Willpower Begins the Journey But Discipline Helps You Stay on the Path!

It’s been some time since my last post and the many reasons fill my head now as just excuses. But time is of the essence, it’s fleeting, and there are just 24 hours in a day. The business is flourishing, and I’m writing curriculum which takes the place of writing about my health challenges…practices. Time is incremental when I look at the health of both us…myself and my husband. My health is like a rollercoaster lately running the gamut of hills and valleys – sunny days and cloudy disparity. While my husband turned his willpower into the discipline he needed to stay on the path.

Willpower, is it a power of wills? Is it a will of power? Do you have control of your will? Dictionary. com says willpower is the control of one’s impulses and will. Well, what it doesn’t say is that my husband has an abundance of it when he finally makes up his mind to do or not do something. Dictionary.com says this about discipline. It’s a training, activity or a regimen that develops or improves a skill. Well, this explains a lot of why the two nouns go together. You have to possess the willpower to discipline yourself so you can improve your life or a part of your life.

Starting Point

So what’s the point of talking about willpower and discipline?  You see, back in January of 2017 my husband had bilateral pulmonary embolisms, his left leg had a blood clot from his ankle to his groin. The doctors at the hospital told us how lucky he was because normally they don’t give this diagnoses to men over 50 – they find it in an autopsy. So, yes, he was lucky,  but I liked to think that he was blessed.

Over the last year and a half, we changed diets, we changed lifestyle and we changed our health outlook. My husband spent only 6 months on the meds and with my research help and finding the right naturopath he transitioned to supplements. But he had a strange inflammation issue in his left leg that would worsen if he moved or sat still. Nothing would work long term. Diuretics (prescription and natural) only work when you’re taking them, they don’t address the cause of the inflammation. So back to the research I went.

About three months ago, my research took me to a place I never thought about, but wow it’s changed our lives. Health research more precise alternative health research is my forte, in being a holistic life coach. I had exhausted every avenue I knew but I was coming up short on answers. I remember it was about 2 a.m. one morning back in March,  I laid it all out on my desk before God and asked God to direct me. I got an answer three days later when my husband was talking to our friend who’s a doctor. “Have you looked into the lymph system?” I had never thought about that. I was thinking food allergies, side effects of the meds, scar tissue from the damaged veins,  wrong exercises, not enough exercising, etc.

The lymph system

We have more lymph fluid in our bodies than we do blood. And the lymph nodes in our abdomen area control the lymph movement in our legs. The lymph nodes in our neck control the lymph movement in our chest and arms. (Organic Lifestyle Magazine) This is fascinating stuff to me, and I’m talking about it constantly to my husband but, as is his usual,  he just wants the cliff notes. To make a long story shorter, I found a lymph cleanse for my husband to do. I used my knowledge of intermittent fasting and combined a raw, plant-based, high-fat, low-carb, low protein, alkaline plan to help my husband lose the inflammation.

First Three Week Regimen

A gallon of Cranberry Cayenne Flush

He also ate one huge salad every day made with alkaline veggies especially the red ones: beets, red cabbage, red carrots (nightshades excluded because they cause inflammation). I make salad dressings for him with avocado oil, garlic, cucumbers, ginger, blackberries, lemon juice, avocados and Himalayan salt.

The calorie count during this the first two weeks was 300 and 400 calories every day.

During the third week, we added a veggie smoothie to his huge salad. It was filled with full-fat coconut milk (no gums added), kale, carrots, beets, celery, avocado, cucumbers, cherries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries (I would alternate the fruit for him), maca powder, our favorite raw vegan protein powder (Sunwarrior’s Warrior Blend has no sugar, soy, or grains in it, it’s raw and it’s our favorite) and some water.

Fourth week and Onward

We added raw organic nuts but only the high fat, low carb, and low protein varieties: macadamias, pecans, and walnuts. We also added coconut oil fat bombs. I make my own with coconut oil, coconut butter, sunflower butter, maca powder, and carob (recipe below) which my husband calls fudge chunks because of their texture. Coconut Mama has a pretty good recipe that I started with and then started tweaking to make my own recipe with ingredients we can eat.

And he continues this plan now at the 8-week mark.

As you can see he doesn’t eat much only about 600 – 800 calories a day. He cut out all sugar even high sugar fruits and veggies. He doesn’t eat any grains. He eats all raw veggies, nothing steamed. He drinks a gallon of lemon water daily. He walks about 3 miles a day and does about 50 squats a day (squats are great at getting our lymph fluid moving). He also spends time on his spinning bike when it’s raining out.

