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Detoksun hayatımı değiştirdiğini ve beni kesinlikle kendimin daha iyi bir versiyonuna çevirdiğini söylemek, yanlış olmaz. Detoks konusu, benim hayatımın merkezinde, işim de zaten bu; Sianji Well Being Resort’da insanlara detoksu, faydalarını anlatıyorum ve bu zorlu yolda onlara destek olmaya, sorularını cevaplamaya çalışıyorum. Elbette hiçbir şey, şehirden uzak, lüks ve havası temiz bir yerde detoks yapmanın güzelliğini size yaşatamaz, ama herkesin böyle bir lüksü olmadığının farkındayım, o yüzden detoks merkezlerine gidemeyecek ama faydalarından yararlanmak isteyenler için bu yazıyı yazdım. Birçok faydalı bilgi ve ipicu bulacaksınız, eğer aklınıza takılan birşey olursa lütfen yorumlara yazın. Benim inancıma göre, bütün hastalıklar toksinlerden ve asiditeden kaynaklanıyor. Tarih boyunca da birçok bireyin detoks/orucu sağlıklarını daha iyi yapmak için kullandığını gördük. Arnold Ehret orucu ‘Doğanın ameliyat masası’ olarak tanımlamıştır mesela. Dr. Brian Clement, benim mezun olduğum okul olan Hippocrates Health Institute’un direktörü, derslerimizden birinde ‘Haftada sadece 1 gün oruç tutsanız bile yaşamınıza 20 yıl eklemiş olursunuz’ sözüyle aklıma kazınmıştır. Detoksun bizzat kendim de deneyimlediğim yararları ise şunlar;
- canlanma, gençleşme
- enerji seviyesinde artış
- immün sisteminin güçlenmesi, hastalıklara ve enfeksiyonlara karşı bağışıklık
- alerji semptomlarının azalması/yokolması
- metabolizmanın hızlanması, kilo kontrolünün sağlanması
- kilo kaybı
- sindirim sisteminin daha efektif çalışması, emilim ve eliminasyonun artması
- ödemin azalması
- karaciğerin işlevinde artış
- kan dolaşımının düzelmesi, cholesterol ve trigliserit seviyelerinin dengelenmesi
- eklem ağrılarının azalması
- kronik hastalıklara yakalanma riskinin azalması
- uykunun düzene girmesi
- zihinsel farkındalık, konsantrasyon, hafıza
- duygusal yaşamda denge, iyi olma hali ve sakinlik
Programa başlamadan önce bir hafta hayvansal gıdaları günlük kalorinizin %10’u olacak şekilde azaltın, kahve çay ve yeşil çayı içerdikleri kafein dolayısıyla tamamen kesin. Bu, detoksunuzun çok daha rahat ve keyifli geçmesini sağlayacak ve başağrısı çekmenizi engelleyecektir. Eğer çok kahve çay tüketiyorsanız yavaş yavaş azaltıp detokstan önceki son 3 gün hiç içmemeyi deneyin. Alkol ve asidik içecekleri de detokstan önceki 1 haftadan itibaren tamamen bırakın, vücudunuzun dinlenmesine izin verin. Bol bol bitki çayları tüketin ve alkali su içmeye özen gösterin. Alkali suyu, filtre suya limon suyu veya biraz bikarbonat ekleyerek elde edebilirsiniz. Bol sebze ve meyve ağırlıklı bir beslenme tarzına geçiş yapın.
3 ya da 5 Günlük Detoks
Bu detoks programı enerjinizi yerine getirmek, vücudu toksinlerden arındırmak, bağırsakları ve karaciğeri temizlemek ve pH seviyesini arttırmak için etkili bir programdır.
Güne kuru cilt fırçalamayla başlayın; kuru cilt ve kuru fırça ile yapacağınız bu işlem toksinlerin cilt yoluyla atılımını hızlandıracak, lenfatik sistemi harekete geçirip kan dolaşımınızı hızlandıracaktır (akşam yapmayın, uyku zorluğu çekebilirsiniz)
. 5 dakika boyunca, kalbinize doğru dairesel hareketlerde kendinizi hafif sert olacak şekilde fırçalayın.
Güne 1 litre ılık limonlu ve arnavut biberli suyla başlayın(1 litre suya 2 limonun suyu, 1/2 çay kaşığı arnavut biberi tozu). Bu alkali su, vücudunuzu toksinlerden temizleyecek, bağırsaklarınızı harekete geçirecek ve alkali seviyenizi yükseltecektir.
Daha sonra sırasıyla 1-2 saat arayla bu içecekleri tüketin;
‘Slow juicer’ adı verilen metal bıçaksız sebze meyve suyu sıkacağıyla hazırlanması tavsiye edilir.
- 1 büyük demet yeşillik (roka, maydanoz, pazı, ıspanak, karalahana, semizotu, taze fesleğen…)
- kereviz sapı
- 1 veya 2 limon(kabukları soyulmuş)
- yarım başparmak büyüklüğünde taze zencefil
- 1 yeşil elma veya armut
Blender’da yapılması tavsiye edilir.
- 1 mango veya 1 muz
- 1 + 1/2 şeftali
- 1 + 1/2 bardak yulaf veya badem sütü
- 1 çorba kaşığı chia tohumu veya taze çekilmiş keten tohumu unu
‘Slow juicer’ adı verilen metal bıçaksız sebze meyve suyu sıkacağıyla hazırlanması tavsiye edilir.
- 1/4 kırmızı pancar
- 1 yeşil elma veya armut
- kereviz sapı
Tüm malzemeleri doğrayıp, buharda hafifçe haşladıktan sonra blenderde sıcak suyla çekin.
- 2-3 kabak
- 1-2 pırasanın beyaz kısmı
- yarım başparmak büyüklüğünde zencefil
- 2 diş sarımsak
Dilediğiniz gibi baharatlandırın. Zerdeçal, tarçın ve sumak kullanmanız tavsiye edilir. Dilerseniz biraz Himalaya tuzu da ekleyebilirsiniz.
Günboyu içilmesi tavsiye edilenler
- Minimum 2 litre alkali su (limonlu veya bikarbonatlı su)
- Bitki çayları (tarçın, karanfil, rezene, ıhlamur, hibiscus, mısır püskülü, kiraz sapı, papatya, lavanta, sarı kantaron çiçeği, zencefil, nane). Eğer boğaz ağrısı ve burun akıntısı olursa zencefil-limon ve karabiberi sıcak suyla demleyip içebilirsiniz.
- Bağırsak temizliği yapacaksanız içeceklerinize bentonit kili ve taze çekilmiş keten tohumu unu koyabilirsiniz, bağırsak duvarlarının temizlenmesinde yardımcı olacaktır.
- Buğday çimi suyu detoksa en yardımcı içeceklerden biridir.
- Spirulina veya chlorella gibi takviyeleri kullanmanız mutlaka tavsiye edilir, bu algler vücudu radyasyon ve ağır metallerden temizleyen yegane süperbesinlerdir ve detoksun etkisini kat kat arttırırlar (tablet veya toz halinde bulunuyor).
- Probiyotik takviyesini de özellikle immün sisteminizi güçlendirmek, bağırsaklardaki yararlı bakterilerin sayısını arttırmak ve sindirim sisteminizin doğru çalışması için kullanmanız mutlaka tavsiye edilir.
Gün içinde yapılması tavsiye edilenler
- Sauna, buhar ve hamam gibi terlemeyi hızlandıracak terapiler detoks sırasında elzem önemdedir. En çok toksini terleme yoluyla attığımızdan dolayı bu aşamada vücuda kimyasal birşey sürmemek, deodorant kullanmamak çok önemlidir. Mümkün olduğunca doğal ürünleri tercih edip cilde parfüm sıkmamak, doğal bir dişmacunu tercih etmek sizin mümkün olduğunca az kimyasala maruz kalmanız açısından önemlidir.
- Egzersizin detoksta ciddi önemi vardır; yoga, pilates, strecthing, hafif tempolu yürüyüş, trambolinde zıplama, stretching, çi gong gibi hafif egzersizler, vücudu fazla yormadan toksinleri daha hızlı atmanızı sağlayacaktır.
- Bağırsak temizliği detoksun en önemli aşamalarından biri olarak mutlaka tavsiye edilir. Yaptırabiliyorsanız profosyonel bir terapist ile detoksunuzun son günü Hidro Kolon Terapi ayarlamak vücudunuz için yapabileceğiniz en iyi temizliklerden biri olacaktır. Evde lavman yapmayı da tercih edebilirsiniz fakat etki alanı daha düşük olacaktır.
- Lenfatik masaj yaptırmak da detoksun etkisini arttıracak yöntemlerden biridir.
