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. 

Alkaline Pad Thai

We all have those moments in our lives that make us stop and rethink our decisions. Or maybe we don’t and it’s just part of my life in the second guessing game I’ve been playing all my life. I only know from my experience; I second-guess myself all the time. Always wondering if I said the right things or did the right things. Always wondering if what I’m doing is right or just right for me. The only time I never second guess my decisions is when I’m standing at my cutting board with a knife in hand ready to tackle yet another meal. My Alkaline Pad Thai is one of those meals where color comes alive in both taste and eye appeal.

Alkaline Pad Thai

This is the salad or meal I take to every big gathering. It’s kind of like my signature dish, but it wasn’t my own, to begin with. This is one of the biggest recipe tweaks I’ve done because I loved the color. I wanted to make for all my allergy prone family and friends where soy, nuts, or sugar isn’t allowed but flavor is still welcomed. The original recipe comes from Oh She Glows, it contains a lot of soy which I believe is bad for our health plus, my husband and I are highly allergic to it.

Totally Raw Alkaline Pad Thai

Yield: 12 large servings

  • 4 medium zucchini, spiralized
  • 4 large carrots, spiralized
  • 2 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 cup thinly sliced red cabbage
  • 6 green onions, thinly julienned (easier to use scissors)
  • 2 Tablespoons sprouted golden flax seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 2 teaspoons unhulled sesame seeds

For the dressing:

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup raw organic sprouted sunflower butter
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons coconut amino acids
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1 half raw peeled apple pureed
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  1. Prep vegetables. Combine all the veggies in a super large bowl. I usually take a pair of kitchen scissors and cut into the salad to make it easier to serve and eat.
  2. Prepare the dressing by processing all dressing ingredients in a mini processor. Do not pour dressing over salad until ready to serve.
  3. When ready to serve pour dressing over top. Mix and sprinkle on the seeds.

Enjoy!

Changing the Legs of Our Relationships

How often do we think about food on a normal day? I used to think about eating, what I was going to make for dinner, for my husband’s lunch, and dessert all the time. I used to think about making sure our cupboards were overstocked with food items that I picked up really cheap because it was on sale and I had a coupon for it. Since I started the 50 Day Cleanse my thinking about food has changed. I now look at all that food I stocked up over the years as an anchor that was holding me down. This Cleanse is changing the legs of my relationships. 

I know “What on earth is she talking about?” Change the legs of a relationship?

Let’s take food, for instance, We all need to eat it to survive. We all have a relationship with food. We are making choices, thinking, eating, regretting, indulging, satisfying, giving in to our cravings for food. These are the legs in our relationship with food.

As someone who for most of her life has tried to lose weight or maintain weight loss to no avail, I have never tried to change these legs with this relationship. How many legs does my relationship have? It takes at least three legs to make a stool stand up. But my relationship to food has had at least seven legs at one time.

Food Relationship Legs

  • Craving
  • Rewarding
  • Thinking
  • Indulging
  • Satisfying
  • Dreaming
  • Stocking up
  • Buying
  • Eating

While at least four of these legs are still with me today. I need to eat. I need to buy food. I need, at times, to stock up. And in my case, I need to dream about recipes. But do I need the other ones? No. All my cravings for food are gone. I used to crave chocolate all the time. Now it hits me once in a while and I can talk myself out of it. I know that when a person craves chocolate, they are usually deficient in magnesium. So I take a couple magnesium tablets and the craving is gone.

Same with indulging. I just don’t do it anymore. The 50 Day Cleanse has given me the tools to listen to my body and give it what it needs instead of rewarding myself with a toxic, sugar laden treat. The first 5 days of this cleanse takes your mind off thinking about food all the time and helps you see where you need to change.

I used to spend hours weekly coming up with menus and grocery lists. While I still use a menu and grocery list, it no longer takes hours just about 10 minutes and I am ready to go. Eating raw alkaline meals and only once a day has dramatically cut our food bill down to almost nothing and we’re not eating only salads every day but they are yummy.

