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Start Your New Year with Winter Detox Fruits and Vegetables

December 31, 2015


Hopefully you know that to get more nutrients from your food, your shopping choices should be made according to the seasons.

But did you know that you can also use your seasonal food choices to detox and cleanse your body.

Remember, everything we breathe, eat, drink, and even touch, contains toxins.

The good news is that you can detox yourself by eating seasonal fruits and vegetables.  When you detox, you can not only boost your immunity, reduce stress, re-balance and rejuvenate your body, especially Weight Loss Detox with Seasonal Vegetablesduring the winter cold and flu season, but also avoid weight gain during and after the stressful Holiday season.

If you want to feel and look fabulous for the New Year, make the resolution try to incorporate more of these seasonal winter fruits and vegetables into your diet:

  • Apples to cleanse your digestion, liver and kidneys;
  • Pomegranates to detox your lymph;
  • Beans to detox digestive tract;
  • Broccoli, cabbage,sprouts to help detox the liver;
  • Garlic to eliminate toxic microorganisms;
  • Watercress to purify the blood;
  • Celery to flush your kidneys
  • Onions and garlic to remove heavy metals and parasites;
  • Beets to purify the blood;
  • Grapefruit peel to help resolve mucus condition from the lungs;
  • Turnips to detoxify the body.

You can learn much more about simple detox with the seasons from my eBook “Detox -101 – Super Simple Detox”.

Let us be detox smart to avoid catching colds and to be happy and healthy this new year, shall we?


Breathe, smile and be happy.

© Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health Coach and Counselor

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Simple Natural Weight Loss Detox Guide for a Healthy New Year

January 11, 2012

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Happy and Healthy New Year!

Do you have frequent colds, mood changes, nervousness, headaches, constipation, insomnia, or backaches? These symptoms might be signs of toxicity.

We can get toxins from everywhere: the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, our, make up, the household products we use, the clothes we wear, in other words, just about anything we touch.Natural Weight Loss Detox Tips

Just by using shampoo, eye shadow, lipstick, mascara, and perfume, you can be exposed to hundreds of chemicals.  And we wonder why we get headaches, rashes, hormonal changes, allergies, infertility and cancer.

During the winter season, many of us consume much more fat, sugar, alcohol, meat, etc., causing our bodies to become even more toxic

So why wait till spring to detox, when you can feel better all year long with a super simple detox.

Just by drinking more water and shifting from the most congesting foods (sweets, diary products, bread, fats, fried foods, refined flours, meats, hydrogenated fats, drugs) to the least (fruits and vegetables, grains, nuts and legumes) you can achieve weight loss, and detox at the same time..

After stressful holiday season support your liver and cleanse your blood and lymphatic system, with some New Year healthy and natural weight loss detox tips:

Tip I. Take Milk Thistle twice a day.

The active compound in this antioxidant herb is silymarin, which helps to repair liver, remove alcohol, metals and pesticides from the body.

Tip II. Incorporate more detoxifying foods into your diet:

* Sulfur rich foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, onions, garlic, parsley, celery, watercress, dandelion greens, turnips, avocados, radishes, bell peppers, cranberries to support the liver.

* Fiber rich foods, such as lentils, beans, grains, fruits to get rid of constipation and eliminate toxins.

* Lean protein (wild caught salmon or other fish, organic chicken) is rich in amino acids to prepare toxins for elimination.

* Cleansing herbs, such as red clover, garlic, echinacea, dandelion root, yellow dock root, burdock root, milk thistle, parsley, cilantro, peppermint, licorice, flax seeds to cleanse liver, blood, lymph, kidneys, colon, skin.

* Cleansing spices, such as turmeric, cumin, coriander, cayenne, ginger, fenugreek, clove, cayenne to detoxify the liver and blood, aid digestion, cleanse gallbladder, colon and kidneys.

Let us be detox smart if we want to feel and look fabulous and have happy and healthy New Year, shall we?


Breathe, smile and be happy.

© Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach, Counselor, and Relationship Expert

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Winter Super Foods to Stay Healthy and Feel Fabulous

December 17, 2011


Because we are what we eat, during the winter it is important to eat more winter super foods. 

Fantastic Winter Super Foods to Stay Healthy and Feel Fabulous

I. Whole foods rich in anti-stress vitamins and minerals can fight stress illness and you should try to incorporate them in your diet to have less stress.

It has been found that people who exhibit stress illness have low magnesium levels. A deficiency of magnesium interferes with transmission of nerve and muscle impulses, causing irritability and nervousness.

For more magnesium, eat more apples, dried apricots, avocados, brown rice, garlic, grapefruit, lemons, leafy vegetables, millet, nuts, sesame seeds, salmon (wild caught).


Fantastic Winter Super Foods to Stay Healthy and Feel Fabulous

Our body needs a proper balance between magnesium and calcium to have a healthy stress response. Healthy foods rich in calcium are almonds, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, figs, kale, kelp, mustard greens, oats, prunes, sesame seeds, salmon, seafood, sesame seeds, tofu, plain yogurt / kefir.

Studies show that people who are depressed have low levels of B6 and serotonin. Eat more avocados, bananas, fish, spinach, walnuts to get more Vitamin B6.

As we know, B12 deficiency can contribute too many anxiety disorders caused by stress, such as hormonal imbalances, blood sugar fluctuations, chronic fatigue, depression, irritability, moodiness, nervousness. To eat more salmon, seafood, sea vegetables (if we don’t eat meat) will help.  A detailed plan with suggestions for reducing stress overload you can find in my eBook “ DeStress-101-Survival Kit for Busy Women”

II. The second step in helping us feel better and be healthier during Winter is to boost our immune system with winter holistic detox.

For a quick detox drink, drink more water (filtered of course!) – it helps us eliminate more toxins. You can also drink teas with Dandelion, Nettles, Ginger, Burdock Root.

Also, try sifting from the most congesting foods (sweets, diary products, bread, fats, fried foods, refined flours, meats, hydrogenated fats, drugs) to the least (fruits and vegetables, grains, nuts and legumes), which can help with holistic weight loss detox cleansing of your body to bring it into balance.

And we don’t need an excuse to wait for spring to a herbal cleanse of our bodies, because we can use healthy detox super foods, such as apples, beets, celery, squashes, garlic, carrots, onions, green leafy vegetables, lemons, oranges, parsley, seaweed, beans as well as detoxifying spices like turmeric, coriander, fennel, cumin right now.

We need to include these fantastic detox whole foods in our routine and use one or two every day. Why? Because these detox foods can purify our blood, purify and protect our liver, and cleanse our intestines. More on Super Simple Detox – in the detox eBook “Detox – 101

Never forget that it is also very important to avoid certain foods if you want to stay healthy and not to get colds. My article “Super Unhealthy Foods to Avoid...” has a list of foods to stay away from.

It is Winter, so slow down, relax and enjoy.

Meanwhile, breathe, smile and be happy,

© Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health, Nutrition and Relationship Expert

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Alkaline Dessert Recipe for Weight Loss and Detox

December 22, 2010

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Did you know that millet is one of the alkaline grains? Alkaline foods can help you with your weight loss detox program or to stay healthy in general.

Millet, as any grain, is rich in fiber (necessary for getting rid of constipation, lowering high blood pressure and reducing headaches) as well as in Magnesium that can help prevent heart attacks.

I would  like to share with you this healthy recipe by Leslie Cerier  from her book Gluten-Free Recipes for the Conscious Cook;

Alkaline Millet Apple Raisin Cake Recipe for Weight Loss, Detox

Alkaline Dessert Recipe for  Weight Loss and Detox

  • 1 cup millet, rinsed
  • 3 cups apple juice
  • 1 cup raisins
  • Pinch of sea salt

Combine the millet, juice, raisins, and salt in a medium-size saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, then lower heat, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes, until all of the juice is absorbed and the millet is tender. Give it a stir, and then taste it; if the millet is still crunchy, add more juice, cover, and simmer for about 3 minutes, then check the tenderness again.