2-month stats:

  • 50 pounds lost
  • Down 4 pant sizes
  • Lost 6 inches off his waist
  • Demeanor changed, he’s calmer and happier
  • Tons more energy
  • He’s got laser focus now
  • He doesn’t get overheated anymore. He had an issue since he was a teenager (he was a runner and very fit then) where he would overheat when the temps rose above 70. It was 87 degrees a couple of weeks ago and he was fine, even had on a long sleeve shirt.
  • His recovery time from hikes and workouts is getting shorter and shorter. As a landscape photographer, he hikes all over the place on different types of terrain. His first hike of the season was last week where the grade was steep at 19%. Yes, he was sore and what used to take 3 – 4 days to recover only took 24 hours.

This plan is a cleanse that will clean up your lymph system and your whole body. It will balance your hormones. It will reset you on a health journey by cleaning out the toxins that not only clogged your arteries but your life. This plan is not for the faint of heart. If you don’t have the willpower to start and the discipline to say “NO” to food that’s sitting right in front of you or all around you at your office and social gatherings then it’s not for you. It’s not for everyone. But, if you are at the end of your rope, and you need to make a change that’s going to save the quality of your life, then you may want to take a look at some of the links I’ve posted above.

My husband’s willpower led him to say yes to this journey but it’s his discipline that keeps getting stronger every time he says “NO” to food that’s not right for him.

He can say yes to these!

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Carob Fat Fudge

  • 1/2 cup each coconut oil, coconut butter, and sunbutter (no sugar or salt)
  • 1/4 cup carob powder or raw cacao (cocoa and cacao have caffeine)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 10 drops liquid stevia
  • 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1 Tablespoon organic maca powder

Melt the coconut oil and butters in a small saucepan over very low heat. You only want to melt it without boiling it. Stirring till melted. When totally melted, immediately remove from heat. Let it sit for a couple of minutes to cool. Then add the vanilla, almond extract, and stevia. Whisk till blended. While whisking, add in the carob powder, salt, and maca powder. Whisk until smooth and incorporated. Pour into a 2-cup glass measuring cup for easy pouring. Pour into small candy molds or a mini muffin pan with paper liners. Only pour to about 1/4 to 1/3 full. Refrigerate about two hours to set. Remove from molds or pan (I removed the paper liners.) These can be stored on the counter or in the fridge. Makes 20 pieces of fudge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Tip Friday

Five years ago, when I started blogging for a class project in college, I had an agenda for every day of the week. Yes, I wrote a blog post every day. But I only had school and blogging, no job in site then. Fast forward to now, I have a full time job, I have several entrepreneurial adventures, and I am writing a book about The 50 Day Cleanse. So writing a blog post every day keeps me awake in the wee hours of the morning. Even though this is the case today, I still think having a theme for my days will help me as the blogger and you as the reader. Today is 5 Tip Friday

My 5 Tips for making the cleanse easier

1. Before you start the 5-day water fast, clean out your kitchen. Throw out all the opened processed foods in your fridge and pantry. If some items are unopened, give them to a food bank. Remember that you will be transitioning to a raw, alkaline, high fat vegan eating plan. You’ll be replenishing your kitchen with high alkaline veggies, fats, raw unsalted nuts and seeds, and low sugar fruit such as berries, lemons, and limes. 

2. Buy some Himalayan salt rocks, a glass jar with glass lid, plastic or wooden measuring teaspoon, and Fiji water. Make the solution for the Himalayan Sole Water. This water will help you get through the 5 days and beyond. It contains all 84 minerals our bodies need in the precise amounts our bodies need. You’ll only be taking a teaspoon of the solution in more spring water. It’s pretty cheap to make, too. I bought a 5 pound bag of the Himalayan salt rocks three years for $25 and I am still using the same solution and rocks, just adding more rocks one at a time and filling with water, when needed. 

3. You’ll also need either a juicer or extractor. I like my NutriBullet Pro. But there are many on the market to choose from. Find one that works for you. 

4. Stock up spring water, reverse osmosis water, distilled water, or if you have a kangen water system that’s fine, too. You’re going to be drinking half your body weight in ounces of water each day throughout this cleanse! 

5. Since you won’t be spending so much time in the kitchen, you might want to start a new hobby, or creative outlet to get your mind off of thinking about food. Reading books help. 

Bonus Tip: Try to rearrange your schedule so you are fasting on your days off from work for at least the second and third day. Why? Because these are the days that can have a big healing crisis on them (headaches, nausea, body aches, flu like symptoms, dizziness, and the like).

