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Felt really good this morning, full of energy, clear head and best of all, I had the best night’s sleep in ages. So detox for one more day, sunny Sunday morning, most of the snow all gone and weather slightly warmer than the last few days. Usual routine of lemon water, yoga and smoothie. Was tempted to just sit in front of the TV to watch the Australian Open Men’s finals but had to press record cause I had some writing to catch up on. Here’s my smoothie recipe for the day:

2 handfuls of kale

1 pearIMG_1501

3 celery sticks

3 brocolli florets

Handful of alfalfa & broccoli sprouts

½ lime

Cup of water

Got through the smoothie all day with loads of water and detox tea. As this was an unofficial detox day, I had dinner – baked salmon with mixed vegetables (broccoli, carrots, baby corn and green beans) topped with garlic, lime and herb dressing (home-made of course)!

I’m so glad I did an additional day of detox even if just to prolong the benefits a bit longer. But that’s not where I’m going to stop – I’m now more focused on my eating habits and lifestyle, and more aware of what I do and what my body needs.

Whatever detox program you adopt, always be careful with it and listen to your body. Be aware of good changes to adopt, and changes that don’t work for you, just let go of them. You will reap such awesome benefits in the long run.

Peace and Fabulous Health!


So third and final day…at least that’s what I thought. Woke up feeling a little more clear-headed but with a slight migraine nothing too major and the sore gums still. I didn’t feel too bad; the good effects kind of outweighed the migraine for the moment so I carried on with my routine. Glass of lemon and warm water, did my yoga and meditation and then made my juice for the day. Here’s the recipe:

Handful of kaleIMG_1491

1 avocado

Handful of parsley

1 apple

2 celery sticks

Cup of water

Really wanted to improve my skin as it was looking all dry and also to get some good fats in, this is why I threw in the avocado. This of course all goes into a blender, cannot juice avocado – very bulky smoothie (add water to thin it out a bit).

Because the migraine was lingering a bit, decided to have a salad earlier than I would have and besides I was catching up with a friend I hadn’t seen in what felt like forever (only a few weeks!), so went to lunch and was very good and had only the salad and loads of water. That seemed to get rid of the migraine totally, got home and carried on with my smoothie, water and green tea. Day 3 over and done with, woohoo!!

So what was supposed to be a 3 day detox turned into four days. Woke up the next morning and felt really good and decided to carry on with my detox for one more day.

Peace and Fabulous Health!

Woke up feeling quite hungry, as expected but couldn’t stop now, already starting to feel a bit lighter. So as usual first thing lemon and warn water to cleanse me from the night before and get my metabolism started.  Then yoga and meditation for about 40 minutes and then made my juice for the day. Here’s the recipe:

3 celery sticks

Handful of parsleyLemon

1 pear

2 handfuls of kale

1 inch ginger

½ lemon

1 kiwi

So what do the new ingredients parsley, pear and kiwi do for you?

Parsley: is one herb that is usually just used for garnishing food. It is rich in carotenoids, chlorophyll, calcium, Vitamins A, B, C and iron. Parsley is known for its blood-cleansing and healing properties. It is a strong diuretic, anti-inflammatory and a powerful antioxidant. Parsley neutralizes toxins in your liver, inhibits abnormal cell growth (preventing tumours and cancers), and boosts the immune system.

Kiwis have similar properties to bananas, as well as contain vitamin E which helps improve skin radiance. They also help cleanse and energize our bodies.

Pears are an excellent source of soluble fibre and contain vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, folic acid and niacin. They are also rich in copper, phosphorus and potassium. The high vitamin C and copper content act as good antioxidants that protect cells from damage by free radicals and are critical in building the immune system.

Towards the end of the second day, I started getting the sore gums. Not quite sure why this happens but it always does. Guess it’s the body’s way of letting you know it’s awake and responding to the detox!

Peace and Fabulous Health!


