I know there are a lot of people who believe in detoxing occasionally to rid their body's of toxins or cleanse their insides. They may have some valid arguments as to why this is "healthy" (although there is very little scientific proof to back those arguments); however, I just can't do it. I enjoy chewing my food which means that drinking smoothies or juicing for 3-5 days straight is out of the question. And I enjoy variety, so eating cabbage soup for a week to drop a few pounds and dump some toxins isn't super tempting either. I'm a big believer that food can heal us or hurt us, and I'm just not conviced that detox's actually do a body good. I think that most people lose weight on a detox because they are limiting their calorie intake drastically and that as soon as they go back to "normal" eating, the weight returns as well. Now, I'll jump down from soap box to tell you that I stumbled upon a 12 day detox that I found quite intriguing at TheHonourSystem.com. What I liked about this plan was that you got to eat real food! In fact, I'm not sure I would classify it as a detox. Basically, you are cutting out sugar, dairy, caffeine, alcohol, grains (for the first 6 days), and all processed foods. It's really just a lot of produce, healthy proteins and fats and eventually, whole grains - which would be my definition of CLEAN EATING. I didn't do the entire detox, but I did do the first 6 days and found some really yummy recipes along the way. I have to say that by far, my very favorite was the Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs (roasted sweet potatoes with sauteed onions and peppers, topped with a fried egg). It was A.MAZ.ING. In fact, my 10 year old daughter and 9 year old son are fans as well. My daughter asks for it several times a week, and if I've got the time and ingredients, I'm happy to oblige. (My younger two (7 and 4) won't touch it because of the onions, "green things" and "orange potatoes," but I hope they'll eventually come around...and until then, there's more for the rest of us-YAY!) I followed the recipe almost exactly except I used green peppers (cause I had them on hand) and I cut the cumin in half because it's always a VERY overwhelming flavor for me and so I generally limit it in all my recipes. Other than that, see the recipe below...
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Please let us know if you try this one and whether or not you liked it. My mouth is watering just thinking about it...and now I'm adding it to the menu for next week. (My daughter will be so happy!)
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