The Red Tea Detox Diaries – The Top 5 Products I Use During My Detox

Hello everyone!

As I begin day 15 on my detox, my weight loss has slowed tremendously, but still respectable. In total, I have lost 10 pounds in 14 days. Not too shabby, however 8 of those 10 pounds were during my 7-day fast, at the beginning, then another 2 pounds in 7 days. So, I’m more in line with safe weekly weight loss recommendations of 1 – 2 pounds a week.

I am currently in a 2 day fat fast, which entails eating 80% of daily calories in the form of healthy fat, not exactly easy. Yesterday, the first day, I managed approximately 75%…and I actually gained weight. So, I’ll just keep plugging along and see what tomorrow brings. I begin the low calorie phase on Saturday.

As far as my detox symptoms go, the rollercoaster continues. As is the case with most detox regimes, there are good days and bad days. Initially, during the first 7 days, I felt horrible. At the beginning of phase one, (5 days of veggie/protein) I was on a physical, mental and emotional high. I felt great. Then, on about day 3  I crashed: fatigue, muscle aches, weakness, etc…  I was back on a great high again for a day or two, now I’ve crashed again, since starting the fat fast. Along with the basic symptoms, an old knee injury and an old ankle injury have come back to haunt me. I just keep telling myself that my body is healing and this will all be worth it.

So that’s how things have been going for me lately. Before I get to the products, I wanted to share a few things with you. In my area, there is a delivery service called Seasonal Roots. They deliver locally grown, farm fresh veggies, fruit, milk, butter, eggs and meat directly to people’s homes. All items are sourced within 150 miles of my home. (instead of being shipped from California or Mexico). For more information on why you should eat local as well as finding farmers markets and local produce FOLLOW THIS LINK. Anyway, I’ve been wanting to try it for a while, and finally decided to give it a try. I received my first box this past Wednesday…Have a look;

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The produce above is red leaf lettuce, spring onions, leaks, bok choy, Russian kale carrots, zucchini, white sweet potatoes (top right) red beets (middle right), golden beets (bottom right), Portabella caps and farm fresh eggs.

As part of my daily routine, I’ve been drinking matcha green tea in the morning, since I’m skipping breakfast due to my 16/8 intermittent fasting. I am finding it to be a WONDERFUL edition to my morning. I am NOT a morning person AT ALL! The tea gives me wonderful, sustained energy without the jiggers of regular caffeinated drinks. I’ve also found that the powder is strong stuff, and a little goes a long way. I decided to splurge and buy some authentic matcha tea accessories. Have a look:

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Above is a tin of premium Japanese Matcha tea , a traditional bamboo matcha tea set, and Matcha DNA handcrafted Matcha Tea Bowl, used to prepare a traditional cup of Matcha tea. It works wonderfully! The bigger bowl is big enough to account for the large bamboo whisk. I couldn’t be happier. I find this method works best for preparing the powdered matcha leaves.

One final purchase to share with you, then I’ll get to the 5 products. Since my fasting buddy and I are drinking a combined 12 cups of red tea/day, making all that tea was getting tiresome. So, I came up with the idea to make a concentrated version of the tea using 2 cups of water and this handy little device. (Where has this been all my life!) It’s called the Teavana Perfecta 16 oz. Here’s how it looks, followed by a demo video. This is such a cool tea pot. If you drink a lot of tea, I highly recommend it.

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Here’s a demo of the Teavana:

The Top 5 Products I Use During My Detox

There are 5 main products I’ve been using to help me through my detox, either to nourish, cleanse or aid in fat burning.

  1. Anthony’s organic rooibos tea
  2. Schizandu organic coconut activated charcoal
  3. Primaforce Yohimbine HCL
  4. Oceans Alive Phytoplankton
  5. Crystal Energy (Hunza water)

ROOIBOS TEA

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Rooibos tea is the base for the Red Tea recipe which I’ve been drinking during the course of my detox. For the main health benefits of Rooibos tea, FOLLOW THIS LINK. While there are other ingredients in the tea blend I use (which I cannot divulge), Rooibos alone has so many benefits, drinking it on it’s own is helpful.

Schizandu organic coconut activated charcoal

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I will only be using this product during the course of my detox. Activated charcoal is used to help cleanse the body of poisons, chemicals and toxins. Activated charcoal should never be used long term. For more information on Activated Charcoal, FOLLOW THIS LINK

Primaforce Yohimbine HCL

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I am only using this as a recommendation from the RED TEA DETOX book. I am trying to follow the detox as closely as possible. One of the purported  health benefits is fat loss. If you are interested in this product, PLEASE do your research first. Here is a bit of information on yohimbine, it’s benefits and side effects:

What is Yohimbine and should you use it? – Below is an excellent video discussing the benefits and side effects of Yohimbine. Quite frankly, I don’t recommend it, unless you fall into one of the following categories:

  • You’ve lost all but that last stubborn 10 pounds
  • you’ve tried every diet available and can’t lose any weight.

Ocean’s Alive Phytoplankton

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What is Oceans Alive? (This is pricy, but GOOD stuff!)