Görülebilecek yan etkiler ve önlemler
Öncelikle sağlık problemleri olanlar doktorlarına kesinlikle danışmadan bu tip bir detoks programı yapmasınlar. İlaç kullananlar detoks süresince kesinlikle kullanmaya devam etmeliler. İlk 3 gün görülecek semptomlar arasında başağrısı, başdönmesi, yorgunluk, uykusuzluk, vücutta çeşitli ağrılar, mide bulantısı ve kusma vardır. Yine ilk 3 gün içinde sivilcelerde artma, kalp çarpıntısı, gaz ve şişkinlik, boğaz ağrısı ve burun akıntısı, titreme ve üşüme, terin kötü kokması ve duygusallık, unutkanlık gibi semptomlar da detoksun işe yaradığının ve vücudun temizlenmeye başladığının işaretleridir. Bu tip semptomlarla karşılaşıldığında detoksu bırakmayıp devam etmek çok önemlidir. Bu semptomların hepsi vücudun iyileşme krizinden geçtiğine işarettir ve 3. Günden itibariyle vücut kendisini temizledikten sonra kendinizi çok daha iyi hissedeceksiniz. Eğer başağrısıyla ve vücutta ağrılarla karşılaşırsanız ilaç almaktan ziyade, esansiyel nane yağıyla başınıza masaj yapın ve karanlık bir yerde dinlenin. Daha fazla alkali su için ve vücudunuzu dinlemeyi öğrenin. Eğer ağrınız varsa vücut dinlenmek istiyordur. Uyku problemi çekerseniz lavanta çayı hazırlayıp yastığınıza biraz lavanta yağı damlatın ve doğru nefes almayı öğrenip diyafram nefes egzersizi yapın.Beyin dalgalarınız düşecek ve uykuya daha rahat dalmanızı sağlayacaktır. Detoks banyosu yapmayı da deneyebilirsiniz, kasları rahatlatıcı ve toksin atıcı özelliği vardır: küvetinizi sıcak suyla doldurun ve 1 bardak Himalaya veya deniz tuzu, 1/2 bardak bikarbonat, 1/3 bardak kil ve 10 damla lavanta veya nane yağı koyup 20-30 dakika boyunca bu banyoda dinlenin. Unutmayın semptomların hepsi geçicidir ve 3-4 gün sonra vücudunuzun toksik olma durumuna göre geçmesi beklenir. Bu süre zarfında stresten ve sosyal medyadan uzak kalmanız, kendi içinize dönmeniz, günlük tutmanız ve kendi iç sesinizi dinlemeniz çok önemlidir.
Detoks Sonrası 4 veya 2 günlük Alkali Diyet
Detokstan sonra kilo almamanız ve temizlenmiş vücudu zorlayıp şikayet yaşamamanız açısından doğru beslenmeniz büyük önem taşır. Unutmamanız gereken şey detokstan çıktıktan sonraki ilk iki gün mümkün olan en yüksek kalitede besini almanız. Aşağıda neler yiyebileceğinize dair küçük bir liste var. Bu süre zarfında alkali besinlerin miktarını çok arttırmanız, asidik besinleri miktarını ise ciddi miktarda düşürmeniz tavsiye olunur. En alkali besinler, yeşillikler sebzeler ve meyveler iken, en asidik besinler ise işlenmiş gıdalar, çay kahve,süt ürünleri ve hayvansal gıdalardır.
Aşağıdaki listede yiyebileceğiniz besinlerin listesi bulunmaktadır. Unutmamanız gereken nokta bitkisel gıdaları her zaman daha fazla tüketmeniz gerektiğidir.
- Kapya biber/yeşil biber
- Zeytin (en fazla 10 adet)
- Yeşil içecek
- 1 veya 2 organik yumurta (detokstan sonraki 2 gün tavsiye edilmez)
- 1 dilim ekşi mayalı tam buğday veya arpa ekmeği
- 1 bardak yulaf veya badem sütüyle yarım bardak yulaf ezmesi
(Dilediğiniz ara öğünü seçin.)
- 8/12 saat ıslatılmış çiğ badem (10-15 adet) veya 4 saat ıslatılmış çiğ ceviz
- Kuru meyve
- Taze meyve
- Salatalık veya havuç dilimleri
- Az yağlı büyük bir salata (koyu yeşillikler ve alkali sebzelerden oluşan)
- Haşlanmış kahverengi pirinç
- Zeytinyağlı sebze yemeği veya baklagil yemeği
- Buharda çok az haşlanmış sebzeler
- Izgara veya buharda pişmiş balık (tercihen deniz somonu)
- Az yağlı büyük bir salata
- Sebze çorbası
- Buharda çok az pişmiş sebzeler
- Himalaya tuzuyla yapılmış lahana turşusu
Dikkat edilmesi gerekenler
- Meyveleri fazla karıştırmayın ve her zaman aç karnına tüketin. Akşam 4’ten sonra tüketmemeye özen gösterin.
- Yemekleri az yağlı yapmaya özen gösterin. Zeytinyağı, üzüm çekirdeği yağı gibi yağlar pişirmeye uygun değildir. Mümkünse yemekleri yağsız pişirip en son üzerine koymayı tercih edin. (Pişirmeye en uygun bitkisel yağ soğuk sıkım hindistan cevizi yağıdır, kimyasal yapısı yüksek derecelerde dönüşüme uğramaz.) Avokado, tercih edebileceğiniz en alkali yağlardan biridir. Sıvı yağ kullanmak yerine avokadoyla salatanızı yapmayı tercih edebilirsiniz.
- Tuzu da aynı şekilde pişirirken kullanmamaya özen gösterin. Deniz tuzu, kaya tuzu veya Himalaya tuzu gibi doğal, mineral oranı yüksek bir tuz kullanmaya özen gösterin, tuzu da yağ gibi yemek piştikten sonra üzerine dökmeyi seçin. (Pişirme sırasında tuzdaki doğal mineraller kayba uğrayacaktır.)
- Akşam yemeğini mümkün olan en erken saatte yemeye çalışın.
- Yemek sırasında su içmek sindirim enzimlerini incelteceğinden, yemeğe başlamadan 15 dk önce içmeyi bırakıp, 1.5 saat sonra tekrar içmeye başlayın. Hazımsızlık, gaz, şişkinlik gibi problemleri engellemiş olacaksınız.
- Eğer detokstan çıktıktan sonra kabızlık problemi çekiyorsanız yeterince lif almıyorsunuz ve su içmiyorsunuz demektir. Aldığınız lif oranınızı arttırın; daha fazla sebze meyve yeşillik, baklagil tüketin. 2-3 çorba kaşığı keten tohumunu taze çekip suyla karıştırıp içebilirsiniz, kabızlığa birebirdir.
Detox literally changed my life and help me become a better version of myself. It is a subject that I do lots of research about, I read about it everyday, and it is my daily job to teach people about detox and guide them through it at Sianji Well Being Resort. Nothing compares to it doing detox in a great destination where you can clear your mind and focus on yourself. However not most people can afford going to a detox retreat, as it can be quite expensive, so I wanted write this piece as you can find so many great tips and recipes from. I greatly believe that all diseases begin with the accumulation of toxins and the impact of negative emotional and imbalanced physical energy. Throughout history, many exemplary individuals in the field such as Arnold Ehret, have used fasting/detoxing as a way to accelerate their health and understanding. Dr. Brian Clement, the director of Hippocrates Health Institute in Florida, where I received my Health Educator certification from, said that fasting only even once a week can add 20 years to your life. I cannot forget that day and I remember I decided to do it. I got so many benefits from it;
- increased energy, vitality and stamina
- increased immunity, resistance to illnesses and infections
- increased metabolism
- weight loss
- improved digestive system functions such as absorption and elimination
- reduction in fluid retention and uric acid
- improved circulation
- improved sleep patterns
- mental clarity, focus, concentration and memory
- stable moods, emotional balance and well-being, a greater sense of peace and calm
During the days of detox, we do not concern ourselves with the traditional ‘nutritional values’ of food (calories, protein, carbs, fats..). What is important is the positive life-force energy in the freshly squeezed juices or raw smoothies: enzymes, alkaline minerals and electrolytes. You can do one day, or as you will read below, you can do it for 5 days; you need to prepare your body for it if your lifestyle choices are considered unhealthy. You also need to be careful what to eat after detox because it really does matter what you eat after detox as your body will be cleansed.
Before starting this program, limit your animal protein intake (10% of your daily calories maximum) or eliminate it completely and eat plant-based. You should also cut off all caffeinated and alcoholic beverages a week before you start your detox, that way you will ensure to have a more comfortable detox week, otherwise you may experience headaches/migraines. If you drink a lot of alcohol/tea/coffee/acidic drinks, try to limit yourself and clear it out of your diet the last 3 days. Drink lots of lemon or bi-carbonated water and herbal teas, and eat lots of fruit and plant-based foods. This is a good preparation for an easy detox week.
3 or 5 days Detox
This is a very effective detox program to energize your body, eliminate toxins (especially in colon and liver), and increase the overall pH of the body.
Start your day with dry skin brushing; use it on dry skin in the mornings only (doing it before bed is not a good idea, you may not sleep well), it is a good routine to remove dead skin and open up the clogged pores, increases the circulation to the skin therefore encourages your body to discharge metabolic waste. It also stimulates the lymphatic system which helps to eliminate toxins from the body. Begin by brushing the outermost parts of your body (hands and feet) towards the center of your body, you should move to brush towards your heart. Do it maximum for 5 minutes.
Start your day with lukewarm lemon water with added cayenne pepper (1 liter water, juice of 2 lemons, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper). This alkaline water will flush out the toxins, wakes up your digestive system and increase the pH overall.
If you have wheatgrass in hand, you can juice and drink it as a shot too. It is truly one of the most detoxifying juices on planet due to the high chlorophyll content.
Then, consume these drinks with 1-2 hour breaks in between;
Prepare it on a ‘slow juicer’, as it does not use metal parts which causes oxidization.
- 1 big bunch of preferred greens (arugula, parsley, collard greens, spinach, kale, purslane, parsley, fresh herbs such as basil…)
- celery sticks
- 1 or two lemon (peeled)
- half-thumb size ginger
- 1 green apple or pear (you can also use other fruits but try not to use more than 2 fruits at a time)
Prepare it in a high speed blender such as Vitamix.
