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Apologies for the lack of posts lately, I’ve taken some time off blogging due to a sudden and unexpected move to Sydney. But I’m back! I missed ya, I did. You look ravishing today. You do!

As promised, here is your guide (finally) to building a bad ass smoothie armoury. Once you have gathered these ingredients you’ll be shooting from the hip come smoothie o’clock. You don’t need to go out and buy them all at once — take your time collecting them. As I said in the previous post, the superfood powders seem expensive at first but you only use a teaspoon or a tablespoon at a time so they will last you a long time.

I cleared a shelf in my pantry for all of my smoothie bits and pieces. Once you get rolling, you’ll be knocking back at least one smoothie a day so it is worth making the space. Smoothies are perfect for breakfast, post-workout, lunch, dessert, and with a few magic ingredients — matcha, maca or cacao — they can even, GASP, replace your morning coffee. So make some space, start collecting your gear, and get slurping!

ESSENTIALS
Frozen bananas: I buy a bunch of bananas every week with my grocery shopping, it’s the easiest way to make sure you always have bananas ready to freeze. When they start to spot, peel them, pop them in sandwich bags and into the freezer. Bananas are high in potassium, vitamins C and B-6, manganese and fibre AND they are my NUMBER ONE smoothie ingredient. They have the perfect sweetness and give your smoothies a lovely creamy consistency.

Fresh, seasonal, organic or farmer’s market produce: I think it’s important to buy organic, for your health, the environment and for flavour. Make the effort to buy fresh, seasonal produce — look up where your closest farmer’s market is — and you will be rewarded with flavour and more nutrient-dense smoothies.

Dates:  Medjool dates are absolutely delicious. They are the perfect caramel-like sweetener for your smoothies. And they happen to be packed with minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients. Sweet deal.

Açaí puree pouches: You will need these powerful little purple pouches for  açaí bowl breakies. Heaven in a bowl. This Brazilian tropical fruit is not only delicious, it will also dose you with amino acids, antioxidants and omega fatty acids — a beautifying combination that slows the ageing process and boosts the immune system.

Frozen berries: It’s always handy to keep some frozen berries in the house. They are a brilliant açaí bowl ingredient, are high in vitamin C and bursting with other antioxidants too!

SUPERFOOD POWDERS
There are many new superfoods hitting the market every week, and many new brands. Not all of them are created equal so I have added my favourite brands below to help you suss out the good stuff.
Cacao powder
This Mayan superfood is one of my all-time favourite smoothie boosters. Not only does a spoonful of this stuff make your smoothie exquisitely chocolatey it will also ensure your liquid breakie gets a dose of antioxidants, protein, zinc, calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium. Cacao also boosts serotonin levels which is our natural anti-depressant — among other therapeutic  benefits.
My favourite cacao powder is the Ecuadorian Gold by Power Superfoods.

Maca Powder
Maca is a Peruvian root and is jam-packed with nutrients. It is high in vitamins A, C, E and B vitamins. It also provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron and magnesium. Maca is said to promote sexual function in men and women. PLUS it is said to relieve issues relating to women’s menopause and menstrual cycle. Not to mention it is known to increase energy levels and stamina! It really is top stuff.
My favourite maca powder is by Power Superfoods.

Mesquite powder
This powder is ground from the pods of the mesquite plant and has a sweet, nutty and caramel-like flavour — especially delicious when paired with cacao. It is a high-protein wholefood that is rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc and the amino acid lysine (great for bone health, cholesterol management, pain relief, anxiety and stress reduction). It also helps to control blood sugar levels so it’s a great superfood for diabetics.
My favourite mesquite powder is by Loving Earth.

Lacuma powder
Lacuma is a subtropical fruit native to Peru, Chilli and Ecuador. It is gluten-free and a great source of antioxidants. It is a natural sweetener that won’t raise your blood-sugar levels. It adds a lovely almost maple-like flavour to your smoothies while delivering fibre, vitamins and minerals.
My favourite lacuma powder is by Loving Earth.

Psyllium husk powder
This powder is derived from the gluten-free psyllium seed. It is a rich source of soluble dietary fibre. It helps to cleanse the bowel, lower cholesterol levels and has been used to help regulate blood sugar levels in diabetics. It will bulk out your smoothie without adding any flavour.
My favourite psyllium husk powder is by Planet Organic.

Plant-based protein powder
There are many plant-based protein powders on the market. Some, especially the raw varieties, are more nutrient dense than others. The problem I have with many of them is their chalky consistency. If the powder is too chalky, it ruins the smoothie and they are less likely to become a daily habit. So I stick with the least chalky one I’ve found.
My favourite is Vital Protein’s natural pea protein isolate. 

