Are detox diets really good for you? This is often a question I think about, particularly when Jen and I decided to jump on the bandwagon and join the About Life Community Detox. Now, I am not talking about those ‘detox’ diets where you are only allowed to eat caffeine-sugar-salt-meat-dairy-gluten-grain-everything-free diet that makes your stomach churn with hunger. I mean, let’s be honest, these diets are just more subtle and socially ‘acceptable’ alternative to taking a laxative and there is nothing pretty or healthy about that. This is not the case with About Life’s nutritionally balanced meals. Live Clean and Eat Green appeared to be the idea behind the detox dinners.
The team behind the detox dinners explain that they “selected meals that were nourishing, satisfying and substantial while also allowing healthy digestion”. Available after 3pm each day, the meals are packaged in a cute white box with a handle, containing one broth, a alternating main meal, side salad of rocket, fermented veggies, kombucha shot and a cute menu explaining it all.
The Detox Dinners were $14.95 each or $99.95 for all 7 days.
Monday: Lentil Moussaka with sunflower seed “cheese”
So excited about dinner! #iatemywaythrough founder @_jenius & contributor @phee_brown are taking @aboutlifenm’s #communitydetox Daily Detox Dinners this week! Tonight’s menu includes a cleansing & nourishing broth with cayenne pepper, lemon & fresh herbs; lentil moussaka with sunflower seed “cheese”; side of fermented veggies, green cleansing salad with extra virgin olive oil and apple cider vinegar; and kombucha shot with ginger and lemon. #cleaneating made easy! #aboutlife
Tuesday: Eggplant & green bean curry with activated almonds
Tuesday’s #communitydetox daily detox dinner thanks to @aboutlifenm: same broth and kombucha shot as yesterday plus eggplant & green bean curry with activated almonds, side of fermented veggies and salad of baby rocket leaves with lemon! #cleaneating #aboutlife A photo posted by I Ate My Way Through (@iatemywaythru) on
Wednesday: Kale pesto zucchini noodles
Thursday: Nutritious Asian bowl with sesame, edamame and kale chips
Just past the half way point of #iatemywaythrough founder @_jenius & contributor @phee_brown’s detox week! Not sure how we’ll return to cooking our own dinners! Tonight’s @aboutlifenm daily detox dinner is a winner: Nutritious Asian bowl with sesame, edamame and kale chips 👍 #communitydetox #cleaneating #aboutlife #sydneyfood #healthyeating #sydneyeats #sydneycommunity #sydneylocal A photo posted by I Ate My Way Through (@iatemywaythru) on
Friday: Detox pizza with goats cheese and nutritional yeast flakes
Saturday: Sunflower seed falafel balls
Loved the Middle Eastern twist on Saturday’s @aboutlifenm Daily Detox Dinner! #communitydetox #aboutlife #cleaneating @_jenius @phee_brown #latergram A photo posted by I Ate My Way Through (@iatemywaythru) on
Sunday: Creamy curried cauliflower
Each meal started with the lemon, ginger and cayenne pepper broth; aimed to detoxify and boost metabolism. Ginger and lemon not only contain compounds that help support a healthy metabolism but also digestion and nausea reduction. All three contain immune supportive properties and that hotness in cayenne signifies capsaicin that aims to reduce pain, inflammation and support metabolism. Ingredients such a flaxseeds were a common feature in the main meals. Flaxseeds are a source of healthy fat, antioxidants and fibre – nutritional properties that we are essential to a healthy lifestyle and are the perfect source of these nutritional benefits during a detox.
The other notable part of the detox meals was the finishing Kombucha shot. This is my favourite part about the detox dinners. Kombucha is typically a fermented tea based drink that incorporates SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast); additional ingredients can be added. The one featured in the detox dinners was ginger and lemon flavoured. I know it doesn’t sound very exciting but the burst of energy that literally washes over you after you take the shot is a wonderful sensation. The other benefits are the cleansing of the gut, removing any bad to bacteria and toxins. Since doing the detox dinner, taking a Kombucha shot after I have my dinner has become a ritual.
Taste wise, the meals were on the mark, full of flavour and texture that varied each day with the main. The standout was the Asian bowl with sesame, edamame and kale chips. The saltiness of the kale chips complemented the zesty avocado and sesames, creating a very tasty and satisfying meal. The components of each meal really showcased the effort the About Life team have gone to in order to achieve the right balance of nutrients whilst still maintaining an abundance of flavours.
Are there really any benefits?
Contrary to what some may believe, detoxing does have numerous benefits to your body that make it worthwhile, and I would recommend everyone should do a detox like this now and then throughout the course of their life. I am not suggesting you ban yourself from sweets and carbs for the rest of your life. You simply need to educate yourself about what you’re putting into your body and give it a break from heavy and preservative filled foods form time-to-time.
Here are 7 benefits that may give you that push towards doing a detox:
- Rids the body of any excess waste: The biggest thing that detoxing helps with is allowing to rid itself of any excess waste it’s been storing.
- Boosts your energy: Cutting out sugar, trans fat, saturated fat, caffeine, and replacing them with fresh vegetables and fruit will give you a natural energy boost, one that comes without the big energy crash.
- Stronger immune system: When you detox you allow your body to function the way it should; allowing your body to absorb the correct nutrients and fight off bad bacteria.
- Clearer thinking: It may surprise some but this is definitely true. A good detox allows you to lose that sense of fogginess that we all get now and then. When you think about the sugar and fat-filled foods that we consume making us feel lethargic you can see how a detox will clear this away.
- Lighter Feeling: Avoiding heavy food all together is the best way to avoid those stomach cramps or ‘food baby’ feeling. When you stop eating foods that weigh you down, and replace them with fresh foods, a lighter feeling is bound to occur.
- Weight Loss: Replacing bad food with good foods is obviously going to assist you is shedding those extra kilos, however, you should look at in terms of the ‘long-term’ taking your detox as a education experience on how you can improve your health and eating habits for the future to maintain that healthy size.
- Improved sense of well-being: This is my favourite part of a detox. When you detox, you feel good, and when you feel good, good things happen.
About Life Natural Marketplace
If you are a person seeking to cleanse your body and have been searching for a way to detox in a healthy manner, I would highly recommend heading to your local About Life Natural Marketplace. The marketplace is full of organic, diet-specific and natural products; giving you the opportunity to make up your own healthy meal combination from their several salad and hot food bars, or head to the cold-section aisle and pick-up one of their pre-packed meals. If you are uncertain about how to obtain the correct nutritional path for yourself, you are in luck, About Life not only provides organic foods to choose from but nutritional and general health support from their in-house naturopaths that are available 7 days a week.
The AboutLife Community Detox Week was on February 9th – 15th. For more information, go to aboutlife.com.au or head to your nearest store:
(Note: the photos featured in this post were taken at the Surry Hills store)
I Ate My Way Through sampled the Community Detox program with thanks to About Life