Health is Wealth

Hey folks, hope you’re all good and keeping up with your New Year’s resolutions to get healthy and lose weight this year! Oh wow, it’s almost the end of January already – I figure a few people might have or are on the verge of giving up on the healthy living – please don’t, you’re doing so well!It’s been a busy start to the year for me so wasn’t able to start my detox right at the beginning of the year. Have now started…better late than never, and will be writing about the experience during the process for the next 3 days. Did I mention, you’ll be in need of the bathroom all day, you will have the urge to wee (urinate – one way our bodies get rid of toxins) a lot, so do this when you know you’ll be home most of the time.

Here’s my first day!

Day 1 of detox

My first day of detox was a tough one for me which was surprising as I tend to detox at least one day a month. I had the urge to actually quit half way through the day but stuck it out with all the willpower I could muster up. I started the day with a glass of warm water and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice which I usually do every morning.

So what am I juicing today? Green juice, it’s had to be – even though there is   a specific juice I make for my detox, I decided to start with that and change it up slightly each day. Here’s the recipe which can be found in my book “Healing Foods Healthy Foods” called cleanse smoothie:

2 handfuls of kale

1 cucumber

5 celery sticks

1 inch ginger

1 lemon

½ yellow bell pepper

Here’s what the ingredients contain and how they help cleanse you:

Ginger: is high in antioxidants and also has anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger contains ginerol, a compound that is thought to relax blood vessels, stimulate blood flow and relieve pain. Ginger also helps to ease congestion and cleanses the body.

Kale: has anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and antioxidant properties. It is packed full of fibre, vitamins A, C, E, K, B vitamins, copper, magnesium, iron, calcium and copper.

Cucumber: is a very good source of vitamins A and C, and folic acid. The skin is rich in fibre and a variety of minerals including magnesium and potassium. Cucumber is a top choice as a diuretic. It can help control constipation, stomach disorders and acne.

Celery: is high in vitamin A, B1, B2, B6 and C, and ample supply of potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron and essential amino acids. Celery helps flush the body of excessive carbon dioxide and reduces acidity.

Lemon: is a powerful antiseptic and anti-microbial, which destroys bacteria in your mouth and intestines while clearing mucous build up. High in vitamin C, they will support your liver, improve your absorption of minerals, promote weight loss, cleanse your blood, and alleviate indigestion.

Yellow bell pepper is packed full of vitamins B and C, beta-carotene, folic acid, potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium. Good for cleansing the liver and intestines.

I have left out the apple this time as I didn’t want to sweeten the juice, it actually tasted ok! Juice the lot in a blender or juicer (you’ll need to add some water if making in a blender). I tend to make about a litre of it or enough to last me the whole day. In between I drink a lot of water, green/detox teas to really cleanse out my system.

Towards the end of the day, I had a green salad with extra virgin olive oil and lime dressing. I have to go through the action of actually chewing something cause my body from experience refuses to function otherwise (will not be able to sleep)!  Woohoo…so proud of myself I got through the first day and didn’t give up!

Peace and Fabulous Health!

Happy New Year to you fabulous folks!

So we’ve all partied and over-indulged in everything and anything that was put in front of us over the holidays, now it’s time to focus on ourselves. With the new year, we all want to wipe the slate clean, think about what the year will bring to us and also want to get fit and healthy, right? I know at the top of that New Year’s resolution list for so many is to ‘Lose Weight’.

How do we lose the weight, get fit and stick with it for the whole year and beyond, and not just the beginning of the year? Here’s the thing, I think the focus should be taken off the weight loss and put on getting healthy and prevent getting sick. When we do that and start eating healthier and exercising, the weight subsequently drops off – I hear you say, easier said than done, but trust me, it’s definitely do-able when you change your mind set.

We need to think about this new journey as a lifestyle change and not to go on one of the numerous diets that are available – and there are so many. The reason I say that is because diets don’t necessarily work for everyone. We’re all unique individuals and metabolise differently, that is why one type of diet might work for one person but would not necessarily work for the other. Also, diets are temporary – what happens is that we tend to follow the diet guidelines for the duration and once that’s done, the tendency is to return to what was being done before the diet and you’re back to square one and probably worse.

Think of the lifestyle change as a process of growth and learning – learning about yourself, what foods work for and nourish your body and what doesn’t. It has a lot to do with nutrition and exercise, but also to do with balancing your emotional state – where you are in life and where you want to be in your career, relationships etc. With the New Year 2013, this is kind of a good time to reflect, meditate, detox/cleanse and be ready to take on what the year has in store for you.

