Friday, August 10, 2012

Raw Zucchini Pasta Alfredo

Hello bloggers!! 

I'm super excited to leave you with a simple and super delicious raw dish for the weekend!! I have had requests for my family dinner - Mexican night, and I assure you, this is coming! I will hopefully get a chance to post it early next week - before I fly off to the States for 3 weeks!! 

This weekend I'm off to see Jersey Boys with my sweetheart...

Enjoy your weekend with the ones you love and enjoy this beautiful dish!! <3





Raw Zucchini Pasta Alfredo

3 Zucchini, spiralized
Fresh Basil, to tasteMini Tomatoes, halved
Sauce:
2.5 C Cashews
1 T Lemon Juice
3 Cloves Garlic
1 t Fresh Thyme
1 t Sea Salt
Addition:
Garlic Salt
Red Pepper Flakes
Nutritional Yeast
Black Pepper

Sauce:
Blend everything until a creamy sauce is formed.

Assembly:

Toss zucchini noodles, fresh basil, and mini tomatoes with sauce and dig in!



♥ LOVE BEC ♥  

XXX

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Vegetable Curry with Cinnamon Saffron Brown Rice

This is such a great hearty wintery meal, I usually make this so often in winter that by the time summer rolls around, I'm so sick of curry. But I suppose that means it's amazing... :)


I wanted to do something different this time, rather than making just plain brown rice. So I decided to make saffron rice, and to jazz it up even more, I added a cinnamon quill... Ohh my YUMM!! It just brought this whole meal to another level completely!!


I know that not everyone will be able to use the exact same curry paste and garam masala as I do, because Mrs Flannery's Organic Grocers are only in QLD. However, for those of you who live in QLD, please please, do yourself a favour and purchase the garam masala which comes in a flat, rectangle cardboard packet. The curry paste i use actually comes as a powder. The brand is MYO Curries, and they come in little coloured paper triangle packets. The plain curry one to use is in the green packet. All you need to do is mix the needed powder with a little water to turn it into a paste.






Vegetable Curry with Cinnamon Saffron Brown Rice


1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 carrots
1/2 large sweet potato (you can use 2 normal potatoes if you wish)
¼ cauliflower
2 large field mushrooms
1 tablespoon curry paste (if not using the paste I suggest above, please check labels to ensure it is vegan)
1 tsp garam masala
1 can tomatoes
1 cup water
1 tsp vegetable stock powder
½ cup frozen peas
Large handful of chopped fresh coriander

Chop vegetable into large chunks.
In a large saucepan fry onion until soft. Add garlic and cook for a further 30 seconds.
Add the carrots, potatoes, cauliflower and mushrooms and continue to cook for about 2 minutes.
Add the curry paste and garam masala and continue to cook while stirring for a further minute.
Add the tinned tomatoes, water and stock powder and bring to a boil.
Lower heat and cook on a low simmer, stirring occasionally, for approximately 45 minutes.
Stir through the frozen peas and leave for a further 5 minutes.
When you are ready to serve stir through the fresh coriander, leaving a little for a garnish.


While the curry simmers for 45 minutes, make the rice.


Cinnamon Saffron Brown Rice


2 cups water
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cinnamon quill
1/8 tsp saffron threads, crushed
1 cup brown rice


Combine the first 4 ingredients in a medium saucepan, bring to the boil. Stir in rice. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 25 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Discard cinnamon quill and any unabsorbed water. Fluff with a fork and serve immediately.







♥ LOVE BEC ♥  

XXX

Breakfast Scrambled Tofu

Being in 10 degree C weather does have its perks... It's great snuggle weather, and I crave hot hearty healthy food... I still try to keep my diet at, at least 50-70% raw, which is not as hard as it might seem, even in the cold. However, there's nothing better than cooking something hot to warm you up! I have seen scrambled tofu recipes on hundreds of different vegan websites, blogs, books etc, so I decided to give it a go myself. I stuck with the basics that most recipes use, and just jazzed it up myself a little and served it with my favourite things to eat with a hot breakfast.

This is super easy to make, full of protein and good fats, and while I don't condone a carbohydrate-free diet, I rarely eat bread, so I have made this breaky (grain) carb free. However feel free to serve with a slice of wholegrain/dark rye bread.



Scrambled Tofu

200g firm tofu, crumbled
2 spring onions, finely sliced
2 tsp tamari
2 tsp savoury yeast flakes
½ tsp turmeric
2-3 tbsp water
Chopped fresh parsley and/or chives to garnish
Freshly ground pepper
Celtic/Himalayan pink salt
Coconut/Extra virgin olive oil
Portobello mushroom, stem removed
3 Asparagus stems
1/4 tomato, cut into wedges
1/4 avocado, sliced

Heat a little oil in a frying pan. Place mushroom and a little water in pan and cover. Turn mushrooms when it starts to soften. Cover and cook until soft all the way through. Remove from pan. 

Add a little more oil (if required) fry spring onions and tofu for a minute or two.
Add tamari, yeast flakes, turmeric and water to pan and fry for a further minute. 
Add tomato wedges and asparagus to the pan and cook until slightly softened and browned.
Remove pan from heat and stir the fresh herbs through tofu. Add cracked black pepper and celtic salt to taste.

Serve tofu in the portobello mushroom, arrange other items around it and enjoy the delicious flavours!!

♥ LOVE BEC ♥  

XXX

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Scrambled Tofu and Kale with Sweet Potato Fries

Oh my gosh.... I can't believe how long it has been since I've been active on my blog!!


I'm sorry my friends... I have had  A LOT going on... A few large shifts and changes in my life, but all for the greater good and I am going to make more of an effort to post more regularly.


So... last week I was in 30 degree heat that was Darwin. It was incredible to escape the cold and have a nice little tropical getaway. However now, I am sitting in my uggs, winter woolies, cosy dressing gown, in my girlfriend's living room of Melbourne city! Yes I've gone from 30 degree heat to 10 degree cold!!! As awful as it sounds, I LOVE this city and am excited to be here!!


Right now it's half time of State of Origin and while I sat through the first half, eating my delicious scrambled tofu and kale, I thought, why haven't I put this up yet... So hurriedly I am doing this post before getting back to the second half.