I made this smoothie this week and it’s now become one of my favorites!


Ruby Slipper Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup chopped red cabbage
  • 1/2 cup chopped red Beet
  • 1/2 cup tart red cherries, raspberries, or strawberries 
  • 1 red carrot, chopped 
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 1 scoop Warrior Blend protein powder
  • 5 drops liquid Vitamin D3
  • 1 T Essential Seven Seed Mix 
  • Water to fill line

Blend and Enjoy!

That Moment of Truth

Over the weekend, I was asked, “What’s in your fridge?” Many people have asked me what we eat when we’re not fasting. Like we eat exotic foods or we have sparse meals. We don’t eat exotic, outlandish, or even costly meals. Salads don’t cost much and because we’ve been doing the intermittent fasting cycle on a regular basis, we’re not as hungry as we used to be. This is my moment of truth

First Meal 

It’s always a raw, alkaline veggie smoothie because it starts our bodies off in an alkaline state. 

Turmeric Carrot Pain Relieving Smoothie

  •  1 kale leaf chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 little nub of turmeric or 1/2 teaspoon ground
  • 1 cup strawberries 
  • 1 Tablespoon Essential Seven Seed Mix
  • 1 Tablespoon Brain Octane or coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon organic raw virgin unrefined coconut oil
  • 1 scoop Warrior Blend protein powder from Sunwarrior 

Whirl it together and enjoy


Purple Dream Smoothie 

  • 1 stalk kale or a 1/2 cup wheatgrass
  • 1 purple carrot 
  • 1/2 cup chopped purple cabbage 
  • 1 cup blackberries 
  • 1/2 cup blueberries 
  • 1 Tablespoon Essential Seven Seed Mix
  • 1 Tablespoon Brain Octane or coconut oil 
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 scoop Warrior Blend Pea and Hemp protein 

Whirl and enjoy!

Then an hour later I have a cup of vegan high fat coffee or tea. I depends on what I’m in the mood for. High fat coffee? What’s that? 
I add 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil and two tablespoons of real coconut cream (only ingredient is coconut). 

My last meal of the day is usually a salad, but sometimes I will make some raw sunflower sweet potato taco meat and make wraps with lettuce leaves. I really like my White Gaspacho, too. 
That moment of truth

What’s in my fridge?





















Your challenge Please post what’s in your fridge. We all need that moment of truth

Great Green Smoothie 

At the end of my 5 days of water fasting, I’m always thinking about my first “meal” after the fast. I have found it’s always good to break a fast with fresh raw alkaline veggie juice or smoothie! My husband always reminds me that naming my smoothies a smoothie is misguided because they are more like a “juithie” (he makes up his own words). He’s right, though. My smoothies don’t have the usual basic ingredients. I’m always on the hunt for a more nutritious ingredient to opt out those nutrient devoided imposters. This Great Green Smoothie is a juithie not a smoothie in the conventional sense. It’s the best way to break an extended fast because it won’t raise your blood sugar like a veggie juice will.

Juithie deconstructed

Cucumbers:

It’s the skin that holds many of the nutrients which is why organic, non-waxed cucumbers are the best for you.

Nutrients

  • Flesh: Vitamin A, C, and Folic Acid
  • Skin: Magnesium, Molybdenum, Potassium, and Silica

Health Benefits

  • Regulates body blood pH and neutralizes acidity
  • Regulates blood pressure
  • Contributes to the proper structure of the connective tissue in our bodies (muscles, bones, ligaments, cartilage, and tendons)
  • Normalizes body temp especially in hot summer months
  • Diuretic properties prevent kidney stones
  • Counters the effects of uric acid preventing arthritis, asthma, and gout

Carrot

Nutrients: Vitamin A, C, K, B8, Pantothenic Acid, Folate, Potassium, Copper, Manganese

Health Benefits

  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Relaxes tension and lowers blood pressure
  • Antiseptic and Antibacterial properties which boost immune systems
  • Stimulates white blood cells
  • Fiber: stimulates peristaltic motion and secretion of gastric juices which boosts elimination of excess LDL cholesterol from arteries and blood vessels
  • Stimulates gums and induces excess saliva (saliva is alkaline and first line of defense when combating bacteria and foreign invaders)

Celery

Nutrients:

  • Vitamins: A, C, D, B6, B12, K, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Fiber
  • Minerals: Calcium, Sodium, Copper, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Potassium, & Fatty Acids

