Some healing systems teach that raw salad vegetables especially lettuce, celery and carrots that are high in cellulose take a lot of enzyme power and energy to digest and release their nutrients.
These can be prepared for detox by cooking as a soup, by steaming, stewing or steam frying — a way of stir frying in minimum oil and liquid to protect the oil from damaging changes by heat.
Fresh vegetable juices on the other hand need no digestion. Their essential nutrients are absorbed very easily and they make up for the cooked vegetables which have lost their enzymes and some vitamin content.
A powerful blender can help break down the cellulose in plant foods and release the nutrients while retaining the fiber which is needed for health. Smoothies can very nutritious when prepared this way.
Ayurveda, an ancient Indian system of medicine, aims to cleanse the body of substances that cause disease and uses rice and vegetables cooked with warming spices to aid digestion.
Once you have decided to go on your detox it will help to plan your menus in advance and make some preparations so that you can put your meals together quickly.
For example, it can help to cook pulses in advance and freeze them in suitable sized portions so they are ready to add to dishes. Some recipes include canned beans but it is always better to use freshly cooked ones if possible. If you choose to use canned beans, look out for ones that are packed in unsalted water.
Fresh vegetable stock is always better than stock cubes but if you have to use cubes then look for low salt or preferably salt free ones. Many processed foods are high in ‘table’ salt that can bad for your health but it can take some time to get used to food without it.
Using Herbs, Vegetables and Spices
The use of plenty of fresh herbs and a few spices can help to make your meals tasty in a different way.
Quinoa and millet, grain like seeds, are easier to find in supermarkets these days and they much less time to cook than whole grain rice if you are short of time. Brown Basmati rice cooks a little more quickly than regular wholegrain rice and is lighter and easier to digest.
Organic bean and seed sprouts are often easy to find as well so you don’t have to grow them yourself. Organic produce is always preferable especially for juicing.
Can a Detox Cleansing Diet hold the key to weight loss, more energy and better health?
If you are feeling tired, run down, suffer from constipation, gas, abdominal bloating, skin problems, achy joints, depression, allergies, and hard-to-shift weight gain, you are likely to be suffering from toxic overload.
Researchers have discovered that everyday toxins accumulate in your body causing havoc in your cells.