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Three Detoxifiers for Your Post St. Paddy’s Day Hangover


Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Top o’ the mornin’ to you! This little gem right here is from St. Paddy’s Day circa 2007… and that is me in the middle with my old roomies. And yes, I have a leprechaun hat on my head. I’d just like to point out this was pre Dallas Greenville parade and block party, so mind you I am sober. OK, maybe a little tipsy, I was 24 after all. Either way, as you can tell I really really love St. Paddy’s Day.

So, naturally, I wanted to post something here to mark the day, but notice that I am not posting green juice or some other healthy green thing you obviously will not be making or consuming later because, hello, it’s St. Patrick’s Day… and on St. Patrick’s Day you drink beer. I get it. It’s a day that’s about celebrating life, friendship and debauchery. And it’s amazing.

What I thought you maybe could use though are a few recipes and tips for tomorrow…. when the green keg is tapped and you wake up no where near the top of the morning. So I’ve put together three somewhat easy and quick ways to help you detox, clear your system and not look like a leprechaun on Tuesday. So before you head to the bar or pick up that six pack, read this. Or at least print it out so you’ll have it later. Because those green beer hangovers are the worst…

Three Cures for Your St. Paddy’s Day Hangover

lemon water

Sip warm water with lemon – Fast forward from my Greenville block party start-the-day-with-a-mimosa days and seven years later this is what I sip every morning – a cup of hot water with lemon.

Instead of going straight to the coffee pot when you get up in the morning, try this first. Squeeze a quarter of a lemon in a cup of warm or hot water and sip away. The water and lemon work to alkalize and (literally) flush toxins out that your body stirred up overnight.

While we sleep our bodies go into self-cleansing mode. So to help carry out the trash, so to speak, we need water to get things moving along. I like to imagine little maid cells with brooms and dust pans that come out when the lights go out and things get still…

Adding lemon also helps get your body’s pH back in balance. After a good night’s sleep we wake up on the more acidic end of the spectrum so to help get back in the middle you want to start the day with something alkalizing, like lemon. I know the taste is acidic, but its reaction in the body is alkalizing. And you know what else puts you on the more acidic side? Alcohol. So the more alkalizing foods like lemon, greens and other vegetables you can eat the better to get you back in balance. And more water too.

coconut oil

Swish some coconut oil – Oil pulling seems to be quite the hot topic on the Internet these days and I’ve been getting a lot of questions about it lately so let’s discuss… What is it? Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic (Indian medicine) practice where oil is used sort of like mouthwash to pull toxins and bacteria out of the tissues in your mouth. You want to use a high quality, unrefined oil like coconut, olive or sesame (I recommend coconut). Put about 1/2 a tablespoon in your mouth and swish, moving the oil around and through your teeth for 20 minutes.

20 minutes!? yes, I know it sounds like an eternity but you’ll be surprised how fast the time can pass. Do it while you’re in the shower, drying your hair, putting on make up, checking email, etc. When time’s up, spit the oil into the trash (not down the sink! it will clog the pipes.) then rinse with salt water. Also, do not swallow – the oil is full of toxins that you want out of your body. For best results, do it daily, right when you wake up.

Aside from hangovers, oil pulling has been known to relieve a incredibly wide-ranging list of ailments including allergies, chronic pain, skin issues, hormone imbalances, the list goes on… What’s more, it whitens teeth and can make them stronger and healthier too by getting rid of the bacteria that can lead to decay.


Get your sweat on – Toxins leave the body through sweat so if you can start your morning by sweating out most of what you put in the day before, you’ll be feeling better a heck of a lot faster. It will probably be the hardest thing you do all day, but make yourself go for a run, bike ride or to a hot yoga class…whatever you can muster to get yourself sweaty for a bit. If that’s just not happening, then OK. Perhaps a sauna is more your speed.

I’ve recently discovered the far infrared sauna for detoxification. Infrared saunas use a different type of heat than the traditional saunas you typically see in spas. They work by heating your core gradually from in the inside out rather than from the outside in. The result is more toxins released from your tissues. When it comes to sweating out the alcohol though, any sauna will do the trick.

Now, go celebrate like green is going out of style. And tuck these tips away for the mornin’. Cheers! Happy St. Paddy’s!


