Category Archives: Detox

Nutty Rice Porridge


For last night’s dinner (Day 3 of “How to Eat Healthy on $5.00 a Day”), I made  Cuban Black Beans with brown rice and purposefully made extra rice so Bill and I could enjoy it for breakfast. I love this recipe that I found at Tasteforlife.com and use it as a way to ease back into eating after my annual winter detox regimen.

Normally, I’d make this with the almond milk but since our rice was already cooked, I just reheated it in a pan with some raw milk and added the spices and apples. We skipped the walnuts and flaxseed due to cost, since this is our breakfast for Day 4 of our eating cheap and healthy challenge.

Nutty Rice Porridge
Adapted from Brenda Watson’s recipe on Tasteforlife.com
(Serves 2)

1 cup long-grain brown rice
2 cups almond milk
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
4 T ground flaxseed
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 Fuji apple, chopped (Fuji apples are best for their texture and sweet taste, but you can choose another type of apple)

Place rice, milk, and nutmeg in medium saucepan.

Bring to boil, stirring frequently.

Cover pan and reduce heat to low.

Simmer for approximately 45 minutes.

Top with chopped nuts, ground flaxseed, and apple.

To make this recipe with pre-cooked rice, use 2 cups of cooked brown rice and one cup of almond milk. Place rice and milk in saucepan and heat thoroughly. Top with the rest of the ingredients.

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Detox Doesn’t Mean Deprivation


Detox may sound like a fad diet–and aren’t they popular this time of year? But I totally believe in following this regimen at least once annually. Why? It just feels good!

What is detox, or detoxification? One definition calls it the physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances from a living organism. While the medical community claims there are no health benefits from this process, I think it’s the perfect ritual to follow in the winter time–after the holidays when life calms down for most people. I call it “going dormant,” which is what most of nature does this time of year.

Last year I published a series of blog posts as I followed my detox regimen for five days, which concluded with a juice fast. Each year I tweak it a bit, but I thought I’d put the whole process in one blog post this year for the benefit of the people who are considering a detox plan. (Note: I am not a health professional; this is simply my perspective on how I can feel better each year, which I thought I’d share with my blog audience.)

Believe me, as the title of this post claims, detox doesn’t mean deprivation–unless you are severely addicted to alcohol, caffeine, sweets, fats, dairy, or wheat products–because they are the only foods I eliminate. But it does take some planning.

Even if you don’t want to follow a detox and juice fast plan for a week, I believe people can benefit by focusing on certain foods and avoiding others to give our organs a rest. So here’s the plan that I follow, along with links to recipes that I’ve already posted on my blog. I’d be interested to hear–if you try it–whether you feel more energetic afterward. And please share your detox tips and protocols with me!

*Note: All detox plans come with this caveat: You should always check with your doctor before embarking on a change in diet. These are simply my opinions based on information I’ve collected from a variety of sources.

Marcia Davis’ Detox Regimen

For five days, everyday:

  1. Drink one glass of warm water with fresh lemon juice.
  2. Eat each of these antioxidants:
    • 1 apple, carrot, or pear
    • 1 c. berries
    • 2-3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
    • 1-2 teaspoon psyillium husks in 8 oz. water (or take as capsule w/water above)
    • ½ c. broccoli, cabbage, or cauliflower
    • ½ c. chard, greens, or kale
    • 1 orange or juice of lemon or lime
    • 2 eggs, 1 clove of garlic, or ½ c. cooked onions
    • ½ c. cooked asparagus or 2 stalks of celery
    • 2 servings of protein or 2 tablespoons algae (or capsules)
    • 1-2 tablespoons flaxseed oil or olive oil
  3. Drink 70 oz. of water.
  4. Avoid:
    • Alcohol
    • Caffeine
    • Over-the-counter drugs
    • Fats
    • Processed food
    • Sugar
    • Artificial sweeteners
    • Gluten
    • Baked goods
    • Refined carbohydrates
    • Dairy products