I’m also changing the legs on my other relationships as well during this time. Saving things to use someday is a leg I’ve used in rationalizing my skill of holding onto things I don’t need. Or how about this leg, “My kids might need/want it some day!” Ask the kids if they need or want whatever IT is. If they want IT and they’re old enough give it to them now or put it in a hope chest for them for when they move out. If they don’t want it, get rid of it. Family heirlooms are another leg. I’ve been going through my home with the eyes of my kids thinking about what they would keep and what they would toss after I’m gone. It’s eye opening. They probably don’t want the bottle collection with all the president’s faces you got from your mom. They’re not going to need or want 100 paper towel tubes or all the used gift wrap you’ve saved for the last ten years (which you never use anymore). Save the important things. Today is someday.  I am hoping that my children and grandchildren will want all the recipes I’ve conjured up over the years, like this one below.

Recipe of the Week

Taco Meat

Raw Sweet “Taco Meat” 

Always use organic

  • 1 sweet potato, shredded
  • 3 carrots, shredded
  • 1 mall red onion, shredded
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked four hours, drained well
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds, soaked four hours, drained well
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 – 1/4 ground habanero pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt

Place the first five ingredients in a food processor and process until it looks like the texture of loose cooked ground meat.

Empty into a large bowl and add spices.

Serve in a wrap with mashed avocado or on a salad with an avocado dressing.

Enjoy

Makes about 6 cups.

 

 

 

Art of Contentment

When I started thinking about the subject of contentment a couple of weeks ago, I began to notice the questions that began surfacing in my dreams. My subconscious mind told me there’s an art to contentment and I needed to concentrate on it to have it in my life.

  • What is contentment?
  • Is it the same as happiness?
  • Am I content with what I have and where I am in life?
  • How do I contribute to the contentment of my family?
  • Is my family content?

In my dream, the questions ran on like a ticker tape one after another waiting for my answers. But as I’d answer one question another appeared more in depth than the one before until I got down to the truth of the matter. For me, this is remarkable because my word study for this year has been “Truth.” The truth is I am not content with everything and I believe none of us is content with everything in our lives which is why we are always striving to do better in the areas of discontent.

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With my areas of discontentment all around me, I’ve decided to go on a fast and change two big areas in my life and that of my husband’s. It’s interesting to note that whatever change I want to make my husband is always on board with and tells me so, “I guess I will have to follow your lead on this!” The two big areas in my life, I think, go together. Health and Wealth. For 50 days we will follow variations on fasting for health and wealth. How do you fast for wealth? You join the Buy Nothing movement. Fasting for health is easy if done correctly and with a bit of medical and common sense.

My 50 Day Health & Finance Cleansing Plan

Health is first because being healthy is a wealth all its own

First 5 Days: A water fast (Preferably electrolyte water or distilled water that has Himalayan Sole solution added to it). Drink as much as you want and as often as you want. These first five days will prove interesting as you’ll be cleansing your body of harmful toxins and turn your body into a fat burning machine instead of a carb burning one. (I plan on doing a 5-day water only fast while my husband who is on medication plans on doing a 5-day fast with one fresh veggie juice once a day so he can take his medication.) This beginning phase is to help switch our bodies into burning ketones and gently move the toxins out of our bodies.

6th – 12th day: Add two alkaline veggie juices to your day along with all the electrolyte water or Sole Water you want a day. Notice you are having veggie only juices. The only fruit that’s helpful at this point is lemons and limes. You can also heat up some water with the juice of one lemon in it first thing in the morning. This will also help when not fasting as it will alkalize your system.

13th – 20th day: This is a two-parter:

  1. Add one piece of alkaline fruit.
    • Lemons
    • Limes
    • Avocado
    • Tomatoes
    • Coconut (oil, butter, water, milk) *No sweetener or chemicals added to the water or milk
    • Pomegranate
    • Watermelon (pH neutral)
  2. Try to have your first meal, veggie juice five hours after you get up in the morning your second meal, alkaline fruit, four hours later, and your last veggie juice four hours later. Try to have all your meals within a 6-hour window and use water for fasting the remaining 18 hours as necessary.

21st – 27th day

Along with what you are already doing add 1 fresh made, plant-based alkaline veggie salad to your meals and omit one veggie juice. Also, add 2 ounces of alkaline, organic, raw nuts. These include almonds, pistachios, pecans, cashews, Brazil nuts, Macadamia nuts, and hazelnuts. (I also recommend soaking nuts in fresh non-tap water overnight to aid in digestion.)

