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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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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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:

 

 

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  • 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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The Red Tea Detox Diaries – Dealing with Detox Symptoms

Day two of my 72- hour herbal tea fast. It’s been about 20 hours since my last solid meal. I’ve been drinking my red tea, as well as matcha green tea. I had Kettle & Fire Chicken Bone Broth for dinner last night and for lunch today. For more info on bone broth see THIS ARTICLE. Bone broth is amazingly healthy and I feel a good addition to this fast.

If you’re not familiar with Kettle & Fire, it’s considered the gold standard of prepared bone broth, if you’re too busy (or lazy in my case) to prepare your own. (and it tastes AMAZING!) Made in the USA, they use 100% grass fed beef bones or organic chicken bones and slow simmer them for up to 24 hours at 130 degrees. It’s amazing stuff!

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Anyone familiar with my blog, knows I struggle with sinus problems. I did an elimination diet last year and discovered a whole host of foods that contribute to the headaches. While that helped tremendously, I still wake up, on occasion, with sinus headaches, as was the case this morning. This tells me I haven’t healed whatever is wrong with my sinuses, I am only avoiding headaches, by avoiding problem foods. So, my search for a sinus headache “cure” will continue, but first the fast and detox symptoms.

The main issues I’m having today are mainly hunger (a given I guess) and a fairly decent sinus headache. Normally, I’d take pain meds for them, but I can’t today, since I’m fasting and detoxing. It doesn’t really pay to detox, if I add to the toxin load with pain meds.

If you’ve never done a detox program, let me tell you, things definitely get worse before they get better. Your body depends on glucose for energy, and normally gets that through the food you eat. It takes some of that glucose and stores it in the form of glycogen, in your liver and muscle tissue, for a quick source of energy. Your body doesn’t store a lot of glycogen, approximately 300 – 400 grams in the muscles and up to 100 grams in the liver. When you’re on a fast, like I am, your glycogen stores deplete rather quickly, since I’m not getting any real calories. So, mother nature dips into the fat reserves for energy. (Which is the whole point, right) There is a problem to this, however….

Your liver is the main detox organ. On a daily basis, you are bombarded with toxins in food and the air around you. In an effort to protect the body, the liver stores the toxins in the fat. So, when you are on a fast, or detox, as I am, these toxins are getting released into my blood stream.

The release of toxins can cause what’s known as a “healing crisis“. This is when your body is struggling to deal with the toxins that have been loaded into the bloodstream from the release of fat. You need to help them get out of the body, or they’ll just end up going back into the fat.

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The only symptoms I’m having right now are my sinus headache, hunger pangs, and fatigue. A healing crisis is a fairly normal part of detoxing, and to be expected. You just need to help your liver move things along with a few simple strategies. Keep in mind, if you have a known chronic illness, or disease. DO NOT detox without the support of a nutritionist and your doctor. Detoxing can be especially hard on the liver. AND, if you’re already sick, your liver is already in a weakened state. Something to keep in mind.

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The herbs in the red tea are designed to help the liver with the detox and flush the body of toxins. I’m drinking 48 ounces of tea and a gallon (128 ounces) of water. This isn’t my first detox/fast, so I knew what to expect.  The first three days are always the worst, which is why I started on a weekend. It’s also good to have a detox “buddy”. I’m lucky to have my significant other doing the detox with me. So, I have built in support.

Until next time…

NAMASTE MY FRIENDS!

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The Red Tea Detox Diaries – Let the Herbal Tea Fast Begin!

Today, Friday, March 23, 2018, my life is about to change…at least I hope so, if Author of THE RED TEA DETOX, Lynn Swann Miller, is to be believed. As I indicated in the article, A Beginner’s Guide to Intermittent Fasting, I began a journey into the Red Tea Detox world  at 2:00 p.m. today. Part of the recommendation in the book are to keep a journal of the process, as well as “go public”. So, that’s what this new, albeit temporary, series is designed to be – my public diary of the whole process. I’m not certain how often I’ll post. I’m hoping it’ll be daily, but I’m not making any promises.

The journey begins with a 7 day fast, which includes a 72 hour herbal tea fast. So, for the next 72 hours, until 2:00 p.m. on Monday, I will be drinking mainly the special tea recipe (minimum of 48 ounces – 6 cups per day), along with other herbal teas, one gallon of water per day, and bone broth. (my addition). I’ve also decided to add Ocean’s Alive (raw phytoplankton) to my drinking water. Being a nutrition nerd, I can’t help tweaking this plan just a bit. I’m just concerned about getting the proper nutrients over the next few days.  Lynn recommends super greens powder, so I feel comfortable doing this.

After the initial fast, I’ll be doing 24 hour intermittent fasting, while continuing to drink the tea and gallon of water, for the remainder of the week. This means I’ll get one meal per day, which, for me, will be every day at 2:00, until Friday, March 30 at 2:00 p.m. At that time, I begin Phase one…

 

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The 7 day fast is designed to cleanse the body and prime it for the the main, 4 phase, portion of the detox, which takes 14 days. The whole process will take 21 days, including the 7 day fast, after which time, I’ll re-evaluate my situation, and see if I want to repeat the process. Here’s the layout of the next three weeks, as much for me as for you.

7 DAY FAST – 72 – hour fast – followed by four days of 24 hour intermittent fasting

PHASE ONE – Days 1 – 5 – a basic cleansing/alkalinizing diet consisting of veggies and protein along with the red tea, herbal tea, green tea, green drinks, green smoothies, protein smoothies and water –  Skipping breakfast – eating 3 meals between 12 – 8 pm.

PHASE TWO – Day 6 – is a 24 hour fast, beginning with the evening meal  on day five.

PHASE THREE- Day 7 & 8 FAT FAST – Eat between 1000 to 1200 calories – 80% to 90% of these calories will be from healthy fat sources

PHASE FOUR – Day 9 – 14 – Calorie restriction based on my personal BMR (basal metabolic rate). To calculate your BMR, FOLLOW THIS LINK. This is the rate at which my body burns calories while at rest. My personal BMR is 1553. According to the book, I’ll create a calorie deficit of 30%. Which means I’ll subtract 466 calories from my daily BMR. So, I’ll be aiming for a caloric intake of around 1087. She also recommends low carb, keeping carbs BELOW 30 grams/day if possible. (throughout all four phases)

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So, that’s the detox in a nut shell. If you’re wondering what this special red tea recipe is, I’m sorry to say, I don’t think I can give it to you. I had to pay for the book in order to get the recipe for myself. I searched EVERYWHERE online, and couldn’t find it. Anyway, it’s not just the special tea, it’s the whole package.

I’ve been told over and over in school and online how bad low calorie diets can be, as well as not eating breakfast. I’m a bit concerned about this whole thing. However, that’s EXACTLY why I’m doing this. I need to know how it affects me, so I can talk to people about it.

This past Monday, I dipped my toes into the intermittent fasting waters, AND started to drink the red tea. I skipped breakfast, drank 6 cups of red tea and 1 gallon of water every day. In 4 days, I lost 2.5 pounds. Not too shabby, since I didn’t change anything else about my diet. I continued walking my dog everyday. The only difference was I did it on an empty stomach (aka – fasting/fat burning phase). I think it helped?!

Anyway, that’s it for today. I’ll let you know how my weekend and the first three days go. I’m off to heat up some bone broth for dinner. YUM!

NAMASTE MY FRIENDS!

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