Sugar baby

Being Swedish means you have got an upper hand on the sweet stuff. As a nation, we consume more sweets per capita than any other country in the world. That’s saying something. Eating pick n’ mix, or smågodis as we call it, is a national past time and we are the connoisseurs. Every grocery shop has a section for pick n’ mix and parents and children alike happily fill their bags with the sweet stuff. But it can be a slippery slope and the innocent bags of lördagsgodis (saturday candy) we buy for our kids sets them up with a serious sugar habit that can be as addictive as a Class A drug and equally difficult to kick. Continue reading “Sugar baby”

1 Day Juice Fast

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Had a big weekend? Why not make today a Green Juice only day? Your digestive system is on go most of the time and would probably welcome a holiday! Why not give it a much-needed rest and let your body detox for 24 hours? If that concept fills you with dread, start gently by replacing one meal with a green juice – once a week.

Fasting is an ancient ritual (Buddha, Jesus, Gandhi, Aristotle, Leonardo da Vinci were fasters) and, done right, can have great health benefits. Removing toxins (and by toxins I mean processed foods, sweets, cakes, coffee, alcohol et al) present in our bodies by the process of flushing out our system by liquids only, we prepare for greater absorption of nutrients from the foods we consume thereafter. An added benefit of a juice fast is that junk food simply does not appeal as much – it feels plain wrong!

Whether your motive is weight loss, clearer skin, more energy or a boost to your immune system, juicing can benefit us all. Personally, as a happy juicer for well over a year, I notice tremendous change in energy levels when I juice and when I don’t. During the summer I go off piste and indulge in food, drinks and not enough exercise thus returning back home sluggish and lacking in energy. Fast forward a few weeks of daily juicing and my energy is back in full force – as is my good mood.  That mind and body affect each other is of course no news – however when you feel big change quick, it does highlight how not looking after your physical self greatly affect your state of mind too. In addition, colds and flu do not seem to bite when your filling yourself with an abundance of vegetables – so start to prep now before the winter season’s outbreak of bugs get you. Here is a 1 Day Juice Fast inspired by Kris Carr from her book Crazy, sexy diet.

1 Day Juice Fast

Fasting Day: 

Upon waking, drink a cup of warm water with a slice of lemon. This helps the body to detoxify and eliminate waste.

Breakfast: 2 large glasses, more if you like, of Green Juice. (Green Juice = Cucumber, celery, kale, ginger root, apple, romaine lettuce).

Morning snack: 2 (or more) large glasses of Green Juice, Herbal tea (no caffeine or decaf) and plenty of water.

Lunch: 2 (or more) large glasses of Green Juice.

Afternoon snack: 2 large glasses of Green Juice, Herbal tea (no caffeine or decaf) and plenty of water.

Dinner: 2 (or more) large glasses of Green Juice.

Bedtime snack: Herbal tea (no caffeine or decaf) and plenty of water.

Note: If it is all too much and you just feel starving – make a nourishing vegetable soup and blend it well. Just keep it liquid 🙂

Following Day: 

Go gentle the day after. Start with the warm lemon water as per yesterday and follow with either another juice or some fresh fruit. Perhaps a light salad for lunch and some home-made soup for dinner. And by the way, this is not the day for a greasy bacon butty and homemade meat stew. Just sayin’…

What you can expect?

As toxins are leaving your body, light headaches, tiredness and maybe also feelings of sadness can pop up – this is normal and a sign you are letting go of junk. Rest, sleep and don’t fret. Tomorrow you’re back in the game again and you’ve done yourself a big favour. Much luck! X

 

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Airline fayre

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What a difference a couple of days make. My green, juicy life has been temporarily replaced by a rubbish diet masquerading as airline food.There are always good intentions. Ours was to stop for airport sushi prior to boarding our long haul flight from the UK but, as my son is capable of eating his body weight in sashimi, we had to  set some limits. Still, as soon as we got on a plane we all got hungry again – so much for trying to avoid airplane food. No matter how hard you try, at some point airline food will enter your system and it aint pretty. This is the bit about travelling you always forget.

The irony was that our travel destination was Los Angeles, the original source of all things green, raw and vegan. If Jamie Oliver could do for airline catering what he did for school food in the UK we’d all be a lot better off. Or even better, Kris Carr, the green goddess.

Our dear Angelino friends, Nigel and Marisa, came to the rescue when they invited us for lunch in their beautiful house, which included home-grown romaine lettuce, oven roasted rosemary and garlic sweet potato and veggies from the local organic store. I love shopping in LA as the variety and choice of organic produce is staggering. My friends’ local convenience store was Fresh & Easy, a small Tesco Metro sized shop where you could happily be both vegan and a lover of gluten-free products without having to find a specialist health food market. How refreshing! We still have some way to go in the UK although it’s got a lot better in the last few years. These flax muffins and tortilla chips were fab! Happy Tuesday from the other side of the world x

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Asian gingery dressing and greens

photo 1-2The brutal honest truth about a diet consisting of mainly greens, grains and salads is that, at times, it can get a tiny bit repetitive. ‘But’ you may say ‘there are many varieties of tasty, colourful veggies and grains to help maintain the momentum of a well intended diet’. This is indeed true however our taste buds need to be stimulated regularly, in all kinds of directions, or we head straight for the crisp packet. This is why I love dips, sauces and dressings which will infuse any veg combo with flavour and juice. The dressing I’ve used tonight is a particular favorite and comes from Kris Carr’s tomb Crazy, Sexy Diet. It is a staple in my house and something I drizzle over steamed veggies, grains or salads at any opportunity. The requirement is a good blender/food processor as you need to combine a little collection of ‘bits’ into a liquid mush. It may seem like a lot of effort to go through for a bit of dressing but trust me, it is so worth it and you can refrigerate the remains in a glass jar for up to a week. Here goes:

Gingery Asian Dressing (Makes 1 1/2 cups)

1″ ginger root

3/4 cups flax oil

2 tsp toasted sesame oil

1/4 cup lime juice

2 tbsp white miso paste

4 Medjool dates, pitted

1/4 cup nama shoyu or soy sauce

1/2 cup water

Mix all the ingredients until creamy and emulsified.

My dinner tonight consisted of steamed kale, long-stemmed broccoli, coriander, tomatoes, sliced avocado and a sprinkling of chopped nuts – drowning in a sea of Gingery Asian Dressing. Enjoy x

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