5 Ways To cleanse and detox your daily life (not just after Christmas)

5 Ways to cleanse and detox your daily life Loula Natural

5 ways to cleanse and detox your daily life

(not just after Christmas)

Detoxing is a January Trend. However your body will deal up to 4000 substances on a daily basis regardless of what month it is or how much you may have indulged the week before.

Stress produces toxins, eating, drinking and breathing in our polluted air alone creates products natural and unnatural that the body’s detoxification pathways have to deal with. Here are some ways to help support your body and reduce the toxic load on a daily basis.  Much gentler and easier to do; thereby helping you towards a healthier 2014.

1.Every morning, begin the day with a boost. Try my Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar in my Yummy Wake Up drink with Cinnamon and Raw honey. Otherwise why not try hot water and the juice of a lemon + a pinch of cayenne pepper. These are both cleansing and alkalinizing, and the cayenne boosts metabolism/burns fat. They stimulates gastric juices and wake you up- ready to start the day. Water is absolutely essential to the cleansing process. So cutting down on caffeine and alcohol and increasing water will really help support the body. The Yummy Wake up will give you a great buzz- way better than coffee!

2. Epsom salt baths. They work by helping to draw out toxins &  absorb magnesium which may help you relax and sleep. 2 handfuls of Epsom salts in the bath can have a big effect. Magnesium can also help to relax muscles which may help relieve constipation. Going at least once a day is vital to remove toxins and prevent them from recirculation in the body. Fermented foods also help support healthy elimination.

Here are 10 Ways to take a Detox Bath from the The Healthy Honeys and How to take and Epsom salt detox bath from Holistic Health Herbalist

3. Make sure you are getting liver friendly foods: whole eggs, leafy greens (kale, chard, collards, beet greens, mustard greens, dandelion greens), artichoke, beetroot, carrots, avocados, broccoli, cauliflower, legumes on a daily basis. Milk thistle as a tea or in your smoothie is a wonderful herb to heal, protect and stimulate the liver. Try a green smoothieEven better why not make it your resolution to get fermented products into your life. Not just a support to the body by healing and strengthening the immune system and digestive system, Bacteria plays an essential role in the supporting the liver. They help break down and reduce the impact of chemical substances and harmful toxins from reaching the blood stream and from re-circulating around the body. This reduction thus relieves the congestion found at the liver. Bacteria are also essential for energy production along with the liver- bonus energy production should be reason enough to get started. Check out my ebook- Culture Your Life- Kefir and Kombucha for daily nourishment for easy ways to get started and loads of recipes. If you need more convincing read 5 Reasons to brew Kombucha and 5 Reasons to make Kefir or Kefir FAQ

4. Exercise will make you sweat. Sweating removes toxins from the body. Most heavy metals are stored in fat reserves- remove the fat cells and remove the toxins. Moving your body (from walking, dancing, running, yoga,) everyday for at least 20 mins will make a big difference see here, here, and here for inspiration! Remember if you are Pre or Post Natal consult someone before exercising- see here

5. Fibre may also help draw toxins out of the body. Increasing your raw fruit and veg will automatically increase fibre intake as will adding flax seeds, psyillum husk, oats, chia seeds to your daily diet in salads or breakfast. See Chia Porridge and Almond and Flax Crackers

 

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Bath Scrub and soak

Can be used on dry skin standing in the shower without water. Scrub all over your body in a circular motion towards the heart, and then just shower off or- can be thrown straight in the bath for a wonderful soak. You can also use any scent you like. (For a bigger batch just multiply each value)

1 cup Epsom salts, 1cup of sea salt Enough olive and sweet almond oil to bind them (maybe 1/2 cup) Essential oils- I used vanilla, cinnamon, ylang ylang and lavender. (can also use chamomile, Rose, Frankincense, Juniper berry, Marjoram, Clary sage- If you are pregnant please check which scents are safe to use first, best to stick to lavender or scentless) Mix and I store them in ziplock bags I recycle but  glass jars would look nicer in the bathroom- jam jars would work just as well too!!

Chia PorridgeGood way to add fibre and essential fats to your diet. Also help with hydration levels

Rainbow meditation– how to stop and breathe a little every day!

Heres a diagram on how your body detox’s to help you understand the amazing process your body does Every Single Day!

liver processes Liver-detox-chart

 

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If you love fermenting come and check out my collection of inspiration from around the web. Full of drinks, foods and everything bacteria! Let me know if you would like to be a contributor. Follow Loula Natural’s board +Loula Natural’s Fermenting Inspiration+ on Pinterest.

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How to Make Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Cauliflower pizza

 

I really wanted to try and make a cauliflower crust. At the time my Son was 7 months old so I wanted a Gluten free, nut free, egg free, grain free and dairy free version. I couldnt find one so I created one! (adapted from my Quinoa Flatbreads) We have had this a few times now and is a firm favourite in our house so now that he is 1 (so is tolerating nuts and egg) I don’t feel the need to change what works! It is a little time intensive (waiting for Chia, quinoa and flax to soak) but its only 30 mins!

Here it is!

Ingredients;

1 Whole Cauliflower

1/2 cup Quinoa

1/4 cup Chia seeds

1/4 cup Ground Flax

1 Cup water

1/2-1 cup Multi Purpose Gluten Free Flour (more for dusting)

1-2 tbs Nutritional Yeast

Salt and Pepper

(optional extras- herbs dried or fresh, paprika, turmeric, cumin)

Begin by mixing the Quinoa, Chia, Ground flax with the water and leaving it to soak until it becomes Gel like.