This is a quote from the Ocean’s Alive (Activation Products)  website:

“Oceans Alive is the ultimate superfood. A premium blend of two specially cultivated, hand-selected marine phytoplankton strains, Oceans Alive is like rocket fuel for your cells. Grown in a photobioreactor, our marine phytoplankton is completely pure and free of contaminants. The nutrient density of this microalgae provides you with a wide array of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and amino acids; the building blocks of good health.”

Click on the link below

to hear Ian, the company founder,

talk about the power of Ocean’s Alive.

This is also the site where you can purchase Ocean’s Alive for yourself.

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Crystal Energy (Hunza water)

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What is Hunza Water? Here are two videos from Dr. Patrick Flanagan, inventor of Crystal Energy, explaining what Hunza water is and why it’s important…

Until next time…

NAMASTE MY FRIENDS!

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1 minute videos: Health Benefits of Hibiscus Tea

This week for 1 minute videos,

I’m focusing on some of the world’s healthiest teas.

Today…Hibiscus Tea


 

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Hibiscus tea is made from the hibiscus flower. According to my research, the tea is sour and sometimes called “sour tea”, with  a flavor slightly reminiscent to cranberry.

Going into this week of covering different types of tea, I assumed that matcha tea  probably had the highest anti-oxidant content. But, after watching a video from nutritionfacts.org, I may have been mistaken. Could Hibiscus be healthier?

According to the video, a study done in 2011 on the anti-oxidant content of 3100 foods, shows that HIBISCUS TEA has a higher anti-oxidant content than MATCHA TEA!

Yes, you read that right.

The study looked at the anti-oxidant content of  283 beverages.

The video reviewed a few, here’s how they scored: (1)

  • Scoring 0
    • water
    • Red bull
  • Scoring  1
    • Pepsi
    • Coke
    • Milk
  • Scoring 5
    • white wine
  • Scoring 13
    • Red tea
  • Scoring 23
    • Black tea
  • Scoring 36
    • Green tea
  • Scoring 38
    • Red wine
  • Scoring 39
    • Grape juice
  • Scoring 40
    • Espresso
  • Scoring 47
    • Coffee
  • Scoring 100
    • Matcha Tea
  • Scoring 132
    • HIBISCUS TEA!!!!

Wow! Who knew? 

See the infographic and today’s 1 minute video below for other health benefits.

The video below is not the video sited above.

If you’re interested in seeing the sited video,

FOLLOW THIS LINK.

That’s it for our week of tea! I hope you enjoyed this and learned something new.

Until next time…

Namaste my friends.

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SOURCES:

  1. Healthier than green tea?

1 minute videos: Health Benefits of Tulsi Tea

This week for 1 minute videos,

I’m focusing on some of the world’s healthiest teas.

Today…Tulsi Tea


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Tulsi tea, also known as Holy Basil, has been used in Ayurvedic medicine in India for thousands of years (1,2). It is considered the most popular beverage in India. In fact, it’s so common that many families in India grow the plant in their homes. (2)

The main health benefit for Tulsi/holy basil is that it is an adaptogen. An adaptogen is “a non-toxic substance that will increase your resistance to stress…fatigue…anxiety, and trauma.” (2)

See the infographic and today’s 1 minute video below for other health benefits.

Until next time…

Namaste my friends.

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SOURCES:

  1. Featured image and other info: https://www.herbalteasonline.com/tulsi-tea-holy-basil-tea.php
  2. Organic Tulsi Tea – The Healthiest Alternative for Coffee

1 minute videos: Health Benefits of White Tea

This week for 1 minute videos,

I’m focusing on some of the world’s healthiest teas.

Today…White Tea


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White tea is also called “virgin tea”, because it is the least processed tea available. The tea leaves are “young” leaves, which are picked from the plant at about 8 days growth. This is peak time for nutrients and anti-oxidants, as well as flavor. Basically, the leaves are simply picked and dehydrated, without any further processing.

See the infographic and video below for the health benefits of white tea.

 

Until next time…

Namaste my friends.

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SOURCES:

  1. What is white tea
  2. FEATURED IMAGE: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/beverage/white-tea.html

25 Amazing Recipes to Keep Your Weight Loss Plan Interesting (Paleo, Keto, GF, Low Carb, Alkaline, Red Tea Detox-Phase 1)

It is estimated that Americans spend over $60 billion per year on weight loss programs or trying to lose weight (2). Also, the worldwide obesity rate has tripled since 1975, with approximately 1.9 billion adults considered overweight throughout the world.  (3) Chances are, you or someone you know are either on a diet or has tried to lose weight at some point.

We all start weight loss programs with good intentions. Then one of two things happens. Either we lose the desired weight, only to gain it back after returning to old eating patterns or we give up because the weight loss meal plan is too strict or boring. If you’re in the former group, you’re in good company. (Hint: I’m in this group) There’s a statistic floating around in the world of weight loss, which you’ve probably heard,  that 95% of dieters regain the weight they lost. Some say this is just folk lore and can’t be proven. Whether it’s accurate or not, it is an indication that people have trouble sticking to a healthy diet, losing weight, and keeping it off.

