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Peace, LOVE and Herbs!

Stress can influence reproductive function, the immune system and the brain.The following conditions are commonly linked to stress:

  • Angina
  • Asthma
  • Auto-immune diseases
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease syndrome
  • Common cold
  • Depression
  • Diabetes (adult onset, type II)
  • Headaches
  • Hypertension
  • Immune suppression
  • Irritable bowel disease
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Premenstrual tension
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Ulcers

Adaptogens can help people handle stress by providing:

  • Antioxidant activity
  • Liver protection and antitoxin activity
  • Improved blood-sugar metabolism
  • Less craving for alcohol or sugar
  • Improved immune resistance
  • Increased energy and stamina
  • Improved muscle tone
  • Increased strength
  • Faster recovery
  • Better focus and concentration
  • Less anxiety
  • Better sleep
  • Better motivation and productivity
  • A feeling of well-being
  • Better moods

Are you stressed?

I had a reflexology session a couple days ago, and the therapist said that my adrenals were taxed. He said, “you are stressed”, as if I should feel some great big change in my life that I am aware of.  Nope, nothing, life is as usual. I searched deep into my being to find the source of stress, but I felt pretty normal. He pointed out how hard I have been working, and again, I thought, life as usual.  I shrugged my shoulders with an attitude of dismissal, I mean, if I were stressed, wouldn’t I know it?   The therapist then suggested I take Adaptogenic herbs to help my adrenals. Well, I sell such herbs, why have I not been taking them? I quickly re-introduced them into my daily routine, and proceed to research why I feel more grounded today then I did a few days ago.

What does stress look like?

If I am walking around in a constant state of stress, how do I recognize it, and how do I know to deal with it?  The feelings of irritability, anxiety, and impatience are all signs of stress that can cause distinct behavioral patterns in people. Stress can be caused by environmental or mental assaults, chemical toxins, lack of sleep, poor diet, or a mere survival technique that is embedded in our DNA.

Our bodies are at a constant state of readiness, this is due to our ancestry of once being regularly attacked by wild animals or hostile people. Although we have since evolved, our bodies still respond to threats by secreting hormones that change our physiology and enhance our ability to run and defend ourselves. This is called a “flight or fight” response that causes intense stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system and the adrenal glands. Signs of such responses are high blood pressure, increase in blood sugar levels, increased heart rate, and slowed digestive secretions. Cortisol is released and our lymphatic system swells to protect our organs from the poisons streaming in our body. At this point, illness and disease are eminent.

The calming of the nerves, can be as simple as adding adaptogenic herbs to our diets to reduce the impacts of stress on the body mind and spirit.

Adaptogenic herbs:


The term adaptogen is used by herbalists to refer to natural herb product that is proposed to increase the body’s resistance to stress, trauma, anxiety and fatigue.

The concept of adaptogens dates back thousands of years to ancient India and China, but modern study did not begin until the late 1940s. In 1947, Nikolai Lazarev defined an adaptogen as an agent that allows the body to counter adverse physical, chemical, or biological stressors by raising nonspecific resistance toward such stress, allowing the organism to “adapt” to the stressful circumstances.

Adaptogenic herbs demonstrate a nonspecific enhancement of the body’s ability to resist stress, by normalizing the over-stimulation that inhibits normal, or natural bodily functions. Adaptogenic herbs have a tonifying effect on such uphevels of stress related effects.

At the core of an adaptogen’s scope of actions is the ability to help the body cope more effectively with stress. Specifically, adaptogens recharge the adrenal glands, which are the body’s nominal mechanism for responding to stress and emotional changes. The adrenals, which cover the upper surface of each kidney, synthesize and store dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine. These compounds are responsible for the changes that occur during the fight-or-flight reaction. The question is, if adaptogens normalize the body and enable energy to be used more productively when stressors are not physical threats, can they be used to enhance general health and performance? Several studies indicate they can.