Matcha powder
Matcha is a Japanese green tea leaf powder. It is a nutrient-rich wholefood that gives you an extra zing in the mornings, increases metabolism, fortifies your immune system, improves cholesterol, enhances your mood and even boosts memory and concentration! Plus its high chlorophyll content (giving it that wickedly green hue) makes it a powerful detoxifier for the body.
My favourite matcha powder is Absolute Green’s certified organic green tea powder.

OTHER AWESOME EXTRAS
There are too many to list. This post would become a blogologue of epic proportions. Experiment. Have fun exploring. At the top of my list are: coconut oil (my fave is Nuigini Organics), chia seeds (my fave are Power Superfoods), activated buckwheat kernels (my fave are Loving Earth, especially their heavenly caramalised buckinis) and cinnamon. But I will try to talk a little more about ‘awesome extras’ in later posts.

For now, start stocking your smoothie armoury with these wonderful ingredients and get blitzing! Here is another of my favourite smoothie recipes to get you started. Happy slurping.

This smoothie is oh so pretty in pink. I call it…

The Molly Ringwald
Serves 1
1 heaped cup frozen raspberries
1/2 red dragon fruit
1/2 medium beet
1 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp chia seeds
Blend it like Beckham. Top with coconut and dragon fruit. Slurp.

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I sincerely hope that headline was enough to put Sade in your head for the rest of the afternoon. You’re welcome.

Now, on to my favourite way to kickstart your day in a healthy way. Whaddaya say? Okay, enough of that. I’m talkin’ smoothies ladies and gents! Vitality-giving greens, supercharged superfoods and oh-so-important hydration all in a simple slurp! What more could you ask for? Especially when you can pour it into a jar, secure the lid and head straight out the door. Whether you’re looking for a healthy fast food breakie for a busy morning, a body-nourishing icy treat to curl up with in your reading nook, or you’re just downright lazy and can’t be arsed doing much more than scoop + blitz + guzzle — smoothies are the way forward. Sing it!

I often get asked about my smoothies. Folks assume that having the right ingredients and coming up with happy combos is difficult. It’s not! All you have to do is start collecting your favourite superfoods from your local health food store. They may seem expensive at first but keep in mind you only use a tsp or a tbsp at a time so they last a lot longer than you think. The next trick is to always keep peeled, frozen bananas in sandwich bags in your freezer. Always keep a couple of litres of coconut water in your fridge. Then all you have to do is keep topping up your fruit bowl with fresh seasonal fruit and keep topping up your crisper with fresh leafy greens, or better still, grow them in your garden! Once you’re all set up, you’re shooting from the hip when it comes to your morning smoothies. Stay tuned for part two of this post, I’ll be helping you with a smoothie shopping list so you can get yourself all set up and ready to rock — coming later in the week. 

My latest love affair with the pureed world comes in the form of açaí bowls. Pronounced ah-sigh-ee, these dark purple Brazilian berries are filled with healthy antioxidants, amino acids, fibre, and essential fatty acids. You can’t buy the berries but you can buy frozen açaí puree pouches at your health food store. Açaí bowls are essentially super thick smoothies in a bowl, topped with extra fruit and granola, nuts or other crunch-giving goodies. They are delicious, and a good way to mix it up.

So here are eight of my favourite recipes for you to try. Any questions? Give me a shout!

Christmas Swirl Smoothie

Serves 1
For the red layer:
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 tbsp fresh red currants
1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 cup ice
For the green layer:
1.5 frozen bananas
1/2 avocado
1 handful silverbeet
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1 cup coconut water
Blend green layer and put aside. Blend red layer and add to bottom of your glass. Alternate layers until you finish with red on top. Swirl. Slurp.

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Tropical Kale Storm
Serves 2
1 cup pineapple
1 mango
2 frozen bananas
2 handfuls of kale
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 cups coconut water
Blend it like Beckham. Slurp.

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Açaí Five-O
Serves 2
2 pouches of açaí puree
1 lrg frozen banana
1 cup mixed frozen berries
1 tbsp lacuma powder
1 tbsp maca powder
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp vegan protein powder (I like Vital Protein vanilla)
1 tbsp coconut oil
1.5 cups coconut water
Blend it like Beckham. You’ll need the ‘bashing stick’ (as I’ve affectionately dubbed the tamper stick).
Pour into two bowls and top with violas, shredded coconut, and Living Intention’s raw superfood cereal in Açaí Blueberry (amazingly delish combo of goodies including açaí, blueberry, bilberry, amla berry, elderberry and camu camu fruit).
One bowl of this and you’ll feel like you can do anything — including donning a bikini and busting some crims.