Health Benefits

  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Antiseptic properties in seed eliminates uric acid and stimulates urination
  • Keeps joints healthy
  • Anti inflammatory capabilities: reduces swelling and pain in joints & can increase the regrowth of tissue in inflamed joints.
  • Improves immune system function

Avocado

Nutrients

  • Vitamins: C, B6, B12, A, D, K, E, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin
  • Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper, Manganese, Phosphorus, Zinc
  • Antioxidant: Xanthophyll
  • Fatty Acids

Health Benefits

  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Enhances the absorption of other nutrients when eaten together with other healthy veggies
  • Keeps eyes healthy
  • Aids in digestion
  • Reduces liver damage
  • Anti inflammatory properties
  • Decreases signs of aging
  • Helps level out blood glucose levels

Wheatgrass 

Nutrients

  • Vitamins: A, C, E, K, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, B6, Pantothenic Acid,
  • Minerals: Iron, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Selenium, Potassium
  • Protein
  • Fiber

Health Benefits

  • Aids in weight loss
  • Corrects bowel problems and gastrointestinal issues aka IBS
  • Detoxifying properties
  • Nullifies cancer causing agents
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Extremely alkaline

Plant based protein powder 

My favorite is Warrior Blend from Sunwarrior it has all the amino acids, it’s made from pea and hemp protein and has only 3 grams of carbohydrates.

Essential Seed Mix 

I make this myself, it’s just an extra boost of minerals that we need while going through the cleanse and afterward. It helps me personally in knowing I am getting nutrients even though I may not be eating as much. Click the name to find out what goes into my seed mix.

Water

I only used reverse osmosis water, it has everything, including the minerals, stripped out of it like distilled but it’s also ionized, this way I can add back natural minerals if I choose too.


Great Green Smoothie

  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1/2 large carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped
  • 1/3 cucumber, chopped
  • 2 ounces wheatgrass (not the juice, the wheatgrass cuttings)
  • 1 T Essential Seed Mix
  • 1 Scoop Warrior Blend protein powder
  • 10 drops liquid vitamin D 
  • Water to fill line on Nutribullet large cup

Whirl together

Enjoy

Wishing you many more glimpses of health.

 

Research 

Cucumber info

Carrot info

Celery

Avocado

Wheatgrass

Third Cycle of 50 Day Cleanse

Today begins our third cycle through the 50 Day Cleanse. My husband and I are so eager to do this one just like we were from that first day back in April. I can’t believe it’s been that long. I haven’t turned on my oven since then either. I’ve made several tweaks to the cleanse as is always when doing something with participation input. I think this time it will be easier to maintain as well as continue on as a lifestyle change.

Days 1 – 5: Water Fasting 

This can include:

  • Organic Green and Herbal Teas and organic coffee no sweetener and no cream.
  • Himalayan Sole Water (Refer to the link)
  • Reverse Osmosis, Ionized, Kangen, Electrolyte and Spring water
  • If you take medications and supplements, continue taking them. If you need to take with food, eat 1/3 cup organic raw cashews or almonds and drink plenty of water.

How much water should you drink? Most experts say half your body weight in ounces of water. If you weigh 200 pounds then you should drink 100 ounces of water.

Hint: Green and herbal teas count toward your ounces of water. Coffee doesn’t since 1 cup of coffee eats away 2 cups of fluid from your cells.

Why Water Fast? 

Ever take your car for an oil change? Does the technician just pour fresh oil into the reservoir without draining the old oil out? No, that would be defeating the purpose of an oil change. Well, the same is true for our bodies. If we treat our bodies like a finely tuned sports car and clean out the old residue from our previous eating habits we’ll be able to absorb more of the nutrients of the new foods we’ll be adding to our diets (rebooting). Water fasting has also been shown to help combat diseases and aids in weight loss. It’s also being used by different oncologists in the treatment of cancer (Dr. Thomas Seyfried).

Days 6 – 50: Intermittent Fasting with Raw Alkaline High Fat Vegan Foods

What does this look like?

On Day 6 it’s a good idea to end your fast with a raw alkaline veggie smoothie or juice. Never, Never, Never end an extended fast with a full meal. (Unless, of course, you like puking!) Find a 4-hour window where you’ll have an alkaline veggie juice, an alkaline veggie high fat smoothie, and a nice big salad again with raw alkaline veggies and lemon/avocado oil dressing. (For me that 4-hour window is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Going forward, your meals will change and you may want to skip the juice and add a more hearty vegan meal, that will be your choice. I will be sharing more recipes with you as we move toward that goal.

