This Recipe Thing

Yesterday, I was awoken from a dream at 2 a.m. with the compelling need to get up and not just write down the recipe but to go down to my cold kitchen and begin preparing the recipe I was dreaming about. Sometimes this recipe thing is both a blessing and a curse. I would much rather have been in bed all snuggly and warm but no my mind kept saying, “Get Up! You know you want to make it!” I looked at the clock and quietly left the warmth of my cocoon not wanting to wake my snoring husband (who came down an hour later, telling me I shouldn’t listen to the voices in my head.) Little does he know I ignore most of the voices but that’s another matter.

Recipe Dreams and 50 Day Cleanse

I’ve been told several times this week, “You only have 12 days left of the cleanse. So then you can go back to eating the same way you did before.” Many people don’t understand that eating the way I did before led me to a disease I did not want nor would wish on my worst enemy. It led my husband to a disease he did not want. No, we’re not going back to our old way of eating. We are however going to start another cycle of the cleanse on June 7th. I also plan on doing a 3rd cycle of the cleanse on July 27th. It’s interesting at how much we make sure our outside bodies are cleaned every day but ignore our insides. We bathe every day, we shower, we keep our living environments clean, but we forget that our insides need cleaning too.

I took my car in for an oil change and asked if I could watch them drain the used oil from the car. Of course, they thought I was nuts – I assured them most people do, so it’s okay. I asked them questions too. Like, “What would happen if you didn’t drain the old used oil from a car?” The technician looked at me in astonishment – and then began to go into his dialogue. “If you don’t drain the old, used, black oil from the car and just add the good the stuff, the good stuff would not be able to do its job. The used oil would clog up the engine and the engine wouldn’t run correctly. By draining all the old oil, we make sure the engine can run at its optimum level.”

This got me to thinking about the 50 Day Cleanse. The first 5 days – water fasting – of this cleanse does the same thing for us. It clears out our brain fog, it clears out all the sugar and helps our bodies burn fat for fuel instead of being clogged with all the sugar and processed foods we’ve eaten to this point. I know some of you decided not to do the first 5 days and proceeded right to doing the intermittent fasting, but like my car that needed the oil change, you won’t get the same kind of results as those who have gritted their teeth and made it through the five days.

This also got me to thinking about how much impact what we put in our mouths has on our health. Did you know that the lining of our intestines becomes clogged with food we eat? Just ask anyone with Crohn’s disease. Just going straight to the intermittent fasting without giving your body a chance to reset itself and your organs a chance to heal, you’re kind of pouring clean oil on the used, old oil. Cleansing our digestive track with the 5-day water fast is just like draining a car’s old oil.

Nourishing Raw Alkaline Vegan Alternatives

I have always loved sour cream and giving up dairy is one of the most difficult aspects of this cleanse. But it’s been well worth it. I’ve been asking myself questions before going to bed at night to help me make a nourishing raw alkaline vegan alternative to the dairy that I miss so much. Here are three recipes I’ve dreamed about in the last couple of weeks.

3 Ingredient Cantaloupe Ice Cream

Cantaloupe Ice Cream

  • 1 cantaloupe, seeded, peeled, cut into chunks and frozen
  • 1 coconut (water and 1 cup of coconut meat used) Freeze remainder of the meat for later use.
  • 2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
  • ½ cup water

Place all ingredients in food processor or Nutri bullet. Process until smooth.

Freeze in a metal bowl until firm. About 3 hours.

Serve.

Makes about 6 servings.

Variations: In place of the cantaloupe you can also use 3 pints of berries, 3 bananas, 8 apricots, or any other alkaline fruit. I’m thinking about making it with some frozen pears I found in my freezer from last fall.

Avocado Bliss

Avocado & Mango Bliss with my Pineapple Salsa and Sweet Seed “Taco Meat”

Avocado Bliss

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • Juice of one lime (measured out)
  • Water (same amount as the measured lime juice)
  • ¼ teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/8 – ¼ teaspoon ground Habanero Pepper
  • ¼ cup Avocado Oil

Whirl together in food processor until creamy.

This is one of my favorite things because it has the same consistency of sour cream.

Variation: Use two mangoes for the avocados.

I’m so glad that my talent of dreaming in recipes can benefit so many. I am beginning to understand that my dreams are not only changing my own health but having an effect on so many others. This recipe thing is changing lives just like the 50 Day Cleanse.