28th – 50th day

Continue with the eating plan as is and turn your veggie juice into a veggie smoothie with a scoop of plant-based protein powder. (SunWarrior makes the Warrior Blend that I like the best, but it does have some sugar in it. They also make Illumin8 blend which has brown rice in it. It’s a personal choice we have to make. I like both of them for different reasons.)

The Finance Cleanse

It’s simple. It’s easy. It’s enlightening.

Simple as this Buy Nothing. If you don’t need it, don’t buy it. Here’s what’s allowed: Food, medications, paying existing bills, and meeting your needs. Gone are multiple trips to the grocery store, cafes, fast food and everything we don’t need. When you go to the store, make a list ahead of time and only buy what’s on your list. If you’re in need of something and don’t want to purchase it outright, head to your local Buy Nothing Facebook group and ask if anyone has one that is willing to let go of it. I’ve done this with several items. I recently noticed that my four lonely wine glasses don’t cut it when I have a crowd of people over so instead of buying them, I found a set of 12 of them on my BN group on Facebook and asked if I could be considered for them. I’ve also found a 2 drawer filing cabinet for my tutoring business. I’ve even asked for a couple of items on there and people are willing to give up what they can in order to help. I had a friend who didn’t have a TV and I was able to get her a working one with a DVD player, so now she can watch her movies from the comfort of her recliner instead of an office chair. I’ve also given away the items I no longer use.

Besides buying nothing I need. I’ve also asked myself if I continually need the things I have. Do all these things make me content? Saving only those items that give me joy has helped us let go of the things and clothes we no longer wear.

Changing our health status has also allowed us to be more content with what we have. Change is a process it doesn’t end in 50 days or 50 years. Once we reach our goal we set another one and another one. The art of contentment comes from knowing we are progressing to what is of most importance to us. Find out what’s most important to you and work towards it.

 

 

 

The Smoothie Deconstructed

I don’t know how many times I have picked up a smoothie book at the library, bookstore or even Amazon and in flipping through it just know that I won’t make any of these recipes because:

  • The ingredients are too exotic
  • I am allergic to most of the ingredients
  • I don’t like most of the ingredients
  • Who has that much money to spend on smoothie ingredients?

So I but the book back on the shelve, and search the internet for a better way to make a nutrient packed smoothie. Oh, I have found many of them, all with the same issues as above. Have you seen the cost of organic cacao nibs? I purchased some in the discount bin at my local grocery store for $7 for 9 ounces of nibs. This was reduced by half. I once thought I desperately needed to have maca powder because all the health guru’s swear by it. Well, maca is not that expensive, but if you already have a sensitive digestive tract, maca will upset your stomach almost instantaneously after you drink the smoothie. Then I bought Camu Camu from Amazon (3 ounces for $15). It’s supposed to be all the rage because it has more vitamin C than oranges do. But, just like oranges, it’s highly acidic and if you are trying to eat more alkaline foods, stay away from the Camu Camu.

 

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Ready for the liquid spa!

 

So let’s deconstruct an easy nutrient packed smoothie.

Fresh Greens: Choose 1 cup of any fresh greens. I love kale but spinach is just as good. And if you have an issue with fresh greens (aka no gall bladder), no problem. Just steam the fresh greens for 3 minutes before adding to your smoothie. It will help you digest the nutrients.

Fresh veggie: Choose 1 cup of any fresh veggie. I always add celery because it’s good for my liver.

Choose 1/2 cup any fresh fruit of choice. I always add half of an apple.

Choose 1/2 cup any frozen fruit. I use frozen berries. This is a substitute for the ice cubes.

Choose one or more of the following:

Add-Ins: 1 Tablespoon nut or seed butter, 1 Tablespoon unsalted raw nuts or seeds, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1 – 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder (kind of expensive but better for you than regular cocoa), 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder, a couple drops of vitamin D3 drops (make sure to use some kind of fat in the smoothie or the vitamin D3 won’t be absorbed), 1 dropper full of liquid vitamin B complex

Choose 1 cup any liquid: Milk (if you can handle dairy), Nut milks, coconut water, water, fresh brewed coffee, green tea, kefir, yogurt (if you can handle dairy)

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Blue Cacao Kale Smoothie

 

Making smoothies doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. Eating healthy shouldn’t make you go broke. If you’re worried about calories, this one only has 300 enough to be your breakfast or lunch.

So many choices to make nutrient-packed smoothies, you could have a different smoothie each day of the year.

Wishing you wellness for a new day!!