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    DIY DETOX - 4 ways to cleanse at home

    DIY DETOX - 4 ways to cleanse at home

    Hi guys,

    I'm writing this to you from beautiful Innsbruck in Austria.

    It's past midnight here. 

    Lake and Elliot are sleeping 1 whole metre away from the computer desk where I've set myself up, trying my hardest to type quietly.

    I'm a fast typist, not a quiet one, so this is taking me a looooong time...

    And just as well- I've no choice but to keep this important post as brief as possible... only the good stuff for you to read :)


    It’s that time of the year between Christmas and New Year when nothing is certain, except that most things don’t fit.

    This doesn’t just mean your jeans either.

    It’s the time of the year when we must recognise which of our previous decisions didn’t fit our values, lifestyle, dreams, relationships and our bodies.

    It's the time to let go of some ‘stuff’ and make room for all the wonderful new things that can’t enter your world because of all that clutter.

    Look towards the new year not to diet, but to give your digestion a break and to flood your precious body with so much nutrition that the toxins won’t stand a chance.

    There is nothing wrong with overindulging over the holidays. Actually, I believe it's important to do that. How else will you get fired up and serious about making changes?

    So, when you're ready (and ONLY when you're ready), refer to my below ideas on how to do a DIY detox at home.

    They are all pretty different, so choose the one that sings to you or try them all.

    And remember- THIS IS NOT A DIET. Diets are awful and make you miserable. This is a break for your digestion system, a release of toxic build up and a celebration of getting back to being YOU gain, just a happier lighter cleaner version.


    IDEA 1- Go raw for a week.


    It's only one week!

    One week of eating lots and lots (I promise you won't be starving).

    One week of flooding your cells with life and energy-giving enzymes.

    One week of learning amazing new recipes and falling in love with being in your kitchen again. 

    One week of letting go of the bloat, the mucous, the discomforts, the laziness-syndrome and a crap-load of toxins (pun intended).

    Many of you already own 'Purified- Your Complete 7 Day Detox Program' already, so all you need to do is dig it out and go shopping. It includes a grocery shopping list already, so just turn up at the supermarket.

    If you're not in the know- this is my first and best selling eBook. There's nothing fancy about it, it doesn't even have pictures except my mug over the entire front cover (really selling it, aren't I?).

    It's just good and simple information with 30 minute recipes, that work. No frills, just loads of testimonials. 

    Download 'Purified' in seconds>>

    IDEA 2 - Do a digital detox.

    Again, not really rocket science (or even diet related, I repeat- none of this is diet related), but disconnecting is the only thing that will make you feel connected once again.

    I recommend a weekend. A week if you can get it off work. 

    And if you still have no idea how one can survive without Facebook, a phone, a tablet, a computer or a television even for a single day, may I suggest... a magazine? 

    Oh and scissors and some glue.

    Dig out that beautiful Home & Garden mag, an outdoor adventure mag, a tourism pamphlet, anything with inspiring photography and words that make you really really happy and daydreamy. 

    If you've been reading my emails for some time, you know that I always use this week to put together my Vision Board for the year ahead.

    It's the one self-care tradition I'm not about to break. 

    Join me!

    See this post on how to put together your very own vision board and check out when I revealed mine for the very first time>>

    IDEA 3 - Do a kidney and liver flush.

    There is an incredible deeeeep cleanse recipe formula, but I don't recommend you do this unless you're a seasoned detoxer and/or unless you've been on a very filling raw food diet for a minimum of three days prior.

    1g castor oil for every kg of your weight, mixed with 2g lemon juice for every 1g of oil. 

    So if you weigh 100kg, you would require a 300g drink each day (100g oil+ 200g juice).  

    The benefits are truly endless.

    It'll be a hard slow couple of weeks, so take your time and be gentle on yourself.

    I've had many clients, including world class athletes take on this challenge and they swear by it.

    Aside from epic weightloss for those that seek it, this flush works on a cellular level, strengthens your immune system, resets your digestive system and scrapes out any blocks, toxins, yeast and disease causing formations within your liver and kidneys, which are the hardest to purify.

