights are power houses of nutrients and energy as they are living foods. The more energy and live foods you eat, the more alive and energetic you feel.
Give your body the chance to thrive.
Happy Clean Eating!
As I dietitian, I have had a few people ask me about “That Sugar Film” and the findings of the film. If you have not seen it, the film is based on an actor’s experiment where he exposes himself to the amount of sugar that is in the standard Australian diet.
I enjoyed the film, it highlights some of the major issues of eating a diet high in added sugar – that is, any sugar that is added by the manufacturer or us at home. This includes fruit juice but excludes whole, fresh fruit.
As with most documentaries of this type, following one person on a singular journey does not make for good science – but it does put a face to a story and help explain things that can happen within the body. This movie uses great images and explains the mechanics of the human body quite well and is mostly on point.
My biggest issue with the film is that it appears to be based on a highly inflated “standard Australian diet” with 40 of teaspoons of sugar a day. This is a massive amount of sugar. I looked into South African numbers and found studies that give a range of added sugars between 32-81g of sugar per day (4-20 teaspoons per day).*
I was not at all surprised that Damon (the actor) gained weight and felt terrible – anyone eating that amount of highly refined carbohydrates is going to be on a blood sugar roller coaster. He had to replace a large amount of nutritious food (like vegetables) with less nutritious food (like sweetened cereals) in order to eat the full amount of sugar required. Secondly,I also found the total amount of energy he reported for his usual diet high considering the amount of fat he was eating. Most people on a diet as low in carbohydrates as his, tend to experience a drop in appetite as a result of producing ketones (burning fat). Self-recording nutrition intake is known to be difficult to accurately record and I think his efforts may be over-inflated.
In summary, the assumptions of the movie – from which some of his conclusions are drawn – do not sit well with me. In South Africa, the average sugar intake is higher than the new limit proposed by the World Health Organization in 2015: less than 10% of energy from added sugar or no more than 25g of sugar per day. While I question the assumptions of the film, such as the 40 teaspoons of added sugars daily, I agree with the basic message that we should steer clear of sugary, ultra-processed foods and focus on eating a balanced diet based on plant foods, heart healthy fats and unprocessed proteins-rich foods.
*Mchiza ZJ, Steyn NP, Hill J, Kruger A, Schonefeldt H, Nel J et al. A review of dietary surveys in the adult South African population from 2000 to 2015. Nutrients 2015, 7, 8227-8250; doi:10.3390/nu7095389
Year-end functions, office parties and the overload of festive events can play havoc with your waistline and your health. The coming weeks therefore require some guerrilla tactics if you don’t want to enter the New Year wearing what you ate at Christmas!
Patrick Holford has worked with people for over 35 years, helping them to balance good health while still enjoying life. He has some simple tips to keep weight in check, not compromise long-term health and still enjoy the pleasures of good food, drink and company this holiday season.
1. Always Eat Protein With Carbs
Combining protein with carbohydrate works because protein, being made of amino acids, makes the digestive environment more acidic, and this slows down the breakdown of carbohydrates. So, the food spends more time in your stomach, making you feel fuller for longer.
2. Add Lemon Juice And Vinegar
The old wives’ tale about cider vinegar and weight loss is true! By increasing the acidity level of your food by adding lemon juice (citric acid) you can lower the glycaemic load (GL) of your meal. Similarly, adding vinegar (acetic acid) to your meal will also result in fewer high blood sugar spikes. In practical terms, this means eating a salad with a vinegary salad dressing, drinking a citron pressé (minus the sugar) with food, adding balsamic vinegar for flavour to a meal or if you have to have chips, make sure you add lashings of vinegar. Research has also found that adding lemon juice or vinegar while cooking reduces the formation of ‘anti-glycation end-products’ (AGEs), the harmful oxidant compounds that are formed when food is cooked.
3. Load Up On Soluble Fibre And Chew, Chew, Chew
Fill yourself up on soluble fibre, found in oatmeal, oat cereal, lentils, apples, oranges, pears, oat bran, strawberries, nuts, flaxseeds, beans, dried peas, blueberries, cucumbers, celery, and carrots. Foods containing soluble fibre fill you up for longer, and lower the GL of a meal. Make sure to eat slowly and chew your food well as this means you take longer to eat your meal and will therefore eat less.
4. Wait 20 Minutes Before Eating Dessert
This allows your ‘appestat’ (your internal appetite gauge) to kick in, which may stop you from overdoing it. Even better, go for a stroll in the garden (or a spin on the dance floor!) after your main meal, then have your dessert afterwards. This helps to stabilise blood sugar levels and if you eat immediately after exercise, your body burns it off faster.
