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.

 

 

Infused Water Dismantled

I’m not a fan of just drinking water all the time. Don’t get me wrong, I drink it but sometimes I like adding different flavors without adding any sugar or artificial flavoring. Most people just grab these infused waters off the shelves because the label looks like everything inside should be natural. You open it up and then take your first sip. It tastes like water with a hint of flat flavor.  You keep looking at the label and find out that this water has about fifteen different ingredients. You don’t even know where the spring of water comes from let along those ingredients.

Let’s dismantle infused water using in-season, organic fruits and veggies, herbs, spices, and some healthy add-ins that take your infused water to the next level.

Before mixing

Choose 2 cups of water.

Water: Spring water (Fuji is my favorite),  Coconut water (Zico is my brand), If you’re not able to get these, at least, make sure your water is filtered.

Choose a combination of 1/2 cup fruit and veggie of your choice.

Fruit: berries, mangoes, pineapple, lemon, lime, melons, kiwi, and star fruit,  other tropical fruits, peaches, nectarines, apricots

Veggies: Cucumbers, celery, carrots, beets, garlic,

Add a couple of sprigs of herbs

Herbs: Parsley, Mint, Rosemary, Cilantro, Dandelion flowers, Chamomile flowers and buds, lavender, rose petals, ginger, turmeric, sage, basil, and thyme, lemongrass, stevia

Spices: Cinnamon bark, dried dill weed, pepper,  and a bit of Himalayan salt, and organic spices of your choice that you can put into an organic tea bag.

A couple of drops of your favorite essential oil like Cinnamon bark, clove, peppermint, lemon, sweet tangerine, nutmeg, lavender, evening primrose oils are some of my favorites.

Nutritional add-ins:  Liquid versions of the following can also be added: vitamin B Complex, vitamin D, Slippery Elm, and apple cider vinegar.

Blueberry water

Here’s my favorite infused/blended water

  • 2 cups spring water, (I like using Zico coconut water)
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen berries (blueberries are my favorite)
  • 1/2 cup fresh organic English cucumber chunks
  • 1 small piece ginger grated
  • 2 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 1 dropper full of vitamin B complex
  • 4 drops liquid vitamin D
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 7 drops liquid stevia

Take the berries and cucumbers and place them in a bottom of a clean glass bottle, mason jar, or even a blender container if you have no mason jars. Take the ginger and place in an organic paper tea bag. Place inside a glass bottle. Add the water of choice, along with the rest of the ingredients. Let sit for 24 hours in the refrigerator.

If you’re impatient like I am most of the time, you can just skip the tea bag step (if you don’t add the herbs) and mix it all together in a blender with a bit more water and get the most benefits of the fruits and veggies.

Water doesn’t always have to taste bland. We can add natural organic flavor to the water to make it both nutritional and healthy for what our body needs. Let me know what kinds of combinations you try.

Wishing you wellness for a new day.

 

TRACKING MY WATER INTAKE

 In March of 2005 I had my right kidney removed because it was filled with scar tissue and ceased from doing it’s job. I was told to drink at least 96 ounces of water a day for the rest of my life. Tracking my water intake is a very serious issue for me. Since that time, I fluctuate between very little water to over 100 ounces a day of liquid. I think in the winter I drink less straight water and more hot herbal teas because drinking water makes me colder.

I start everyday out with a 20 ounce cup of hot lemon water. When I do drink my water it is from a 32 ounce water bottle and I try to have one in the morning and one with lunch. At night I will drink about 20 ounces of herbal tea with a dab of honey. Throughout these last nine years I’ve had many different ways of keeping track of my water intake. I’ve used hash tags and check marks on paper or excel spreadsheet. Both of which did not help. The one thing that did help was to use a calendar. Since I work out home, and don’t have a cell phone (I know I’m the only person on earth that doesn’t have a cell phone), I use my calendar and put on little squares. Each square represented 12 ounces. After I drink 12 ounces worth of water and herbal teas or my lemon water, I shade in a square.

