Anti-Aging, Anti-Cancer, Anti-Inflammatory, Fasting, Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Heart Health, Juice, Skin Support, Uncategorized

How Fasting Heals Your Brain

Fasting is wonderful for the body, mind and soul. Some of the other benefits of fasting are improved metabolic health, increased longevity, creativity, enhanced relationships, and better heart health. Throughout history we find intelligent beings like Plato, Socrates and Hippocrates as well as ancient civilizations throughout history practicing fasting to achieve longevity and higher states of consciousness. Modern research also shows it also is good for your brain.

Scientists at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging have shown, how fasting benefits the brain on a neurological level. There are many different techniques and schools of thought on fasting, but the practice usually involves abstaining from food or following a calorie-restricted diet for anything from 24 hours to a few days or even weeks.

Fasting can be a preventative measure for overactive synaptic activity and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease. Research shows that fasting significantly improves congnitive function, stimulating faster learning, better memory, reduced inflammation and increased stress resistance.

Fasting is a challenge to your brain, and your brain responds to that challenge by adapting stress response pathways which help your brain cope with stress and risk for disease. The same changes that occur in the brain during fasting mimic the changes that occur with regular exercise. They both increase (neurotrophic factors), which in turn promotes the growth of neurons, and strength of synapses. This is truly incredible.

Click here to view a 5 minute segment on how fasting significantly lowers the risk of developing cognitive diseases.

A study published in the June 5th issue of Cell Stem Cell by researchers from the University of Southern California showed that cycles of prolonged fasting protect against immune system damage and, moreover, induce immune system regeneration. They concluded that fasting shifts stem cells from a dormant state to a state of self-renewal. It triggers stem cell based regeneration of an organ or system. Amazing.

Please research different types of fasting as there are many kinds of patterning you can introduce to your system. Juice fasting is a multidimensional experience in which total body transformation occurs. As you can see there are a wide range of metabolic changes and experiences physically, mentally and emotionally. Click the juice cleansing link in the toolbar above to find info on my latest offerings for a juice fasting adventure!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions on fasting as I would be happy to help you inviestigate a fasting routine that is of the highest good for you!

I fast for greater physical and mental efficiency. ~Plato

Blessings,

Michelle

Main Dish, Recipes, Side Dish, Uncategorized

Lettuce Tacos

Here is a family favorite for Taco Tuesday!!!!

  • 1 Head Romaine Lettuce
  • Sunflower Seed Pate
  • Cashew Sour Cream
  • Guacamole
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cilantro

Sunflower Seed Pate

1 cup Sun-Dried Tomatoes (soaked)
2 cups Sunflower Seeds (soaked)
1/2 Jalapeno (seeded)
1 handful Cilantro
1-2 Green Onions
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 teaspoons Chili Powder
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan Salt
1 teaspoon Cumin
1 clove Garlic
Juice of 1 Lemon

In the bowl of the food processor fitted with the “S” blade, puree the drained seeds, tomatoes and chili powder into a refried-bean like consistency. Now place the rest of the ingredients into the bowl of the food processor and mix until well incorporated.

Taste your pate and adjust the flavor if necessary. Ready to serve!

Cashew Sour Cream

1 cup Cashews (soaked)
Juice of 1 Lemon
Purified Water (enough to cover cashews in blender and make creamy)
Salt to taste
Pinch of Nutmeg

Drain cashews and rinse. Place all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth.

Guacamole

2 Avocados
1 teaspoon Garlic powder
Juice of 1 Lime
Salt to taste

Place all ingredients in bowl and smash together with fork till desired consistency. Serve! This dip wont last long!

Now you have all of your parts, put your tacos together! Wash and cut bottom off romaine to make a taco shell. Next place sunflower seed pate, cashew sour cream and guacamole in lettuce shells. Top with tomatoes, cilantro and fresh lime!