    Here is what a two day castor oil detox might look like over a period of 14 days:

    Days 1-3: vegan diet, cooked and raw
    Day 4-6: filling raw food diet, like a plan in Purified
    Day 7: castor oil with lemon
    Day 8-10: filling raw food diet, like a plan in Purified
    Day 11: castor oil with lemon
    Day 12-13: majority juice/ smoothie and one solid meal
    Day 14+: vegan diet, cooked and raw, before returning to usual diet

    The number of days for the cleanse will depend on the person and the only thing you should eat through the 'castor oil and lemon' day is a maximum of 20 dates (yes seems a lot, but trust me you'll want them) with detoxifying herbal tea.

    This is recommended by a Russian doctor Alfei Budilov and is available in more detail in this article: Deep cleanse of the organism>> 
    [Note the article is written in Russian, so pop it into a google translator if you're interested in knowing more.]

    IDEA 4 - Do an Alkaline Cleanse!

    Have you ever tried peeing on some litmus paper to check where you are on the pH scale?

    Most people are shocked by the result!

    Everything in the universe is about creating balance, your body included. 

    The balance I go on about is called Acid-Alkaline, otherwise known as the pH balance.

    It might ring a bell if you pay any attention to shampoo ads. The beauty industry loves to point out, that their product is ‘pH balanced’.

    It works just as your own body temperature, where too much variance on either side of the normal 98.6F / 37C is very dangerous to your health.

    PH Balance also has a scale, which measures how acidic or alkaline any environment or substance is on a scale of 1-14.

    Seven is Neutral. Anything below it - is acidic; anything above it- is alkaline. A slightly alkaline body (at 7.36) is crucial for good health, but unfortunately the majority of our human race is no where near it.

    It is when your pH levels are low, that your body becomes acid and vulnerable to germs, creating an environment for bacteria to thrive and for yeast to throw an ultimate party.

    Disease (including cancer) cannot live in a slightly alkaline, oxygenated environment! Free radicals don't stand a chance of survival.

    I've worked hard to construct the exact plan to help you go from acid to alkaline in the shortest possible time.

    We offer a limited number of 1, 2 and 3 day packages just twice a year and post them all across the UK.

    Obviously I would LOVE for everyone to purchase a package because I know exactly how incredible you will feel for a long long time afterwards, but I also know that this is simply not possible. Many of you live outside of the UK, some can't afford this done-for-you kit and all of you want to be able to try it for yourselves, so what I've done is document what a day on my Alkaline Cleanse looks like. 

    I've recorded the exact time and order I take every juice and snack, plus listed out the exact ingredients that go into each 'meal' and given you links to any ingredients that you might not find in a supermarket.

    You can replicate the cleanse that made Tanya's in Chelsea famous and reap all the benefits by making it all yourself. Yay!

    Here's the link to order a readily packaged Alkaline Cleanse>>

    And here's the link to seeing what a day on this cleanse looks like>>

    Oh and here's the link to a 10% off code, only good till 2nd Jan>>

    Well now it's reeeally late and I'm too pumped to sleep.

    Can't wait to get back to London and get onto all of the above myself.

    Please please join me! I'd love to know what detox spoke to you and how you got on, please leave me a comment below!

    Happy New Year, my friend.
    I wish for 2018 to be your year!