Spring Cleaning: The Seven Must-Dos of Any Detox

Ah, spring. Something about the season just makes you want to clear out the junk and start fresh, doesn’t it? Spring is traditionally a time of renewal, rejuvenation and rebirth. So it’s no coincidence this is the time of year we go into hyper-cleaning mode and want to get rid of all the dust and stuff that we’ve accumulated over the past year. And I’m not just talking about your closet…

Just like dirt and clutter accumulate around the house, mucus, toxins and fat accumulate in the body. And every so often it’s necessary to do a little tidying up to keep the body clean and functioning properly. If not, the junk builds up and can lead to all sorts of health problems from allergies to serious disease.

Your body has everything it needs to properly cleanse itself from the inside out. It’s just matter of allowing it to do its thing. There are hundreds of different approaches out there to detoxing and cleansing. Which technique is the best? The one you’ll stick with. No matter which road you take though, there are a few “must-dos” that are essential for any good cleanse. Get the info in my guest post on Glass Heel today. Hop on over for my seven detox essentials.

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Green Juice

Let me start by saying that this started innocently with a smoothie. And then I got curious. So I ordered a juicer on Amazon. I got a few well-respected opinions…. wait, this reminds me of something David Wolfe (raw foodist and superfood freak) said in class when he was asked: “What do you think is best juicer on the market?” His response: “The one that’s in your cabinet that your not using!” Excellent point.

So a week after I ordered it, my juicer arrived and if you had told me five years ago (heck, a year ago) that I’d one day be this excited about an appliance arriving on my doorstep I would have called you crazy pants. No joke, that juicer came on a Friday and you know what I did that night? I juiced all the produce in our fridge. Dork? Yes. I juiced a carrot. An apple. A beet. I was having fun playing with my new toy. Then I spilled beet juice all over the floor. It looked like a murder scene in our kitchen. Good thing I was out of veggies at that point. My juicing skills have gotten a little more sophisticated since then. I tried out a few different green juice recipes, tweaked things a bit and came up with the recipe here. I make juice maybe 2-3 mornings a week. I’d love to have it daily, but it’s a time investment. We’re talking 5-10 minutes to prep and make the juice, then 5-10 minutes to clean the juicer. Given that I don’t like to clean much of anything, you can guess my least favorite part of the process. I suppose there are worse things… like cleaning the fridge or unclogging drains. But I can think of a bajillion other things I could do with those 5-10 minutes. Like, sleep. Time and cleaning aside,  juicing is an incredibly healthy practice if you can squeeze it in (see that?), especially if your idea of eating greens is the lettuce on your cheeseburger. Think about it. You could eat all of this…

Or you could drink a glass of this….

It tastes pretty good too (a lot better than it looks anyway). When you drink juice from fresh vegetables and fruits it’s like cutting out the middle man. You remove the fiber, which your body would ordinarily have to break down to extract the nutrients itself. When it’s just the juice, the good stuff (vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, chlorophyll) is more readily available and easily absorbed. It goes straight into your system and gets soaked up by every cell in your body. You don’t have to chew up that big pile of veggies and your body doesn’t have to use energy to digest it. That means more energy for you.

There’s a lot of information out there about juice fasting/feasting to detoxify, heal and re-energize the body. The idea is to consume fresh vegetable and fruit juices for a few days to give the digestive system some well-deserved time off, allow the body to release toxins, and focus its energy on other tasks besides digestion, like healing. If you’re interested, I suggest doing some research before jumping in and, of course, consult a health care professional before doing anything drastic.

Me? I’m satisfied for now getting my dose of green juice when I can. I look at it as my insurance for the day. No matter what the day may bring I know I have already had a days worth of veggies before even leaving the house. But considering my track record from green smoothies to full on juicing, a juice feast just might be next. Stay tuned…

Green Juice

What you need:

2 ribs celery
1/4 large cucumber
1/2 cup parsley
2 leaves of kale
1/4 a lime
1 small apple
1/4 inch piece of peeled ginger (optional)

What you do:

Wash everything well. Feed all the ingredients through the juicer. Save the lime for last so it can help clean the juicer. Pour green juice over ice and enjoy!