Many Blessings,

Michelle

Recipes, Soups

Walking Lightly Soup

It’s that time of year, when I love to eat tons of soup! There is absolutely nothing like soup! By nature its eccentric, in the fact that no two are ever alike!

This is the soup that I used to make out at Walking Lightly Ranch.  Check it out; try it and create something new every time!

Walking Lightly Soup:

 
1 whole apple
1 whole avocado
1 bunch greens (mustard, arugula, collards, broccoli, spinach, baby lettuces, or other favorite greens)
1 bunch herbs, (basil, parsley, cilantro, or other favorite herb)
1 whole zucchini
2 tablespoons miso
dash nama shoyu
2 cloves garlic
1 inch ginger
dash cayenne pepper
2 to 3 cups blessed water or more if needed
Place all ingredients in a blender, blend and serve!

Basic Soup Recipe:

*2 cups non-sweet fruit

Choose between cucumber, tomato, zucchini, pepper, or tomatillo. You may choose to use one or more of these.

*1 to 2 cups liquid

Use one cup first. Then if needed, add more liquid at the end. Choose between blessed water, coconut water, or vegetable juice.

*1 to 2 cups greens

Vegetables or herbs. Choose between kale, parsley, spinach, arugula (also a spice), celery, and your favorite herbs and veggies!

*1/2 to 1 whole avocado, meat of one young coconut, or 2-4 Tablespoons of tahini.

*4 Tablespoons olive oil, or other cold pressed oil like flax or hemp.

*2 Tablespoons Miso

*1/2 to 1 whole apple

*1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or 2 tablespoons nama shoyu (or Bragg’s for gluten sensitive)

*1 inch ginger (optional)

*1 clove of garlic

*1 pinch cayenne pepper

Blend all ingredients. You may choose to create a chunky soup by dicing some of the vegetables, or adding some. Warm it up till it feels warm to the touch! But not over 120 degrees so that you may preserve the enzymes and keep the soup ALIVE! Some other great additions are kelp noodles or zucchini noodles, marinated or grated vegetables, chopped avocado, chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, olives, or sprouts.
 
Be creative, have fun and enjoy!

Good Soup is one of the prime ingredients of good living. For soup can do more to lift the spirits and stimulate the appetite then any other one dish.”
~Louis P. De Gouy, The Soup Book (1949)
Many Blessings! ~ Michelle
Gluten Free, Salads, Side Dish

Vegan Cabbage Coleslaw

This is one of those recipes that I don’t have exact measurements for, a beautiful friend of mine inspired this recipe, gave me the ingredients and then it was go time!

Vegan Coleslaw

  • Head of One Cabbage
  • 3/4 Cup of Veganaise
  • 1 Cup of Frozen peas
  • 3 Tablespoons Stone Ground Mustard (or your favorite mustard)
  • 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar or Lemon
  • Salt, Pepper and Paprika to Taste
  • Optional: Chopped Green Onion, Parsley or Cilantro

You may have to adjust the ingredients to your personal taste, it depends on how creamy you like it, then the rest is add and check.

Vegan Coleslaw

The More room you give yourself to express your true thoughts and feelings, the more room there is for your wisdom to emerge.

~Marianne Williamson

Much love and many blessings,

Michelle

Cleansing & Detoxification, detox meal plan, Healthy Body, Healthy Digestion, smoothie

Pre-Fast Prep Plan Day 4

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. ~Ralph Waldo Emmerson

Today recognize that you are on a journey. Consider that your life right now, in this moment, has sublime purpose. What are you grateful for?

Day 4 Meal Plan:

*Begin the day: Drink 1 quart of warm lemon water

*Breakfast: Today enjoy a green juice or a greena colada

*Lunch: Green salad and miso happy soup.

*Snack Idea’s: Chocolate avocado mousse

*Dinner: Zucchini Rolls or raw pasta with tapenade – Amazing!

*End of the day: Sip 8 ounces of lemon water

With Gratitude,

Michelle

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Anti-Aging, Anti-Cancer, Anti-Inflammatory, Balance Hormones, Boost Energy, Cleansing & Detoxification

Pre-Fast Prep Plan Day 3

Hump Day! Your doing it!

