I’m just finishing off day 7 of the SimplyRaw Living Foods Detox. This is a 28-day cleanse written by Ottawa’s own Natasha Kyssa, a raw foods chef and healthy lifestyle coach. This is my third time in the past year that I have tried this cleanse and I must admit that each time it gets easier. This time is particularly fun because my sister and sister-in-law are doing the same cleanse. Not to mention, we are 3 out of 40 plus members of one very enthusiastic support group.
I was feeling great all last week until Friday night rolled around. I was sitting at the ice rink (like I do every Friday night) watching my daughter skate when suddenly my throat started to ache. My immediate response was to blame this on the kindergarten class I had been teaching all week. A few of the little ones had pretty bad colds. I was so upset! I thought I was finally over the winter “hump” and the likelihood of getting sick now was next to nil. I have had a good winter and I am very proud to say that I’ve been able to fight off the number of colds and flu bugs that have made their way throughout our small community. To get a cold or the flu now just seemed cruel!
By the time my daughter had finished skating and we made the 50 minute trek back home, my nose was running like a tap, my throat was on fire, and I was nearly in tears.
Thankfully, this brief episode of being ill was short-lived. Today, I feel so energetic! I can’t remember the last time I had so much energy. I am now wondering if the symptoms I was experiencing was a reaction to my body releasing toxins. Napping and lots of water probably lessened the severity of my symptoms.
The sun was not shining this morning, but I felt cheery. I decided that after my wheatgrass shot and mug of fire water that I would make a delicious tropical drink that the whole family could enjoy.
This smoothie was perfect for our lazy Sunday morning. I found the recipe in Judita Wignall’s “Going Raw” book which has been parked on my kitchen counter since day 1 of this detox (her new book is on my wish list). It was my husband’s idea to add the lemon and lemon rind giving this smoothie a refreshing taste and altering the hue to a beautiful shade of yellow. I purchased the coconut meat from Wanigan Organics during my last visit to Toronto.
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1/2 cup coconut meat
- 2 cups pineapple chunks
- about 1/8 of organic lemon and lemon rind (to taste)
- 1/2 cup ice
Process in high-power blender until smooth. Satisfying and refreshing.
Looking forward to week 2! 🙂