- 1 mango or 1 banana
- 1 + 1/2 peach
- 1 + 1/2 cup homemade oat/almond/hemp milk depending on your choice
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds /freshly grated flax meal
Prepare it with a slow juicer.
- 1/4 beetroot
- 1 green apple or pear
- celery stick
Cut all the vegetables in big chunks and steam them. Blend them in a high speed blender with warm water.
- 2-3 zucchini
- 1-2 leek
- half thumb size ginger
- 2 cloves of garlic
Season as you wish, turmeric, cinnamon and sumac are really recommended. You can also add 1/2 a teaspoon Himalayan salt if you want.
Other recommended drinks and supplements
- Minimum 2 liters of alkaline water (lemon or bi-carbonated water)
- Herbal teas (cinnamon, cloves, fennel seeds, linden, corn silk, cherry stem, camomile, St. John’s Wort, ginger, holy basil…) If you suffer from sore throat or runny rose first days (a detox symptom), drink ginger-lemon and freshly grounded pepper combination in hot water.
- If you are going to do daily enemas, add your drinks 1-2 teaspoons of bentonite clay and psyllium husks. It will help clean the walls of your colon.
- Wheatgrass is truly an amazing drink that helps your body to detoxify itself, try to grow it before you start this program and juice it during your detox week.
- Spirulina or chlorella are great supplements, these algaes have 20% more chlorophyll than wheatgrass and comes with an impressive nutritional package (they contain Omega 3-6-9 in a balanced ratio, are ‘complete’ protein sources and include a long list of vitamins& minerals). They are especially great for cleansing your body from toxins and radiation. You can find them in a tablet or powder form.
- Probiotics are especially important during and after detox to strengthen your immune system and assist your digestive system. To not have any constipation and diarrhea problems, you should definitely continue taking them after detox, at least for a month.
Helpful things to do daily during detox
- Therapies to encourage sweating such as Infrared sauna, steam bath or hammam are really important during detox. Skin is our largest organ, we lose most of the toxins by sweating. Try not to use any chemicals on your skin (especially deodorants and toothpaste, try to switch to natural alternatives). Perfumes are also very toxic so try not to use them during your detox week.
- Exercise has huge importance during detox; yoga, pilates, stretching, brisk walking, jumping on a trampoline, stretching, qi gong are great exercises to help remove toxins from your body without overworking your muscles.
- Enemas/colonics are also a big part of the detox. If you can, try to arrange a colonics (Hydro Colon Therapy) with a professional therapist on your last day of detox, which will greatly increase the cleansing effect. Ask for implants made with wheatgrass, spirulina or other chlorophyll source and probiotics make ensure you get back your lost good bacteria during the session. You can also prefer enemas, but it won’t be as effective as an Hydro Colon Therapy.
- Having lymphatic massages will increase the detoxifying effect.
photo courtesy of Ömer Doğan
Detoxification Crisis/Healing Crisis and precautions
First of all, please consult a health professional/M.D. before starting any detox program, especially if you have any health problems. If you are using any medications regularly, you should definitely continue using it during detox. In the first three days, you may experience symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, headache, nausea, dizziness, not being able to sleep, low or high blood pressure, pains in different areas of the body, gas and bloating, heart pumping in a high rate, acne-oily-spotted skin, sore throat & runny rose, feeling cold & shivering, bad breath or sweat odor, forgetfulness and emotional symptoms. These symptoms are normal, they are indicating the detox program is actually working for you and you are eliminating toxins. Try to be patient and do not loose your motivation in the first three days. After three days, you will start feeling great and much more energized. If you have headaches and migraine during the first three days, try not to use pain-killers, have a head massage with essential mint oil and rest in a dark place. Drink more alkaline water and try to listen to your body. If you have pains in different areas in the body, you should rest. If you have sleeping problems, try to do diaphragm breathing exercise for 15 minute before you sleep, this will help to slow down your brain waves and prepare you to sleep. Prepare lavender tea and spray some lavender oil mixed with water in your pillow cases. You can also try to take a warm detox bath which helps to relax your muscles and prepare you to sleep. It is also very detoxifying to due its ingredients; Add 1 cup of Epsom or Himalayan salt, 1/3 cup bentonite clay, 1/2 cup bicarbonate and 10 drops of lavender oil. Stay in this bath for min. 20 minutes to make sure your skin absorbed all the minerals in the bath. Remember, all the symptoms are temporary and depending on your body, you will experience different symptoms. Try to stay away from stress and especially social media to help clearing your mind as well. Try to write a diary everyday so keep track of your feelings and thoughts and listen your inner voice.
2 to 4 days of Alkaline Diet after Detox
Your body is now in a purified state, so you have to treat it gently and wake your digestive system slowly. To not gain weight and have digestive problems, what you eat after detox has almost the same importance as what you did during detox. Try to have nutritionally highest quality food in the first two days. Below there is a list of the foods you can eat; you definitely need to increase the amount of alkaline foods you eat and limit the acidic foods. The most alkaline foods are greens, vegetables and fruits, the most acidic ones are processed foods, caffeinated drinks, alcoholic beverages and animal/dairy products. Always have a dominantly plant based diet while you are on alkaline diet.
- Red Bell Peppers/Green Peppers
- Olives (max. 10 pieces)
- Green Juices
- 1 or 2 organik eggs (not recommended first 2 days after detox)
- 1 slice sourdough rye/ whole wheat bread or gluten-free bread // Ezekiel bread is the best option if you can find
- 1 cup overnight oats made with oat milk or almond milk
- 10-15 raw sprouted almonds (soaked for 8-12 hours) or walnuts (soaked for 4 hours)
- Dried fruit
- Fresh fruit
- Cucumber or carrot sticks
- Low-fat big salad made with alkaline greens
- Brown rice
- Vegetable or Legume dish
- Steamed vegetables (do not overcook! the food should not loose its color and crunchiness)
- Grilled or steamed fish (preferably wild salmon)
- Low-fat big salad
- Veggie soup
- Steamed vegetables
- Fermented foods made with a little bit Himalayan salt (sauerkraut, kimchi…)
- Do not combine acidic fruits (oranges, tomatoes, pineapple, kiwi) with sweet ones (dried fruits, dates, bananas, mangos, persimmons) and always eat them on a empty stomach. Fruit is best eaten alone. It is also not recommended to eat fruit after 4 pm as it may cause fluctuation in your sleeping pattern.
- Try to cook your food low-fat. Olive oil, grape seed oil and all other plant based, extra virgin and cold-pressed oils are really not suitable for cooking. (The only oil you can cook with is cold-pressed coconut oil as its chemical structure is stable even at very high temperatures.) Try to cook your meals without fat and add preferred oils after you cook. Avocado is one of the best alkaline fat sources. Try to use avocado instead of using oil in your salads.
- Try to use natural salts such as Himalayan, sea or rock salt. Do not use it while cooking as it may damage some minerals. Use it after you cook.
- Try to eat your dinner as early as you can.
- Do not drink water while you eat. Water dilutes the digestive enzymes, therefore delays digestion and causes gas & bloating problems. Stop drinking water 15 minutes before a meal and start 1.5 hour after your meal.
- If you are constipated after detox, it means you don’t get enough fiber and are not hydrated enough. Increase the fiber in your diet; consume more plants, greens, vegetables, fruits, legumes. You should drink 2 liters of alkaline water aswell. You can also try grinding fresh flax seed and mix 2-3 table spoons of flax meal with water during the day. Psyllium husks also works great.
Sarma Melngailis is truly one of my idols. I absolutely love her restaurant, Pure Food and Wine! She is a huge inspiration for me to lead this lifestyle, so when XOXO Mag asked me to do an interview with her, well, I couldn’t miss that. Hopefully you will enjoy reading it as well as I enjoy writing it…
I have read that you were in the finance business before, and after trying raw food for a week, you decided to change your lifestyle. Can you give us more details on how you decide on this big change?
Yes, I first worked in investment banking and then in private equity and at both jobs I worked so many hours I didn’t have time to think about (or do). anything else. It wasn’t until I went to work at a hedge fund, where the work was more normal hours that I realized how little passion I felt for that business. My mother was a chef and I always loved food and cooking, so I finally just left and went to culinary school here in New York City. It wasn’t until a few years later that I stumbled on the idea of eating raw vegan. When I heard about it, it made so much sense I decided to try it for two weeks. I thought I would crave meat and cheese and bread, but I didn’t crave any of those things and I felt completely amazing, almost like I’d woken up. I was researching everything I could find on the topic and everything I read made sense to me, it’s so natural. So, it turned from an experiment to a (more or less) permanent way of living for me.
How would you explain someone the raw food lifestyle who had never heard of it?
It’s simply a very natural way of eating. Fresh, organic, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds (plant foods) that are not cooked at high temperatures. Raw fruits and vegetables that grew in the soil, with the sun’s energy, are full of nutrition and enzymes and everything we need to be healthy. Cooking at high temperatures can destroy a great deal of the enzymes and nutrition. The more processed and “dead” the food, the more work it is for your body to digest. Raw food frees up energy, which is why people feel better and also why it’s so healing. As far as a “lifestyle” it also corresponds with a more natural way of living overall, so there tends to be a shift in other areas. For example, skincare and cosmetics also contribute to your health, so it’s important to use natural products, and it’s why we carry all my favorite of these products on my website.
I can relate to your story as I was also not even vegetarian when I applied to Matthew Kenney Academy. So how was the shift for you, did you struggle with the lifestyle changes in the first years?
