Mind, Body, Clean Detox: Coffee Substitute

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So I made it to day 7 of my detox journey. Yeah! I feel a lot better with regards to digestion and my skin, but my energy is still a bit low. I’ve increased the number of meals to ensure proper blood sugar regulation. Coffee and sugary lattes are my energy boost while studying pharmacology or researching pathology- so I’ve turned to one of my favourite coffee substitutes, organic roasted dandelion root tea. It’s a great liver support while detoxing, and has a delicious bitter coffee flavour. It doesn’t contain caffeine, but is a nice healthy treat during a rainy Vancouver afternoon.

How to Detox in the Fall

The weather in Vancouver is cold and rainy, so I’ve had to alter my detox to contain more warming foods. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, our Spleen helps us digest food. The (TCM) Spleen favours warm foods, so I’ve increased my consumption of soups and warm herbal teas. I also add cinnamon and ginger to my smoothies (which are cold in nature) to add some warmth. With a fall detox, it’s also important to eat what’s in season- choose hearty root vegetables and delicious apples.

I’ve been eating of lot of butternut squash soup, ginger and carrot soup, and also curried pumpkin soup… so good!

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delicious curried pumpkin soup

Mind, Body, Clean: My detox update

I’m almost done my first week of the mind, body, clean detox. It’s been a hard week because I’m surrounded by people that can enjoy all the sugary foods I wish I could eat! Chocolate, pumpkin spice lattes, and delicious dishes at the Friday night market.

I’ve realized how hard it is to break a sugar addiction, especially when we are bombarded with fast, easy, and cheap food. Sugary foods are part of our social structure. In order to detox from sugar, we need our friends and family to also detox from sugar. It’s like quitting smoking- it’s so much harder to quit when everyone around you smokes.

In health and beauty,
Dr. L

Mind, Body, Clean: My Detox Bowl

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My detox bowl recipe:

1. 1/2 cup of quinoa or brown rice
2. 1/2 avocado- cut into slices or cubes
3. Baked red onions, garlic, carrots, and sweet potato (I also added turnips but are harder to bake)
4. Sunflower sprouts
5. Fresh cilantro
6. 2-3 Sliced radishes
7. Protein source: either beans, chicken, or fish.

In health and beauty,
Dr. L

Mind, Body, Clean: My 14-day Detox Journey

So yesterday was Day 1 of my detox journey.The day started off with an egg and a protein-packed detox smoothie. I felt fine up until 4 pm, when my energy went low and I was craving chocolate and coffee. Healthy snacks didn’t seem to curb my sugar cravings, so I decided to take a mid-afternoon nap. This detox has helped me realize how dependant I was on sugary foods and stimulants to get me through the day. I’ve also noticed that I want to snack of food whenever I watch TV, which means limiting my TV time while on this detox. I’ve replaced TV time with restorative yoga and walking.

On day 2 of the detox journey, I woke up with a lot of energy. I made a smoothie, an egg and a mint tea for breakfast. For lunch, I had left-overs from the night before (detox bowl and salmon). My snacks included brown rice cake with almond butter, protein smoothie (the second one of the day), and raspberries (aka nature’s candies). I’m eating 5-6 small protein-packed meals during the day to help stabilize my blood sugar levels and reduce carbohydrate cravings. Dinner involved ginger chicken, quinoa, and roasted vegetables. I also added sunflower sprouts and cilantro to the meal- extra detoxifying and nutritious. I also did a 1 hour restorative yoga class and 15-minutes sauna. Tomorrow, I plan to go to hot yoga!

In health and beauty,
Dr. L