 

 

50 Day Cleanse

For the last 26 days, I have been documenting my progress on my 50 Day Cleanse on Facebook and Twitter. Many have been interested, asked questions and given their support in this cleanse. Several people have embarked on this journey with me and the 50 Day Cleanse has changed their lives as well.

In these 26 days, I have lost 27 pounds and regained my life back from instead of living a life of extreme pain and uncertainty when it came to my health. I have no more pain points anymore. It’s all gone. My skin issues are gone. One issue that has really cleared up is the rosacea I have had for many years is gone. My skin tone evened out so much I have been able to go out with no coverup or foundation on. It feels like I’m getting younger by the day.

My 50 Day Cleanse sounds like a long time but if you read all the about habits and how many days it takes to replace a bad habit with a good one, you’ll learn that it takes 66 days, not the 21 we’ve all been fed for so many years.  The 50 Day Cleanse is a not a diet. After the 50 days, you can’t go back to eating the way you did before. This is a lifestyle change one that may add years to your life, may reverse disease, may help you lose unwanted fat and turn your body into a fat burner.

In doing this cleanse for the last 26 days, I have tweaked it a bit and then was told that several people how much how much they like this cleanse because it’s so adaptable. By that I mean if you feel like staying on the water fasting for longer than the initial 5 days then you can do it. If you feel like you can’t handle juicing and want to turn it into a veggie smoothie the second week, you can. You live in your body, I don’t. If you’re on medication or take supplements, please continue to take them. If you need to take them with food, then have a quarter cup of cashews when you need to take them.

Will you see results in the first 5 days?

Yes. And they might be profound, too. I lost 10 pounds in five days. Others have reported they have lost 13 pounds during the 5-day water fast. It’s motivating to see the scale moving down while doing the fast. And it’s good to know that you’re losing fat and not muscle like we’ve been told these many years. Fasting does not make you lose muscle. 

Here is the tweaked version of the 50 Day Cleanse.

First Five Days:  Drink water (electrolyte, ionized, distilled or reverse osmosis), green tea, Smooth Move tea, and other organic herbal teas no sweetener. If you choose to, you don’t have too, but it worked for me. First thing in the morning, have a serving of Himalayan Sole Water followed by a cup of warm lemon coconut water.

Lemon Coconut Water

Lemon Coconut Water

  • Juice of half organic lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon unrefined virgin coconut oil
  • Warm water (see above)

Drink as soon as you can while coconut oil has melted.

This drink will help in eliminating (#2).

Days 6 – 12: Have two raw alkaline juices a day (4-6 ounces each) along with the water and teas. If at this junction you feel good enough to digest the fiber from the juice you can make a veggie smoothie. My favorite is beet, carrot, kale, and sweet potato. Another one that’s good is celery, carrot, kale, and half an apple. If you choose the smoothie route, only have one of them.

Days 13 – 20: This was a two-parter in the original cleanse. It’s now been condensed into a simplified version. The next seven days you’ll be adding a good raw vegan protein powder to the veggie smoothie. (I like SunWarrior’s Warrior Blend the best. ) You also want to treat this like a meal. Now you’ll be having one veggie smoothie and one protein veggie smoothie.

The timing of this is vitally important. This is where the intermittent fasting comes into play. You’ll want to make sure you are eating in a four-hour window. Example, at 1 pm have a veggie protein smoothie. then at 5 pm have a veggie smoothie.  Work out the timing for your schedule but try to maintain a four-hour window.

If you’re too full for two smoothies, you can tweak the plan by having a veggie protein smoothie as your second meal at 4 pm. I did this because I just wasn’t hungry.

Days 21 – 50 Eliminate the plain veggie smoothie and add a raw alkaline vegan meal, salad, wrap (organic raw coconut wrap). Continue eating in the four-hour window. If you are still too full, you can also have just one meal a day. I do this now. I only eat at 4 pm. And it’s whatever I am hungry for nutritionally. Some days it’s the protein veggie smoothie some days I’m having a salad with cashews, olive oil, lettuce, onions, and pineapple.

This is the 50 Day Cleanse. It’s helped my husband and myself gain back our health and energy while losing weight, saving money, and helping others.

 

This is the disclaimer portion of the plan.

