the article I wrote for the vancouver observer can be found at this link http://www.vancouverobserver.com/food/recipes/2012/02/18/liver-loving-recipes-health
My husband and I recently came back to Canada feeling quite sluggish from our 3 week trip in Australia. Now we could have put this sluggish feeling down to jetlag or because we both went straight back to work the next day, but I have a feeling it had more to do with consuming more alcohol in 3 weeks than we did in all 0f 2011.
Truth is we love Australian wine and we had plenty to celebrate which included celebratory drinks for christmas, new years, birthdays, new homes, babies, engagements, weddings, long time no see’s and just simple because it was 5 o’clock some where and of course the fact that we hadn’t seen family and friends for over 18 months 🙂
Needless to say when we arrived back in Vancouver our liver’s weren’t our biggest fans and we decided we needed to treat them better. As a result, we decided to eliminate all of our favourite things, including alcohol, caffiene, dairy, meat, sugar, etc.
We didn’t do the hard core liver cleanse, we just focused on eating healthier with foods that our liver preferred. My train of thought was that just because I was on a cleanse program didn’t mean I should only have a limited number of meals and snacks to choose from – variety after all is the spice of life!
There are alot of benefits with a liver cleanse but for me the important ones were as follows:
1. Weight Control: Being underweight I was worried that going on a liver cleanse would cause me to lose more weight but in reading and researching I learnt that a liver cleansing diet would not result in weight loss, unless you are overweight, as it balances your metabolism. By improving my liver’s function I could actual increase my appetite and maintain or gain weight, which had been a long term goal of mine.
2. Increase my energy levels: I was tired of relying on coffee to get me through the day as well as not feeling like I was awake until 12pm and than feeling tired again at 3pm.
3. I WANTED to drink water: Before the liver cleanse, water was never really apart of my diet and I actualy made it a new years resolution that I would drink more water so the liver cleanse accomplished that as well. Large quanities of water, raw juices or herbal teas are important as they help your kidneys to eliminate the toxins that the liver has broken down. Why didn’t I drink water before, quite simple I didn’t like the taste 🙂 so on the cleanse I added a lemon or an orange slice and I was a happy camper.
After sharing some of the photo’s of some of our liver cleanse meals in previous blog posts I had a request to post some of the recipes.
Here are a few of my favourites recipes so far:
To kick start the mornings we made a very yummy fruit smoothie that I had gotten from Dr. Sandra Cabot’s (otherwise known as the liverdoctor) The Liver Cleansing Diet Book.
1 cup plain soy milk
3/4 cup coconut milk
1 1/2 crushed ice
1 chopped fresh pineapple
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons LSA (flaxseed, sunflower seeds and almonds but I just used flex seed)
* You could substitute the pineapple for kiwi fruit as well as add raspberries, blackberries or blueberries
* you could also add protein powder
1 large pita bread or the smaller pita breads
Vegetables – we added peppers, mushrooms, onions, peppers
Preheat the oven to 200°C. Bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes.
Rice and Vegetable Stuffed Peppers (Capsicum for all those aussies)
3-4 green or red peppers
1 cup cooked rice (brown is preferable)
1 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
couple of garlic cloves minced
1 teaspoon of paprika
add a little goat cheese feta
a few leaves of parsley
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit).
Cut the tops off the peppers.
Heat olive oil in a large frying pan. Gently cook the onion until softened, add minced garlic. Cook brown rice separately. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and fill the peppers with cooked ingredients. Place into a greased casserole baking dish and replace the tops of the peppers.
Bake for approximately 30-45 minutes.
There are many more recipes that we have been playing with so I will post more in the near future.
Happy cooking 🙂