Many people have asked, “Why Raw?”  “Why Alkaline?” and “Why high fat”

Raw because when we cook veggies we kill the natural enzymes a.k.a. proteins in the veggies and fruits. We need those enzymes to digest the food itself but when it’s the enzymes are killed. Now granted there are those individuals who for health reasons by their doctors will only eat cooked veggies because it kills the enzymes but cooking also kills the nutrients. If you think you still need to cook your veggies, steam them lightly after the cleanse when we transition to an alkaline keto vegan plan for the fall and winter months.

Alkaline because our bodies are under an extreme amount of stress which creates an acidic environment in our guts and digestive tract. When we eat alkaline foods we help our bodies stave off diseases as well as helping our bodies heal from within.

High Fat The right kind of fat will help you stay mentally focused because our brain is 60% fat. Our bodies love running on fat better than carbs. Fat is also great for the elasticity of our skin, it has an important role in the production of hormones, and it fills us up and keeps us full for hours which makes intermittent fasting easier. A high fat (good fats: coconut oil, MCT oil, nuts, avocados, olive oil, coconut oil, seeds, and avocado oil) helps stave off the maladies of aging.

You’re probably wondering what exactly can you eat now? Below is an infographic I put together to help you understand what’s allowable and what’s not on this 50 Day Cleanse.

Alkaline Food Plan

One last note: Please keep track of your gains and losses with a notebook. If not for yourself, then for me. I am interested in how this is working for all of you. If you’d like to join our 50 Day Cleanse group on Facebook for some group therapy, you’re more than welcome to.

To your health!

References:

Dr. Jason Fung on Intermittent Fasting for weight loss and health

Dr. Thomas Seyfried using water fasting as another tool for cancer treatments

Dr. Alan Goldhamer, DC: Water Fasting – The Clinical Effectiveness of Rebooting Your Body

A chemo free cancer survivor tells how he beat cancer using a Raw Vegan Diet 

Dr. Edward Group Understanding An Alkaline Diet and Its Benefits

Protecting your brain from aging

 

Disclaimer:  The information listed here is based on my own experience. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of trained medical or mental health professionals. The participant should regularly consult a physician, therapist or counselor in matters relating to his/ her physical or mental health and particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention. In the event, you use any of the information listed here the author and blogger assume no responsibility for your actions.

 

 

 

 

White Gazpacho

I love the challenge of coming up with a raw, alkaline, vegan alternative to my favorite recipes. Ajo Blanco is another of my favorite recipes. It’s a White Gazpacho made with white bread cubes and milk along with grapes and apples. I used to love the taste of it…until I was diagnosed with Celiacs disease. I’ve tried making it with gluten free bread but it never really tasted the same. So, banished to the back of my cookbook file only to come out when I could try it yet again. And now it not only magically appears on the front page of my file, I’ve made it twice and both times got rave reviews.
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WHITE GAZPACHO (Ajo Blanco)

  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 2 cups green grapes, halved
  • 2 cups raw, unsalted cashews soaked overnight in good water
  • 1 cup raw cashew cream
  • Himalayan salt to taste (I used 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 cup cold pressed virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Whirl together in a high-speed blender.

Toppings: chopped cilantro, raw cashews, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds

Enjoy

Makes 4 servings

This will last about 2 days in the fridge.

Raw Up

I have been decluttering every area of my life from my living space to my work habits, from my social media presence to my simplistic existence, and it’s taught me what’s really important in life! All this decluttering has led me to downsize my cookbook collection. This year I gave cookbooks away as Father’s Day gifts to my sons along with a pound of unique coffee that represented their personality. But the ones I’ve saved I vowed myself to go through and Raw Up my favorite recipes within those pages and make them raw alkaline vegan for the 50 Day Cleanse and beyond. 

Velvety Beet Soup is the first one. 

Velvety Beet Soup

  • 4 small beets, scrubbed and chopped
  • 2 cups diced Italian plums
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon or mint
  • 1/2 teaspoon Middle Eastern spice blend (recipe below)
  • 3 Tablespoons Apple cider vinegar 
  • 2/3 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt 

Garnish

  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced

Directions 

  1. Whirl first 7 ingredients in a high powered blender or nutribullet. 
  2. Pour into favorite bowl. 
  3. Garnish with onions and celery
  4. Enjoy

Middle Eastern Spice Blend

  • 1 teaspoon each: sweet paprika, black pepper, cinnamon, coriander, and cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon each: allspice, cloves

Mix together, store in glass jar for six months. 

Variation: Add a dollop of cashew sauce over the top and sprinkle on a bit more spice for heat.