Detox the Body. Detox the Mind.

I am having such a great time here in Oregon. I love the history, the culture, the mossy trees, all the gardens everywhere and the fact that everything is lush and green! Most of all I am enjoying my son! He is having such a good time showing me around the town! 

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So, along with many of you, I am also on the http://www.cleanseamerica.com Cleanse. However, being in a place where I have no access to my Vitamix or Juicer has been challenging! It’s also been challenging to be in a town where there are SO many vegan cafe’s and it’s making it challenging to stay on a 100% raw food cleanse. So I decided to start the FULL cleanse when I get home on Thursday and have all my equipment and am not so tempted! 

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But I have committed to doing the best I CAN do, so what I’m doing is very simple raw food. We went to the market and I got lots of fruit, greens, veggies, spirulina, hemp seeds and I’m eating a huge bowl of fruit for breakfast, a big salad for lunch, lots of water and about 50% raw for dinner. It’s somewhat of a “transition” into the cleanse which will officially begin for me Thursday morning. I do have to say that I’m really enjoying this uncomplicated way of eating. 

I realized that if I were to FORCE myself into a place that was so challenging and unenjoyable that not only would my cleanse not turn out well, my body/mind would start resenting what I was doing and I would not be 100% PRESENT to the precious time I had with my son. (He had a list of all the vegan restaurants he wanted to take me to here in Eugene which seems to be the capitol of vegan cafes!)

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I encourage you while you go through your cleanse to get present to your what’s going on in your life. Get a journal if you don’t already have one and take some time to explore   what’s coming up for you on the cleanse. Even if you are not cleansing, journaling and getting present with life is an incredible practice! 

Make a list of all the people and things in your life you are grateful for in your life and look at how you relate and interact with them. Are you fully present to the blessings they are for you? Could you express that appreciation more fully? 

Take a look at how you express yourself. This is an awesome thing to do during a cleanse! While your body releases toxins, you can release mental toxins and toxic thoughts, words and ways of being at the same time! Just purge! On all levels! Write it down and see what’s coming up for you. 

Do you complain about the same things in life all the time? Do you carry an “I’m a victim of life” story? Take control! Stop choosing those words. They leave you disempowered! Chose a powerful way of being! If this is something you resist, ask yourself this question: What is it that I get from playing the victim in my life? What is it that I get from playing small? 

There’s ALWAYS a pay off. Perhaps it’s that if you never take a chance you never have to fail, look silly or have people scrutinize you. Or if you give up the victim mentality people will stop doing things for you and you will have to take 100% responsibility for your life. Perhaps you’ve gotten a bit complacent and life a life of leisure but have decided it’s easier for you to blame circumstances for you not being able to get that awesome job or start that awesome project...on and on and on.....

 

I shared recently on the blog about an incredible movie I had just seen called Finding Joe. If you are stuck in some “Not so powerful” ways of being in your life, I HIGHLY recommend this movie! I also recommend it for everyone! I’ve watched it now about 12 times in the past month and a half! 

Check it out here: http://findingjoethemovie.com/

Start becoming 100% present and accountable for your life in all ways. Start walking  on YOUR powerful life path. Find what your mission here is and start rockin’ it! 

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A few months back, Dr Ariel Policano http://www.womengoraw.com asked me if I would write a book and create the recipes for an ebook she had an idea for. I had such a blast creating some delicious recipes for “The Avocado Smoothie Book”! 

Since we are talking about cleansing I thought I’d share a few recipes from the book and give you a link if you would like more info! 

The book has over 30 recipes from smoothies to raw breakfasts as well as a 21 day menu plan, tips and advice on fitness and skin care! For more info on the book: http://www.womengoraw.com/2011/10/19/avocado-smoothie-with-21-day-power-plan/

Jane, from http://www.Blenditandmendit.com did an amazing video review of the 21 day program. Jane shares her candid thoughts on the recipes and a few tweaks she would make. As always, please use your creativity and tweak the recipes to your taste! Eating should be an enjoyable experiance!

 

  

Pineapple Orange Fennel Smoothie 

This smoothie is excellent if you feel a cold coming on, if you overate the day before and you want to kick-start your digestion, or if you just want a deliciously refreshing drink. 

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup fennel, chopped
  • ¼ orange, chopped
  • ½ cup pineapple, chopped
  • ½ banana (ripe)
  • ¼ avocado

Directions:

Blend for about 30-45 seconds. So refreshing!