This meal is super delicious and really simple to make. It doesn't require a lot of ingredients, but it bursts with delicious flavours. I got this from Susan at FatFree Vegan... She is incredible!! 






Scrambled Tofu and Kale with Sweet Potato Fries


1 red bell pepper, diced
220g mushrooms, sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced
400g tofu, firm or extra-firm, crumbled
1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp celtic salt
1/4 tsp tumeric
1 bunch kale, stems removed and leaves thinly sliced (about 340g)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
additional salt and pepper to taste


Heat a deep, non-stick skillet or wok over medium-high heat. When it’s hot, add the red pepper and mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms begin to soften. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.


Add the tofu and sprinkle it with the paprika, cumin, salt, and turmeric. Cook, stirring constantly, until the spices are fragrant and the tofu is hot throughout.


Reduce the heat to medium. Add the kale and stir. If the mixture seems dry, add a tablespoon or two of water. Cover and steam, stirring every minute or so, until the kale softens, about 4 to 7 minutes, depending on how tender you like your kale. Stir in the nutritional yeast, check the seasonings, and add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Cook for another minute or two until heated through.


Preparation time:
 15 minute(s) | Cooking time: 15 minute(s)


Sweet Potato Fries


Preheat your oven to 200C. While it’s heating, peel the potatoes (about 1 small per person) and cut them into long, narrow strips. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and spread the potato strips on it in a single layer. Sprinkle with the seasonings of your choice


Bake for 15 minutes, turn, sprinkle again, and bake for another 15 or until the fries are cooked all the way through. Heat under the broiler for another minute or two to crisp them up but be careful not to burn them (or the parchment!) 


They won’t be as crispy as fried potatoes, but they will be a delicious and fat-free side dish to go with your vegetable-tofu scramble.
♥ LOVE BEC ♥  

XXX

Monday, March 19, 2012

Super-delicious Guilt Free Raw Chocolate Brownies



Hey fellow kind angels!!

I feel so ridiculously slack lately because I have so many yummy recipes I want to share with you, but I don't like just throwing up something.. I like each post to have TLC attached to it... Right now is a pretty busy and stressful time. Uni has been hectic, exams, assignments, study, yep it's all happening and we are only in week 5. But last week my Pa passed away, so I have been investing my time with family, especially my beautifully strong and amazing Grandma... So because of everything going on, I haven't been able to get on here, and really I shouldn't be on here now but I reallllyyy wanted to share SOMETHING with you all... And this recipe will literally, blow your taste buds!!

I love my sweets. I am a crazy sweet toothie and I get crazy cravings at the most random times. Usually when i DON'T have anything readily available... But this brownie recipe is so easy, quick, and unbelievably delicious, and the best part, it's totally guilt free! Yes it still contains sugar, but not refined or even cane sugar. It sweetened by nature :) and it is quite rich so a small slither really does the job at satisfying.

This is so great to have in your fridge, it requires no baking... All you need is a food processor and a small rectangle baking tray and it sets in the fridge.




Raw Chocolate Brownies

1 cup pecans
1 cup medjool dates (pitted)
5 Tbsp Raw Cacao powder
4 Tbsp shredded coconut
2 Tbsp Agave
1/4 tsp healthy salt (celtic/pink himalayan)

Place pecans alone in your food processor and process until the pecans become small and crumbly.Add dates to the raw brownie recipe and process again until the mixture sticks together and the dates are well processed.Add the remaining ingredients and process again until the mixture turns a lovely dark chocolatey brown. Stop processing before it gets too buttery. (There should still be air between the small bits so that you will be able to press them down into your brownie pan.)Dump the mixture into a brownie dish or small cake pan and press down firmly using your clean hands.Refrigerate this raw brownie recipe for a couple of hours. 
I hope you all enjoy these as much as I do!! YUM!





♥ LOVE BEC ♥  

XXX

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Chia Porridge

So yesterday morning I decided I wanted to try something new, and I'd just bought a new packet of organic chia seeds, but didn't have the time to wait for the seeds to soak and swell. So I ground the chia's and voila, I made a new delicious raw breakfast that is so quick and easy and tasty too!

Chia (said: chee-ah) seeds are quickly becoming very popular amongst many, but did you know that they were originally used by the aztecs as early as 3500BC? In fact, they were classed a sacred food, often used as medicine, and most popularly used as a food source for the soldiers, because of their ability for long lasting energy. Chia seeds were lost in existence for nearly 500 years, and are finally gaining the recognition and attention from scientists, nutritionists, herbalists, athletes, plant-lovers, health-enthusiasts, oh and yours truly!! The reasons are clear—chia is a “world-class” seed... A nutritional powerhouse all by itself. So while it’s hard to believe this miracle seed could be “lost” for half a millennium...it’s harder yet believing it will be forgotten anytime soon. It’s just too good to forget!

So what are these amazing benefits chia's can offer?

Super-Energizing Power... For Greater Endurance and “Go Power”! Due to its unique blend of Protein, Essential Fats, Fiber, Complex Carbohydrates, and Antioxidants, chia is unrivalled among seeds and grains for providing energy to your body.


Improves Cardiovascular Health... Super high levels of heart-healthy EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids)...chia’s oil contains the highest-known percentage of omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid, a whopping 62%–64%!


Stabilizes Blood Sugar... Reduces blood sugar swings...and supports conditions of hypoglycemia and diabetes.


Reduces Cravings for Sweets and Junk Foods—high soluble fiber content releases natural, unrefined carbohydrate energy slowly into the bloodstream.


Improves Mental Focus and Concentration... Chia’s balanced essential fatty acids can signficantly boost your brain power...and brighten your mood.


High-Quality Protein—Chia contains 20% or more protein...a higher percentage protein than found in other grains, such as wheat, corn, rice, or oats.


Builds Lean Muscle Mass... Plus it’s useful for weight loss and weight maintenance. Chia is suitable for all lifestyles and dietary regimens, including low-carb diets (though I do not suggest this and will be posting on this subject in the near future) and vegetarian/vegan diets.


