Post Christmas Cleanse?
Every where I turn I see people advertising or engaging in a post Christmas cleanse – have you decided on a post Christmas cleanse too? Well, before we go any further read this!
Whilst many post-Christmas health practitioners recommend post Christmas cleanses and weight loss I personally do not. In truth, this is not the season to embark on a juice cleanse to force that extra weight gain away but suggests a more nurturing approach – the Winter period is a period of quiet rejuvenation encouraging a healthy immune system and a period to ease sore joints. Through this gently nurturing approach you will easily release those extra toxins, easily lose pounds and rejuvenate. As a naturopath and Nutritional Therapist I work with the seasons using nutrition and body treatments to support naturopathic wellbeing. Working from a seasonal health viewpoint with the short days and long, long evenings the winter season induces a time for hibernation – the perfect time to restore and relax, taking time to be – allowing time for nurture and rejuvenating at cellular level . .
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Available: December 1st – February 29th 2016.
Between now and February 29th I invite you to a course of 6 signature weekly or fortnightly treatments
Each signature treatment offers a back neck and shoulders hot stones massage followed by a 20 minute manual lymphatic facial massage to relax, rejuvenate, warm and boost immunity. During the signature treatment you lie in the Cocoon, a clinically proven detoxifying and rejuvenating far infared sauna, letting the safe “far infrared rays” warm, detox and support cellular rejuvenation during these winter months – helping you cleanse and encouraging weight loss whilst supporting your aching and stiff joints and boosting your immunity. I include the option of 1 ginger compress if you are suffering with inflammation or a castor oil liver pack if you are looking for rejuvenation. Each treatment ends with a period of quiet and a cup of steaming turmeric tea.
Call Justine Evans ND, Hormone Alchemist and Fertility Expert 07747 133170 for more information or to reserve your place. Only £300 for 6 signature treatments
So, what about food? How do you release the over-indulgence of the festive period?
Because the festive period encourages over indulgence and sugar I do not recommend a fast or 3 days cleanse without a personalised consultation and Nutrition Assessment. It is difficult to undertake a fast or juice diet when your blood sugars are not balanced and of course the more you have indulged the worse the detox headache and cravings will be!
Reduce and then eliminate the caffeine, embrace “no-alcohol”
Increase your fluid intake – include fresh filtered water, warming soups and lemon and ginger or turmeric herbal teas.
Eat regularly, using seasonal produce and don’t forget that a third of each meal should offer a lean protein source to reduce sugar cravings and balance energy levels.
Maintain variety in your diet – rotate foods
Have 1 vegetarian day per week (unless of course you are vegetarian!)
Eat Seasonal food: Two thirds of your plate should include a variety of these foods: Beetroot, Brussel Sprouts, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chicory, horseradish, jerusalem artichoke, kale, leeks, parsnips, potatoes, kohlrabi, salsify, shallots, swede, turnips, truffles, wild mushrooms, purple sprouting broccoli, watercress, seaweed, cabbage,
A third of your plate should include a protein source: eggs, almonds, brazils, chestnuts, hazlenuts, walnuts, duck and goose, grouse, guinea fowl, hare, chicken, partridge, turkey, venison, clams, cockles, cod, dab, dover sole, gurnard, haddock, halibut, hake, langoustine, lemon sole, lobster, mackerel, monkfish, mussels, oysters, red mullet, scallops, crab, sea bream, skate, turbot, winkles, salmon, lemon sole, dover sole, dab, gurnard, halibut, hake, salmon, trout
Include fruit – but no more than 2 pieces per day: apples, clementines, satsumas, tangerines, oranges, lemons, limes, bananas passion fruit and pear, pineapple, pomegranate, dates
Remember the cold pressed oils: Coconut oil, rice bran oil, flaxseed oil, avocado oil, olive oil, seeds and nuts
Include spices and roots : ginger root, turmeric, cloves, cardammon, cinnamon, chilli, garlic,
Disclaimer: This article is meant for general information only and should not be construed as advice or recommendation. The suggestions do not take into account whether you a pregnant or trying to conceive, taking any medication, are diabetic, suffer with food sensitivities or allergies or any other health issue. Naturopathic consultations and assessment are recommended on an individual basis and it is important to speak with a health professional or your GP before changing your diet.
Ensure variety, here is a suggested meal planner for you:
Justine’s Breakfast (recipe below)
Porridge (recipe below)
1 x poached egg on handful wilted kale with half a sliced avocado and a handful pumpkin seeds
Unsweetened yoghurt of your choice with handful omega seed mix
Surprise Tomato’s (recipe below)
Vegetable juice: 3 beetroot, 1 apple, thumb of ginger root, half a thumb of fresh turmeric root – the best way to include juices in your daily diet is to subscribe to an organic delivery scheme box!
Almased™ Almsed to aid weight loss powder blended to make a smoothie with 250 ml non dairy milk, 1 dessertspoon ground flaxseeds, half teaspoon cinnamon powder
If you are wishing to lose some weight then a selection of freshly made soups is the answer. Remember to add a handful of seeds or some flaxseed for fibre, omega and protein. One of my favourite is Abel &Cole’s Broccoli and coconut milk soup with pumpkin seeds Broccoli recipes from Abel & Cole but you could also try watercress soup etc.
If you are not looking for weight loss but want to cleanse and eat simply then include vegetables which support liver and digestive health, beetroot, artichokes, fennel, ginger and plenty of raw vegetables
Beetroot, lentil and fennel salad (recipe below)
Homemade hummus with raw vegetable crudités (recipe below)
Rainbow trout fillet with quinoa and baked beetroot in orange
Mackerel with ginger and orange (recipe below)
Fennel, black olives and potato frittata (see recipe below, also makes a great lunch)
Quick Salmon Stir-Fry (recipe below)
Justine’s Lemon Chicken (recipe below)
Grilled lean meat with a selection of baked vegetables
Fluids: 1.5 litres fresh filtered water daily. 1 cup of hot water with freshly squeezed lime or lemon with ginger root 1st thing in the morning really supports your health and this time of year.
Snacks: Handful fresh nuts with a portion of fruit
Small pot of unsweetened yoghurt
100 ml Kefir
Enjoy regular exercise, yoga, pilates, brisk walks, swimming or any other exercise that suits you
Justine Evans ND Hormone Alchemist and Fertility Expert. Telephone 07747 133170
Justine Evans ND, BSc Nut.Med, is based in Twickenham, Greater London. She is a fertility expert, hormone alchemist and the founder of Creation Fertility. Justine offers a multi-dimensional approach to health, blending western nutritional science with traditional alchemy and yogic philosophy. She considers 21st century stress factors, diet and lifestyle together with past and present health before offering bespoke personalised naturopathic wellbeing programmes just right for you.
If you have found this helpful then you may be interested in my Workshops and Live The Seasons Retreat. You can download a printable version of this article together with recipe’s here – Seasonal health – Winter 2016 or read my Winter News and download my Winter2015e-newsletter for more information on how I can help you