Massaged Kale Salad

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Toss with Raw Vegan Goddess Dressing

  • Tuscan Kale
  • Red Kale
  • Orange Bell Pepper
  • Green Olives in brine (no vinegar or added oil)
  • Tomato

Massage kale a few minutes to break down and wilt. Makes it more delightful to eat and easier to digest.

Top with crispy sweet potato ribbons

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The Journey Home to Clean Cells.

It’s not a diet it’s a lifestyle. Easier said than done.
I had become complacent and impatient  at the same time, in my quest for clean cells. It was so easy to say the way I was eating was a lifestyle not a diet. But I turned my back  one day a couple years ago, and have been fighting to get back on track ever since. I guess that’s what I deserve for feeling so sure of myself and thinking I was better than people who called it a diet and had trouble staying clean. Now I’m one of those people and it serves me right. I equate it with quitting drinking or smoking. Every day of your life you’re just one bite, sip or drag away from falling off the wagon again, and having to start from the beginning.
So as a beginner again, I am trying to quit white flour, white sugar, cooked oils and grains, other than quinoa. I am upping the water, green juice and vegetables.
To help me do this and to stick with it I am going to keep a food journal and blog about my journey. Hopefully if I share my experience it will help keep me accountable.

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Juicy Juicy in Indian Wells, on the way to my moms this morning.

  • Celery
  • Parsley
  • Kale
  • Tomato
  • Lemon

Day 20 of my juice feast

Day 21
I had originally hoped to go at least 3 weeks and on the night of the 20th day I broke my fast. I didn’t feel myself all day. Foggy, down, anxious, a tightness in my chest that was disturbing. At my age and lifelong history of bowel issues, i don’t want to take huge chances, especially with my grueling schedule. In most of my past fasts, I would be hungry the first few days then not again for a week or two, flying high and wondering why I had ever felt the need for food. Then one day I would feel weak and starving and just know it was time to add food to my system, so I would. This time though I didn’t feel @ all hungry and was flying high the entire time. I think it’s because of the mass quantities of fruit juice. I also think I may have been consuming too much fruit sugar considering my past health issues. I don’t think I am clean enough yet to consume mass quantities of fruit for such a long time. And the vegetable juice just wasn’t satisfying enough. But cooked veggies… Now that’s satisfying. Cooking vegetables brings out their natural sugars and they become extremely satisfying.
I was also concerned because I am beginning a Pilates class today. Not the mat Pilates which I get bored with. I’d much rather practice yoga. But it’s the original Pilates with the equipment. My daughter has been doing it for a few months now and her body is in its best shape ever, after having her 2nd baby just 8 months ago. She loves Pilates now but in the beginning she told horror stories of how grueling it is, so I have been reluctant to try it. Knowing I had this class today and feeling as bad as I did yesterday I decided to break the fast.
Breaking a fast is perhaps the trickiest and most important aspect of any fast. It is also where most people make their mistakes. In fact, it can be extremely dangerous to your health if you’re not careful how you break a fast.
Fasting, living without solid food, allows the body’s digestive system to take a rest. The body has time and energy now to dig deep into the tissues and pull out disease deposits of toxins, mucus and unbelievable morbid matter. Fresh juices help to loosen and thin this matter, passing it into the blood stream until it is thin enough to pass through the kidneys. The thicker, caked waste that lines the walls of the intestines is also being worked on by the juices. If all of this waste becomes loosened too quickly without a bowel movement it becomes too much for all of the organs to handle. It is important to break the fast with laxative type foods not”so-called nourishing” foods. The sooner all of this loosened disease matter leaves the body, the better.
Breaking it with fruit can be dangerous because it tends to loosen up even more, and if the system is already overloaded with toxins, you must try to eliminate them first before loosening up more. On the other end of the spectrum, if you break your fast with dense foods, like proteins or starches, they can mix with all if these loosened poisons and have drastic reactions, like becoming a brick-solid mass in your intestines that has to be removed surgically. For the average person, cooked veggies is the way to go.
Once I made that decision, I was so excited to eat when I got home from work. I had been planning all along to break my fast with a green salad and some cooked spinach, and that is exactly what I did. I braised some chopped garlic in a tiny bit of coconut oil, added a big pile of baby spinach, a few other greens, a teaspoon of water and covered the skillet. Turned the heat down to low and let it steam for just a few minutes. My salad was chopped romaine, cucumber, celery and tomatoes with grated carrots. The dressing was avocado with lemon. I also had a few roasted beets. It was awesome.
I felt great and slept soundly but not having a bowel movement before bed I had some very disturbing dreams. This morning though I had a hugely successful colonic and am ready to face the day!!! Yay!!!
This fast has been an awesome experience for me. It is invigorating and inspiring for me to up the ante on my diet. I have been cruising along with it and become a little complacent. I am pumped now. The plan is to drink more juice during the day. I’ll add a big fruit juice to my usual big green one. And then a dinner of raw and cooked greens. If I’m still hungry I can add a sweet potato. I’d also like to try Ehret’s suggestion of eating like this a few days alternating a few days of juice fasting. I think that will be the smart and fastest way to cleanse my blood and tissues.
After all, cleansing my body of toxins and foreign matter has always been the goal, not to just go some arbitrary number of days without eating.
On with the journey.

