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Monday, January 30, 2012

E- is for Enjoy


I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream

Chicken Pot Pie


New York

Amber Boyer

Poppy y Abuelita Coco

Hall n Oates.

Beautiful shoes

Papa & Meeeendeeee time!

Wonderful friends.

My Wonderful BF

S'mores both the kitty & the dessert

Naps & Ame  (sometimes together)

My Rascals











Wednesday, January 11, 2012

D- is for DETOX


D- is for Detox

SO after the holidays of indulging in anything my heart desired (chocolate, food, alcohol, cake, cookies, junk, pizza, junk, more liquor, etc........ My friends and I decided to detox called the GOOP detox.  Courtesy of Mrs. Gweneth Paltrow.  She has her own blog! Check it out below!

It was nice to do this detox for several reasons....
1) Getting the new year started by cleansing your system just felt like the right thing to do.
2)  This Detox looked like an elimination diet, not a starvation diet.
3)  One of the things I told myself to do more this year of was drink more water.   This detox (like all, and just in should) encouraged you and made you drink TONS of water. (including coconut water).  Whenever you felt hungry, you drink helps you not feel so hungry.
4)  Can't help but want to shed a few of those holiday lbs that stayed on my bootie as a present this year.
5)  Making a resolution to make healthier eating choices.

The hardest part for me was the NO COFFEE.  But I'll tell you what... I never knew how much coffee was just a part of my life (like brushing my's part of my daily morning routine that was missing).   I love the ritual of making coffee in the morning, brewing it or making  french press in the morning to smell the aroma of coffee in the house alone is amazing.  I like drinking it at my desk while I read my morning emails and having a cup in the afternoon around 3ish.  So that I knew would be harder than even  more so than giving up chocolate.

And I did almost snatch a hamburger out of guys hands in the subway on day 3...  But i refrained---don't worry.  And i dreamt of eating a pizza all to myself.   My friend Michelle asked me, "what kind of pizza was it?".   I remember it had mozzarella, white truffle oil & spinach with pine nuts in it...

The thing that got me through this detox I must say was doing it with friends.  A group of us (5 of us to be exact) decided to do this detox together.  We grocery shopped together for the ingredients in advance (including lugging a ton of coconut water from the Trader Joes in the city all the way home to Brooklyn since it's super cheap there), and also going to 5 different grocery stores to scour random ingredients &  health powders we had no clue of.  Through out the detox, we held each other, kept each other strong by sharing our thoughts on recipes & symptoms of this detox (some headaches, sweating for me, and fogginess).  But that was all due to the toxins coming out of your body (which is a good thing!).  We went to a sauna in middle of the week called "The Russian & Turkish Bathhouses" located in the East Village.

And then, the hardest part we thought would be Saturday night, when we all wanted to go out and have a cocktail...we decided to go see a movie!  :)
(which I LOVED btw!!!!!  Go see!!!)

& then we went and had herbal tea to end the night.  Thanks to the sweet waiter that took a party of 8, and we pre-warned him that we would not be eating or drinking but just ordering tea.  He said it was totally fine, and let us sit and have nice relaxing him.  We sat there for a couple hours.  Our bill was only $21.38!!!  haha, we should not drink more often! Man saves so much money!!  We tipped him graciously, and thanked him for being so patient with us.  He was so shocked, that we were all actually going through this... and together!  He turned out to be the owners son.  Such a nice guy.

So anyway, thanks Gweneth!!
We did it!!  I personally lost 7 lbs & feel amazing.

I have a couple of suggestions on some of these recipes below you guys, so if you decide to to this...please call me!!!