5. Guerrilla Tactics For Eating Out
Make sure that you don’t arrive at your dinner function starved and lacking inhibitions. This will likely lead you to pig out on the most dangerous of festive snacks. Have a healthy (fibre-rich) snack before you go out to help curb your cravings. If you are eating in a restaurant, send back those tempting slices of ciabatta and instead request a bowl of olives. Hydroxytyrosol – an extract from olives – is a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory agents.
6. Drink ‘Dry’ And Limit Juice
More and more evidence is linking regular consumption of both sweetened soft drinks and even ‘natural’ fruit juices with increased weight gain and diabetes risk. This is because fructose, while low-GL, rapidly converts into fat if taken in excess. For alcohol, choose the driest drinks – for example, a dry red or white wine or champagne. If you don’t like wine or champagne, then clearer spirits like vodka, gin and whiskey are also lower in calories, if you drink it with a tonic, water or soda water as a mixer. Alcohol is an ‘anti-nutrient’. Although some forms of alcohol (such as stout or red wine) do deliver a few nutrients, alcohol itself is a potent destroyer of these same nutrients. I therefore suggest that if you want to drink, to do so moderately, sticking to less than one drink a day.
7. Take Detoxifying Supplements
To assist your gut and to combat the host of “incorrect” foods and drinks consumed during the holidays, I recommend supplementing to assist with properly digesting all foods: probiotics to ensure the correct essential beneficial bacteria are present during times of gluttony, and glutamine as a defence from toxins. He also suggests an all-round antioxidant or liver support formula. And if you know you will be indulging a little more than usual this festive season, be sure to increase your intake of B vitamins, Vitamin C, magnesium and zinc.
We all know that sugar is bad for you in excess. But, there are occasions when you want some so which alternative sugars are best? Also some foods containing healthier sugars are actually better for your blood sugar control than foods that say ‘sugar free’. So, how do you know what’s good, what’s bad and how much you can have?
Firstly, it’s worth understanding how sugar works. The sugar our bodies run off is glucose. The body is designed to break down natural sugars into glucose, which then enters the bloodstream to power all cells. Most fruit provides fructose. This has to be converted into glucose by the liver, making it more slow-releasing with a low ‘Glyceamic Index’, with a GI of 23, which is the speed at which a sugar raises blood glucose levels. Glucose, by definition, has a GI of 100.
Nature never provides fructose, found mainly in fruit but also extracted from corn, without fibre. So, when you eat the whole food your liver gets drip fed fructose, which it converts to glucose. However, if you have a direct and excessive supply of fructose it both taxes the liver and can be directly turned into fat. The cola companies love it both because it is cheaper and also people will drink more before the glucose ‘appestat’ kicks in and says you’ve had enough sweetness.
So, any source of refined fructose, not in whole fruit, from fresh juice to agave, is best limited.
Sucrose, white sugar, is a glucose and a fructose molecule, with a GI of about 70. Faster than fructose, slower than glucose. Honey, molasses and maple syrup have a similar GI to regular sugar – brown or white, as does Sucanat. Milk sugar is lactose, made up of a unit of glucose and a unit of galactose. It has a GI of 46. Worse than fructose.
Then, there are sugar alcohols. (They don't get you drunk!) These usually end in ‘tol’ – maltitol, xylitol, lactitol, mannitol, sorbitol, also isomalt. Some, like xylitol, are naturally occurring, others, like maltitol, are man-made. They are sweet but have a fraction of the calories and a fraction of the effect on blood sugar and are therefore very low GI. The synthetic sugars sorbitol, mannitol, isomalt, lactitol, erythritol all have very low GI scores, below 10, and are often used to sweeten processed foods. You’ll find sorbitol, for example, used in children’s chewables. While not ‘natural’ the only real side-effect of sugar alcohols at high dose is the potential for loose bowels.
Xylitol is the best natural sugar alcohol with a GI of 8. That means that 9 teaspoons of xylitol would have the same effect on your blood sugar as one teaspoon of regular sugar. The only problem with xylitol is that it won't caramelise, so don't try it for crèmebrulée or dishes where the sugar has to melt, and it also has a slightly cooling after taste so it’s not the best in, for example, chocolate. It is good for cakes, jams, added to cereal or teas. It is also solid, not liquid. Probably the best liquid sugar is agave, but this varies in quality and is effectively fructose.
Xylose, the precursor of xylitol, is the predominant sugar in berries, cherries and plums, so these are the best fruits to eat. Apples and pears contain mainly fructose. Dates, grapes and hence raisins have simpler sugars and a GI more like white sugar. Date sugar would be worse. The food industry exploit this by using grape juice concentrate as a ‘natural’ sugar or adding dates, raisins and banana to ‘sugar free’ bars and smoothies, but don't be fooled. Apple juice concentrate is also used, and is certainly a better natural sweetener that grape juice concentrate.
