Holistic Detox; Days 6 & 7

Making healthy choices at every opportunity is the best way to live a healthy existence.

For the last two days its free choice…so long as its whole foods and will contribute to your overall well being.

Time to exercise, time to daydream and time alone (even if its only for a short while) is your right.

Much love xx

Holistic Detox- Day 5

Morning Ritual

20 minutes of quiet time, imagining your ideal life (be it sitting or lying with your eyes closed or going for a walk)

Evening Ritual

20 minutes of quiet time, again imagining your ideal life, and then comparing it to the one you have now. You might like to reflect on some surprising thoughts of gratitude or inspiration. Write it down.

Sleep well after a relaxing bath.

Meal Plan


Fruit salad, lemon tea, 500ml water


Green Juice, 500ml water


Green salad with shredded chicken and a chopped boiled egg, 500 ml water 


A handful of nuts, 500ml water


Cheats Chicken Soup


Cheats Chicken Soup

x2 cooked chicken breasts

1 litre of chicken stock

1 cup of mixed Veggies (whatever you have in the fridge)

1. Shred the chicken and divide into bowls (this recipe serves 4)

2. Chop your veggies and boil them in the stock

3. Once the veggies are cooked, ladle the soup over the chicken in the individual bowls and enjoy

Holistic Detox- Day 4

Hi Friends,

Hope all is well and you’re feeling inspired and energised! Not long to go now, but maybe along the way you have found some things that might work for you on a continuing basis; the gratitude journal, drinking more water etc. Remember Miss Stacey’s quote from Anne of Green Gables, “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it…with no mistakes in it yet.” Meaning, it’s not a big deal if you slip up. You’ll do better tomorrow.

Morning Ritual

5- 20 mins of meditation

20- 60 minute walk

3 pages of uninterrupted writing (in your journal)

Evening Ritual

Gratitude List (try and come up with 15 things you feel grateful for in your life)

A hot bath or shower before bed

Clean sheets and PJ’s and maybe even a hot water bottle to increase the level of comfort/self care

Meal Plan

Breakfast- Fruit salad, lemon tea, water (500 ml)

M/Tea- Green Juice, water (500 ml)

Lunch- Tomato and Basil Soup, water (500 ml)

A/Tea- Handful of Nuts, herbal tea, 500 ml water

Dinner- Zucchini Frittata & Green Salad

The Recipes

Tomato and Basil Soup (Serves 4)

1 kg of tomatoes (or x2 large tins)

1 red onion

2 cloves of garlic

1/2 cup fresh basil

1 litre of vegetable stock

Olive Oil

Balsamic Vinegar

1. Finely chop the onions and garlic

2. Dice the tomatoes

3. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and saute the onion and garlic until translusent, add the tomatoes and stir for a few minutes

4. Then add the veggie stock and bring to the boil, add the balsamic vinegar (1 tablespoon) and the chopped basil and stir

5. Blend Soup

Zucchini Frittata (Serves 4)

2 medium sized zucchini

1 onion

6 free range eggs

1. chop the onion and grate the zucchini

2. fry in olive oil until cooked, then remove from the pan

3. stir through the eggs and pour back into the pan to cook

Serve with a green salad

Enjoy Day Four, see you tomorrow, xx


Holistic Detox- Day 3

Hi Friends,

Hope you’re enjoying the detox so far. We’re almost half way through! Here are some tips that can help you stay focused:

1. Remember, there are only four days to go!

2. Being organised and pre planning meals is essential.

3. If you sway from the program, no worries. Start again tomorrow.

Morning Ritual

5-20 mins meditation

3 pages in your journal

20- 60 minute walk

Evening Ritual

Gratitude List (come up with at least ten items you’re grateful for)

A hot shower or bath

Go to bed early and read something inspirational

Meal Plan

Breakfast- Fruit salad, lemon tea

M/Tea- Green Juice, 500 ml water

Lunch- A green salad with tuna, 500 ml water

Aft/Tea- A handful of nuts and a cup of herbal tea

Dinner- Slow cooked beef stew

Recipe for Beef Stew

500g lean beef (preferably organic)

2 onions

4 carrots

3 zucchini

1 large tin of diced tomatoes

1 bay leaf

2 cloves of garlic

olive oil

1. Finely chop the vegetables and garlic

2. Heat a large saucepan on the stove and add olive oil

3. Add the veggies to the olive oil and the bay leaf, season with salt and pepper and cook for ten minutes, stirring as you go

4. Then add the meat and tomatoes

5. You may wish to add 500ml beef stock (optional)

6. Bring to the boil, and then turn onto low heat, cover and cook for three hours, checking on stew every so often

Enjoy! xx


Holistic Detox- Day 2

Hi Friends,

Hope everybody is feeling well and happy. Today as we move in to day 2 of the detox, we may be experiencing symptoms such as nausea, headaches, irritation and anxiety as the toxins leave our bodies. If you wish to continue, just remember, you’re doing your body a service by taking a break from sugar, gluten and dairy (oh, and of course booze and caffeine)…so just see how you go.

