If you have read a magazine, been on the internet, or chatted anything health recently, it's more than likely that the topic of a 'detox' has come up.
The trend words such as detox and cleanse have become all the rage as they are spun in a way that they help us: lose weight, rid our bodies of toxins, improve skin quality, etc. We see detox waters, detox teas, detox smoothies--everywhere I turn, I feel like I see the word.
But there is something we need to remember: our bodies are actually equipped to do such things already on their own. Given that you have healthy kidneys and a properly working liver, your body works very hard to take care of flushing all the junk out of you.
But there is one detox that can actually be REALLY good for your overall well-being, and does not require you to drink water with maple and cayenne.
The concept of detoxes stems from the what are known as toxins. Toxins are literally everywhere; from our drinking water to the deodorant we wear. And the health scene has done a really great job of fear mongering in order to boost the concept of nontoxic living. In reality, if we looked even closer, more things around us have toxins than do not. It can become overwhelming to try to live in a way that bans us from eating any processed foods to drinking tap water. Sure, we can all do things to help avoid things like harmful UV rays, ridding homes of lead paint, eliminating harmful chemicals in our cleaning supplies and other things like that. But when the concept of detoxifying crosses over into the diet scene, well, that's where I draw the line.
The diet industry knows the buzzwords and detox and cleanse are buzzwords right now. Lose weight by cleansing the body and getting rid of toxins. It sounds so natural, right?! But then drinking activated charcoal water for a week doesn't sound like a healthy idea at all. We are fascinated by the fact that Kim Kardashian eats this detox salad and loses 5 pounds, etc. Enough. Enough. Enough.
Sooooo, I am here to propose a detox, one that actually works, even though it sounds like I am contradicting myself.
But this is not your typical detox. You see, toxins can come in the form of messages, from people all around us. We take in so many toxins from the media, from conversations, and from people in our lives.
Today I am talking about a digital detox.
Our lives in this day and age are consumed by technology and social media. There are many out there that have sworn off social media and power to them--my hubby is one of them pretty much aside from an Instagram account to stay up to date on his hockey team, cars and golf.
But it's not realistic to say toss it all out. However, I want to talk to you about what I did and how much I benefited from it.
Social media is a place where people can take small snaps of their life and share it with the world. Photos posted can tell a story, that's for sure, but so much of what we see in these forums is actually far from reality. I can for one say that the pictures I post of recipes are only pretty that ONE time for the blog. In reality? My food looks like a hot mess just as much as everyone else's! Research has even been done recently looking into social media and finding out that some people whose posts make them out to have perfect lives, are actually the ones struggling and very unhappy. So don't believe everything you see on Facebook.
Again, we don't need to get rid of it all--there is a lot of positive in social media as well. All you have to do is weed out the negative, and that's what I did.
I went through my accounts and I detoxed, big time. I deleted/unfollowed anyone who shared messages contrary to how I feel and what I believe. That meant anyone trying to preach weight loss, diets, clean eating and extreme ways of living, or anything regarding changing our bodies. And then, I filled it with people who share the same message as I do. (I have a post coming up about some of these amazing people!)
The results? Every day, I was bombarded NOT by the newest trend in shrinking, the latest obsession or the foods I shouldn't be eating. Instead, I was seeing quotes of self acceptance and love, anti-diet messages, and so many things that made me feel positive about myself, my body, ME. Do you know how good that makes me feel?!!!
Perhaps you are a mom who follows lots of motherhood blogs and every time you see a new post, you think you are failing as a mom. What should you do? DELETE! If it doesn't make you feel good about yourself, don't let it hang around!
This seems like such a basic concept, but a lot of the people I deleted had major followings, MAJOR. They are called influencers for a reason. We become consumed by what they eat, how they work out, everything about their lives. It's such an odd thing, but somehow it just happens. DELETE.
Delete. Delete. Delete.
And then, you are done with the only detox you will EVER need. And it won't require a single shot of sea algae.
Ok, time for today's recipe and it is a GOOD one!
Today I want to talk to you about fish, and not just any fish. This is not a sponsored post. I was given fish from Plymouth Springs Fish Co. and I was so in love that this recipe had to be shared and I hope to also share a bit about this little farm.
This was a bit like 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon. The owner of this fish farm just so happens to be a friend of a friend and a brother of another friend. When we all put two and two together it was quite fun. I got to meet Grant Johnson, one of the owners of Plymouth Springs along with a friend (and long time reader/cheerleader of the blog) to chat a little bit about the company.
I walked away with some amazing fish and an appreciation for where it came from. You see, the fish world, while we think it is overseen and regulated, is actually not quite as great as we think. There is a lot of deception and the wild caught fish we sometimes think we are eating may not be wild caught at all. But there are ways around that for sure.
That's where Plymouth Springs comes in. The rainbow trout raised here are swimming in glacier springs formed over 10,000 years ago. These fish are in a low density pool--meaning they are not cramped, never given antibiotics or hormones and fed natural food. That's not always what you can say for other fish. Plus there is a bit of assurance knowing exactly where my fish comes from.
But Lorie, how does it TASTE? Well, I sent some of this home with my mom, and my dad did not get even a nibble. The dog was happier than ever (his was sans pesto.) And I ate a plate of just fish for lunch that day. What more do you need to know?
The fish is flash frozen and sent right to you. All you have to do is peel off the packaging, add seasoning and bake. Easy. As. That. Great tasting and so simple. I mean, what more could you ask for?! And if you are familiar with Love the Wild, you will be glad to know that they have partnered with Plymouth Springs as well. And that my friends is a big deal. This fish is responsibly farmed and that gives it the seal of approval.
Ok, so you wanna know about this amazing, ridiculously simple recipe?
Well, I am a huge fan of pesto. I am not a fan of wanting to make pesto and being completely out of basil. That makes for a not so great pesto. However, I have come to learn that I actually like cilantro pesto even better! And it is the goodness I rubbed all over my rainbow trout before tossing it in the oven.
This recipe is dinner when you don't have time. Preheat the oven, lay out the fish on the baking pan, toss everything for the pesto in the food processor and go. While the fish cooks, heat up some broccoli or another veggie and add your favorite grain. In about 20 minutes, your belly will be full and happy!
Now that is my kind of meal right there! Check out more about Plymouth Spring fish and stay tuned for an exclusive discount for readers!
- 2-3 8 oz. Rainbow Trout Filets
- 1 c fresh cilantro
- 1/4 c chopped walnuts
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 3 T olive oil more to get desired thickness
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
- sea salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 400° F.
- Place parchment paper on baking sheet and remove fish from packaging, laying it on parchment (skin side down). Season with salt and pepper.
- In a food processor, combine walnuts and cilantro and process until fine.
- Add all other ingredients and process until smooth. Add more olive oil if it is too thick to your liking.
- Spread evenly over trout.
- Place in oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until cooked through and edges are crisp.
- Remove from oven. Fish easily comes right off the skin with a spatula.
- Serve with desired sides!