January 23, 2015

One Day Detox with Raw Food Chef Emilie McBride + A Giveaway!

The New Year is often an appropriate time to make changes and take on new habits. If you’ve decided to reboot your health or embark on a wellbeing journey, doing a mild detox might just be what you need. Today, I am delighted to host a One Day Detox blog post from my friend Emilie McBride, raw food chef and coach. Emilie comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience, which she shares when running retreats, and has also just published The Raw Food Beginner’s Deck, a guide for learning about raw foods. Emilie is also giving away an exclusive recipe from The Raw Food Beginner’s Deck, see at the end of the post for how to enter the giveaway.

One Day Detox

Meet Emilie

Picture of Raw Food Chef Emilie McBride

Emilie Mc Bride is a Raw Food chef and author of the new Raw Food Beginner’s Deck, a simple guide to Raw food, its benefits and its techniques. Emilie is also the leader of B.O.D.Y and LilouCooks. Her holistic approach to detox ensures safe and optimal natural diets. Emilie defines RAW as living foods full of enzymes and higher nutrient values that are vital to a healthy digestion and a boosting immune system. Her cooking is constantly inspired by Hippocrates, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” You can find her on Instagram  @green_lilou.

Detoxifying the Body

Detoxifying: eliminating toxins that have accumulated in your body
Fasting: resting the digestive system to allow it to repair cells and detoxify the body

The body has its own detoxifying mechanism, but the build up of toxins weakens it. It is therefore important to occasionally give it a boost.
•The New Year, spring and autumn are appropriate times for a detox;
•We need to detox in order to eliminate toxins stored in our bodies. In our modern lives, we are constantly exposed to toxins (pollution, cosmetics, cleaning products, stress, lack of sleep, lack of physical activity...).

Below are a few tips to help your body detoxify:
•Go to bed early and try to get up early;
•Have lunch before 1pm and dinner before 7pm;
•Finish your shower by alternating hot and cold water, in order to boost the lymphatic system;
•Dry skin brush, starting with the soles of the feet. Come up the legs in long strokes, in the direction of the heart. Do clockwise circular movements on the belly and chest. Do long strokes on the arms up and do not forget the lymph glands.

Programme for a One Day Detox

A green juice in a glass next to a green apple

•Routines for the Day:
oUpon waking up, take a minute to mentally repeat a positive statement. Try to think about it throughout the day;
oUpon getting up, drink a glass of warm water with freshly squeezed lemon juice. This will help your liver;
oPractice yoga. Even 5 sun salutations will be helpful to wake up the body. Finish your yoga practice with relaxation;
oTake 10-15min to meditate. If you’re not used to meditating, check the internet for guided meditations. You can focus on your breath, a concept, a mantra. Create a quiet atmosphere, light up a candle, burn incense...;
o Get away from screens, emails, and social media. Read a good book;
oGo outside and breathe fresh air. Become aware of your surroundings;
oMassages, saunas and steam rooms can help with eliminating toxins too.

oGet hydrated! Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day + herbal teas;
oStay away from foods that are hard to digest such as dairy products, meats, processed foods, foods with gluten;
oIdeally, have a digestive break for 24 hours and drink only liquids.

•Detox Schedule:

Wake Up
A large glass warm water with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
500ml fruit and vegetable juice
500ml fruit and vegetable juice
500ml fruit and vegetable juice or vegetable broth
500ml fruit and vegetable juice
500ml fruit and vegetable juice or plant milk or vegetable broth
Throughout the Day
Water and herbal teas

oHave a different juice every time;
oDrink the last juice at least two hours before going to bed;

•After the detox day:
oWatch out the size of portions in your plate: ideally you should have 80% greens, raw if possible, and 20% cooked foods;
oEat slowly and with full awareness: take time to sit down, tale a deep breath before eating and get away from distractions such as TV, the computer or the telephone. My tip to eat slowly and with awareness is to use chopsticks!
oEat when you are hungry: I have to admit that this rule can be a lit bit difficult to implement, especially when having a family or professional or social duties. Do your best to listen to your body;
oChew your food: this will help with digestion;
oTake a course of probiotics and digestive enzymes: take one to two doses a day for three days, then carry on taking one dose a day for a week to 10 days. This will replenish the intestinal flora.


A red, orange and green juice

•Detox Herbal Tea:
Bring to the boil 1L filtered water with 1cmfresh ginger, 5 fennel seeds, 1 star anise, 3 green cardamom seeds, 1 cinnamon stick. Leave 15min to infuse. Filter.

•Detox Juice:
Use organic ingredients if possible and wash them beforehand. Pass through a juicer or juice extractor 2 celery stick with leaves, 1 cucumber, ¼ fennel bulb, 2 kale leaves, 1-2 apples, 1cm fresh ginger, ¼ lime. Drink.

•Detox Vegetable Broth:
Heat 1tsp coconut oil in a large pot. Gently fry 1 chopped onion until soft. Add 2 chopped garlic cloves and fry for another 2min. Add 1 chopped leek, 1 chopped carrot, 1 chopped turnip and 1 chopped courgette and fry for a minute or so. Add 1L filtered water, a sprig of thyme and salt and pepper. Cook for 20min on a low heat. You can then add 1tsp ground turmeric or curry powder or 1tbsp tamari for seasoning.

Win an exclusive recipe from Emilie’s Raw Food Beginner’s Deck!
To enter (until 31 January):

1.Like Emilie’s Facebook page;
2.Like Food Moods Facebook page;
3.Leave a comment below to let us know your number one New Year’s health resolution.

A winner will be randomly picked on 1st February and will be announced on Food Moods’ Facebook page.

To purchase a copy of the Raw Food Beginner’s Deck, click on the links below:
From Europe and the rest of the world
From the USA


Caroline said...

Great giveaway! My new year's health resolution is to eat better and healthier this year and not focus to much on sweets. =]

Del's cooking twist said...

I love the idea of this giveaway and all the good tips from Emilie! I have plenty of resolutions for this New Year but I have difficulties to prioritize them I must admit. However, I started yoga for the first time this morning and I thought of you and of your morning routine with yoga. You're such a healthy girl, I admire you!! So my resolution number 1 would be to be like you !! Ok, kidding, I would like to find a balance in my life between healthy food / training / positive thoughts, this is my resolution number 1! Hope I will be the happy winner of this giveaway, it would be fun!

Also, there is a giveaway on my blog as well (until the 29th), feel free to enter if you are interested: http://www.delscookingtwist.com/2015/01/19/giveaway-with-bake-on-win-a-set-of-printed-tea-towels/

Jennalee Izzard said...

Would live the opportunity to learn more!! Great giveaway!!

Jennalee Izzard said...

Would love to win!

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