The list of plants with Adaptogenic properties is large due to it’s broad definition (to name of few):
  • Codonopsis is one of the most widely used Chinese tonic herbs. It is very mild yet it invigorates the spleen and lung function so that chi is replenished and it promotes the production of bodily fluids. It is also an excellent blood tonic and major immune system tonic
  • Astragalus is said to tonify the blood and spleen and aid defensive chi. It is added in formulations to strengthen weak constitutions. It is used to enhance recovery following illness or prolonged stress and to boost vitality
  • Licorice root is said to tonify the spleen and strengthen chi. Licorice is the only herb claimed to benefit 12 meridians.
  • Ormalite opens the heart and nourishes the soul. It is a remarkable clay, straight from nature and is a secret to a calm state of well being. It contains a broad spectrum of macro minerals, trace minerals resulting in an overall balanced influence on the body
  • Ashwaganda is often called Indian Ginseng, though unrelated, shares many of ginsengs properties. It is considered a tonic, an alterative, an astringent, a nervine and a sedative. It is an aid to soothe anxiety and psychological complaints
  • Suma is relatively new to western medicine. Suma contains vitamins A, E, B1 and B12: 19 amino acids, including lysine, histidine, arginine, and glycine: along with small amounts of calcium, iron, potassium and sodium
  • Eleuthero Root, formerly known as Siberian Ginseng, it helps the body prevent “adrenal burnout”. It boosts concentration and focus along with immunity.
  • Reishi Mushroom regulates the immunological responses, calms the mind and soothes nerves

Vitality Herbs and Clay is an exclusive product on my site that I am very proud to be carrying. I began taking the Adaptogen and Mushroom Blend herbal capsules the minute I arrived home from my reflexology appointment, and I am astounded at the balanced state of being that has overtaken me. I am able to cope with the demands of my life with calm and ease. Nothing has changed in my daily routine but the incorporation of these herbs.

What’s all the fuss about kale?

Kale is awesome!

My recipe file is loaded with kale recipes.

Lemony Kale Pesto

In fact, I have two more that I want to upload, but I’m thinking you may not understand what all the fuss is with kale.

-What if I told you that Kale is the ultimate superfood — packed full of phytonutrients, with bio-available calcium and proteins?

-What if I shared with you that eating kale in the raw would benefit your hair, skin, and nails?

-How about if I expressed kale’s amazing detoxifying qualities?

Lacinato (Dinosaur)Kale

Would that excite you into  trying new recipes with

RAW KALE?

WHAT is Kale?

Kale is a green, leafy vegetable in the Brassica family, which also includes broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and collard greens. There are multiple types of kale, including red Russian kale, curly kale, ornamental kale, and dinosaur kale. The most widely available are Curly Kale (green and purple) and Lacinato (Dinosaur) kale. They can be found in most markets. The biggest difference between the types of kale is in its appearance: Curly Kale has a wider, more ruffled leaf and thick, fibrous stalk and is usually a brighter shade of green than the other varieties. It has a slightly more pungent and bitter taste than other types of kale. Lacinato kale, also known as Dinosaur kale, has narrower, darker leaves that are almost blue-green in color with an embossed texture. It has a bit of a sweeter, more delicate taste than curly kale.

Curly Kale

Kale is a powerhouse of nutrients. It is very high in vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, and antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. It has also been found to have sulfur-containing phytonutrients that help prevent cancer.

Vitamin A: Protects skin against sun damage and acne. Reverses signs of aging.

Vitamin K: A critical nutrient for bone health and helps prevent osteoporosis

Vitamin C: Protects against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling.

ONE cup of kale provides all the daily requirements for vitamins A and C and contains only 36 calories.

It is also a great source of calcium and fiber.


FUN FACTS:

+ Kale is considered a poor man’s food.

+ Kale grown in colder temperatures actually has sweeter leaves.

+ The best way to store kale is to wrap the leaves in a damp paper towel and place them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. It can last several days, but will become more bitter over time.

