Two day detox with neutral foods

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, successful detoxing depends on your body type. There are three main body types: hot, cold and neutral.

If you are a neutral person, you do not fit neatly into the hot or cold categories, but border on a hot person. You can therefore have a wide variety of dishes from the hot, cool and neutral recipes.

Day one breakfast

Cleansing carrot, cucumber and spinach juice

This juice is strongly detoxifying and very calming for the digestion.


4 carrots

1/4 of a large cucumber

1 small handful fresh spinach leaves

1/2 teaspoon aloe vera

1/2 teaspoon wild blue-green algae (available from good health shops)


Wash the vegetables well, and push them through a juicing machine (be careful not to use too much spinach as the flavour can be very strong). Add the aloe vera and blue green algae supplements, stir very well and serve.

For how many people?

Serves 1.

Day one lunch

Double-baked sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are one of the most nutritious vegetables and are especially useful for eliminating harmful heavy metals like mercury and lead. These toxins can remain in the body for life and cause problems with the body’s metabolic system, unless they are removed.


2 large sweet potatoes

1 teaspoon extra-virgin oil

1 small onion, finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

4-5 button mushrooms, chopped

Dash of soy sauce, to taste

1 teaspoon dried oregano

Sesame seeds


Preheat the oven to 190C/375F or gas mark 5. Bake the whole of the sweet potatoes for 40-50 minutes unti soft. Gently fry the onions in the oil for five minutes. Add the cumin, coriander and mushrooms to the pan and fry for another five minutes. Add the soy sauce and oregano to the pan and remove from the heat.

Now, cut each sweet potato in half lengthways and gently scoop ot the flesh, being careful not to tear the skin. Add the flesh to the onion mixture and mix together well, adding more soy sauce if you like. Place the potato skins on a non-stick baking tray and fill with the onion mixture. Sprinkle with a few sesame seeds. Bake in the centre of the oven for 20 minutes, then serve immediately.

For how many people?

Serves 2.

Day one dinner

Beetroot and orange soup

This soup combines the nutritional and immune-stimulating properties of orange with the blood-cleansing effects of beetroot. Recent studies have shown specific anti-carcinogenic substances in beetroot – so this is more than a soup, it’s also a powerful tonic.


1 teaspoon extra-virgin oil

1 small onion, finely chopped

250g (9oz) raw beetroot, peeled and cut into 2.5cm (1in) dice

1 small potato, peeled and diced

750ml (1 1/4pints) vegetable stock

Zest of 1/2 orange

Juice of 1 orange

Pinch of sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper


Fry the oil and onion gently in a large pan, covered for ten minutes, until the onion is soft. Add the beetroot and potato to the pan, cover, and sweat gently for another five minutes. Add the vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Simmer, covered, for 25-30 minutes until the vegetables are soft. Add the orange zest and juice to the pan and simmer for two to three minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for a few minutes. Blend the soup in a liquidiser or food processor until smooth. It may be difficult to get the beetroot really smooth, but don’t worry – it adds a little texture. Season to taste, return to the pan and reheat to serve.

For how many people?

Serves 2.

Day two breakfast

Cleansing carrot, cucumber and spinach juice as above.

Day two lunch

Shiitake mushroom rice salad

The shiitake mushroom is a powerful stimulant for the immune system – large quantities can increase the body’s resistance to disease.


125g (41/2oz) brown rice

1/4 teaspoon saffron

1 sheet nori seaweed

50g (2oz) shiitake mushrooms, sliced

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

2 teaspoons soy sauce

Juice of 1/2 orange

2.5cm (1in) root ginger, grated


Place the rice and saffron in a pan with enough water to cover and boil for 30 minutes or until tender. Drain and leave to cool, then transfer to a salad bowl. Toast the seaweed over a flame or under the grill for a few seconds, until the colour changes. Tear into pieces and add to the rice.

Add the mushrooms and parsley to the rice. Mix the soy sauce and orange together in a small bowl. Gather up the root ginger in your hand and firmly squeeze the juice into the soy and orange mixture. Pour this over the salad and mix well. Serve with a selection of other salads.

For how many people?

Serves 2.

Day two dinner

Beansprouts with sweet peppers and red cabbage

Sweet peppers are a rich source of vitamin C. They help to improve digestion and circulation in the body. Beansprouts contain enzymes that stimulate the body’s cleansing and healing processes. They flush toxins from the body and help to destroy cancer cells.


2 handfuls mixed beansprouts

1/2 red pepper, cored, seeded and cut into thin strips

1/2 green pepper, cored, seeded and cut into thin strips.

1/4 small red cabbage, finely sliced

Juice of 1 sweet orange.


Combine all the ingredients in a salad bowl and serve.

For how many people?

Serves 2.

The Detox Cook by Louisa Walters, Aliza Baron Cohen and Adrian Mercuri is published by Kyle Cathie, £10.95.

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