The key to any good weight loss plan is not to make temporary changes, but to make a healthy and permanent change to your lifestyle and eating patterns. One of the keys to changing your eating patterns is learning how to prepare interesting and tasty meals, while keeping them healthy. That’s what I set out to do, as I entered the next phase of my 21 day detox.

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As many of you know, I’m currently doing a 21 day Red Tea Detox plan. The first 7 days consisted of a 7 day fast, which included a 72-hour herbal tea fast, followed by 4 days of 24 hour intermittent fasting.

Today, I’ve begun the first of a 14 day/4 phase eating plan. Phase 1 is 5 days in length, with day one being only vegetables and the remaining four days will be veggies and protein. Since I’ve been fasting for 7 days, the last thing I want to eat is a plate of boring, steamed veggies and baked chicken or fish. 😝 Who’s going to stick to a diet like that?…BORING!

The meal plan I’ll be following is a low carb paleo diet, combined with intermittent fasting, which means I’ll be on a 16/8 schedule, 16 hours fasting and 8 hours eating, 3 meals per day. I’ll be aiming to keep my carb count below 30 grams per day. For my calorie count, I’ll aim for 1100/day, with an upper limit of 1500. The allowed foods are VERY healthy, with nuts/seeds, lean forms of protein, as well as heart healthy fish and alkalinizing veggies.

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Here is a list of the foods I’m allowed to eat for the next 5 days. I’m also allowed herbs, spices, healthy oils like flax, coconut, and olive as well as butter/ghee. (1)

Phase 1 Vegetables to Eat

  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumber
  • Celery
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Tomatoes

Phase 1 Proteins to Eat

  •  Fish
  •  Shellfish
  •  Chicken
  •  Eggs
  •  Turkey
  •  Lean beef
  •  Tofu
  • TVP (textured vegetable protein; reconstitute with water and use like ground beef)
  • Nuts and seeds
  •  Unsweetened soymilk
  • Unsweetened cashew milk
  • Unsweetened nut milk with protein added
  • Whey protein shakes (remember to double-check carb content)
  • Vegan protein shakes (remember to double-check carb content)

One of the keys to sticking to any weight loss plan is to make it interesting. So, as I was writing my meal plans for the next 5 days, I decided I should share some of the recipes I found with all of you.

So, armed with the above two lists, I set out to find some fun, interesting and tasty recipes to include in my meal plan. I want our meals to feel like we’re not missing anything. I can’t have boring meals and stick with the eating plan…nope. In the recipes below I have a few “bread” recipes, some veggie recipes and protein recipes: a few beef, a few chicken and a few fish. No more steamed broccoli and baked chicken, although that’s okay once in a while! I hope these recipes spark your imagination, because eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring!

Some of the best Alkaline and Paleo Websites:

In my research, I came across a few recipe websites that were jam packed with wonderful recipes, some with alkaline recipes and some with paleo. Here are a few of them:

Paleo Recipes

Alkaline Recipes

The Recipes

BREAD – Since nuts and seeds are allowed, I availed myself of the plethora of creative people on the internet, who have created paleo and keto versions of different items.

🌟🌟The Best Low Carb Bread Recipe 🌟 🌟

I’ve made this recipe MANY times and it’s wonderful! Even my kids and hubby like it. Make sure and follow her tips. They make all the difference! What I love about this recipe is the high fiber content. There is 7 grams of fiber per slice!

Low Carb Maven

Ingredients
  • 10 ounces blanched almond flour
  • 3 ounces Bob’s Red Mill Golden Flax Meal
  • 100 grams NOW Psyllium Husk Powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces egg whites (226.80 g)
  • 3 ounces vinegar (85 g)
  • 14 ounces boiling water (396.89 g)

Best Keto Bread Recipe

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 Cup Almond Flour 
  • 6 Large eggs Separated
  • 4 tbsp Butter melted
  • 3 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 1 pinch salt

Cauliflower Bread

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium head cauliflower , cut into bite-sized pieces (or 3 cups cauliflower rice)
  • Parchment paper
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Cheesecloth
  • 1 large egg , lightly beaten
  • ½ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ tsp sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • ¼ tsp . ground black pepper
  • 4 green onions , thinly sliced, reserve a small amount of the greens for garnish

Cauliflower Bagels

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups packed cauliflower rice (600g or 21 ounces)
  • pinch of kosher sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tbsp. almond flour
  • 2 tbsp. coconut flour

Everything Bagel Spice Combo

  • 1 tbsp. poppy seed
  • 1 tbsp. sesame seed
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp. minced onion
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher sea salt

Flaxseed Keto Wraps

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Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 tbsp flax seeds milled
  • 1/4 cup / 30g pre-shredded mozzarella
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt

VEGETABLES – I feel creativity was essential for this particular food group. While we all know vegetables are very healthy and good for us, they don’t always taste good. And, let’s be honest, they can be kind of boring. I looked for tasty and sometimes creative ways to prepare veggies. Here’s what I found.

