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Spring Green Detox at Home Ideas and Tips

March 24, 2012

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Spring can be your sign not only to start with a green cleanse or green detox, but also to make your home toxic free and eco-friendly with green detox at home ideas.

While taking care of the “environment in you” with a green detox, you can also begin by becoming more aware of the environment around you .

From all around us we absorb toxins from the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, etc. So to be healthy, we also need to take care of our house, making it both cleaner and greener, eco friendly and toxic free.

Try these green living and chemical free cleaning green detox at home ideas.Green Living and Chemical Cleaning Green Detox at Home Ideas

I. Let’s start with the kitchen, one of the most popular rooms in the house

  • For washing dishes, cleaning the floor or counters, doing laundry, switch to earth friendly, non-toxic products containing natural ingredients, without dyes or perfumes. Sometimes white vinegar (for cleaning glass deposits) or baking soda (for the sink) can do the trick.
  • Switch to healthy preparation surfaces and pots and pans, for example:

Bamboo: bamboo cutting boards (always use separate boards for meat and vegetables to avoid cross contamination);

Teflon Free: eco friendly, non-toxic, Teflon free cookware (teflon coating breaks down and emits certain chemicals and particles at certain temperature; studies show that Perfluorooctanoic acid, a chemical used to make Teflon has been linked to cancer and birth defects; avoid Teflon-coated cookware especially if it’s scratched); do your research and choose wisely, paying attention to the description of the product.

II. Next step is your bathroom

  • switch to soaps that contain natural ingredients, towels made of organic materials, shampoo without harsh chemicals;
  • use a head shower filter to remove harmful substances from your shower water.

Did you know your skin is your largest organ? Our skin breathes to help us get rid of toxins, but can you imagine how much chlorine and other chemicals you can absorb through your skin while inhaling hot steam during your 10 minute shower?

III. Everywhere Else

  • when repainting, look for water-based latex paints low in gaseous chemicals (benzene and formaldehyde can be a source of air pollution in the house);
  • for the floor use environmentally sound materials with non-toxic ingredients (bamboo, solid wood, cork, etc.) Vinyl flooring is cheap but it may release harmful chemicals;
  • look for eco friendly materials for your carpeting too. Sometimes they are a little bit more expensive (i.e. pure wool carpet) but it’s worth spending money, especially if you have kids and want them to be healthy;

Its never too late to start making the right choices to be healthy and raise a healthy and happy family. So, let us be choice smart and chemical free.

 

Breathe (only clean air), smile and be happy.

© Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach and Counselor

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Three Great Radish Recipes for Spring

March 20, 2012

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Why not start your spring with a super healthy spring vegetable.

Because of its high sulfur, silicon and vitamin C content, radishes are a known as a super healthy spring vegetable.  Best of all, radishes can be used as both homemade beauty remedies and weight loss detox recipes to help you feel and look younger.

I would like to share these super beauty remedies recipes with radishes for you to try and share with your family and friends.

 

Spring Radishes and Avocado Beauty Remedy

Ingredients:Weight Loss Detox and Beauty Remedies Radish Recipes

  • 8 radishes sliced
  • 1 red or white onion chopped
  • ½ avocado sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 ½ cup mix of arugula and baby spinach
  • parsley diced
  • 2 tbsp walnuts
  • 1 tbsp cranberries
  • kelp with cayenne to season

Directions:

Combine all ingredients. Toss thoroughly.

Homemade Beauty Remedies Salad for Spring

Ingredients:

  • 5 radishes sliced
  • 1 cup of arugula
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • lemon juice from 1 lemon or 2 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1 medium yellow squash, diced
  • dill diced
  • Seaweed Gomasio (sesame seeds, seaweed, and sea salt)

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients. Toss thoroughly. Sprinkle with Seaweed Gomasio.

Radish and Fennel Salad and Beauty Remedy Recipe

IngredientsDetox and Beauty Remedy Radish Recipes

  • 6 radishes sliced
  • 4 small fennel bulbs sliced
  • 2 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients. Toss thoroughly.

P.P.S. visit Simple Detox 101 for information about other super foods you can use in the spring to detox and cleanse naturally

Bon Appetit!

Breathe, smile and be happy.

©Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health, Nutrition and Relationship Coach

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Listen to Your Body: Tips to Beat Sugar and Chocolate Cravings

March 13, 2012

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Most of  people think that having cravings is a bad thing and that we have to do our best to get rid of them.

It’s not true!

Our cravings tell us that some brain chemicals are missing in our bodies. Having cravings is a unique way of our bodies communicate with us and a wonderful tool for finding which foods work best for us. Tips to Beat Sugar and Chocolate Cravings

In general, we might have cravings if we:

  • don’t drink enough water (dehydration is considered to be a mild hunger);
  • are bored, stressed out, dissatisfied with our relationship, (emotional eating);
  • eat too much sugar, salt, processed food;
  • don’t eat enough seasonal foods;
  • have hormonal changes;
  • don’t eat some foods for a long period of time.

Tips to Beat Sugar and Chocolate Cravings

Whenever we have cravings, our body tries to tell us something, which means it’s time to learn how to listen to our body in order to understand its needs and imbalances.

  • Feel like eating sweet foods?

It always means that your blood sugar is low and your body is asking for energy.Tips to Beat Sugar and Chocolate Cravings

Try to eat more sweet potatoes, yams, winter squash, beets, carrots.

Whole foods such as grains, beans, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds will be very helpful because they contain complex carbohydrates – chains of three or more single sugar molecules linked together- and are digested slowly and steadily.

Studies show this helps control blood sugar, diabetes, and insulin levels. Because whole foods are rich in fiber, they can help with weight loss and detox of your body.

  • Feel like eating chocolate?

Did you know that chocolate (dark, healthy for us) is very rich in Magnesium? People who crave chocolate may have a  low Magnesium level. They can also eat more whole foods, such as beans ((mung, aduki, black), whole grains (buckwheat, millet, barley), nuts and seeds (almonds, cashews, sesame seeds). A good source of Magnesium is spirulina, dried seaweeds, chlorella.

Learning how to listen to our bodies can be a rewarding process.

Let us be crave smart to feel and look fabulous, shall we?

 

Breathe, smile and be happy.

©Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health Coach and Nutrition Counselor

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3 Weight Loss Detox Recipes to Feel and Look Fabulous

February 4, 2012

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Are you trying to beat your sugar cravings?  Why not try one of these recipes; they can help you balance your hormones, boost your energy, or with weight loss and detox.

Healthy Detox Ginger Carrot Breakfast Cookies

Ginger promotes circulation, stimulates lymphatic flow, and can help detox the body.

The taste of carrots help fight your sugar cravings as well as improve your eyesight, lower cholesterol and prevent heart attack and stroke.

Ingredients:Healthy Weight Loss Detox Recipes

  • ¾ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup oat flour
  • ¼ cup brown rice or barley flour
  • 2 cups cooked millet
  • 1 and ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup water

Directions:

Lightly roasted oats and flour by stirring over medium heat in skillet, until toasty smelling but not browned. Mix all ingredients and add just enough water for a moist, (not mushy). Shape into cookies on an oiled baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 min.

adopted from the Self-healing Cookbook by Kristina Turner

 

Tasty Fennel and Orange Detox Salad

Fennel stimulates the liver, improves fat digestion, and contains essential oils that can help get rid of excess fluid and thus weight.

Orange is rich in vitamin C and can help boost your immune system.  You can also lift your mood by using the zest of the oranges.

Onions can cleanse and detox your liver and skin; they also have antiseptic properties.

Ingredients:Healthy Weight Loss Detox Recipes

  • 2 oranges, sliced
  • 1 bulb fennel, sliced
  • 1 red onion sliced into rings
  • juice of 1 orange
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • zest of 1 orange
  • mint or parsley to garnish

Directions:

Place a layer of oranges, then a layer of fennel and then a layer of onions. Mix orange juice with apple cider vinegar and drizzle over the salad. Add orange zest and mint or parsley to garnish.

 

Beet and Apple Juice Detox Recipe

Try this delicious detox juice recipe to feel and look fabulous.

Beets stimulate the liver and can help to detox and cleanse the digestive system and blood.

Apple adds sweetness and fiber which can helps to detox your body.Healthy Weight Loss Detox Recipes

Spinach contains antioxidants that can fight free radicals to helps boost your immune system.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium beet
  • 1 large apple
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves

Directions:

Place all the ingredients in the juicer or blender and process. If you wish, you can dilute with filtered water to taste.

