May 19th, 2015
Written by Ka Sundance
For raw foodists, tapping into the natural healing and energy-boosting characteristics of fruits and vegetables are important to our daily lives. While most of America might run on coffee, we’re finding so many foods that give us a much-needed energy boost, without a sugar overload or caffeine addiction. What are some of our favorite natural sources for energy? Here are our 10 raw ingredients that will naturally give you more energy for your busy day.
1. Ginger: As a delicious anti-inflammatory, ginger gives our bodies a break by reducing pain for all kinds of ailments–menstrual cramps, arthritis, and intestinal spasms, to name a few–and by increasing circulation to get the blood pumping. Having some ginger can help people feel more comfortable and energized for work or play.
2. Coconut: Coconut has so many uses and benefits: from improving digestion to reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s, coconut is a great fruit to have on hand, especially as an oil. In addition to its many life-saving qualities, it can also help boost energy levels and mental clarity.
3. Goji Berries: This super fruit should get added to your salad, energy bar, or trail mix for its many benefits. Not only is it known to help gastrointestinal processes, but scientists have found that goji berries help with mental clarity, improve energy levels, improve sleep quality, and reduce fatigue.
4. Raw Chocolate: Chocolate lovers rejoice! Not only does cacao give you a little boost due to their magnesium and antioxidants, but it also helps eaters relax by relieving stress. Getting rid of stress can improve moods and boost energy levels, keeping people happy and ready for the day.
5. Chia Seeds: The omega 3s and antioxidants in chia seeds are known to help our bodies stay hydrated, due to its ability to absorb and release fluids as it becomes digested. For many of us, our energy levels get low due to a lack of hydration; chia seeds help improve our hydration levels.
6. Nuts: Our favorite nutty friends such as almonds, hazelnuts, and cashews have magnesium, which, according to webMD, helps fuel 300 biochemical reactions, and help the body do work. Eat them on their own, or incorporate them as spreads, or chop them into some energy bars!
7. Citrus Fruits: As you’ve seen from our previous post on vitamin C, we love how citrus fruits help boost brain function and our body’s overall health. Eating citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits can give you your needed vitamin C levels. It also helps your body protect itself from getting sick, saving you time and energy.
8. Blueberries: These versatile berries are a natural brain food, and for their size, carry a large amount of antioxidants in comparison to other fruits. In some studies, scientists have observed in lab rats the prevention–and reversal–of memory loss! In addition, human subjects found their memory recall was better after drinking blueberry juice, versus those who took placebos.
9. Seeds: In addition to chia seeds, raw hemp, pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower seeds carry unsaturated fats that are extremely beneficial for the head and the heart. They are also great at lowering bad cholesterol, are high in fiber, and contain vitamin E, which all work together to help improve our energy levels.
10. Fermented Veggies: Fermented vegetables are excellent sources for good bacteria needed in our stomachs. They are great at helping us digest food better, produce high levels of serotonin, and for providing a diverse number of vitamins and probiotics needed to help our bodies function. We love these vegetables, and they are also very easy to make at home.
All of these foods are great on their own or mixed together to create a wild, super, energy-boosting snack pack for you and your family. So eat up!
May 18th, 2015
Written by Ka Sundance
After a good night’s sleep, our body needs a boost after being dehydrated for 8 or more hours. While a glass of water would do, enhancing your morning drink with lemon can do your body wonders, and give you a better start to the day.
There are many reasons to drink warm lemon water in the morning for cleansing, as lemon has great vitalizing, healing, and protective properties. Lemon’s healthy abilities include:
Successful at detoxifying the body: Lemon’s vitamins, minerals, and nutrients helps to flush out nasty toxins from your liver and colon, while stimulating your body’s cleansing processes. By drinking lemon water first thing in the morning, you’re giving your body a better platform to work for you.
Gives protection from colds: Because it is rich in Vitamin C, lemon juice to water is a great way to strengthen your immune system and prevent a cold or infection.
Prevents kidney stones: Lemon is a diuretic and forms urinary citrate, which stops crystals from growing. These crystals eventually turn into the painful kidney stones that become hard to remove. By taking daily action, you reduce the probability of kidney stones forming in your body.
Promotes healthy skin: Lemon water is a great way to rehydrate your skin, keeping it from drying out and producing a healthy glow. Lemon also has anti-aging properties, keeping your skin looking young and beautiful over time. Plus, it is also known to help remedy any skin pains, such as bee stings or eczema. It can even remove blackheads, so before your teen starts eying the pharmacy aisles for chemically-laced face cleansers, give him or her some warm lemon juice to reduce and remove those blackheads.