Menu – Day 1

Breakfast
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie; orange juice; decaf English breakfast tea (black)

Second Breakfast
2 hard-cooked happy eggs

Lunch
Quinoa Tabouli with organic red clover sprouts

Snack
2 stalks of celery and 1 large carrot, cut into sticks

Dinner
Lemon Chicken Smothered in Onions and steamed broccoli

Snack
Raspberries with ground flax seed and almond milk; chamomile tea

Menu – Day 2

Breakfast

Oatmeal with ground flax seed, blueberries, and soy milk; orange juice; Good Earth decaf chai (no milk)

Lunch

Salad greens from Mud Lake Farm with fresh lemon juice and olive oil, garbanzo beans, celery, and a hard-cooked egg

Dinner*
*Out – It’s okay to eat at a restaurant; I just had to make wise choices.
Fried perch; American fries; cole slaw

Snack
Peanut butter on Sami’s Bakery Millet & Flax toast; 1 apple; chamomile tea

Menu – Day 3

Breakfast
Raspberry Banana Smoothie; orange juice; Good Earth decaf chai (no milk)

Second Breakfast
1 hard-cooked happy egg

Lunch
Quinoa Tabouli on lettuce with hard-cooked happy egg; Wild Rice Soup

Snack
1 Michigan Honeycrisp apple

Dinner
Chicken PiccataKale Risotto; steamed broccoli

Snack
Peanut butter on Sami’s Bakery Millet & Flax toast; chamomile tea

Menu – Day 4

Breakfast
2 eggs fried in olive oil; one slice Sami’s Bakery Millet & Flax toast with strawberry jam; orange juice; decaf English breakfast tea (black)

Second Breakfast
1 banana

Lunch
Leftover Lemon Chicken Smothered in Onions; Wild Rice Soup; Kale Risotto

Snack
Blueberries with ground flax seed and almond milk; Alvita licorice root tea

Dinner
Cashew, Celery, and Cabbage Stir-Fry

Snack
One Michigan Honeycrisp apple

Menu – Day 5

Breakfast
Oatmeal with ground flaxseed, chopped apple, cinnamon and soy milk; orange juice

Tea Break
Temple of Health tea from Lemonjello’s

Lunch

Fresh lettuce from Mud Lake Farm with garbanzo beans, two hard-cooked happy eggs, olive oil and lemon juice; Wild Rice Soup

Dinner
Red Beans and Rice with ground turkey instead of pork; coleslaw with red onions and celery

Snack
Raspberries with ground flax seed and almond milk; chamomile tea

Marcia Davis’ Two-Day Juice Fast

Many people who do a juice fast will go two or three days on just juice, water, and other liquids. When I tried it one time I got really cranky and irritable. I wondered, why can’t I go without food for two days when there are people all over the world who are starving? All I can say is I’ve always had a high metabolism, so not eating is about the last thing my body deals with well. In the end, I compromised by adding some food to my juice fast regimen, which is really just a potent two-day antioxidant diet.

For the full menu, along with photos, check out last year’s blog post, “Juice Fast!“.


For more information on detox and juice fast regimens, check out last year’s blog post, “Resources for a Detox Diet.”

Juice Fast!


I don’t know about you, but using the word “fast” in the same sentence as “food” has never appealed to me. It either means eating fast, eating fast food, or fasting. None of those definitions work well with my lifestyle. Which is why I cringed when I wrote the title, “Juice Fast.” But, fasting is a necessary part of the detox process. And I know I’ll feel great on Monday when it’s all over.

As I told Bill this morning, I think it’s good to discipline oneself every once in awhile. Compared to the aftermath of an earthquake like Haiti just experienced, being deprived of food for a day is nothing. At least I have water.

Still, it’s physically difficult. So when I developed my weekend fasting regimen, I decided I would incorporate some food items.