 

 

Viva Cilantro! 

Wonderfully refreshing and savory, this smoothie celebrates cilantro! Cilantro is excellent for cleansing heavy metals from the body. However, no one needs to have such high cleansing aspirations in order to enjoy this deliciousness. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cucumber, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ lime, peeled 
  • ¼ avocado
  • 1 banana 

Directions:

Blend about 20-30 seconds.

 

 

 

Metabolism Booster

This is a favorite of mine! It’s a perfect meal that leaves you nourished, full and satisfied for hours. This could also be a soup, just add a half cup LESS water and blend in the Vitamix until warm. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup carrot, chopped
  • ½ cup broccoli, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup apple, chopped
  • ½ tsp dulse or spirulina 
  • ¼  avocado
  • Dash cayenne
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Directions:

Blend for 45 seconds. 

For more info on the book click here: http://www.womengoraw.com/2011/10/19/avocado-smoothie-with-21-day-power-plan/

 

One last link!

Last week on the blog I shared ways you can assist your body while on a cleanse. Here’s the link if you missed it:  http://www.welikeitraw.com/rawfood/2012/04/assisting-the-cleansing-process.html

 

Enjoy the process. Enjoy the path. Choose to be 100% present in your life.

In love and health,

Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC

http://www.pureblisshealth.com/ 

 

 

Turn Your Yard Into a Salad Bar!

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Good Morning! Today I’m writing from Eugene, Oregon where I’m visiting my son who works here as a vegan chef at The Cornbread Cafe. (And yes, I DID bring Bobble head Yoda and Bobble Buddha with me!) This is my first trip to Oregon and I’m just amazed at how many people have turned the yards, and in many cases, their ENTIRE yards into gardens!

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My son Erik with Yoda and Buddha

I'm also taking part in the first http://www.Cleanseamerica.com 10 day Raw Food or Juice program. For the first 4 days I will be doing raw food due to being on vacation and not having access to all my equipment. But lucky for me this town has an abundance of awesome produce and we are going on a hike today and I'm hoping to do some wild harvesting of some things I can use in salads, like my ultimate favorite nettles! There are also these awesome little Fiddlehead Ferns which I've never tried yet! There is still time to sign up for the cleanse if you'd like to! 

Today I'm writing about turning your yard into a salad bar! :) I've been so inspired by all the creative yard gardens here! Even in small spaces you can grow some of your own produce! 

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Last week we got to hear from Anais Derveas of The Urban Homestead, who shared with us about seed saving and finding non GMO seeds and so much more. I was so inspired by the article. I’ve only had small gardens so far and I’d really love to begin expanding my gardening abilities. 

If you missed the article, check it out here: http://www.welikeitraw.com/rawfood/2012/04/the-urban-homestead-taking-back-our-food.html  

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While Eugene may seem to have a bit of an edge over some places with the amount of rain they get, what has struck me is really how so many people have opted for gardens over a traditional yard. This makes total sense to me! Why have a bunch of unusable space that takes time, energy and resources to maintain and often goes unused?

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Grow a lettuce wall!

Why not turn the space in to a food producing garden? This is not only a richly rewarding endeavor, it is also a way to take control over your food! You can have organic, more nutritious, fresh, sustainable food that you nearly are able to harvest as needed!

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With organic and no GMO fruits and veggies becoming increasingly difficult to find, it makes sense to seek out seeds and begin to grow our own. It will also save a ton of money! 

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Even if you have a small space, with a little creativity and planning, you can still produce much of your own food. Think about going vertical, up a wall, across a wall, or growing cherry tomatoes on a canopy. 

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Get creatively funky with recycled items like pots, cans, tires, old shoes, plastic shoe racks....Use your imagination! Herbs are easy to grow in a window ledge in the kitchen or other sunny spot in your house! 

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 For the next few days I will share my experiences of Eugene and being on a cleanse on vacation. Please share if you are a gardener in a small space, what kinds of things do YOU do to create awesome living salad bars in your yard or home?

In love and health,

Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC

http://www.pureblisshealth.com/

 

 

Featuring Barbara of Rawfully Tempting!

Very excited today as I always am on Friday when I get to highlight amazing people doing amazing things in the raw food world! We have an awesome interview from Barbara of Rawfully Tempting, sharing her story and her journey of healing from several diseases! I hope Barbaras story inspires you as it has me! ~~~~~Lori

 

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What Inspired You to Create Rawfully Tempting? 

