I know, I know. I'm a week late from when I promised to post this. (I forgot there are only 24 hours in a day haha)
For my last article in my NST column (which you can read here), I gave a review on my post-Raya Rendang-calories-and-fat-please-go-away detox, and here I'm going to detail my schedule and recipes.
I wanted to make sure that if you do want to try this out you would have enough information here to motivate you, so I've included grocery lists (and estimated prices), recipes and a week's menu so it'll be more accessible to you (and trust me, it's sooo much better and more sustainable than eating just oats for a week).
So first of all, let's lay out the ground rules, which are pretty standard;
1. No red meat
2. No coffee/tea, alcohol, or sugared drinks
3. No white sugar in any form
4. No white carbs (pasta, white rice, white bread etc)
5. No frying (unless a little sautee-ing)
Here's is what my menu looked like for that entire week.
As you can see, there is no starvation whatsoever! I don't believe in not eating to detox or lose weight, and I certainly don't think you need to only eat bland, boring food. The concept here is to eat clean, nutrient-rich food that's easy for your tummy to digest.
Now, for the groceries, prices vary on where you live and where you buy, but here is a list of the main ingredients I purchased for a whole week's menu per person, inclusive of their average prices.
And now we're at the fun part, where we cook and eat a lot of nice things!
Like a lot of others, I optimised the power of Google to get access to a variety of recipes, but some are also my own. The delicious things you see below have links to either the webpage where I got the recipes from, or links to my own recipes.
You can click away to check out how to make these awesome meals.
Vietnamese-style Baked Fish
And there you go! There are loads more recipes out there in Internet-dom, and you can always mix and match things according to your preferences. Just remember to enjoy the whole process while staying disciplined.
I am obsessed with all things Vietnamese! (Okay maybe just the food for now)
They are always so simple and so healthy.
This fish dish is a personal favourite, not to mention a hit when we made it for a girls’ night in dinner the other day. And it's so tasty, I definitely make it even when I'm not on a detox. They key is to make sure that everything is fresh – it really does make a difference to the whole dish!
This serves 1 if you’re eating just fish with vegetables.
What You Need:
1 fresh, medium-sized seabass, cleaned and scaled
1 handful fresh coriander
3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
4 cherry tomatoes
2 small bird’s eye chili, crushed
2 slices fresh ginger
For the dressing:
2 tbsp. lime juice
1tsp raw brown sugar
3 tbsp. fish sauce
A few drops of sesame oil
What You Do:
There’s a local all-natural healthy meat patty in town, did you know?
It’s called Jack O, and you can either get the full vegan version or the patties which are made of only 30% meat (no bones, skin, or organs) and 70% plant-based. They also don’t include any colouring or preservatives (lets face it, this is loads better than the conventional patties you're used too!)
If you want to check them out (and they do delieveries!), visit their page at
Sure, I do make my own minced meat now and then, but for other days when I'm in no mood to be the Stanford Wife, I love these kinds of alternatives. So here’s my version of Jack O’s baked meatballs, which are really delicious with homemade marinara sauce, a side of grilled vegetables or even on their own as a snack.
What You Need:
1 pack Jack O Veggie Patties (full vegan or chicken)
1 cup of wholegrain breadcrumbs
1 tsp. dried rosemary
1 clove garlic
Salt and Pepper
What You Do:
Before they go into the oven!