Gluten-Free... Unlike grain-source proteins, chia seed protein contains no gluten. You can eat chia without worrying about gluten if you are sensitive to it…or about developing gluten sensitivity. Chia is an ideal food for individuals with gluten sensitivity, carbohydrate intolerance, hypoglycemia, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, or anyone who wants to avoid common gluten-containing grains like corn, barley, and wheat.


An Ideal Food for nearly everyone, including individuals with food allergies, food sensitivities, or food and chemical hypersensitivity. One study found no evidence of allergic response to chia, even in individuals with peanut and tree nut allergies.



Super-Hydration and Electrolyte Balance... Chia’s soluble fiber (hydrophilic colloids) massively retains water...keeps you well-hydrated and maintains your electrolyte balance.
Supports Healthy Elimination and Detoxification—healthy oils and fiber contribute to greater regularity and comfort...beneficial effects not to be underestimated!
Uniquely Balanced. Chia offers an amazingly balanced ratios of macronutrients...better balanced than most grains, seeds, and many other foods.
Built-In Antioxidant Protection for long-lasting freshness. Chia’s powerful antioxidants protect its heart-healthy oils, keep it fresh, and significantly boost nutritional value. Even after you grind or cook it, chia’s antioxidants keep it fresh!

Chia Porridge
1/4 cup ground chia seeds (black or white)
1 Tbsp ground flax (linseeds)
1/3 cup almond milk (see my recipe here)
1/3 cup water
2 tsp Raw organic honey OR agave nectar
1 Tbsp pepitas (soaked for 10-15 mins)
1 Tbsp sunflower seeds 
(soaked for 10-15 mins)
1 Tbsp goji berries (soaked for 10-15 mins)
1 Tbsp sultanas
1 Tbsp shredded/flaked coconut
1 Tbsp Bee Pollen
1/3 banana, sliced
Add any other fruit you may desire: Blueberries, strawberries etc
Put the ground chia and flax seeds into a bowl and add the almond milk and water.
Stir together, it will become a thick "porridge" consistency.
Add remaining ingredients and stir.
And there it is... SO simple, quick, easy, deliciously tasty and filling!!!

♥ LOVE BEC ♥  

XXX


Friday, March 9, 2012

Almond Milk

For my first Raw food recipe I thought I'd start with something super duper simple... Almond Milk. 

Almond Milk is a delicious alternative to cows boobie milk. It contains protein, Vitamin E, magnesium, selenium, manganese, zinc, potassium, iron, phosphorus, trytophan, copper and calcium. It also contains flavanoids that lower bad cholesterol and protect the heart. According to studies done at Boston University, there are powerful antioxidants in almond milk that inhibit the growth of free radicals and support a strong immune system.

SOAKING: Soaking is extremely important in order to activate your nuts. The reason is because they contain phytic acid, enzyme inhibitors and anti-nutrients to prevent them from sprouting in unsuitable conditions. This is nature’s brilliant way of protecting the seed until the conditions are right for it to produce a plant. Phytic acid can act as a barrier and combine with minerals in the intestinal tract blocking their absorption. This can lead to bone mass loss and mineral deficiencies. Enzyme inhibitors can really put a strain on the digestive system, even when buying these food items raw, causing gas and bloating. Soaking allows enzymes, lactobacilli and other helpful organisms to break down and neutralize phytic acid. Soaking vastly improves the nutritional benefits of the food and increases the protein content of grains. Sprouted seeds have almost double the protein content of unsprouted seeds!  During the soaking process, gluten and other difficult-to-digest proteins partially break down into simpler components that are more readily available for absorption.

So basically, to gain the most from your nuts and seeds, to allow for better digestion and absorption and to activate the enzymes you need to be soaking them first. Not all nuts need to be soaked for the same amount of time, but when I post recipes I will specify how long to soak for.


Almond Milk

1 cup raw almonds, soaked in filtered water overnight (or 10-12 hours. Add more water to allow the nuts to swell)
3 cups filtered water
4 medjool dates, pitted and soaked for 20 minutes
1 nutbag/cheese cloth/fine sieve 

Drain the soaked almonds and rinse well. 
Put the almonds, water and dates into blender and blend well.
Pour the milk through nutbag/cheese cloth/fine sieve into a large bowl. 
Once the milk is completely strained through, pour into a glass bottle or jar and store in the fridge.

Variation: Add 1-3 tsp Vanilla Extract (depending on your taste) or 1 Vanilla bean

NOTE: USE ALMOND MILK WITHIN 3-5 DAYS. YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SMELL IT IF IT HAS GONE BAD. IF YOU DON'T USE IT OFTEN, YOU CAN HALVE THE RECIPE OR MAKE IT WHEN YOU WANT IT - Be sure to always use the ratio almonds:water 1:3. Sweeten to your taste.



♥ LOVE BEC ♥  

XXX


Saturday, March 3, 2012

Why RAW?

That is a fabulous question... why raw? For most people who are unaware of the Raw movement, eating raw sounds a lot like living off carrot and celery sticks right? WRONG! Raw food is a delicacy of its own and there are absolutely NO limits to experimentation! I eat pizza, burgers, pasta, chips, pudding, chocolate cake, cheesecake...the list goes on... and yes this is ALL RAW AND VEGAN! Ok, but why raw though, what's wrong with cooking? I hear you say... 

It seems ridiculous that companies aspire to make products as natural as possible, but in the process they're killing and destroying the very natural ingredients. In today's society we are surrounded by "convenience" foods, but these foods are not doing our bodies ANY good whatsoever. For our body to function properly we need these building blocks: Enzymes, Vitamins, Minerals, Carbohydrates, Phytonutrients, Protein/Amino acids (essential aminos are those that cannot be produced by the body and must be sourced from food), Essential fats and fiber. All these things are involved in the growth, maintenance and repair of the body. 