    The Alkaline Cleanse is back! Save the date: 13th June for first UK delivery

    The Alkaline Cleanse is back!  Save the date: 13th June for first UK delivery

    [caption id="attachment_2342" align="aligncenter" width="860"]tanya maher _ tanya's at selfridges foodhall Our Selfridges pop-up store, when I was heavily pregnant[/caption]   My famous cleanse is back! This is really really exciting news, if not for you then for me. Ha! :) We missed January this year because of all the reno's, which means I didn't do my usual detox either. That's definitely not the case for June! I'm all in, starting 13th June and inviting you to come along for the ride...   It's a done for you 1, 2 or 3 day cleanse, which is delivered to your door within the UK, and available for 3 weeks only.   [SO SORRY to my overseas friends that it's too hard to keep the cold-pressed products fresh during transit, but if you wanted to do the detox yourself at home, then check out my blog post where I pretty much reveal exactly what to do, at what time and with what ingredients, here>>]   I believe in the power of giving your insides a proper scrub and I know that simply drinking juice may flow through your body undigested. This means you won’t get all, if any, of the nutrients and minerals from it and be left feeling hungry and deprived. You need a carefully constructed detox plan with nourishing solid foods to support your whole body. Book yours now>>   I also believe that my Alkaline Cleanse is not just a cleanse, it is the ultimate body rebalancing system! Why? For starters, the full day's menu is not just about giving you lots of detox promoting ingredients to get your bowels moving. I carefully put every ingredients together from juices to sprouted seeds to probiotics, making sure that you get everything your body requires to thrive. Tanya's+Alkaline+Cleanse Take a look... - Fibre to clean out your intestines - Probiotics to reduce bloating - Calcium to nourish you - Protein to re-build your system - Essential fats for ultimate digestion - Detoxifying spices to accelerate cleansing - Chlorophyll to increase your body’s pH level   My organic cold-pressed juices are the star warrior of your cleanse, but don't forget there is the alkalising raw soup, detox dust coated seeds, fibre wheatgrass crackers, veggie sticks and lemon tahini dip, OptiBac probiotics as well as the Neal’s Yard Remedies green complex powder. This cleanse is designed to clean and nourish at the same time. I even include pH strips to test how acid or alkaline you are, before, during and after the cleanse. And no matter which cleanse you go for- 1, 2 or 3 days- I will include a free cooler bag! Book yours now>>   Did you know: 1.‘Disease cannot develop, live or survive in an alkaline environment.  Every ache, itch and pain is telling you that your body is too acid’ 2. All ingredients we use are organic, raw, unprocessed, unpasteurized and cold-pressed.  We do not use sweeteners, gluten or nuts for this cleanse.  We do sprout and slowly dry alkalizing seeds below 47 degrees to release the enzyme inhibitors, but preserve nutrition and aid digestion. 3. The website www.tanyasliving.com where you can purchase your cleanse is the place where all activity will happen shortly after we reopen Tanya's cafe on 19th June. We're bringing together the best of www.betterraw.com and www.tanyascafe.com to pack out our new website with awesome info, 100's of raw food recipes and details on how you can work with me.

    What a day of alkaline cleansing looks like

    What a day of alkaline cleansing looks like

    As you might know, we offer our Alkaline Cleanse packages only three months per year. Since we put a limit to how many we're able to offer, they usually sell out pretty quickly.

    We send these detoxes all across the UK, which is amazing as we are now able to produce more than just enough to service London.

    But, I still receive messages from many of you not residing in the UK as well as requests for tips from those that can't afford my Alkaline Cleanse, so I decided to take a day to document what the detox involves, what ingredients we put into it and how I recommend everything to be taken, so you can do your own cleanse at home :)

    Here we go...

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    Today, I'm doing my own #AlkalineDetox #TanyasCleanse. FUN!

    'Fun', because not only have I done it before but I designed it my way. I've tried many juice cleanses and noticed that long term they weren't right for me. I needed some solids to make it through; and because I felt so lethargic and starved, I noticed the pH of my body going from slightly acidic to very acidic! I played around with food combinations, added probiotics, fibre, more chlorophyll, calcium and other nutrients and minerals to the mix, spaced out all the 'snacks' strategically and BAM!... Alkaline result!

    My alkaline cleanse comes complete with your own set of pH Strips so you can also monitor your own #AcidAlkaline levels through the day (or buy your own litmus paper from a Pharmacy). 💚

    tanya's cafe alkaline cleanse

    [7:30AM] SPICY CHIA

    Here is my first 'meal' of the day on #TanyasCleanse #AlkalineDetox. I say 'meal' because it is complete nutritionally. The chia provides protein and cleansing fibre, the lime is the most alkalising food of all and the cayenne is there to fire up your digestion.

    If chewing it, you'll receive extra benefits- this meal will be able to mix with your saliva, which is the first step of digestion within your system.


    tanya's cafe alkaline cleanse


    This is our signature organic cold-pressed juice at Tanya's. It's made of kale, spinach, cucumber, lemon & green apple. Greens contain high levels of alkaline minerals, including magnesium & calcium, but they won't digest well if the juice is gulped down. Sip slowly & focus on it making you shine from within.

    Either empty the OptiBac probiotic sachet into the juice or dilute in water to have as a shot, but try to have the probiotics at the same time as sipping on the juice. Optibac offer an amazing line of live cultures for every one of your needs & this one in particular is 'for a flat stomach', because it helps against bloating during the cleanse. I recommend taking probiotics every single day for healthy intestinal flora. 💚


    tanya's cafe alkaline cleanse


    Enjoyed crunching on these super delicious activated sunflower, sesame and pumpkin seeds. They have been soaked to make them easier on the digestion, then sprouted to boost the nutrient value and their pH, then coated in spices which promote detoxification (cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, rosemary, turmeric, cumin, cayenne, pink salt) while strengthening the immune system. Finally they’ve been dehydrated below 47degrees C to keep them raw and full of enzymes.

