As you begin your journey into detox and weight-loss you will notice your tastes becoming simpler. You will begin to revel in each luscious bite of a strawberry or a crisp refreshing salad.

As I’ve said, I don’t have a lot of time to fuss over meals, which is perfect for detox anyway. Simplicity in your dishes and your menus is best for digestion and elimination. It also means freedom from the kitchen, fast foods and spending money on things that make you sick.

I began one day this week with a lovely green juice of spinach, kale, parsley, apple and lemon while sitting on the beach before work.

Newport Beach
Kale, spinach, parsley, apple and lemon

On my way to work I sipped this lovely “Goddess of Greens” while I grabbed a bit of fresh ocean air (yes I know I’m lucky)

At work I had one of my usual delicious salads with lemon.

Greens, beets, carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado and lemon juice.

At home after work my dinner was equally luscious and easy, a salad  with corn, bell, pepper tomato, olives and lemon with a little taco seasoning for a little added zing.

After this refreshing salad I had an eggplant that I halved, scored, topped with butter ( yes! butter), taco seasoning and baked for an hour at 375 while enjoying my salad and a glass of wine. Scrape the cooked eggplant out of the skin and squeeze a little lemon juice. Yum.

As I have said before, cooked oils should be eventually eliminated from your diet. All oils except for coconut oil change their molecular structure at high heat and become rancid. Therefore they are indigestible and toxic to the system. Butter on the other hand, does not change with high heat and is completely digestible and recognized as food by the body. Of course it is not one of our desirable plant-based fats so should only be enjoyed occasionally and in small quantities.


To Be or Not To Be Raw and a Raw Vegan Pesto Pasta

My beautiful grand-daughter, Dylan, and all of the ingredients to Raw Vegan Pesto with Angel Hair

to be raw or not to be raw

There is no doubt the raw food movement is immeasurably better than the standard american diet and that it can claim many achievements. I don’t believe though that the average person can detox  their body and cleanse their cells just by going raw. First you have to eliminate the rubbish impacted in your tissues before the ultimate vibrating foods can really do what they were meant to do in our bodies. Fruit, especially, may be the queen bee but in a clogged acidic system it can do more harm than good. That being said a diet high in raw if used systematicly with cooked foods and even a few animal products,  eaten alternately and in conjunction with  systematic under-eating to quote Ehret,  is the key to abundant health. The many raw food dishes out there can have their place in a cleansing lifestyle,

There are so many delicious dishes from the raw food movement. Many of them are way too dense and rich, full of nuts, oils and way too many ingredients. Occasionally as a treat though they can be fine. I try to find or create lighter versions of the typical raw food fare to include in my diet as a change, a treat or if I’m entertaining.

Me and my brand new grandson, Adler

This dish is an example . it contains no oils but it does call for a cup of pine nuts, it is my understanding that the smaller the nut or seed the easier it is to digest therefore better for our purpose here, ie to lose weight and boost vitality.

Raw Vegan Pesto with Angel hair

3 cups spiralized zucchini/squash

2 cups herb salad mix

1 cup raw pine nuts

2 garlic cloves

1/2 cup carrot/celery juice

salt and pepper to taste

sun dried tomatoes

Cut the squash into even pieces that will fit into your spiralizer
Spiralize squash. I use my inexpensive joyce chen model
Strain and press the moisture out of your ‘pasta” with paper towel
Pulse greens and garlic in your processor. I’m still using my 25 year old Cuisinart
Add pine nuts and pulse
scrape sides with spatula
add juice and liquify
Salt and pepper to taste
Chop sun dried tomatoes to garnish on top
serves 4