Ooooh, am I feeling it…
Today I feel better than yesterday, yesterday felt better than Monday.
My Labor day consisted of feeling ICKY; headache, tired, lethargic and foggy-headed.
Picture the body like a house, when a house has dust and clutter, it’s not so easy to feel clean, same goes for a healthy body.
Over the spring and summer with traveling, family time and partying. I indulged and had a mind-blowing time doing so.
The weather is cooling and autumn is approaching, I am now in a mode of wanting to clear out the residue.
It’s my fall cleaning.
Cleansing is an important aspect of my spiritual philosophy, I have done many types of cleanses.
When I start a cleanse, it is quite a large undertaking, I like to look at it as though I am in a healing state.
I have also started a 40 day meditation to go along with this, incorporating 4 Kundalini yoga meditations. One for prosperity, health, empowerment, resilience & strength.
I am going to break down the beginning of my cleanse for you, this being a pre-cleanse of about 3 weeks. The more intense cleanse I will be doing afterwards and sharing with you when I do.
This is a short briefing, recipes, more information and detoxing the organs will come in separate posts.
The purpose of this pre-cleanse is to get the body in a more alkaline state with food consumption, so that the cells, systems and organs can properly release toxins without too much detox symptoms.
Meaning, it’s easier to do then some of the more intense cleanses, becoming a lifestyle.
The first thing to go was caffeine, which I had become quite dependent upon.
Headaches and irritability ensued for about 2 days, which I am ok with.
The Chlorogenic acid in black coffee can be good for the liver, and yerba mate is a great enhancer, yet, with what I am doing, the stimulant properties of caffeine detract from cleansing.
Adios caffeine, I love you, but you and I are no longer meant to be……
This may seem limited, but is actually quite easy once you get the hang of it.
No vinegar (except ACV)
No corn (except blue chips)
No sugars (including refined, fruit sugars, agave, and any other type of sweetener, Stevia is the best alternative)
When one cleanses the first few days herxheimer reaction may result, leaving one with flu-like symptoms.
Afterwards energy levels and health will start to drastically improve, leaving all parts of the body thriving.
I make sure to supplement everyday with a multi-vitamin that includes whole foods, Omega 3’s, Spirulina, Iodine, Magnesium, 5,000 mg of vitamin C, B- Complex, Iron. There are several other supplements that can be included, depending on body, blood type and what is being detoxed.
For everything stated below, organic and locally grown is preferred.
A clove of garlic or two every 3 days for medicinal properties. Great article on Garlic.
Oil Pulling and Chelation are very important to rid the body of heavy metals and toxins.
2 shots of Raw Apple Cider vinegar daily.
2 tblsns of extra virgin coconut oil daily.
Grapefruit seed extract
Cayenne on mostly everything
Lemon water, and lemons on veggies (alkalinizing)
info on what is stated above, also more to add to regimen
Superfoods that are not fruits
Drink as much water as possible.
I drink almost a gallon of water a day, sometimes infused with baking soda and sea salt.
Veggies and more veggies, either raw or steamed, sauteed slightly with olive oil or coconut oil and whatever else you prefer.
Seaweed (Wakame, Arame) daily
Beans and Legumes
Fermented foods are beneficial for digestion (Kim Chee, Sauerkraut etc)
Raw Almonds, Raw cashews, Raw hazelnuts.
Avocados & Coconuts have good fats to ingest
Steel cut oats
(At most once a day)
Free range eggs (more runny, lecithin in yolk is good for brain)
Free range chicken
For meals it’s best that grains are not mixed with protein, it should be either one or the other with veggies. The ratio being 1/4 grain to 3/4 veggies, same with the ratio of protein to veggies. For digestive enzymes when eating only eat until 80% full.
In the morning an apple or grapefruit can be eaten for breakfast, when eating fruit try not to consume anything 20 minutes prior to eating, or for 1 hours after eating, fruit mixed with other foods causes fermentation in the stomach.
Bentonite clay once a day
Senna Leaf tea (optional)
Exercise is extremely important not only when cleansing. It helps the body to rid itself of toxins, while raising endorphins, strength and stamina.
I am doing Bikram at least twice a week, on the other days walking for minimum of a mile.
That is all I can muster for today, I will feel better shortly : )
If you have any questions, or for a more personalized regimen, contact me.
A really great book to check out is The Body Ecology Diet by Donna Gates for more thorough information.