Cheesy kale Chips

Don’t forget to watch my You Tube Channel –Diana Stobo Live for archived videos:

“The Daily Juice” where you will find many fun and delicious recipes.

Shopping Naked on a Budget

  1. Pick your Price: Decide how much $$$ you are going to spend on food each week. Make your budget realistic, if you are going to eat out a few times, some of your food you buy for home will go to waste. Shop at smaller Local Natural stores, they have a lot of specials so they can move items faster. Stock up on deals, like when almond/rice/hemp milk goes on sale, or raw almond butter is on special. Save enough cash in the till for fresh fruits and vegetables.
  2. Plan a menu: When shopping think ahead to the main meals you will be eating that week. I usually buy for 3 dinners, my breakfast favorites and enough greens for salads at any time. Try not to create anything too wild, you want to be able to use the stuff thats in your pantry. Nothing worse than making a recipe that calls for a specialty item that ends up being a good chunk of your budget. I’ve done that before. Its still sitting in my pantry.
  3. Buy bargains and deals: Pantry items are usually marked down, or have a two for one deal going on. When you see it, don’t hesitate to stock up. It may take a chunk out of the weekly budget, but it will lower your overall costs. When fresh fruit is in season and selling at a lower price, I will stock up and freeze for smoothies later. I’m not crazy about big warehouse markets, but lately they have organic/fair trade items and eco friendly deals.
  4. Shop Farmers Market: Prices vary, shop around the market, there is always a few vendors that have really good deals. You can save a lot of money by buying organic fruits and vegetables that are in season. “In season” produce is less expensive and more delicious. If you own a dehydrator, stock up. Dehydrated fruits and fruit leathers are awesome snacks. Freezing fresh organic fruits for smoothies is also a wise budget move.
  5. Buy in Bulk: Buying in bulk is easier on your budget because they do not have packaging costs attached to them. You can purchase loose items such as cereal, tea, spices, coffee, almond butter, snacks and grain in loose bulk at your local natural grocery store. Bring your own containers and some markets will give you an extra deal.
  6. Eat Less: Lets face it, our eyes are bigger than our stomachs. We buy for an army and can’t finish eating all that we purchased. Waste is eminent and we all get bummed when throwing stuff away. Buy less and eat less!
  7. Eat Vegan: Animal products are expensive. They can add up to the bulk of your food costs each week. Treat a favorite vegetable as a meal. For example, I like Butternut Squash. I will make a butternut squash soup that lasts me three meals. (Recipe available in Get Naked Fast!) For a mere $5 I have my favorite soup all week.

    Butternut Squash soup from “Get Naked Fast”
  8. Create your own flavor sensations: Don’t rely on bottled dressings, canned sauces, or prepackaged mixes. Put a cold pressed oil into your budget, such as Bariani Olive Oil, Nama Shoyu,a nice vinegar, miso, or some nut butter. All these items store well and last a long time, they are the base of all dressings and sauces in the naked lifestyle. Dressings, marinades, and sauces are very easy to make, and with these products on hand, you will have the best and highest quality ingredients at your fingertips for instant and inexpensive flavor sensations.
  9. Prepare your own food: When preparing your own meals, you are in complete control of your health and your budget. Eating simply and nutritiously is not a difficult adventure, it is with ease and grace that food can be prepared and enjoyed inexpensively and deliciously. Packaged meals, and processed foods are laden with fillers, preservatives and very un-earth conscience packaging that increase the costs of the food.
  10. Shop at different markets: If you buy at the same store every time, you will not be privy to price differences, specials, and deals that are happening all around you. A farmers market is always a great way to start your marketing, add in a chain market for some basics (you know will have a deal), and then go to your favorite health food store for the bulk items that were not available at Farmers. I hit the Asian markets for coconuts, fresh mangos, and baby bananas. They are amazing and cheap! Shopping for your health should not be an all day chore, just pop into markets when you see them, and add necessary items to your pantry and fridge as you happen upon them. Utilizing a big warehouse market is also an option for getting organic products at a much more affordable price.
  11. Bring Your Reusable Bags: Many of your local grocery stores may offer a reusable bag program. When grocery shopping if you use your own bags, a certain amount of money is deducted from your total bill.

