Archive for February 14th, 2010

Valentines Day Detox Survival Skills

by Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo, MS, DC, CCN, DACBN

Happy Valentines Day, Detoxing Divas.

Just ’cause you’re on a detox doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Valentine’s Day.

Liquid only may not be your top choice or the day, unless it suits your highest good and feels right. Personally, I chose to enjoy holiday traditions in as detox friendly a way as possible –not perfect…but close.

One of our local living foods cafes, Beets served a special gourmet candle-lit 4 course romantic raw dinner on Saturday night.  While the menu was not strict detox, it was upscale and very healthy.

We started with a spritzer, made with cranberry, ginger, apple and lime. It was light and refreshing as well as packing an anti-inflammatory punch with the ginger.

The appetizer was a dolma – stuffed grape leaf– filled with sprouted wild rice and a variety of herbs, several of which are on our detox enhancing herbs list. It was topped with a warm marinara sauce.

Next up—the salad. It was arugula and romaine with a light vinaigrette, topped with cashew carrot croutons and macadamia Parmesan. Definitely richer than anything I’ve eaten in the past few weeks, but still, mostly green.

The main course was rawvioli… made from zucchini, coconut flesh, flax and herbs, dehydrated and cut into squares, then stuffed with a macadamia nut spinach “cheese” and set atop a light macadamia nut cream sauce. The side was Italian parsley with a pine nut pistachio dressing.

All portions were small and each course had a lot of green.

It was all very close to detox appropriate, although a bit higher in fat than what I’ve been eating for the past 4 weeks.

The dessert is where I really blew it. I could have been a “good girl” and skipped it, or taken it home and saved it for after the detox, but it was, afterall, a romantic date with my husband of almost 25 years, and the mood was right for indulging in some ……raw chocolate.

The portion sizes of the main meal dishes was small. The dessert plate was enormous. They brought us a sampler plate to share.  It had 2 of each item….chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate covered pecans, an “ice cream cake” with raspberries and a chocolate cake layer, and a “pinwheel ice cream cake” slice. Wow. It was all quite good.

I ate with gusto, slowly and carefully, savoring each and every bite, chewing until liquid and breathing as I did. I optimized the conditions for digestion, even though the food was a bit more complex than I’d normally eat on a detox.

To add to the mix, after dinner we went to another local raw cafe, where they had a chocolate party and dance. For a flat entrance fee, we got to eat as many raw chocolate covered bananas and strawberries as we desired, and 2 thick solid chocolate squares and 2 chocolate elixirs. We took all but 1 of the chocolate squares home to our kids…we did share one of them, and i tried the chocolate mushroom elixir. I enjoyed a few strawberries and banana slices, as well as a few pieces of fresh fruit, danced, socialized and had a wonderful evening.

I had a few small bites of chocolate again today…my kids offered, what could I say? Other than that, I enjoyed green smoothies, 3 bowls of salad with a detox friendly dressing which I’ll share below, and a few delicious pieces of fresh fruit.

I’ll be back on track tomorrow and plan to start a 3 day liquid only cleanse. My juicer and blender are readyand raring to go.

Valentine’s day is a day to express love…for others and for yourself. Self love is that oft-times overlooked,and oh so important ingredient for successful detox ana a healthy, vibrant life.  I am in bed as I write this…before 11PM!  That’s a record for me, and an act of self love.

I wrote an inspiring blog post earlier today, called “3 Keys to a Vibrantly Healthy Valentine’s Day”.

In the post I  stress the importance of self love, and offer ideas and motivation, and access to a Valentines Day Recipe Sampler.  Do check it out – “3 Keys to a Vibrantly Healthy Valentine’s Day”.

Ready for a spicy hot cleansing salad dressing?

Here goes:

Southwest Blast Salad Enlivener

  • 2 organic roma tomatoes
  • 1 large organic red bell pepper
  • 1/4 jalapeno pepper
  • 1/8 – 1/4  cup lime juice (or lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons Mexican seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/8 cup “Go Raw” brand spicy seed mix (sprouted and dehydrated pumpkin and sunflower seeds, with cilantro, salt and cayenne)
  • 1 teaspoon kelp powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon while unrefined salt (optional)
  • water (I didn’t measure…enough to make it the consistency you desire…start with 1/2 cup)

Blend and enjoy over your favorite greens.

I’m off to sleep to continue my self love regime….it’s been fun.

Love, Health and Sweet Detox Dreams,

Dr. Ritamarie

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