First... Let's look at Enzymes... We need enzymes to digest food. For every other operation and chemical reaction to take place in our living bodies, we need enzymes as well. Enzymes break down the food we eat into chemical structures so it can pass through the cell membrane lining the digestive tract and into our bloodstream. However their job doesn't stop there. Enzymes are the living proteins that direct life force into our metabolic and biochemical processes. They help make hormones, store and transform energy, dissolve fiber and prevent clotting. they also help in balancing and restoring our immune system and heal many diseases. Our body hosts two types of enzymes; metabolic enzymes which run our bodies, and digestive enzymes which help with the digestion of food. When we heat food over 45°C/118°F it destroys many of these enzymes, affecting our ability to naturally digest the food. Only raw and living foods come with their own enzymes to aid in digestion, and they are responsible for the release of nutrients out of the foods we eat. Enzymes help foods to break down (rot), preservatives are used in foods to prevent this from occurring. These preservatives not only kill the enzymes in the food, but they end up in your body as well, often killing enzymes you already have in there.

Ok, so what about Vitamins? We all know that vitamins are important, but do we really know why? Vitamins enable our cells to function properly, and if they weren't our organs would suffer and eventually we wouldn't be able to survive. Vitamins help to convert fat and carbohydrate into energy, help to regulate metabolism and assist in bone and tissue formation. Guess what happens when you cook food? Yep, you've got it! A large amount of the vitamins are destroyed!

Minerals ... Seventeen out of the thirty elements, essential to life are metals. Mineral deficiencies are so common these days, and they do cause diseases. Minerals also work synergistically with vitamins. They help each other to help us, but when you cook food you are destroying or altering many of the minerals in that food also. This causes them to be useless and no assistance for our friends, vitamins.




What are Phytonutrients you ask? They are what gives fruit and vegetables their colour. Phytos protect our body and help fight off disease. They provide medicine if you will, for our cell health, and again, phytonutrients in fresh fruit and vegetables can be destroyed through cooking.

So doesn't it just make sense that if cooking our food destroys the vital and essential nutrients we require in order to stay healthy, that eating raw foods will do the exact opposite? I know that for me, when I am eating a lot of raw food I have more energy, I feel happier, healthy and more motivated as well. Having said that, I want to make one thing here clear... Taking a holistic view on this whole situation, I believe it is VITAL to listen to your body. Sometimes I just want a really hot curry, and brown rice. Sometimes I feel like baked sweet potato fries... Sometimes I want a veggie burger! I will not deprive myself of these things if my body is really craving it. 100% Raw may work for some, and for others it may come as quite a challenge, but what I want to do, is educate you so that we can all make a confident and informed decision to incorporate MORE raw into our diets and reap the benefits.



Experimenting with Raw food is the best way to go about taking your first step. I will be posting lots of yummy recipes and I will also do some posts on my favourite Raw Foodists, and people I really look up to in the Raw food world. There are a few kitchen appliances you need to really thrive on Raw food, but for experimenting there is plenty you can do with just a great set of knives and a blender...



So with no further adue, I leave you to ponder... This is where the real fun begins because I will be uploading Raw recipes galore!! Until then, Happy Saturday! :)





♥ LOVE BEC ♥  

XXX



Thursday, March 1, 2012

Eggplant and Lentils with Almond Parmesan

Hello all my beautiful kind angels!!! 


This week has been interesting... I started out fabulous, waking up at 6am every morning and going for a 45 minute power walk. Coming home and having a fabulous protein smoothie (NOTE: I don't add protein powder) I just use fresh almond milk and goji's (those babies contain all your essential amino acids plus more, making it a complete protein)!! yum yum!! I will pop my recipe up asap, it's so simple and deeeelicious, Tommy absolutely FROTHS over it every morning... I then have a yummy Raw muesli with fresh home-made Almond Milk!! Yummm!!! Off to uni and I would then have a green smoothie mid morning (or whenever I was hungry again) and a salad a couple of hours later. Then I'd go to pilates or yoga or another class. Then something delicious for dinner. Fitting study in where ever possible of course... THEN, yesterday PMS hit... I know, I'm sorry, a little too much info for some people, but I'm a very honest, open person so get used to it :) So anyway.. ALLLLL my hard work and healthy eating went OUT the window when I decided I couldn't control my craving anymore and went to the supermarket at about 8pm and bought some chocolate soy ice cream, and had two bowls last night AND FOUR bowls today!!!!!!!!! I honestly want to neck myself!! I feel soooo sick!!! I do not eat cane or any sort of refined sugar, so I had the worst headache from it and just felt disgusting.... So not worth the craving, but when you've got one at this time of the month, you usually can't do much to stop it unless you give it what it wants, don't you agree?? Now I don't often eat dessert so I don't keep ice cream in my freezer, BUT if I ever have it, I have Raw ice cream... Cane sugar free, soy free etc... but of course, the shop that sells it wasn't open at 8pm on a Wednesday and I needed something! Long story short, I'm back onto 100% Raw food tomorrow after this little binge. It's incredible to notice how my body felt and rejected crappy food!! From now on, I'm going to make sure I'm pre-prepared with decadently delicious raw desserts for this little monthly cravings!! :)


Ok, now that my little vent is over, I can get on with it... Tonight I decided to make a nice hot meal and chose pasta because, lets face it, I'm having cravings for a reason.... lol, but you could also have it with rice, any other whole grain or on its own.








Eggplant and Lentils with Almond Parmesan


1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large eggplant, cut into quarters lengthwise and sliced into 1/4-inch wedges
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 can lentils, rinsed (or 1 1/2 cups cooked lentils)
ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 teaspoon hot smoked paprika or cayenne pepper, optional
1 can crushed tomatoes
1/3 cup unsweetened non-dairy yogurt (I used coconut yoghurt)
1 cup fresh basil, minced
Almond Parmesan - See below
Saute the onion in a large, non-stick skillet until it begins to brown. Tip: Add a small pinch of baking soda to speed up browning. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.


Add the eggplant, water, and herbs and stir well to coat the eggplant with the seasonings. Cover tightly and cook until the eggplant begins to soften, about 6 minutes, stirring frequently. Add all remaining ingredients EXCEPT the fresh basil and Almond Parmesan. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes, until eggplant is tender and sauce has thickened. Season to taste with salt, add fresh basil, and serve over pasta (I used multi grain and quinoa) or brown rice or other whole grain. Top with Almond Parmesan, if desired.




Almond Parmesan
To make Almond Parmesan, process 1/4 cup nutritional yeast and 1/3 cup whole raw almonds in a blender or food processor until crumbly. Store in refrigerator.