For great recipes, ideas, and eating healthy, buy the book GET NAKED FAST! a Guide to Stripping Away the Foods That Weigh You Down and get yourself started on a path to eating for health, vibrance, and beauty!

Day FIVE- getting back to reality

What is your reality?  As we are ending this 12 day lovefest with ourselves, It’s good to ponder…what is our reality when it comes to day to day nutrition?  And, why would we do it differently now that we know how great eating for health, vibrance and beauty makes us feel?

My reality is not too different from what I have been experiencing over the last 5 days.  I would definitely add a salad ,soup or nutmilk  into the mix with my daily juices.  And I would explore new produce and mix unique items together.  But overall, this is my reality, and I love it.

Many people ask me what I do when I entertain, or go out to eat, or join in on a dinner party.  And I always answer the same thing.  I partake in the festivities.  I enjoy food, all kinds of foods.  I eat what I love and I choose to eat the foods that love me.

But my day to day menu is basic, healthy, alive and good!

Breaking the cleanse gives you a fresh start on your new reality, and i hope that the ride we took together last couple of weeks has been fun, informative and beneficial to your well-being.  I completely enjoyed walking you through the cleansing journey .

Until next time, happy juicing.

Day FOUR-breaking habits

I’ve heard it said that it takes 21 days to break a habit.  I don’t know about you, but it takes me just three.  Not that I’m habitual about anything.  But, I’ve noticed when I go on vacation, it takes me three days to adapt to my environment and relax.  It takes me three days to get back into a workout routine.  And, it takes me three days, for my stomach to shrink and stop craving.  

1st day on a cleanse always seems to be more mental than physical, because  once you get past the idea of deprivation, your body welcomes the change.

2nd day , detox begins as the toxins are being released from the tissue, causing some adverse reactions

3rd day, change is noticed, and although you are still dealing with some residual detox, you are clear that you are going in the right direction.

4th day, the habit is broken, you succumb to the new regime, and your body is thankful

As we enter day 5, the question arises, how do we break the cleanse?

The answer is, gently.

Today, think about the foods that you were eating during the pre-cleanse that made you feel good, salads, fruits, soups, mostly vegetables.   Add them to your favorite part of the cleansing juices you were drinking, green smoothies and coconut, keep up with your digestive enzymes, and sun chlorella and go about your day.  Slowly add grains back into your diet if you want.  If you continue eating in the same manor as you did during the pre-cleanse you will find that your body will continue to detox  It is the  small changes that we do with consistency that create change in our lives.

Before you know it, you will have begun a new lifestyle, eating for Health Vibrance and Beauty

Warning:  if you want to break the cleanse with a slice of pizza, be aware that severe stomach cramping may occur.  And, as soon as you re-introduce meat, dairy, wheat, sugar, caffeine and alcohol, your cravings will instantly re-appear.  Tread lightly on your very beautiful body.

Enjoy your new habits today!

Day THREE- achieving goals

When starting a cleanse, there are usually certain goals we wish to achieve:

Weight loss.  Yes, you will lose weight, in fact, I am already feeling my pants looser and my face is far from the puffy version it was 10 days ago.

Regularity.  To say the least.  There is something magical about those digestive enzymes mixed with liquid that makes you a regular machine.  I sometimes wonder where it all comes from, but be sure that it is old material that is being flushed down the toilet for a clean start.

Clear Skin. This is one of those things that just creeps up on you.  Your skin is your largest organ, and it shows you exactly what is going on in your body.  When your body is clean, you will sparkle and glisten, radiating beauty.

Flat stomach.  All the gas and bloating disappear like magic virtually leaving a relaxed unstressed abdominal area

More energy.  It’s almost crazy how much energy your body can maintain when it is not overworked by hard to digest foods.