Here’s what I do at the beginning of the year – I detox my body for about 3 to 7 days depending on how I feel and how much damage was done over the holidays (see my blog for last year’s detox, still working on this year’s)! This is a juice detox (green juices mostly) which has all the ingredients to cleanse and nourish at the same time. I also do yoga and meditate during the detox which calms me and also helps with the cleansing process. After the detox period, I start re-introducing other foods back into my diet, foods I have discovered actually work for me (more vegetables, whole grains etc.) and cut back a bit on the juicing.

The key here is to find out what works for you and in order to do that, you have to be open to trying out new things. Juicing is one of the best ways to get started – that’s how I got started and it’s now a huge part of my healthy lifestyle. You can find a lot of juice recipes including the detox/cleanse juice on my blog (Dare to be healthy), or in my book ‘Healing Foods Healthy Foods’ to get you started. Also, try to find an exercise or activity you absolutely enjoy – when you find an exercise or activity you enjoy, tendency would be that you would carry on doing it without having to think twice about it or talk yourself out of doing it.

Juicing will not only cleanse and nourish your body the natural way but will also aid in weight loss if done correctly. I have focused quite a bit on juicing and detox here but there are other aspects that go into creating a healthy lifestyle which I will address in other upcoming articles so look out for them.

If you’d like more information on my health programs, please visit my website. I wish you awesome health and success on your new healthy lifestyle!

Peace and Fabulous Health!


Final day – yaay!! It’s been a while since (a year) I did a proper detox, so this was a bit difficult. Today was a bit tough, woke up feeling really hungry but had my glass of warm water and lemon and juice and felt a bit better.

Though I’ve been starting my days during the detox with a glass of warm water and a slice of lemon, this is something I have been doing for a while now so will continue even after the detox is over, and you should too.

Today, going back to the green detox juice with a teaspoon of flaxseed mixed in – again, loads of water, green tea and chamomile tea through the day. As I didn’t manage to do any yoga yesterday, did an hour of it today to make up. My plan is to carry on with yoga every day and include some cardio exercises sometimes to get the heart pumping – hmm, will see how that works out!

For my evening meal, I’m having grilled chicken with tomato salsa – my style of tomato salsa for detox (recipe in the detox recipe section).

My cravings for sweet foods are much better than yesterday and my skin is looking a bit brighter. I now feel I’m back on track with my healthy eating lifestyle after the holidays.

The idea here is to get started on the healthy lifestyle journey is by cleansing your body first and then continue with it, not as strict as the detox programme but to add in healthy foods as part of your lifestyle.

You will continue to look and feel good, and you will find you will be healthier, more focused during the day and sleep better at night. I hope this detox has or will be of use to you in starting your journey towards a healthier lifestyle.

Thanks for joining me on this awesome journey.

Peace, Love and Fabulous Health!


Second day of detox, half way through. Today was a little difficult to start with, felt a little weak and was really close to quitting the detox. Reminded myself of the benefits and why I’m on the detox journey. Noticed I little break out on my face, so I know the detox is working getting all the bacteria out, and got back on track – well not completely!

Started again with the usual glass of warm water and a slice of lemon. Detoxing with a different juice today – Pressure Relief juice (see recipe in detox recipe section). Unfortunately, didn’t have time to do yoga – wasn’t really up for it today if I’m honest.

Had loads of water, green tea and chamomile tea in between drinking the juice. You can add a teaspoon of milled flaxseed to your juice, which is what I do sometimes. Flaxseed can be found in any health foods stores like Holland & Barrett or WholeFoods. I’m actually starting to feel lighter, clear headed and more focused. Like I said in my first day blog, I’ve got to chew food so made a salad with baked fish (recipe in detox recipe section).

Can’t wait for tomorrow, final day. Craving for sweet foods is not as bad as yesterday. Will see how I get on tomorrow and afterwards.

Hope yours is going ok and sticking to the detox plan.  Check in tomorrow for day 3 of my detox.


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