After Vacation Detox

After weeks of eating too much cheese, bread and drinking just a little bit too much, I find myself in quite a predicament after vacation. The "in much need of a detox" type of predicament.

I already have a few dietary restrictions, but for some reason while on vacation I forget about those and suffer the consequences later. That being said, my lactose intolerance and gluten sensitivity seem so much worse while in America. It might have something to do with the preservatives and the way our animal products are being made. Not every town in America can have dairy products to the likeness in Ireland, where every cow, sheep and goat roam on fluffy green hills of grass. However, most states have at least a few cities where there are farmers and producers who truly care about their products and the impact they have on their customers.

For the most part my day-to-day diet is healthily geared toward my personal needs. While on detox I get just a little bit more aggressive. Not everyone should be on the same diet but I find that what I do for a month after all of my vacation eating truly works wonders. While not intentionally following these diets, the one I do is a mix of the Candida diet and Whole 30, if that helps all of you out there who might need a bit more guidance. The point is to restrict sugar at all costs. 

Foods I DON'T eat: 

  • sugars (processed and fruits with high glycemic indexes) 
  • grains (wheat, barley, rye, rice - breads, pasta, crackers)
  • dairy (cheese, milk, most yogurts)
  • starchy vegetables (potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash) 
  • moldy nuts (peanut, cashews)
  • beans (for at least the first couple of weeks)

Foods I DO eat: 

  • greens (broccoli, brussels sprouts, all leafy greens, cucumber)
  • protein (mainly fish like wild salmon and halibut, eggs) feel free to do grass-fed beef, I just prefer a pescatarian diet 
  • seeds (quinoa, chia seeds, flax seeds) 
  • fruits (berries and organic apples with the skins as the fiber from the skin makes digesting the sugars easier)
  • goat yogurt, sauerkraut and anything to benefit the gut 
  • healthy fats like avocado, almonds and coconut oil 
  • raw oats 
  • plenty of fluids  

Meal Examples:

  • Quinoa bowls with leafy greens and hearty vegetables
  • Salmon with a cucumber salad
  • Frozen berry smoothie with goat yogurt
salmon dish

I've never understood how body builders eat the same brown rice, broccoli and chicken breast. Eating the same boring meal always kills motivation to stay good on my diet. That's why keeping meals full of flavor on various rotations helps me stay on track. Websites like Bon Appetit's Healthyish have tons of great recipes and most of them can be altered to fit your dietary needs. 

My favorite dish that I'm keeping in my weekly rotation is a play off of New York City's Emmy Squared Pizza's broccoli salad. To follow my diet needs I made a few adjustments. 

broccoli salad

Dressing: (makes about 4 full-sized portions)

1/4 cup unsalted tahini 

2 TBSP rice vinegar 

1 TBSP coconut aminos 

1 TBSP chili garlic sauce

1 tsp seasame oil 

1 chunk of finely grated ginger (about 1 -2 tsps) 

salt to taste 

Salad: (makes 2 full-sized portions)

1 big floret of broccoli, thinly shaved and sliced

1 medium sized cucumber (no need to peel if organic)

rice vinegar 

olive oil 

chopped almonds

chopped chives

chili flakes

salt and pepper to taste 

Assembly: 

  1. toss sliced broccoli and cucumbers in rice vinegar and olive oil until coated 
  2. toss in chili flakes and salt and pepper 
  3. plate the tahini dressing and top with salad, finishing with chopped almonds and chives and hey, why not an extra crack or two of black pepper

Well, that's it. Stay hydrated friends and get that bod back on track. 

Saluti.