Servings: 4



Saturday, February 18, 2012

Bec's 7 Day Juice Detox


WOW what a week it has been! I'm sure a lot of you have seen my posts on FB or Instagram during this detox... I just want to say firstly, while I naturally lost weight during this, I didn't do it specifically for weight loss. This was about cleansing my insides. If you don't already know, I am studying Naturopathy, and strongly believe in the healing powers of nature over chemical based pharmaceuticals. However, I had a pretty bad bacterial infection a couple of months ago and had to be on an extremely strong dose of antibiotics. I'm talking, one of the strongest antibiotics there is, 2000mg a day for 3 weeks. Because antibiotics kills all your bad AND your good bacteria, my immune system was left extremely weak and fragile. I jumped onto the probiotics straight away, but my immunity didn't build up in time, and I got a viral infection and pharyngitis over Christmas. Now, being a singer and performer, getting sick just isn't an option for me, because regardless, I have to perform my shows once they're booked. That's the tough life of showbiz. So I have a home call doctor come out on Boxing Day to check me out and prescribe me antibiotics so that I would have time to recover before my NYE show. Another 2 week course of a strong antibiotic, 2000mg a day. My immune system just hasn't been the same since, so I decided I really needed to do a detox before I go back to full time study and give my body a little head start in the healing process. My housemate Bonnie said she'd do the juice detox with me so I was super excited not to have to do it alone, because lets face it, I would have probably given into temptation had I done it alone.


The last time I did a juice detox was in January 2011 with Tommy. We wanted to try and go for 30 days, but only made it to 2 weeks. We had followed a program I had found online, and basically you just alternated a green and a red juice throughout the day, with the variation of a lemon water and almond milk in the middle of the day. NO solids for 2 weeks. The juices weren't that nice either, and doing the same thing every single day was hell!! I looked forward to my almond milk each day! Poor Tommy, I wanted to rip his and my hair out. I was irritable, cranky, tired, weak, lethargic, hungry as anything and grumpy as all heck!

That wasn't really an experience I would have wanted to share because it didn't really have positive outcome. I lost some weight, yes, but put it back on within a week because I ate everything in sight. I did detox, but I didn't really get to a good place with it where I felt at all great. So because of this, this time I wanted to create my own program. I searched through my many Raw E-books and looked for some delicious juice recipes, making sure I was going to get the goodness I needed and also keep it exciting by changing them all the time. I also allowed myself to have one simple, light salad for dinner, because mentally, not chewing for week can drive you nuts (TRUST ME!). I feel energized, lighter, healthier, happier and I feel like my immune system is back on track to getting nice and strong again.

I lost a total of 3.6kgs. This was WITHOUT training as I injured myself in ballet a couple of weeks ago and have mild achilles tendonitis. Now, here is the important part... It is VITAL to reintroduce food slowly and to still watch what you eat! After losing weight though, it kind of comes natural to want to keep doing what you're doing when you're seeing results. So coming off this detox I'm having my green smoothies again for breakfast (ohhh I missed them so much) I'm still juicing as well and I will tell you my favourite juices from this detox also, and I'm just eating tones of salad and veggie soup. NO complex carbs just yet, only those naturally occurring in fruit and vegetables. The reason for this is, if you come off a juice fast and your first meal consists of a nice bowl of pasta, your body is just going to store this straight away because it doesn't know if you're going to eat again. The best thing to do is introduce foods slowly, and eventually (maybe after a week) you can go back to COMPLEX carbs (whole grains), no refined please (anything white, pasta, rice, bread etc). Also remember to keep your portions small at first until your body gets used to the heavier foods, and breaks it down properly rather than feeling the need to store it.

Bonnie and I also decided to go and get a foot detox the day after our detox ended. This just really helped to draw out any unwanted crap that we may not have been able to pass while juicing. Bonnie has been a couple of times, I had never been in my life. I've got to say it was an awesome experience and I'm definitely going to keep it up regularly. More on this later.

Here are my results...



Now.... For my incredible 7 day Juice Detox Program!!!


It is important to start your morning EVERY morning with the first preparatory drink. This prepares your body for detoxing. It tastes foul but just skull it and chase with some water.



Udo's Oil is a unique blend of fresh flax, sesame and sunflower seeds, as well as oils from evening primrose, rice germ and oat germ. It delivers a very reliable source of Omega 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids, at a ratio of 2:1:1. Remember, essential fats aid in a variety of benefits such as; Increase in energy, stamina and performance; Strengthen the immune system; Lower most risk factors of cardiovascular disease; Improve brain function: mood, intelligence, behaviour and vision; Aid in weight reduction; Regulate organs and glands; Speed recovery and healing; Improve digestion; Decrease infection; Keep bones strong; Protect genetic material; Ease PMS (ladies & gents will like this one); Produce beautiful skin, hair and nails.



NOTE: If you are not able to find Udo's Oil (I'm not sure if it's available outside Australia) just use Flaxseed Oil.





BEC'S 7 DAY JUICE DETOX PROGRAM

** After each Day I have put my diary entry on how I was feeling throughout the day. This can and will be different for everybody, and please be aware that you may experience lethargy, headaches, lack of energy. ESPECIALLY if you drink a lot of caffeine and/or alcohol. 

DO NOT: 
  • take any medication including painkillers whilst detoxing. Girls on the pill: do this detox on your week of sugar pills, however DON'T take the sugar pills. If you are on prescribed medication, please consult your doctor before  you stop taking them or coming onto this detox.
  • Drink caffeine or alcohol
YOU MAY:
  • Drink water with fresh lemon throughout the day, and be sure to drink plenty of water as well to keep hydrated.
  • Eat a few carrot or celery sticks, plain, if you are desperately hungry. Don't go overboard, and allow your mind and body to be challenged.
  • Exercise, however don't go too hard at first to ensure if you have a loss of energy that you don't faint.
  • Do yoga!! All I wanted to do all week was walk my puppy and do yoga, but unfortunately I couldn't. Yoga is a brilliant way to detox your mind and soul whilst the juices take care of your body. It's a great way to gain clarity and mental stability throughout this detox and beyond.


DAY ONE

Upon rising...