Coconut palm sugar claims a low GI of 35 but I’m suspicious. It contains sucrose and should be around 65. Same as honey. It is possible that it has other mitigating factors that slow the release, or that this score is wrong. The analysis was done in the Phillipines, where the economy is dependent on coconut products. It’s in my wait and see category. (By the way, you will see variable GI scores for foods in tables. It is measured by feeding volunteers the sugar and measuring blood sugar levels. Natural variations do occur. It is not an exact science.)
Another interesting natural sugar from a root in South America is Yacon. It is high in inulin which also helps lower blood sugar effects. The GI is unknown.
There are many man made artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, that have no GI, but there are associated health problems in excess. I avoid these. The only zero GI natural sweetener I’d eat is stevia. There’s nothing wrong with it, except the taste. Stevia has a ‘sting in the tail’ - a slightly unpleasant after-taste. If you can deal with that it’s good.
Both the most important thing is to have less sugar overall, and primarily get your sweetness from whole foods. You can wean yourself off having a sweet tooth by gradually decreasing the level of sweetness in foods and drinks. Also, combine protein with carbohydrate foods because that slows down the speed of release of sugars. While the GI of a food tells you how quickly it’s sugars raise your blood sugar compared to glucose, the Glycemic Load (GL) is a better measure because it tells you what a specific amount of a sugar does to your blood sugar. You can look up the GL of foods online at www.holforddiet.com.
An unlikely hero. It’s colourless, odourless, and without it we cannot live. Yet we give very little thought to just how important it is and more specifically, how it could benefit our health.
If you’re on the lookout for alternative healing methods for a whole host of health issues ranging from cancer and anemia to influenza and various infections or skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis, then perhaps you should consider ozone therapy as a viable option.
The Source Of Disease
It is believed that the fundamental cause of all disease is a lack of oxygen. The understanding that the human body is predominantly composed of water and that water is over 80% oxygen further supports this theory. It therefore stands to reason that the only element that is in continuous demand is oxygen and therefore its absence is fatal in a matter of minutes.
In addition, free radicals created as a by-product of oxygen metabolism, then poach electrons from other molecules, ultimately damaging those molecules. Our bodies tend to function reasonably well with some free radicals floating around, in fact our bodies can purposefully create them in order to neutralize pathogenic bacteria and viruses. However, as with anything is life, too much of even a good thing can become problematic and as such, an excess of these free radicals has been linked to a number of poor health conditions. Moreover, this entire process can be augmented through external factors such as increased stress and exposure to pollution, harmful light including sunlight as well as smoking and the consumption of alcohol.
Enter In Super Oxygen: Ozone
Ozone was discovered in 1840 by German-Swiss chemist Christian Friedrich Schonbeing, when he observed a gas with an “electric and pungent smell” that could be considered “super-active oxygen”.* Seventeen years later Werner von Siemens, German inventor and industrialist and also the founder of the electrical and telecommunications company Siemens, developed the first ozone generator. By 1881 Dr. J. H. Kellogg first used Ozone in steam saunas at his clinic based in Michigan and in 1926 Dr. Otto Warburg, former director of the Kaiser Institute for Cell Physiology in Berlin, released his research on cancer detailing a vital link to the disease and oxygen. In fact,according to his research he had discovered that the cause of cancer is a lack of oxygen at the cellular level. As a result, in 1931 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine for his work, and in 1944 he was presented with a second Nobel Prize, the only person ever to receive two Nobel Prizes for medicine. His research discovered that the principal cause of cancer is when the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells is replaced by the fermentation of sugar. He discovered that normal, functioning cells thrive in an alkaline body whereas cancer cells thrive in an acidic state. In addition, acidosis is prevalent when there is a lack of oxygen and vice versa.** Fast forward to the modern era when only now these alternative methods gaining traction.
Why We May Need It
I have written about my journey to overcoming skin issues, eczema in particular, and whilst researching root causes as well as natural remedies for these issues, I came across Ozone therapy. My mom then shared an article with me on a South African woman who travelled all the way to Vichy in France to treat her chronic eczema by bathing in Ozone spas. So when I experienced a particularly bad flare-up of eczema earlier this year, I decided to find a local Ozone institution and was put in touch with Ozone therapist and the head of the Ozone Therapy Association of South Africa, Dr. Michelle Nicolopulos. Dr. Nicolopulos, shared how the various applications of Ozone have developed over the years and currently include six modalities: Major Autohemotherapy, Minor Autohemotherapy, Bio-oxidative Therapy, Ozone Saline Drips, Insufflation, EBOO and Hyperthermia Total Body Exposure (Steam Saunas).
