MY DETOX EXPERIENCE...

Alex Jameison, author of The Great American Detox (Pan Mcmillan), chef and nutritionist and partner to Morgan Spurlock of Supersize Me fame

When I was 24 I moved to New York city, which was quite a stressful thing to do. I had a young person's mentality and metabolism, I had been eating junk food and a heavy diet for the last ten years. Because I was young, I hadn't gained any weight and was skipping along just fine. I was in a high-pressure corporate job, a relationship that wasn't overly supportive and all of this combined with a minor knee infection and the antiobiotics and painkillers that went along with it totally destroyed my immune system. I went back to work, ended my relationship and I was miserable. I had no energy, I was having migraines three or four times a week, and I was depressed. I couldn't believe how miserable I was. I was putting on weight and just felt awful. For me it was a shock that I was feeling so bad so quickly. I could have easily gone the more traditional route and gone, I'm depressed I should get some anti-depressants, or I'm gaining weight I should go on some kind of diet. I was lucky in the sense that I was introducted to alternative medicine and nutritional theory, that whole world really appealed to me.

MY DETOX RULES:

EAT MORE:
Beans, wholegrains, green leafy vegetables: cabbage, bok choy, spinach and berries.

EAT LESS:
Refined sugars, traditionally-raised animalproducts (animals raised with growth hormones, pesticides, refined carbohydrates and caffeine.

NONE EVER:
Artificial sweeteners, like splenda, anything you can't pronounce or read on a food label question what that is.

FLAVOUR OF THE MONTH:
I'm really into tomatoes, I'm making a tomato salad with fresh herbs olive oil and cucumbers.

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