It is that time of year, folks. I need to lose a few pounds of holiday excess. Anyone else? I like to do fasts and detoxes a couple of times during the year, the most hardcore one being the Master Cleanse I did last spring. It was not what you would characterize as pretty. Or easy. It did work, however. As I do not wish to subsist on lemon water in the middle of winter, I asked my doctor, a detox diet specialist, for the guidelines he uses to achieve a good detox that is not as hallucinogenic (in a bad way) as the Master Cleanse. He actually thinks that the Master Cleanse can be dangerous because the liver is not supported by the nutrients it needs. What it came down to was this: you can detox easily and effectively while you continue to eat as long as you are cutting out the foods and other substances that interfere with the detoxification process. Make sure you check with your doctor before you start any detox. Drink A LOT of water. I created this menu plan for a seven-day elimination diet. The shakes and juices are meant to be liquid meals that help decrease the amount of work your digestive system has to do. I will be suffering along with you to kickstart my year a bit lighter. Good luck to us all!
--- Gwyneth Paltrow
According to Dr. Alejandro Junger* (our detox specialist) in addition to the above, there are a few more "basic principles of detoxification" that should be kept in mind while following our detox menus.
  • Do deep breathing or gentle yoga.
  • Take a couple of spoonfuls of extra virgin olive oil at night to help stimulate your liver to eliminate bile and keep its circulation flowing.
  • If your bowel movements get sluggish, you can accelerate things by drinking half a cup of castor oil or using a mild herbal laxative. Bowel elimination is paramount for correct detoxification.
  • The skin gets rid of many toxins so it is important to sweat, either by exercising or taking a sauna.
  • Finally, make sure you eat whole organic foods, which have the best chance of having all the nutrients needed for liver and general detoxification.
*This is an excerpt from Dr. Junger's upcoming book Clean, which will be published in May. Be sure to pick up a copy!
MENUS (bold indicates a recipe)
Adjust the time to your schedule and the meals to your taste but remember that there can be no dairy, grains with gluten, meat, shellfish, anything processed (including all soy products), fatty nuts, nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant), condiments, sugar and obviously no alcohol, caffeine or soda.


7am (or upon rising): Glass of room temperature lemon water
8am: Herbal tea
10am (breakfast): Blueberry and Almond Smoothie
11:30am: Coconut water*
1:30pm (lunch): Salad with Carrot and Ginger Dressing
4pm (snack): A handful of mixed pumpkin and sunflower seeds
6pm (dinner): Broccoli and Arugula Soup
*Make sure that the coconut water has no added sugar. Fresh is ideal but the brands Zico or Vita Coco are readily available.


7am (or upon rising): Glass of room temperature lemon water
8am: Herbal tea
10am (breakfast): Raspberry and Rice Milk Smoothie (follow method for Blueberry and Almond Smoothie)
11:30am: Coconut water
1:30pm (lunch): Detox Teriyaki Chicken and Steamed Greens
4pm (snack): Miso Soup with Watercress
6pm (dinner): Pea and Basil Soup (follow method for Broccoli and Arugula Soup)


7am (or upon rising): Glass of room temperature lemon water
8am: Herbal tea
10am (breakfast): Oatmeal (make with rice or almond milk instead of water so it’s a bit more substantial)
11:30am: Coconut water
1:30pm (lunch): Blueberry and Almond Smoothie
4pm (snack): Cucumber, Lime and Basil Juice
6pm (dinner): Super Greens Juice / Miso Soup with Watercress


7am (or upon rising): Glass of room temperature lemon water
8am: Herbal tea
10am (breakfast): Mango and Coconut Milk Smoothie (follow method for Blueberry and Almond Smoothie)
11:30am: Coconut water
1:30pm (lunch): Miso Soup with Watercress
4pm (snack): A handful of blueberries
6pm (dinner): Steamed Salmon and Greens


7am (or upon rising): Glass of room temperature lemon water
8am: Herbal tea
10am (breakfast): Peach and Almond Smoothie (follow method for Blueberry and Almond Smoothie)
11:30am: Coconut water
1:30pm (lunch): Raw crudite (carrots, green beans, radishes, cucumbers, zucchini) with Carrot and Ginger Dressing
4pm (snack): Beet, Carrot, Apple and Ginger Juice
6pm (dinner): Cucumber and Avocado Soup


