To Detox or Not To Detox – Guest Post from VegMenuForTheWeek.com

To Detox or Not to Detox?! – That is the Question

Guest post from VegMenuForTheWeek.com

What is the purpose of detoxifying the body? What does detoxification do for the body?

Well, www.dictionary.com states ‘to rid of poison or the effect of poison’. Essentially, a good detox purifies the blood. This is an age old practice that is used around the world to optimize health and to protect the body from disease. Traditionally the body has always naturally detoxified itself, the liver, the kidneys and the colon are all organs that play a role in the body’s filtration system. Poor diet, exposure to chemicals and unhealthy behaviours can and have damaged our ability to natural get rid of toxins in the body. This is why our bodies need a little help in this department.

 

There are many ways to detox the body. There are programs, products, food fasts, regular fasts, juice fasts, lemonade fasts and I am sure there are many more that I am not aware of. Finding a detoxification process that is best for you is less of a challenge that sticking to the program you choose. If you are going to start this process, you must be committed to completing it to feel the positive effects.

 

Here is a list of things you can do to promote natural detoxification in the body:

  • Increase      your plant based food intake
  • Increase      your intake of green foods, eating as many in their natural raw state
  • Decrease       your intake of animal based food products
  • Steer      clear of trans fats and saturated fats
  • Eliminate      as much salt intake as possible
  • Cut out      caffeine, cigarettes and alcohol
  • Remove      the white stuff from your diet (sugar, flour and rice)
  • Eat more      whole grains and high fibre foods
  • Get rid      of as many chemical based household cleansers and personal body care      products and replace them with natural and alternative products

It is no secret, that eating a healthy diet can promote natural detoxification and this includes foods that are rich in antioxidants. A few suggestions to help you move in the direction of a healthier intake of antioxidant rich foods:

  • Berries;      highest are blueberries, cranberries and blackberries
  • Nuts;      highest are pecans, walnuts and hazelnuts
  • Spices;      highest are cinnamon, cloves and oregano
  • Beans;      highest are red kidney, black and pinto
  • Leafy      greens; highest are spinach and parsley

Although many would say that all bodies will benefit from a detox, not all detox programs are best for everybody. Should you choose to go the route of a detoxification process, finding one that is right for your body should be done with care and direction of holistic professional or with direction of a nutritionist. If you decide to go it alone, do your research online and request information from the nutritional consultants many well staffed natural food stores often employ.

 

To detox, to not detox, that is a question you have to ask your body!

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Lemonade Ice Cream Pie – Perfect for Mother’s Day

Makes 8 servings Active Prep Time: 10 mins  Freeze Time: 4 hours

“With any ice cream dish, you’ll want to make this way ahead.  The ice cream needs a little time to defrost and soften and a lot of time to harden back up.  I found that the Breyers creamy ice cream doesn’t need any thaw time.”

2 cups vanilla ice cream – softened

1/2 cup cold water

1/2 cup presweetened lemonade mix

1 8-ounce container container cool whip topping

1 graham cracker pie crust

6 drops yellow food coloring (optional)

1)  In a small cup, combine water and lemonade until powder is completely dissolved.  Mix well into vanilla ice cream using an electric mixer.

2)  Fold in whipped topping and food coloring by hand.

3)  Spread into pie crust evenly.

4)  Freeze for at least 4 hours.  Allow to set out for 15 minutes before serving.

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Feta Chicken Pitas

Makes 4 servings Start to Finish: 30 minutes

“This could not be any better or easier.  I wasn’t sure how my kids would like it, but they loved it.”

1 lb ground chicken

1 8-ounce container feta cheese crumbles – divided

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1 cucumber – peeled and diced

1/4 cup Italian dressing

1 large tomato – diced

1 package pita bread pockets – heated for 30 seconds in microwave

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1 8-ounce container hummus

1)  In a large bowl, combine chicken, 1/3 cup feta cheese and bread crumbs.  Mix well and make palm size patties.  Cook in a large skillet (non-stick if available) for 6 – 8 minutes over medium heat on each side or until no longer pink.

2)  While patties are cooking, combine cucumbers and Italian dressing.

3)  Serve patties inside pita pocket with cucumbers, tomato and remaining feta cheese.

Cut remaining pita bread into triangles and serve with hummus.

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Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings

Makes 6 servings Active Prep Time: 20 minutes   Cook Time: 6-8 hours

“Wowie – this is amazing.  I’ve always had a weird hang-up about dumplings, but not anymore.  The biscuits firm up and it’s delicious.  My mouth waters every time I read this recipe.”

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1 onion chopped

2 stalks celery chopped

2 cloves garlic minced

1 stick butter

1 14 1/2-ounce can chicken broth

3/4 cup flour

2 cups milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 8-ounce tube biscuit dough

1)  Season chicken well with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.  Place in the crockpot.  Top with onions, celery, and garlic.

2)  In a saucepan, melt butter.  Stir in flour, chicken broth, and milk.  Pour into crockpot.  Add salt and pepper.  Cook on low for 8 hours.

3)  1-2 hours prior to serving.  Shred chicken and return to pot.  Roll biscuits into small balls (2 per biscuit) and add to crock pot.  Continue cooking until biscuits are firm.

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Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Makes 4 servings Start to finish:  30 minutes

I get the really mild sauce and my kids eat this with no problem.  It’s really good and easy.  I think bleu cheese is awesome on these, but definitely not for everyone, so I left it out.  Know that it’s a tasty option.

1 lb ground chicken

1 cup bread crumbs

1 bottle mild buffalo wing sauce

1/2 cup butter

1 package dinner rolls

1 cup prepared ranch salad dressing

1 cup blue cheese – optional

1)  In a small pot, melt the butter and stir in the entire bottle of wing sauce.

2)  In a large bowl, combine chicken, 1/2 of sauce mixture, and bread crumbs.  Make roll sized patties.  Cook in a skillet on medium heat for 8 – 10 mins per side – until chicken is no longer pink.  Baste patties with remaining sauce mixture.

3)  Heat rolls.  Add a patty and generously add ranch dressing and / or blue cheese to each.

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Crock Pot Pork and Pineapple Teriyaki

Makes 6 servings

Active Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4-6 hours in crock pot.

“This is an amazingly easy and yummy recipe.”

4 boneless pork chops

1 bottle teriyaki sauce

1 20-ounce can pineapple chunks

1 8-ounce can crushed pineapple

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 14 1/2-ounce can chicken broth

4 cups cooked rice

1) Place chops in the bottom of the crock pot.

2) In a small bowl, combine crushed pineapple, brown sugar, chicken broth, and teriyaki sauce. Pour mixture over pork.

3) Cook for 4-6 hours.

4) Shred and return to crockpot.

5) Serve over rice with pineapple chunks.

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Spring Fling Angel Food Cake

Makes 8 servings

Active Prep Time: 30 minutes

Refrigerator time: 1 hour

1 store baked angel food cake

2 lemons

1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk

2 cups powdered sugar

6 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup chopped strawberries

2 kiwi fruits – sliced and chopped

1)  Slice angel food cake in half horizontally.

2)  In a small bowl, combine juice from lemons and condensed milk.  Pour over bottom half of cake and place top half back on.

3)  Using a mixer, combine powdered sugar, butter, milk and vanilla.  Pour over entire cake.  Cover cake with strawberries and kiwi.

4)  Let set for 1 hour in the refrigerator.

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