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Harness the power of fruits and veggies to revitalize your body!

A friend of mine has MS and wanted to kick start a self-healing process through nutritional lifestyle changes. She asked me to help her, so I planned to get her started in a juice fast. I wanted to flood her system with all sorts of vitamins and antioxidants to create the conditions necessary for healing. In autoimmune diseases like MS, the body rebels and starts to attack itself, rather than foreign invaders. Research points to several culprits including: allergies, food sensitivities, nutrient deficiencies, exposure to heavy metals, pollution, plastics, chemicals such as bromide in flour, and even certain drugs. No wonder today we are dealing with an epidemic of autoimmune diseases as these are all parts of our daily lives.

 

This juice detox is based on the truth that God created the world with everything necessary to give us health. The food around us has different colors because of their unique nutrients, enzymes, and antioxidant combinations. Therefore, I created seven juices (the biblical number of perfection) each with a unique color to flood her system with a diverse range of nutrients, antioxidants, and enzymes. Feel free to drink as much juice as you would like. The objective is not to feel hungry, but rather to give your body a break from the difficult job of digestion. The idea is to drink juices exclusively, but freely for two days. But please, always consult your physician before starting any new health routine. If you are not prepared to do a full cleanse, then maybe just add some of the juices to your daily routine.

 

Start with the first juice and drink all of the juices in order. Drink more juice if you feel like it, whatever is necessary to satiate you. There is also a broth recipe in case you feel a craving to eat something salty (all recipes are below). Throughout the cleanse you should not drink coffee as it is acid forming. Instead, you should wean yourself off of coffee a week or two before the cleanse and drink as much green tea as you would like.  Matcha green tea is specially a good choice because of its higher caffeine and antioxidant content. Another good idea is to maybe start a vegan or raw vegan diet a week or two before the cleanse so that your body is not in a state of shock. By giving your body a break from digestion, it will be able to self-heal and rid itself from toxins. If u have access to a sauna, use it. But avoid strenuous exercise, instead engage in pranayama (breath work) and meditation.

 

Upon getting up: Drink 32 ounces of water to hydrate your body and break the fast state its been in all night.

 

7 am - Juice 1: Red Juice

A pinch of Cayenne

Juice of one lemon

1 quarter of a watermelon

 

Blend the lemon juice, watermelon, and cayenne in a blender.

 

10 am - Juice 2: orange juice

6 carrots

1 inch piece of turmeric

1 inch piece of ginger

Juice of ½ lemon

Pinch of cinnamon

 

Put the 6 carrots, the pieces of turmeric and ginger through a slow juicer (I use this Hurom slow juicer). At the end add the lemon juice. Decorate with a pinch of cinnamon

 

1pm - Juice 3: yellow juice

1 inch piece of turmeric

1 inch of ginger

1 cup cut up pineapple

1 apple

 

Put all of the ingredients through the juicer. I prefer using a slow juicer (I like the Hurom).

 

4 pm - Juice 4: Green juice

Celery

Spinach

Lemon

Pear or Green Apple

Cucumber

Basil

1 teaspoon of spirulina

 

Put all ingredients in the juicer, except for the basil and spirulina. Once the juice is ready, blend it with the two remaining ingredients.

 

7pm - Juice 5: Blue juice

1 cup blueberries

1 inch piece of Ginger

Juice of 1 lemon

1 pear

1 handful mint

 

Mix all of the ingredients in a blender.

 

9pm - Juice 6: Purple Juice

Açai (buy the frozen pulp without sugar)

1 pear

1 cup kale

1 beat

 

Put the kale, beet, and pear in the juicer. Then blend it with the acai .

 

Before bed: Juice 7: white

Homemade almond milk

1 cup of almonds

Water

1/2 vanilla bean

Agave or any other natural sweetener to taste.

 

Soak a cup of raw almonds in purified water. After 8 hours drain the water and place the almonds in the blender. Add three cups of mineral water, half of a vanilla bean and the agave. Blend all of the ingredients. Then use a nut milk bag (or any bag made of fabric will work) to strain the milk from the nut pulp. Drink the milk, but save the almond pulp as you could use it later for raw almond cookies!

 

Emergency broth

1 medium celery

5 carrots

4 onions

5 cloves of garlic

Kelp Seasoning

 

In a small crock pot add:

 

1 medium celery, 5 carrots, 4 onions, 5 cloves of garlic. Fill it with water. Cook for 4 hours or until the vegetables are soft. Put cayenne and use kelp seasoning to make it salty.

 

Throughout the detox process turn your heart to God and pray for healing. Maybe take a moment to pray before each juice thanking God for your life and the deliverance that will be received.

Also, take the opportunity to make lifestyle changes and after the cleanse continue to eat whole foods – the ones that God created and intended for us to eat.

 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask!

Izabe

Posted on November 3, 2015 and filed under Recipes and Nutrition.

Lasting Energy with a 'Raw Vegan' version of the Bulletproof coffee

I love coffee so when I heard of bulletproof coffee I was beyond myself. Bulletproof coffee's inventor David Asprey claims that his concoction can give you long lasting energy ( he claims up to 6 hours), can assist weight-loss by helping users engage in a form of "intermittent fasting" which triggers ketosis (a metabolic state triggered by a lack of carbs that makes your body burn fats), can kill cravings, and can boost cognitive function. Ok so the list seems a little too good to be true, but I thought that the idea of mixing healthy fats and coffee a very interesting one. 

60% of your brain is made up fat. So good fats are an important fuel of cognitive function. The original bulletproof coffee uses grassfed butter and coconut oil to boost the intake of omega-3 fatty acids and butyrates. Both of these reduce inflammation in humans and are said to prevent cancer and control hunger. Bulletproof coffee also uses special coffee beans said not to contain mycotoxins (which apparently is a fancy name for coffee mold). This claim seems bogus to me though as coffee growers have utilized a process known as "wet processing" since the 1980s to rid their beans of mold. 

But, that is besides the point. I was in NYC last spring when I saw a sign for bulletproof coffee. I really wanted to love it. I mean, it seems that the drink is a silver bullet. I remember proudly holding my first cup of bulletproof coffee in a beautiful NYC morning.... Then, I took my first sip.... My initial happiness quickly turned into disgust. I gagged. It was so gross. The fatty buttery taste was a turn off for me. However, the experience did teach me something: Blending coffee with butter made it really creamy... I thought it could be a great way to substitute my morning latte. That is, if I could ever find something less gross than butter to blend it with. 

Then I got home and I had a tub of Artisana coconut butter staring at me. If you are not familiar with it, Artisana is a very serious company that delivers a fully raw and delicious product. I love coconut butter and oil and try to use it as much as I can. Coconut butter contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) which are burned for energy and don't usually go for fat storage. Coconut butter stimulates your metabolism and helps you burn more fat. In fact, American farmers tried to fatten their cows using coconut oil. But, what happened was the exact opposite! 

So, I decided to blend the coconut butter I had at home with my coffee. The result: sensational! A creamy coffee that gives me longer lasting energy than my usual cup with a much more vibrant ingredient than butter. I highly recommend you try it! The recipe and a short video of this easy recipe is below:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Artisana coconut butter packet  (or use 1 tbsp of coconut butter)
  • 8oz of coffee (I use high quality beans from Ipsento. Their beans are of high quality and direct trade!)

Directions:

Place both ingredients in the blender and blend away. Drink right away and enjoy the energy!