For one reason, the juice fast regimen I used last year suggested drinking a green juice (lettuce, kale, etc.) first thing in the morning. (When I tried it the first time I almost threw up.) So what I’ve done is to combine two regimens that seem to work well for me: a one-day juice fast recipe I found in Taste for Life magazine a few years ago and a 2-day “diet detox” from Natural Health magazine.

Note: It’s important to prepare for the fasting weekend with a week of detoxing, which I started on Monday (Day 1).

Here’s the regimen I’m following this weekend:
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Detox: Day 5


Home stretch!

Today’s detox feast has been just as delicious as the previous days. This is the last day I’ll be eating 3 meals (as well as snacks) until Monday. Tomorrow begins the juice fast.

Detox Menu – Day 5

Breakfast: oatmeal with ground flaxseed, chopped apple, cinnamon, and soy milk; orange juice

Tea break: Temple of Health tea from Lemonjello’s

Lunch: Fresh lettuce from Mud Lake Farm with garbanzo beans, two hard-cooked happy eggs, olive oil and lemon juice; Wild Rice Soup

Dinner: Red Beans and Rice with ground turkey instead of pork; cole slaw with red onions and celery

Snack: Raspberries with ground flax seed and almond milk; chamomile tea

Detox: Day 4


One thing I like about a detox is that it really forces you to eat wholesome, homemade food. I really had to plan ahead in order to follow my detox regimen but it’s worth the time: The results have been quite yummy. I’m already looking forward to tomorrow’s breakfast!

Detox Menu: Day 4

Breakfast: 2 happy eggs fried in olive oil; one slice Sami’s Bakery Millet & Flax toast with strawberry jam; orange juice; decaf English breakfast tea (black)

Second Breakfast: One banana

Lunch: Leftover Lemon Chicken Smothered in Onions; Wild Rice Soup; Kale Risotto

Snack: Blueberries with ground flax seed and almond milk; Alvita licorice root tea

Dinner: Cashew, Celery and Cabbage Stir-Fry with Rice Noodles 

Snack: One Michigan Honeycrisp apple

Detox: Day 3


Moving right along, it’s Wednesday and I’m really enjoying the antioxidants I’ve been consuming all week as well as depriving myself of treats like red wine and chocolate!

Now that was a bit over-enthusiastic, wasn’t it? Really, it’s a great detox regimen and I don’t crave too many things. So far, I mostly miss coffee with organic milk, red wine with dinner, and that little bite of dark chocolate after dinner.

But, I must persist!

Detox Menu: Day 3

Breakfast: Raspberry Banana Smoothie (soy milk only; no dairy); orange juice; Good Earth decaf chai (no milk)

Second Breakfast: 1 hard-cooked happy egg

Lunch: Quinoa Tabouli with garbanzo beans on lettuce with hard-cooked happy egg and Wild Rice Soup

Snack: One Michigan Honeycrisp apple

Dinner: Chicken Piccata, Kale Risotto, and steamed broccoli

Snack: Peanut butter on Sami’s Bakery Millet & Flax toast; chamomile tea

Detox: Day 2


Yesterday I started my detox week with Day 1.

It’s Day 2, and I’m still going at it: avoiding preservatives and pumping my system with lots of antioxidants. (Except for that one side trip to the Parkway Inn restaurant to meet some very good friends for dinner. Fried perch with American fries? I think it’s a good compromise. Besides, I ordered cole slaw to get my cabbage quota for the day.)

Detox Menu – Day 2

Breakfast: oatmeal with ground flax seed, blueberries, and soy milk; orange juice; Good Earth decaf chai (no milk)

Lunch: Salad greens from Mud Lake Farm with fresh lemon juice and olive oil, garbanzo beans, celery, and a hard-cooked egg

Dinner: Fried perch, American fries and cole slaw

Snack: Peanut butter on Sami’s Bakery Millet & Flax toast; one Michigan apple; chamomile tea