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Food Combining to Detox

What is detox?  Detoxing, or cleansing, is the process of neutralizing and eliminating environmental and dietary toxins from the body while also encouraging the liver to further deep clean the blood and the body.  This process can help clear the body of long held sludge that can hinder optimal functioning, while also kickstarting positive change and rejuvenation of many essential systems.  Detoxes that utilize food and juice typically call for the elimination of things like meat, dairy, coffee and alcohol while infusing the body with an abundance of nutritious food and drink.  A detox can help the body’s natural cleansing process in five main ways: Giving the digestive organs a rest thereby allowing them to rebuild Stimulating the liver to eliminate toxins Encouraging proper elimination through the intestines, kidneys and skin Improving the circulation of the blood Re-fueling & revitalizing the body with healthy nutrients Detoxing & Digestion Digesting food requires more energy than any other function in the human body.  Think about it; why do many of us need a 10am coffee perk-up, and suffer from the mid-afternoon slump?  Eating big meals can tucker us out!  We’ve long been told to eat huge helpings early in the day, and to include things […]

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An Eco Project of Plastic Proportions!

Founder of retreat center Hacienda del Sol, BC born Menlha Bruneau has always been an innovator. The creative mind behind many projects here in the jungles of Costa Rica, including Hacienda’s signature juice cleanse program, the Kootenay School of Rebalancing massage therapy course, and countless other mind-body, community, and environmental incentives, her latest project really bridges the gap between garbage and green living.

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FALL-ing in Love with Fall Fresh Produce!

Oh, Canada… I recently ventured off on a whirlwind tour of North America, and as much as I adore and admire all the beauty and bounty that my life here in Costa Rica offers, it is still quite nice to venture back to my roots, especially at this special time of year when summer begins to turn into fall.

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Raw-sagna Recipe

This recipe comes from Hacienda’s resident raw food fanatic, Meg Pearson’s library of living food loves.  It may seem like a lengthy list of steps, but believe us, it’s worth it in the end!  And if you are perhaps curious about learning more in depth with Meg (and a team of other great chefs & leaders) here in Costa Rica, check out the upcoming Conscious Chef Culinary Course, slated to launch in April 2015!  Intrigued?  Email us to get on the list and be first to know official details!

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Easy “Cheesy” Pumpkin-Seedy Kale Chips!

We have 3 dehydrators here in our raw food restaurant at HDS, and most days all 3 are running full.  Inside, you can find everything from a fresh dried batch of raw granola, to zucchini wrap tortillas, to our rich and savory almond burgers.  Every once and a while we like to mix things up and toss in a tray or 2 of kale chips!  Crisp, delish, and so simple to make at home!  Try it today!

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