Pour the mixture into a standard loaf pan and let it cool for about 1 hour, until set. Slice and serve. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.


  • Use a combination of other fresh or dried fruits, such as pears, apples, or apricots. Small fruits are fine as is, but you may want to chop fruits that come in larger pieces.
  • Try different fruit juices.
  • Stir in about 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon or vanilla extract before pouring the batter into the loaf pan.
  • Use corn grits in place of some or all of the millet.
  • To use a pressure cooker, just put all of the ingredients in the pressure cooker and lock the lid. Bring up to pressure over high heat, then adjust the heat to maintain pressure and cook for 15 minutes.


Breathe, smile and be happy.

© Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health, Nutrition and Relationship Expert

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Butternut Acorn Immunity Booster and Weight Loss Detox Soup

November 10, 2008


Are you ready for Cold and Flu Season? 

Are your ready to prevent holiday weight gain?

I would like to share with you this Butternut Acorn Soup Recipe for weight loss, detox, and as a natural immunity booster.

There are at least eight reasons you should make our cold and weight fighting soup recipe right now!


8 reasons to make Butternut Acorn Soup

  • Parsley is rich in vitamin C (several times  the vitamin C of citrus), vitamin A (one of the highest sources), and chlorophyll which help to fight cancer, boost metabolism and immune system). Parsley is helpful for all kidney and urinary difficulties, strengthens the adrenal glands and teeth, helpful for ear infections
  • Squash is rich in vitamin A (an important antioxidant which can boost your immune system and fight inflammation)
  • Cilantro acts as a herbal cleanse detox – it helps in the chelation of heavy metals such as mercury and leadimmunity booster weight loss detox
  • Dill, also acts as a detox cleansing herb and helps remove stagnation, and protects against free radicals and carcinogens; it is also rich in Calcium and Magnesium which help reduce stress, bone loss (especially after menopause) and promote sleep
  • Turmeric (because of curcumin) is rich in antioxidants which fight/prevent cancer, boost immune system, reduce inflammation (helps with menstrual problems, toothache, bruises, rheumatoid arthritis); it is also helps with detox cleansing of the liver
  • Onion is rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, chromium and vitamin B6. It reduces inflammation,prevents cancer,  lowers blood pressure and cholesterol which helps reduce risk of heart  attack and stroke; it also lower blood sugar and insulin levels which is beneficial for diabetics. And, of course, it fights common cold
  • Carrot is rich in the antioxidant beta-carotene/vitamin A, which protects against cancer; it also treats ear infections, night blindness, earaches; it benefits our skin, helps reduce inflammation, helpful for digestive problems (indigestion, heartburn, excess stomach acid) and urinary infections. Carrots, rich in fiber, help with constipation.  Carrots can be also used as an easy detox vegetable to improve liver functions. Did you know that carrots heal burns and stop bleeding if you cut yourself in the kitchen?
  • Olive oil is one of the best vegetable oil. Did you know that it has been consumed for more than thousands years? Try always to buy, cold pressed extra virgin.It also makes a wonderful facial by itself or an addition to any home-made mask.

Homemade Butternut Acorn Soup Recipe

  • 2 – 3 pounds butternut or acorn squash
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • sour cream to taste
  • turmeric
  • 2 tbs fresh cilantro / parsley / dill or all above

Mash roasted butter or acorn squash. Saute onions and carrots in olive oil for 10 minutes. Mix squash with sautéd vegetables, add vegetable stock, salt and  pepper to taste, and a dash of turmeric. Process all ingredients in a food processor. Sprinkle every serving with cilantro / parsley/ dill and add a tsp. sour cream.  You can serve this healthy Thanksgiving vegetable soup recipe for your family with Thanksgiving Dinner.

Bon Appetit!


Breathe, smile and be happy.

©Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Counselor and Coach

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