Spring cleaning and cabbage is king


I love this time of year….working up to the Spring Equinox, the earth is coming alive again, days are getting longer and we are coming out of hibernation. It’s time for a spring clean on many levels.

Christine Kjeldbjerg is running her bi-annual Reboot and Cleanse programme (see www.ck-health.com) and I am actually looking forward to that feel good feeling that comes with clearing out the toxic and claggy stuff from the body. The aim is to eliminate certain foods from the diet for the next few weeks in order to give the liver and body a rest. It means that I am on an austerity mission with no booze, no sugar (arrrgggh), no caffeine, no gluten, dairy, eggs or tomatoes…. (wow that sounds like a lot in one go!). Many people think I’m crazy. I sometimes think I am mad when I am trying to find a chocolate substitute after my meal….

But, hand on heart, I really do love the cleanse. Having already cut back on many of the culprits in that list progressively over the past few years does make it bit easier. Preparation helps hugely – my fridge is stuffed with vegetables and beans, there is frozen spinach and blueberries in the freezer and I have seed bars and bread, homemade granola and litres of almond milk and coconut water in good supply.

Luckily cacao is a superfood and there is no need to eliminate that so I have made pears dipped in 100% chocolate and a supply of raw cacao nibs to add to my smoothy and sprinkle on seed bread and this does satisfy the chocolate cravings and almost the sugar cravings!

As for the sugar….well, stewed apples and pears are my go to now and Christine says that cabbage can help with the sugar cravings. (There are 2 types of cabbage in my fridge right now!!) In fact, the sugar-free challenge we did in January was a revelation – the cabbage did help and my family have developed a new love of this cheap and amazingly nutritious food.

I attach a non-chocolate recipe for a salad I made yesterday that is simple and so delicious – even my 4 and 6 year old couldn’t resist it!

Cabbage, carrot and apple salad

1/4 white cabbage, grated

3 large carrots, grated

2 small or 1 large eating apple, grated

1 tsp tamari

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp olive oil

Himalayan salt and freshly ground black pepper.


Mix all the ingredients really well together and season to taste. Leave for at least 15 minutes if you can so that the flavours blend together. Enjoy!