Sunday, July 31, 2011

Welcome 7-Day Detoxers

I've been away from blogging for a few weeks due to a vacation away from my normal life. my nanny was away for two weeks and i got to spend 2 weeks playing mommy 24/7. I LOVED IT!!

my kids are at such a fun age that they just suck up everything new and exciting. we did different things everyday, explored new places, stayed cool at the pool, lots of bike riding, tried new restaurants and new foods, cooked in the kitchen together, did yoga in the park, slept in later than normal every day, stayed up late playing games, cuddled during the day while we watched fun movies (and educational shows too), made buckwheat pancakes and eggs for breakfast often, painted in the back yard, had fun cleaning out the house from top to bottom (i love getting organized), read almost every book on their summer reading lists, potty-trained owen (almost- he still misses the potty often!!) and sooo much more. the list can go on and on!! i took every opportunity to connect and have fun.

my "work" really never stops its just what type of work i'm doing. over my "vacation" i worked on lots of new recipes for a fabulous project i'm working on. You will all get to taste the final recipes in the near future!!

Today starts another 7-Day Detox Group!! Welcome all detoxers. We have a group of 32 and i'm excited for everyone. The biggest goal for this week is becoming AWARE. becoming aware of your relationship with food and how food affects your mind, body and spirit. The best way to become AWARE is to journal every day. Journal about what you eat, how you eat, how you feel while you are eating, how you feel after you eat, cravings, stress, etc. Just the process of sitting down to write in a journal makes you think about your relationship with food. I suggest you also take it one step further and think about movement too. when i say movement i not only mean exercise such as yoga, running, biking etc but also how you hold yourself, your posture, breathing etc. These things also affect how you digest your food and how you feel mind, body and spirit. So this detox is not only about getting rid of toxins but it is about connecting more with yourself, becoming more aware and making the changes needed to help you reach your healthy living goals.

two foods that are in season now are tomatoes and zucchini. here are two delicious recipes to add to your weekly repertoire using these ingredients:

Zucchini Hummus

1 c peeled and chopped zucchini, firmly packed
3 ½ tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp flaxseed oil
4 cloves garlic
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp cumin
Pinch of cayenne
½ c raw tahini
1/3 cup sesame seeds, soaked for 4 hours, rinsed and drained.

-combine everything but the tahini and sesame seeds and process
-add tahini and sesame seeds and process again
-keeps in refrigerator for 4 days

here is my version of a Green Gazpacho- just try it!!
sorry- no pics of this one. i will make it this week and post a pic.

2 large tomatoes or combo of any type tomato you like
½ large cucumber
1/3 cup basil, packed
¼ tsp salt
Juice of half a lime
juice of 1 lemon
1/4-1/2 ripe avocado (the more the better for me)
1/3 cup water
3 tbsp olive oil or flax or hemp oil
1 tbsp dulse
blend all ingredients in high speed blender. adjust amount of water dependent up consistency you enjoy. garnish with avocado slices and sprinkle of dulse and or basil.


remember- your seven day detox is a journey and not a destination!!


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