Drink 1 cup of filtered water

20 minutes later drink:

1 cup of water
Juice of 1 lemon or lime
1 inch piece of ginger root
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon of udos oil OR flaxseed oil
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
Juice the garlic, lemon/lime, and ginger.
Mix with the rest of the ingredients in a blender or with a spoon.

Breakfast

Pineapple Fruit Cocktail
¼ medium pineapple
2 pears
1 inch fresh ginger


Lunch

Green Cappuccino
8 stalks (leaves) of kale
4 stalks of celery
1 apple
1/2 cucumber
1 carrot
1/2 handful of parsley


Afternoon

Yerry & Yammy’s Green Juice
4 stalks of kale
4 stalks of collard greens
2 leaves of swiss chard
1 handful of spinach
1 cucumber
2 stalks celery
1 pear



About 1 ½ hours before dinner

Water or herbal tea with lemon


Dinner

Mango Avocado Salad
4 cups mixed greens
1 avocado
1 mango
1/4 cup red onion
Toss ingredients in a salad bowl and mix in Simple Vinaigrette dressing.

Simple Vinaigrette
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
cracked black pepper
celtic salt
juice of ½ lemon

Night- Before Bed

Chamomile or peppermint tea 

Diary Entry

Day 1: 
57.6kgs

Woke up feeling good, though had little sleep the night before. Started with my first drink at 7am. 
Had my first breakfast juice at 9am, drank it slowly to make it last. Finished at 9:40am.
11:00am and already feeling hungry. I normally eat a lot while I’m cram studying for exams because I burn so much energy. Right now I’m almost regretting starting the detox 2 days before my exam lol!
Having a massage at 11:30am, so will wait until after the massage to have lunch.
Smells are already driving me crazy!! – My stomach needs to shrink!!
I have to keep snapping myself out of my habit to go into the pantry and grab a handful of nuts!! Argh!!
Having salad for dinner was SO good at the end of a day of all liquids. Physically it feels easy, mentally, not so much. I’m a grazer and am struggling not to graze and snack.




DAY TWO

Upon rising...

Drink 1 cup of filtered water

20 minutes later drink:

1 cup of water
Juice of 1 lemon or lime
1 inch piece of ginger root
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon of udos oil OR flaxseed oil
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
Juice the garlic, lemon/lime,and ginger.
Mix with the rest of the ingredients in a blender or with a spoon.

Breakfast

Apple Spritzer
4 apples
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup fizzy/sparkling water
2-3 ice cubes

1. In a juicer, juice the apples
2. Add the lemon juice and fizzy water and serve over ice!

Lunch

Yerry & Yammy’s Green Juice
4 stalks of kale
4 stalks of collard greens
2 leaves of swiss chard
1 handful of spinach
1 cucumber
2 stalks celery
1 pear

Afternoon

Blue-Green Orange Bliss
5 oranges (or grapefruit)
1-2 tbsp of blue-green algae (ie. Spirulina, chlorella, etc…)


1. Juice of the oranges using a citrus juicer (or other tool)
2. Add blue-green algae to a glass and stir in orange juice.

About 1 ½ hours before dinner

Water or herbal tea with lemon


Dinner

Mexican Salad
2 corn on the cob
1 tomato, cubed
1 avocado, cubed
1 red pepper, cubed
1/2 cucumber, cubed
1. De-cob corn using a knife, chop up additional ingredients bite size and add to a
medium bowl.
2. Top with dressing

Simple Vinaigrette
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
cracked black pepper
celtic salt
juice of ½ lemon

Night- Before Bed

Chamomile or peppermint tea 

Diary Entry

Day 2: 56.1kgs


Feeling great again today. No headaches or tiredness, but I had a wonderful 10.5 hour sleep. I don’t think I will be as prone to headaches though because in general I eat extremely healthy.
Had breakfast at 8:30am. 9:50am and I’m already starving, but that has a lot to do with the fact that my sister is eating delicious coconut-rice bites right in front of my face!!!!
Had my green juice for lunch while I watched my beautiful family eat solids! There wasn’t a whole lot of vegan options which made it easier, but there was some gorgeous fruit that I so wanted to stuff my face with! It’s really a test of my mental strength, and I enjoy eating so much that having to miss out sucks!!
Had a yummy salad for dinner tonight. I was at the venue for my show. I ate at around 5pm and was on stage from 7:30 until 10:30pm.
I was really hungry when I came off stage and so badly just wanted to eat something naughty, but I went home and had a shower and a chamomile tea and fell asleep around 11:30pm.




DAY THREE

Upon rising...

Drink 1 cup of filtered water

20 minutes later drink:

1 cup of water
Juice of 1 lemon or lime
1 inch piece of ginger root
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon of udos oil OR flaxseed oil
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
Juice the garlic, lemon/lime,and ginger.
Mix with the rest of the ingredients in a blender or with a spoon.

Breakfast

Apple-Watermelon
2 apples
3 slices watermelon

Lunch

Blue-Green Orange Bliss
5 oranges (or grapefruit)
1-2 tbsp of blue-green algae (ie. spirulina, chorella, etc…)
1. Juice of the oranges using a citrus juicer (or other tool)
2. Add blue-green algae to a glass and stir in orange juice.

Afternoon

Popeye’s Secret
4 cups spinach, tightly packed
2 carrots, top removed
4 tomatoes
1 cucumber
Juice of 1/2 lemon


About 1 ½ hours before dinner

Water or herbal tea with lemon


Dinner

Salad Slaw
2 large handfuls mixed greens
4 carrots
3 radishes
1/4 cup red onion
1 orange, juiced
1/2 avocado
2 heaping forkfuls of fermented sauerkraut (found refrigerated in health food stores)
1. Place mixed greens in a large bowl
2. Roughly chop the carrots, radishes, and red onion and place in food processor.
Process until finely shredded and empty onto the greens.
3. Roughly chop the avocado and place in food processor (no need to clean it from
previous use) with orange juice and process until creamy. Pour onto Salad mixture
and mix by hand.
4. Heap sauerkraut on top and serve.


