Now that Chanukah is over, we could all use some cleansing. Often, that term, like “detox” has been negatively portrayed in the news because of some fad diet that claims to shed pounds while “cleaning”. This is either achieved through drinking nothing but some crazy lemon juice and not eating anything, or by taking pills.
I would like to re-introduced the term to “cleanse” in a new way. It’s real way.
I learned that life is all about balance. Eating right doesn’t happen 100% of the time but if you are mindful that you ate something, well, not so healthy, you should get right back on track and eat well. There is absolutely no point in beating yourself up. Trust me, I know that all too well. Having weighed at one time 195lbs after given birth (and yes that was after I lost the water weight. Before that I was 220lbs), I learned that the most successful way to lose weight doesn’t happen in the gym or even at the grocery store. It happens first in the mind.
You need to be ready. You need to tell yourself, it’s not just about looking good in my jeans. It’s about feeling good in your body and taking care of it. Fad diets destroy you. They make you sick. They weaken your immune system.
When I was scheduled for surgery, they put me through pre-op, which means they take your blood and test it to make sure you are ready for surgery. I was sure it would come back stellar.
After all, I was training hard and I was put on a diet. I was starving and cranky, but I was losing weight.
Except, the diet was so ridiculously unbalanced that my calcium levels were dangerously low. I will never forget the doctor’s expression when he was reading my blood results to me. He wanted to know what the heck I was doing to be so malnourished. They couldn’t preform the surgery the next day as a consequence. I had to get calcium and vitamin D to regain my strength and only then would they operate.
I learned to re-train how I felt about food, my body image and what it means to live with cancer. I knew that everything was dependant and had something to do with the other. I needed mental clarity.
So, I learned about food. As stupid as that sounds, I can bet that most people don’t understand the importance of certain foods, the right combinations and how food can play against you- especially sugar and processed foods.
So I adopted a regime. I wake up in the morning, I take my medication then I have my filtered water with lemon. This cleanses my liver and helps my intestines. You will find more on this in the How-to section coming soon.
So, I invite you, notice I didn’t say challenge (too often, we as women are pegged one against the other. That needs to stop here.), to join me on a week of eating clean, drinking lots of lemon water, juicing and exercising daily. You will find everything you need here, on FigTreeOliveBranch.com. We will focus on micro-greens, meat-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, processed-free meals that will help revitalize your mind and body, keep you feeling healthy and happy, and more importantly, it will encourage those around you to eat well with you.
Thai Salmon Lettuce wraps with Peanut Sauce:
FOR THE PEANUT SAUCE:
3/4 c. natural, unsalted peanut butter
1 can (398ml) low fat coconut milk
2 tbsp. Thai red
1 tbsp. reduced sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp. organic agave nectar
1/2 lime, juiced
FOR THE WRAP
1 Boston lettuce, leaves gently removed, washed and dried
1 large carrot, shredded
1 red pepper, julienned
1 orange pepper, julienned
1 avocado, sliced
1/2 English cucumber, de-seeded and sliced in half moon
1 wild caught pacific salmon, skin removed, cut in 7 pieces
1 tbsp Thai lemongrass powder
To make the peanut sauce, simply place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Reserve.
To make the salmon, sprinkle with Thai lemongrass powder and place on a tray with aluminum foil lightly sprayed with pam and roast in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.
To make the wrap, open a Boston lettuce leaf, place salmon then vegetables on top and gently spoon peanut sauce over. Close wrap. Enjoy!