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Detox – Day 6

It has been an uneventful day – except that I was immersed in paperwork/accounting – my least favourite thing on the planet – which boils down to…I would like nothing more than to go home and pour myself a nice glass of wine.  That however is big fat no in my detox plan and I’ve already been less than good today.

Here’s my menu for the day:

Breakfast:
Müssli with sliced bananas and 1/2 cup 1% milk
Milima

Lunch:
Sushi (no this was not a good idea as I chose to have sushi not sashimi – that means I had a ton of white rice – detox required whole grain – but somehow I didn’t think the sushi chef was going to comply)
Genmaicha (this instigated the sushi craving)

Snack:
5 almonds

Dinner:
Vegetable stir fry fajita – using whole wheat flax tortillas
Want:  WINE
Will have:  Jasmine Dragon Tears – at least its an indulgence

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Detox – Day 5

The second part of this detox is proving to be much easier than the first part.  Perhaps I would be complaining about it had I have not started with the liquid detox.  Now, having said that – I was not in a controlled environment today – meaning – I was at First Canadian Place surrounded by awful food courts.  You don’t realize what poor choices you’re faced with until you face them consciously.  So, I did the awful – I skipped lunch – I had a cup of Sunshine Mate  instead.  Mate is an energy booster, an immune system booster and it’s filled with vitamins and minerals – it’s also been known to be an appetite suppresor – so..I figured that if I was skipping lunch, I should at least get some nutrients into my system and curbe my appetite.

Besides the teas that I’ve listed in my specific meals – I am still drinking lots of Red Ginseng Sencha and Green Tea Kombucha Lime.

Here’s my menu for the day:

Breakfast:
Multi-grain Müessli, blueberries, half a cup 1% milk
Blend 103

Lunch:
Sunshine Mate

Dinner:
Vegetable omelette with smoked salmon
Rooibos Chai

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Health

Detox – Day 4

Woohoo!  Chewing again!!  Who would have thought that would truly be the highlight of my day!!  I’m feeling ‘healthier’ – I don’t know if it’s in my mnind though – or if there are true changes to  my body.  I’m guessing that not having had a single glass of wine since Saturday has got to be doing something good for me.  I am feeling less bloated –

Here is my menu for the day:

Breakfast:
Rooibos Prickly Pear
Whole grain Müssli with banana and half a cup of 1% milk

Lunch:
Lichee Congou Emperor
Turkey sandwhich – whole grain bread with roasted turkey breast, sprouts, mustard

Dinner:
White Needle
Roasted chicken breast with lemon, paprika rub
Blanched green beans with yoghurt dressing

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General Health Tea Education

Mad Healthy Partea

Creativi-tea!

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Health

Detox – Day 3

I have to admit it…I’m bored – of what I’ve ingested for the past three days.  Tea this morning and for lunch I had more of the soup I made last night.  The soup was great – I was just happy to get something warm in me besides tea.  Speaking of which – I’m drinking lots – I don’t add anything to my tea – so I’m not missing anything there – that seems to be the easiest part of this. 

Needless to say – I’m moving on from the juice detox – I said I would do three days and see how I felt about five – but the thought of  not eating solids for another two days make me want to cry.  I’m sssiii looking forward to tomorrow – I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about eating solid foods!  Boy do I miss chewing.

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Detox – Day 2

I woke up this morning thinking – hey this isn’t so bad – and then I saw my husband enjoying breakfast – tough when someone else is eating in front of you.  Was pretty hungry last night before going to bed – I found that brushing my teeth helped a lot with that – I’m guessing because it put a minty flavour in my mouth.

Started my day with hot water and lemon – have had copious amounts of tea – Rooibos Ginger Melon and I found a pot of the Quangzhou Milk Oolong helped in the afternoon as I was feeling particularly tempted to quit this detox.  I should have perhaps scheduled the liquid cleanse part of this detox on work days when I’m too busy to think about food.  Oh well – I will persevere!

Vegetable juice today is carrot, apple and ginger – love the mixture.  I’m now making a cauliflower soup for dinner:

Ingredients:
1 head of cauliflower
2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp horseradish
salt and pepper

Instructions:
Boil cauliflower in water with garlic.  Take off heat and let cool.  Pureé mixture, add horseradish and salt and pepper to taste

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Detox – Day 1

I’ve made it through most of the day and so far I’m feeling good.  Started my day with hot water and lemon, had a cup of Green Tea Kombucha Lime around 11:00am.  Kombucha is a culture of good yeasts and bacteria that bind the toxins in your blood and your organs making them water soluble.  I’ll be drinking lots of this tea over the next two weeks – it helps tha I love the flavours.  I then had two cups of freshly squeezed vegetable juice – beet, carrot and ginger – I’m sure I’ll be  having some more of that before the day is done. 

I’m not feeling cranky yet – but then again, it is only Day1.