When this journey began I had no idea where the road would take me. I never started out trying to create anything. I thought it would be fun to journal my experience while exploring my experience with living food, and track some of the recipes I was preparing. My original blog was actually called “Not2RAWnchy.”

Since I was never 100% raw, I thought it was a cute name, however my daughters both thought the name was truly raunchy, and while I had all of 8 Followers (most of them my family), when the name “Rawfully Tempting” came to me, I knew it was THE name, and the Rawfully Tempting blog was born. 

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Can You Tell Us a Little Bit About Yourself? 

My biggest accomplishment is being Mom to 2 beautiful daughters and Mum Mum to 1 precious granddaughter! While I love being a Mom, I never anticipated the deeply intense feelings that being a Grandmother would stir in me. WOW!

I was diagnosed with a debilitating disease called Interstitial Cystitis over a decade ago, and told it was “incurable,” and I’d have to learn to live with it. Of course there were a host of meds offered to “help” make the situation more “bearable.” While devastated by the news, I refused to allow myself to buy into such a limited belief system, and while the journey has been a long one, it’s been a rewarding one.

When I started taking responsibility for my own healing and adopted a vegan lifestyle, I found myself pain free for the first time in years, so I KNOW the body can heal itself. It was wonderful, but sadly, I stopped paying attention, got caught up in some of life’s drama, and was not living in a way that nurtured my body. This went on for several years, and I surely paid the price. 

Six years ago (at age 49), I suffered a life threatening heart attack. Having lost my Dad when he was 48, this hit much too close to home. Two stents in my chest, a year of medical treatment, and a slew of prescription drugs, I finally looked at my cardiologist and declared, “No more meds!”

I may have survived the heart attack, but the statins and other meds had me feeling like I was 90 years old. This was no way to live! Once again, I opted to take responsibility for how I treated my body and what I put into it.  Masking symptoms, while creating other side effects was not an option for me. 

When I discovered raw living food about 2 years ago, my life took an amazing turn. Having worked in the corporate world for most of my adult life, I’ve had to leave that behind. I am re-creating Barbara, and oh, what an amazing journey this is! While some of the chronic auto-immune illnesses still lurk and I’m still struggling with weight issues, my body has radically transformed.

My blood sugar, triglycerides, cholesterol and other readings that were once abnormally high are now within normal range. Acid reflux, insomnia, and chronic sinusitis…gone! It took me decades to get to this place, and will take some real dedication and commitment on my part to eliminate some of the deeper physical issues I deal with. 

While food is a HUGE part of maintaining good health, there are other factors involved. W and I both lost our moms in the same year and there were some unresolved family issues that literally ripped the rug out from under my feet. While I LOVE healthy eating, I’m working on healing some of the emotional booboos that have truly slowed down my progress.

My heart is open…and the sun has begun to shine again. With this combination, I can only get better and better! Meanwhile, I cannot overlook all of the amazing health benefits that I experienced almost immediately.

Getting back to being the CREATOR in my life has truly changed my life. I have found joy in eating living food, drinking living food, preparing living food, and teaching about the preparation of living food. As I immerse myself in this lifestyle, I’ve rediscovered my love of writing, teaching and coaching. I am currently working on the first in a series of recipe books, teaching classes, and working on an exciting new product line that is currently available through my on-line Café.

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How Do You Come Up With Recipes?

I used to work for a company that manufactured a line of fine art products. I’m not an artist and had no art background, but I was diligent in learning about each of the products and what they could or could not do. I applied the same principle when learning about raw vegan ingredients. I had to let go of any fear and allow myself the freedom to make mistakes.

Once I became familiar with these new ingredients and understood their texture, color, flavor, and ability to mix with other ingredients, it was fairly easy. When I want to achieve a specific end product, I dip into my palette of raw ingredients and select products I know can do the job at hand. 

There is definitely a learning curve and the results are not always perfect. I learned through trial and error, but I also believe I was led through a series of circumstances that helped me discover my passion and desire to create. If I had not taken ill, I would probably would never have discovered this talent, or known the joy that I now receive when creating “decadent, delicious and nutritious” living food. 

I think this part is a gift, and while I worked very hard to learn all that I could about raw living food, much of what I do comes so naturally.  Sometimes, I awaken in the morning with a completely new recipe idea in my head…and then go to the kitchen and create it.  It’s fun! 

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 How is Your Spiritual Life in Conjunction with the Raw Food Lifestyle? How Does it All Relate for You?

