Hm. Detox. Detoxing. Is that even a verb? It’s en-vogue from London to LA, from continent to coast, and across both hemispheres, one can find a plethora of wellbeing eating trends. But what is all the hype?
de·tox·i·fi·ca·tion noun: Biochemistry; the metabolic process by which toxins are changed into less toxic or more readily excretable substances.
Interesting, because although I am a champion of having a lean, clean, fit and healthy body, I’m utterly unconvinced that certain ‘healthfoods’ are actually good for me. Whilst I have been shovelling all manner of ‘good things’ into my frankly confused system.. [Tummy: "oi, where is my mid-morning snack of peanut butter, honey and dark chocolate? Me: "I'm detoxing dear Tummy, you will have to make do with wholegrain rice cakes and sunflower seeds today" Tummy: "WTF?!"]…I have been discovering that, my tummy is actually happier with warm cooked things and hot heavy foods. Midst English winter, a hot chocolate topped with real cream is called for, a stick of celery, is not.
That said, I have persevered with the detox, for two reasons: I have found that for the first time, it’s having an impact on candida. That makes me do happy cartwheels in my head. And secondly my inner sugar fiend needed taming. It did. Five spoons of sugar in my tea was just, a little bit wrong; as proven by the backlash of withdrawal symptoms I have been experiencing like any addict coming off a substance. I’m sure my friends and colleagues can vouch for the moody cow that has replaced me in the office and in the home this week. She looks like this:
In the process at least, I am learning lots about my body I never knew (although, the hot chocolate vs celery was never really a debate).
Detoxing or not, one thing I have always valued, whatever it is that I’m putting into or on to my body, is quality. For me, Christmas comes every Thursday with my weekly organic veg box delivery; I love opening the box of delights and delving into the veg bible book for recipe ideas (thanks Emma). I love my mornings of organic chia porridge and trips to the west end to visit WholeFoods. I love adding to my repertoire of recipes and I love munching on new things. Like these baked kale chips….
Baked Kale Chips
4 bunches Kale (I used curly leaf)
2 tbsp olive oil
Wash the kale and dry it. Cut off the stalks. Mix with oil and salt. Lay over a baking tray. Heat in oven at 150C for 20mins. Easy.