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!


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.



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)


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!!


DETOX DAY 3 & 4: This Too Shall Pass

Day 3:

So yesterday was day 3 of this detox and just as usual the third day of a detox is one of the toughest, at least it is for me. Yesterday I managed okay but I also had special church services to celebrate the Feast of Trumpets. I also sang in the choir and it was interesting because my husband loves sitting in the front row. But I had that out-of-body experience I always get on the third day. If you’ve ever done a cleanse, you know that feeling; a little dizzy, a little light headed, and just an out of sorts feeling, where you keep repeating “This too shall pass!”

After taking my ASEA, I started the day off with a cucumber, banana breakfast smoothie and drank 60 ounces of my Lemonlic Aide from day 1.

I also followed my 1000 calories a day diet. The only thing I didn’t do is any working out.

Just Add Water

Just Add Water

Cucumber Banana Smoothie

Whirl in blender

  • 7 pureed cucumber ice cubes (I pureed organic cucumbers from the garden and froze them in my ice cube trays)
  • 7 pureed strawberry ice cubes
  • 1 banana
  • 8 ounces water
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1 scoop Amazing Grass Amazing Trio Barley, Wheat, & Alfalfa Grass

Day 4:

I take ASEA first thing every morning. This morning I had a so much energy after taking it that I just made my smoothie and then I felt like the Energizer Bunny on a pot of espresso. I moved my entire living room around, and did another hour of exercising, then went to spend time with the little senior group that meets in my complex.

Today’s detox tip is something I did this morning while cleaning out my living space. There is something freeing about getting rid of unwanted stuff. As I’m cleaning out my body, I’m also cleaning out the stuff in my life. Anything that doesn’t resemble the new life I have, I am getting rid of. If I haven’t used an item in the last two years, I’m probably not going to use it. I’ve got three boxes going right now: Toss, Give, Sell. Items that still have some usefulness in them, I’m giving away. Those items that have seen better days, I’m tossing. And items that I know are of value I am selling.

Cleansing our environment both inside and out is a continuous job for most people. Cleansing our inside environment also means being aware of our thought process. Negative thoughts are as poisonous to our bodies as processed foods and chemicals. If health is important to you, you’ll control your thoughts, too. “This too shall pass!”