Creation is a gift. CREATING any-thing from almost no-thing is what makes humans unique and sets them apart from other species. We are born to create. We come into this world by way of creation, and go through our lives in search of the very thing that ignites our soul.  When we find it, and begin to birth it, we seem to radiate a magnificent, glowing energy! You recognize the glow of a woman, pregnant with the creation of her soon to be born child. 

I suppose we are all pregnant with the energy to create, and when that creation comes from the heart, we feel joy, and we glow. Some people create on canvas, others with words on paper, or musical notes that fill the air. Some create with a healing touch, a dance, participation in theater, etc.

Finding your passion and creating from that passion, is the key to igniting and keeping lit, the spark of bliss that lies within us all. When I step into the kitchen and begin to select and work with magnificent, living ingredients, I am stoked. I feel connected to Earth Mother. When I see the faces of my friends and loved ones tasting one of my living creations, I feel a sense of joy. 

I believe in living mindfully, which means being present and taking the time to feel and express gratitude for the blessings that are all around us. Ingesting and CREATING raw living foods, helps me be more present. Creation brings us into the moment, and the more in the moment we become, the more joy we experience.

I try to show gratitude in my life. Prayer before a meal only takes a moment, but it sets the tone and enables me to fully experience the totality of it all. (The source of the food, the presence of God or Spirit in my life, the connection to Mother Earth, loved ones, etc.) It may sound a bit hokey, but if you open up, and allow yourself to experience these moments, it will change you.

Living food contains LIVING ENERGY. It’s not dead. It does not contain the energy of an animal that has been treated unkindly or fed antibiotics, chemicals, or genetically modified food. Living foods are miraculously packed with living nutrients and enzymes. Everything in life is made of energy, but different kinds of energy vibrate at different frequency levels. 

I’m not a scientist, but I do know what I feel and how my body reacts to what I feed it. Living foods energize me. Cooked and processed foods with dairy, grains and sugar can often make me feel lethargic and sluggish. 

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Are you 100% Raw?

Sometimes yes…sometimes no. It’s not a goal that I have to attain, unless I choose to for a period of time - for healing purposes. Do I feel better when I eat a higher percentage of raw? Absolutely, but there have been times in my healing that my holistic physician has asked me to eat something cooked, in order to help open up a blockage. Whether you believe in this or not, is your personal choice. I try to eat intuitively.

The cleaner I eat, the keener my intuition becomes and the easier it is to make wise choices.  Until I get there fully, attitude is everything. BLESS the food, whatever it is. Be gracious and enjoy whatever it is. Tomorrow is another day. Let go of the judgment and negativity. If it is the dead of winter, and I crave a HOT soup and eat it…I make sure I enjoy it! Any guilty, negative feelings or judgment cannot be a good thing.

Early on, I was setting myself up for failure with expectations that were just too high. If I were with friends and family and ate cooked food, I’d feel like I did something really wrong. I decided that how I feel about the food I eat is at least as important, if not more so, than what I actually eat. So many people write about “hating themselves” the next day or feeling guilty and sick.

If I eat cooked food and I don’t feel great the next day, I honor that, and openly observe it, knowing that the next time; I’ll choose a better choice from a place of wisdom and won’t experience any sense of lack or loss. Let my body learn and evolve in this lifestyle, rather than beating myself up or letting others make me feel guilty. 

It seems like there has been an unspoken judgment, if you were not 100 percent raw, than you were not a “REAL” raw foodie.  As my daughter used to say, “Whatever!” Do what works for YOU! If you find yourself judging others for the style of life they have adopted…look deeply into yourself. Usually whatever it is that irritates us in another person is a reflection of some issue we have not yet healed within ourselves.

If people are interested in learning how to add food that vibrates at a higher frequency into their lives, and seeing the benefits that can bring, I can give them tools to make the transition enjoyable, but I don’t preach or push anyone to do anything they are not ready to do, other than make it fun.

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Not everyone can be a Great Chef or Spend the Time Preparing Food, What Suggestions Would You Give for the Simple Person?

The best advice I can give is don’t set yourself up for failure. Start slowly. Begin adding ONE living meal a day into your lifestyle. Perhaps you can prepare a delicious green smoothie for breakfast or a really nice salad for lunch.

Keep it simple, but make it something you truly enjoy and look forward to. Be positive and not impatient. The love you put into your preparation will lift your spirits and make it so much more healing! As you being to ingest living food, try to be more present. Feel the energy of the food and connect with it. 

