Detox Retreat Newsletters - November 2012
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They are full of news on what we are up to, detox information from Dao, raw food recipes from Nikki, and tips from the team on how to stay healthy in our crazy world.
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Hello from bright and chilly Devon
Understandably, many people are drawn to eating more cooked foods at this time of year, for comfort and warmth.
But this is at the expense of nutrients and enzymes, which are crucial for energy levels.
We’re here to keep you on track, and your energy levels soaring, so read on...
What are enzymes ?
These catalysts enable cells to work and chemical reactions to happen, and are an essential part of bigger processes like digestion. They are costly and draining for us to produce, but we can also take them in for free when we eat living, uncooked foods. How alive we feel can depend on that balance.
Cooked versus raw
Take a bunch of carrots – eaten raw, each carrot is complete with the enzymes it needs for its nutrients to be digested and assimilated, and is full of vitamin A, iron, vitamin C, and minerals.
Cook those same carrots, and the enzymes and some nutrients will be lost. The body must now produce enzymes to digest them – and does twice the work for half the benefit.
If you cook, choose the least damaging method - briefly steaming or baking over frying for example. And make sure you take some raw foods in at each meal... salads alongside your soup for example. You can also gently warm raw soups - no hotter than you can dip your finger in -getting the warmth and comfort AND all the nutrients and enzymes!
All raw foods contain enzymes, but some, like pineapple and papaya, and sprouted seeds, have more than is needed for their own digestion, leaving a surplus for the body to use. . Good fats such as avocados and nuts and seeds are another source.
When you know you are going to be eating heavier, cooked foods you can support the body with digestive enzyme capsules, available from our Detox Shop (http://www.detoxtrading.co.uk/digestive_150.htm) with free postage.
Eat living foods most of the time, keep your enzyme intake high, and the occasional heavy cooked meal will not be a problem for the body’s reserves.
We will definitely be taking some along when we visit the family at Christmas! And some seeds to sprout !!!
SPROUTS to the rescue...
Sprouts grow at any time of year, in just a few days, and their nutritional content is far higher than in the seed itself – up to 600% more than the plant will have at any other time in its life cycle.
What’s not to like?
Eat them every chance you get – add a few to your morning smoothie, in every salad, sprinkled on top of soups and stews.
You can also use them as the base layer for raw puddings and flans, in place of or along with the usual nuts and seeds.
For more enzyme info, read our BLOG
And some final words from the team...
The Importance of Sunlight : As the sun climbs lower above the horizon each day, it is important to up your exposure levels if possible. When there is sun and it's not too cold, get outside for a walk - or better still a little jog, and, if you dare, expose as much skin as you can (once you're warm from all the jogging !) - this is great for the Vitamin D levels we've been hearing about.
Or practice a little sunning : Without glasses, repeatedly glance at the sun for as long as possible without strain - through bare trees (whist jogging) is great - if it is very low on the horizon you can hold this glimpse - as long as there is no strain in the eyes. This exposes your retinas to the suns uninterrupted rays, and gives a big boost to the whole endocrine system - daily if possible - alleviating slumpy energy and winter blues.
Obviously be careful not to overstretch this into damaging the retina - when it is too much look away, relax and repeat... And keep jogging !
Research says that for your stress levels, spending 20 minutes in nature is better than spending a whole hour meditating. So, how about spending 20 minutes meditating our doors...
Sprout Snacks – marianate mixed sprouted beans / peas / lentils in tamari, ginger and garlic, then dehydrate until crunchy. Yum!
For more help in creating and sustaining a healthy lifestyle,
book a detox retreat here...
If you need us, we're always here running the retreats that have helped so many people to change their patterns for newer, healthier choices... Just get in touch.
With love from Dao & Nikki, and the Sura team.
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