Natural Living

By Irene Fogarty

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Everyone thinks ‘cos I’m Irish I’ll be smashed on March 17th. They’re wrong. I’m doing something good for my liver this month. And I don’t mean downing a glass of water after every glass of syrah. I’m doing detox. After years of overdoing it, all those “one for the road’s” and “one too many’s” add up. It’s time to give my poor liver a break. Forget about snakes, I’m getting rid of other evils from my body, for a while any way. This way in case I ever overindulge again (April), I’ll be starting afresh with a somewhat cleaner liver and a better conscience.

So why not give it a try. It’s only a weekend. One weekend out of your life shouldn’t kill you. But before you start, read the basics. Know what you’re getting yourself and your body into so you won’t be surprised by the symptoms and the side effects.

So get ready to start your 3-day detox. Before I go into what you can eat and drink, here’s what you can’t do:

• NO caffeine, alcohol, chocolate (duh!)
• Eat your biggest meal at lunchtime for maximum digestion
• First thing in the morning, drink a big glass of water with the juice of squeezed lemon. Do this 10 mins. before eating your breakfast.
• Try to avoid the TV, newspaper reading, thinking about your taxes or anything that might take your mind away from relaxing.

FRIDAY PM
Dinner:
Trout with tomatoes and Olives
• 1 Trout, Sole
• 1/2 cup flour
• 1/4 cup extra Virgin Olive Oil
• 1 tsp of capers, drained
• pitted kalamata olives,-halved
• sun-dried tomatoes, drained and cut up
• 1 chopped tomato with basil
• 1/3 cup of chopped parsley
• salt and pepper

Sprinkle fish lightly with a little salt and pepper and coat with flour. Preheat oil in large pan over medium heat. Add fish and cook for 1 ½ minutes on each side. Transfer to paper towels to drain while preparing the sauce. Add capers, olives, sun-dried tomatoes and canned tomatoes to the frying pan. Simmer until heated through, about 2-3 minutes. Add fish back into pan with sauce; simmer two minutes. Transfer to platter and garnish with parsley.

1 cup of herbal tea.

Exercise:

It’s Friday, you’re tired. Just go to bed early and let your body recharge.

SATURDAY AM:
Morning rawness:

Glass of water (bottled) with juice of 1 lemon.

Banana smoothie
• 1 banana
• 2 Tbsp of flax oil
• 2 Tbsp of tahini (buy the organic ones in Whole Foods)
• 1 herbal tea (ginger, peppermint, hoodia, whatever you fancy)

After your glass of water with lemon juice, start your day with a smoothie.

Blend up one banana, one piece of fresh fruit, and some flax oil or tahini, for a nutritious and filling breakfast. You’ll be amazed how energetic and ready you’ll feel for the day.

Exercise:

Take a yoga, pilates or sculpt class. Your muscles will not only lengthen, they’ll love you for the stretch you give them.

LUNCH PM

Watercress salad
(Spicy, sweet delicious green that’s full of calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin c, and beta carotene to purify the blood)
• 1 bunch watercress, washed and dried
• 1 ½ Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
• pinch of salt
• 1 small shallot
• ½ Tbsp champagne vinegar
• juice of 1 lemon
• Ground black pepper

Mince the shallot and place in a bowl with vinegar, lemon juice and salt. Drizzle olive oil into champagne vinegar mixture and pour over salad. Add ground pepper to taste.

DINNER PM

Broiled salmon with sautéed spinach
(Think omega-3 essential fatty acids to prevent free radicals.)

• 1 lb of wild salmon fillet skinned
• 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
• pinch of salt

Brush top of salmon with olive oil, and place in a baking pan lined with aluminum foil. Place under broiler for 2 mins. Remove from oven, turn fish over, and broil for another 2 mins. Remove from oven and eat with sautéed spinach.

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Sautéed Spinach
(Greens! greens! greens! Gotta have ‘em. Spinach full of iron)
• 1 pound of fresh organic spinach leaves, washed
• juice of ½ lemon
• 1 -2 cloves of garlic, minced
• 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Heat oil in sauté pan or wok over medium heat. Add garlic sauté for a few mins. Then add spinach, stirring for 1-2 mins until it’s wilted. Don’t over cook. Remove from heat, add lemon juice.

1 cup of herbal tea.

SUNDAY AM
Last day!

1 glass of water (bottled) with juice of 1 lemon.

Berry Smoothie
• Blueberries
• Strawberries
• Grapes
• Fresh bioactive yoghurt

LUNCH PM
Me so healthy soup.

(Miso is the perfect remedy for stomach and liver ailments and for eliminating toxins.)

Miso Soup
• 1 Tbsp miso paste
• 1 cup of boiling water
• 1 cup of soft tofu, diced
• 1 scallion, thinly sliced
• watercress leaves

Simply place miso in a bowl. Add ¼ cup of water stirring to make thin paste. Stir in remaining water and all ingredients. Serve while hot.

1 cup of herbal tea.

DINNER PM

Red Snapper
• 1 four-ounce pieces of red snapper
• juice of one lemon
• 1 tsp red pepper coulis (recipe below)
• 1 tsp peppercorns
• 1 bay leaf
• Kale
• 2 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
• 1 tsp garlic, chopped
• 1 1/2 lbs of kale

Red Pepper coulis
• 1 red pepper
• 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 1/2 tsp garlic
• 1 cup basil

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place the snapper pieces in a shallow baking dish and cover with water. Add the lemon juice, peppercorns, and bay leaf.

1 cup of herbal tea (chamomile to help you sleep)

It’s over!
You’re done. Well done. Go sleep. You’re all detoxed, cleansed and ready to indulge next month!

Originally published March 2006
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