In case anyone is interested, here is the list of what I’ve been consuming:

Day 17
16 oz. celery, cucumber, romaine, carrot, lemon
40 oz. papaya
1 qt. apple, carrot, sweet potato, lemon, cinnamon
1 qt. strawberry, pear, apple, cucumber
12 oz. cantaloup

Day 18
3 qt. apple, carrot, sweet potato, lemon, cinnamon
1 qt. strawberry, pear, apple, cucumber
1 qt. cantaloup
1 qt. orange

Day 19
1 qt. orange
1 qt. apple, carrot, sweet potato, lemon, cinnamon
1 qt. apple, tomato, cucumber, romaine, southern greens
2 qt. apple, carrot, sweet potato, lemon, cinnamon

Day 20
1 qt. apple, tomato, cucumber, romaine, southern greens
2 qt. honeydew, pineapple, cucumber
1 qt. strawberry, pear, apple

Spinach, southern greens, garlic, 1 t coconut oil
Salad: romaine, grated carrots, celery, cucumber, tomato, avocado w/ lemon
Beets

Day 16 Juice Feasting and Still Flying High

This journey has been very uplifting, both physically and mentally. I am on a very emotional high. Sometimes at work I get a little dingy, but that’s normal for me anyway, LOL. There really haven’t been any significant bumps in the road I am on. I am definitely losing weight. I don’t own a scale so I can’t tell you how much, but I feel lighter for sure. My hope though is to heal more aspects of my body than that, like my eyesight and my indigestion issues. I’ll keep you posted on those. But I know one of the reasons that I have maintained such energy and a sense of joy and well-being is that I have done a colonic every day of the fast. Also, I have been preparing for this with a transition diet for a few years now.

I checked out Costco over the weekend. Their produce department was very impressive, but the price difference between them and Trader Joe’s was minimal at best. It doesn’t make sense for me to spend the time and drive the distance for possibly a few pennies. I am extremely happy so far with the quality and choices I have at my local Joe’s.

I still had some sweet potatoes in my cupboard so I made a delicious concoction this morning.

  • 4 large organic Fuji apples
  • 2 lbs. organic carrots
  • 1 small organic sweet potato
  • 1 small lemon
  • Dash of cinnamon

1.5 qt. Wow, Yummy!!!

Day 11
1 qt. carrot, apple w lemon, honey and cinnamon
1 qt. beet, carrot, cucumber ,parsley w lemon n honey
Tea w lemon and honey
1 qt. tomato ,carrot ,cucumber ,parsley, lemon and honey

Day 12
16 oz grapefruit
1 qt. galia melon
1 qt. papaya
2 qt. beet, tomato, cucumber, apple ,parsley, lemon and honey

Day 13
1 qt. pear strawberry, lemon
1 qt. 1 pint strawberry, apple, lemon
2 qt. beet, celery, carrot, cucumber, romaine, parsley ,apple, lemon

Day 14
1 qt. watermelon
1 qt pineapple, galia melon
2 qt. beet, carrot, celery, romaine, cucumber
20 oz. melon, pineapple