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Buck Up Princess
Serves 1
1 tbsp activated buckwheat
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp maca powder
1 tbsp mesquite powder
1 tbsp LSA (linseed, sunflower seed, almond)
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp vegan protein powder
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 frozen bananas
2 cups filtered water
Blend it like Beckham. Slurp.
Top with Loving Earth’s cacao nibs and activated buckinis.
I woke up one morning with a horrid gym hangover and an acute case of crankiness so this smoothie was born. It’s packed full of protein for aching muscles, plus some mood enhancers and energy boosters to ease the morning grumps.

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Matcha Made in Heaven
Serves 1
2 mangoes
1 handful of kale
1.5 tsp pure matcha powder
1 tsp coconut nectar
2 cups coconut water
Ice
Blend it like Beckham. Slurp.
Matcha is a green tea leaf powder. It is a nutrient-rich wholefood and gives you an extra little zing in the mornings. Try it! It adds extra antioxidants to your smoothie and an extra spring in your step.

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Mango Goji Love Bowl
Serves 2
2 pouches of açaí puree
1 mango
1/2 cup goji berries
2 sml frozen bananas
1 tbsp LSA
1 tbsp maca powder
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp coconut oil
1.5 cups coconut water
Blend it like Beckham. You’ll need the ‘bashing stick.’
Pour into two bowls and top with shredded coconut and goji berries. Share with a hungry loved one.

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Choc Mint Cos I Can
Serves 1
2 lrg cos lettuce (romaine) leaves
1 cup mint leaves
1 frozen banana
1 medjool date
1 heaped tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp coconut oil
1.5 cups almond milk
Blend it like Beckham. Top with cacao nibs and mint. Slurp.

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Hemp sunrise
Serves 1
For the bottom layer:
4 large strawberries
1 tsp coconut nectar
A little ice
For the top layer:
1/2 cup coconut water
2 nectarines
2 frozen mango cheeks
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp hemp oil
Blend the bottom layer and add to your glass. Blend the top layer and add to your strawberry bottom. Top with shredded coconut and hemp seeds. Slurp.

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Super smoothies are my favourite way to start the day.
OK, that’s a lie.
Super smoothies would be my favourite way to start the day if I was the healthy version of myself that I aspire to be. Café brunches with pieces of sourdough the size of my head and soy lattes that come in a bucket are my favourite way to start the day. But it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that super smoothies are my second favourite way to start the day. Oh dear, I’ve lost you haven’t I?

There are so many amazing super foods available now — and a creamy morning smoothie is a delicious way to pour a load of them straight into your belly. My smoothies are mammoth. They usually have three cups of liquid where most smoothies have two but I don’t like them too thick and at this size they easily keep me full until lunch.

They are also dairy free, gluten free and detox friendly.

I try to add a serving of green superfood powder to every smoothie. My favourites are Vital Greens, Synergy Natural Wheat Grass, and Amazing Grass Green Superfood’s cacao infusion. A serving of these powders is usually only one or two teaspoons and the flavour is easily hidden amongst the rest of the smoothie ingredients. It’s the best way to give your breakie an extra shot of vitamins and minerals. I also always add my favourite vegan protein powder. It’s great to start your day off with a protein hit and it helps with muscular recovery after a morning workout. My favourite is Vital Protein’s pea protein isolate in vanilla. There are other great protein powders out there derived from hemp or rice but try a small portion before you buy a 1-kilo tub because some of them can have quite a chalky texture.

Other ingredients that make regular cameos in my morning smoothies.

Chia seeds — they are high in antioxidants, packed full of protein, dietary fibre and Omega 3. They contain five times more calcium than milk, seven times more vitamin C than oranges, three times more iron than spinach and twice the potassium content of a banana.
Psyllium husk — contains a spongy fibre that reduces appetite, helps with digestion and cleanses the system.
LSA — high in essential vitamins and minerals and helps to cleanse and detox the liver.
Maca — increases energy, endurance and stamina. It has a beneficial action on the circulatory system plus a million other benefits. I love this Peruvian root. Click here to read more about its health benefits.
Cacao — rich in antioxidants, a great source of magnesium and as I said in last week’s post, this stuff makes you happy folks!
Mesquite — an excellent source of fibre it also helps to balance blood sugar levels.

Here’s what I slurped on this morning

Nutty protein punch smoothie

1 cup water
2 cups almond milk
3 tbsp golden pea protein
1 tbsp pure organic peanut butter, no added salt or sugar
1 tbsp maca
1 tsp Synergy Wheat Grass powder
1 banana
4 dates

Some of my favourite concoctions

Macanana smoothie

3 cups water
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp psyllium husk
1 tbsp LSA
3 tbsp golden pea protein
1 tbsp maca
2 lady finger bananas
1 tsp of vita-green defence
1 tbsp hemp oil

Blueberry mesquite smoothie

1 cup almond milk
2 cups water
3 tbsp golden pea protein
1 tbsp chia
1 tbsp LSA
1 tbsp maca
1 tbsp mesquite
1 tsp Synergy Wheat Grass
1 ½ cups blueberries

Cacao power smoothie

3 cups water
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp psyllium husk
1 tbsp LSA
3 tbsp golden pea protein
1 scoop Cacao Superfood powder
1 banana
1 tbsp maca
1 tbsp flax seed oil

Vitally green smoothie

3 cups water
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp psyllium husk
1 tbsp LSA
3 tbsp golden pea protein
2 tsp Vital Greens
1 tbsp cacao
1 tbsp maca
1 banana
2 dates

What’s your favourite super smoothie? 