Because it started as an experiment there was no struggle, and it turned into something I wanted to do and was excited to do. I only wished I’d learned about it sooner! I would say most of the struggle early on has to do with the availability of food, traveling, and trying to explain to family and friends, who very often didn’t understand. But for me personally it was liberating. I always worried about gaining weight, and now it shifted to being about feeding myself what’s healthy and also about how the choices I make affect the environment and community. And over time it also became about animal rights and welfare as well.
You started the restaurant with Matthew Kenney, Pure Food and Wine, and you both took the ‘raw food’ and turned it to ‘fine dining- gourmet’ experience. It is absolutely my favorite restaurant in NYC, very chic, elegant and has this cool vibe going on. I am wondering how was it like working with him, how did you come up with such concept? Also I am curious how it was back then when raw food was not mainstream.
Of course, having learned about raw food and shifting to this lifestyle, it was immediately clear that the next step would be to open a raw restaurant. Ten years ago, most people didn’t know what “raw food” referred to, they only knew about vegan food and the perception was that it’s not good or exciting and the restaurants are all small, hippie cafes. So, we wanted to change that perception and make it a fine dining restaurant with a sexy atmosphere and high quality food and wine. I really wanted the restaurant to be appealing to everyone, not just people who are already eating raw or vegan, and I think we succeed in that. Matthew and I split during the first year the restaurant opened, so for over nine years now I’ve been on my own.
I definitely think that you brought freshness and coolitude to raw cuisine, when I was reading and analyzing your recipes, I see they are very cleverly constructed. It is quite different to traditional cooking as almost everything is discovered. With raw food, I think there is this huge opportunity of finding something new and fresh. How do you come up with a new recipe? Do you try new techniques, new ingredients all the time?
In the beginning yes it was about trial and experimentation and it took a lot of time, but it was also a lot of fun. After the restaurant opened, the employees became more involved and ended up taking over the creative process. Everyone who is a chef or a sous chef started at the restaurant at the bottom and worked their way up, and so it’s the most talented people who grow and stay with the restaurant. At this point, I don’t call myself chef anymore as I’m spending my time running the business side. People complement me all the time on our creative and always changing menu, and I always tell them I can only take credit for finding and keeping really good and talented people in my restaurant! But yes, they are discovering new techniques as well as new ways to use ingredients all the time. And I get to taste all of their experiments!
You also have a brand One Lucky Duck. I was in NYC last year trying your unbelievable raw desserts, they were definitely the best I have tried. Can you explain the brand and the vision behind it?
Yes, when I decided to build a website store, I needed a name for it, and I wanted it to be something fun and sweet and something people would remember easily. So, I came up with One Lucky Duck, and then once the logo was finalized, I went and got that tattoo. J Just to make clear my commitment. With the brand established, it made sense to also brand all of our packaged cookies and treats that we sell as One Lucky Duck as well as the juice bar/store locations. I think the brands compliment each other. Pure Food and Wine is the fancier upscale restaurant where all the creation happens, and One Lucky Duck is the more accessible brand. Sort of like in fashion how you have Donna Karan, and DKNY, one originates from the other but is more casual and accessible.
As for my vision, I’d like to continue expanding the brand and would like for it to welcome more and more people into a healthier way of living and eating.
You were the executive chef first years in the restaurant, and I am guessing you are more active on the business and branding side now? How is a regular day for you?
These days I spend a lot of time at my desk in my office and working with my employees that work in our “corporate office” — I put that in quotes because we are not very “corporate”—it’s more of a casual environment (and my dog is with us every day). On a good day I take the time to run out to the gym for an hour, but lately things have been busy and I haven’t exercised so much! Often I have meetings, and usually I try to hold those meetings at my restaurant so I can be there as much as I can. Some days I have things to work on and approve, like our newsletters that we send out, or some new designs we’re working on, and it’s always fun when the chefs at the restaurant need me to come and taste a new dish that we’re adding to the menu. I try to go to bed as early as I can, since I like to get up early. Even in bed, I’m still reading emails and Twitter on my phone.
I took my mother to Pure Food and Wine, and she had her first raw food experience there, she was absolutely amazed by it. Probably you have more of a vegan audience, but how is the feedback from non-vegans? What is the most common misconception people have about eating raw?
Our regular customers are, I think, mostly non-vegan. It’s hard to know for sure, but we do have so many regular customers who do not identify as vegan but they like to eat our food, and this is exactly the goal—to draw people in with good food, wine, and a great environment and hope that it will encourage a shift to more plant-based, fresh eating. The way we operate the restaurant is to have created something for everyone, not simply to cater to existing vegans. It’s always so exciting to me when I hear people say they were so happily surprised and that, in some cases, we’ve inspired them with just one dinner to go, or at least try, eating more vegan.
I think people are so surprised because the expectation coming in from people coming for the first time and not knowing much about us, is that raw food is bland, that we only serve salads, and they will leave hungry. Of course, it’s the opposite, and people are so excited to have a new, flavorful, satisfying experience, and the fact that it’s so healthy is just an added bonus!
You have an amazing wine list, and I noticed you used a lot of sake too. Raw food and alcohol is not a regular combo, how do you think they embrace each other?
Yes, our wines are organic (whether certified or not) or biodynamic, or just sustainable. The person who runs the bar, Joey, has been with the restaurant for almost ten years. He puts a lot of time into getting to know our vendors, and when possible, the wine makers themselves. And we try to have wines that are not mainstream, not the big brands. Wine works nicely with raw food, since it’s also raw. There’s not heating in the process. And while sake is not technically raw, compared to other alcohols it’s very clean and pure, and it mixes so well with fresh fruit and other flavors to make our cocktails—I love our cocktails, they’re so good it’s hard not to drink too much!
And of course, as a restaurant where so many people come to celebrate, it’s nice to have wine, champagne, and cocktails.
Did you welcome any famous chefs in the restaurant? I am guessing most of them are not taking vegans and this cuisine seriously and I am curious how was their experience.
Yes, early on one of the most famous chefs in France, Alain Ducasse, came in with 8 of his employees, that was a little scary! But he wrote a lovely letter afterwards saying how much he enjoyed it. It’s always scary when other chefs come in, I worry so much about their food being perfect! It’s also exciting now, one of the best chefs, Jean-George Vongerichten is opening a vegetarian restaurant. And so many of the very fancy restaurants will have a vegan tasting menu available so it’s becoming easier and easier to dine out if you’re strictly vegan.
You also have two books, Raw Food Real World and Living Raw Food. They are absolute classics in my library, I’d like your opinion on how they differ from the other raw food books on the market.
When the first book came out in 2005, there really wasn’t any big, colorful, hardcover raw food book out there, also with a story woven into it. Raw Food Real World, is more of an introduction to raw food. The second, Living Raw Food, I like better. In addition to recipes, it includes a bit more about the restaurant, as well as my perspectives on living raw after I was 5 years into it. And of course the recipes come from our restaurant, so they are very focused on flavor and presentation. I think they’re nice books for people even if they don’t intend to prepare any of the recipes. More than anything I just want people to be inspired to shift towards eating more plants, and more clean food, and to learn what a hugely positive impact it can have.
As a mostly-raw-fooder myself, I can’t help but ask you how is your perspective on nutrition. Do you think we should eat 100% raw all the time? Do you do cleanses? What is balance to you?
I think a shift towards a raw plant-based diet is for everyone, but some people do better going all the way whereas for others that may not work. Certainly everyone would do well to include more fresh, organic fruits and vegetables in their diets. I’m not 100% raw myself… there are a lot of foods I love to eat on occasion, like baked sweet potatoes, or cooked quinoa, or chickpea hummus… all healthy foods but not raw. And now and then I eat some foods that aren’t vegan. For example, once in a while I buy my dog and cat a whole smoked trout from a guy at the greenmarket who fishes them out of his own pond and then smokes them whole. When I’m filleting it for my pets, I end up snacking on it too. So, for this reason, I can’t call myself 100% vegan. I always say I’m mostly vegan, most of the time—and for me this is balance. I do worry about some people who feel too much stress about what they are eating, or about eating 100% raw all the time, for I think the stress can be more harmful than a bit of non-raw food! Overall, I do wish everyone could be more informed about food and where it comes from and have the resources to make optimal choices. There is so much misinformation out there about nutrition, at least in this country, studies from the dairy industry claiming you should drink milk for calcium, which is false. And aside from the science, if you take the perspective of nature, it doesn’t make sense that we would need to drink milk beyond the beginning of our life. No other animal does, and no one would think to drink human breast milk as an adult! So why do the big milk companies say we need to drink milk?
As for cleanses, I don’t do them, since I eat so clean all the time already I just don’t feel it’s necessary. But I think it’s great for some people.
I find it challenging sometimes to trying to turn down the curious chef in me willing to try something different and the healthy living obsessive-self reminding me the dangers of eating such food. Is this familiar with you? I have read in one of your articles that you ate kokorec when you visit Istanbul. So I believe you are more relaxed when it comes to trying to something ‘unclean’ without guilt?
Yes! From the curious chef perspective, I will try many things, usually off of someone else’s plate. And when I’m traveling especially. My last trip to Istanbul, yes I tried kokorec, but just one bite! My hosts were making jokes about it, saying I would never eat it, so I had to take just one bite. The flavor was good, but I felt like I was eating rubber bands. And, as far as the guilt, again I might try a bite of someone’s chicken or fish or something but when dining out I try to keep what I order vegetarian at least. I don’t like to add to the demand for meat products by purchasing them, but if it’s already sitting on someone’s plate, I don’t see the harm in having a small taste! Finally, I think guilt when eating food is not helpful. I can understand the guilt regarding animal lives and suffering, but if it’s guilt because you’re eating cookies when you know they’re unhealthy, the guilt itself is what will cause most harm.
