Sunday, January 18, 2015
JANUARY TRADITIONSTwo things I won't do
There are two January traditions I don’t engage in: detoxing and shopping in the sales. With respect to the latter, it’s not that I don’t like a good discount, I most certainly do, but there is something about post-Christmas shopping trips that just don’t evoke the same level of passion and excitement I usually feel at other times of the year; it’s almost like I need a detox from retail stores, which stands to reason given the amount of time I spend in them in the lead up to Christmas, trying to decipher what to buy family and friends – I kind of just need a break from it all. Boxing Day saw all the savvy bargain hunters rummaging through mounds of discounted items whilst I was sat at home in my pyjamas, curled up by the fire, eating leftovers and watching Planet Of The Apes.
With respect to detoxing, I’m guessing every qualified nutritionist/dietitian is currently at their wits end with reading and hearing about special detox diets. Detoxing is the basis of many people’s diet-related resolutions in a bid to rid their body of the toxins that have built up over Christmas and lose weight – it’s all a load of ole’ balderdash. If toxins did build up in a way that our bodies could not excrete, we’d be in need of serious medical intervention or even dead. The healthy body has kidneys, a liver and skin which are more than capable of carrying out the detoxifying process on a daily basis without having to resort to restrictive, tedious and in some cases dangerous detox diets, which claim to ‘cleanse’ organs. Despite this, I wouldn't say to abandon all plans for a January light on alcohol and chocolate and heavy on kale and juices because this might just be the opportunity to reassess your eating habits and give you the kick start you need to get on track to a healthy lifestyle.
Now I’m off to massage some kale in lemon juice, olive oil, omega seeds and Granny Smith apple chunks - yes there is such a recipe as massaged kale - massaging the kale is supposed to transform the green from being bitter and tough, to soft and sweet.
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