Kimchi Eggplants and the 3 day Vacation Hangover Detox

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I just came back from a long weekend wedding celebration in Sri Lanka. Just like any proper celebration, there was lots of eating and drinking involved, creating a somewhat heavy demeanour when you get back to work right after. People always joke that sometimes you need a vacation from your vacation before heading back to the rat race.

This actually makes sense because unless you are out for a relaxing trip of staying in one resort, detoxing, doing yoga every day, humming 60”s soul ballads and drinking spring from the fountain of zen, your vacation will probably be filled with lots of sun, booze, food, travelling, trekking, running, and basically squeezing any activity you can in a short amount of time, to ultimately justify your days off.

I find the best way to get over a vacation is to come back a day or two before you go back to work, sleep and do absolutely nothing but sports, hydrate and eat clean during that time frame. You will feel rejuvenated and fresh in no time.

If you don’t have that luxury (just like I don’t), I find that a quick, cheater’s detox does the trick. Basically a combination of lots of water, sweating, sleep, light meals, fruits and vegetables, clean protein and common sense.

Here is my 3-4 day quick detox. I hope it works for you:

– The day you arrive, if you’ve been eating and drinking a lot, your digestive system needs a rest. For 24hours, try drinking only water and eating greek yogurt and fruits for your meals. Don’t eat before sleeping. Sleep really early.

– The next morning, wake up slightly earlier before work and go for a medium 1 hour of exercise to revitalize and awaken your senses.

– After your exercise, drink a freshly pressed fruit juice (carrot, orange, apple, grated ginger, honey, chia seeds, flax seeds…). If you take vitamins, take a multi, vitamin c, some anti-oxidants and some fish oil. Do this for the next 3-4 days. NOW FOODS is my brand of choice.

– During the next 3-4 days eat a lot of fruits (morning and afternoon), vegetable soups, lots of vegetables and fish once a day.

– Stay away from all grains (if you really need some, take a small cup of naked oatmeal at lunch), sweets, most fats (olive oil is ok), dairy, carbs, stimulants (coffee, cigs, alcohol…), meats (with the exception of fish) completely for the next 3 days. You might feel weird at first, but you’ll feel great at the end of the detox.

That’s it.

When you are done you’ll feel great, light and can go back to your regular eating patterns.

And no, this is not a crash diet you can do whenever you binge eat, this is really just to help you regulate from a couple of days of partying, eating, drinking, back to your normal conscious eating lifestyle.

Here is a dish I like to make when I detox.

Eggplant Kimchi

Poke holes in your sliced eggplant pieces. Dip them in an egg wash and leave them there for about 3 minutes. Fry off in a little olive oil until golden. Top with some chopped kimchi, lemon juice and fresh herbs.

This can be eaten as a side dish, served with white fish for example (wrap the fish in aluminium foil with some chillies, ginger, salt and pepper, herbs, tomatoes, black olives, onions and garlic – place in the oven or steamer until cooked through (15-20mins))





    1. Vernice April 2, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      Hello Erwan!

      This is a perfect combo for my taste especially I really like eggplant and kimchi. Thank you for posting this. I will surely try this one. Keep it up! I am huge fan of yours! <3

    1. naki April 2, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      I really love eggplant to i also love kimchi but i never tried combine this two together i will try this one

    1. Jessie April 3, 2013 at 11:14 am

      This is an interesting combination. Though I’m not much of a kimchi fan. Do you have any suggestion where to get a good tasting kimchi? Maybe this can change my mind.:-)

    1. ceemee April 5, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      I like the tip on the detox after a vacay! Hope I got to read that when we came back from a cruise with lots of eating! :-)

    1. RunningEnthusiast April 6, 2013 at 12:51 am

      Yum! Will try this later. And thanks for the tips.

    1. Ostap May 16, 2013 at 11:22 am

      I believe that is one of the so much vital info for me. And i am glad studying your article. Ostap

    1. Светлана June 18, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      Интересная статья — скопировала цитату и ссылку. Светлана




I gained weight because of a sedentary lifestyle and overly indulging in foods I knew were bad for me, eating out too often, taking the easy route (microwavable dishes) and not caring what went in my body, before I knew it reached 240 lbs. I lost weight through pure dedication, tireless hours of hard work and yes, food. I cooked my way to fitness, making sure to only feed myself tasty well prepared dishes with all the right stuff, the perfect fuel, taking me down to 150lbs. Of course I indulge from time to time, as the fat kid still lurks inside of me; here you will find a little bit of everything for the sole purpose of sharing my passion for food and life.





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