7am (or upon rising): Glass of room temperature lemon water
8am: Herbal tea
10am (breakfast): Blueberry and Almond Smoothie
11:30am: Coconut water
1:30pm (lunch): Mixed Greens with Steamed Salmon, Olive Oil & Lemon Juice
4pm (snack): Super Greens Juice
6pm (dinner): Detox Teriyaki Chicken, brown rice, steamed zucchini


7am (or upon rising): Glass of room temperature lemon water
8am: Herbal tea
10am (breakfast): Raspberry and Rice Milk Smoothie (follow method for Blueberry and Almond Smoothie)
11:30am: Coconut water
1:30pm (lunch): Miso Soup with Vegetables
4pm (snack): A handful of almonds
6pm (dinner): Steamed fish, quinoa, roasted squash


Salad with Carrot and Ginger Dressing
Broccoli and Arugula Soup
Miso Soup with Watercress
Detox Teriyaki Chicken
Blueberry and Almond Smoothie
Beet, Carrot, Apple and Ginger Juice
Super Greens Juice
Cucumber, Basil and Lime Juice
Steamed Salmon and Greens
Cucumber and Avocado Soup


This dressing is the jam! Great on salad and also as a dip for vegetables. This recipe makes enough dressing for two salads, so be sure to save the extra.
TIME: 5 minutes
For dressing:
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 large shallot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sweet white miso
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon roasted sesame seed oil
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
For salad:
  • 1 head of baby gem lettuce (or any greens), roughly cut
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 avocado, diced
Pulse the carrot, shallot and ginger in a blender until finely chopped. Scrape down the sides, add the miso, vinegar and sesame seed oil and whiz together. While the blender is going, slowly drizzle in the grapeseed oil and the water.
Combine the lettuce, onion and avocado in a bowl, drizzle with plenty of dressing and serve.


This is a clean, basic approach to soup that showcases the vegetable. You can make this with nearly anything – including peas and basil, zucchini, carrots and ginger. In this case, broccoli is made a bit more dynamic with a handful of peppery arugula. When you’re detoxing and drinking lots of juices and smoothies, it’s a nice change to have something warm. This recipe makes enough soup for at least two portions, but it’s easier to make it once and eat it twice.
TIME: 15 minutes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, roughly diced
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into small florets (about 2/3 pound)
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon each coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup arugula (watercress would be good, too)
  • 1/2 lemon
Heat the olive oil in a medium nonstick saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and sauté for just a minute or until fragrant. Add the broccoli and cook for four minutes or until bright green. Add the water, salt and pepper, bring to a boil, lower the heat and cover. Cook for eight minutes or until the broccoli is just tender. Pour the soup into a blender and puree with the arugula until quite smooth. Be very careful when blending hot liquids; start slowly and work in batches if necessary (you don’t want the steam to blow the lid off). Serve the soup with a bit of fresh lemon.


You can make the broth early in the week and add the miso as you eat. Also, you can eat this plain, with the watercress, or bulk it up with other thinly sliced vegetables (mushrooms, zuchinni, carrots, etc.)
TIME: 30 minutes
  • 6 cups water (filtered is best)
  • 50 grams dried bonito flakes
  • 3 dried shitake mushrooms
  • 4" piece of dried wakame
  • 6 tablespoons miso paste (whatever kind you like—sweet white miso makes for a nice, light soup while aged barley gives a full, robust flavor)
  • 2 cups watercress leaves
Heat the water in a small soup pot and when bubbles form around the edge, add the bonito. Turn the heat down and simmer for two minutes. Turn off the heat and let the broth sit for five minutes. Strain the broth into a clean pot, discarding the bonito. Add the shitakes and wakame to the broth and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. Remove the wakame and mushrooms. Discard the thick stems from the mushrooms, thinly slice the caps and slip them back into the soup. Chop the wakame into small pieces, discarding any thick pieces of stem, and return to the pot.
In a small bowl, combine the miso paste with a bit of the broth and whisk to combine. Pour the mixture back into the pot and let the soup simmer, being careful not to let it boil. Add the watercress at the last minute, just to wilt it, and serve.