Brussel Sprouts with Pistachio and Lemon

Get Off Your Acid

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INGREDIENTS

2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
¾ cup shelled pistachios
Zest and juice from one lemon
16 large Brussels Sprouts, leaves separated from the core. Cut the end of the sprout off and peel leaves off.
Salt and pepper to taste

FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR THE COMPLETE RECIPE

Zucchini Pasta with Spinach Lemon Pesto

Get Off Your Acid

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INGREDIENTS

4 zucchinis
3 cups baby spinach
1⁄4 cup basil
3 garlic cloves
Juice of 1 small to medium lemon
1⁄4 cup cashews
1⁄2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1⁄2 cup cherry tomatoes sliced in half
Salt to taste (Celtic Grey Sea Salt, Himalayan, or Redmond Real Salt)

FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR THE COMPLETE RECIPE

Italian Marinated Zucchini Squash

with Sun Dried Tomato

Get Off Your Acid

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 fresh zucchini
  • 2 fresh yellow squash
  • ½ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. minced oregano
  • 1 tbsp. minced dill
  • 1 tbsp. minced basil
  • 1 tsp. sea salt

FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR THE COMPLETE RECIPE

Raw Cucumber Sushi Rolls

The Blender Girl

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Ingredients

  • 1 English Cucumber

guacamole

  • 1 large avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1 cup curly kale leaves (ribs removed), chiffonaded
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin, plus more to taste
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional), plus more to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon sweet paprika, to garnish

FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR THE COMPLETE RECIPE

Paleo Chimichuri Abundance Bowl

The Blender Girl

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Ingredients

cauliflower rice

  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil (in liquid form)
  • 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt

vegetables

  • 1/2 medium red onion, peeled and cut into eighths
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diagonally sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, plus more to taste
  • 2 medium zucchinis, diagonally sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 (8oz/227g) bunch broccolini (about 12 stalks), trimmed
  • 1/4 cup (12g) finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 cup (110g) sauerkraut (optional)
  • 1 medium avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced
  • 1/4 cup (45g) sliced or slivered almonds

chimichurri sauce (yields 1 1/3 cups (306g))

  • 3/4 cup (180ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest, plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic (4 cloves)
  • 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, plus more to taste
  • 1 cup (30g) firmly packed basil leaves
  • 1 cup (30g) firmly packed flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup (15g) firmly packed cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup (23g) firmly packed finely chopped chives
  • 1/2 medium avocado, peeled and pitted (optional, see instructions)

FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR THE COMPLETE RECIPE

PALEO CAULIFLOWER TABOULI

The Blender Girl

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 large head of cauliflower chopped up into florets (discard the tough core)
  •  3 large bunches finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 cups finely diced tomatoes (about 8 large tomatoes with flesh scooped out) 
  • 1 bunch green onions, finely chopped (white and green parts)
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled and finely diced (after seeds scooped out)
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste

FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR THE COMPLETE RECIPE

Raw Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai

Live Energized

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Ingredients:

3 medium courgettes (zucchini)
3 large carrots
2 spring onions, chopped (also known as green onions, scallions)
1 cup shredded red cabbage
½ packet of beansprouts
1 cup cauliflower florets
1 bunch of fresh coriander/cilantro, chopped roughly
Coconut Oil

Sauce

¼ cup tahini
¼ cup almond butter
¼ cup tamari
1 tsp coconut sugar
2 tbsp lime or lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1 inch of ginger root, grated

Alkaline Detox Lime-Chili Stir ‘Fry’

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Ingredients:

Pak-Choi
Carrots
Mange-Tout/Sugar Snap Peas
Beansprouts
Broccoli
Cabbage (red or green)
Courgette (Zucchini)
Fresh Lime Juice
Chili
Coriander
Vegetable Boullion
Brown Basmati Rice/Wild Rice (Use cauliflower rice to make it paleo)

Summer Coleslaw

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Ingredients
2 cups Napa cabbage finely sliced
2 cup red cabbage thinly sliced
2 red peppers thinly sliced
3 carrots julienne sliced
2 cups bok choy sliced mostly white and some green parts
small bunch chives chopped in 1″ pieces
3 tbsp raw sesame seeds- lightly toasted if desired
For the dressing
2 tbsp braggs liquid aminos
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil-cold pressed organic if possible
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons grated ginger
2 tsp raw sesame tahini
Celtic sea salt to taste

FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR THE COMPLETE RECIPE

PROTEIN

Caramelised Onion, Carrot & Ham

Omelette Roll

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Ingredients

  • • 1-2 tablespoons of ghee or butter
  • • 2 medium onions (I used one brown and one red onion), cut in half and sliced thinly
  • • 2 small carrots, peeled and grated
  • teaspoon sea salt
  • • 2 garlic cloves, finely diced
  • • 6 large eggs
  • • Pinch of black pepper and sea salt
  • • A little coconut oil, ghee or butter for greasing
  • • Rimmed oven tray, about an inch deep, 8-9″ by 15-16″
  • • Parchment/baking paper
  • • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise (optional) or harrissa sauce (you could also use something like pesto)
  • • 2-3 slices of free range ham (Use sliced turkey if you’re avoiding processed meats)

Paleo Chicken Tortilla Soup

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Ingredients

  • 2 large chicken breasts, skin removed and cut into 1/2 inch strips
  • 1 28oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 32 ounces organic chicken broth
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 2 jalepenos, de-seeded and diced
  • 2 cups of shredded carrots
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 1 bunch of cilantro chopped fine
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced – I always use one of these
  • 2 Tbs tomato paste
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • sea salt & fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • olive oil
  • 1-2 cups water