Starting something new is always an adjustment. As you become more comfortable with this, add another meal. If you started with the smoothie, add a salad for lunch, or visa versa. Let go of your old eating paradigm and pay attention to your cravings. In addition to adding one raw meal at a time, decide to give up dairy or processed grains, or sugar.

As you remove one habit, replace it with something amazing! When I gave up sugar, I made it a point to explore raw vegan desserts. What a TREAT! I never felt deprived. I could eat rich and satisfying food that was healthy for me! Start to explore recipe books or online recipe sites. Collect a few recipes that you would like to try and save them in a folder. In addition to this, start a shopping list of ingredients that you want to explore.

Yes, in order to adapt to this NEW lifestyle, you will have to branch out and try some new ingredients and techniques. Think of it as adding colors of paint to your palette. You don’t want to take on too much at one time, but you also don’t want to get bored.  Notice how your taste buds celebrate these new foods and enjoy!  

What are some raw food staples in your current diet?

Organic…Hemp seed, flax seed, chia seed, cacao powder, cacao paste, cacao butter, raw nuts and seeds, Medicine Flower extracts, raw honey, Himalayan pink salt, grade B maple syrup(not raw, but it’s my preferred sweetener), young Thai coconuts, sproutable grains, lucuma powder, mesquite powder, coconut oil, dulse flakes, spirulina powder, nut butters, Irish moss(sea moss), sprouts, kale, dandelion greens, collard greens, parsley, celery, apples…and tons of fruits and veggies. 

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

I’d love to be able to fly at will. I’ve had dreams about flying since I was very young and I’d wake up sad when I realized it was only a dream. To lift my arms and take flight with no fear…nice! 

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Can you share with us your favorite recipe or dish? 

My favorite raw dish is probably the one that I made when I was asked by Andrea Beaman (host of Fed Up) to compete in her   “Unlock the Taste of Summer”  Tour Cook-off.  This was an exciting event and I was the only raw chef, up against two traditional chefs. My entry, “Champagne Mango Cream Sauce on Zucchini Pasta” was selected as the winning dish. It’s easy to make and very popular, even with people who are not used to raw vegan main dishes. 

 

"Raw" Champagne Mango Cream Sauce With Zucchini and Summer Squash Pasta

  • 1/4 cup RAW cashews - (preferably soaked for 2 hours & rinsed)
  • 1/2 cup water (or coconut water)
  • 1/2 cup young Thai coconut meat  (or 1/2 cup desiccated coconut)
  • Champagne mangoes (or 2 regular mangoes  - set ½ mango aside for garnish)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon honey or liquid sweetener
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tsp nama shoyu (or tamari)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 1/2 Tablespoon lime juice
  • pinch cayenne (optional if you want to make it zippy)

Pasta

  • 2 medium zucchini spiralized or cut into noodles using peeler.
  • 1 Yellow squash spiralized (or use 1 more zucchini)

Garnish

  • 1 champagne mango, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 cup broccoli sprouts or your favorite sprouts
  • shredded desiccated coconut
  • 1 Tablespoon black sesame seeds 

Directions:

Champagne Mango Cream Sauce 

Blend cashews, coconut meat and coconut water until creamy. (Add more water as needed)

Add honey, sea salt, mango extract, nama shoyu, ginger, lime juice, cayenne and blend until creamy. Taste for sweetness or zippiness and adjust. Set aside.

Serve 

Place a mound of zucchini and summer squash noodles on plate.

Drizzle Champagne Mango Cream Sauce over center of zucchini. Add garnish and serve.

Note: Check out the Rawfully Tempting Online Café for some amazing treats.  Each morsel is hand created and charged with LOVE.  New creations are in the works, so check back frequently! 

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Wow! Thanks Barbara!

This is such a powerful story of healing and transformation. If you have found yourself in a similar situation, my hope is that you begin a journey into healing for yourself, take control and responsibility for your health! 

Consider participating in the upcoming cleanse with tons of people across the country at http://www.cleanseamerica.com and really jumpstart your journey into health!

In love and health,

Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC

http://www.pureblisshealth.com/

 

 

 

Assisting the Cleansing Process

Are you jumping into a cleanse this Spring? If you are considering it or have joined one or doing your own, CONGRATS! If your still on the fence, NOW’S THE TIME! 