The information listed above and on this is based on my own experience. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of trained medical or mental health professionals. The reader 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.

 

 

50 Day Cleanse Week 3: Intermittent Fasting Revisited

Two years ago I wrote about intermittent fasting and had great results with it. But like most things, if you’re going it alone it’s difficult to maintain. This time around it’s different. Both my husband and I have had wonderful results thus far with the 50-Day Cleanse that we’re motivated to keep going. Last week he revisited intermittent fasting all on his own, realizing he felt better if he only ate one meal a day and drank water and herbal tea until he had his salad.

It’s interesting to see how both of us are having wonderful benefits from doing this program. My husband has lost almost 28 pounds and myself 16, now mind you it’s only been 14 days. My husband’s always lost weight quickly and it really makes me peeved but this time is different. I am so thankful I was able to take all the knowledge I’ve learned from all the health summits I’ve attended, books I’ve read, notes from the conversations with doctors, and podcasts I’ve listened to and put them altogether into a plan that works for us and now for others who are also participating in this 50-Day Cleanse

Timing is important!

Clock Face

One thing we all need to figure out is when to begin our first meal/veg smoothie and when to end our 4-hour window with a salad. Try not to have anything 3 hours before you retire in the evening and at least 3 hours after waking. Try to pare yourself down to a four-hour window. You’ll have your veggie smoothie at the start of the four-hour window and am an alkaline salad at the end.

For instance, My husband gets up for work at 4 a.m. he has his morning water with his supplements then drinks water and herbal teas until 12 noon when he has his first meal (wheat grass smoothie). At 4 p.m. he a huge salad with an olive oil lemon juice vinaigrette takes another round of supplements and his medication. Then nothing but water the rest of the evening.  He also walks three miles 3 times a day.

I wake up at 4:30, exercise (mostly Pilates and some light weight training), Then I have my Himalayan Sole Water followed by my cup of lemon coconut oil water (Juice of 1/2 lemon and 1 T coconut oil and almost boiling water). Then water and herbal teas until I get hungry for my veggie smoothie which isn’t until 2 pm. Most days I am not hungry the rest of the day. but will have a small salad with my husband to make sure I get my alkaline greens. Then it’s water the rest of the day. I also go for two walks totaling about 7 miles a day.

Because you’ve already done the water fasting for 5 days and a juicing for seven more, adjusting your timing of when you take in your first veggie smoothie should be easy at this point. You’ll also be seeing results by now which will make you want to keep going and the intermittent fasting will help you get to where you want to go both nutritionally, mentally, and physically. You can experiment with the timing of your first meal (veggie smoothie) to match your schedule. Not all are the same, find out what works for you and stick to it you’re future self will thank you!

The importance of intermittent fasting

Like all my other posts, I’m not a regurgitator of info. Here’s where you’ll always find my list of resources to help you make an informed decision about this plan and your wellness.

The combined effects of intermittent fasting and eating an alkaline diet can have life changing benefits if you are open to doing the cleanse and following the simple and somewhat easy guidelines. Revisiting intermittent fasting was one of the best things we have done for our lives.

 

7 Simple Money Saving Health Hacks

Each day when you look through health magazines and search the net you are bombarded with the same health news only spun around to think you are gaining some new health truths. If you get right down to it good health is simple and saves money. Here are 7 simple money saving health hacks that will restore your health, keep your health intact, and make your health soar while putting more money in your pocket.