Ginger Beef and Noodle Stir Fry

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Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoon(s) coconut aminos
  • 1 medium lime(s), juiced
  • 2 medium garlic clove(s) minced
  • 1 teaspoon(s) ginger, fresh grated
  • 11/2 pound(s) beef – flank, sirloin, or NY strip steak(s) sliced
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1 tablespoon(s) kosher salt or less to taste
  • 3 tablespoon(s) sesame oil
  • 2 medium onion(s), green sliced
  • 1 teaspoon(s) red pepper flakes crushed
  • 2 tablespoon(s) cilantro, fresh for garnish

Kickin’ Steak Fajitas

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound(s) beef – steak(s), boneless cut into 1½ inch x ¼ inch strips
  • 1 large onion(s), yellow sliced
  • 4 medium garlic clove(s) sliced
  • 3 medium bell pepper(s) any color, seeded and sliced
  • 2 large jalapeno pepper(s) or serrano peppers, seeded and sliced
  • 1 medium avocado(s) seeded and sliced
  • 4 tablespoon(s) avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1/4 cup(s) cilantro, fresh chopped, optional for garnish
  • 1 medium lime(s) quartered, optional for garnish
  • 1/2 packet(s) Trader Joe’s Taco Seasoning Mix or mix together 2 teaspoon(s) chili powder, 2 teaspoon(s) cumin, 2 teaspoon(s) garlic powder, 2 teaspoon(s) onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon(s) cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon(s) black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon(s) sea salt

Cuban-Style Slow Cooker Flank Steak

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup(s) chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoon(s) cumin
  • 11/2 teaspoon(s) oregano, dried
  • 1 teaspoon(s) sea salt to taste (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon(s) black pepper to taste (optional)
  • 1 can(s) tomatoes, diced (14 oz)
  • 1 medium onion(s) sliced
  • 2 medium bell pepper(s), green sliced
  • 2 medium garlic clove(s) chopped
  • 1 tablespoon(s) capers chopped
  • 11/2 pound(s) beef – flank steak(s) cut crosswise into three pieces
  • 1/4 cup(s) olives, pimento-stuffed sliced

FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR THE COMPLETE RECIPE

Chicken and roasted pepper stuffed mushrooms

Meatified

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Ingredients

  • 4 – 5 large Portabella mushrooms
  • ¾ – 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1½ cup roast peppers, drained
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1½ tbl Italian seasoning
  • Optional: 1 tsp almondflour per mushroom

FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR THE COMPLETE RECIPE

Caribbean Paleo Jerk Bake Chicken

My Natural Family

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INGREDIENTS

  • 4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (cut into thick slices)
  • ½ Fresh Pineapple (cut into ½ “ thick slices)
  • 1 Tbl Arrowroot Starch
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ground Allspice
  • ¼ tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp Ground Pepper
  • 1 tsp Real Salt
  • ½ Tbl Chopped Garlic
  • 1 Tbl Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 Tbl Raw Honey
  • ¼ Cup Coconut Aminos
  • Cilantro (chopped, to garnish)

FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR THE COMPLETE RECIPE

Baked Indian-Style Lemongrass Chicken

Paleo Leap

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Ingredients

  • 6 to 8 chicken thighs, skinless and boneless
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, sliced
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, minced
  • 4 shallots, minced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 small mild red chili peppers (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 green onions, minced
  • 1 tbsp. fresh turmeric, minced
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, to garnish
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR THE COMPLETE RECIPE

Paleo Fish Tacos

Paleo Flourish

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For the Fish:

  • 1 lb **tilapia**(or halibut/cod), cut into 1/2 inch by 3-4 inch strips (**NOTE FROM TAMARA-DO NOT EAT TILAPIA EVER! IT’S FARM RAISED AND NASTY STUFF- I’LL WRITE AN ARTICLE SOMETIME.**)
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • dash of pepper
  • Coconut oil for frying

For the White Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • dash of chili pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of raw honey (optional)

To Eat:

  • 4-6 lettuce leaves
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 4-6 slices of lime

FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR THE COMPLETE RECIPE

Cilantro Lime Salmon

Paleo Leap

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Ingredients

  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • Juice and zest of 2 limes, and then slice the limes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped + more for garnish
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR THE COMPLETE RECIPE

Orange Rosemary Seared Salmon

Paleo Leap

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Ingredients

  • 4 salmon fillets, skinless
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp. fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tsp. orange zest
  • 1 tbsp. tapioca starch (optional)
  • Cooking fat
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR THE COMPLETE RECIPE

SOURCE:

  1. L. Miller, (n.d.). The Red Tea Detox. Retrieved from: http://redteadetoxofficial.com/
  2. http://www.worldometers.info/weight-loss/
  3. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs311/en/

 Until Next Time….

