The Lymph System Cleanse

Papaya, Kiwi, Purple Cabbage Salad As we approach Spring, lots of us will be cleansing, renewing and rejuvenating. Because we are bombarded with information about cleanses and detoxes, we have lost the sense of intuition and also applied study into how to go about doing a cleanse with responsibility to the body’s natural functions, its pathways and its rythmns.

Many of us, unknowingly hurt our bodies in our mad quests to be healthy. I do believe that cleanses like the Master Cleanse and a few days of juice fasting does wonders for the body as I have had first-hand experience. But, what matters more than the actual cleanse is how you prepare the body to receive the cleanse and how you assist your body in continuing a sustained healthy environment.

I’ve seen and heard people either preparing for, coming off or giving up halfway through a cleanse in the most disturbing ways, like stuffing a massive cheese burger the night before fasting for a week, or having bits of candy and chocolate just “once or twice” whilst ON a cleanse to having a huge steak as a celebration for “surviving” a cleanse.

At best, those are stupid decisions and at worst, it puts your body into a state of shock. I was one of those stupid people. The very first time I did the master cleanse five years ago, I made these mistakes:

  • I went into it in state of fear
  • I thought I was sacrificing something
  • I felt I was in suffering
  • I did it in Winter (big no-no)
  • I cheated
  • I got the shakes, dizzyness and fatigue from not preparing my body
  • I gave up

Horrible experience. Now I know that when I go into a cleanse, I should:

  • do a cleanse only in Spring, Summer or Autumn
  • look forward to it
  • thank myself for allowing me to rejuvenate and elevate my health
  • clean out the plumbing before I push toxins on a marathon through my blood vessels and pipes

P1000742What is cleaning the plumbing all about? It is the cleansing of the lymph system which drains and detoxifies all the nasties that we ingest. The lymph system is also a circulatory system. If your lymph system is stagnant through blockages, what happens to all those toxins you are trying to push through this stagnant system while you’re doing a cleanse?? It creates even more blockages and thus stresses the lymph system out even more, causing more longterm damage.

Clean the pipes before you wash the engine so the dirty water can flow unobstructed down and out. I have been following DR. John Douillard for about 4 years now. Every year, I do Short Home Cleanse (4 days only) for my lymph system and about two years ago, I followed the lymph cleanse directly into the master cleanse for a further 8 days and felt absolute peace, calm and groundedness for those proceeding 8 days. No sense of loss, sacrifice, fear or anything. Just a sense of happiness. When I had enough, the decision to stop was a happy one.

I don’t remember how I found Dr. John Doulliard, but the thing that struck me about him was his balanced Eastern/ Western approach to medicine, as he was the former Director of Player Development for the New Jersey Nets NBA team and is presently, the director of LifeSpa Ayurvedic Retreat Center in Boulder, CO. His videos are inspiring and his articles are knowledgable. I trust his Ayuverdic approach and have witnessed it work in my life.

If you are thinking of doing a cleanse this Spring, I highly recommend preparing your body first with the short home cleanse before you get deeper into a different cleanse. Also, read up about how to come off a cleanse.Dr. Doiullard recommends a fresh juice, a few hours later a small salad and finally a light meal perhaps the next day.

Take good care of your body. It can do magical things if you assist it well. P1000185





Dull Day, Bright Salad

P1040985William pears have a lovely tartness to them which marry well with the heavy creaminess of Haas avocados. Try this salad for breakfast or lunch.


1 William Pear, sliced into thin slices

1 firm Haas avocado sliced into thin slices

a few mint leaves

a few fresh fennel fronds

a few spoons of dried pomegranate seeds (or whichever dried fruit you have that could pair well)

a few squeezes of fresh lime/ lemon juice

French or Himalayan Pink salt

Freshly cracked black pepper

Slice the avocado, drizzle in lime then place around the plate as in the picture. Slice William pear and add to the plate, bearing in mind, that the more red skin shows, the better the contrast.

Place mint leaves and fennel fronds around the empty spaces then add pomegranate seeds. Squeeze just a little more lime on the plate, add your salt and pepper.

Note: Use an interesting and textured salt so that your palate receives bursts of different flavours in one bite. Don’t place it evenly on the plate. Same with the lime and herbs. If everything is evenly flavoured, it becomes lacklustre.




Fall Breakfast – Millet Porridge with Olive Oil and Clove-Baked Apples

P1040949Millet is an affordable, easily-sourced local grain in Taiwan that takes 10 minutes to cook and can be used as you would quinoa. In this breakfast idea, I’ve cooked the millet with toasted almonds, raisins and coconut sugar then added an apple that I rubbed in olive oil, sprinkled with pumpkin spice then dotted with whole cloves. It’s delicious, warming and has that nostalgic childhood essence to it. Enjoy.


1 apple, halved and cored

Here’s how to bake the apples.

In the link above, I used pears, so just use apples instead.

Millet Porridge

2 cups of millet

3 to 4 cups of water depending on how stewy you want your porridge

1 cup of flaked almonds (or more if you please, hazelnuts are an interesting substitute)

1 cup of raisins (or more if you please)

1/4 cup of coconut sugar (it isn’t very sweet at all, so start low and taste)

Place the millet in a pot and add the water. Let it cook for ten minutes or more until it’s al dente. In a separate pan, toast the flaked almonds. Once browned, drop them into the cooked millet pot along with the raisins and coconut sugar.

Spoon out the porridge into breakfast bowls. Place the baked apple in the middle and enjoy whilst warm.