Helps maintain healthy eyes: The many vitamins and minerals in lemon are also useful for maintaining a healthy eyesight.
Balances your body’s pH levels: As part of the detoxifying process, lemon also helps balance your body’s pH levels by also providing an alkalizing effect, making sure that your body does not maintain an environment that’s too acidic.
Helps maintain a healthy body weight: The pectin fiber in lemon suppresses cravings, allowing you to eat healthier and regulate when you eat.
Aids in digestion: Whether you feel bloated, constipated, or develop heartburn after a meal, drinking lemon water eases and removes those aches and pains, due to the citric acid removing toxins for your GI tract. And because it contains pectin fiber, lemon promotes colon health, reducing the chances of getting colon cancer.
Provides great dental care: Lemon can help maintain healthy gums and reduce any pain or swelling from oral problems. In addition, lemon cleans and removes any bad odors by flushing out bacteria. Goodbye, morning breath!
Gives healthier hair: Lemon can add a healthy shine to your hair, and also get rid of problems like dandruff.
Fights throat infections: Have a sore or irritated throat? Lemon-infused water has the antibacterial properties to flush out and fight infections, which can prevent or end harmful bacteria growing in your throat or elsewhere internally.
Stops inflammation: As part of its detoxifying properties, lemon also removes uric acid, the cause for inflammation. If you have joint pain, arthritis, or other rheumatic conditions, regularly drinking lemon water can help reduce those symptoms.
Soothes the body: Drinking warm lemon water also soothes any aches and pains that your body has, and can help improve mental clarity and emotional well-being. It’s calming and vitalizing impact can help center your body and mind for the rest of the day.
You can also try our favorite liver cleanse recipe. Click here for the video and article.
Overall, drinking warm water with lemon juice is an easy and important drink to incorporate into your daily routine, as it supports and strengthens your health and your diet.
May 14th, 2015
Written by Ka Sundance
When it comes to starting a raw food, vegan diet, the possibilities are endless. However, there are certain items that can make your meal creations a lot easier, and allow for greater creativity. Here’s our checklist for a perfectly organized raw food kitchen.
1. Food Processor
The food processor is a great multi-tasking tool for your kitchen. It can pretty much do anything imaginable: slice, dice, crumble, blend. You can make salsas, raw vegan nut cheeses, making crumbled nut crusts, nut milks and butters: the options are limitless, extremely healthy, and super convenient for a raw kitchen. Many raw food recipes will require the use of a food processor, since it chops things more finely than a blender.
Even if you own a food processor, blenders are made to do some jobs better. With its single-type blade, blenders are great at making smoothies and pureeing vegetables or fruits. And by retaining the pulp and turning it into a more digestible form, and provides fiber to keep your digestive tract healthy.
Unlike a blender that takes everything you put in it and blends it together, a juicer separates the juice from the pulp. Juices are a quick and easy way to get many vitamins and minerals from fruits and vegetables all at once and more instantly in your body, making it a nice addition to a breakfast, as a mid-afternoon thirst-quencher, or post workout drink.
4. Well-made knives and cutting boards
A set of sharp knives and well-built cutting board is a must-have in any kitchen, including yours. There are many options to choose from when it comes to knives, but its important to get a set that you feel comfortable handling, and with quality blades that will retain their sharpness over extended use. To expand your options, a well-made slicer or mandolin can also give finer cuts for fruits and vegetables, especially when you are trying to produce a lot all at once.
In addition, a nice set of cutting boards also helps you better prepare your foods. Choosing between plastic or wood is more of a personal choice, but going for a nice set of wooden cutting boards that are taken care of over time will lat longer, and stay cleaner than plastic boards.
5. Glass Jars and Bottles
Don’t underestimate this tool: as storage containers, glass jars and bottles are the way to go. They are a great, versatile tool for your kitchen, keeping bulk items–like nuts and nut milks, seeds, or dry fruit–stored properly and air-tight.
In addition, they are what you want when you want to introduce fermented food into your diet. Fermented foods like kombucha, cultured vegetables, and more can give you some great probiotics and vitamins. All you need is a jar, salt, water, and your chosen vegetable.
A dehydrator can be a great tool for raw foodists who want a diverse array of textures in their diet. From kale chips to dry fruit snacks, dehydrators can do the deed. Find one that can set to a temperature of 104 degrees, so that foods can dry out without being cooked.
