“Spring cleaning” not only refers to our homes, it refers to our bodies! The same principles we apply to “spring cleaning” our homes can be applied to our bodies.
When most of us do spring cleaning around our homes, we sort through closets, cupboards, drawers and remove unwanted items that are no longer useful to us. We wipe down the baseboards, vacuum out drawers, clean the windows and turn the mattress and cushions. Then we only put back the desirable things that we want to keep, things that we like and make us feel good. The unwanted items are given away, recycled or thrown away. The same process is true when we “spring clean” our bodies. We need to sort out our diets, refrigerators and cupboards. Identify what is not useful to our bodies; soda, hydrogenated and bad fats, bread, lattes, alcohol, left over holiday candies and chocolates and throw it way! Then we replace all of those unwanted items that we cleaned from our diet and cupboard with fresh veggies, fruits, nuts and lean meats. Just as those household items were thrown or given away and NEVER to return back into your house, the same is true for your diet. Those unwanted food items should not be returned back into your house or diet! But just as over the year we will acquire unwanted household items the same thing tends to happen to our diets. The best way to jump start the “spring cleaning” of our bodies is through a detoxification diet or program.
We all hear a lot of information about detoxifying our bodies. I am a huge fan of the principle of detoxification. There are several options to detoxifying programs. There are programs of prepackaged herb and supplements that will have a diet to follow. But, if you are not having major health problems like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, hormone imbalances….. then you can start a good detox diet. There are everyday foods that are natural detoxifiers and when eaten in the proper combination, they can cleanse our bodies.
- Drink half of your bodies weight in ounces of filtered or purified water everyday.
AVOID THE FOLLOWING: detoxifying detractors
- excess fat, especially from margarine and processed and fried foods
- sugar and all of its relatives, high fructose corn sugar, honey , molasses, maple syrup, evaporated cane juice, dried cane juice, cakes, cookies, pies, desserts, all products ending in “-ose” ( sucrose, dextrose, fructose….)
- artificial sweeteners, aspartame, Sucralose, Splenda, Nutra sweet, xylitol, sorbitol….
- refined carbohydrates, all products made from white flour
- Gluten, found in wheat, rye, barley, oats, spelt, kamut, and all of the their products (including breads, pastas, crackers, pancakes, waffles, cookies and crusts).
- Soy protein isolates found in low carb “energy “ bars and soy protein powders: and processed soy foods (soy milk, soy cheese, soy hot dogs and burgers, soy ice cream…….)
- Alcohol & over the counter drugs and caffeine, including coffee, tea, soda and chocolate
- Milk and Cheese, including ice cream, half-and-half, any food made with milk or cheese
FOOD TO EAT DAILY: body detoxifiers helpers
- the crucifers veggies; (1 cup raw or 1 1/2 cup cooked) cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, broccoli, broccoli sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, lentil sprouts
- green leafy and herbs;(1 cup raw or 1/2 cup cooked) parsley, kale watercress, chard, cilantro, beet greens, collard mustard greens, dandelion greens
- citrus : 1 orange, 1/2 juice of lemon or lime
- sulfur-rich foods: garlic, onion, eggs, radish
- liver healers; artichoke, asparagus, beets, celery, dandelion root tea, whey, nutritional yeast flakes
- colon caring foods; ( choose 2 daily) milled or ground flax seed (2-3 TBS), phyllium husk (1-2 tsp), carrot (raw), apple ( with skin), pear ( with skin), berries ( 1 cup)
- protein; ( at least 2 serving the size of the palm of your hand) lean beef, veal, skinless turkey or chicken, fish, lamb
- oils/fats; ( at least 2 TBS daily) olive oil, flaxseed oil, black currents seed oil)
Exercising and Perspiration- you have to break a sweat!
Sweating is the body’s safe and natural way to heal, stay healthy and detoxify.
- infra red dry sauna
- steam room
- detoxifying baths
A great book to read is The Fast Tract Detox Diet-Ann Louise Gittleman
on April 26, 2010
This is a very simple and dish that can be served any time of the day, any time of the year.
If you are going to make the topping then I suggest that you start straining the yogurt first so it will be ready when the apples come out of the oven.
- 1 medium lemon
- 4 large apples, cored and hollowed but leaving the bottom intact
- 2 Tbs unsalted nut seed butter (almond, cashew, hazelnut…)
- 1 Tbs unsweetened, dried chopped fruit (apricot, cherries or pineapple…)
- 1Tbs. dried, chopped pitted prunes
- 1Tbs unsweetened raisins
- 1 Tbs of shaved hazelnuts or finely chopped pecans
- 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 c low fat plain greek or goat yogurt
- 1/2 tsp. GF pure vanilla extract
- 2tsp raw. local honey
- 1 Tbs. toasted shaved hazelnuts or finely chopped pecans.
