A Short Guide to Detoxifying Your Body

A Short Guide to Detoxifying Your Body

When you set out on a path to improve your health, the first step is usually to detoxify. If you’re going to build a new house, you have to make sure the foundation is clear and stable first. There is a huge amount of information out there about this and it can be overwhelming. So today I’m going to give you a short guide about detoxing to help you on your path.

1. Start Slow

If you’ve been eating McDonald’s every day for 10 years and then you suddenly switch to a fully raw diet overnight you’re going to encounter a lot of difficulties. It’s better to ease into this change. Start by replacing that highly processed fast food burger with a home made organic free range one using sourdough buns and a salad for an appetizer instead of fries. Add one raw meal every other day to your diet for the first week, then up it to one per day the second week and keep adding more as you feel works best for you. Eventually you’ll be able to eat exactly how you want and feel great doing it.

2. Find Friends to Join You

It’s no secret that most things are generally harder to do alone. If you have a friend or loved one to join you on this journey who can support you through tough times your entire process will be easier and more joyful. It will also lessen the load in terms of learning as two minds are better than one. Lastly, you can have a lot more fun in the kitchen with a partner!

3. Alkalize

One of the main health problems in our society is that we eat way too many acidic foods. Our body needs to have an alkaline ph level in order to digest nutrients optimally and fight off disease. Most diseases thrive in an acidic environment, and die in an alkaline one. So one of the first steps to detoxifying the body is to start eating lots of alkalizing foods. We’ve just published a Free E-Book on this subject, which you can get by signing up to our newsletter at the link below :

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4. Stimulate Your Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system is responsible for moving toxins out of the body and our modern lifestyle often leaves it stagnant. So here are a few ways to get it moving :

Exercise
This is a no brainer. Get the body moving and all the systems in it move.

Cold Water
New research being done by the pioneer known as the Ice Man, Wim Hof, is showing that Cold Exposure is one of the most powerful healing methods on the planet. There’s a reason why ancient holistic systems like Ayurveda advocate taking cold showers. While it may be uncomfortable at first, you will feel refreshed and energetic afterwards. And if you want to take it to the next level, you can start doing ice baths.

Jumping on a Trampoline
Much more fun than cold showers, this childhood favorite pastime actually pumps the lymphatic system. Don’t let your kid have all the fun, jump start your immune system and have a laugh!

5. Fast

Once you’re ready to start making big moves, there’s no better way to detox than by fasting. A recent study by the University of Southern California showed that just 3 days of fasting can allow your entire immune system to reset. The benefits are endless and powerful. But remember to refer back to #1 on this list before you jump into a long fast. Start by trying out one day, or even just skipping a couple meals one day before you do a long one. Then make sure you’ve done your research properly, be well prepared, give yourself a quiet, stress-free environment and have access to medical support in case something goes wrong before you start on a longer one.

I hope this article was helpful for you. If you have any questions or comments please post them below.

Have a Happy and Healthy Day!
The LovingGift Team

6 Vegan Warming Winter Recipes

6 Vegan Warming Winter Recipes

Eating a high Raw Vegan diet can sometimes be a challenge, particularly during winter. According to Chinese and Ayurvedic principles, the body can lack heat, or digestive fire, if not enough cooked food or heating ingredients are included on a regular basis. Some of these heating foods are well known, like ginger, garlic and hot peppers, but some of them are relatively unknown and somewhat surprising, like parsley, basil and dates.

So today I’ve compiled a list of 7 Vegan Recipes from good ol’ local Australian Food Blogs that include heating ingredients to keep your digestive fire burning strong throughout winter. I hope you enjoy them! Please tell us how they went for you in the comments, and if you have any tips or tricks to improve them 🙂

Vegan Copycat Sloppy Joes by My Goodness Kitchen

I don’t think I’ve ever thought Sloppy Joes could look so mouthwatering. I remember them from my school days as a pretty, well, sloppy looking meal. But Logan of My Goodness Kitchen has somehow managed to make them look utterly delectable. The recipe contains three heating ingredients; lentils, garlic and red capsicum.

I decided to give it the number 1 spot because it doubles as the kind of recipe that you can convince ornery meat eaters to try and probably sway them to eat more vegan food with 😉

 

Chipotle, Bean & Lime Stuffed Sweat Potatoes with Herb Salsa by My Darling Lemon Thyme

Few meals get me more excited than stuffed… anything. And sweet potatoes are in my top 5 “To Stuff” list. This recipe is chock full of heating ingredients like garlic, parsley, chili, cumin and pepper. Bonus points for it being a very straightforward, low maintenance oven recipe. They are my favorite.

Asian Slaw with Sweet Chili Peanut Tofu by The Macadames

I had to include a recipe from this blog, whose name hits a sweet spot for me. It sounds like the name of an old school Soul band and I love that kind of music.

The recipe sounds amazing too. I’m a sucker for anything with peanuts in it and as far as [mostly] raw recipes go they can’t get much more heating. Ginger, sesame oil, garlic, red pepper and of course chili combine to pack a powerful punch.

Vegan Sticky Date Pudding Recipe by Veggieful

One of the best parts of blogging is it provides so much opportunity to learn. Until researching this I never would’ve guessed dates were a heating food, but there you have it! I couldn’t be happier, as they are one of my all time favorite foods to eat on their own. Especially the Medjool ones.

