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DETOX SYMPTOMS

When you detox, your body will do its best to rid those toxins that have been stored in your fatty tissues. The toxins will enter your blood stream looking for a passage out of your body and chances are that you will feel it; this is what is called detox symptoms. Each person has a unique experience when they detox but there are some common symptoms.

  • Headaches
  • Colds/Flu symptoms
  • Coughing
  • Gas and Bloating
  • Fatigue
  • Coated Tongue
  • Bad Breath
  • Excess ear wax
  • Excess nose gunk
  • Excess throat sludge
  • Body Odor
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Acne
  • Sleep interruption
  • Dizziness
  • Moods/irritation

In a way I kind of like feeling and seeing some of the symptoms, it makes me know that the detox is working and it feels like my body is having a proper spring-cleaning! But if you are feeling really bad I suggest that you try to slow your body down by eating boiled vegetables or maybe some quinoa. Make sure to drink a lot of water to help your body to flush out all your toxins!


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JUICE DETOX

In a previous post of mine you can read about how I juice cleanse, here are some examples of juices that help you rid toxins.

THE ZINGER  - an electrolyte rich blend to enhance cellular cleansing with a tangy boost to help circulation.

  • Cucumber 70%
  • Celery 30%
  • Lemon ½
  • Ginger 3 cm

THE ALKALIZER - a tangy blend of minerals with a hit of superfood to nourish and cleanse.

  • Cucumber 60%
  • Celery 30%
  • Green leaves – large bunch
  • Lemon ½
  • Spirulina 1 tsp

THE SAVORY ONE - a juice that improves circulation and with a boost for detoxification and nourishment.

  • Cucumber 60%
  • Red pepper 40%
  • Garlic 1 clove
  • Pinch of chili powder or black pepper
  • Spirulina 1 tsp

CELL CLEANSE - a blend of potassium and sodium to facilitate cellular cleansing and provide an energy boost.

  • Cucumber 70%
  • Celery 30%

THE FAT BURNER - a spicy and savory blend that enhances your metabolism, it cleanses your liver too!

  • Tomato 30%
  • Celery 30%
  • Red pepper 30%
  • Parsley – a handful
  • Garlic – one clove
  • Pinch of chili powder or black pepper

THE IMMUNE BOOSTER - electrolytes, chlorophyll, vitamin C and Zink will lift your immune system and stimulate cleansing.

  • Cucumber 70%
  • Celery 30%
  • Green leaves – large bunch
  • Lemon ½
  • Ginger 3 cm

THE CLEAN GREEN - cleansing powers of electrolytes and chlorophyll help your body to cleanse and oxygenate.

  • Cucumber 70%
  • Celery 30%
  • Parsly 1 bunch

THE KIDNEY CLEANSE - electrolyte focus! A rich source of organic potassium to assist the kidneys in flushing acid waste metabolized over night.

  • 100 % cucumber

WHEAT GRASS JUICE - a powerful detoxifier! Chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals and enzymes combined to enhance detoxification and healing.

  • 100% wheat grass

SWEET FIBER - rich in potassium, fiber and vitamin C. Will help cells and the digestive tract to cleans.

  • Pear 50%
  • Cucumber 30%
  • Fennel 20%

SWEET AND TANGY - a warming juice that will stimulate circulation and aid the body with flushing out wastes.

  • Pear 60%
  • Carrot 30%
  • Lemon – ½
  • Ginger 3 cm
  • Pinch of chili powder


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ONE HEALTHY LUNCH

This might not seem to filling for a lunch but you will be surprised and it contains so many vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. And it tastes awesome!

THE JUICE (one serving)

  • 1 apple
  • 1 kiwi
  • 8 kale leaves
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 parsley bunch

THE SPIRULINA BALL (makes 10-15)

  • 250 g cashews
  • 2 tsp Spirulina powder
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 10 dried apricots (soaked in water for 15 min)
  • 3 dried dates (soaked in water for 15 min)
  • 4 tbsp crushed flaxseed
  • Coconut flakes

Mix cashews in a food processor until fine, add the rests of the ingredients and mix until you have dough. Make small balls and roll them in coconut flakes.


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FRUIT SALAD BABY!

One thing I love about staying at grand hotels or eating in a posh restaurant is how they make the fruit platter look like art. Yesterday I made myself a fancy fruit salad with my favorite fruits and it tasted so good, kind of like when you where a kid and ate banana money and apple boats!

SO WHAT NUTRIENTS CAN WE FIND IN MY SALAD?

ORANGES are a good source of vitamin A, the B vitamins, amino acids, beta-carotene, pectin, potassium, folic acid, calcium, iodine, phosphorus, sodium, zinc, manganese, chlorine and iron.

