Carol Vorderman’s Detox

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When I was 19 my Mum bought Carol Vorderman’s Detox for Summer book- a 14 day detox plan and we decided we’d try and do it together.

Prior to trying this detox my eating habits were mostly about dieting- low fat/low calorie, I probably would try and get in my 5 portions of fruit and veg a day, but that was it when it came to what I eat.

This detox seemed to make a lot of sense as it was about eating natural foods and cutting out the rubbish rather then consuming loads of diet coke and other low calorie foods.

On this detox you’re encouraged to eat in abundance, no limitations on how much you eat, just on what sort of food you eat. This is the plan’s outline:

What to eat:

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Wheat free grains, bread and pasta
  • Pulses and sprouted beans
  • Cold pressed oils
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Non- dairy milk
  • Fresh herbs and spices
  • Water
  • Herbal teas
  • Fresh juice

What to avoid

  • Wheat
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Extra salt
  • Dairy products
  • Meat and fish
  • Processed food with artificial additives
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Hydrogenerated fats

I survived the 14 days on the detox and found that I had more energy, no random aches and pains, I slept amazingly, was satisfied, didn’t have any cravings, I felt calmer and looked forward to the delicious meals on the detox.

Doing this detox honestly changed my eating habits for good; this taught me to read the ingredients of what’s in food and that diet shouldn’t just be about making yourself slim but making you healthy with the added appearance bonus of having bright eyes, glowing skin and strong hair and nails. I also learnt that healthy eating isn’t just about getting your 5 portions of fruit and veg and 2 litres of water in, but also about having nuts, pulses, seeds and grains. I don’t stick to this diet all the time, but since doing this I have cut out having dairy milk in drinks (it now makes me feel sick), I pay attention to how my body reacts after I eat certain foods, avoid artificial ingredients and food nasties, apart from the occasional slice of fresh bread I generally avoid wheat and I even broke through the need to drink on a night out and will now happily dance without alcohol.

The recipes in the detox book are really good so I also bought Carol Vorderman’s “Detox for life” and “Detox Recipes” book. Here are some of the recipes with reviews (I will update this whenever I add more recipes):

Favourite Recipes

Breakfast

Muesli with Dried Fruit (Detox for Life)

Summer fruit muesli (Summer Detox)

Raisin and Cinnamon Oat Porridge (Summer Detox)

Banana Porridge with Honey (Detox Recipes)

Muesli with toasted nuts and seeds (Detox Recipes)

Granola (Detox Recipes)

Pancakes with Fresh Fruit(from the maintenance plan in Detox Recipes)

Soups

Broccoli soup  (Detox Recipes)

Salads

Grilled Salmon with Nicoise Salad (from the maintenance plan in Detox Recipes)

Pasta Rice and Grains

Quinoa Pilaf with Chickpeas and Almonds (Detox for Life)

Summer risotto with spinach (Summer Detox)

Summer Vegetables with Quinoa (Summer Detox)

Spiced Rice with Pumpkinseeds (Detox for Life)

Winter Risotto with Butternut Squash (Detox Recipes)

Pasta with Red Pepper and Tomato Sauce (Detox Recipes)

Soba Noodles with Stir-Fried Vegetables (Detox Recipes)

Vegetables and Pulse Dishes

Roasted Winter Vegetables (Detox for Life)

Red kidney bean hotpot (Detox for Life)

Mixed Bean Chilli (Detox for Life)

Flageolet Bean and Courgette Provencale (Detox for Life)

Detox Vegetable and Lentil Curry (Detox for Life)

Oven Baked Falafel with Tomato Salsa (Summer Detox)

Ratatouille (Summer Detox)

Vegetable Kebabs (Summer Detox)

Stir Fried Summer Vegetables (Summer Detox)

Courgette and Tomato Tian (Detox Recipes)

Spicy Chickpeas with Tomatoes and Courgettes (Detox Recipes)

Baby Aubergines with Courgettes and Fresh Tomato Sauce (Detox Recipes)

Mexican Bean Bake with a Rye Crumb Topping (Detox Recipes)

Spicy Butter Beans with Sweet Potatoes (Detox Recipes)

Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables with Pine Nuts (Detox Recipes)

Grilled Red Peppers with Ricotta and Basil (Detox Recipes)

Chickpeas with Butternut Squash and Tomatoes (Detox Recipes)

Lentil and Vegetable Dahl with Cashews (Detox Recipes)

Vegetable Chilli (Detox Recipes)

Bean Provencale with Black Olives (Detox Recipes)

Ratatouille with Red Kidney Beans (Detox Recipes)

Desserts

Cool Summer Fruit Salad (Detox for Life)

Baked Bananas (Detox for Life)

Green and Red Fruit (Summer Detox)

Mango Ice (Summer Detox)

Raspberry and Blueberry Mousse (Detox Recipes)

Pineapple and Mango fruit salad (Detox Recipes)

Fresh fruit with honey mint and lime (Detox Recipes)

Melon and Strawberries (Detox Recipes)

Smoothies

Strawberry and Mango Smoothie (Summer Detox)

Tropical Fruit Smoothie (Summer Detox)

Orange pineapple and banana smoothie (Summer Detox)

Banana Tofu Shake (Summer Detox)

Strawberry and Banana Smoothie (Detox Recipes)

Strawberry and Pineapple Smoothie (Detox Recipes)

Summer Berry Smoothie (Detox Recipes)

Orange and Mango Smoothie (Detox Recipes)

Mango, Melon and Peach Smoothie (Detox Recipes)

Pineapple and Coconut Smoothie (Detox Recipes)

Nectarine and Blueberry Smoothie (Detox Recipes)

Strawberry and Kiwi Fruit Smoothie (Detox Recipes)

Recipes I wasn’t as keen on

Fish Stew with Fennel and Tomatoes (from the maintenance plan in Detox Recipes)

Apple and Apricot Compote (Detox Recipes)

Coconut and Mango Smoothie (Summer Detox)

Raspberry shake (Summer Detox)

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