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  1. Food: Examine the food you eat. If you are eating more food that comes from a package or is overprocessed then it’s time to rethink what you’re putting in your mouth. Buy as much as you can from organic resources. Know what’s in your food and you’ll know what’s in you. Think about how much money you spend on snack foods that are loaded with chemicals that were created in labs to give you the sense of tasting like food. It’s interesting when you remove all the chemicals from processed foods you’re left with a substance that resembles gray cardboard. While you’re rethinking the food you put in your mouth, ask yourself a couple of questions: Does this food help me have nurturing energy? Does this food help my children become spastic or nurture them?
  2. Fasting: When was the last time you fasted? Did you know that fasting helps your body deal with pain and helps it heal by giving it a chance to rest from trying to digest all the food you are constantly shoving down your mouth? By taking away all the food from your daily intake for 24 hours, your body has a chance to play catch up. Now, if you’re a diabetic I am not saying you should do this at all. I am not just introducing this topic willy-nilly. Intermittent fasting has been used by many people who are trying to gain and maintain health. We live in a world where food is everywhere, fasting goes against everything you’d see on TV, but trust me when I say that when you eat only two meals a day, you’ll feel better and you’ll save money.
  3. Cleanliness: Every time you use the restroom you wash your hands, right? Cleaning your surroundings. How often do you have trash or stuff everywhere around your home, office, dorm room? Did you know that there is a correlation between a messy home and how often you get sick? It’s a proven fact that clutter can contribute to headaches, accidents, depression, acid reflux, digestive issues, and weight gain. Clean up your surroundings and you’ll be saving a lot of money in doctor bills and lost wages due to sickness.
  4. Sunshine & Fresh Air: Getting outside, taking a walk, playing catch with your children, building a snowman, going sledding, building a sandcastle, camping, fishing, riding a bike, running helps us the most when we are depressed. Fresh air cleans our lungs. When we’re cooped up in our homes, most of us are smelling those artificial scents with the plug-ins that are deadly. We’re smelling the scents of all the plastics within our homes. Sunshine is the best way to get Vitamin D, it cheers us up and helps us see the brighter side of life.
  5. EXERCISE: We live in an instant, electronic, gadget-driven world. But we were made to move, so move, we must. It doesn’t even matter what exercise you do as long as you do it regularly. Walking, Biking, Running, Weightlifting, Swimming, Dancing, Stretching, Pilates, Rope Skipping, Kickboxing, the list is endless. Find some kind of exercise you like to do and continue in it on a regular basis. That’s the important part, a regular basis, it’s different for each person. For me, Pilates is three days a week and walking the other four days. This one simple way of living saves more money than just one. It reduces stress, helps lose and maintain weight, builds muscle, reduces depression, reduces appetite, induces a good night’s sleep.
  6. Sleep & Rest: Getting a good night’s sleep is the difference between sickness and health. It takes the other 5 tips to help with this one. A good night’s sleep keeps us alert, helps us to slow the aging process, helps our bodies digest certain minerals, helps our bodies repair and rebuild our cells. Resting helps our body rebuild but it also helps our mind to take a mini-vacation. Resting in the 21st century means we need to disconnect from all our social media outlets at least for 3 hours a day. Do something that’s enjoyable; read a book for fun, learn a new art technique, just sit and be. When was the last time you daydreamed?
  7. Build a Positive Mental Attitude: It takes the other 6 tips to help build and keep a positive mental attitude. You have a power within you to change your circumstances. Just like our minds can make us sick and broke we also have that power within us to make us for health and wealth. Being positive lowers your risk of heart disease, helps you have better relationships and better equips you to deal with the negative things that happen in life. Being positive can help you save money.

These are 7 health hacks that can save you money, but they can also be applied to your relationships, your family life, your career, your education, your spiritual soundness. Try some of these simple health hacks, your bank account will thank you.

 

LITTLE TWEAKS

Okay for the last two weeks, I’ve been following the 3-8-3 intermittent fasting plan. I basically have a 6-hour window for eating. In these six hours, I make sure I have healthy foods and healthy drinks. I don’t go overboard, I’m not juicing, I’m not nutriblasting. I am grain free, sugar free, and picking fruits wisely. What does that mean? It’s the little tweaks  that help make this a doable eating plan. While my example speaks volumes for others around me, I’ve noticed that it also speaks volumes for me.

Picking fruit wisely.

While I used to eat a banana every day, I’ve cut back on bananas and only have them once every couple of days. I’ve added more berries to my diet; I’m getting the sweetness I love without all the calories. Plus, I’ve noticed that the berries give me pure energy while the banana gives me a sugar rush like a piece of candy used to.

Healthy Drinks

I’ve added several healthy drinks to my life. One is  coconut chia water. It’s really simple and uber easy to make. It’s easy to change up the flavor of this Coconut Chia Water just by changing the fresh fruit juice (my fave is still the lemon). I have this everyday around 3 pm. It’s a better pick-me-up than coffee ever was.

Chia Seeds & Dandelion Root

Chia Seeds & Dandelion Root

I’ve also been drinking at least three cups of dandelion root tea every day, it’s bitter but with a couple of drops of pure liquid stevia it’s palatable, and I can have it while I’m fasting. Dandelion Root is awesome for liver cleansing and healing.