Daily Water Intake

As I go through my day I finish coloring in the squares. As you can see there are nine in the photo above. That would make for 108 ounces of liquid a day.

Something to be aware of is that when I drink coffee I will drink more water. I try to match ounce-for-ounce water and coffee, because for each cup of coffee you drink the caffeine eats away a cup of fluid from your body. So if I drink an 16-ounce cup of coffee I will drink an extra 16-ounce cup of water. This also includes black tea.

Tracking my water intake this way works for me, but I’m sure there are other ways of doing it that are probably easier for you. Please leave me a comment and let me know what your favorites are.

 

FLU & THE QUARANTINE

Yes the flu is the worst it has ever been but that is because no one follows quarantine laws anymore. If you are sick you stay away from other people until your sickness is gone. It’s simple really. When I get sick, I take all the natural remedies I can. Then I remember that I love my fellow man, like I love myself, and I stay away from them until I feel better.

It’s really simple, people. When you are sick, STAY AWAY from other people. If you are one of those people who are always getting sick, then start taking better care of your self. Stop eating that junk food. Add more fresh veggies and fruits. Look for organic food. Learn how to cook. Stop drinking your calories and drink some good filtered water.  Take supplements

If you're sick Stay Home!Take the time to be proactive in your own health instead of reactive when you get sick!

 

BELLY FAT GONE IN 4 EASY STEPS

Let’s face it, we would all love to have washboard abs. But some of us are just starting out get discouraged  looking at photos of men and women who have never had our type of health issues, or have had children. From my own experience I can tell you that you can get rid of Belly Fat once and for all, in 4 easy steps!

belly fat

4 EASY STEPS TO BANISH BELLY FAT

  • STAY AWAY FROM LEAVENING AGENTS, SUGAR, DAIRY, AND MOST GRAINS:

Yeast, baking powder, and baking soda makes bread rise, it will do the same thing to your belly.

 Sugar: is a stimulant that causes our hormones to be unbalanced which makes fat storage easier. So every time you eat something that is sugar (this includes HFCS, and artificial sweeteners even powdered stevia) sweetened you are helping your fat storage system. So if you are in the menopausal state of life, or under stress, eating sugar will help you store more fat, especially in your belly!

Dairy: I know everyone; everywhere is touting the benefits of Greek yogurt, and how dairy is so good for you. Yes organic is always better. But if you are lactose intolerant, or allergic to dairy, you should not be ingesting dairy. Lactose intolerant people who eat dairy will have more belly fat than those who don’t because of the bloating that accompanies eating dairy. There are other ways to get the calcium you need without subjecting yourself to this form of abuse. (Kale: 205 mg per ½ cup; Chia Seeds: 300 mg per 1.5 oz; Bok Choy: 190 mg per ½ cup; Figs: 135 mg per 5 figs; White beans: 120 mg per ½ cup; Spinach: 99mg per ½ cup; Almonds: 93 mg per ¼ cup; Sesame Seeds: 51 mg per tablespoon)

Grains: Wheat is the worst because it has been genetically modified for over 40 years to have more gluten (protein) in it. This genetic manipulation has led to many people becoming gluten intolerant. Gluten bloats and causes the body to hold onto that fat. Try going off all grains: wheat, flours, oats, rice, and cornmeal: and anything made with them for 1 month and see what transforms in your body.

  • WATER, WATER, WATER

In order to flush the fat from our bodies we NEED WATER! If you’re not drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water daily, you will not lose weight. Water mobilizes fat. Plain and simple!

  • EXERCISE, EXERCISE, EXERCISE

Sitting and dreaming of belly fat running away from your body will not make it so. Our bodies need to be in motion to get rid of the fat. The more muscle we have the more fat we burn. Find some form of exercise you like to do and keep doing it. I love lifting weights and doing insanity work outs. I work on my Abdominal muscles 6 days a week. The great benefit from doing this is that my back stopped hurting and I dropped 2 sizes in 6 weeks.

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