This recipe uses a bunch of margarine, which I don’t consider very healthy, but I’m sure it could be substituted fairly easily. Got any ideas? Tell us in the comments.

Cultured Vegetables by Loving Gift

I couldn’t make a list like this without including one of our own recipes, now could I 😉 ? Anita, AKA Chef Neatz, is a master of fermentation (you can buy one of our many cultured veggie mixes here), and she has generously shared her secrets with us.

The main ingredient, cabbage, is a heating ingredient, and so are a few of the complimentary ingredients; kale, garlic and basil.

Raw Vegan Red Pepper Soup by Chomp Chomp

“Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Soup is simple, and especially during winter, quick, easy and delicious meals are paramount to successful healthy eating. Being able to whip up something in a matter of minutes is key when it’s cold and you’re hungry. Those are times I find very easy to reach for unhealthy snacks, so it’s important to have fast options to whip up before cravings take over. 

This 5 ingredient recipe is largely composed of a heating ingredient, red capsicum, and you could definitely add more parsley to increase its heating properties.

I hope you enjoyed the post and the recipes. Thanks for reading!

5 Tips for a High Raw Diet

5 Tips for a High Raw Diet

Embarking on a new diet or lifestyle can be a daunting task. But it doesn’t need to be. Plenty of people I’ve met in my time as a Raw Food teacher have thought that a High Raw Diet would be more difficult and time-consuming than their current way of eating, but this doesn’t need to be true. In fact, I would argue that, when done thoughtfully and intelligently, a high raw diet takes less time and effort than one with lots of cooked food. So here’s 5 important tips that can make this claim true.

Keep it Simple

A lot of the popular raw food blogs boast lots of complex, gourmet recipes with gorgeous photos that can be intimidating to try to replicate. But in my experience, most long term, successful raw foodies mostly eat simple foods, such as smoothies, salads, and lots of fruits and veggies in their original raw form. For me, making hearty, filling salads and eating them for the majority of my meals is the most effective way for me to eat a high raw diet and feel satisfied.

Invest in some useful gear

You will have to do a lot of fruit and vegetable chopping if you eat a high raw diet, which usually ends up being the most time-consuming aspect of this lifestyle. Invest in a couple key pieces of equipment and you can cut this time in half or even more. And they need not be expensive either. Getting a $40 spiralizer and a $100-$200 food processor could be the best move you make on your path to eating a high raw diet in the long term. With a spiralizer you can prepare large amounts of zucchini, carrot and other vegetable noodles in a matter of seconds. With the multitude of chopping, slicing and julienne blades that come with most food processors you can pretty much avoid all slow knife chopping, and in the process, speed up your preparation times significantly.

Bulk Preparation

In a similar vein, if you prepare large quantities of raw ingredients at once it can save you lots of time and feel like you’re saving even more. I had a friend who would prepare a whole week’s worth of salad ingredients every Sunday, keep them in separate jars, and then mix and match depending on what she felt like each day. You can also make large quantities of salad dressings so that you can whip together a meal in seconds. This little trick is extremely convenient and time saving too.

Don’t be hard on yourself if you eat something unhealthy

Any healthy lifestyle change is a journey and you can expect ups and downs. If you eat something that isn’t great for you, don’t get down on yourself. It will only make getting back on the horse harder. One of my teachers liked to preach this lesson, and encouraged you to really enjoy every bite of that ice cream, saying that if you enjoyed it, you would feel less desire to eat it again afterwards. Being perfect is rarely a human quality, so just accept it for what it is and don’t add extra problems by feeling guilty about it.

Find Some Raw Foodie Friends

One of the biggest obstacles people encounter when changing diets relates to the social aspect of eating. Humans love to socialize over a meal, and there’s a good chance you won’t want to eat the same food or at the same restaurants as your friends when you switch to a high raw diet. Finding some raw foodie friends to share food with can help you overcome this. Plus, you’ll be able to learn and grow together, and lean on each other if you’re struggling to maintain your new healthy lifestyle.

I hope you enjoyed the article and learned something new.

Jonny

A New Member of the Loving Gift Family

A New Member of the Loving Gift Family

Hi There!

My name is Jonny and I’m very excited to announce that I am Loving Gift’s newest contributor. Anita and I have been friends since meeting at Elaina Love’s Pure Joy Raw Chef Academy in Bali a few years ago, where I used to work as a Raw Food Teacher and Food Blogger for www.RawFoodBali.com

I’ve been teaching people how to make Raw Food for about 3 years, focusing on recipes for a smooth and easy transition to the lifestyle, and specializing in delicious raw desserts to make you forget about the less than healthy cooked ones that dominate the supermarket aisles and bakeries of the western world.

For the last 3 months I’ve been working on her Organic Farm, enjoying the delicious fresh veggies and the laid back country lifestyle, and am really grateful that I will continue to be a part of her lovely organization even after I leave. 

I’ll be writing some blog posts about healthy living, ingredients and raw food as well as helping out with the behind the scenes web stuff, and am looking forward to sharing my experience and knowledge with you.

So keep an eye on this space and goodbye for now!

Sincerely,

Jonny