7. Eco-Friendly Vegan Cleaners
Living a vegan life also goes beyond what you eat, but also what you utilize. And as you remove toxins from your food by eating raw, you should also remove any unsafe chemicals in your kitchen that can contaminate what you eat. You don’t have to go far when looking for a healthy cleaner for your kitchen–you can actually find the best cleaners in your raw food pantry. Using vinegar, lemon juice, and essential oils (tea tree for cleaning is great) make great bases for simple cleaning products. Also, coconut oil is used as a great wood polish for counters or wood cutting boards.
Maintaining a well-organized raw food kitchen doesn’t have to be a hassle. And while some of these items–especially quality juicers, blenders, and food processors–can be a lot to buy all at once, you can slowly introduce them into your kitchen as you find space and money for it.
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May 11th, 2015
Written by Ka Sundance
As a parent, I know you want your children to feel as alive and healthy as you do, and you know your healthful diet will be good for them. It can be hard to get them to agree, though. Children’s taste buds are brand new and are super sensitive. They can also be suspicious of foods they haven’t tried before. This makes some of them picky eaters. You might have a struggle in introducing your kid to the raw food diet, but don’t despair. There are many ways to get your kid to eat healthily.
The first step in sharing your diet is to get rid of the processed junk snacks and have good snack readily available. Children tend to reach for the nearest way. In addition, they can’t cook for themselves. So the first thing a parent intent on feeding the kids healthily should do is make sure that the nearest ready-made snack for them is healthy. Keep raw fruit and vegetables where the children can see it.
Another good way to introduce children to their new diet is to enlist their help in cooking. Some children are simply afraid of anything they haven’t tried before, and getting them to help chop the suspicious vegetable can be a gentle introduction. Getting them to help cook also means that they invest an effort in the meal. Anyone can attest that food tastes better when you make it yourself. (Of course, it also means that they will learn a valuable skill for when they are on their own. The art of cooking healthy food is a gift they will treasure in their later years.)
The important thing to remember when children help you to cook is age appropriateness. You would be surprised how early a child can start helping. A 3-year old can rip up lettuce leaves. A 4-year old can stand on a chair to wash vegetables. A 10-year old can be entrusted with a little stirring. They will make a mess of their tasks the first time, but as long as you supervise, they will eventually make it worth your while.
You might have to resort to pouring agave juice and honey into your meals. People naturally love sweet foods, and it is a love that starts early. Your children will readily eat sweet foods. They aren’t set on sugar, however. Natural sweet substitutes will work fine. The children just don’t know that yet.
You might have to announce at mealtime that everyone has to take at least a few bites of the untried food. After that, the kid who is afraid of new things won’t have to worry: the food is no longer new. However, it might turn out that the kid just doesn’t like the particular recipe you are introducing. You don’t have to push that particular food on them. They do have very sensitive taste buds. There are plenty of other recipes to try, and as long as the child has access to an array of healthy choices (and the junk is hidden,) they will eat according to your diet. It’s more important that children have positive associations with mealtime. If dinner time is a pleasant experience, then the children will feel safer trying new things.
If you really want to, you can try to disguise healthy food before feeding the children. You know: sneak steamed vegetables in under their favorite lentils or blend everything into a soup so the child can’t tell that they are eating kale. It has been the experience of some that this doesn’t work. They can frequently taste the difference. It also means that you can’t let them in the kitchen while you are cooking. It might work on the novel-food phobic kid, though, and it can test your creativity. Still, I think honesty is the best policy when it comes to food.
If you keep introducing your children to your new diet, they will eventually learn to learn to love it. Try these Raw Chocolate Pudding for starters, kids like chocolate. They will also love feeling healthy, and you will love knowing that you are feeding your baby the right way.
They will also love feeling healthy, and you will love knowing that you are feeding your baby the right way.
May 5th, 2015
Written by Ka Sundance
Is it hard for you to get a jumpstart in the morning? For many of us, mornings aren’t always dandy–we might feel sluggish, tired, have pains. Or maybe, everything just feels fast-paced, with lots of anxious energy put into rushing you and everyone else out the door. Here are our five suggestions to break that cycle and instead start a healthy morning routine for life.
