Food

January 2013

December 31, 2012

I love New Year’s resolutions!  Honestly I do.  I think January is a perfect time to start whatever goals you have planned.  For me, January is the hardest month of the year.  There are no great holidays, it is usually freezing, and we are all coming off of our holiday high.  So why not choose something else to focus on and put your time into.

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For me that is going to be a detox.  If you’re like us at Generation Green, you’ve indulged in every aspect of the holidays, including eating and drinking more than you normally would.  I’m not feeling guilty, since it only comes once a year, but I want to start 2013 by treating my body a bit kinder than I did ending  2012.

I’ve done several detoxes before, and I’ll be honest, I usually didn’t complete them.  This summer, however, I did a food allergy test, cutting out all common allergens and sensitivities.  My list was two pages long!  It was the most daunting thing to start, but I stuck with it this time, and after a month I felt GREAT!  My skin was clear and great, my hair was softer and shinier, and I had so much more energy!  For someone who works 3 jobs and goes to school, more energy was the greatest thing I could ever have.  But you have to stick with it!  It takes about 3 weeks for your body to flush out those toxins and sensitivities, so it’s not until week 4 that you’ll start feeling major changes.

Detoxing is a hard challenge to do on your own.   That’s why I’m inviting you to join me in my 30 day detox challenge.  I’ll be posting my progress on the blog, as well as my challenges, and my rewards.  I’d love your feedback, tips and tricks and any other comments.  Or stop by the store Wednesday afternoons and the weekend to chat with me.  We will also be having talks, and demos on healthy eating, healthy skin products and winter exercising.

I’ve been really interested in Juicing since watching the documentary Hungry for Change (if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it), so I treated myself to a juicer for Christmas.  Don’t worry though, you can use a blender if you don’t have a juicer or even purchase organic juices.

I grabbed this shopping list from Whole Living website, but you can just use it as a reference guide.  I’ll try to post my weekly meals a week in advance so if you’re following along you can grab the ingredients beforehand.   I’ll be taking my recipes from The Juicing Bible, Whole Living as well as some of my own.

Shopping list

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Liquids

  • Soy-free almond milk, 1-1/2 cups
  • Coconut water, 1/2 cup
  • Agave syrup, 2 to 4 teaspoons
  • Ice for smoothies (to total 1-1/2 cup)
  • Pure or distilled water (at least 7 cups)
  • Herbal tea (caffeine-free, to replace regular tea or coffee intake)

Fruits and Vegetables

  • Kale, 1-3 leaves
  • Swiss chard, 1-3 leaves
  • Watercress leaves, 1 cup
  • Baby spinach, 1 serving (to serve with almond chicken)
  • Broccoli, 1 head + 1 cup florets
  • Snap Peas, 1 cup
  • Baby Bok Choy, 1 cup
  • White cabbage, 1/2 head
  • Fennel, 4 bulbs
  • Zucchini, 1 cup
  • Capers, 1 tablespoon
  • White onion, 1/4 medium
  • Scallions, 3
  • Shallot, 1
  • Small beet, 1
  • Cucumbers, 3-1/2
  • Carrots, 4
  • Celery, 3 stalks
  • Avocados, 1-1/4
  • Mango, 1/2 cup chunks
  • Green apples, 2
  • Frozen peaches, 2 cups
  • Pineapple, 2 cups
  • Lemons, at least 3
  • Lime, 1
  • Other raw vegetables (for snacks)
  • Fresh berries (for snacks)

Herbs, Spices, and Seasonings

  • Italian parsley
  • Sea salt
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Mint leaves
  • Sesame oil
  • Garlic, 3 cloves
  • Ginger, 1/4 cup sliced
  • Nama shoyu or wheat-free tamari
  • Cardamom, 4 pods or 2 teaspoons ground
  • Sprouts or cilantro (for garnish)
  • Chopped herbs (parsley, basil, tarragon, chives, dill, fennel fronds, etc., to serve with steamed salmon)
  • White-wine vinegar (or lemon juice)

Nuts and Grains

  • Steamed brown rice, 2 cups (optional, to serve with striped bass)
  • Pine nuts, 1/4 cup
  • 100% Buckwheat noodles, 1 packet (to make about 2 cups when cooked)
  • Almond butter, 1/2 cup
  • Almonds (roasted, unsalted), 1/2 cup + more for snacks

I’ll be starting January 1st hopefully you’ll all join me!

Amy

 

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