BLUEBERRIES are packed with so much goodness.  They are an excellent source of flavonoids especially one called anthocyanidins, an anti-oxidant that is anti-inflammatory and keeps the elasticity of capillary walls. If you are about to get a cold – eat blueberries!

STRAWBERRIES are packed with a variety of anti-oxidant substances, vitamin C, E and beta-carotene.

KIWI FRUIT has a exceptionally high amount of vitamin C, more than any citrus fruit.

BANANAS have very high content of potassium, a mineral that is essential to the normal muscular function, so if you have problems with cramping calves or fingers make sure you eat more banana.


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MANGO MADNESS

Mango is definitely my favorite fruit so you can imagine how exited I got when I found a recipe for these little mango treats! They are so tasty, the perfect treat when your blood sugar is running low and almost guilt free.

I found the recipe on a Swedish blog made by this very talented woman named Josefine Jäger who is a chef, health coach and journalist.

This is my take of Josefins recipe, if you know Swedish you can read hers here.

Makes 20-25 yummy balls

  •  250 g of raw cashews
  • 130 g dried mango
  • 5 dried pitted dates
  • 5 dried apricots
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • Coconut flakes (large hand full)
  • Crushed flaxseed

Soak the dried fruit in water for 15 min. Mix the cashews in a food processor until no large pieces and add the fruit (well drained), lemon juice, coconut and mix until you have a dough.

Make small bolls and cover with crushed flaxseeds.


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WHY NOT DO ONE HEALTHY CHANGE A WEEK?

Are you drinking enough water every day? If not this could be the week to make a healthy change…

Water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water, it flushes toxins out of vital organs and carries nutrients to your cells. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.

How much water you should drink depends from person to person and day to day. If you sweat a lot you need to drink MORE but in general men ought to drink roughly 3 litres a day and women at least 2 litres daily. I always try to carry a large water bottle with me and I’ve made a habit of having a sip every 30 min. Did you know that by the time your body tells your brain that you are thirsty you are already dehydrated?!

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DUQQA SALMON & 2 HEALTHY SIDES

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Today I was told about this amazing spice blend from Egypt and obviously I had to try it out straight way.. and no need to be disappointed, it was awesome! This is what wikipedia comes up with on a google search of Duqqa..

Duqqa (also spelled dukkah or dukka) is an Egyptian side dish consisting of a mixture of herbs, nuts, probably hazelnut, and spices. It is typically used as a dip with bread or fresh vegetables, and eaten as an hors d’œuvre. Pre-made versions of duqqa can be bought in the spice markets of Cairo, with the simplest version being crushed mint, salt and pepper which are sold in paper cones. The packaged variety is found in markets that is composed of parched wheat flour mixed with cumin and caraway.

YOU WILL NEED

  • 250 g of hazelnuts
  • 4 tbs coriander seeds
  • 3 tbs sesame seeds (I used black ones)
  • 2 tbs cumin seeds
  • 1 tbs black pepper corn
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • A good pinch of himalayan salt

I started to toast the hazelnuts in a dry pan for a few minutes before adding coriander, cumin and pepper. Make sure NOT to burn any ingredients. Take off heat and let cool down before adding sesame seeds and salt, mix all in a food processor. I wanted to keep some bigger pieces of hazelnuts and just chopped some in by hand afterwards.

TO MAKE THE SALMON I drizzled some olive oil on top of my fillets and spread the spice mix generously on top. 10 min in the oven (at 180C) and you are done! With the salmon I served cauliflower cous-cous (which is a funny way to trick you brain that you are eating carbs) and a green salad with black beans + a lot of other tasty veggies and seeds.

THIS IS HOW YOU PREPARE THE CAULIFLOWER COUS-COUS; mix cauliflower in a food processor until you got small pieces looking kind of like cous-cous. Boil a pot with vegetable stock (home made or low sodium!) and add cous-cous spices, quickly heat up the cauliflower (30 sec?) and strain straight away. Add your favourite veggies in small dices and/or dried apricots and almond flakes.


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SMOKED SALMON & AVOCADO SALAD

One of the things for dinner tonight was a salmon and avocado salad, really easy and so tasty! This is what I did..

Buy high quality wild cold smoked salmon, try to find a pice that is really pink and without to much fat. You will also need a avocado – ripe but firm, lemon, radish, basil (or cilantro), garlic, olive oil salt and pepper.

Cube the salmon and avocado in pieces 1×1 cm, squeeze half a lemon over the avocado so it is not going brown. Slice the garlic very fine and make a dressing together with the olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper. Cut thin pieces of the radishes and mix with the salmon and avocado, pour over the dressing and garnish with basil leaves.

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