Bon Appetit!

 

Breathe, smile and be happy.

©Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health, Nutrition Coach and Relationship Expert

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Two Super Healthy and Simple Detox Recipes with Cleansing Spices

January 12, 2012

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Are you ready to keep your body toxin free? Then you may want to start by by including more  detox herbs and cleansing spices in your recipes.

For a super simple detox diet, incorporate the cleansing spices, such as Turmeric, Cumin, Coriander, Cayenne, Ginger, Fenugreek, and Clove. Here are some reasons why.

  • Turmeric – contains the flavonoid curcumin, which is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. It helps detoxify the liver, cleanse the blood.
  • Cumin – contains oils that are effective in helping to detoxify the liver and aid digestion
  • Coriander- contains oils that are effective in helping to detoxify the liver and aid digestionNatural and Simple Detox Recipes with Cleansing Spices
  • Oregano – liver and gallbladder cleanser
  • Rosemary – colon cleanser, may help reduce levels of the carcinogenic heterocyclic amines
  • Fennel – colon and liver cleanser
  • Fenugreek – cleanses the stomach, bowels, kidneys and respiratory tract of excess mucus
  • Clove – parasite cleanser
  • Ginger- stimulates circulation, relieves congestion
  • Cayenne – blood and tissue purifier

Are you ready to use these spices to make some super healthy simple detox recipes to help you detox your body and feel and look fabulous?

Dip / Dressing Detox Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp plain yogurt
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1/5 (or less) cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbs almond butter
  • kelp with sea salt to taste

Directions:

Mix all ingredients thoroughly. You can use it as a dressing for salads, as a dip, with fish, meat, etc.

Curry Detox Recipe

  • 2 tbs turmeric
  • 2 tbs cumin
  • 2 tbs coriander
  • 1 tbs ginger powder
  • 1 tbs pepper
  • 2 tsp cardamom
  • 2 tsp mace
  • 1 tsp mustard seed
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Mix well and place in airtight container.

Bon Appetit!

P.S. find more easy detox tips and recipes in the e-Book “Detox – 101 – Super Simple Detox, The Ultimate Guide for Beginners.”

 

Breathe, smile and be happy.

©Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach

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Natural Detox Cleansing Salad Recipe with Herbs

January 9, 2012

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Are you ready to detox?  Why not go natural and detox with herbs?

Some herbs you may want to add to your diet are: as red clover, garlic, echinacea, dandelion root, yellow dock root, burdock root, milk thistle, parsley, cilantro, peppermint, licorice, and flax.

The combination of vitamins, minerals and special chemical compounds in these herbs make for a perfect super simple detox.  Here is a list of some of detox herbs and their benefits.

  • Red clover – blood cleanser
  • Garlic– blood cleanser, natural antibiotic
  • Echinacea – lymph cleanser, antimicrobial
  • Dandelion root – liver and blood cleanser, diuretic, filters toxins
  • Yellow dock root– skin, blood and liver cleanser
  • Burdock root – skin and blood cleanser, diuretic, antibacterial
  • Milk thistle – liver cleanser
  • Parsley leaf – diuretic, flushes kidneys, breath freshener
  • Cilantro helps in the chelation of heavy metals such as mercury and lead
  • Peppermint – skin cleanser
  • Licorice – colon cleanser
  • Flax seeds – colon cleanser
  • Oregano – liver and gallbladder cleanser
  • Rosemary – colon cleanser, may help reduce levels of the carcinogenic heterocyclic amines

********************************************Simple and Natural Detox with Cleansing Recipes with Herbs

Simple and Natural Detox Cleansing Salad Recipe with Herbs

Ingredients:

  • 1 small burdock root, thinly sliced(you can find it in Whole Foods or any Health Store)
  • 1 cup dandelion greens, rinsed and dried
  • 2 tbsp prunes chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp parsley chopped or 
  • 1tbsp cilantro chopped
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds or sunflower seeds or pine nuts


For the Dressing:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp plain yogurt
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1/5 (or less) cayenne pepper
  • salt to taste

Directions:

Mix all ingredients thoroughly, add the dressing and serve.

Bon Appetit!

Breathe, smile and be happy.

©Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health, Nutrition Coach and Relationship Expert

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