    Please chew lots and do not mix these seeds with any liquid. If you are thirsty, let them digest first, then drink after 30 minutes. 💚


    tanya's cafe alkaline cleanse

    [12:00 PM] DOCTOR JUICE

    This organic cold-pressed juice contains beetroot, carrots, celery, green apple, lemon and ginger. The root vegetables are helping to keep me grounded and balanced, while lowering the discomfort of toxin release from my body during my #AlkalineDetox #TanyasCleanse today. The antioxidants and electrolytes within the juice will provide you with energy and mental focus, while looking after your immune system too!


    tanya's cafe alkaline cleanse


    These crackers are packed with fibre to scrub your insides clean. They contain sprouted oats (all gluten free), hulled flaxseeds, chia seeds, kale, sunflower seeds, ginger, cracked pepper, pink salt and lots of wheatgrass powder.

    Please do not flush them down with any liquids, chew them slowly on their own. Your body is designed to provide you with enough fluids for ideal digestion and it is possible to restore this memory within it in as little as three meals. Solids are not to be eaten with liquids and you will get great health benefits following this alkalising principle. 💚


    tanya's cafe alkaline cleanse

    [4:00 PM] VISION JUICE

    This organic cold-pressed juice is the healthiest afternoon treat. It contains organic carrot, orange, mango and fresh turmeric root. The anti-inflammatory properties within the juice will help settle any bloating or joint issues, while the sweetness from the fruit will take care of unhealthy cravings in a healthy way.

    Although citrus fruits are often mistaken for being acid, they actually leave an alkaline ash in your body after they are burned into energy. That’s true only and specifically for cold-pressed, non-processed and non-pasteurized juices, like the organic hand-squeezed juice I had at 4pm during #AlkalineDetox #TanyasCleanse.

    Try sipping yours with closed eyes and visualise how your cells are waking up and guiding the acids to leave your system. 💚


    tanya's cafe alkaline cleanse

    [6:00 PM] ALKALINE SOUP 💚

    This soup contains whole blended vegetables for you to get all the fibre. It, like the entire #TanyasCleanse, is also free from nuts and mushrooms, which can be acidifying for the body.

    I prefer a warm soup, but would like to keep it raw, so I simply transfer mine into a bowl and add boiling water, then stir. As you are not microwaving it or keeping it over a burning stove, this won’t ‘cook’ the soup or kill any enzymes.

    Ingredients: cucumber, spinach, celery, lemon, mint, peas, avocado, basil, mixed herbs, cumin, pepper, pink salt.


    tanya's cafe alkaline cleanse


    Crunching on raw vegetables has been found to release serotonin and aid digestion. That’s an ideal combination for boosting your body’s pH also. Sesame seeds provide the highest form of calcium, which together with the lemon are the most alkaline way to end your day. The turmeric is high in anti-inflammatory properties, perfect for calming any uncomfortable toxin release.

    Remember to chew plenty and enjoy every bite consciously. Ingredients: carrots, celery, raw tahini, lemon, cayenne, pepper, pink salt.

    (I decided on a change of scenery and came out into the My Chelsea reception to have my dinner and just look at what I discovered in their guest book above!)


    tanya's cafe alkaline cleanse


    This 1 litre bottle includes 10g of Neal's Yard Remedies Green Complex Powder. Inside is a mix of spirulina, spinach, parsley, chlorella, seagreens ascophyllum nodosum, barley grass, wheat grass, green tea extract, acerola cherry extract (on manioc maltodextrin), oat grass.

    I simply add filtered water, shake shake shake and sip on it through the day while on the #TanyasCleanse. I also recommend that when you take a sip, imagine it flowing to your cells and purifying them, while you say ‘I love and respect every cell of my body. Being healthy is my divine right’.



    So there you have it!

    As you can see just a 1 Day Package includes more nutrients and minerals than many of us get in a whole week, but if you are after a nice internal scrub, glowing skin, weight-loss, mega energy boost, flatter stomach and serious improvement in your digestion, I'd really go for a minimum of 3 days, better yet- two lots of 3, so you get 6 consecutive days in total.

    1 Day - to give your digestion a break and boost pH levels - £69

    2 Days - for a system reboot and an all organ spring clean - £135

    3 Days - acid toxin release and a clean, slim, alkaline start - £199  

    Happy detoxing!