These are the little tweaks I’ve made this week. The idea of intermittent fasting for me means that when I do eat or drink anything it’s healthy for my body. Only having a 6 hour window, doesn’t mean that I graze from noon to 6 on whatever I want. Since I am eating only two meals a day and have stopped snacking (I’m just not hungry anymore), those meals are filled with nutrients that are cleansing my liver, and helping me lose weight. This is what I do on the intermittent fasting plan, it will look different for each of you, as it should. If you can’t personalize a plan then it’s not going to last. But with the little tweaks I am making, this one should last the rest of my life.

Wishing you wellness for a new day!

 

 

Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

 Benefits of Dandelion Tea

Dandelion Improves Liver Function

FIRST WEEK OF INTERMITTENT FASTING

Last week I shared the idea of moving breakfast to lunch and only eating two meals a day. Normally the first week of starting something that goes against the society norm is difficult to say the least. I’ve heard it all from, “You’re skipping the most important meal of the day!” to ” You know if something sounds so farfetched, it’s because it is!” But after doing my due diligence in changing the way I eat and somewhat changing what I eat, I’ve found many doctors, health practitioners,  and naturopaths are all agreeing that using intermittent fasting as one of the best things we can do for our health.

Many paths lead to the same goal.

Since many doctors, naturopaths, and health practitioners are expounding the benefits of intermittent fasting, they also have their own way of interpreting what intermittent fasting should look like. I chose the path of Dr. Joe Mercola. He suggests the 3-8-3 principle. Which boils down to this:

  • Don’t eat 3 hours before going to bed.
  • Sleep 8 hours.
  • Eat your first meal 3 hours later than you do now.

So for the last eight days I’ve been following this path.

Upon waking I have a cup of hot lemon water (clean water, juice of one lemon, 2 drops Thieves oil, 7 drops pure stevia),

Then I do my workout (we’ll talk about that in an upcoming post).

After my workout and before 12 PM (I started out waiting till my stomach growled which was about 10:30 AM then just kept prolonging it), I drink about 64 ounces of water and take my vitamins ands supplements.

When noon comes around I have my largest meal which includes a garden salad, cheese, some good protein, a piece of fruit, some grain free bread, and some chia seed pumpkin pudding. I top it all off with a cup of coffee with some of my homemade coconut milk creamer.  It’s a filling lunch and I’m not hungry till dinner time which is around 5 PM.

Dinner includes another salad, topped with seeds and nuts, quinoa or amaranth, and a bowl of whatever soup I make for the week. Then I am done until the next day.

Last Saturday we even went out for lunch and I had my same kinds of foods plus I had a scoop of peanut butter ice cream. That was the only meal I had that day.

Oh, that’s right we haven’t talked about the weight loss. I started this on New Year’s day. Today is January 8th and in 8 days I lost 9 pounds and dropped a dress size.

Am I hungry?

No.

Am I stressed about food?

No

Are my cravings gone?

Yes, all of them. For me this is huge because I just realized that I haven’t had any chocolate in 8 days nor did I crave it.

Do I have energy?

I have so much energy now that I can’t sit still. I have the kind of energy I had as a kid.

I feel amazing. The bloating is gone. It’s amazing to get on the scale every day and see the numbers going down by the day. Before when I tried to lose weight, I would lose 3 pounds gain one back, lose another 3 pounds gain one back. During the entire 8 days, my weight has steadily gone down. What’s really amazing about this is I started feeling better the second day of doing this. It’s like I can feel the pounds drop off my body.

More Perks

I’m not tied to my next meal and not worried about needing to write down everything I eat or count my calories. I’m not sluggish in the mornings. I haven’t had any sleepiness after my meals. I sleep for 8 hours a night. For the last eight days I haven’t had any heart burn either. I’m not obsessed with food anymore.

I feel like a normal person now. Only my normal is totally opposite of the mainstream health regimes.

Is this something I’m staying with? By all means a resounding “Yes” and now my husband is onboard as well. It’s so much easier when we’re both doing the same thing.

If you’ve tried everything else and it didn’t work, trying the 3-8-3 principle might just save your life. I know it has for me.

Wishing you Wellness For a New Day!

 

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

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Beginner’s Guide to Intermittent Fasting

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