“Every breathing person should consider ozone therapy, whether young or old. The basis of what we do is oxygen and we all know that you cannot survive without oxygen” says Dr. Nicolopulos. It is her opinion that when it comes to disease, the general consensus in naturopathic circles, is that the patient probably most likely has very low oxygen levels and therefore high acid levels. “This situation becomes a breeding ground for ill health. If each person maintained high oxygen levels they would be less likely to ever get sick because viruses cannot survive in high oxygen [environments], because they are anaerobic.”
She believes that our modern lifestyles are huge precursors of disease. “One of our biggest problems, as the human race, is our greed. Everything we do today is based on instant gratification and we do not consider the consequence of our actions. Fast food, fast lifestyles, high stress, zero health maintenance, pollution, hormones in our meat, genetically modified seeds, over population, over fishing, toxic medication, vaccines, shallow breathing...and the list goes on – no wonder we are sick”.
She advises patients to find a way to slow down and highly recommends ozone therapy treatments as a solution.
I sat in an ozone chamber for a duration of 30-40minutes and this was probably the hardest part of the treatment as I felt slightly claustrophobic but Dr. Nicolopulos and I chatted up a storm which helped ease my nerves. She is interested in the health history of her clients and makes a concerted effort to share her knowledge beyond ozone treatment, which includes an Ayurvedic approach to nutrition. Before I knew it the 30 minutes were over and I experienced a sudden rush of blood to the head or a light headed feeling. At first this felt abnormal but Dr. Nicolopulos assured me that it was very normal and in fact was an elevated state of being. She highlighted that most of us do not know what true wellness actually feels like. By the time I wrote this article I had attended three sessions with Dr. Nicolopulos and a definite improvement in my condition and energy levels.
Give ozone therapy a try!
Try this delicious Apple Pie recipe from South Africa's beloved Leafy Greens restaurant!
Raw Apple Pie
Serves up to 16 people
- 1½ cups macadamias
- ½ cup almonds, soaked over night
- 1 cup dates, pitted
- ½ cup water
- pinch salt
- 3 cups apples, finely chopped
- 3 tbs lemon juice
- 4 tbs cashew butter
- ¼ cup agave
- 1 tbs cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- 1 vanilla pod, scraped
For the crust: blend all the ingredients in a food processor until fairly smooth. Press into a tart pan, forming a thin crust.
For the filling: mix together all the ingredients. Once the crust is set, add filling. Keeps in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.
Feeling sluggish, bloated and uncomfortable? Fear not! I have the perfect “antidote”. This Miracle Morning Tonic is a simple and highly effective way to cleanse, repair and energize the body. This is something that I drink every single morning as I wake up, and I absolutely swear by it! Even if I am on holiday I will make sure to bring along my special ingredients so that I can enjoy the benefits of this miraculous drink.
Although this concoction may at first glance appear to be something that you would rather not drink, like ever, I can assure you that it truly works wonders for keeping the gut healthy and happy. You will see and feel the difference within just a few days, after which you will never want to miss a morning without your Miracle Morning Tonic. The powerful combination of these detoxifying ingredients (listed below) work together to cleanse the gut, promote digestion, eliminate bloating and boost the metabolism.
So how do you make it? So simple, really! Here goes…
You will need:
- 1 litre boiled spring water – please make sure this is spring water!
- 1 fresh lemon – cut into slices – alkalises the system and promotes the breakdown of fat
- 1 tbsp. oolong tea leaves (can also use green tea leaves) – boosts metabolism, detoxifies the system and contains anti-cancer properties
- 1 tsp. cayenne pepper – boosts metabolism and detoxifies the system
- 1 tsp. cinnamon – boosts metabolism and acts as an anti-inflammatory
- 1 tbsp. raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar – promotes fat loss and contains probiotics to aid in digestion
- 1 tbsp. liquid probiotic of choice (optional)
- 1 tbsp. raw honey
- 1 glass jar to hold 1 litre of water
- Cut fresh lemon into thin slices and place into glass jar, add apple cider vinegar, honey, cinnamon, cayenne and probiotic.
- Boil spring water and allow to cool for a few minutes. Do not add water immediately after boiling as this will burn the spices.
- Once cooled, add water to jar, stir vigorously with a spoon to ensure that all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
- For every serving, simply warm a mug full of the liquid in a small pot on high heat until liquid begins to boil. Please use a stove for heating, no microwaves, as these destroy all the goodness of the ingredients! Remove from heat, allow to cool slightly and enjoy!
For the best results, make sure that you drink your Miracle Morning Tonic as you wake up, first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach. I like to make a 1 litre jug which lasts up to 4 days if refrigerated and stored in a glass jar. Allowing these healing ingredients to soak in the water for a good amount of time is even more beneficial, as all their healthful properties are absorbed into the water. And voila! There you have it. Your metabolism boosting, bloat curing, gut cleansing, body detoxing Miracle Morning Tonic! Go on…try it out..a new morning ritual that will do you wonders!