Lana Purcell’s Girls Gone Clean cleanse

After a couple of indulgent weekends my body was crying out for some clean, simple, healthy food. It was perfect timing then that I was selected as one of Lana Purcell’s ‘guinea pigs’ for her new Girls Gone Clean program. Lana is a “healthy life styler” based on the Bellarine Peninsula and was seeking volunteers to test out the new cleanse before she gave it to her clients – the cleanse had us trading meat, coffee and alcohol for baked sweet potatoes, soups and green juices – and it was surprisingly easy and enjoyable to do. I lost a couple of kgs over the week and, more importantly, picked up some knowledge and recipes about raw, vegetarian and vegan food.

I had to share the recipe for this soup, as I was hesitant but intrigued when I first saw it on our diet plans. Creamy cashew and corn soup, read the recipe, and I couldn’t even imagine what it would taste like. After a quick whiz in the Thermomix I was extremely happy with the result and will be eating this soup regularly even when I’m not detoxing.

Creamy Cashew Corn Soup

3 1⁄4 cups fresh corn

2 cups water

1/2 cup raw cashews

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 clove garlic

1 teaspoon salt

Blend all ingredients in a Thermomix (or high speed blender) on 9 for about 30-40 seconds, or until nice and smooth.

Pour into bowls and garnish with corn kernels, coriander and freshly ground pepper if desired.

Note: As the point of this cleanse was to remove processed foods and other junk from our bodies, and get lots of nutrients from the food we ate, we consumed this soup raw – the only heat in the soup was a slight warmth from being blended up. Lana might not like this, but if you feel like you have to have it hot and you’re not doing a cleanse I’m sure you could chuck it in the microwave – it’s such a delicious soup whether you’re trying to be healthy or not, and it’s surprisingly creamy and indulgent. But give it a go raw!

I recently got engaged and there’s been a lot of celebratory dinners and drinks over the last few weeks – and more to come with the silly season approaching. I obviously love my food but I also want to stay healthy, and in the past I’ve focused too much on counting calories – one of the most valuable lessons I learned from Lana was to focus on clean eating, and on adding lots of nutrient-rich ingredients to my meals, rather than obsessively tracking everything I eat or following silly fad diets. Girls Gone Clean gave me recipes and meal ideas I’d never thought of before that were tasty and made my body feel good, rather than feeling bloated and in a food coma. I’m doing the cleanse again starting this Monday and am looking forward to feeling nice and light and detoxed thanks to Lana’s recipes!

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