Namaste My Friends

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Walk to Wellness: Top 5 Ways to Deal with a Detox Healing Response (AKA Detox symptoms)

Aegrescit medendo

This is the original latin phrase which translates to “The disease worsens with the treatment” or “The remedy is worse than the disease.” This is the phrase aptly given to what is known as the Herxheimer Reaction (technically the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction), AKA, “healing reaction”, “healing response” “healing crisis” “die-off reaction” or “detox symptoms”.

The Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction is named for Adolf Jarisch, an Austrian dermatologist and Karl Herxheimer, a German dermatologist, who were the first to observe this reaction in patients being treated for syphilis. The phrase, shortened to the Herxheimer reaction, has since been applied to reactions from healing and detoxing the body.

Healing responses can be scary and quite uncomfortable, to say the least, but are a natural part of the body’s healing process. The liver, in an attempt to protect the body, either stores unhealthy chemicals, in the liver itself, or in fatty tissue throughout the body. (4) Toxins, called endotoxins, also come from bad bacteria as they grow or when they die off.  As you detox, and the body either burns fat for fuel, these chemicals are released into the bloodstream, or the bacteria die off, creating the adverse symptoms. These toxins cause an immune response through out the body, creating inflammation where they are being released. (3)

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While healing responses are a sign that the body is healing itself, detoxing isn’t for the faint of heart, and I mean this quite literally. If you have a chronic disease, heart problems or a diseased liver, DO NOT under any circumstances, detox without the assistance, and approval of a medical doctor or other qualified professional. Many in the medical field consider healing responses to be potentially dangerous, “especially in vulnerable individuals“.

While it is a natural process, I agree with them, but only to the extent of chronically ill people. It can make their illness worse, unless done properly and very carefully under close supervision. In most cases, a detox is exactly what they need to begin healing, however, their bodies are simply too sick to manage it. Detoxing is hard on all parts of the body, but particularly the liver, the main detox organ. Within these people, the liver, already weak, can become overwhelmed and begin shutting down.

In most healthy people, however, it is simply part of healing the body. It should be perfectly safe for most people to detox, as long as it is done slowly and carefully. That said, it is advisable to consult a physician prior to beginning any program.

The below video wonderful if you’d like to learn a bit more about a healing response.

Before we get to the tips for easing healing symptoms, I want to mention one thing. Doing any detox program or even suddenly switching from an unhealthy diet to a very healthy one, isn’t a smooth road, but more like a rollercoaster.

Upon starting the detox, you’ll experience initial symptoms, which will gradually improve. Just when you think things are getting better, you’ll have another flare-up, another healing reaction. Remember, your body is FULL of toxins. They don’t all get released at once, then go away. Quite frankly, you don’t want all of them to be released at once. As they gradually release, your healing responses will come and go.

Another thing to keep in mind, is you may experience pain from illnesses or injuries you acquired many years ago. So don’t be surprised if your injured knee from 20 years ago reasserts itself during your detox. Just something to keep in mind.

Tips for dealing with a healing response – Part of any good detox plan is to drink plenty of water, as well as get plenty of rest. Daily meditation is also a good way to deal with the stress from the detox. Other than that, here are a few of the best ways to deal with a healing response.

  • Himalayan Salt Bath –  Salt bath soaks are one of the best ways to detox the body. You’ll hear many advise you to use epsom salts. These are okay, buy I prefer Himalayan Salts in my detox baths. Himalayan salts are a wonderful addition, not just to your bath, but to your daily diet. Salt isn’t the evil thing it’s been made out to be, but like anything else, you just need the right kind. For more information on Himalayan Salts, FOLLOW THIS LINK. For a demo on how to do a Himalayan salt bath, aka a SOLE bath, FOLLOW THIS LINK. A 30 minute Himalayan salt bath will do the following (5):
    • Reduce inflammation – relieve joint and muscle pain throughout the body. (I’ve personally experienced this effect.)
    • Detox the skin – release inflammation on the skin
    • Increase your metabolism
    • Increase lymph flow –  increased lymph flow is essential for cleansing the body during a detox
    • Increase blood flow – healing issues deep within the body
  • Dry Skin Brushing – The skin is the largest organ in the body and one simple 6 minute routine every morning can improve your overall health, not just the skin, but the entire body. For more information on skin brushing, FOLLOW THIS LINK. For a demo on how to do a 6 minute skin brushing routine FOLLOW THIS LINK. Making skin brushing a part of your daily routine will do the following (6)
    • Stimulate your lymphatic system
    • Exfoliate your skin
    • Increase cirulation
    • Reduce cellulite
    • Relieve stress
    • Improve digestion and kidney function (essential during a detox!)
  • Caster Oil Pack on the Liver – This may be a new one for all of you, but I’ve been doing these for years, especially during my cleanses and detoxing. Basically, you take a quality caster oil, cold pressed, saturate a wool with oil, and warm the oil pack with a hot water bottle or heating pad. You then simply lay back and relax for 45 – 60 minutes. This may see like an odd thing to do, but it really works and so relaxing. Caster oil has been used for thousands of years, back to Egypt, 3500 years ago. For more information on Caster Oil Packs, FOLLOW THIS LINK. For a demo on how to do a caster oil pack on the liver, FOLLOW THIS LINK. A 45 – 60 minute caster oil pack will do the following (7)
    • Promotes circulation around the organ, in this case the liver
    • Supports the body’s natural ability to detox
    • Supports the nervous system
    • Reduces pain, inflammation and swelling
    • Increases lymphatic flow
    • Improves liver function
    • Improves digestion
  • Yoga While strictly speaking, yoga doesn’t actually “detox”, but like the other tips, it is an aid to help improve circulation in specific parts of the body, and relieve healing response symptoms. For more information on Yoga for Detox, FOLLOW THIS LINK. For a 20 minute yoga flow for detox and digestion, FOLLOW THIS LINK. Specific poses in yoga do the following (8):
    • Twists- These moves squeeze the abdominal muscles and stimulating the muscles and circulation to the organs of the digestive tract
    • Forward bends – compress the organs of the digestive tract increasing elimination
    • Inversions – drain fluid from the legs and feet back toward the heart.
  • Take Activated CharcoalActivated charcoal is actual charcoal, made from many different substances, that has been exposed to a gas, which creates a porous surface,  increasing the surface area and ability cleanse the body of toxins. Activated charcoal works by trapping toxins into the millions of tiny pores. It is widely used in hospital to aid in cases of drug overdose, and can be used during a detox or cleanse. It is important to use natural sources of activated charcoal, such as coconut shells. Some things of which to be aware: charcoal can react to medications, check with your doctor; interfere with the absorption of nutrients; should NEVER BE TAKEN LONG TERM, only use during your detox. For more information on activated charcoal, FOLLOW THIS LINK. For a video on activated charcoal, including how to use it, as well as precautions, FOLLOW THIS LINK. Taking activated charcoal will help in the following ways (8)
    • Relieves gas and bloating
    • Cleanses the body of mold
    • Emergency toxin removal
    • reduces cholesterol
    • anti-aging –  by preventing toxin related cellular damage
    • promotes a healthy digestive tract – by removing toxins that create allergic reactions and create damage

