Cleansing

Living with intention is powerful medicine, cleansing is one of those things that help us to be clear about those intentions. Weather this is cleansing with the changing of the seasons or aligning your daily rhythms with the cycles of the moon. Cleansing is a way to reconnect with your roots and the ancient wisdom of self healing through food, breath and conscious movement.

There are many reasons to cleanse. Here are a few:

1) Rest the stomach. For the tens of millions of people who are on acid-suppressing drugs — and for older folks who often don’t produce enough stomach acid — making the stomach work less to extract nutrients can be a huge benefit. Juices require less of the stomach’s digestive processing (churning, acid and pepsin). Remember to gently chew the juices to add oral enzymes to further ease digestion.

2) Rest and repair the gut. Toxic foods (including saturated fats, refined carbs, foods with additives, pesticides and allergenic foods), taking medications (such as antibiotics or antacids), and even stress can impair the intestine’s functioning. There can easily be an imbalance in the gut microbiome (flora and fauna balance) as well as actual breaks in the intestinal barrier (“leaky gut”) — allowing substances into our bodies that should not get a free pass. Consuming a phytonutrient-dense rainbow plant-based juice diet allows food to be assimilated quickly through the intestine — consuming less energy, while the toxin-free, nutrient-dense food helps to repair the gut itself.

3) Rest the liver. The liver is our main detoxifying organ. Every molecule of food that is absorbed through the intestinal wall (fiber is not absorbed) moves into the liver for detoxification and preparation before being allowed to enter the rest of the body. Problem is, there are too many toxins for most of our livers to handle — with many passing unchecked into the general circulation to wreak havoc in distant cells. An organic juice cleanse rests the liver’s overload.

4) Reduce your appetite. Juicing doesn’t really shrink the stomach — although it feels like it does. Juicing eliminates the habit of comfort eating, and makes you feel satiated with less food than usual. This provides a big psychological boost to help get over the hurdle of changing habits.

5) Ease food decision-making. Juicing focuses on consuming fresh whole food produce every few hours — and reduces the enslavement of thinking constantly about what the next meal is going to be. Not only do we feel sated, but realize we are no longer slaves to our addictions with (often very harmful) foods.

6) Eliminate harmful foods. The juice cleanse eliminates dairy, wheat, gluten and fermented foods from the diet (as well as coffee and alcohol). In my experience, this can help define what foods are causing our body problems.

7) Floods our body with super nutrition. Being on an all-produce diet gives us not only the vitamins and minerals but the all-important phytonutrients that are powerhouses for the clean-up and healing process. Juices are by nature raw foods — and retain nutrients that would be destroyed by cooking, including some B vitamins and especially (digestive and anti-inflammatory) enzymes.

9) Lose weight. As you are feeling better and having more energy, you also naturally lose weight. Some of this is water bloat, but also some is fat. A juice cleanse is a great way to jump start a diet. It not only helps control appetite and cravings, but is naturally lower in calories, while supplying the body with probably more concentrated beneficial energizing and  healing nutrients than it has seen before.

9) Improve energy. After the first day’s adjustment period (mostly missing crunching, and any coffee/alcohol cessation symptoms), most people begin to feel much more energy and clarity (by consuming only fresh juices) than you ever did with frequent caffeine drinks.

10) Rehydrate the body. Drinking sufficient fluids – half your body weight in ounces of water – makes the body function more efficiently, increases energy (often successfully removing the afternoon blahs/brain fog), and helps insure proper elimination of toxins.

11) Reduce physical problems. You begin to feel generally better, not just with your energy, but with many chronic symptoms such as headaches, rashes, general aches, congested sinuses and chest, and bloating/cramping/gas. Too much of the time our body is fighting off the things we do to it (especially with food — but also with lack of sleep, inactivity and stress). Take a break, rest the body (and mind) and flood it with nutrients.

12) Allow maximum detoxification. To optimally support all phases of the body’s natural detox process, you need a very broad range of plant-supplied nutrients like anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories. By providing the body with super-nutrient dense foods juicing allows the body to have more of the resources it needs to support the phases of detoxification, and even to begin to help remove the cumulative toxins stored in the body.

13) Heal our cells. Switching to an organic plant-based diet allows cells to work optimally to re-establish efficient internal messaging and manufacturing processes, allowing the mitochondria to create energy without having to fight off a plethora of free radicals and inflammation, and reducing some of the impediments to proper DNA functioning.