This sauce is detox-friendly because it doesn’t use sugar or soy, but it has a great depth of flavor and is the perfect consistency.
TIME: 20 minutes + time for marinating
For Sauce:
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon barley miso
  • 1 teaspoon mirin
  • 1 tablespoon water
Combine the balsamic, agave, ginger and pepper in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer and cook for ten minutes. Cool and then add the miso, mirin and water.
For Chicken:
  • 1 chicken breast
  • Detox Teriyaki Sauce
  • 1 finely chopped scallion
  • 4 sprigs cilantro, roughly chopped
Marinate the chicken in the sauce (reserve a spoonful or two) for at least one hour–up to overnight.
Heat your grill to medium heat. Wipe off any excess marinade and grill the chicken for about 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Serve with the reserved, hasn’t-touched-raw-chicken sauce, cilantro and scallions.


This could easily be made with any fruit—raspberries, peaches, mango, etc. Also, feel free to substitute rice or coconut milk for almond milk.

TIME: 5 minutes
  • 1 scoop of a complete nutritional, whey protein fortified powder (not soy protein)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 scoop of a ProGreens type of powder (preferably with probiotics)
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
Blend everything together.


This juice is the most incredible color and is wonderfully sweet. Beets are said to lower blood pressure, carrots pack a super beta-carotene punch, apples are cancer-fighters and ginger just loves your heart.
TIME: 5 minutes
  • 1 large or 2 medium beets, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 lemon, zest and pith removed
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 large apple, cut into wedges
  • 1" piece of ginger
Juice everything into a glass, give it a stir and enjoy.


Health in a glass!
TIME: 5 minutes
  • 1 cup tightly packed kale
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 1 1/2 pears, cut into large pieces
  • 1" piece of fresh ginger
  • 1/2 lemon, zest and pith removed
Juice everything into a glass, being sure to alternate the kale with the other ingredients to help it get through the juicer easily (I follow each small bit of kale with a celery stalk). Give the juice a stir before drinking.


This juice is especially refreshing when you blend it with a handful of ice cubes (use a whole lime if you do, as the acid is muted when it’s cold). Think of it as a detox-friendly mojito.

TIME: 5 minutes
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1 English cucumber, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 lime, zest and pith removed
  • 1 apple, cut into wedges
Starting with the basil, juice everything into a glass, give it a stir and enjoy.


You could steam the fish on a bed of anything—thinly sliced fennel, lemon, even scallions or leeks.
TIME: 20 minutes
  • small handful (roughly 1/4 cup) of your favorite leafy herbs (parsley, basil, chervil, tarragon, etc.)
  • 1 6 oz. organic salmon filet
  • a cup of your favorite fresh greens (kale, spinach, dandelion, chard, etc.)
  • 1 wedge of lemon
Line your steamer with the herbs and rest the salmon filet on top. Steam for 11 minutes. Put the greens alongside the fish and steam for an additional 7 minutes. Squeeze the lemon over the fish and greens and serve.


Really light and refreshing, this soup is also incredibly satisfying because the avocado makes it so creamy.
TIME: 2 minutes
  • zest of 1/2 lime
  • juice of an entire lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and seeded, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 avocado, peeled and roughly chopped
Blend everything together until totally creamy and smooth.
To consult Dr. Alejandro Junger directly contact below:
Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in NY
212 255 1800
AKASHA Center in LA
310 451 8880


Next week my fitness guru, Tracy Anderson, gives us an exclusive video to get our butt in shape for the new year!