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Blitz cauliflower in the food processor till it resembles rice. You need to drain the water otherwise the dough is too sloppy and sticky. I find the easiest way to do this is using a nut bag.

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Mix the two together then add the nutritional yeast and generously season with salt and pepper. Add the flour bit by bit until it comes to a firm slightly sticky dough. Taste as you go and season as appropriate (add additional extras too). Make sure you use grease proof paper on your baking sheet and flour it really well as well as your hands. Press the dough out to the size you want ( I make smaller ones for the Kids) and make sure you flip the dough over to ensure it is not stuck to the paper and flour up!

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Bake at 180 for 15 mins, then flip the base over (hence why you want a lot of flour!) and bake the other side for 10-15 mins

When it is done add your tomato sauce (I just use simple passata) Our favourite toppings are;

Salami, peppers, goats cheese, red onion, olives, artichokes, asparagus (pictures show our peppers, onion asparagus and goats cheese combo for vegetarian night!)

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Return to the oven or grill for a further 10 mins until toppongs are done. Eat straigth away. The cauliflower really comes through when it gets cold! It can be reheated in the oven though if you have leftovers! It is a nutritionally dense meal so you will not want loads- serve with a simple salad! Great dinner for kids and adults alike (Even my husband loves it!)

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What is your favourite pizza topping?

Morning Smoothie

Morning smoothie

 

I like to get as much nutrition into my kids as possible. I also like to give them and myself a really good start to the day. They have this smoothie or a variation of it and then they have homemade museli or chia porridge and coconut yoghurt. My son can have it and when he turns one (in a couple of weeks- where did that time go!) we will add in nut butters and raw honey again.

I also would have these as a snack in the first few months of breastfeeding with a protein powder. On days I feel I need an extra boost (or the kids do- esp during those growing phases) I will add a vegan protein as i am not a whey or soy fan. I like the multi source sprouted varieties un-flavoured as I don’t want any sugar or sweeteners in it. I tend to prefer a creamier smoothie in the mornings and a green fruitier one in the afternoon at 4ish. What do you like? Share some recipes in the comments for everyone to try.

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Raw Mango Jam

Mango

My favourite fruit is Mango. Packed with great nutrition like Vitamin C I love their sweet juicy sometimes tangy taste. I really missed the Asian Mangoes when I lived in the UK. Now I have found my supplier from India I am set and am buying them by the box. even though the whole family loves them I wanted to make the most of them being in season right now.

I have read loads of recipes for Raw Jam and it seemed so easy- sugar free and hassle free just 3 ingredients! I love Chia too. It is tough getting my daughter to eat it, she is resisting it even though she sees her brother and I have it every morning. But she has her muesli so I am not complaining! This however is a great way to get her to eat it! On our pancakes, on flatbreads and even in her muesli she is gobbling it up. I am also adding it to my green drinks and Chia and coconut yoghurt for breakfast for my son and I

Mango JamHere it is on my Quinoa Flatbreads

Recipe

2 Ripe Mangoes (flesh)

2 tbs Chia seeds

1 tbs of water.

Depending on how what consistancy (rough or smooth) you like your Jam you can either mash the mango flesh or blitz it in the blender with the water. Add to a jar. Mix in the chia seeds and place in the fridge to ‘set’. I’m not kidding it is as easy as that. I love it. Of course you can do the same with any fruit you like! mix it up a bit- I am going make Pina Colada next with coconut and pinapple and a squeeze of lime, Jackfruit, mixed berry and the cherries and lychee season has begun!!

Chia porridge

 

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Chia Porridge w/Seeds, Nuts & Berries

Wow it seems a long time ago since I first started eating Chia for breakfast. I have never looked back

This was first written in Nov 2012. I have a 10k race tomorrow, my first since having my second baby 18 weeks ago. I am nervous as so far I have maxed out at 7k. My goal was and still is to finish, I never thought I would be running the whole thing. However I am very competitive and so secretly see myself sprinting to the end! So am going to give myself the best chance. This is my (very early) breakfast tomorrow. Great protein, fat and carbs- my kind of ‘carb loading!’

3 tbsp chia seeds
1 cup organic unsweetened almond milk/oat milk
1/2-1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp all spice
1/2 tsp vanilla
diced strawberries, raspberries & blueberries for toppings
raw almonds, cashews & sunflower seeds for toppings (preferably soaked over night)

1tbs coconut yoghurt

Method
Place almond milk in a bowl and sprinkle chia seeds in and stir immediately for a minute or so to avoid clumping. Add spices as you stir along with the vanilla. Allow to stand for 30-40 mins to thicken, or covered in the fridge over night. Add berries, nuts and seeds with a dollup of yoghurt on top to eat.

Chia porridge with coconut yoghurt

For my son (from 6 months old) I use 1 tsp chia and mixed with 2 tsp water and let soak either overnight in the fridge or for 15mins while he eats some blueberries/mango/melon or banana! It is best to leave the nuts out until at least 12 months old. I then added the coconut yoghurt little by little. He is now having the same amount as the recipe above and still wants more some mornings! He’s 18 months!

also try out these great chia recipes;

How to make Cauliflower Crust Pizza (chia used as an egg replacement)

Raw Jam (super quick and easy fresh jam that is delicious and nutritious- sugar free too)

In smoothies here and here

How to make a Green Smoothie

 

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