A foundation for self care and nourishment is what we feed our physical bodies. Since what we eat literally makes up the cells in our bodies it stands to reason that eating well makes up our entire experience of life. Our skin, nails, red blood cells, liver, bones, and heart all renew over different periods of time. Some processes take longer than others but isn’t this mind blowing? The human body is literally changing before our eyes and you can see why giving them healing foods is so important.

How do you nourish your body??

Blessings,

Michelle

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

Save the Salmon Patty

Today I want to share an amazing dinner that I prepared for some wonderful people right before a juice fast! Although this actually took place a couple of years ago, I am feeling a little nostalgic this fall. Remembering this evening and how much fun it was to get everyone together to enjoy this delicious meal.

Menu:

Save the Salmon Patty Served on a bed of Fresh Greens and topped with a Spicy Mango Sauce
Root Salad Served on a bed of Spicy Sprouts
Buckwheat Onion Bread Served with Detox Pesto
Tomato Wedges
Dessert:
Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Pie
The cherry soup really gets peoples bowls moving right along, and everything else was so light and green, it was a really great last meal right before a juice fast!
Yumm!

Save the Salmon Patty!

  • 2 cups sunflower seeds, soaked 1-2 hours
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 cloves galic
  • 1 bunch dill
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • carrot juice , as needed
  • Blend In:
  • 5 whole carrot pulp, (run through juicer)
  • ½ cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup celery, minced
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • ⅛ cup chives, or green onion
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2-3 tablespoons kelp powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons dulse
  • 2-3 tablespoons nama shoyu
  • Directions:
  • *Juice 5 carrots.
    *Blend first 6 ingredients until creamy and blend i the rest of the ingredients! Form into loaves or patties and serve! Or you may dehydrate at 115 degrees for 4-6 hours. (I like to dehydrate for that warm feeling)
    *Top with mango sauce.
  • Mango Sauce:

    • 2 inch ginger
    • 1 clove garlic
    • 1 small serrano pepper
    • 1 whole mango
    • ½ cup coconut milk
    • ¼ cup cilantro
    • white pepper, to taste
    • Directions:
    • *Blend ginger, garlic and pepper. Add mango, coconut milk and pulse, add cilantro ad white pepper and pulse.
      *Serve on top of “salmon” patties
    A bit about sunflower seeds…
    More than any other flower, the sunflower suggests the glory of the summer sun itself. Wild, it lines roadways and gilds whole fields with its stunning, sun-colored mandalas. Cultivated in home gardens, it towers to impressive heights of fifteen feet in or more and boasts a flower up to two feet in diameter. A showy plant indeed.
    This daisy relative, which originated in western North America, is more than just show. Both sunflower seeds and sunflower tubers (jerusalem artichoke) were important Native American foods. Sunflowers were introduced in Europe in the 1500’s and have become a staple in Russia. Until the popularization of health foods in the United States in the 1960’s, its domestic use was primarily for bird feed; hence its one common name “polly seed.” Sunflower seeds are also nicknamed “sunnies.”
    The shells may be white, brown, black, or black with stripes. The US commercial supply primarily comes from the Red River valley of Minnesota.
    Health Benefits Sunflower seeds are an energy tonic and nurturing food used to treat constipation. Sunflower seeds contain more protein than beef and 20 percent fat, most of which is unsaturated. A good source of calcium, phosphorus, and iron, as well as vitamins A, D, E, and several of the B-complex, they also contain a trace of flourine, which may explain the Russians’ claim that they are good for the teeth. Sunflower seeds are tridoshic used in moderation; in larger quantities, they primarily reduce vata.
    Superbly Delicious!
    Here are a few pictures of everyone enjoying the evening!
    Jean & Dicky, Bless their hearts.
  • Dicky is no longer with us, which makes this post that much more special to me. I feel so lucky to have known such a sweet man. Love you like crazy cakes Dicky!  Click here to watch a remembrance video about Dicky.
  • Beautiful Linda
    My mom and me
    I love you mom!
    xoxoxo
    Sweet Skip
    Live each day like its your last.

    Blissfully,
    Michelle

 

Dandy Dandelions – Super Spring Liver Cleanser

Its that time of year when dandelions are starting to pop up all over the yard! It looks like we will have a good crop this year!