Where do you think raw food movement is going? Most of people I know in this community are starting to complain about the amount of nuts and agave in gourmet raw and I am seeing a lot of raw fooders shifting to fruitarianism and so on. What do you think about that?
I’m not sure what the complaint is about nuts, they’re so healthy! But, I can understand that some raw foods restaurants or brands use far too much nuts and don’t incorporate other things. We use a lot of oat flour, we soak organic oat groats, then dry them, then grind them into flour. Our cookies or crackers made with oat flour are less dense than those made with nuts. There are alternatives, people just need to be creative with it, and focus more on fresh ingredients as well.
I would not ever recommend fruitarianism, at all. Unless maybe for a short cleanse. But natural or not, fruit is full of sugar and if that’s the only food one is eating it’s not healthy. We’re meant to eat leafy greens, nuts, seeds, and other foods. I don’t see the point of these extreme diets, why fruit only? What is the reason? I think overall, the extreme side of raw food will decline, and what will increase is people incorporating more raw foods in their diets. Some people may want to be 100% raw, but I think the fast growth we are starting to see and will see more of is people shifting towards organic vs conventional, towards more plants vs. meat, and toward more raw vs. cooked. So, an overall shift. A good example of this is the huge growth of fresh juices, at least here in New York City and other cities. It’s not that everyone is suddenly eating all raw, but more and more people are learning that adding a fresh, organic green juice to your existing diet is a good thing!
In one of my favorite books, Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer discusses how our choices of being vegetarian or vegan clashes with the cultural habits. Do you think being absolutist is possible? I am living in Turkey and I am sure you noticed it is quite hard to be vegan when you have holidays and things based around traditional food. What is your opinion on this?
Yes, I agree it’s very hard to be absolutist, which is why I don’t hold myself to that standard! And I think over time cultural habits will change, and people will not view meat as the standard. For example, why do all airplane meals include meat? Why not have it all be vegetarian, no one needs to have meat for their meal on an airplane. As it is now, you have to order ahead for a vegetarian or vegan meal. Why not have that be the standard? I think things will shift, so that instead of “chicken or beef” it will be “chicken or vegetarian?” and then from there it will be “vegetarian or vegan” etc. on airplanes.
As for holidays and being a guest at someone else’s home, I simply do my best and think it’s okay for everyone to do that. If someone was serving pork chops I wouldn’t feel comfortable to eat that, but I would be fine to eat the vegetable dishes, even they are cooked, and cooked in butter. For me it’s just about doing the best I can in any circumstance without making it difficult, or upsetting anyone.
I LOVE Jonathan Safran Foer’s book! And he makes the same argument that this absolutism is becoming outdated. He makes the case (I think this was in an interview and not in the book) that we do not say we are “environmentalists” or not at all an environmentalist. It’s not black and white in that case. So why are we trying so hard to apply absolutist labels to how people eat? When people ask me, I say I eat mostly plants mostly raw most of the time. But I can’t say I’m “vegan” because then if I eat some broccoli that someone cooked with some butter, suddenly I’m no longer “vegan”. More and more I hear people say things like “yeah, I hardly ever eat meat” … and it only everyone in the world would do this, it would be a whole different world. The idea of absolute 100% vegan scares people… they worry they’ll never be able to eat their precious bacon again. It’s much easier for them to agree with the idea that they could eat less meat.
As a busy businesswomen how do you find time to relax? What do you do?
It’s not easy… my work and my own life are so mixed together, I’m almost always looking at my email, replying, and so “working” all the time. One time I was at the dentist office, in the chair getting a teeth cleaning, which is painful, and yet I felt so relaxed. I realized, it’s because I can’t look at my phone. I’m unreachable. No one can ask me a question, or tell me about a crisis, or anything. J So it felt relaxing to be there. But, I do try to do nicer things than go to the dentist! Taking my dog to the dog park is always relaxing for me, to sit on the bench and watch the dogs play. Or just taking him for a walk. And I like to read as much as I can, so when I can take the time, I’ll read. I have piles and piles of books I’ve started reading or intend to read.
I am curious about the other aspects of your green / healthy living. It was a complete lifestyle change for you, right? This is what happens when you start changing your diet, I think everything changes with your food. It brings awareness on what you put on your skin, what you wear, how everything you use on a daily basis affects the planet. What aspects of your life changed after you switched?
A shift towards a raw (and organic) diet almost always comes with a shift in overall lifestyle. If you become aware of eating only the cleanest products, you’ll become more sensitive to skincare, and only wanting to use the cleanest products. You’ll start scrutinizing the labels on pet food and want to shift your pets towards an organic, clean, and even raw diet. This may sounds hokey but after I went completely raw, it was like a fog lifted from my brain. I saw things differently and became more sensitive to all things unnatural, whether it’s someone’s overpowering cologne in an elevator, or noticing the piles of plastic bottles and junk overflowing from city trash cans. Going mostly raw and vegan also opened my eyes to the world of animal rights. And once I adopted a dog, I only felt even stronger about wanting to defend animals from cruelty and harm. So yes, it has been a big change, but an amazing change. It’s all about awareness and I think as more people become aware, more people will change. If someone who eats regular meat watched a video of how the animals are raised, treated, and killed, they would likely never eat factory farmed meat again. It’s all about knowledge and many people are working hard to make the knowledge available, the same information that many big companies are trying to keep hidden. States in the U.S. are passing laws to make it illegal for someone to record undercover video in a factory farm. So if you try to expose this truth, now you can go to jail? It’s crazy. I care deeply about these things that I didn’t know anything about before.
As a sneaker collectioner, I am curious about yours! Actually I was surprised, I thought New Yorkers prefer high heels to sneakers. What is your favorite?
I have an embarrassingly huge collection of sneakers, many of them purchased as long ago as twenty years. Mostly Pumas, some Adidas, and Vans. Pumas are what I wear most every day, the old ones. Funny, now I avoid buying any leather or suede, so I woudn’t buy new ones. Luckily I read that Puma and other companies are looking to move away from real suede and leather in their shoes!
I don’t know how women wear heels all the time. I wore them every day when I worked in finance, but now I could not. At least not walking any distance. Now, when I go to a special event and wear high heels, I always have a pair of sneakers tucked in my bag. What if I can’t get a taxi and need to walk home? Or, what if something worse? I don’t like the idea of not being able to run if I needed to, and I also normally walk really fast, which isn’t possible in high heels, at least not for me!
What new projects are you working on at the moment? What is on the horizon?
I’m always working on a lot of different things. I’d like to publish another book, however it’s time consuming so it’s not happening any time soon! We are also continuing to introduce new products to sell in our juice bars and from the online store. And I do have some other things up my sleeve, but nothing to announce just yet! Right now I’m already looking forward to next Spring’s warm weather and getting our backyard garden open for the season at Pure Food and Wine!
Switching to a healthier diet and lifestyle eventually brings up this subject: What the heck am I using on my skin? Our skin is our largest organ, and it absorbs up to 70 % of what we put on. If you are careful about what you are eating, and only want cleanest ingredients, you will start to want the same for your skin. My quest for organic skin care started when I was studying in London -I realized that even if I eat organic, whole foods, my skin was very problematic and I was constantly fighting with adult acne mostly on my chin area. After switching on to a clearer diet and products, it is definitely much better now. Most people are sceptical about organic skin care, questioning if they really work. After years of experience, I can say they work brilliantly. Here, you will see my organic skin care favorites, although I cheat sometimes (see the Chanel perfumes above). I have a oily/combination and problematic skin (mostly on the chin area) so these may not work for everyone, however you will see that most of the products I have can be used by every skin type.
I have classic routine: I first take my makeup off by using Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water and cleanse my face with Dead Sea Spa Magik Gentle Cleansing Facial Wash. If I use waterproof mascara, Living Nature Gentle Eye Makeup Remover will take it off effortlessly. I really like toners, my favorite ones are Dr. Hauschka Facial Toner, Aubrey Organics Pure Aloe Vera and Aisha Lavender Infused Mist. Exfoliation is a really important part of my skincare routine. I make sure I exfoliate my face daily, either using Clarisonic Mia, Jurlique Fruit Enzyme Exfoliator or Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant. My favorite mask is Pangea Organics Facial Mask which has matcha with goji and açai berry listed in ingredients. Dr. Hauschka Clay Mask and GlamGlow YouthMud are recent finds that I also find that works well with my skin.
I have dry and damaged hair due to my teenager and college years -I was constantly changing my hair color (I was a redhead!) and all these years really damaged my hair a big deal. I have been natural for almost two years- no more dying, but I do straighten my hair because I have curly/wavy hair that is also very frizzy. I tried many brands but organic shampoo-conditioner is one big challenge to me, I couldn’t find any that works well on my hair type. Until I met Giovanni– an ecological hair care brand. Their Avocado & Olive Oil and Brazilian Keratin & Argan Oil lines works great with my hair. Other products I use in bath are: Ren Seaweed and Sage Body Wash and Ecowell Intimate Wash, both great products and don’t contain any artificial perfumes. Body Scrub by ila is another favorite, I like to use it with Hemp Mitt from The Body Shop. Once or twice a week, I try to do a 20 min. hot bath with Himalayan or Epsom salts, green clay and essential oils. I find it really relaxing and detoxifying for the body. Foam baths are one of the worst things you can do to your body -most foam bath products have detergents (That is how they foam!). They strip natural oils from the body, and can be in your bloodstream in minutes! So try to use natural things for bath -it may not look fancy, but you will definitely feel much better.
