Madeleine Karlsson


by Madeleine Karlsson 

Lifestyle and wellness editor

September is often a time when I get a wave of new clients who want to “detox” and “get back on track” after summer. 

Even though I’m a firm believer in finding a lifestyle that supports your health and happiness all year round, I can also relate to the need for a little post summer detox, especially if you live in the South of France.

This year I took 2 full weeks off alcohol, red meat & sugar. I mainly eat a plantbased diet and avoid processed foods, grains and dairy but those are the three things I occasionally indulge in that can throw me a little out of balance. 

So removing them completely from my diet for two weeks made a World of difference! My energy levels shot up, my skin complexion got better, my belly got back to being flat and my mind got clearer. 

Cutting out sugar & alcohol truly does wonders to calm the mind. These substances typically make us feel really agitated and restless so cutting them out can really help reduce anxiety and stress in the long term. The first few days can be hard but it’s truly worth it in the long run!

So if like me, you feel like you need a little post summer detox, I’d say cutting out sugar, alcohol & all processed foods will give you the best results. These are typically foods that tax your liver and cause low level inflammation. 

But at the same time as you remove the bad stuff, it’s important to add in more of the good stuff to help your body reduce inflammation. These are typically foods that contain a lot of antioxidants so colorful vegetables, fruits and certain nuts & seeds.

Integrating more healthy fats is essential too as it’s what the body uses to absorb the nutrients in your food. Avocados, olive oil, nuts, seeds, olives & fatty fish are some examples of healthy fats you want to have more of. 

In order to make it easy for you, I’ve put together some of my favorite quick, nutritious & delicious recipes that are jam packed with antioxidants & healthy fats and that contain none of the most common inflammatory agents, namely sugar, dairy, gluten and chemical additives.

Next week I’ll be sharing my guide to where to buy the best produce in Monaco so keep your eyes peeled for that!

madeleine KarlssonI highly encourage you to buy organic produce as it has more flavor, contains less chemicals and more antioxidants than traditionally harvested fruits & vegetables.Madeleine Karlsson

When buying eggs, if possible buy them from the market or at least pasture raised (this is called “élevé en plein air”) if you purchase from the supermarket.Madeleine Karlsson

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