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Doing a cleanse, whether your doing all liquids or all raw foods, there are a few things to consider. It’s more than JUST what you are putting in to your body. You have got to take care to make sure you are assisting in the release of what needs to COME OUT

What do I mean by that? Well, there are “7 Channels of Elimination” to maintain as you cleanse. There’s the bowels, blood, skin, kidneys, lymph, lungs and liver. These are the places the toxins will be taking an exit out of your body! 

Just as when you are doing Spring cleaning in your home, you would never start dusting and mopping and not have a ways to get all the gunk out of your house, you don’t want to start moving toxins into your system without giving them a clear and open pathway to be removed. Otherwise, you will create bigger problems than what you had when you began. 

So how do we clear the pathways? 

The Bowels

The bowel gets rid of toxins from the digestive system and the liver. It’s critical to keep the bowels moving especially while on a cleanse. If they are allowed to back up you will be reabsorbing toxins, let alone feeling “plugged up”. If you are doing a juice only cleanse you may want to do daily enemas to keep things moving along. If you are doing smoothies or raw foods, you may still need 1 or 2 enemas a week.

Regardless of the cleanse you are on, drinking lots of water is very important. General guidelines for water is half your body weight in ounces and day, so if you weigh 160 lbs you should be drinking at least 80 ounces of water. If you are active and exercising or using steam or saunas you need to increase the amount of water you are consuming. 

The Blood

The blood transports toxins through the body for elimination, so good circulation is critical for cleansing. While cleansing, gentle to moderate exercising is beneficial. If you have the energy you CAN do more but don’t allow yourself to get overly tired. Going for a walk, doing yoga or rebounding are good ways to get the blood circulating. 

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Skin

Your skin is the largest organ of your body! It releases more toxins, via sweat, than the kidneys and bowels combined! I am a huge advocate of body scrubs and dry brushing for this reason! Dry brushing and body scrubs will assist dead skin cell removal and open up clogged pores, which in turn will allow your skin to release toxins through perspiration more effectively.

What you put ON your skin is also very important! Your skin releases toxins AND absorbs. So a good rule of thumb is, “If your can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin!” However, not all skin care products will taste that great...think salt scrubs or essential oils etc. Choose organic when possible! A simple body scrub recipe is simply 1 cup salt or sugar 1 2-3 tbls coconut oil and a few drops of essential oil if desired. Easy as that! I recommend scrubbing once a week and I often do them every other day. Dry body brushing can be done every day. Coconut oil is a great and nourishing daily moisturizer too! 

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Kidneys

The kidneys are the filter for massive amounts of blood, they remove toxic substances and maintain the body’s water balance. Drinking plenty of fresh, flitered water assists the kidneys in doing their job. Include Dandelion leaves in your juices, smoothies and salads as they have a diuretic effect and stimulate the kidneys.

The Lymphatic System

The lymph system moves wastes and toxins from the cells and the circulatory system to the organs of elimination in the body. The lymph system carries the immune cells. The lymphatic system can get sluggish due to it not having a “pump” of it's own so it depends on movement of the body to keep it flowing well.

Exercise it so important for this purpose. One of the best ways to keep the lymph system in tip top shape is rebounding. A rebounder essentially is a mini trampoline. The bouncing movement really gets this system moving as it creates a pumping movement of the muscles. Rebounding is also an incredible overall exercise for the body! Spirulina has been shown to improve the function of immune cells as well. 

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Lungs

Deep breathing is another, and one of the best ways, to remove toxins from your system! Deep breathing also increases the flow of lymph. You actually release 70% of your toxins from the lungs! Learning how to breath properly however, is critical. Proper deep breathing removes carbon dioxide and increases oxygen in the blood and improves overall blood quality. Breathing also increases assimilation and digestion of food by improving oxygen to the stomach and digestive organs. One of my favorite books on proper breathing techniques is Conscious Breathing by Gay Hendicks.

Time saving tip: Start the day with Dry Brushing, do yoga and focus on deep breathing, “pranayama”, then have your green juice after your practice. 

Liver

The liver is responsible for over 500 functions including converting destructive toxins, as well as hormones, into less harmful substances that the body can eliminate. The liver receives blood and lymph and carries toxins away. Milk Thistle is a fantastic herb to help regeneration of the liver. Cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and cabbage all help detoxify the liver so include them in your juicing protocol. Cruciferous veggies also are abundant in cancer fighting chemicals! 

If you are using enemas during your cleanse, a coffee enema will assist even more liver detoxification. 