Most people don’t take the toothpaste seriously – to me, it was one of the most important switches in my bathroom products. One of the greatest absorptions takes place under the tongue (that is why there are so many sublingual pills at the market), so imagine what your body absorbs from your toothpaste -you guessed right, toxic chemicals again. Here are two really good and natural toothpastes that also helps you with bad breath: Dentiste’ Whiter Fresh Hygienic & Therapeutic Toothpaste and Dr. Hauschka Fortifying Mint Toothpaste. Make sure you use a toxic-free soap as well, here I try to use local soaps- Bodrum is a natural soap heaven.
Moisturizers and serums are a big part of my routine. Even if I have oily skin, I prefer oil based moisturizers. I find them more hydrating, therefore my skin does not get oily during the day. Just make sure you use only a small amount!
The best cream I used so far is Raw Organic Bee Yummy Skin Food by Live Live. It has bee products like honey, bee pollen, propolis, royal jelly and additionally St. John’s Wort oil. Very light and hydrating, I mostly use it in the morning for a good makeup base.
RMS Beauty Organic Coconut Oil is another favorite, I can say it is quite expensive but the best quality coconut oil I could ever find. You can use coconut oil as a makeup remover and face-body and hair moisturizer, it is truly a multi purpose product.
Decléor Aroma Night Baume de Nuit Purifiant Ylang Ylang is a moisturizer I use at night when I feel like my skin is very dehydrated due to weather changes. It works great but a bit heavy so I use a little bit and occasionally. This is not a organic product but has all-natural ingredients.
Onto the serums. I really like them as I feel they are absorbed immediately by skin, they are great for summer. My most beloved one is Dr. Alkaitis Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil. I can say this is the product makes my skin glow like nothing else. You can use it for your body and hair too.
My brother brought this ESPA Optimal Skin ProSerum from London. This is a relatively new spa brand, but I am sure they will be very popular soon. This particular serum has a combination of natural essential oils and works like magic if you want hydrated, glowing skin.
Decléor Aromessence Ylang Ylang Sérum Purifiant is another favorite if I feel particularly oily that day. It really keeps oil and acne at bay.
Sea Buckthorn with Ester-C Rejuvenating Antioxidant Serum and White Camellia Oil by Aubrey Organics are my anti-aging serums that use mostly on my expression lines. I really like this comparingly cheap but effective brand. La Roche Posay Cicaplast is not organic nor has a natural label, I use it only for my acne scars if I have any, really heals the scars like nothing else. It basically covers the scar and helps it heal itself very, very quickly. This is a product most people use after cosmetic peels.
Rare Blossom Organic Rhodiola & Green Tea Eye Cream is what I use around my eye area. I don’t use it everyday (probably I should), only when I feel particularly dry. This is a Turkish organic brand which unfortunately, is no more available. I have to find something else soon.
Living Nature Manuka Honey Rescue Gel and Andalou Naturals Blemish Vanishing Gel are what I use on my acne. They work amazingly well. Jurlique Blemish Cream is a tinted cream, I use it on my chin area in the morning if I don’t want to put makeup on.
For body, Thann Jasmine Blossom Rice Extract Body Milk is what use after shower. It is light and hydrating, great for summer. Rare Blossom St. John’s Wort & Arnica Oil is actually a massage oil, I use it at night sometimes to give myself a relaxing reflexology massage. Body Oil for Vital Energy and Body Balm for Feeding Skin and Senses by ila are my go-to products when I particularly feel dry especially during winter. It is great to use them both on knees, elbows and heels.
Deodorants are extremely important to me. I know that most deodorants you find on the market are full of toxic chemicals, perfumes and heavy metals such as aluminum. Remember your body has a natural detox system, that is our lymphatic system. We as humans are designed to perspire, and by using such products, you actually block your lymphatic system. According to latest researches using toxic deodorants will increase the risk of getting breast cancer- very easy to understand why. We should seek out for natural alternatives which also prevents the odor by fighting with bad bacteria. My four favorites are: Weleda Sage Deodorant, Lavera Fresh Deodorant Spray (Organic Lavender & Aloe Vera), Erbaviva Lemon & Sage Deodorant and Crystal Body Deodorant Stick. I like them all -they don’t prevent sweat but definitely make you feel fresh and keep you odor-free all day long.
Colloidal Silver by Source Wellness is truly amazing, multi functional product: You can use it for skin infections, wounds, cuts, burns, insect bites, acne, inflammation, sunburn and similar conditions. Smudge in Spray by The Crystal Garden is another gem I found in Whole Foods store. It is made from herb infused spring water, coming from sacred sites around the world including Mother Mary’s home in Anatolia, Turkey. I spray it around me sometimes when I meditate or pray.
For a subtle glow, I use Vita Liberata‘s Untinted Self Tan Gel for Face and Body. Lavera Summer Glow Facial Moisturizer also a great alternative to keep the summer tan longer, it gives you some color without streaks. They are the only autobronzers I could find that is organic, and I am very happy with them -because they are untinted and won’t cause streaks, they are great to use on very pale skin like mine. My pale skin requests a good protection from the sun- I live in Bodrum where we see 45 °C very easily during summer. Alba Botanica SPF 40 Natural Protection Sport Spray is what I use on my body. It is very emollient and really the best natural sunscreen I could find. For my face I use Kiss My Face SPF 50 Face Factor. If I want to get tan a little bit, I sometimes use Institut Esthederm Adaptasun Sensitive Skin Tanning Face Cream (Normal to Strong Sun). It is not exactly natural but I find it helps your skin get tanned while protecting it. In case I got any sunburn (which happens very, very rarely) I use Rare Blossom After Sun Refreshener, works like magic. Your lips also need protection- Hurraw! SPF 15 Lip Balm is an amazing product. I actually own couple flavors of Hurraw! brand, it is the best organic, raw lip balm in the market.
For hair, again I really like Giovanni‘s 2chic Avocado & Olive Oil line. I also like to use organic & raw Blood of the Dragon Styling Gel by Morocco Method Int’l for a beachy hair- I mostly use it after I swim. Weleda Rosemary Hair Oil is another product I use as a part of the hair mask. (I will give you a recipe soon.) Hair powders are my life-savers; because I have curly hair and the water here is extremely harsh, I cannot wash my hair everyday -it goes crazy. So hair powders keep me fresh during these days. Lulu Organics does the best hair powder that also smells great.
I have a very big selection of essential oils -I really believe in them. You can actually make your own skin care with these magical oils. I will be writing about aromatherapy and giving you natural skin care recipes soon. There are lots of good brands, but to support local brands, my choices are Aisha and Tabia which are quite high quality. For the perfumes, I actually cheat in this part. I have so many toxic perfumes -but I make sure I don’t wear them on my skin. I spray onto my hair and clothes. The only perfumes I use on my skin are the natural ones – Auric Blends and Kuumba Made make the most beautiful natural fragrances. I also like Badger Organic Balms -they have a great selection. Meditation Balm and Stress Soother are my favorites.
I have few life-saver products on my bedside; Weleda Skin Food which saves my hands every night, Badger Organic Foot Balm, Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm which saves my lips by when they are chapped, lavender pouch sleeping mask by Holistic Silk and Durance Pillow Mist.
It is been a very long post, if you are still reading, we have a beauty junkie 🙂 I would like your opinion on natural beauty finds: What do you like? What are your recent finds? Please share!
Happy Holidays and New Year’s Eve!
This is a long overdue post, but lately I was very busy with work, also had a 2-day Paris trip. It is always inspiring to see the Christmas spirit in Paris. I was actually blown away by the patisserie arts- it is not my first time there, but I have seen new places that are filled with mouthwatering goodies (even if I don’t eat and crave for sweet stuff a lot). During this time, I was thinking and doing my research on a classic Christmas recipe. So I came up with Bûche de Noël or Yule Log if you prefer, which is a Christmas dessert that is originally French. Of course I could not use the original recipe, which is full of refined sugar, flour and other ingredients I don’t even have in my kitchen. I tried to find a raw version of this, and I found one recipe here. This original recipe uses avocados, but I didn’t have avocados in hand, so I changed the recipe: I used more dates and coconut oil for the chocolate filling. It became a little bit heavier, so I will definitely try it with avocados next time, I assume it will be fluffier. Also I didn’t use matcha for the crust, but jasmine tea.
For the decoration, I thought of doing mushrooms out of almond meal and some honey, but I didn’t have much time so I ended up decorating the cake with rosemary from my garden, some acorns, pines and shredded coconut. I am very happy with the result, this is actually a gift for a dear colleague and friend of mine… She was deploring about the lack of Christmas decorations, events and overall holiday spirit in Turkey, so I think we are going to surprise her! Hereby I would like everyone a delightful, happy and joyous Christmas! Hope you enjoy your festive time with your family and friends…
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 2 cups oats
- 1 cup buckwheat
- 3 tablespoon water
- 4 tablespoon agave or honey
- 3 tablespoon cacao butter
- 2 teaspoon jasmine tea, process if in leaf form
- 1 pinch of sea salt
The chocolate filling:
- 2-3 small avocados
- 5 pitted Medjool dates
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon agave or honey
The Nutella filling:
- 2 cup hazelnuts
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4-5 tablespoons of chocolate filling
To make the crust :
- Process the dried coconut, the oats and the buckwheat – all separately – in a blender until finely chopped.