Closing thoughts

One final note, I apologize for getting this out so late in the day. However, I was dealing with my own healing response from my detox. It’s been a bad day! Anyway….

There are many more ways of alleviating healing responses, these are just the 5 I prefer. Other methods include acupuncture, enemas/colonics, essential oils, probiotics, bone broth, apple cider vinegar, and chiropractic care.

If you are thinking about a detox, implementing any of the above methods will go a long way to relieving the symptoms. Remember, as uncomfortable as healing responses are, it is well worth it in the end. You’ll feel so much better, cleaner and healthier as a result.

Until next time…

Namaste my friends

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Sources:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jarisch%E2%80%93Herxheimer_reaction#History
  2. http://naturallysavvy.com/eat/coping-with-a-healing-crisis-during-a-cleanse
  3. https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/strategies-healing-crisis/
  4. https://paleoleap.com/do-people-release-toxins-when-they-lose-weight/
  5. Himalayan salt bath
  6. https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/02/24/dry-skin-brushing.aspx
  7. https://drjockers.com/castor-oil-packs-detox/
  8. https://www.active.com/health/articles/how-yoga-detoxes-and-restores-the-body?page=1
  9. https://draxe.com/activated-charcoal-uses/

1 minute videos: Health Benefits of Matcha Green Tea

This week for 1 minute videos,

I’m focusing on some of the world’s healthiest teas.

Today…Matcha Green Tea


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Along with my rooibos tea, I allow myself one cup of Matcha tea every morning, despite the caffeine. Who can pass up drinking Matcha tea with all the health benefits? It is a truly amazing tea! Just how healthy? Take a look at the infographic below, as well as today’s one minute video.

Until next time…

Namaste my friends.

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1 minute videos: Health Benefits of Rooibos Tea

This week for 1 minute videos,

I’m focusing on some of the world’s healthiest teas, beginning with my personal favorite:

(HINT: It’s the base for the detox tea I’ve been drinking!)


I lived in England for almost 4 years. During that time, I learned to love their wonderful and delicious British tea, realizing just how poorly we Americans make tea. We’re coffee drinkers after all! I actually don’t like coffee! I’m a tea drinker all the way and always have been.  Upon my return to the states, I was spoiled by the robust and delicious nature of British tea and missed it dearly. I did find some actual British tea in an international grocery store, for which I was extremely grateful. Then I had to give up (or at least cut back on) caffeine, and decaf black tea just isn’t the same.

(I’m a bit of a tea snob if you can’t tell).

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In one of my first courses in school, I learned of the health benefits of herbal tea.  One of the assignments in that class was to research different herbal teas, try some of them and report on the experience, including the health benefits. I tried MANY, MANY, MANY, but found them all to be weak, and flavorless, tasting remarkably like hot water, compared to the robust black tea to which I had become accustomed.

That’s when I discovered ROOIBOS TEA.

The taste is very similar to black tea, but with a slightly woodsy taste. It’s delicious! AND, it’s super healthy and considered by many to be healthier than green tea, but without the caffeine. It has become part of my daily routine, and has replaced my soda addiction!

(A HUGE step! If you are a follower of mine, you’ll know just how huge!)

Here’s the 1 minute video for today, highlighting the benefits of Rooibos Tea.