Sorry it’s been a while between drinks folks (of course, I mean green tea Dr Joshi). I have been too busy organising, having and thoroughly enjoying my 30th birthday party and 30th birthday party fall-out — at which I completely undid all the effort I put in over my 21-day detox.
No, not really Dr Joshi.
… well, if I’m going to be honest, then yes, probably.

But more on that all-vegan event in my next post. For now, picture me leaping (athletically) towards the finish line, Europe’s ‘The Final Countdown’ blaring in the background. As I mentioned in my last post I was struck down with a cold in my final week (so yes, imagine me athletically bounding towards the finish line with a tissue up each nostril) so I did not get to feel the same overwhelming sense of wellness I felt when I completed this detox last year. But my skin is looking lovely and clear, (before my party) my eyes were super clear too. And I lost 5.3 kilograms in total over the three weeks. So, I feel it was well worth doing.

I found the third week easier than the second in terms of craving sweet stuff or needing snacks in-between meals. Rooibus tea with soy milk and molasses became my dessert each night, but I wasn’t gasping for something sweet. My coffee alternative ‘Latte Soy Dandelions’ saved me in the final week. I was feeling stressed about organising my birthday party and I wasn’t sleeping well because of my cold so I was really craving coffee. The creamy LSDs from my local cafe Bomb saved me from caving in to a caffeine hit.

I also loved cooking with new foods or increasing normally ‘once-in-a-blue-moon’ foods. I partook in a lot of delicious kohlrabi (pictured, below — you really must get your hands on some and try munching it raw) which is my new favourite veg and amped up my sunflower seed, tempeh and pumpkin intake and loved it!

ImageAnd, of course, I indulged in alcohol, caffeine, wheat and gluten over my birthday weekend which started literally the day after my detox finished. While it was delicious and fun I am left with a swollen belly and other side-effects I won’t detail for you (because, really, we’ve only just met). So, I have decided to try and stick to minimal yeast, wheat and gluten — zero at home if possible. As for me ol’ friends caffeine and alcohol — I feel like Dr Joshi separated us in the classroom and we’ve met up again in the schoolyard whooping and hollering about our unbroken bonds and the future possibilities of such a wonderful and solid friendship.

Anyway, here’s my final food diary.

Detox Diary — Week Three

Drank lemon and hot water every morning, took a liver cleansing supplement (Asian Fusion), drank 3 teaspoons of liquid chlorophyll (Grants) diluted in 1.5 litres of filtered water each day and took spirulina. And was able to hit the gym a little, but not as much as i had hoped. Everything listed in the food diary below is organic.

Day 15:
B: 
Quinoa porridge with soy milk, chopped banana, cinnamon and molasses
L: 
A bowl of smoked tofu (Earnest Bean) cut into strips, raw sugarsnap peas, raw snowpeas and raw yellow carrots
D: 
Roasted jap pumpkin and brown onion seasoned with sumac and roasted fennel greens. Served with a massaged avocado and kale salad with onion, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, a touch of apple cider vinegar and himalayan salt
Snacks: 
Lady finger banana; carrot, celery, beetroot and ginger juice
Drinks: 
Filtered water with liquid chlorophyll, green tea, detox tea (Planet Organics blend), healthy bowel tea (Tinderbox blend)

Day 16:
B: Quinoa porridge with soy milk, chopped banana, cinnamon and molasses
L: A bowl of smoked tofu (Earnest Bean) cut into strips, raw sugarsnap peas, raw snowpeas and raw yellow carrots
D: Roasted jap pumpkin with lemon juice. Served with a massaged avocado and kale salad with onion, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, a touch of apple cider vinegar and himalayan salt
Snacks: Homemade hommus with quinoa, linseed, brown rice, sesame and herbed crackers (Mary’s Gone Crackers), kalamata olives, a handful of mung bean chips (made only with organic mung beans and sea salt and baked by Spiral)
Drinks: Filtered water with liquid chlorophyll, green tea, detox tea (Planet Organics blend), healthy bowel tea (Tinderbox blend), rooibus tea with soy milk and molasses