Day 15
1 qt. cantaloup
1 qt. pineapple, cantaloup
1 qt. papaya
1 qt. tomato, lemon, stevia
1 qt. cucumber, carrot, tomato, lemon
22 oz. pineapple, cantaloup, papaya

Saying goodnight to day 10 of my juice feast

I can’t believe I’ve finished day 10. The last couple of days I haven’t even been drinking a gallon. I do get hungry now and then but the juice is totally satisfying.
Last night I visited my grandchildren and took a quart of cantaloup with me. When I got home I thought I’d make something else but I decided against it. I love it when I have these periods of, what shall i call it? I can’t call it will power because I don’t feel at all deprived. In fact, when my stomach does begin to feel empty, I am somewhat exhilarated. I like to call it “embracing the hunger”. Because I know when my stomach empties my body is just beginning its work of cleansing and healing. Those growls that we call hunger are usually just sounds of the stomach and intestines finally having a chance to scrape the caked gunk off their walls. So what do I normally do when my stomach empties? Stuff my face again.
I know from many years of experimenting with this lifestyle, that sometimes when my stomach empties, I experience uncomfortable symptoms. Symptoms such as: headaches, light-headedness, irritability, anxiety. These feelings are diagnosed, for one thing, as low blood sugar. In fact, the body is actually starving for the natural sugars of raw fruits and vegetables. When we finally rest the stomach the body attacks the beds of morbid matter and sends it back into the bloodstream for elimination through the kidneys. Our kidneys and bowels can’t keep up with these toxins and we feel sick. So we normally stuff it again with insane combinations of meat, cheese, grains and junk food. This makes the symptoms stop so we think what we ate was good for us. In actuality the symptoms stopped because we stopped the cleansing process and forced the overworked digestive system to again deal with the onslaught of crap. If we had eaten a fresh green salad and some steamed veggies, the symptoms would have stopped and the body would continue to heal itself. We never give it a chance to deal with the indigestible garbage we eat and it gets pushed aside until it is impacted deeply into the tissues, just waiting for us to stop eating once in a while and give it a chance to breathe. To heal.
Ok, enough ranting, I work at 6 in the morning. Must call it a night.
Goodnight

Day 9
2 qt. lemonade w/ honey
16 oz. grapefruit
1 qt. cantaloup

Day 10
1qt. cabbage tomato apple lemon
1 qt. cantaloup
1 qt. pear pineapple apple cucumber

Detox While Living a Real Life.

I have been doing my best to live a detox lifestyle for about 3 years now. I have progressed tremendously during that 3 years. I will get into my beginning two and a half years at a later time, but right now I want to focus on what I am doing now and what I have been doing for about 6 months. And let me say that I have experienced amazing transformations during that time. The key is to progress and transition SLOWLY!!

First, let me tell you that for the last year I have been not only doing occasional photo shoots, pursuing my hobbies, helping my daughter babysit her toddler, but I have also been working 2 regular jobs at 6-7 days per week. So when I tell you that this detox lifestyle and personal transformation can be done with a busy schedule, you know I am speaking the truth. 4-5 days per week i have been working at Trader Joes’, one of my favorite grocery stores for many years now. My typical day begins with a short session on the rebounder, some yoga, a dry brush massage a shower and if I am lucky a good bowel release. Then I make my green juice and a salad to take to work for lunch.

This was what I took to work with me yesterday. A Starbucks thermos of juice (6 months ago I was filling this with a venti coffe but one day I just didn’t need it anymore) and a big canister of salad. This one is baby lettuce, herb salad mix, butter lettuce, fresh raw corn from the cob, orange bell pepper, kalamata olives, heirloom cherry tomatoes and sun dried tomatoes. the dressing is lemon juice and a little “African smoke” seasoning.

Today I didn’t feel like making my juice or lunch so I stopped at my local health food store on the way to work. I drank a big green juice then and there (sorry, I was so anxious I forgot to take a picture) and I made this simple salad to take with me and just used lemon juice and sea salt with fresh ground pepper for dressing.

Baby greens, spinach, shredded beets, shredded carrots, grape tomatoes

For dinner the last 2 nights I have enjoyed a very satisfying dish:

Steamed broccoli, marinara, raw goat cheddar, kalamata olives

Complimented by a mellow  Sonoma chardonnay

And a rich dark chocolate for dessert