Purify Yourself with a Fall Detox


After the altered eating patterns of Ramadan in particular, a cure of at least a week is definitely in order.

Before starting your fall detox:

Detox does not mean a quick weight loss by drinking fruit juices. It does mean bolstering the functions of the liver, kidneys and intestines for cleansing and renewal.

Detox foods should be not liquid but chewable in consistency. You should have a good scrubdown with a Turkish ‘kese’ (exfoliating mitt) at least twice during your detox, once at the beginning and once at the end. Add two teaspoons of linseed oil and two teaspoons of Aloe Vera to your bath water for this purpose.

Every one and a half kilometer walk adds 20 minutes to your life. Engage in sports for an hour every day.

Cigarettes sap your energy and are harmful to your health. If you smoke, stop! Just tell yourself, “I don’t smoke. I’ve never smoked.”

Planning your fall detox:

1. Start each day with a glass of tepid water with some fresh ginger, fresh mint leaves, a slice of lemon and some honey. Make sure the honey is certified organic chestnut honey.

2. To ensure immunity to winter colds and flu, swallow a clove of garlic whole before breakfast.

3. Drink at least two to two and a half liters of water a day as well as either one liter of herbal infusions or four glasses of herbal tea (white or green tea, cherry stem, rosemary, corn tassel, camomile, sage, nettle, melissa or dandelion). For inveterate black tea drinkers I recommend dunking the tea bag in hot water for five seconds and then steeping it in a new glass of hot water. You can also ‘wash’ and steep loose black tea in the same way. (Hot tip: Certified organic black tea is available in the shops.)

4. Your detox plan should consist of three main meals and 4-5 in-between meals a day. These meals should be filling but low-calorie and frequent.

5. You should eat something different for breakfast every day, but no bread.

6. In-between meals alleviate the burden on the body’s purification system and are an indispensable part of your detox plan. Low-fat kefir (fermented milk) is a sine qua non.

7. Main meals should consist of near-raw or lightly cooked vegetables. A good fall detox should include okra, rosemary, leeks, Jerusalem artichokes, white cabbage, tomatoes, parsley, dill, stalk celery and beets.

8. Cook your food in two tablespoons of olive oil. Use linseed oil on boiled vegetables and salads.

9. Make good use of herbs. Basil, garlic, coriander, cumin, turmeric, dill, fennel, fenugreek, ginger, mint and bean sprouts are good choices for yoghurt, salads and other dishes. Flavor your herbal teas with cinnamon, cloves, black peppercorns, cardamom and fresh or dried ginger root.

Breakfast alternatives:

1) Morning detox: Pour a container of plain yoghurt over 1/4 cup of pomegranate seeds, a slice of pineapple and a kiwi. Garnish with ground cinnamon and three mint leaves.

2) Deep cleansing purée: Mix two slices of pineapple and one red bell pepper with a handheld stick  blender and chew the mixture.

3) Good Morning Salad: Sprinkle some cottage cheese and black cumin (Nigella sativa) over a salad of finely chopped parsley, dill, mint and red and green peppers. Dress with a tablespoon of linseed oil and a little lemon juice.

In-between meal alternatives:

1) Elixir of health: To a glass of light kefir add some finely chopped mint and dill, a handful of alfalfa shoots and some cucumber juice. Throw in 1/4 teaspoon of ground black cumin (Nigella sativa) and mix well.

2. Water retention cure: To a glass of tomato juice add a pinch of black pepper, some finely chopped parsley and a spoonful of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Lunch alternatives:

1) Purifying soup: Grate four large tomatoes. Chop up two long thin green peppers (Turkish çarliston), one red pepper and a bunch of flat leaf parsley. Dice two zucchini. Cook three tablespoons of bulghur - preferably quinoa, which is high in protein and gluten-free (found in organic food shops) - and buckwheat (found in supermarkets) in two tablespoons of olive oil. Good when drunk with freshly squeezed lemon juice and a garnish of red pepper flakes.

2) Detox salad: Top a bed of Mediterranean greens with six spoonfuls of boiled Mexican beans, four artichoke hearts and 4-5 cherry tomatoes and dress with two tablespoons of olive oil and a little apple cider vinegar.

Detox tea mixes:

1) Purifying tea: Chop a green apple into a liter of water. Boil for five minutes with two sticks of cinnamon, three cloves and two cardamom pods. Turn off the burner and steep for five minutes with one teaspoon white tea, three teaspoons dandelion tea, 20 cherry stems and a handful of corn tassels. Drink hot or cold throughout the day.

2) Renewal cure: Add two apples, four cloves, two pieces of ginger, two sticks of cinnamon and four black peppercorns to a liter of water and boil for five minutes. Turn off the burner and steep for four minutes with one teaspoon of rooibos (redbush tea) and a pinch of sage. Strain and drink chilled.