Night- Before Bed

Chamomile or peppermint tea

Diary Entry

Day 3: 55.1kgs


Woke up fairly tired this morning, due to the late night from the show.
Breakfast was so yummy!! It piped me up straight away
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Today was the day we had the worst of the juices in my opinion! Well Bonnie thought so too. I am NOT a fan of tomato juice and the taste of the tomatoes was really strong. So I just thought about the incredible goodness I was putting into my body, and then skulled the whole thing.
1:30pm and I’m hungry again… what’s new… (I have a really fast metabolism so I get hungry very quickly, however Bonnie is content and satisfied with the amount she’s getting, so it’s different for everybody).
2pm and I’m ready for my afternoon juice, but Bonnie isn’t home so I will hold off and wait until she gets back to have it.
I am peeing like every 10 minutes.. Detox… Detox… Detox…
Sipped my afternoon tea while I did my microbiology exam!
K Argh!! Glad that is over… So ready to relax and hang out with my baby sister tonight. Though, I’m going to have to buy her something for dinner and then watch her eat it boo hoo…



DAY FOUR

Upon rising...

Drink 1 cup of filtered water

20 minutes later drink:

1 cup of water
Juice of 1 lemon or lime
1 inch piece of ginger root
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon of udos oil OR flaxseed oil
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
Juice the garlic, lemon/lime, and ginger.
Mix with the rest of the ingredients in a blender or with a spoon.

Breakfast

Gut-Soother
2 pears
2 carrots
½ pineapple
½ inch ginger


Lunch

Athlete Booster
2 cups coconut water
2 tbsp of Spirulina
1. Combine both in a glass and stir


Afternoon

Cucumber Summer Breeze
1 large cucumber
2 stalks celery
1 small handful fresh mint (plus additional for garnish)
Juice of 2 limes
1. Run all ingredients through a juicer
2. Squeeze in lime juice, stir, and pour over ice.
3. Garnish with mint sprigs if desired.


About 1 ½ hours before dinner

Water or herbal tea with lemon


Dinner

Mango Avocado Salad
4 cups mixed greens
1 avocado
1 mango
1/4 cup red onion
Toss ingredients in a salad bowl and mix in Simple Vinaigrette dressing.

Simple Vinaigrette
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
cracked black pepper
celtic salt
juice of ½ lemon

Night- Before Bed

Chamomile or peppermint tea

Diary Entry

Day 4: 54.9kgs


Today I woke up feeling quite lethargic. A lot less energy than I’ve had for the last 3 days, and a little headache… Oooo my body is certainly detoxing now!
I really want food…
Lunch time, but I’m at my parents watching the Grammy’s and forgot to bring my lunch… I’m so hungry!! But I’m really testing my self control and doing ok…
Had afternoon juice followed by a slice of watermelon. Due to the high water content I felt it was alright, and my body was really needing something more.
While this detox is supposed to be a challenge, I also believe in listening to your body.
Tonight I have felt shakey and lightheaded. I feel like I have restless leg syndrome over my whole body… Restless body syndrome!!! Having an early night as it’s a struggle feeling like this.



DAY FIVE

Upon rising...

Drink 1 cup of filtered water

20 minutes later drink:

1 cup of water
Juice of 1 lemon or lime
1 inch piece of ginger root
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon of udos oil OR flaxseed oil
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
Juice the garlic, lemon/lime,and ginger.
Mix with the rest of the ingredients in a blender or with a spoon.

Breakfast

Pineapple Fruit Cocktail
¼ medium pineapple
2 pears
1 inch fresh ginger

Lunch

Cucumber Summer Breeze
1 large cucumber
2 stalks celery
1 small handful fresh mint (plus additional for garnish)
Juice of 2 limes
1. Run all ingredients through a juicer
2. Squeeze in lime juice, stir, and pour over ice.
3. Garnish with mint sprigs if desired.

Afternoon

Skin Rejuvenator
1/2 cup chopped radish
1 large cucumber
1/2 bunch watercress (or 4 to 5 kale leaves)
4 cups green grapes
Small knob of fresh ginger


About 1 ½ hours before dinner

Water or herbal tea with lemon


Dinner

Mexican Salad
2 corn on the cob
1 tomato, cubed
1 avocado, cubed
1 red pepper, cubed
1/2 cucumber, cubed
1. De-cob corn using a knife, chop up additional ingredients bite size and add to a
medium bowl.
2. Top with dressing

Simple Vinaigrette
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
cracked black pepper
celtic salt
juice of ½ lemon


Night- Before Bed

Chamomile or peppermint tea 

Diary Entry

Day 5: 54.3kgs


Woke up feeling fine today. Energy was still down a little, however I’m much better than I was yesterday.
Started my liquids at 6:30am and had breakfast at 9:30am. Cleaned the house and worked up a nice sweat, which was nice since I haven’t been able to exercise or go to dancing  due to my Achilles tendonitis.
12pm and my tummy is rumbling. Had lunch at 12:15pm.
Went to my parents office at 12:30pm and a few of their staff were eating lunch... Smells are driving me crazy today!!!
I’m so glad Tommy is away while I’m doing this, because there’s no way I wouldn’t have cheated if he were here and had taken me out for Valentines!
Got home at 4pm!! Had afternoon juice which was AMAZING!! Probably my favourite green juice so far!!



DAY SIX

Upon rising...

Drink 1 cup of filtered water

20 minutes later drink:

1 cup of water
Juice of 1 lemon or lime
1 inch piece of ginger root
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon of udos oil OR flaxseed oil
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
Juice the garlic, lemon/lime,and ginger.
Mix with the rest of the ingredients in a blender or with a spoon.

Breakfast

Apple Spritzer
4 apples
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup fizzy/sparkling water
2-3 ice cubes

Lunch

Skin Rejuvenator
1/2 cup chopped radish
1 large cucumber
1/2 bunch watercress (or 4 to 5 kale leaves)
4 cups green grapes
Small knob of fresh ginger

Afternoon

Cucumber Apple
2 stalks of fennel
½ cucumber
½ green apple
1 handful of mint
1 inch of gingerroot

  
About 1 ½ hours before dinner

Water or herbal tea with lemon


Dinner

Salad Slaw
2 large handfuls mixed greens
4 carrots
3 radishes
1/4 cup red onion
1 orange, juiced
1/2 avocado
2 heaping forkfuls of fermented sauerkraut (found refrigerated in health food stores)
1. Place mixed greens in a large bowl
2. Roughly chop the carrots, radishes, and red onion and place in food processor.
Process until finely shredded and empty onto the greens.
3. Roughly chop the avocado and place in food processor (no need to clean it from
previous use) with orange juice and process until creamy. Pour onto Salad mixture
and mix by hand.
4. Heap sauerkraut on top and serve.