Better sleep.  And less sleep too.  Sleep is a time for your body to take a break from it’s hardworking days.  But a cleanse gives your body a rest even while you are  awake so you don’t need as much sleep.

A better demeanor. Although most of us don’t think we need improvement there, we get this as a bonus.   Our normal reactions to any given circumstance is dealt with in a much gentler, calmer and more thoughtful way.

Clear thinking.  Less scattered, and more focused.  We are able to assess and act clearly and precisely without our brains going haywire.  What affects the body also affects the mind.  We are cleansing both.

Sharper insight.  I was going to call this clairvoyance, psychic abilities, deeper connection to spirit, and all those wonderful things that are true.  But, I didn’t want to scare anyone.  This is the one benefit that we never expect and are always so pleased to welcome.  A clean body =clear mind= connection to all that is…aka spirit.

With that in mind, I am going to rest in my tub, meditate on the glorious life I have created, and love every part of my being.  Every day is a new day, and you never know what’s ahead.  So, enjoy exactly where you are today.

Day TWO

I woke up in the best mood today.  I rolled right out of bed with “bright eyes and a bushy tail” as my mom used to say.

Brought myself downstairs, drank my drinks, and skipped into the shower.  I swear the energy around me was like snow white in the forest, where the birds were chirping all around her.  La, la la de da.

And then, it happened.  I bonked! I had a lemon ginger tonic around 11am, and at 4pm, my head was heavy and my mood was grim. I was irritated and annoyed and without reason.  I’ve done this before and so I recognize the signs of the liver dumping stored toxins.  I was angry.  Angry at what?  Who knows, it’s old stuff, emotional stuff that stores like a festering disease in your bloodstream, in your cellular structure, in your liver.  And when its jarred by all this love and nourishment it cuts loose into your system and has to find a way out.  Not to mention, I was off balance.  I got so caught up in my good mood and my productive day, I forgot to have my lunch.  It is very important NOT to skip a meal.  This is not a fast, it is a feast.  A juice feast. A feast of minerals, nutrients and love that we are giving our bodies.  That 5 hour window of nutritional deprivation did me in for a few hours.   I wont do that again.

A green juice, a young thai coconut and a mineral broth later, I’m feeling a little better.  I took a few sun chlorella, which ground me.  In fact, I forgot the power of those green tablets. I’m taking note to self:  eat more sun chlorella tomorrow.  If you have the little tablets eat 16 tablets 3-4 times a day.  If you have the larger ones, eat 3-4 tablets 3-4 times a day.  They help with blood sugar, headaches, grounding, and hunger.

I took an infrared sauna for an entire hour to help flush the toxins and am guzzling tons of water. A nice salt bath would have been good, but my friend was over and she and I like to sit in the sauna and chat.  I’m thinkin’ about sleeping now.  I’m still not quite right.  Tomorrow is another day and I’m hoping for a reprieve of snow white.

Everybody will have a different experience, sometimes you have to break down the system in order to rebuild it.

Day ONE

I woke up this morning thinking I was going to have my almond milk smoothie that I love and cherish and drink every morning, but as soon as my eyes opened and I headed downstairs to the kitchen, I remembered it was day ONE. So, after my brief mental adjustment, I cut the lemon, squeezed it into a large glass, added water and then sat down at the table to gobble it up along with my digestive enzymes. Liquid easily fills me up, so I got out my bowl of pre-washed veggies, and start juicing.

I made enough juice for two days, 4 quarts to be exact:

My favorite green juice includes celery, cucumber, fennel, parsley, chard, apples and lemons. I love it, it’s tangy, salty (from the celery), slightly sweet with a hint of licorice from the fennel. It’s strong and chlorophyll rich from the parsley and chard, and it is the perfect combination for my palate. I’ve seen people add water to their green juices, making them milder. It’s not a bad idea, if you want to sip it all day, but I drink them straight up and they are very filling.