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Nurturing yourself while cleansing

While on your cleanse take time to nurture your entire being, body mind and spirit. Use this time to heal on deeper levels. Journal about your experience, your emotions, how your body feels, the challenges etc. This is an amazing way to see your progress as well as other places in your life that need attention. 

Make this time a healing and enjoyable time. When you feel like resting, rest. When you feel like exercising, exercise. When you feel like crying, cry. If you feel like getting a massage, get one! Allow yourself this time to take care of the most important person in your life...YOU!

If you are considering a cleanse, I suggest hoping onto the http://www.Cleanseamerica.com program that I will be doing starting April 9th with Paul Risse, Penni Shelton and Linda Heflin MD have put together! 

Happy cleansing! 

In love and health,

Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC

http://www.pureblisshealth.com/ 

 

 

My 5 Top "Super Foods" you can grow at home!

This is my first Spring in Utah since I was a kid and I’m just loving it! It seems that every time I walk outside I can almost see new life springing forth before my very eyes! Everything is GREEN! Everything is FRESH!

This is the perfect time to “green up” our bodies too! Thats why I have jumped on board Cleanse America with Penni Shelton, Paul Risse and Linda Heflin to do the 10 Day Cleanse! I’m ready to jump start my health. Here's a link to Mondays article on the Cleanse if you missed it:

 http://www.welikeitraw.com/rawfood/2012/04/cleanse-america-is-here-.html

 

"The support & interaction from the community and the downloadable ebooks have already been well-worth my $25 investment and the cleanse hasn't even started yet!" ~ Member of Cleanse America 

 

 

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Here's an example of a recipe from one of the recipe downloads! There are so many recipes in the 2 guides! Wow! Yum! 

Arugula & Figs with Orange Basil Dressing 

Karen McCarville at http://www.mindfullifenutrition.com 

For the dressing:  

  • 1 cup fresh orange juice 
  • 4 dried figs (soaked in filtered water for 20 min to an hour - reserve water) 
  • ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar 
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves 
  • ½ clove fresh garlic 
  • 1 tablespoon cold pressed organic olive oil 
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper 
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt (or to taste) 

Add reserved fig water as needed 

Put all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until smooth and slightly thickened (the figs will help to thicken the dressing).  Dress the salad and toss to incorporate well then top with fennel seeds.  

For the salad: 

  • 1 fennel bulb, cut in half and remove core then thinly slice (remove the 
  • stalks, saving for a refreshing green juice)  
  • ½ cucumber - thinly sliced in rounds 
  • ½ small red bell pepper - thinly sliced 
  • 1 small shallot - thinly sliced 
  • 2 cups baby arugula 
  • 4 dried figs - thinly sliced 
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds (sprinkle on top once salad is dressed)  

Assemble ingredients in a large serving bowl and set aside.  Here's a hint: It is helpful to use a mandolin to slice the vegetables as it is quick and creates uniform slices.  

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This is a perfect time to start a garden of your own! Yesterday we were treated to an amazing, informative article from Anais Dervaes of Urban Homestead, who, along with her family, grows literally thousands of pounds of produce at their home on a small lot in urban Pasadena, California. If they can pull THAT off I know even I can grow some of my own greens! Here's the link to yesterdays article in case you missed it: http://www.welikeitraw.com/rawfood/2012/04/the-urban-homestead-taking-back-our-food.html

My Top 5 Homegrown Super Foods

Here are my Top 5 suggestions for homegrown “super foods”.  These are foods that just simply pack a HUGE nutrient punch!  Spring vegetables provide some of the highest levels of vitamin K, iron, and phytonutrients that ward off chronic diseases. They are unpackaged super foods and don’t cost you your first born child. There are so many resources on the internet on growing your our food. Please see the resources listed in yesterdays article! 

Arugula: This peppery green provides you with a huge boost of magnesium, a mineral important for keeping your bones strong, your immune system healthy, and your muscles strong. Try adding it to salads to keep them interesting or make a pesto! Also, see recipe above from the Cleanse!

Arugula Pesto

  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 avocado
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Process all ingredients in a food processor until creamy! Enjoy over zucchini pasta or with sliced veggies.

Spinach: In addition to being a great source of vitamin C and folate, two nutrients that strengthen your immune system and ward off allergies, spinach is also rich in a compound called betaine, which has been found to boost exercise performance. Woo woo!! And if you think only carrots can keep your eyesight healthy, think again. Spinach contains lutein and zeaxanthin, two phytochemicals that may help prevent age-related macular degeneration, one of the leading causes of blindness. 