Night- Before Bed

Chamomile or peppermint tea 

Diary Entry

Day 6: 54.3kgs


If I don’t get a decent nights sleep, I do not wake up feeling 100%... I went to bed early on Tuesday night and woke at 11pm not being able to fall back asleep. So I allowed myself a sleep in until 8am.
All day I’ve had dizzy spells, so I’ve spent the day resting.
I felt ok in the afternoon but was ready to have a good night sleep.
Smells coming from next door are driving me a little crazy, but it’s not as hard as it was at the beginning of the week!
Dinner was yummy!! Chamomile tea and BED!!



DAY SEVEN

Upon rising...

Drink 1 cup of filtered water

20 minutes later drink:

1 cup of water
Juice of 1 lemon or lime
1 inch piece of ginger root
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon of udos oil OR flaxseed oil
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
Juice the garlic, lemon/lime,and ginger.
Mix with the rest of the ingredients in a blender or with a spoon.

Breakfast

Apple-Watermelon
2 apples
3 slices watermelon

Lunch

Cucumber Apple
2 stalks of fennel
½ cucumber
½ green apple
1 handful of mint
1 inch of gingerroot

Afternoon

Veggie Mix

3-4 carrots
2 celery stalks
½ beet
2 broccoli florets
½ lemon


About 1 ½ hours before dinner

Water or herbal tea with lemon


Dinner

Mango Avocado Salad
4 cups mixed greens
1 avocado
1 mango
1/4 cup red onion
Toss ingredients in a salad bowl and mix in Simple Vinaigrette dressing.

Simple Vinaigrette
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
cracked black pepper
celtic salt
juice of ½ lemon

Night- Before Bed

Chamomile or peppermint tea

Diary Entry

Day 7: 54kgs


LAST DAY TODAY!!! So excited!! I feel quite proud of myself, as I am an eater! I can’t starve myself, and while I haven’t been starving throughout this, I could never live on liquids! I love to chew food… More often than not, I’m not hungry but I want to chew and taste food.
I had breakfast relatively early and by 9am was so hungry again, but had an appointment. Got home at 11am and had my lunch early.
12pm now and I’m about to work on my assignments and do a little study. Still hungry, but I can hold off for a couple hours… I hope…FAIL… I caved and had my afternoon tea juice at 1:30pm.
I.am.going…..CRAZY!!!! The temptation is seriously killing me right now!! I just want food!! It is 3:15pm and I’m about ready to serve up dinner, but I know I will just be super hungry again later so I’m trying to hold off..



So there you have it guys.... Copy and paste the program into a Word document, print and away you go!!



IONIC HEALTH CLEANSE (FOOT DETOX)

WARNING: THE IMAGES ARE NOT PRETTY SO JUST BE PREPARED AND HAVE AN OPEN MIND... BETTER OUT THAN IN I SAY...

Bonnie took me this gorgeous place in Mermaid Beach. It was a beautiful balinese style house with ponds, bamboo, lots of exotic greenery and a gorgeous big timber double door front door. Teresa Cannon is a Paramedical Aestheticiam and beauty therapist and runs her business on the lower level of her gorgeous home. Set up even more beautiful than a shop, it boasts a delightful, warm, homely atmosphere full of positive vibrations and energies.

We took a seat on the comfortable lounges provided, and there were 3 other people there already in their detox. They were chirpy and chatty and made me feel completely comfortable, as did Teresa. She asked me to place my feet in a bucket of warm water she put something around my wrist and this belt thing around my midline which was hot. As soon as my feet went in the water you could see the detoxing had already begun.

It was incredible. I could actually feel tingling on the bottom of my feet, it was like I could literally feel all the icky yucky stuff being drawn out. I didn't get a photo as soon as I sat down, but like I said, the detoxing starts as soon as your feet enter the water so within 5 seconds this brown stuff was entering the bucket of water.

To help you better understand what this Ionic Health Cleanse is all about I have taken a snippet from Teresa's website:

"Ionic Health Cleanse is an all natural way to detox the inside of your body through your feet, in a relaxing foot bath. Detoxification begins the moment you place your feet into the foot bath. Detoxification benefits your all round health and can help with the aging process. As believed in reflexology each foot is actually a channel, a conduit, through which your body attempts to cleanse itself of toxic wastes and heavy metals that are building up in many parts of your body. During the foot bath you will actually see the cleansing process taking place as the water interacts with the compound electric current and magnetic field structure. This body cleansing process results int he correct frequency required for cells to return to a healthy state, and to release waste that has been bonded to them over the years. This detoxification therapeutic procedure also enhances the effects of other therapies.
Helping to treat health problems such as;arthritis, weight loss, gout, hormonal balancing, hot flushes and night sweats; liver problems, kidney, digestive system and gallbladder."

Here you can see my progress throughout the cleanse. The first picture is 5 MINUTES after my feet entered the water. The second is 20 MINUTES into it, and the third picture is after the full HOUR.

A 30 minute session is $35 or an hour session is $45. I would highly recommend this and will definitely be frequenting here from now on. Teresa also offers a multitude of other services such as Microdermabrasion, Enzyme Facials, IPL, A range of detoxifying treatments; Musculoskeletal Infra Red Cocoon Sauna, Sculpting Wrap & Cocoon Sauna, Waxing, Tinting, Ear Candling, mani's & Pedis, CHEMICAL FREE Spray Tanning using  aloe vera and sugar with a choice of 13 different colours and bases, Paramedical Lash Extensions which contain NO formaldehyde Toluene or DBP.

Top Cats Beauty is located in Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast, Australia.
W: www.topcatsbeauty.com.au
E: topcatsbeauty@gmail.com
P: 07 55265818
M: 0412934401