My new appreciation for the word detox

I have always hated the word detox.

My dis­tain for the word in part came from how people abuse the word detox. I have no objec­tion with the bio­chem­ic­al phases of detox­i­fic­a­tion in the liv­er, and what they are meant to do. Without them, we would be dead.

Most people decide that detox means to starve their bod­ies of nutri­ents, dehyd­rate them­selves or by giv­ing them­selves a colon blo­wout, lit­er­ally, to rid the body of things that it might be hold­ing onto.

Detoxification is truly just allow­ing the body to do what it does already — giv­ing the liv­er an oppor­tun­ity to add water molecules to undi­gestable mater­i­als, send those mater­i­als into the colon and/​or through water via the kid­neys and bladder.

With my new changes to my diet, I have been delving into my cook­books and enjoy­ing the new and old recipes I have been find­ing. This also included pulling some recipes and guid­ance from a col­league Carol Morley’s cook­book called Delicious Detox, a book designed to guide someone through clean and healthy eat­ing for a few weeks. I have to say, I have been quite enam­oured with this book.

The reas­ons I am enam­oured with book are simple:

  • Delicious Detox out­lines the most healthy diet we should all follow
  • It takes very little time to pre­pare the ingredients
  • She gives guidelines on pantry stock­ing (herbs and spices, sug­ar sub­sti­tutes etc) so it is lit­er­ally fool-proof
  • She is prac­tic­al and cost-con­scious. Having myself been glu­ten-free for many years before includ­ing the oth­er aller­gen con­sid­er­a­tions I have (egg, dairy, soy, almond) I am famil­i­ar with inex­pens­ive places to get my ingredi­ents for flour at the Bulk Barn as an example, and for those of you want­ing to embark on a jour­ney of improved health, cost can be a factor. Carol sim­pli­fies this for you.
Buckwheat Blueberry Pancakes — they were great!
    Check out this quick and simple way to improve your health. I had a pleas­ant exper­i­ence with the word detox in this con­text! Thanks for shar­ing your recipes with us Carol!

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