1. Start the night before.
Let’s face it: our attitudes and feelings in the morning are directly related to how we end up going to bed the night before. To really prepare for a better morning routine, start with a healthier bed routine as well. That means going to bed at a reasonable hour, removing screen usage before sleep (it really does affect your ability to sleep well!) and relaxing by taking care of anything that can trigger stress or tension. That can include putting out the trash the night before instead of worrying about getting it out on time in the morning, or creating a morning plan for things that need to get done before you forget. In the end, you need to sleep well to have a good morning!
2. Hydrate! Or, drink up the green juice.
To really jumpstart your morning, you need to hydrate! Drinking filtered water is just what your body needs after 6-9 hours of being deprived of water! Hydrating first thing in the morning helps to cleanse any toxins in the body, wakes up your internal organs, and promotes a healthier digestive tract. Another favorite way that we hydrate is to have a delicious, healthy green juice packed with vitamins and minerals for optimal function, energy, and detox. It’s really a better wake up beverage than an average cup of joe.
3. Get moving.
All parts of our bodies need a nice wake up to be ready for the physical and mental obstacles through the day. One way to give your body a mental and physical boost is to put it to work. Slow stretches right out of bed relaxes and rejuvenates our muscles and wakes up our body. In addition to stretching, working out in the morning builds more focus and helps us maintain higher levels of energy. Whether it’s a run or walk, a morning pickup game of basketball or soccer, or a surf at sunrise; getting your body to inhale more oxygen, pumping blood, and building endurance can do wonders to your mental clarity, emotional balance, and energy levels.
4. Go Tech-free.
Many of us pick up our phones to read through emails or texts first thing in the morning, turn on the TV for some shows, or get on our computers to read a newspaper or magazine. While it might give some a jump-start to their productivity online, for others, it really sucks time and energy from us and our lives. We end up losing the momentum of the day, especially if we sit in front of a screen for too long without knowing. Instead, keep yourself from screens and electronic devices the first few hours of your morning. Spend it connecting with your family, starting some housekeeping chores, reading from print, or exercising for longer or more regularly. These activities can keep your mind and body energized and stimulated, preparing your to work even more productively later if you have to get on your computer.
5. Have an energizing breakfast.
This is especially important for your younger family members that need a healthy, nutritional breakfast before going off to school for the day. Incorporating nuts, seeds, and fruits can give you a balanced, healthy raw breakfast that is naturally energy sustaining. And if you’re on the go, we have some tasty breakfast recipes for you to try.
Having a better morning routine just takes patience, time, and effort. But as it gets easier, you’ll notice how much your morning–and the rest of your day– improves. Let us know how it works out for you!
April 18th, 2015
Written by Ka Sundance
Humans are naturally omnivorous, with front teeth that can tear meat along with molars to pulverize plant foods. Our long digestive tracts efficiently process meats, fruits, vegetables and grains. Because humans can and do eat all sorts of food, a decision to dine upon plants in lieu of animal flesh is more about ethics, ecology and philosophy than pure science.
That’s what biologists say. Take a minute to ask someone who enjoys a balanced, plant-based diet how they feel, and chances are good they’ll mention a marked improvement in many aspects of their life. Vegetarians and vegans who get their nutrition from non-meat sources report myriad benefits that include weight management, increased energy, lower grocery bills, a smaller carbon footprint and an overall sense of lightness and well-being. Great bennies, to be sure, but that’s not all you can expect from a plant based diet.
Improve heart health
Several studies conclude that people who focus their feasting on vegetables, grains, beans, legumes and fresh fruit may reduce their risk of heart attack. Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and other respected researchers affirm a plant-based diet’s efficacy at arresting and even reversing cardiac disease.
Feel full with far fewer calories
A typical American fast food meal of a burger, fries and cola drink weighs in at a whopping 1,140 calories, most of which come from unhealthful fats and white flour. For roughly the same caloric intake, a plant eater can consume eight cups of mixed salad with creamy hummus dressing, two apples, two bananas and two cups of yummy blueberries.
Reduce cancer risk
The American Cancer Society recommends reducing or eliminating consumption of beef, lamb and pork products for optimal human health. The official ACS website, Cancer.org, refers to studies that prove a link between a mostly- or all-plant diet and significantly reduced instances of colon cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure.
Better for you, better for the planet
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) determined that growing and preparing a single hamburger patty produces as much greenhouse gas as driving a 3,000 pound SUV a distance of ten miles, according to Scientific American magazine. Acres devoted to agriculture produce significantly more food than the same amount of land used to graze livestock.