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Squeeze about 2 tbs of lemon juice from the lemon and set aside
- Rub the squeezed lemon over the outside of the apple, drizzling a little lemon juice on the inside.
- Combine and mix together; nut butter, dried fruit, 1 Tbs. of hazelnuts/pecans, cinnamon and honey.
- Firmly stuff mixture into the center cavity of the apple and place in shallow baking dish.
- Mix remaining lemon juice with 1/4 c water and pour around apples.
- Bake 40-45 minutes until firm but tender.
- Strain yogurt in a wire strainer with a towel and let sit in the refrigerator for 1-2 hrs or until thick.
- Pour off liquid and placed thickened yogurt in a bowl. Stir in vanilla and honey.
- Spoon 1 Tbs. of topping over each apple and sprinkle with hazelnuts or pecans.
on April 19, 2010
I have had several questions from readers regarding beverage choice other than water and tea since I do not ever suggest cow’s milk, fruit juices or sodas. Here are some very easy drink that have no artificial sweeteners. If you have not tried Stevia as a sweetener choice, here a few recipes to get you started:) Let me know if you come up with any of your own recipes!
Strawberry (Forgo the Tequila) Margarita
- 6 strawberries
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- 1-1/2 packet Sweetleaf stevia
- 4-5 ice cubes
- Slice strawberries into chunks so they get down into the blender blades.
- Add a healthy squeeze of lime juice.
- Add the Sweetleaf and Blend until good and smooth.
- Add in ice cubes one and two at a time until your desired consistency…too much ice could make it watery so try it with 4 or 5 max and then go from there.
- Pour into a tall glass and garnish with a fresh lime wedge.
- You could also rim the glass with some lime and a little Stevia for a little extra sweet/sour!
- 8 oz carbonated water
- 15 drops Valencia Orange stevia
- 8 oz. carbonated water
- 10 drops Lemon Drop stevia
- serve chilled or over ice
- 3/4 c. crushed ice
- 1/4c. water
- 5 drops Valencia Orange flavored stevia
- Mix in blender until smooth.
- Pour into glass and serve.
- juice of lemon to taste
- regular stevia powder or drops to taste ( 1 packet is usually enough)
- serve chilled or over ice
- 3/4 c. crushed ice
- juice of 1 orange
- 5 drops Valencia Orange flavored stevia
- 5 drops Vanilla Creme flavored
- Blend all ingredients until smooth ( may need to add 1/4 c water)
- Pour into a glass and serve
on April 12, 2010
Stress is one of the current leading cause of sickness and disease today. According to The Standard, 75% of disease prevalent in western society are related to stress mechanics of the body. Our current, fast paced modern lifestyle make in almost impossible for our bodies to adjust naturally to the constant stimuli that our bodies experience day after day.
Classic Signs of stress:
- Waking up in the morning and not feeling refreshed?
- Feeling unusually tired most of the time?
- Needing coffee, soda or sugary snacks to get going and keep going?
- Feel physically exhausted, but your mid continues and keep going?
- The feeling that you are aging too quickly?
- Poor digestion?
- Struggling to lose weight in spite of dieting and exercise?
- Achy muscles and/or joints or tension in your body-particularly you neck and shoulders?
- diminished sex drive?
- Feeling dark or depressed or having trouble concentrating and focusing ad remembering things?
- The lack of motivation to accomplish even small tasks?
- Getting sick more frequently and taking longer to recover?
Sources of stress:
- Mental strain: anger-fear, worrying/anxiety, guilt, depression
- Physical strain: excessive exercise, sleep deprivation, late hours. surgery, trama/injury, pain, inflammation, temperature extremes
- Chemical strain:toxic exposure, heavy metal exposure, infections, illness, low blood sugar, poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, inhaled allergies, food reaction
Road to recovery: Lifestyle factors
- Eat a healthy diet to control the blood sugar and nutritional deficiencies and food reactions- food that reduce stress
- Avoid all refined sugar and refined white flour. Refined food increase inflammation and make us feel tired and sluggish. Eat lots of brightly colored produce which are full of antioxidants to keep us health reduction of mental and emotional stress
- Daily exercise of low to moderate cardiovascular exercise.
- Get enough sleep, allow the body to rest and recover- (get 7- 8 hours of sleep every night).
- Reduce the intake of stimulants; caffeine, coffee and soda pop , alcohol and tobacco.