Morning Ritual

5-20 minutes of meditation

3 pages of journalling

a walk 20- 60 mins

Evening Ritual

write down 10 things you’re grateful for

have a relaxing bath

go to bed early

The Meal Plan

Breakfast- lemon tea, fruit salad

M/Tea- Green juice and 500ml water

Lunch- Spinach and Potato Soup, 500 ml water

A/Tea- Herbal Tea and a handful of nuts

Dinner- Roast Comfort Chicken, Cauliflower Mash and Steamed Greens

The Recipes

Spinach and Potato Soup

1 Bag of Baby Spinach Leaves

1 onion

1 small potato

1 litre of vegetable stock

1. chop the onion and potato finely

2. add the stock to a saucepan with the onion and potato and cook until the potato is soft

3. add the spinach

4. stir till the spinach is wilted and then blend soup

Roast Comfort Chicken

This recipe belongs to my mother in-law Monica. It’s the ultimate comfort food.

1 whole free range chicken

2 onions

6 cloves of garlic

cajun spice

1. preheat the oven to 200 degrees

2. finely chop the onions (leave the garlic unpeeled) and place in an oven proof dish

3. place the chicken on top of the onion and garlic, sprinkle liberally with the spice, cover tightly with foil and roast for 2 1/2 hours

4. Once the chicken is cooked, carve and put back in the oven uncovered for a few minutes to brown


Mashed Cauliflower

Boil a whole head of cauliflower, chopped into small pieces or a bag of frozen cauliflower will to. Once cooked through, drain water, add a little olive oil, salt and pepper and mash

Steamed Greens- can be any variety of greens beans, spinach, kale, broccoli. I steam them in foil with a little water, olive oil and lemon juice until wilted; not for too long in the oven, ten or so minutes

Enjoy, sleep tight.

Love Claire xx

Holistic Detox: Day 1

Meal Plan
Breakfast: stewed fruit, lemon tea and 500 ml water

Morning Tea: Green Juice and 500 ml water

Lunch: Watercress Soup and 100 g of protein (tofu, turkey or chicken)

Afternoon Tea: a handful of nuts and 500 ml water

Dinner: Pumpkin and Tofu Curry

The Recipes
Stewed Fruit: chop and boil 2 pears and 2 apples. Leave the skin on. Once cooked, drain water and mash. sprinkle a little cinnamon on top

Lemon water is just boiled water with 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice. It’s best to have this before eating anything.

Green Juice
If you don’t have a juicer, you might want to buy a fresh juice or substitute with a piece of fruit. You can experiment here so long as its green! Great combos are kale, cucumber and apple; spinach, mint and apple

Watercress Soup
1 bunch of watercress
1 potato
1 onion
1 litre of vegetable stock

Finely chop the onion and dice the potato and boil in the stock until cooked.
Wash the watercress and remove stems, chop finely.
Add the cress to the stock soup, turn the heat down and simmer until the cress is wilted.
Blend the soup, add a little salt and pepper and lemon juice. Voila!

Pumpkin and Tofu Curry
1/2 a butternut pumpkin
300 g firm tofu
3 cups of rocket, spinach or kale
Lemon juice
Olive oil
Curry Powder

Heat oven full blast (250 degrees)

Chop pumpkin and tofu into cubes and pour into an oven proof dish

In a separate bowl whisk half a cup of olive oil and a tablespoon of curry powder

Stir marinade through the pumpkin and tofu (the tofu will crumble at this point, but not to worry)

Bake for 45 mins to 1 hour or until pumpkin is cooked through

Remove from the oven and stir in your chosen green vegetable, 1/4 cup of lemon juice and coriander

Serves 2- 4 people

Holistic Detox Routine
20- 60 minute walk
5 to 20 minutes of meditation
1-3 pages of automatic writing (optional)

Write down 10 things you are grateful for
Have a bath with Epsom salts or a hot shower and go to bed early
Instead of watching telly or reading a trash mag try reading something inspirational like Shakti Gawaiin’s “Creative Visualisation” or Thicht Naht Hahn’s “Peace at Every Step” . Sleep tight!

Remember, everything is optional and are only suggestions for improving your overall well being xx


Preparation Detox ; 7 Days to Feel Fabulous

Hi Friends,

Has anyone else slipped off the wagon over Passover and Easter? As a multicultural family, we celebrate everything! Now it’s time to get back on the straight and narrow. I’ve designed a sensible detox plan (with yummy food) for a seven day period. The main reason I detox is to feel healthy, but of course there are many added benefits. Detox starts on Monday, so below is a meal plan and shopping list for the week ahead. Who’s in?