Day 17:
B: Smoothie with banana, LSA, chia seeds, psyllium husks, pea protein powder, cacao powder, vital greens, maca powder, flaxseed oil and filtered water
L: Brown rice miso soup with silken tofu and dulse (seaweed) flakes
D: Jacket sweet potato stuffed with broccoli, spinach, avocado, tempeh cubes (cooked in a little Braggs) dressed in a little olive oil, garlic and lemon juice
Snacks: A couple handfuls of corn chips dipped in a pumpkin and chickpea dip (Wholefoods Kitchen, just made with pumpkin, chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice, tahini and sea salt)
Drinks: Filtered water with liquid chlorophyll, green tea, rooibus tea with soy milk and a little maple syrup, lemongrass and ginger tea, healthy bowel tea (Tinderbox blend)

Day 18:
B: Liver flush drink (to be done weekly, details in book) which must be followed by two cups of detox tea (Planet Organics blend) and then two hours of rest. This was followed with jacket sweet potato (exactly the same as last night’s dinner — the other half of the sweet potato). By the time the whole liver flush process is over it’s well past lunch time so breakfast and lunch are combined.
D: Tempeh, broccoli, cauliflower, and snow peas stir fry with toasted sesame seeds and a sauce made with garlic, ginger, lemon juice, tahini and Braggs.
Snacks: Banana, lightly salted corn chips dipped in homemade hommus
Drinks: Filtered water with liquid chlorophyll, green tea, peppermint tea, rooibus tea with soy milk and molasses detox tea (Planet Organics blend), healthy bowel tea (Tinderbox blend)

Day 19:
B: Smoothie with banana, LSA, chia seeds, psyllium husks, pea protein powder, cacao powder, vital greens, maca powder, flaxseed oil and filtered water
L: Was loaded with a head cold by this stage so slept in and had a late breakfast/lunch smoothie
D: Roasted butternut pumpkin with a sweet paprika quinoa, spinach, sunflower seed and tempeh salad
Snacks: No snacks needed today
Drinks: Filtered water with liquid chlorophyll, green tea, lemongrass tea, detox tea (Planet Organics blend), healthy bowel tea (Tinderbox blend), LSD (Latte Soy Dandelion)

Day 20:
B: Green smoothie with banana, fennel greens and rainbow chard
L: Brown rice miso soup with silken tofu and dulse (seaweed) flakes
D: Stir fry with tempeh, cauliflower, bok choy and kohlrabi in a vegetable stock, ginger and vegan honey sauce
Snacks: Banana
Drinks: Filtered water with liquid chlorophyll, green tea, healthy bowel tea (Tinderbox blend), rooibus tea with soy milk and molasses

Day 21:
B: Smoothie with banana, LSA, chia seeds, psyllium husks, pea protein powder, cacao powder, vital greens, maca powder, flaxseed oil and filtered water
L: I was running around doing some last-minute party organising so I just munched on a packet of lightly roasted and salted soy beans (Planet Organic, these are my new favourite snack — they come in little 30g packs)
D: Stir fry with tempeh, cauliflower, bok choy and kohlrabi in a vegetable stock, ginger and vegan honey sauce
Snacks: No snacks needed today
Drinks: Filtered water with liquid chlorophyll, green tea, detox tea (Planet Organics blend), healthy bowel tea (Tinderbox blend)

I am now in the final few days of my 21 day marathon to better health. I feel as though I was unfairly struck down in my last lap, getting hit with a full-blown head cold and feeling too congested and snotty to enjoy the benefits of the detox. But coming out of it today my skin continues to look better and I am yet to weigh myself but I am definitely looking forward to better energy levels once I shake off the last of this cold.

Here is week two’s food diary. I will write again next week with week three’s food diary and hopefully an Ode to Joshi, given I will feel a million dollars *she says with fingers crossed.*

Detox Diary — Week Two

Still drinking lemon and hot water every morning, taking a liver cleansing supplement (Asian Fusion), drinking 3 teaspoons of liquid chlorophyll (Grants) diluted in 1.5 litres of filtered water each day and taking spirulina. And trying to get out for a run. Everything listed in the food diary below is organic.

Day 8:
B: 
Green smoothie with banana and kale
L: 
A bowl of braised tofu cutlets (Blue Lotus) cut into strips, raw sugarsnap peas, raw cauliflower and raw Dutch carrots
D: 
Roasted pumpkin in sweet paprika with mashed cauliflower and a butter bean, roasted garlic and rosemary puree
Snacks:
A handful of activated almonds (Loving Earth), a handful of green pea chips (made only with organic green peas and sea salt and baked by Spiral)
Drinks: 
Filtered water with liquid chlorophyll, green tea, detox tea (Planet Organics blend), rooibus tea with soy milk, healthy bowel tea (Tinderbox blend)

