Clean Up Your Stomach: The Detox Diaries

“Oh my god! It’s 6 p.m. and I totally forgot to eat today…” is something I have never said. Yet, the complaint becomes ubiquitous among fashion folk during runway show time. Everybody has those stressful days/weeks/months–more out-of-office meetings, a train delay, an alarm clock disaster–whatever it is, the best of intentions don’t always translate when it comes to being a responsible adult and managing to eat three balanced meals with proteins, complex carbs, healthy fats, etc. a day. Thanks to the delightful (and thankfully easy to use) app Rise, I had a depressing track record of my impulse decisions during fashion week.

I call this screenshot, “Baring My Soul/ Bad Decisions: A Series of Plastic Wrapped Sandwiches Consumed During NYFW.” But, really, it speaks for itself.

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Like the rest of me, my stomach was all “sign me up for the detox!” And so I did, Part One saw me through a one-day (simple and easy, thank you) LuliTonix cleanse and then I delved deeper.

Luckily I had a few collaborators that made rigorous healthy eating as easy, fun, and delicious (not to mention luxurious) as possible. After all, at BlackBook, “detox” and “pamper” go hand in hand.

Allow these detoxifying meals to inspire your own gut-health-journey. Enjoy this scientific, nutritional journey–or just add these foods to your shopping cart. (P.S. Apololgies in advance for the word count on detox, detoxifying, and detoxification about to come your way)!

SAKARA LIFE

Sakara is an organic meal delivery service built to provide high-quality nourishment. The meals prioritize a plant-rich diet, heavy in superfoods, emphasize seasonal ingredients, and contain nothing processed, no additives, no added sugar, and are gluten-free. Needless to say, it’s a popular (and quite glam) way to simplify healthy eating. It arrives at your door on ice in ready-to-go containers, because everyone knows that the hardest part of healthy eating is the effort to do so itself.

Rose Infused Oatmeal With Pear Superfoods: Pear, Lemon, Walnut, Rose Petals, Chia, Maple Syrup, Ginger

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This meal is designed to rev up your morning, but not leave you feeling heavy and dense. The combination of oats + chia with some of the most beautifying and hydrating superfoods, namely: rose petals, ginger, lemon, and pear. Rose petals contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory elements, and keep the skin glowing and hydrated. Ginger and lemon do similarly amazing things, plus they boost the immune system after a long day.

Beetroot Muffins Superfoods: Beets, Flax, Almond, Quinoa, Lemon/Lime, Coconut, Strawberries

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Sakara believes that superfood veggies belong in breakfast too. Elle Murphy, one of the health coaches at Sakara calls them “yummy and interesting to eat first thing in the morning,” and notes that they “provide a strong start to the day.” This muffin has the unexpected beetroot that gives it a subtle flavor not to mention its pretty color. What is does for your mind + body is even bettah– in addition to various minerals and vitamins, beets contain betaine and tryptophan, which can balance the brain chemistry and calm the mind. Not a bad start to a busy day ahead! Plus, with protein rich flax, almond, and quinoa, you’ll feel unstoppable.

Banh Mi Lettuce Wraps Superfood: Wakame, Tahini, Cayenne, Radish, Cucumber, Cilantro, Rice Wine Vinegar,Umeboshi Vinegar, Sesame, Lemon

These lil’ wraps are a powerhouse Sakara lunch. Full of hydrating and energizing veggies, they’re the perfect afternoon boost. Other ingredients include Umeboshi vinegar, which is believed to combat fatigue, aging, and improve digestion. Sakara also uses a little bit of wakame seaweed to help cleanse the blood and provide healthy fatty acids, iodine, and calcium. The flavors and varied colors of this dish work to rebalance and reboot your system.

Kale salad with Garlicky Herb Croutons Superfood: Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower seeds, buckwheat, Chia, Garlic, Oregano, Kale, Olive Oil, Parsley, Basil

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I’m told this is a Sakara classic; greens, greens, and more greens! Dark leafy greens are so incredibly good for you. Kale provides a healthy vegetable protein as well as chia, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds. Even the dressing and croutons are made out of greens because they serve you so well. Parsley and basil (and most herbs) are mineral and vitamin rich and work as anti-inflammatories and anti-oxidant cell protection. They also protect your heart with their folic acid and B vitamins.

FEELFOOD

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After two days on a strict Sakara plan, I headed to FeelFood in the village for a big quinoa bowl, and left with enough food to eat for most of the rest of the week. FeelFood’s approach to detoxing is to restore a sense of normalcy to your body. Sure, there are specific foods that have great detoxifying benefits, but ultimately consistency and comfort will be what resets your body. It’s not necessarily about aggressive self-deprivation, but you also don’t want the pendulum of your diet swinging wildly. It’s all about finding balance.