Breathe.

If you feel overwhelmed, breathe. It will calm you and release the tensions.

If you are worried about something coming up, or caught up in something that already happened, breathe. It will remind you to slow down, and enjoy life more.

Breathe, and enjoy each moment of this life. They’re too fleeting and few to waste.

By Leo Babauta

Day 3 Meal Plan:

*Begin the Day: Drink 1 quart of warm lemon water

*Breakfast: Enjoy a blueberry smoothie.

*Lunch: Large Green Salad with diced apple, cilantro, hemp seeds, fresh squeezed lemon, coconut aminos, avocado and a dash of cayenne pepper.

*Snack Ideas: Raw brownies, veggies dipped in guacamole.

*Dinner: Raw pad thai. Its delicious.

*End of the day: Sip 8 ounces of lemon water.

Thought for the day: Believe in the Impossible

Breathe. Heal. Love.

xoxo

Michelle

Raw Pad Thai

Cleansing & Detoxification, detox meal plan, Healthy Body, Healthy Digestion, Healthy Mind

Pre-Fast Prep – Plan Day 2

Day two is about being courageous, try a new smoothie today power packed with nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Greens have more bio-available calcium than cows milk. Greens also have a high amount of fiber promotes regular bowel movements to detoxify your body more efficiently.

Day 2 Meal Plan:

*Begin the Day: Drink 1 quart of warm lemon water.

*Breakfast: Enjoy a kiwi apple spinach green smoothie, or oatmeal with a teaspoon of chia & two tablespoons of raisins and one diced apple.

*Lunch: Wakame kale salad, 1 cup of brown rice or quinoa & bliss balls

*Snack idea’s: Green goodness juice, blueberry smoothie or kale chips.

*Dinner: Green garden salad with white balsamic/pear dressing and miso soup.

*End of the day: Sip 8 ounces of lemon water

Thought for the day: Cultivating Habit

You got this,

Love,

Michelle

Wakame Kale Salad

Anti-Aging, Anti-Inflammatory, Cleansing & Detoxification, Gluten Free

Pre-Fast Prep Plan – Day 1

The key to fasting and having a good experience is taking the time to prepare your body to fast and to break the fast intelligently.

5 Easy ways to start cleansing your body:

1. Drink lots of water throughout the day to flush your system.
2. Take an epsom salt  bath.
3. Rest or take a nap if needed.
4. Drink herbal tea.
5. Exercise to release natural endorphins.

Day 1 meal plan:
Begin the Day: Drink 1 quart of warm lemon water.
Breakfast: Enjoy a green smoothie, living cereal with almond milk or juice.
Lunch: Eat broccoli salad. If you need more protein add a veggie burger, or 4 to 8 ounces of animal protein.
Snack Ideas: Kale chips, 1/3 cup almonds, , bliss balls or tea
Dinner: Stuffed avocados and if you need, 1 or 2 cups of brown rice or quinoa.
End of the Day: Sip at least 8 ounces warm lemon water.

Breathe. meditate. radiate. love!

Have a beautiful day!

~Michelle

Cleansing & Detoxification

Importance of Juice Cleansing

Cleansing is a great way to jumpstart your way to better health! A juice feasting adventure will give your body a break from caffeine, sugar, wheat, dairy, and alcohol so that you may establish new, healthier habits, renew your energy and detox your body

When we fast we put faith into our bodies wisdom to clean out the body and give the digestive system a rest:

  • Slows the aging process, your skin will be clearer and smoother, your hair and nails become stronger
  • Excess mucous in your lungs and nose clears up
  • You will experience more energy, stamina, flexibility, and sex drive
  • You will feel mentally more alert and your reflexes are better
  • There will be weight loss, cellulite will start to retreat and stretch marks fade
  • Mood becomes lighter and mood swings become less noticeable, you may feel a sense of euphoria
  • You will sleep better and wake up ready for the day ahead, you will experience less tension
  • Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Will help with digestion and the regulation of bowls
  • An excellent way to overcome addictions to food, cigarettes, alcohol and drugs.

