Start off the new year Right with a simple and easy cleanse!

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Years ago I didn’t think much beyond the pervasive effects a wholesome diet can have on one’s overall health. Food is and can be such a powerful tool in our arsenal against disease. It nourishes our body and its’ systems. When a diet is truly thoughtful and tailored to an individual’s needs, it can be an essential part of maintaining optimal health.

Starting out, I worked various jobs including service as private chef, working as a cook for catering companies and a succession of jobs as a line cook. I even opened up a bakery on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, hired to train and manage a staff in the art of wholesome pastry baking for DOGS. Yes, dogs. Well, good food is good food, right? Anyway I was naive, fresh out of culinary school and eager to learn. In the end, after all of my experiences in the professional world of cooking I decided to focus my energies on starting a family of my own. My education would be tested conclusively within the confines of domesticity. So be it. In the end I have learned and continue to learn that food, as wonderful and fantastical as it can be, is only part of the equation when it comes to being truly healthy. A healthy diet is essential yes, but when combined with mindfulness and perhaps a bit of meditation you can design your own bulletproof wellness program. I will continue to share recipes to support your health and wellness journey but don’t forget to look beyond your diet. Work on your thoughts. Try and think positive and surround yourself with people that support a healthy lifestyle.

Anyway, since it’s the holidays, I want to share a couple of cleanses with you. One I have published before, but I want to re-include it here for you considering the probable indulgences of the season. Cheers, and best wishes to you for 2019!

Recipes Inspired by my former teacher Annemarie Colbin’s cookbook The Book of Whole Meals 1979

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LIVER CLEANSE

Ingredients:

  • 1 minced clove of garlic

  • juice of 1/2 of a lemon

  • 2 tablespoons of room temperature water

Directions:

Place all of the above ingredients in a small glass and swallow whole without chewing.

Note: Eat a Vegetarian diet two days prior to the cleanse. Ingest on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. Do not eat any solid food for 2-3 hours following the cleanse. You may drink unsweetened, non-dairy liquids during this time. (No diet soda please).

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Intestinal Cleanse

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of raw Basmati rice or Jasmine rice

Directions:

Eat the rice by the teaspoonful. Make sure to chew the rice until it becomes liquid before swallowing. Take your time with this.

Note: Eat a Vegetarian diet two days prior to the cleanse. Ingest the cleanse on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. Do not eat any solid food for 2-3 hours following the cleanse. You may drink unsweetened, non-dairy liquids during this time. (No diet soda please).













Laura Crotty