Spend less on groceries
Americans are fooled into believing that cheap fast food is more economical than a vegetarian diet. Actually, this is not the case at all. According to registered dietician Carole Bartollo in Huffington Post, a family of four can buy a meal at McDonald’s for around $24. That’s one medium burger, an order of chicken nuggets, two Big Macs, four medium orders of French fries and four small drinks. For less than half that price, four people can share a big pot of tasty lentil soup, a mixed veggie salad, sparkling water and several pieces of fresh fruit for dessert.
Lose weight easily
Most plant foods offer far more bulk than calories. Lessen or even eliminate your daily intake of meat and cheese, limit intake of nut and plant oils, and you will probably lose weight without a whole lot of effort.
Everyone’s got to eat. Food provides energy in the form of calories, and it does make a difference where those calories come from. “Empty” calories may offer a temporary boost of short-term energy, but offer nothing in the way of nutrition. To achieve and maintain optimum health, humans should consume whole, minimally processed foods along with ample amounts of fresh, clean water.
April 10th, 2015
Written by Ka Sundance
Green smoothies are great additions to your diet, boosting your nutritional levels in just one glass. Not only do they provide energy, but they are also a lot of fun to make and tasty to drink. It will make everyone in your family wanting more–even the kids who might be hesitant to eat all their veggies. Here are the 3 best green smoothie recipes we love to drink, no matter what time of day.
For a heavier consistency, replace water with ice! It will make all the smoothies a bit thicker. For a creamier taste, replace water with your favorite fresh nut milk.
1. Sweet Apple Kale Green Smoothie
This is a great morning smoothie, with so much nutritional benefits from the kale, celery, cucumber and apples. The kale provides vitamins A, C, and K for energy, and includes the B vitamin folate for boosting brain health and function. Kale is also very good for eye health! Paired with the celery, you also get lots of vitamins, compounds, and minerals that help fight cancer, promote kidney health, boost your immune system, cleanses your body, and improves your blood pressure. One other secret ingredient is the spirulina, which has anti-inflammatory properties, a high concentration of chlorophyll to remove toxins from the body, and contains a lot of Omega-3s.
➡ 1 1/2 cup of kale
➡ 3 small apples, de-cored and chopped (or less, depending on taste)
➡ 3 sticks of celery, chopped
➡ 1/2 cucumber, chopped
➡ 1 tablespoon lemon juice
➡ 1/2 Tablespoon of spirulina
Taking your kale and apples first, blend slowly. Pour some water at a time if it looks like the kale and apples need a little more juice for consistency. Add the celery and cucumber little by little, and top off with the lemon juice. Blend all together until it looks like a smooth, light green treat. For more sweetness, add some more apple slices.
Serves 2 individuals needing a morning boost.
2. Collard Greens Smoothie (Inspired by recipe at Real Simple)
Collard greens are a great addition to smoothies, as they provide lots of vitamin C, A, and K, with a healthy dose of protein and fiber. The chia seeds are a great addition to boost the fiber, while providing a high amount of antioxidants to fight dangerous cancer-forming cells, lower the risk of heart disease, and help increase bone density. This smoothie is the perfect smoothie to down before or after a morning work out, giving sweet, tangy flavors from the mango and the lime.
➡ 2 cups of raw collard greens
➡ 1 1/2 cups of frozen mango
➡ 1/2 cup of filtered water
➡ 1/2 cup of green grapes
➡ 2 Tablespoons of fresh lime juice
➡ 1 Tablespoon of chia seeds
Starting with the water, greens, and mango, blend on low. Add the grapes with the lime juice, and blend the chia seeds in last.
This recipe serves 2, or 1 thirsty person!
3. Tropical Green Smoothie
This delight is packed with so many health benefits while tasting like a sweet tropical dream. The star of this smoothie is the papaya, which is known to improve colon health (due to the beta-carotene in the fruit), help bones, prevent asthma, and promote healthy eyes. The avocado also provides a creamy texture, plus its healthy fat helps your body absorb the nutrients from all the plants in this drink. The relaxing quality of this drink is also due to the fact that avocados are known to relieve tension and pains, especially for those suffering from arthritis. This is our go-to smoothie when we are relaxing and enjoying summer days, and it can be your tropical getaway as well.
➡ 2 cups of spinach
➡ 1-2 bananas (according to sweetness preference)
➡ 1/4 cup of filtered water
➡ 1/2 cup of chopped papaya
➡ 1/2 of ripe avocado
➡ 1/4 cup of pineapple
➡ 3 Tablespoons of fresh, minced cilantro
Starting with the spinach and cilantro, blend while adding water a little at a time. Don’t worry about using less than 1/4 cup or more of water. Break up your bananas and add to blend, then your papaya, avocado, and pineapple.
