THE DETOX

Cleanse your sys­tem nat­u­rally with th­ese help­ful tips

Makati Leads - - Makati 360 -

The Christ­mas fes­tiv­i­ties wouldn't be com­plete with­out lav­ish spreads too tempt­ing to re­sist. Al­ready dread­ing the dam­age to your waist­line and ar­ter­ies? We chat­ted with Weizel Gul­fan, a cer­ti­fied Plant-Based nu­tri­tion­ist, macrobiotics ex­pert, and man­ag­ing part­ner of Cocogreen Plant­based Whole­foods Corp., to help us come up with a detox bat­tle plan to bal­ance all the rich food of the hol­i­days.

STRIKE A BAL­ANCE

Ev­ery­thing in mod­er­a­tion is the key to a healthy diet, and that is the cen­tral prin­ci­ple of macrobiotics. “Macrobiotics is a culi­nary dis­ci­pline that em­pha­sizes the yin and yang equi­lib­rium in our bod­ies. Noth­ing is for­bid­den, but ev­ery­thing must be bal­anced,” shares Gul­fan. “For ex­am­ple, if you have meat, you bet­ter have it with a lot of vegetables on the side. Overindulged at a party? Eat less the next day.” Macrobiotics also places a strong em­pha­sis on plant-foods, whole grains, and fer­mented foods as a reg­u­lar part of our diet.

GO GREEN

If you're se­ri­ous about detox­i­fy­ing after an in­dul­gent sea­son, Gul­fan sug­gests cut­ting out the fol­low­ing: “Meat, dairy, re­fined sugar, pro­cessed oil, gluten, non­fer­mented soy, and in­or­ganic foods, in this or­der.” Must we cut out meat? Gul­fan ex­plains, “An­i­mal fat is hard to di­gest and is full of al­ler­gens to our body. Most dis­ease of af­flu­ence like di­a­betes, can­cer, os­teo­poro­sis, obe­sity, celiac and other auto-im­mune dis­eases stem from an overindul­gence in an­i­mal pro­tein.” Gul­fan also rec­om­mends eat­ing meat spar­ingly.

CHOOSE HEALTH­IER AL­TER­NA­TIVES

Shift­ing to a health­ier diet calls for smarter food choices and por­tion con­trol. Gul­fan shares, “When opt­ing for bread, choose whole grain or sour­dough. Brown rice is al­ways a bet­ter sub­sti­tute, as the com­plex starch in it takes longer to break down.”

Re­mem­ber it's im­por­tant to en­joy your food. Says Gul­fan, “We don't be­lieve in de­pri­va­tion; we do, how­ever, en­cour­age smart com­bi­na­tions when it comes to in­dul­gences. If you have a sweet tooth, opt for trop­i­cal fruits... If you're a cookie mon­ster, then choose dairy-free and gluten-free.”

JUICE DETOX

A quick way to detox is via wa­ter and the popular juice cleanse, but make sure you're ac­tu­ally get­ting the lat­ter au­then­ti­cally cold-pressed, or­ganic, and are drink­ing more vegetables than fruits. Gul­fan sug­gests detox­i­fy­ing about once a month.

To main­tain healthy eat­ing habits, Gul­fan ad­vises, “Change hap­pens grad­u­ally for it to be sus­tain­able as a life­style. If you fall back, just ad­just the fol­low­ing day... What­ever it is you're munch­ing on, eat it slowly, sa­vor ev­ery bite. The at­ti­tude of grat­i­tude goes a long way.” Weizel Gul­fan of­fers con­sul­ta­tion ser­vices free of charge. Cocogreen, 2/F Pi­casso Bou­tique Ho­tel, L.P. Le­viste Street, Sal­cedo Vil­lage, Makati City. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact (+63916) 641- 4309, e-mail veg­2go@cocogreen.ph, or visit www.cocogreen.ph.

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