The rest of the day was pretty easy, more green juice, two coconuts and mineral broth. I added a tablespoon of ground flax seed and a pinch of sea salt to my warm mineral broth, it made it super thick and satisfying meal. I find it delicious. Now, I’m all set for tomorrow, I have enough juice and mineral broth and I’m going to pre-crack my coconuts tonight so I can take them on the go tomorrow. How’s that for thinking ahead?

Without the pre-cleanse I might have been headachy or had some flu like symptoms. That can happen first couple days of a cleanse. It can actually last longer if you have stored toxins that have been dormant and wanting to release. When it gets really bad, It’s called a healing crisis, and can affect even the most veteran cleanser. It’s related to so many issues, liver function, kidney function, parasites, lymphatic drainage, emotional state and even environmental stresses. A healing crisis can come in the form of an emotional burst, an intestinal purging, sinus drainage, or severe sweating and shaking. If you find yourself in this situation, you may slow the cleanse down with soaked almonds, more avocados and coconut meats. The fats will slow down the processing of toxins.

Well, I’m going to soak in a hot tub now, loaded with sea salt. And, then go to bed for my beauty rest…. Ahhhh!

Knowledge is power

Nothing is more powerful than when one decides to make change in their life and then takes action. It’s hot, it’s sexy and it is the very enthusiasm one needs to accomplish their goals. When I say take action, it is more than drinking green juice for 5 days, it is reading, researching and absorbing completely the value of their experience. When I started doing cleanses years ago, I was a sponge for information, soaking it up anywhere I could get it. I am still a sponge and am discovering new things everyday.

If you are planning on muscling through the green drinks, and “getting by” for the next 5 days, you may enjoy the experience with a few tidbits of information.

Green juices are super powerful cleansers, they send nutrients, live enzymes and minerals straight into the blood stream, nudging the liver to start detoxifying.
Here are some basic ingredients to get you started making your daily juices:

*Cucumber for hydration
*Celery for natural salt and cleansing
*Fennel for soothing the tummy and sweetness
*Kale for protein and cleansing the liver
*Spinach for protein and cleansing the liver
*Chard with proteins, antioxidants and detoxifier
*Lemon for flushing the body of toxins, re-alkalizing
*Green apples for vitamin C and sweetness
*Sprouts for the most energy-life giving plant on the planet
*Dandelion greens, bitter but ooooh so nourishing and uplifting
*Wheat grass, as a liver toner, and conditioner, nutrient dense and energizing

Blended cold soups are a thicker vegetable puree you can eat with a spoon. It is important to have all your foods blended for easy absorption and minimal work requirement from the digestive tract.
There are so many options, but here are a few suggestions of foods that make good soups.

*Avocado, cucumber, cilantro, parsley, spinach, lemon, red pepper, green onion, tomato, coconut, cauliflower, squash to name a few, add spices and sea salt and you can make any flavored cold soup you like you wish.

Green Smoothies are really a treat, they can be incorporated into your regular diet very easily, they taste just like a fruit smoothie, although green in color, due to the super charged green produce we add to make this the ultimate meal.

Usually made with a water or fruit juice base, such as fresh squeezed orange juice, fresh pressed apple juice, or coconut water. Add fresh berries and a handful of greens (spinach, cahrd, kale, salad greens, sunflower sprouts, etc…) A frozen banana will make it thick and frothy, but for the cleanse it should be avoided as it will slow down the process due to it’s sugar content. It’s best to keep to low-glycemic fruits ( citrus and berries) during the cleanse.

I hope some of this intrigues you, because the more time and research you invest in your cleanse, the greater chance you will learn to bring this into your lifestyle.
Be creative, be inventive, and enjoy!

Hunting and gathering

Now that I’m home from my trip, which I must say was very needed,  I must get back to a normal work day. I’m thinking about how to manage this cleanse so that it doesn’t manage me.  It is a true luxury to go to a retreat and do a cleanse where you can sit back and relax, bathe, breathe and drink green juices, but this 5 day cleanse we are about to embark on will take some planning:

Take a look at this check list and see what you have lying around, and what you may have to organize come Monday morning.