Fasting is the greatest remedy and one of the most important gifts we can give our body.

Juices

With much love and gratitude,

Michelle

ayurveda, Balance Hormones, Blood Sugar, Boost Energy, Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Inspiring Quotes, Meditation, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

Food Is Power

Food provides us with more than just nutrients – carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins and minerals. Food is a condensed form of energy. This energy is very powerful because it gives the human body life sustaining energy from the food we take into our body. When you eat, you process and absorb the forces of nature that is contained within the food. Plants are amazing because they store light through photosynthesis. Eating plant food  releases energy and nutrients from the plant and absorbs to the body. Taking in fresh, whole, live, organic foods creates a physical and energetic force that interacts with the body on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level. Now thats powerful!

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Compare this to feeding the body processed foods that contain chemicals of artificial colors, flavors, preservative, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), this can undermine the health and quality of your life. Add the problem that when we eat these sorts of foods we experience an extreme that includes cravings, because our body is not getting the sustenance it needs to be in balance.

Some people use food as a way to control negative emotions and weight. Fad diets and strict calorie control is horribly restrictive and destructive to our body, mind and soul. These sorts of habits lead to food cravings, mental and emotional imbalances as well as sustenance abuse and other extremes like dieting, fasting, gorging,  starving, bingeing/purging. Another way people use to control or hide emotions is by other addictive tendencies, like using drugs or alcohol.

Sustenance is a way to nurture and support the body for balance, vitality and health.  If we are abusing our body by becoming obsessed with restricting our body through conscious control or dieting or using drugs and alcohol, this can lead to mental and emotional imbalances like irritation or explosive temper, weight fluctuations and digestive issues all related to stress.

One way to create balance and soothe the digestive system without imposing calorie restriction or hiding by using drugs and alcohol is to focus on easily digestible foods like soups and pureed foods. Choosing these foods that are easily digestible instead of restricting the body tends to be kinder to your body and helps balance your mood, blood sugar and weight more easily.

Some great food choices are:

  • soups
  • pureed foods
  • fresh organic fruits
  • fresh organic vegetables
  • sprouted seeds
  • soaked nuts
  • pinto beans
  • bananas
  • lemons
  • squash
  • carrots
  • golden beets

It is important to note that our liver and kidneys must work harder to process chemicals from non-organic foods and therefore eating pure, clean, organic food is critical. It is also important to note that when you eat meat, you take on the animal’s energy, including the energy of how it was raised and the fear and trauma of the animal being slaughtered. This is very powerful.

Sugar and caffeine and stress contribute to hypoglycemia and adrenal exhaustion that affects 70-90% of individuals in the United States. This is because sugar and caffeine create temporary bursts followed by crashes that lead to low energy and has hard core effects on your blood sugar, pancreas and adrenal glands. White flour and white sugar are so devoid in essential minerals, vitamins, fiber and water that this further depletes the body.

Stress creates more of a deficiency in the body. Inviting stress reducing practices into your life will help restore and maintain balance within the body for optimum health and vitality.

Create balance through non-food practices:

  • meditation
  • self care
  • self love
  • martial arts
  • smart exercise
  • walking in nature
  • sit ups

Making small steps in changing your diet and lifestyle is important to creating a balanced body, mind and spirit.

To regain your personal power think about this: 

I am receptive to Divine energy moving into every cell of my body. I am committed to expressing my creativity, to accepting my responsibilities, and to making decisions that are balanced and supportive to my spiritual growth. I am guided and receptive to Divine will at all times. 

You have the power to transform your life, to live in complete harmony with nature and to create the life you have always wanted! Try Kitchari! Do a three day cleanse eating only kitchari to give you digestive system a rest!

Create balance within, then without!

Love,

Michelle