Day 9:
B: Green smoothie with banana and silverbeet
L: A bowl of braised tofu cutlets (Blue Lotus) cut into strips, raw Dutch carrots, raw sugarsnap peas, and raw kohlrabi
D: Cannelini bean and yellow carrot soup (one of Dr Joshi’s recipes from the book)
Snacks: Homemade hommus with lightly salted organic corn chips and quinoa, linseed, brown rice, sesame and herbed crackers (Mary’s Gone Crackers). These were snacks for a night in front of the televised Olympics.
Drinks: Filtered water with liquid chlorophyll, green tea, detox tea (Planet Organics blend), healthy bowel tea (Tinderbox blend), almond milk

Day 10:
B: Smoothie with banana, LSA, chia seeds, psyllium husks, pea protein powder, cacao powder, vital greens, maca powder, flaxseed oil and filtered water
L: I ate at the Vegie Bar and selected a detox friendly dish from their raw menu. I chose raw felafel salad with chickpea and sunflower seed balls, mixed leaves, mung beans, raw yoghurt and raw parmesan (both made from nuts).
D: Stir fry with tempeh, broccoli, sugarsnap peas and snow peas and topped with toasted sunflower seeds and sesame seeds and a tahini, lemon juice and Braggs sauce
Snacks: A handful of macadamia nuts
Drinks: Filtered water with liquid chlorophyll, green tea, rooibus tea with soy milk and molasses, healthy bowel tea (Tinderbox blend)

Day 11:
B: Liver flush drink (to be done weekly, details in book) which must be followed by two cups of detox tea (Planet Organics blend) and then two hours of rest. This was followed with a green smoothie with banana and silverbeet. By the time the whole liver flush process is over it’s well past lunch time so breakfast and lunch are combined.
D: Tempeh, broccoli, bok choy, snow peas and kohlrabi stir fry with toasted sesame seeds and a sauce made with garlic, ginger, lemon juice, tahini and Braggs.
Snacks: No snacks needed today
Drinks: Filtered water with liquid chlorophyll, green tea, peppermint tea, detox tea (Planet Organics blend), healthy bowel tea (Tinderbox blend)

Day 12:
B: Sprouted rye bread with pure almond butter (Melrose) and a teeny bit of vegan honey (Sweet Freedom)
L: Cannelini bean and yellow carrot soup (Dr Joshi’s recipe)
D: Green smoothie with banana and bok choy
Snacks: Banana, handful of lightly salted corn chips, handful of activated almonds (Loving Earth)
Drinks: Filtered water with liquid chlorophyll, green tea, lemongrass tea, detox tea (Planet Organics blend), healthy bowel tea (Tinderbox blend), coconut water (not sure I’m allowed this, I wrote to the Joshi website to ask but got no response)

Day 13:
B: Green smoothie with banana and kale
L: Cannelini bean and yellow carrot soup (Dr Joshi’s recipe) and some sliced braised tofu (Blue Lotus)
D: Whole steamed artichoke with a lemon and olive oil dipping dressing and a lady finger banana
Snacks: Lightly salted corn chips and homemade hommus, handful of activated almonds (Loving Earth)
Drinks: Filtered water with liquid chlorophyll, green tea, detox tea (Planet Organics blend), healthy bowel tea (Tinderbox blend), almond milk

Day 14:
B: Quinoa porridge with soy milk, chopped banana and molasses
L: Had a late breakfast so just munched on some carrot sticks for lunch
D: Green smoothie with banana and kale
Snacks: Couple of  handfuls of mung bean chips (made only with organic mung beans and sea salt and baked by Spiral)
Drinks: Filtered water with liquid chlorophyll, green tea, detox tea (Planet Organics blend), healthy bowel tea (Tinderbox blend), lemongrass and ginger tea

So, I have managed a grand total of fourteen days so far. And you doubted me! Huff.

Despite the kind of rocky start that had my liver screaming, “ADRIANNN!” I am now finding the detox mostly easy to stick to. The first week was actually the easiest. My cravings for salty and sugary foods dropped away almost immediately thanks to Dr Joshi’s advise on dealing with cravings. I made sure I had plenty of raw carrots (these hold the kind of good sugars our body needs) to ward off any quick sugar fix fits. And I munched on purple, yellow and orange carrots to keep it interesting and boost antioxidant levels. I didn’t worry too much about salt cravings as I was eating food at meal times that was tasty and filling enough to keep me from daydreaming about potato chips. The only thing I really missed in the first week was coffee, especially when I hadn’t had enough sleep and had a big day ahead. But I made sure to drink green tea every day to keep the headaches to a minimum (caffeine withdrawal headaches did occur) and keep the peepers open at work.

I lost a whopping four kilograms in the first week, my skin was looking better, my bloating disappeared, and I rarely desired food in between meals.

