After a while, I had to come to terms with the fact that I was doing this wrong. Or at least something wrong. All of the tales of glowing skin and higher energy were not coming true for me. Instead of having energy to ride the mountain for hours, I started getting dizzy on the …
I used to think pickling required hours of prep and labor, intense brine that I could never make, and most likely help from someone on a farm or from Germany. Turns out, it’s easier then throwing things in the freezer. It’s amazing! As someone who travels for work a lot, I’m often in the …
A nice twist on the classic soup and sandwich for the RAW adverse or newbies.
I didn’t eat enough yesterday and I ended up not feeling very well. I was so excited about all the food I bought and creating cool recipes that I didn’t get around to actually eating anything until 5 pm. I had a few dates and my morning (cough… 1pm…cough) Celery juice, but that really isn’t …
Day 2 is a little smoother than Day 1. For one thing, my celery made way more juice this time. It might be that it was fresh celery and didn’t sit in the fridge a week drying out before juicing. I still managed to spill all over the counter, but hey, there’s always day 3. I started today …
Day 1 of this journey started after a ridiculous wedding weekend involving all of the cheese, all of the cocktails and pretty much everything that is opposite of this cleanse. Today we had to wake up at 5:15 for an early flight to work. This is the kind of day I’d love to start with a cappuccino and …
I’ve been inspired to do a cleanse for a couple of months now. A series of events made me hopeful that I could reverse my celiac disease and various food intolerances. After an expensive allergist, testing negative for H. Pylori, a Prilosec prescription and negative reaction and trying home-fermented probiotic rich foods, I got desperate. A few books helped me spawn the idea that I could spend a few months really restricting my diet and healing my gut to possibly reverse my current food intolerances and negative reactions.
I can’t eat gluten and adapted to that life style change fairly easily. However, I would kill to be able to eat pizza and beer again… or just not have to worry about being sick for three days if something accidentally got in my food. I also started to have bad reactions to dairy and my stomach was constantly hurting. My throat frequently gets raw and I lose my voice every time I eat large amounts of dairy. Having lived in Wisconsin for 5 years, I love cheese more than is humanely natural and the thought of cutting out dairy forever is very, very upsetting.
So I made the plan: It’s fluid and has the potential to change, but there are a few large goals that I hope to keep and a few smaller more flexible ones.
- No Dairy, Corn, Soy, Gluten, Grains, Natural and/or artificial Flavors
- No alcohol, chocolate or caffeine (this one is going to be hard)
- The first drink of the day will be Celery Juice – this is supposed to stabilize acid levels in the gut
- Eat primarily raw fruits and vegetables. Don’t feel abashed about high-sugar fruits and veggies. Drink herbal naturally caffeine-free tree (peppermint, ginger, fennel etc).
- Track everything! Heal the gut and learn what I can and cannot eat long-term.
- No night shades – for the first 2-4 weeks
- Try to eat only RAW fruits and vegetables for 2-4 weeks
- Juice a lot – the core ingredients should be apple, celery and cucumber. Apparently this is a good mix of electrolytes to keep you stable and stave off hunger
- Slowly reintroduce things to the diet. The first things are avocados, sweet potatoes, bone broth, nightshades, pasture-raised all natural meat.
- Make it 2-3 months
- Don’t eat right before bed
- Drink lemon water in the mornings
I’ve made it a lot easier by planning out meals for a couple weeks at a time. I’m hoping to plan meals a couple weeks in advance and stay consistent with the goals. If I feel awful or can’t maintain my activity level, I’ll introduce potatoes and broth quicker. If I’m feeling great, I’ll try to go longer.