- Self imposed “quiet time”, reading, yoga, prayer, meditation
- Remove the causes of stress, to the extent possible (e.g., change jobs, disassociate from toxic relationships or people, implement better time management or personal organization).
- Elimination of chronic inflammation though dietary changes and nutritional support such as vitamin and herbal extracts.
- Acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments and message to restore the nervous system
- “Talk therapy” with a professional counselor or close friend who is a good listener…
on April 12, 2010
This is an ideal alternative to a sports drink.
- 20 ounces of water
- 4 tsp of dextrose (glucose “corn sugar”)
- 1/8 tsp of salt
- 1/32tsp of di potassium phosphate
This drink has perfect electrolyte balance. Perfect of the most demanding workouts. You can make 6 to 8 bottles up at a time!
on April 5, 2010
My daughter, Victoria, has been ill since February 2008. She had her first Gardasil vaccination in November 2007. Her second vaccination was in the beginning of February 2008. Immediately after her second vaccination, Victoria experienced severe diarrhea, vomiting and was nauseous for about eight weeks. She had blood work done many times and the pediatrician thought she had a virus. On March 31, 2008, she had her first seizure. My daughter has treated with many neurologists, all of whom have not related her seizures to Gardasil. Meanwhile, there are quite a few hundred people that I have found over the internet through my numerous postings and through Erin Brockovich, and their daughters are all experiencing the same symptoms, which occurred after the Gardasil vaccination. We have actually formed a group and share our daughters’ stories, symptoms and information. My daughter has had CT scans, MRI’s, MRA’s, EEG’s, blood work and was hospitalized at an epilepsy center in the video EEG monitoring unit for two separate weeks in May 2008 and September 2008. A follow-up MRI was performed and a spinal tap was recently attempted, but was unsuccessful. Victoria later underwent a lumbar puncture with fluoroscopy. She was put on many different seizure medications. After the normal EEG results, she was taken off all medications. Her SED rate has always been high and she does have protein in her urine, but doctors do not seem concerned. I was told that her red blood are small, but this apparently is not concerning either. She is also slightly anemic.
My daughter has been seen by several neurologists, a psychiatrist, psychologist, several neuropsychologists, an immunologist, several infectious disease doctors, and also treated a at Wellness Center for a period of time.
My daughter currently experiences the following symptoms: non-epileptic seizures, migraines, fainting, various tremors, twitches and numbness, intermittent leg paralysis and facial paralysis, tingling, staring or blank episodes, eye pain, joint pain, neck pain, back pain, memory loss, confusion, brain fog, regression, mood swings, hair loss and chronic fatigue. She continues to have bouts of nausea and diarrhea. She has not been in school since April 2008. My daughter can never be left home alone. She can’t go to school, go out with her friends or work or has little “normalcy” in her life. She has very few good days and always says she doesn’t feel good.
I do not know which way to turn for help. We have seen so many doctors and I can’t seem to find anyone willing to help my daughter. There are so many other young girls who have the same exact symptoms as my daughter and the one thing that all of the girls seem to have in common is the Gardasil vaccination.
There are no “traditional medical doctors” who relate my daughter’s symptoms to Gardasil as I am told “there is not enough information available” about the vaccine and doctors believe it to be “safe” . Most recently, a neurologist informed that he does believe that my daughter’s symptoms were brought on by the vaccine, just not in a way that he could test or prove.
There are some doctors who are making the correlation between Gardasil and many of the girls’ symptoms. Other doctors are willing to “try” treatment, most of which is “homeopathic” in nature and extremely costly. Once again, I must reiterate that there are so many other young girls experiencing negative symptoms.
Each night, I check on my daughter many times in the middle of the night to make sure she is still breathing (like we ALL did when they were babies).
I often cry and wonder if Victoria will be next one to die from adverse reactions to Gardasil.
We are in desperate need of medical treatment for my daughter. I have run out of ideas, doctors to treat with and finances have dwindled. I do not know which direction to turn. Any thoughts are most appreciated, especially from the medical community.
Please feel free to forward this information.
Thank you for your time and attention.
P.S. Victoria is one of five girls mentioned on the NVIC website. Victoria’s story appeared on the front page of the Philadelphia Weekly Newspaper in June 2009 and also mentioned on the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer in August 2009. A Fox news story recently aired as well.
For more information, visit TruthAboutG
on April 5, 2010
Just 2 ounces of Dark Chocolate is enough to quiet a cough. The cocoa content needs to be 65% or higher to be effective. British and Hungarian researchers think the chemical theobromine, found in dark chocolate, relaxes the vegas nerve which triggers the brain to initiate cough reflex.