In the second week I have had a less dramatic weight loss — just under a kilogram. And I think that is down to my nutsession (minds out of the gutter please). Dr Joshi has nuts on his avoid or decrease list. But I get the impression they are more of a ‘decrease’ food as he has nuts in his recipes. I eat a lot of organic nuts. They are a great source of protein, good fats and omegas for vegans. But for the purpose of this detox I have probably been having too many. So, for my triumphant gallop to the finish line I am going to cut them out in this upcoming third week and see if that makes a difference to my weight loss. Buuut my skin continues to look better and I do feel like I have more energy. I am not quite at the amazing energy levels I remember from last time I did this detox but my liver still has a week of holidays left so I have hope I will still hit that vitality level.

I have also been having a few sugar cravings this second week, but that could be down to stress. There have been a few Conscious Chocolate fantasies.

Now I know reading about what I have eaten each day will be about as interesting to some of you as reading a detailed account of my snot consistency. But for those of you who are thinking about doing the detox, it may be helpful. So the food diary for my first week follows. I will write again next week with week two’s diary.

Detox Diary — Week One

I drink lemon and hot water every morning, am taking a liver cleansing supplement (Asian Fusion), am drinking 3 teaspoons of liquid chlorophyll (Grants) diluted in 1.5 litres of filtered water each day and am also taking spirulina. And I have been running. Everything listed in the food diary below is organic.

Day 1:
B: 
Green smoothie with banana and bok choy 
L: 
A bowl of braised tofu cutlets (Blue Lotus) cut into strips, raw purple carrot, raw snow peas and raw fennel 
D: 
Saffron quinoa with roasted pumpkin, beets and shallots
Snacks: 
A banana, a handful of raw pecans, a handful of activated almonds (Loving Earth)
Drinks: 
filtered water with liquid chlorophyll, green tea, detox tea (Planet Organics blend), healthy bowel tea (Tinderbox blend)

Day 2:
B: Green smoothie with banana and rainbow chard
L: A bowl of braised tofu cutlets (Blue Lotus) cut into strips, raw yellow carrot, raw sugar snap peas and raw fennel
D: Saffron quinoa with roasted pumpkin, beets and shallots
Snacks: a handful of activated almonds (Loving Earth), a handful of green pea chips (made only with organic green peas and sea salt and baked by Spiral)
Drinks: filtered water with liquid chlorophyll, green tea, detox tea (Planet Organics blend), healthy bowel tea (Tinderbox blend)

Day 3:
B: Smoothie with banana, LSA, chia seeds, psyllium husks, pea protein powder, cacao powder, vital greens, maca powder, flaxseed oil and filtered water
L: Gluten free toast with avocado and spinach and a carrot, beetroot, celery and ginger juice
D: Saffron quinoa with rainbow chard cooked in olive oil, lemon juice and pepper
Snacks: a handful of macadamia nuts
Drinks: filtered water with liquid chlorophyll, green tea, rooibus tea with soy milk, healthy bowel tea (Tinderbox blend)

Day 4:
B: Liver flush drink (to be done weekly, details in book) which must be followed by two cups of detox tea (Planet Organics blend) and then two hours of rest. This was followed with a green smoothie with banana and rainbow chard. By the time the whole liver flush process is over it’s well past lunch time so breakfast and lunch are combined.
D: Tofu, broccoli, cauliflower, sugarsnap peas and carrot stir fry with sesame seeds and a sauce made with garlic, ginger, lemon juice, tahini and Braggs.
Snacks: a handful of activated almonds (Loving Earth), a handful of green pea chips (made only with organic green peas and sea salt and baked by Spiral)
Drinks: filtered water with liquid chlorophyll, green tea, detox tea (Planet Organics blend), healthy bowel tea (Tinderbox blend)

Day 5:
B: Green smoothie with banana and rainbow chard
L: A bowl of braised tofu cutlets (Blue Lotus) cut into strips, raw yellow carrot, raw sugar snap peas and raw fennel
D: Brussel sprouts in pecan butter (one of Dr Joshi’s recipes in the book) and roasted golden nugget pumpkin with a little lemon juice and pepper
Snacks: no snacks needed today
Drinks: filtered water with liquid chlorophyll, green tea, detox tea (Planet Organics blend), healthy bowel tea (Tinderbox blend)

Day 6:
B: Green smoothie with banana and kale
L: Tempeh on a bed of brown rice mixed together with avocado, shredded rocket, lemon juice and garlic — and sprinkled with diced carrot
D: Sprouted rye bread with pure almond butter (Melrose) and a teeny bit of vegan honey (Sweet Freedom)
Snacks: no snacks needed today
Drinks: filtered water with liquid chlorophyll, green tea, detox tea (Planet Organics blend), healthy bowel tea (Tinderbox blend)