- Melt the cacao butter in a bain-marie.
- In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients until the composition starts to hold together.
- Transfer the biscuit composition on a parchment paper, roll it to get a homogenous crust. Set aside while you are preparing the fillings.
To make the chocolate filling:
Combine all the ingredients: avocado’s, dates, cacao powder, agave or honey– in a food processor until everything is smooth.
To make the Nutella filling:
- Process the hazelnuts in a mixer to get a finely flour.
- Combine the hazelnut flour with 4-5 tablespoons of chocolate filling and other ingredients.
Spread the Nutella mixture on the biscuit crust cake, completely covering it. Roll up the cake with parchment paper from short side.
Cover the roulade with the rest of the chocolate filling to get a Bûche look. You can use a fork to give the wooden texture. Decorate with acorns, rosemary, and shredded coconut.
All the best,
Last month, I attended my second Kinfolk event. As you know, Kinfolk is a beautiful print that also organizes workshops and events all over the world (if you didn’t hear about it, I strongly recommend you to check their website and my first post about the first event I attended). This time the theme was herbal infusions. As a herb and tea enthusiast, it was impossible for me to skip on this event! Our host Ece, is an amazing tea expert so the whole workshop was based around her expertise on tea, blends, infusions and the history of tea in general. The workshop was held in one of the newly opened tea houses in Istanbul, Dem Karaköy. It is a beautifully designed place, and the menu is unbelievable: they have 60 different teas, and we later learn that Ece did the consultation for that amazing menu. It is so refreshing to see something like this in Istanbul: we mostly have coffee houses but we don’t praise tea enough in cafés and restaurants… I thought my love for tea was quite intense, until I met Ece; She has the most amazing stories to share about tea, and has her own recipes for blends, and she shares this love with her readers in her beautifully constructed website. I was lost in it for hours!
It was a beautiful day of professional tea tasting; We had a privilege of tasting more than 10 different teas of the famous Ronnefeldt tea brand, even the different flushes of the same varieties (like Darjeeling first flush/second flush). We learned about varieties of tea, the differences, simmering techniques, tea history and blending.Dem Karaköy has a very cozy atmosphere which went great with the event. I particularly liked how they filled the space with little details -all about tea.
Ece’s tea menu for the day was mind blowing; We tested Ronnefeldt’s Nurbong (Darjeeling first flush), Jungpana (Darjeeling second flush), Milky Oolong, Superior Fancy Oolong, Fancy Sencha, Green North Tukvar, Silver Yunnan, Rooibos, Maracuja Orange, Good Vitality, Yerba Mate, Vervain and Jasmine Pearls. It was surprising to learn that we can only call ‘tea’ to the ones coming from ‘Camellia Sinensis’ plant. The other ones called infusions or herbal teas. There are 6 different varieties of tea depending on their oxidation/fermentation levels and processes; white, yellow, green, oolong, black and pu-erh. The quality of soil, weather conditions, sun and rain exposure, cultivation, and processing techniques define the quality of a tea.
photos courtesy of Didem Kendik
Ece is holding a special glass cup named ‘Gaiwan’ in the picture above. She told us that this is a three-piece cup and each part represents the nature; the plate is the soil, the cup is the human and the lid is the sky. Very meaningful isn’t it?
First we see and smell the tea in dried form. It was enlightening to see how good quality the leaves are. We have learned that the powder form of tea is often seen as very low quality, and therefore less expensive and used in tea bags. So, no more tea bags for me! I always try to source organic teas but I never really thought about the teabags, now I am a firm believer in loose tea, thanks to Ece.
Then, she wanted us to smell and see the leaves in wet form, again it was fascinating to see how their form and smell changes right away. We learned that the quality of water is quite important, it should be filtered or spring water and around pH 7. I was also surprised to learn she is using a thermometer to measure the warmth of the water. I found out that I was burning my white tea so far! The steeping temperatures vary; for green tea 70-80 °C, yellow 77-80 °C, white 66-75 °C, oolong 85-90 °C, black tea and pu-erh 96-100 °C. If you user hotter water, the taste will be much bitter, so I’d try to stick to these measurements.
You can see different colors of ‘liquor’ (the extracted liquid). It was an interesting aspect of tea tasting, a true ritual. Each of them has different caffeine levels, of course not as high as coffee, but still. As you may guess, black tea has the highest amount (approx. 135 mg caffeine for a cup) and white tea the lowest (10 mg for a cup). Most herbal teas are caffeine free- except yerba mate.right photo courtesy of Düğme Film
They served us the teas in super cute, tiny tasting tea glasses. This form is classically Turkish. I actually found these glasses couple months ago in a famous Turkish glass shop (Paşabahçe). It was a pleasant surprise to see them here. I also want these teapots! Very practical and I really like their design (which is unusual to me as I am very picky when it comes to choose a good design).
My favorite tea was Milky Oolong, Ece told us that this is her favorite one as well, and she is drinking it everyday. When she was describing it, I couldn’t believe that it has this milky flavor. However, it really surprised me. The funny thing is, I don’t drink milk and don’t like the taste of it, but it tastes incredibly soft. I need it in my life!
She also made us taste some fruity blends, such as this one, Maracuja Orange. It was one of my favorite, and I adored the liquor color -never seen a tea that is very light pink before. This one also makes great ice tea according to Ece.The food buffet by The Food Project. It was delicious as usual, I really enjoyed the gifts they prepared for us; Jasmine Cookies and Lollipops. I wish I had more -they inspired me to do my own raw jasmine cookies! left photo courtesy of Düğme Film / Ece wears a Sobremesa apron in the picture above.
The beautiful table center piece arrangement by Vesaire. It was truly beautiful, I couldn’t take my eyes off of it for a long time. // Ece prepared for us these to-die-for blends, filled in mandarins. I was really amazed by it, very creative!
The gifts left a huge smile on my face; a beautiful glass teapot, lavender sugar by Geraldine Cooks, ‘Blabbering Tea’ blend and flowering tea by Ece, Echinacea DIY kit by Müz, and a beautiful cotton bag by Sobremesa. Special thanks to all of them, they did an amazing job!
I would like to share Ece’s Masala Chai recipe, it is one of my favorite teas so this is much needed!
- black tea
- milk (you can also use almond milk instead of soy milk or cow’s / goat’s milk)
- honey or sugar (agave can be used as well)
- black pepper
Heat 350 ml of filtered/spring water on a stove. Add cinnamon stick and a little piece of grated ginger, bring it to boil. In another pot, heat 100 ml of milk (of your choice) and add a little bit of saffron, honey or other sweetener. After the spice water is boiled, take it out from the heat and add 2 teaspoons of loose black tea, 10 crushed cardamom and 4 black pepper. Simmer it for 5 minutes and drain the spices. Mix it with milk.
P.S.: You can add a little bit of fennel seeds as well.
Enjoy it!photo courtesy of Düğme Film.
It was truly a beautiful event, made by beautiful people. I am really thankful to get to know everyone a bit closer. Special thanks goes to Ece, she is one special and talented lady. I find myself obsessing about tea and chasing different teas/flushes thanks to her.
Hope to see you soon at the next event!
Dünya üzerindeki besin değeri en yüksek içecek. Tam buğdayın filizlendirilip toprağa ekilmesinden elde edilir.
Çok uzun yıllar boyunca terapi ve besin takviyesi amacıyla kullanılmıştır, özellikle Dr. Ann Wigmore ve onun liderliğinde kurulan enstitülerde kanser ve MS gibi kronik hastalıkları iyileştirmek amaçlı kullanılmıştır. Taze sıkılmış olanı içerdiği canlı enzim seviyesi yüzünden en etkilisi olarak bilinir, fakat tablet, toz, konsantre olarak da bulmak mümkün.
- A, C, E ve K vitaminleri açısından en zengin kaynaktır
- B kompleks vitaminleri açısından çok zengindir, özellikle içerdiği iyi miktarda B 17 laetril vitamini sayesinde kanser hücrelerini sağlıklı hücrelere zarar vermeden öldürür
- Yüksek ve dengeli oranda organik kalsiyum, fosfor, magnezyum, sodyum, sulfur, çinko ve potasyum içerir
- 1 shot bardağı çim suyu 103 vitamin, mineral ve amino asit içerir, besin değeri olarak 2.5 kilo sebzeye eşdeğerdir.
- Havuç ve diğer sebze, meyvelere göre çok daha güçlü detoks etkisi vardır. Dr. Earp-Thomas, 6.8 kilo buğday çiminin toksin attırıcı etkisi olarak 158.8 kilo havuç, kereviz ve diğer besleyici sebzeye eşdeğer olduğunu söylemiştir.
- Dışardan almamız gereken tüm amino asitleri içerdiği için tam proteindir. Bir çok doktor tarafından içerdiği yüksek besin değeri sebebiyle tam besin olarak da tanımlanır.
- % 70 oranında klorofil içerir. Klorofil ışığın oluşturduğu ilk üründür ve herhangi bir elementten çok daha fazla ışık enerjisi içerir. Vücutta birikmiş olan ilaç atıklarını ve kimyasalları temizler ve mevcut toksinleri nötralize eder.
Beyaz kan hücrelerine daha fazla oksijen taşıyarak immün sistemini güçlendirir, kırmızı kan hücrelerinin yeniden yapılanmasını sağlar.