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Detox

So winter is behind us (I hope) and I’ve decided it’s time to purge a little – clean out the system of the not so good stuff I may have ingested over the cold months.  So…a detox is in order and I chose today as the start date.  With the first day of spring yesterday, I thought this was an appropriate day to begin.  I’ve done some research and general consensus seems to agree on a couple of points:  1.  pure liquid detox’s are a bad idea – your body needs nutrients and doing one of these (lemon water with cayenne for example) isn’t great for the body  2.  starting with some sort of fast is a good idea to clean out the system  3.  a fast needs to last at least three (3) days – preferably five (5) – in order for your body to cleanse itself of toxins.

Based on what I’ve read and being honest with myself as well – read realistic – I’ve put together my own detox.  Please remember that this is what I think will work for me – I don’t recommend it for everyone and it is critical that you consult your physician before beginning any kind of detox program.

I’m going to start with a juice fast – I will do three (3) days and hope for five (5).  I’ve made a trip to St Lawrence Market http://www.stlawrencemarket.com/ and stocked up on some freshly squezzed juices.  If you start with a juice fast, you need to remember that a detox includes taking preservatives and sugars out of your diet – most off the shelf juices contain a ton of sugar – so they’re out.  After my cleanse – I will stick to fruits, vegetables and whole grains for the remaining two weeks.  Alcohol, meat and sugar are out – but I will be drinking lots of tea. 

If you’ve done a detox that has worked for you – I would love to here about it.  I’ll try and blog every day and let you know how it’s going.  Let the cleanse begin!

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Health

Probiotics and Prebiotics

You may have heard these buzzwords in the media lately – what is it and why do you want it?  “Functional foods” – or foods that have a functional effect on our health is the category that probiotics and prebiotics fall in.   Both probiotics and prebiotics have a positive effect on the good bacteria that reside in our digestive system.  This good bacteria is essential in maintaining a healthy digestive system.  A probiotic is defined as:  “A preparation or product containing viable, defined micro-organisms in sufficient numbers, which alter the microflora of the host intestine and, by that, exert beneficial health effects on the host” (Schrezenmeier & DeVerse 2001) – In other words, good bacteria that helps the digestive system work properly.  There are ofcourse a number of ways  we can get probiotics – through yoghurt, supplements or specially formulated probiotic drinks.

The second part of favourable foods are prebiotics.  These are foods that help increase the amount of good bacteria in our system – they help the digestive system as well as the immune system by increasing microflora levels.

The good news for tea drinkers is that one form of taking in prebiotis is through the antioxidants present in tea!  So keep drinking – it’s ALL GOOD!

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General Health

Health Claims Approved

Here is some exciting news from the tea industry to share – below is the media release by the Tea Association.  We have obviously known and been able to prove for years the health claims associated with tea – my goodness – the Chinese have been drinking tea for health purposes for over 5000 years!!  It has taken some time however for Health Canada to officially allow the health claims to be printed on any packaging – so a big step for the industry – as well as further verification that tea is good for you.

Press Release – May 2007:
 

Health Canada’s Natural Health Products Directorate (NHPD) has deemed tea to be a natural health product and has officially recognized tea for its role in maintaining good health. After a period of extensive review, the NHPD has approved three health claims for tea. All types of tea infusions (black, green and oolong) are recognized as a source of antioxidants for the maintenance of good health. Tea is approved for increasing alertness. And tea is further accredited as helping to maintain and/or support cardiovascular health.  Green Tea extract is approved as a source of antioxidants for the maintenance of good health. It is also approved for use as an adjunct treatment in a weight management program in combination with a healthy diet and regular exercise.  “This is great news for tea and the millions of Canadians who enjoy tea,” says Louise Roberge, President of the Tea Association of Canada. “The approved health claims will help educate consumers about the health benefits of drinking tea.” The NHPD’s ruling will enable tea manufactures to include the approved health claims on product packaging and will set stage for allowing the use of the accepted health claims in marketing tea. “Canadians are concerned about maintaining their health and are looking for products that genuinely will benefit them,” says Roberge. “Now with these accepted health claims, Canadian consumers will know that tea is officially a healthy beverage choice.” The scientific evidence about the numerous health benefits of tea has been mounting for nearly two decades. Hundreds of research studies have found many potential health attributes associated with tea including protection from cardiovascular disease and cancer.  Tea is second only to water as the healthiest beverage choice according to guidelines for healthy beverage consumption that were developed by a panel of American nutrition experts and published in the March 2006 issue of the Journal of American Clinical Nutrition. “Tea is rich in naturally occurring flavonoids which act as antioxidants” says Dr. Carol Greenwood, Professor of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. “In fact, tea is one of the highest sources of antioxidants in the diet.”   Antioxidants are compounds that neutralize the body’s naturally occurring but cell-damaging free radical molecules. Damage by free radicals over time is believed to contribute to the development of many chronic disease including cancer and cardiovascular disease, explains Greenwood.    Part of the Health Products and Food Branch of Health Canada, the NHPD is the regulating authority for natural health products sold in Canada. It ensures that Canadians have ready access to natural health products that are safe, effective and of high quality.  Natural health products include herbal remedies, homeopathic medicines, vitamins, minerals, traditional medicines, probiotics, amino acids and essential fatty acids.