Blender-( high speed blender preferable)

Fine mesh strainer– if you don’t like your juices with too much pulp

Juicer- Excellent if you have one, will make the cleanse easier and more fun, but we can work around it.

Sea salt –  I like the Himalayan pink one, but Celtic is good too

Sun Chlorella tablets–  You will be happy to have them, they are not only brilliant for your body but they will stave off hunger and balance blood sugar levels.

Digestive enzymes–  Hi-zyme, Udos, are a couple I have tried and like. But any health food store should carry a good vegetarian, preferably vegan brand.

Raw, organic almonds–  Start soaking tomorrow if you think you will want to munch on them. They are nice for the beginner cleanser to have around to munch on, but keep in mind, they slow the cleansing process.

Detox tea–  or any real herb teas that have cleansing qualities and you enjoy.  Yogi tea has a nice one.

Lemons- Hot or cold lemon water all day will aid and assist your body in cleansing

Here is what a day of cleansing may look like: So prepare your 5 days with these menu items in mind. As I see it, there are different levels to cleansing.  Each person has a unique starting point.  Just know that you are doing your body good, no matter how deep you choose go.  A veteran cleanser may want a wheat grass juice a couple times a day, whereas a newbie may want fruit smoothies over green juices.  It’s all good.  I promise, if you are not enjoying your healing process, then you are not healing!

Upon awakening:

16 oz glass of water with half a lemon, freshly squeezed.  (Warm or cold, you choose what makes you happy)

2 digestive enzymes

**2 oz wheatgrass juice shot

Breakfast:

16-20 Green juice- or green smoothie- or freshly squeezed grapefruit juice

2 hours later:

16-20 ounces of fresh vegetable juice- preferable all greens

2 hours later:

One coconut- water and meat blended together in a shake

Lunch:

Blended cold soup- gazpacho, or mineral broth

2 digestive enzymes

2 hours later:

16-20 ounce green juice or green smoothie-

2 hours later:

Fresh vegetable juice, lemon water, or tea

12-14 raw almonds to munch on- if necessary-

Dinner:

1 quart Mineral broth  (recipe for the week below)

2 digestive enzymes

2 hours later:

Lemon water-  detox tea-

Warm salt bath

A restful sleep.

This may seem like a lot to consume, and it is.  This is a Feast of vitamins, Minerals, and enzymes.  You should not be hungry during this cleanse unless you didn’t have time for the pre-cleanse experience, and then you may be shocking your body, especially if you ate a T-bone steak the night before you start.

Personally, I will NOT be able to consume this much, but I’m glad to know I can if I want.

This is my recipe for mineral broth.  It changes by what is in season.  As a basis, you can start with this.  Add any vegetables that are high in minerals, and vitamins.  When cooking, think about steeping the vegetables like a tea, not boiling them.

Mineral Broth:

5 quarts of water

2 onions, quartered

3 stalks of celery

2 sweet ,potatoes, cut into 2 inch chunks

1 bunch of kale, washed

1 oz wakame- or other seaweed

1 burdock root- if available

Simmer all ingredients in a large stockpot on very low for a couple of hours or more until vegetables break down but are not too soft. Turn heat off and cool, then drain vegetables from broth.   In a blender, place a few pieces of sweet potato, kale, celery, onion and seaweed, along with a few cups of vegetable broth and blend until pureed.  Pour thick puree back into pot with remaining  broth and discard remaining vegetables.  Now your mineral broth has substance.  If you want a thinner clear broth, don’t blend vegetables, if you want it thicker, creamier, add more vegetables to the blender.

To store, place in glass containers in refrigerator and heat as needed.

You may add sea salt, cayenne, curry powder or any flavor that you like. You may need to make this more than twice if you like it for lunch as well.

I hope this helps you get prepared for your week ahead.  Have fun with this, I promise you won’t regret it.

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