Until next time…

Namaste my friends.

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The Red Tea Detox Diaries – I survived the 72-hour fast…barely 😉

😘Hello everyone!🤗

Yesterday Monday, March 26, at 12:00 pm I ended my 72 hour herbal tea fast. The length was technically 70 hours, and was supposed to go until 2:00 pm.  However, my fasting buddy and kids encouraged me to get back to eating on a normal schedule and end it 2 hours early. Besides, I felt like I was going to die! UGH! 🤕  giphy.gif

When I woke up on Monday morning around 8:00 am, it had been 66 hours since my last solid meal. I felt okay while I was laying down, but the second I stood up, I felt as if I was going to pass out. My head was spinning, I felt light headed and my legs were quite weak. I seriously thought I was going to pass out. By the time I got back in bed, my entire body felt weak, especially my arms and legs.

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I drank some water and green tea, which helped, and spent the morning lying down and studying for my oral exam, which I took today. The odd thing is, when it came time to eat, I wasn’t hungry at all. I forced myself to eat, because I obviously needed it.

Here’s what I had:

 

 

In the above photos-

  • On the left – Sesame Chicken Salad from Terra’s Kitchen
  • Top right – 4 ounces chicken breast and 1.2 ounces of red snapper
  • Bottom left – 1/2 cup homemade trail mix. (best part of the meal!) The trail mix has:
    • raw cashews
    • raw walnuts
    • raw almonds
    • raw pumpkin seeds
    • raw dried goji berries
    • golden berries
    • raisins
    • just a bit of dark chocolate chips.

Here’s the nutrition breakdown for this meal.

  • 813 calories
  • 47 grams of fat (mainly from the nuts)
  • 40 grams of carbs
  • 7 grams of fiber
  • 48 grams of protein.

The macros work out to:

  • 50% fat
  • 25% protein
  • 25% carbs.

I’m a bit over my carb goal. I would have preferred to be under 30 grams, but 40 isn’t too bad. I’m still under the 50 gram threshold.

For the next 4 days, I’ll eat one meal a day. Then on Friday, I begin phase 1 of the Red Tea Detox. During phase one, days 1-5, I’ll eat on an intermittent fasting schedule of  16/8 meaning – 16 hours fasting and 8 hours of eating. During those 8 hours, I’ll eat three meals consisting of only vegetables the first day and vegetables and protein the next 4 days.

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But, despite everything, despite how poorly I felt, I’d absolutely do it again. While I’m still a bit weak from from the 72-hour fast, I actually feel really good. I feel uplifted and clean, I’m not sluggish or bloated. My morning headaches are gone!!! My craving have completely disappeared, especially, and most importantly, my addiction and cravings for soda are gone. AND…As of this morning. I lost 7 pounds in 3 days .

Then, there ‘s the spiritual aspect. There was something soul cleansing about this experience. My mind is clearer, I’m happier and my stress level has diminished to a great degree. Now, more than ever in my life, I feel more ready to attack and achieve my goals. Sitting around doing nothing is no longer and option. I somehow feel more connected with life and the world around me.  It’s as if I could feel my soul, my spirit heal and the energy strengthen. As difficult as this experience was, I am so glad I did it.

 

Until next time…

NAMASTE MY FRIENDS!

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The Red Tea Detox Diaries – Hour 44 and still going

 

As I write this edition of the Red Tea Detox Diaries, I’m closing in on 48 hours of my 72 hour herbal tea fast. It’s been about 44 hours since my last solid meal. I’m almost 1/3 of the way done. I won’t lie, I’m not doing well. My sinuses are killing me and I’m tired. On the positive side, my hunger pangs are diminishing.

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I’m proud of myself for making it this far. I must admit, it does help having a fasting buddy. We have been able to support and encourage each other. I’m not sure if I’d have stuck to this without him.

We’re already planning on what we should eat for our one meal tomorrow. What do you eat after having virtually no calories for 72 hours? The temptation is to pig out, right? But, we have to stay healthy and strong. The goal will be to stay under 30 grams of carbs for our one meal, and get somewhere close to our caloric intake for the day. We have yet to decide on the contents of that meal. I’ll let you know.

I’ve been implementing several detoxing strategies I’ve discovered over the years. This helps tremendously. I’ll be writing a separate article later in the week. I have a  final oral exam on Tuesday afternoon, so I need to focus on that first.

 

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The above quotes are so true, as I’m discovering this weekend. I’ve done fasts before, but nothing like this. I did a 10 day juice fast about 5 or 6 years ago. That was tough, but different than this. With the juice fast, I was able to drink juice, which, depending on the juice, can contain significant calories.

This fast is quite different and I must say, I’ve never done anything like it in my life. Compared to my juice fast, I’m guessing I’m getting about 200 calories a day – each bone broth meal is about 100 calories.

It does make you think about things, about your life, about your self, your strengths, and about your weaknesses. You reflect, not only on the fact that you’re hungry and want food, but about your life in general. I can see why fasting is used to such a high degree in so many of our world’s religions. It has been quite spiritual. It feels as if I’m cleansing my soul as well as my body, and maybe…I am.

Until next time…

NAMASTE MY FRIENDS!

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