This abundant weed is found almost everywhere & thank goodness it has so many medicinal uses. For example, it helps strengthen the stomach, kidney, spleen, pancreas, intestines, gallbladder, and liver. It does this by improving bile flow and reducing inflammation in cases of hepatitis and cirrhosis.
Dandelions are so magical that they help to dissipate gallstones & by strengthening the kidney as mentioned above it helps with overall health and even clears skin problems.
In fact, Taraxacum officinale, which means the “Official Remedy for Disorders” is the common dandelion.
This little (and maybe somewhat annoying) plant has remarkable nutritional value, being very high in vitamin A & C, with more carotene than carrots and more potassium than broccoli or spinach. Not to mention healthy doses of copper and iron.
Dandelion tea is the perfect tonic for everyone.
If you experience any discomfort with constipation, digestive disorders, indigestion as well as general sluggishness and fatigue, try to add some dandelion into your daily routine.
Just one cup per day will yield noticeable results within a few months.
Tea may also be of benefit for many of the problems associated with diabetes and low blood sugar.
Amazingly, the white sap from the stems or roots can be applied directly to bee stings, sores and is very useful in the elimination of warts, acne, and calluses.
Morgan and I decided to make dandelion tea!
First we gathered 6-8 dandelions a piece.
Then Morgan pulled out the petals.
We put the petals in our bistro, with just over 2 cups of water.
Let it steep for a few minutes.
Add some honey, stevia, xylitol or coconut sugar if you wish!
Enjoy!
You could also brew this tea and add it to soups and smoothies.
Use the spicy dandelion greens in juices salads, soups and sautees.
There is no limit to this simple little weed!
By adding this plant to your daily diet or taken as a beverage, you could, depending on the peculiarities of your body chemistry: prevent or cure liver diseases, such as hepatitis or jaundice; act as a tonic and gentle diuretic to purify your blood, cleanse your system, dissolve kidney stones, and otherwise improve gastro-intestinal health; assist in weight reduction; cleanse your skin and eliminate acne; improve your bowel function, working equally well to relieve both constipation and diarrhea; prevent or lower high blood pressure; prevent or cure anemia; lower your serum cholesterol by as much as half; eliminate or drastically reduce acid indigestion and gas buildup by cutting the heaviness of fatty foods; prevent or cure various forms of cancer; prevent or control diabetes mellitus; and, at the same time, have no negative side effects and selectively act on only what ails you.
Wow. All this from a simple weed. Its free, so don’t spray it, enjoy it!
A happy Morgan!
Morgan and I added Healing Honey, from the pristine nature preserves of New Zealand comes a honey so utterly delicious, so beneficial in its health properties, it is classified as a Therapeutic Good in Australia.
Healing Honey with its fully certified, organic Manuka 15+ activity is truly one of nature’s nectars with special immune supporting properties that it alone possesses. No other honey has these special properties. In fact, less than 1% of all manuka honey contains this extremely rare, 15+ activity that is scientifically proven to have immune supporting and protective properties. How wonderful to have a treat like Healing Honey that the whole family can both enjoy and benefit from at the same time!  Healing Honey is completely unique because:
  • It’s hand-harvested in New Zealand. Our honeybees live in pristine nature preserves, where we meticulously process our Healing Honey exclusively by hand to ensure all of its natural goodness is protected.
  • It’s 100% organic and raw. Healing Honey was the first ever certified organic Active 15+ Manuka Honey in the world, and it is raw (never heated), thereby preserving its unique health supporting natural enzymes.
  • It’s potent and pure. Healing Honey is scientifically tested and verified to have all of its beneficial active 15+ Manuka factor. We also test each batch to ensure it is absolutely pure by certifying that it’s free of more than 160 chemical residues.
Benefits of Healing Honey 
While you delight in its exquisite flavor on toast, in your tea, or straight from the jar, Healing Honey: 
  • Offers a delicious and healthy substitute for sugary sweets
  • Helps enhance your body’s immune response
  • Soothes indigestion and other digestive discomforts
  • Promotes healthy probiotics in your gastro-intestinal tract
  • Contains a number of free radical busting antioxidants that support your health
  • Boosts your energy and endurance naturally
  • Research shows it can be beneficial and protective for topical burns, wounds, and skin care
  • Provides soothing comfort for sore throats and coughs
Certified Kosher
Let me know if you would like some and I’ll hook you up! 🙂
Absolutely, mildly delicious dandelion tea!
What a sunny way to brighten a rainy spring day!
For those of you who may be coffee drinkers instead of tea drinkers, have no fear! Dandelion coffee is made by grinding roasted roots.
Even though the roots do not contain caffeine, it is healthy without the side effects of coffee.
If you love sweets (as I do) you may choose to grind the root and mix with a little warm almond milk & some honey or stevia.  This makes a very nutritious creamy beverage with very few calories.
If you live in the Flathead Valley, please take a minute to check out my juice cleanse offerings. The next group cleanse is May 17-21st! Sign up today!
Yes, dandelions will be included!
Have a lovely, beautiful, spring!
Blissful Blessings,
Michelle