- Hayvanlar üzerinde yapılan araştırmalarda klorofil herhangi bir toksik reaksiyon göstermemiştir. Kandaki kırmızı hücrelerin sayısı 4-5 günlük klorofil tüketiminden sonra normal seviyelerine yükseldiği, ileri düzeyde anemi hastası veya kan sayımı düşük olan hayvanlarda yapılan testlerle ispatlanmıştır.
- Klorofil bir çok bitkiden elde edilebilir, fakat içerdiği, insanın ihtiyacı olan 100 den fazla besin ile buğday çimi suyu en etkili olanıdır. Organik torf toprakta yetiştirilirse, topraktan 92 minerali emerek bünyesine alır.
- Birscher klorofili ‘konsantre güneş gücü’ diye isimlendirmiştir. Araştırmalarına göre ‘klorofil kalp ve damar sistemini güçlendirir, bağırsakları karaciğeri ve rahmi olumlu etkiler.’
- Ağır metallerin vücuttan atılmasına yardımcı olur.
- Yüksek tansiyon tedavisinde etkilidir.
- İçerdiği yüksek beta karoten oranıyla, çevresel toksinlere karşı kalkan oluşturur.
- Demir bakımından zengindir, dolaşımın hızlanmasına yardımcı olur.
- Radyasyona karşı koruma görevi vardır
- Saçların beyazmalamasını önler
- Karaciğer, dolaşım ve sindirim sistemleri için detoks etkisi vardır
- Cilt için en güzel temizleyicidir, akne, egzama, sedef gibi cilt hastalıklarında çok etkilidir.
- Kesik, yanık, böcek ısırması, zehirli sarmaşık ve tümörlerde cilt dışından uygulandığında çok etkilidir.
- Boğaz ağrısı, kötü ağız kokusu ve diş çürümelerini tedavide etkilidir.
- Kandaki alkali seviyesini yükseltir.
- Çok güçlü yaşlanma karşıtıdır.
- Kolonu temizler, kolon duvarlarını iyileştirmeye yardımcıdır.
- Hücrelerdeki enzim seviyesini arttırır, yenilenmelerini sağlar
- Metabolizmayı hızlandırır
- Bernard Jensen buğday çimi suyunun minimal enerji harcanarak birkaç dakika içinde sindirildiğini söylemiştir.
- Kan şekerini dengelemeye yardımcıdır.
- Hazmı kolaylaştırır, kabızlık tedavisinde ve bağırsakların düzenli çalışmasında çok etkilidir.
- Akciğerlerde asidik gazları solumak nedeniyle oluşan yaraları iyileştirebilir, klorofille artan hemoglobin üretimi sonucu hücrelere kanla daha fazla oksijen taşındığı için karbonmonoksidin vücuda zararları minimize edilir.
- Bilinen herhangi bir yan etkisi yoktur, bazı insanlarda mide bulantısı yapabilir. Çok ender de olsa alerji oluşturabilir.
1 shot bardağı yani 60 ml kadar almanız gerekir. Eğer medikal sebeplerle kür olarak alacaksanız 60 ml ile başlayıp vücudu alıştırdıktan sonra 170-300 ml arası içebilirsiniz. Kolon implantı olarak veya cilt üzerine topik olarak da uygulanabiliyor. Her zaman aç karına için ve sindirmek için bir 15-20 dk bekleyin. Ağzınızda çalkaladıktan sonra yutmak en iyisidir çünkü ağzınızdaki enzimlerle karışır, daha kolay sindirilir ve diş minesine çok yararı vardır. Ağızdaki yaraları da iyileştirdiği biliniyor. Çok konsantre ve güçlü olduğu için ilk sefer 60 ml den fazla almayın, kusma veya başdönmesine neden olabilir (detoks semptomu olduğuna işarettir).
En iyisi kendiniz yetiştirmenizdir. Aşağıdaki infografikte 3 basit aşamadan oluşan yapımının detaylarını görebilirsiniz:
The most nutrient rich food in the planet. Wheatgrass is grown from the wheat seed (wheat berries) which is the whole kernel of the wheat grain. It is used for many years for its therapeutic and nutritional properties. Dr. Ann Wigmore and institutes based on her teachings has been helping people get well from chronic disorders for 30 years using wheatgrass. Freshly squeezed juice is the most effective one because of the alive enzyme activity, however you can also find it in form of a dried juice concentrate, an extract, a whole leaf powder or tablets.
- One of the richest sources of vitamins A, C, E and K
- Contains a full, balanced spectrum of readily assimilated B vitamins, including B 17 (laetrile) which has been credited with selectively destroying cancer cells without affecting normal cells
- Contains a high quality of organic calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, sulfur, zinc and potassium in a balanced ratio.
- one ounce (shot) contains 103 vitamins & minerals and amino acids.
- 2 ounces has the same nutritional value of 5 pounds of vegetables.
- Wheatgrass juice is a superior detoxification agent compared to carrot juice and other fruits and vegetables, Dr. Earp-Thomas, associate of Dr. Ann Wigmore, says that 15 pounds of wheatgrass is the equivalent of 350 pounds of carrot, lettuce, celery and other nutritious vegetables
- Because it incorporates all the necessary amino acids, it is a complete protein, also is considered a complete food by many authorities
- Contains 70 % chlorophyll, which is the first product of light and therefore contains more light energy than any other element. It helps wash drug deposits from the body, purifies blood and organs and counteracts toxins. It also oxygenates the white blood cells of the body, in turn boosting the immune system. It also helps build the red blood cells, which carry oxygen to every single cell.
- Studies of various animals have shown chlorophyll to be free of any toxic reaction. The red cell count was returned to normal within 4 to 5 days of the administration of chlorophyll, even in those animals which were known to be extremely anemic or low in red cell count.
- Chlorophyll can be extracted from many plants, but wheatgrass is superior because it has been found to have over 100 elements needed by man. If grown organic soil, it absorbs 92 of the known minerals from the soil.
- Birscher called chlorophyll ‘concentrated sun power’. He said ‘chlorophyll increases the function of the heart, affects the vascular system, the intestines, the uterus and the lungs.’
- Helps remove toxic heavy metals stored in the tissues.
- Reduces high blood pressure and alleviates stress
- Contains beta carotene, which acts as a scavenger against harmful molecules, air pollution or other environmental toxins
- Provides organic iron to improve blood circulation
- Increases resistance to radiation
- Keeps hair from graying
- Detoxifies liver, circulatory & digestive systems
- Excellent skin cleanser, helps with acne, eczema and psioriasis
- Used to treat cuts, rashes, burns, scrapes, bites, poison ivy and tumours when applied topically
- Used to treat sore throats & mouth sores
- Sweetens your breath, treats morning breath, helps prevent tooth decay
- Restores alkalinity to the blood & circulatory system
- Powerful anti-aging properties
- Cleanses colon, heals the intestinal walls
- Helps increase enzyme level in our cells, which aids rejuvenation in the body
- Increases metabolism
- Bernard Jensen says that it only takes minutes to digest wheatgrass juice and uses up very little body energy
- Improves blood sugar problems
- Improves digestion, great for constipation and keeping the bowels regular
- Wheatgrass juice can dissolve the scars that are formed in the lungs from breathing acid gasses. The effect of carbon monoxide is minimized since chlorophyll increases hemoglobin production.
- No known side effects, however very few allergies noted
How do I take it?
You need to take minimum 2 ounces (1 shot), or 6 to 10 ounces for therapeutic uses. It can be taken also as a colon implant, or be used topically. Always drink it on a empty stomach, allowing 15-20 minutes to digest. The optimum way to drink it is to ‘swish’ it around your mouth to mix it with your digestive enzymes before swallowing. If you are new, start with 2 ounces and increase the amount if you like. Do not drink more than 5 ounces at a time, as it is very powerful and concentrated, it may cause nausea or vomitting, which is a brief manifestation of initial impact of the wheatgrass juice upon bodily toxins.
Here is a good infographic to explain the simple steps:
soaking, sprouting, planting, harvesting and storing.
Guest Recipe by Rachael from RachaelCampbell.com
Rachael is an intuitive mentor and healer, guiding women to listen to that voice inside themselves, so they can create a life full of success, love and happines through her website rachaelcampbell.com. Rachael is a graduate of the Matthew Kenney Academy, a certified Raw Food Chef. Rachael has a vision to share the love she has of plant based cuisine with the world through Rachael’s Raw Food. Rachael is enthusiastic about healthy foods that nourish us the way nature intended; food that is clean, pure, full of energy and breathes life into our bodies.
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Ingredients for salad
1 bunch kale (tuscan kale or curly leafed scots kale) stems removed
1 1/2 avocados chopped
1/2 red onion small thinly sliced
1/2 lebanese cucumber thinly sliced
red chilli sliced to taste
coriander to taste
Method for salad
Remove stem from kale, wash and chop coarsely, place into mixing bowl
Grind salt and pepper through kale and let sit for about 10 minutes to enhance flavour
Add chopped avocado, red onion, cucumber, red chilies, and coriander toss gently through salad
Ingredients for dressing
6 teaspoons lemon juice
6 teaspoons lime juice
1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
coriander to taste
salt and pepper to taste
Method for dressing
Place ingredients into vitamix and blend on high speed for about 1 minute
Toss dressing gently through salad
red chilli sliced
salt and pepper to taste
Some of the health benefits of Kale
Kale is a form of cabbage. It is full of antioxidants, anti inflammatory nutrients and cancer preventive nutrients. It is very high in iron, vitamin C, B complex group of vitamins, and calcium. Kale contains sulforaphane particularly when chopped or minced. It also has a chemical which boosts DNA repair in cells.
Enjoy every bite!!