Serves about 3-4 small glasses.
We also suggest that you learn the basic key benefits of green smoothies. Click here for video and article.
Enjoy this tropical treat by yourself or with your family!
Make green smoothie a part of your daily diet.
April 3rd, 2015
Written by Ka Sundance
I am sharing these tips with you today in response to a lot of questions I get about fasting/detoxing and liver cleansing – which is something I do on a very regular basis – either a short or longer cleanse, or I juice fast frequently throughout the year.
I want to share my insights with you so that you can successfully practice cleansing or fasting in order to lead a more healthy, vibrant life.
First of all, why is it necessary to go to such lengths in order to detox like this? People can’t understand why, when I eat so healthily already, I need to do a detox – they assume I would be so clean already! Well, I think the reason I am so clean and healthy is because I do these detoxes. Also, the way I see it, it’s not just eating a clean diet (and you may or may not agree with me on this) – it’s the combination of a clean, healthy diet, frequent detoxing, lots of exercise, spending time outside in nature and having healthy relationships with yourself and others in your life. It’s basically a bit of a jigsaw puzzle – and all the pieces are needed to make up the whole picture – we are holistic beings, so our approach to health must be holistic too.
Also, even though I’ve been eating mainly a raw diet for the past 10 years now, the previous nearly 30 years of my life I was eating a standard diet – and I feel I’m still not completely cleansed from all the wrongdoing of those years! There was a lot of alcohol, I drank coffee, ate meat – I wasn’t eating at all healthily during that time. So I still feel – rightly or wrongly – that from time to time I am still being affected to some degree by the residue of these toxins in my body. I understand that this may or may not be true – perhaps I am just energetically connected to those times in some way, but it does feel to me that by supporting my body to help it clean itself , by pushing the re-set button, by lightening the load on my body – that I am doing a good thing. The way I see it, the body can heal itself perfectly but if we are eating several times a day the body is constantly occupied with processing our food – extracting the nutrients and energy and then eliminating the waste – and this takes so much time and energy so that the body is unable to heal itself as it would like to.
So this is why I feel it is so important to press the “Pause” button from time to time and give the body a break! And even though we live in Costa Rica, in the jungle and spend a lot of time at the beach and totally away from big cities, we are still exposed to car exhaust fumes, paint fumes and other chemicals – it is so hard to avoid these living in this world at this time!
So in order to get rid of these toxins, even when if you eat 100% organic foods as I am, every so often I think one can assume that the food will have somehow been contaminated with pesticides. So, here are my 3 tips in order to detox successfully…
- Contrary to what you may think, I don’t think the most important thing is in the preparation leading up to the fast, but it is more about getting into the right mindset. You need to know that you want to do this and why – make that decision, keep your eye on the goal, on how you want to feel afterwards and know you are going to feel better if you stick with it. Basically it’s about cultivating the DISCIPLINE to achieve your goal – all goals require discipline to accomplish – because sometimes it is a struggle to get there! But worth it!
- It is also good to expect the possible downside of fasting/cleansing. If you only concentrate on how good you’re going to feel you may end up being disappointed and give up! So bear in mind that you may not feel great at times – physically and/or emotionally – and that this is perfectly normal! You may feel angry, you may feel sad, you may need to cry as old stuff comes up to be released. You may have an achy body, you may have headaches – not necessarily, but it can happen, so just remember that this is normal! I like to say that the deeper the valley you have to go through the more light you will experience on the summit of the next mountain! It isn’t always like this though – some cleanses go so smoothly and you just feel awesome all the way through. But sometimes you may have to go through darkness, it’s just the way it is – just remember YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN THIS!
- My third tip is about breaking the fast – so many times when working with other people I’ve seen them fall straight back into bad habits as soon as the fast is over – in fact, sometimes even worse! It is really advisable to consciously break the fast as this is such an opportunity to take the changes you have made over the past days/weeks and “up your game” health-wise, so that that the fast isn’t just a quick break but a chance to move forward by implementing improvements on an ongoing basis. This is a smart and wise way to look at the process you’ve just gone through and to use it in order to propel yourself to new health heights on a daily basis!
So those are my 3 tips about a successful detox / cleanse or fast – I really hope they are useful for you! Please share yours too – what are your experiences, insights and advice about cleansing? Let us know!