Be jealous planeters, this is Milan talking with the most fashionable home-delivery detox program founders. They won't give you their recipes, but you can still feel inspired: either to move to Milan or to learn more about the program.
Andrea Flenda and Baba Glauco are the founders of Time to Detox - available to the Fashion crew of Milan but soon also at your door... - a special food pampering treatment that brings you the yummy looking cups and really doesn't allow for any excuses not to stick to the program.
The famous program is a 10 day detox plan including home delivery of your meals, but before Andrea and Glauco give in to more details, let me make some few observations.
Last time I tried a 10 day program it was a buddhist monastery meditation retreat (and really detoxing for the lack of food) and by day 3 I thought I was going to have a break down. So for some, 10 days might sound reasonable, for the bons viveurs, socialites, party goers, wine lovers, 10 days sound awfully tragic. Unless, UNLESS, you really make a point. Intrigued by packaging (yes), I put aside my reticence, my dieting phobias (when you chew your carrot like you are biting a snake, or really stare at someone eating out of hunger), and even asked if I could try the 10 day program myself. Of course, once I am done with it, I will tell you all about my struggles, my wine missing nights, and the great effects on my body that I hopefully won't destroy the day after the detox is over. For now, I let you be unbiased....
Andrea & Glauco: TIME TO DETOX is inspired by ancient traditions: food is your medicine used to say Hippocrates. We wanted to make this accessible to everyone and their well-being: food!!.. it doesn’t take more than that… People who care about their well-being call us (do you care?), we cook for them starting early in the morning and by 9 AM we are ready to make deliveries home on the weekends or to the office during the week with a different and complete menu each day. By 1PM we bring you a shopping bag that includes lunch, dinner and next day’s breakfast, three snacks and three detox drinks. Each day, for a total of ten days.
On the websites 1600 calories are indicated per day, is this both for men and women?
Andrea & Glauco: The calories are a mean to use the high nutrients that are part of the program; we also add other nutrients that are beneficial to our health.
What made you settle for 10 days? Could one continue for longer or repeat it once a month?
Andrea & Glauco: We believe 10 days is the minimum amount of time necessary to start feeling the positive effects of a change in diet. Ideally, one could keep it up for three weeks and maintain its effects even longer thanks to some useful interventions. This is why we introduced the formula Taste 3 days and Remise en forme 5 days, and we have other projects in mind for the future…
Who cooks the recipes?
Andrea & Glauco: Expert vegan chefs. The nutritional value of the menu is analyzed by Doctor Luciana Baroni, one of the most prominent International experts in the field as seen in her books…
The difference between a diet and detox?
Andrea & Glauco: The difference is important: the most famous diets involve a lot of animal proteins that create acidosis in the organism and make you feel full, as it often happens when the body is suffering. Instead, we offer a variety of ingredients from natural vegetables that can fill you up for less calories but have a more important nutritional value that help the metabolism to function better and activate our health control mechanisms, the one’s we forgot about. Our program is based on the finding the right nutrients for men, rich in fiber, water, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, and don’t produce toxic discharges that are damaging to the organism because it can’t eliminate them.
What are the results after 10 days?
Andrea & Glauco: The state of well-being you get from following our nutritional program is only the tipping point of all the transformations that are activated in the organism and bring a lot of positive effects, weight loss, better intestinal function, sleep, mood, and why not also some effects on our appearance: a more luminous skin, eyes, hair, and healthier nails.
If we could add a “detoxing” nutrient to our daily calorie intake what would you suggest?
Andrea & Glauco: Lots of fruits, vegetables, cereals, legumes, dry fruit, what we suggest should be the base for all diets. There isn’t one miraculous nutrient, there are no miracles. Nature has provided us with the elements we need through these foods.
The Orient is a great resource for learning about the right nutrition; does the Occident provide valuable lessons as well?
Andrea & Glauco: Yes. The States are ahead of us of about 20 years, credited nutritional programs that work and allow a greater well-being and work as prevention against diseases (cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity, hypertension) have been in place for a while. The rationale behind these programs is always the same: more vegetables, natural ones without added sugars, salt or fat. Like the Detox program.
What do you like the most about your job?
Andrea & Glauco: Helping people to feel better about themselves and showing to a wide audience not only that we are what we eat, but also that what’s good for us is also good for the environment… LOVE YOURSELF is our motto!!
Do you stick to what you teach or do you sometimes cheat for fun?
Andrea & Glauco: The 10-day treatment exists because we are normal people with normal lives and we need to get a concentrated program from time to time. Of course, we eat well and we feel so good that we want everyone to feel the same… We love our job, it’s great when customers say: “I feel amazing… in such good shape”, we love that… That’s amore isn’t it?
Swide’s 5 Q/A:
1. Drink or Eat? Drink what you eat and eat what you drink.
2. Meditation or Activity? Meditate in everything that you do… detox to live… live to detox!!!
3. Feed or purify? Purify yourself by feeding yourself… love yourself!!!
4. Ideal weight of natural weight? The Ideal weight is the natural one…
5. Detox for Fashion or Detox for Necessity? To us fashion means beauty in all its expressions; to feel beautiful you must love yourself!
Interview by Acelya Yonac
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