Day 7:
B: Today I had a late breakfast at CERES organic café. They were very good about adapting one of their dishes to make it detox friendly. I had their Indonesian Eggs breakfast (their vegan version replaces the eggs with tofu) and got them to take off the sambal and the peanuts and add a lemon wedge to replace the sambal. Now there would still be some non-detox ingredients in what the tofu was marinated in but Dr Joshi insists in the book that you can still have the occasional meal out so I’d say there is a little flexibility as long as you make it as detox friendly as is possible given you are in a restaurant. Oh, and by the way, that is not a coffee in that photograph, it’s an LSD.
L: No need for lunch as breakfast was quite late.
D: Green smoothie with banana and kale
Snacks: a handful of activated almonds (Loving Earth), yellow carrot sticks
Drinks: filtered water with liquid chlorophyll, green tea, peppermint tea, two LSDs (Latte Soy Dandelions. These are available at some cafés in Melbourne. They are lovely and creamy and only made with dandelion root and soy milk but are served up as a latté so are really good for when you are missing coffee).

I started Dr Joshi’s 21 Day Holistic Detox on Monday. I did this detox last year, with great results. It is pretty difficult. You must cut out alcohol, caffeine, gluten, yeast, sugar, salt, deadly nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini etc), and all fruit, except bananas. It alkalises your body and changes your palate so that you crave the good stuff and not the nasties. I decided it was time to do it again, especially after several months of surviving on a shoe-string and then thoroughly enjoying the novelty of being able to eat out again. It’s not a stretch to say I’m capable of craving hot chips for breakfast. Definitely time to re-balance the ol’ body. And give my ever-tortured liver a break.

So far it has been a spectacular failure. It has gone a little something like this:

Sunday (detox eve): Had a marvellous time eating remainder of non-detox foods left in fridge and pantry (best to get them completely out of the house) including enough bread and vegan cheese to feed a music festival. Began polishing off my two-thirds-full bottle of Oxford Landing Shiraz while doing the housework… at 1pm.
Monday: Smashing first day. Lots of yummy detox-friendly goodies including roasted brussels and broccoli over saffron quinoa for dinner. An hour after dinner, convinced I am starving, I eat the portion of dinner I was reserving for lunch on Tuesday. Hmmm.
Tuesday: After some bad news and a rather shitty day I have a blow out: a block of Conscious Chocolate and a soy chai. I restrain myself enough not to have coffee. That’s ok, I tell myself. One little slip up. Just get back on the wagon. I stop in with Captain Someone and it’s not long before we are planning a decidedly non-detox dinner. Bugger. I’ll start the 21 days over again tomorrow.
Wednesday: Stayed at Captain Someone’s so haven’t organised detox food for the day. Give in at lunch time. Never mind. I’ll stick to doing the right thing with my liquids, whatever happens NO coffee or alcohol will pass these lips. I’ll start the 21 days over again tomorrow. Feeling much more motivated now anyway. Yep, tomorrow.
Thursday: After a woeful night’s sleep and a very difficult morning I console myself in the best way I know how: a good book and brunch. And coffee. Glorious coffee. My entire body is enveloped in the warm hug of caffeine. Bollocks. My detox attempt is an abomination.

Buuut, it means I have one more brunch review to share with you before I embark on 21 days of slightly duller (cough, cough) cuisine. Because — and I really mean it this time — tomorrow is D Day.

So here it is. I popped into Milkwood on Nicholson Street in Brunswick, up on the corner of Blythe. The service was friendly with the waitress giving me a few vegan options and explaining that two of the chefs are vegetarian so they are very accommodating to vegans. I am discovering that Melbourne café’s vegan option of choice is almost always the humble bean. I might have to do a ‘best of Melbourne’s beans’ post some time. Lucky I love ’em. There were two bean options this time. Smashed cannelinis with avo on toast or tomato butter beans. I went with the latter and they were once again delicious. Butter and barlotti beans in a rich tomato sauce with lots of chopped basil throughout. Yum.

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Vegan options: A few. A couple of bean dishes to choose from and a yummy looking porridge/fruit combo too.
Coffee: Supreme
Soy: Bonsoy
Moola: Not cheap, but fair at $18.30 for breakfast and coffee
Ear candy: Paul Simon and Pulp, back-to-back. Perfect! Thursday I’m ready for you!

With my last non-detox meal (I REALLY mean it this time) in my belly, I practically skipped out of Milkwood. But as I returned to my scooter to find the keys dangling, very visibly, in the ignition I wondered if a life without coffee was really the best option for me.

With the kind of renewed sense of hope and determination that a cup of caffeine injects, I rode off into the mid-morning sun feeling positive. “Vitality begins tomorrow!” I bellowed to the applauding Nicholson Street pedestrians.*

*whether this scenario occurred on Nicholson Street itself or inside my head is uncertain.