Watermelon Rose Agua Fresca

This potent beverage combines alkaline water (which helps to reduce acidity in the body and balance your pH levels), and watermelon is known to help the body flush out ammonia. It’s a particularly great choice for the morning to start the day off on a detoxifying note.

Squash (or any) soup

There’s a reason we always have soup when we’re sick–soup is warm and comforting! When we’re exhausted we need to pay extra attention to what our bodies need. So cozy up with some soup, hit the couch, spoon up some soup, and relax.

Matcha: Jalapeno Matcha shot and Matcha Cardamom

The kick of jalapeno helps you sweat out toxins and matcha is an extra-super(food) form of the already-super green tea, and contains chlorophyll, which helps remove toxins and metals from the body.

They also have a mini matcha cardamom drink, which I highly recommend.

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Winter Fire Shot

This is a fiery elixir that the Feelfood experts recommend drinking like a tea. Poured into hot water, it’s will be like having a cup of extra-spiced tea, but very concentrated. The lemon promotes toxin removal by stimulating enzymes that convert toxins into a water soluble solution. The Ginger, cayenne, paprika, and cinnamon provide a spicy kick to get your heart rate up and help you sweat out toxins.

Kale Apple Salad

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Kale, superfood that it is, detoxes the liver pathways due to its high glutathione content. Apples contain some of the best detoxifying nutrients as well as pectin, which helps remove food additives and metals from the body.

Now That New York Fashion Week Is Over… The Detox Diaries, Part 1

Fashion week isn’t all the glitz and glamour Instagram would have you believe. After over a week of an exhausting schedule of shows, presentations, and (required) parties, followed by late nights of writing about it all, hoping my sentences were coherent, I realized that only one thing could follow NYFW. And for me, it was not LFW (though, kudos to all the editors across the pond for your stamina). It’s time to detox.

Step 1: SPIN

Detox unofficially began on Thursday night when I finally made it back to SoulCycle. I’d been resorting to awkward tweets about how much I missed spinning, and sweating it out was a wonderful $34 gift-to-self.

Step 2: YOGA (in cute clothes)

I’ve wanted to attend a Wanderlust yoga festival for years (fashion people and wellness are like PB Almond Butter + J) so when Wanderlust 108 in Prospect Park was announced a few months ago, I jumped at the chance to go.

It wasn’t the sunny-yoga-in-the-park I’d hoped for, but my friend and I did our best–even if our best was sitting on Manduka yoga mats (the best in the ‘biz) and eating protein bars. In the spirit of Fashion Week, I intentionally picked chic workout clothes (and we’re not talking Lululemon). Detoxing means a lot of sweating it out–(or at least, it will). And for this occasion, I picked a very chic (IMHO) get-up of mesh-accented Alala gear.

I’m detoxing, I can do what I want.

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Step 3: CLEANSE

The next step of a detox, naturally, is to cleanse. So that’s what I did today. I liked to imagine the toxins leaving my body as little cartoon bubbles saying things like “this one is made from the rarest Japanese silk” and “this one will retail for $3000,” making room for filling my body instead with chia seeds and kale.

Sure, fashion people tend towards the healthy side, but during FW one’s food choices are determined by two simple factors: time, and proximity. For me this meant large amounts of yummy Sugarfina champagne gummy bears, some very ill-advised Seamless orders, and (thankfully) as much Smartwater from the tents as I could stuff in my bag. My meals were irregular at best and nonexistent at worst. My nutritionist said things like: “We’ll work on this when you return to a normal schedule.”

I’ve never been the girl to hit 7 p.m. and flippantly say, “I forgot to eat today!” and as such my grab-and-go picks are often craving-prompted. So, for me, wanting to cleanse did not mean wanting to starve. I turned to a recent discovery, LuliTonix by Lianna Sugarman who creates the best blends, not juices, and cleanses in this already green juice heavy town.

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I’ve done one other straight juice cleanse from a popular juice chain which shall go unnamed. I finished by juice #5 and wound up eating a three-course dinner. I’m happy to say today was not like that! It’s now 9 p.m. as I write  and I have only had liquids today! Unlike the green juices denounced by many nutritionists, LuliTonix is blended and not cold-pressed, allowing for satiating fibers to stay in tact. The email prepping me for the arrival of the cleanse read: “This is NOT a cleanse during which you will feel lethargic…Our blends are designed with amazing ingredients that work synergistically to rebuild and nourish as they cleans. You will have plenty of energy, and will be supplied with everything your body needs to be the badass you are. So sure–CrossFit, Barry’s Bootcamp, Back-to Back Soul Survivor rides. Knock yourself out! Or just rest. That’s good too.”

This is just day one! More to come on detoxing–cleansing your body, (tired feet, muscles, and more), your mind after having no time to think about much besides trend forecasts, and more.