Shopping List

Loads of veggies- kale, spinach, onions, lettuce, zucchini, watercress, lettuce, cucumber, carrots, cauliflower, pumpkin, broccoli, tomatoes, potato (you won’t need many of these), frozen greens and peas, fruit; apples, lemons, oranges, berries, bananas etc.

Herbs- coriander, mint, basil

Tofu (firm), Japanese marinated tofu, turkey, chicken, whole free range chicken to roast, beef stewing meat (500g), salmon, can of tuna, leg of lamb, free range eggs

Olive oil, Massel stock cubes (vegetable and chicken), nuts (unsalted, almonds/walnuts/ brazilian) 

Cans of diced tomatoes (large ones)

coconut water, filtered water, herbal tea (optional)

Meal Plan

The idea here is to be flexible. Breakfast is the same throughout the week, a green juice (with kale, spinach, cucumber, mint and apple), fruit salad, and lemon tea.

Morning tea is a handful of nuts and a piece of fruit.

Lunch is a vegetable soup (carrot and ginger, watercress, tomato and basil, broccoli and cauliflower, spinach and potato,

cheat’s chicken soup, pea and pesto) and a small amount of protein (either tofu, turkey or chicken)

Dinner recipes include; Pumpkin Tofu Curry, Roast Comfort Chicken, Slow Cooked Beef Stew with Cauliflower Mash, Baked Salmon and Greens, Salad Nicoise, Zucchini Frittata, Lamb Roast with Mash and Greens

Removing Triggers…

If you don’t have booze, sugar,dairy and gluten in the house it can really help when you’re doing a detox. If the triggers aren’t there, you’re less likely to slip into a pit of sugary, fatty toxins

Getting Organised…

You might want to prepare your meals the day before, so everything is ready. Having the soup already made and the fruit salad already chopped will make life a lot easier.


This is just a guide line. You can adapt these recipes, repeat them or skip them. The goal is just to have healthy food and beverages for a week and notice the difference in your overall well being. Good luck! xx


“The Blood Sugar Solution; 10 Day Detox Diet” by Dr. Mark Hyman

Hi Friends,

I’m currently in the middle of Day 7, of ten days on this Detox Diet. I have to say, so far, so good. In a nut shell, nuts is one of the things you can eat…most other things are a no no. Here’s what you can’t have over the ten days; gluten, dairy, grains, caffeine and sugar in any form (eg- no honey or agave and limited fruits). You are also encouraged to do 30 minutes of brisk walking, take supplements, take an ultra detox diet every night (a heavenly combo of epsom salts, bicarbonate of soda and lavender oil) and spend time concentrating on your breathing and doing journal questions each evening. of course, you must remember to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to flush out any toxins.

I’ve got to say, Im feeling really great. The number one reason I wanted to do this detox was to improve my health. As a chronic sinus and migraine sufferer, I’ve already noticed removing dairy has made my symptoms disappear. As for the removal of gluten and grains, in a week, I’ve lost 2.5 kgs (5.5 pounds). The average weight loss on the program, if followed to the letter is around 4.5 kgs (10 pounds).

Most importantly though, this eating plan (I really don’t like the word “diet”, as I believe it has negative connotations) has got me back on track with being in tune emotionally with what I’m eating and making better choices. Feeling good instead of tired and sluggish and foggy is miraculous, and so far, I have to say, I’m a big fan of this book. 

I first heard Dr. Mark Hyman discussing his book with Dr. Christiane Northrup on her wonderful radio show “Flourish” (Hay House Radio), a month or two ago. After a night of over indulgence on the vino and some pizza (a particularly lethal combination for a sinus and headache sufferer); I wanted to detox. One thing that has surprised me, and something that Dr. Hyman discusses in the book, is the emotional response once certain foods are removed. For example, if at 3pm, like most people you feel tired and need a pick me up and reach for a chocolate bar, or a piece of toast with honey, you are numbing other emotions that are in need of your attention. Yes, at three o’clock our kidneys need to be flushed out with a big glass of water and some nuts, not something high in sugar or fat, which will satisfy our cravings for a short amount of time and at the same time cover up an emotional need.

Doing this program, you might become more aware of what your emotional needs actually are, and be surprised at the way food and cravings stifle your true feelings. This really is a holistic approach to eating, with a strong emphasis on self care and self awareness. The detox bath, helps the individual to develop a ritual that aids sleep and helps you to take a much needed “time out”.

I really have to recommend anybody who’s sick of feeling sick take a look at this approach to feeling better from the inside out.

Claire xx