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Simple Green Smoothie

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/2 cup radish leaves
  • 1 banana
  • 1 peach or mango
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 2 tbls chia seeds, opt

Blend in high speed blender and enjoy! 

Radishes: Radishes are incredibly nutritious, containing nearly a third of your daily recommended amount of vitamin C. Cancer-fighting tip: Eat radishes with broccoli. Radishes contain an enzyme called myrosinase, which boosts your body's absorption of the cancer-fighting compounds found in broccoli. And don't neglect the leaves! Radish leaves contain more vitamin C, calcium and protein than radishes themselves.

Add radishes to salads or have them on hand for a little snack. Add the leaves to a salad or a green smoothie!

Fava Beans: High in fiber and iron, fava beans are protein powerhouses, with 13 grams per cup of cooked beans. Fava beans also work to lower your cholesterol naturally and they are even thought to stimulate sexual desire. Ok. I’m down. 

Fava Bean Salad

  • 3 cups red leaf lettuce
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/2 cup basil, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green onions
  • 1 cup broccoli, chopped
  • 1 cup fava beans, raw or cooked

Toss all together and drizzle with a simple dressing of:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Asparagus: A cup of asparagus contains 70 percent of your daily recommended amount of vitamin K, which helps deliver calcium to your bones, and 20 percent of your vitamin A, which helps your immune system. It's also a great source of protein and folate. 

Raw Cream of Asparagus Soup

  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup chervil or parsley
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbls miso

Blend in a high speed blender until creamy, then add the following to garnish:

  • 3 tbls red pepper, chopped
  • 3 tbls mushrooms, choppped
  • 3 tbls chives, chopped

 

My sincere hope for you is that you make a commitment to living a life that is awesome, filled with radiant health and energy. So, check out the Cleanse, try the recipes and grow some of your own food!

In love and health,

Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC

http://www.pureblisshealth.com/

 

 

 

The Urban Homestead! Taking back our food!

I'm so honored that my friend Anais Dervaes has taken the time to write an article here for us! Along with her family, she runs The Urban Homestead in Pasadena, Ca where they grow and teach about eco living in urban areas, sustainable agriculture, seed saving, city farming and much more. 

In this article here Anais talks about taking control of our food and seed saving. The Dervaes family is a powerhouse of information on Monsanto free seeds and organic farming. There are many links below and I HIGHLY encourage you to check them all out as well as their website: http://urbanhomestead.org/journal/2008/09/25/sos/ where you will find a wealth of information! 

They are highly sought after educators and presenters in this field and we are truly blessed to have the article here!! I hope you enjoy this article! Thanks Anais!!! ~~~~~ Lori

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SENDING OUT AN SOS 

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Anais Dervaes

I can see the day coming when even your home garden is gonna be against the law.   Union Sundown - Bob Dylan 

Spring is here and with it comes a mailbox full of seed catalogs to be drooled over. Growing your own food is empowering; but, did you know that by planting a garden you might just be supporting Corporate Agriculture?  As seasoned and newbie gardeners alike know, it's easy to buy new seeds every year.  Saving your own will not only save you money but also, hopefully, will provide some satisfaction as being a minor act of empowerment against the corporate control over the world's seed supply.  

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Jules Dervaes

Yep, that's right.  You've probably heard of Big Oil. Well, there's a new kid on the block.  Multi-nationals now own the rights to many of the world's food seed varieties. But any concerned gardener can short-circuit the system by saving seed. According to the Organic Consumer’s Association, “While consumers struggle to fuel their cars and put food on the table, oil companies (like Exxon Mobil, BP and Conoco Phillips) and seed companies (like Monsanto, Cargill and ADM) are raking in record profits.”

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You think that if you “Grow Your Own” you are free from the clutches of Monsanto?  Think again. What you may not realize is that Monsanto also now owns approximately 40% of the home garden vegetable seed market -- making them the largest seed company in the world.

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Save Your Seeds - take back your food supply from corporate control

There are many reasons to save your own seeds

  • to save money
  • to preserve a non-commercially available variety
  • to observe varieties for adaptation to difficult growing conditions
  • to share the bounty of our gardens with other seed savers
  • to have the pleasure of becoming an observer and an active participant in our own food production. 

So, what can you do?  Here are some suggestions:

  • Start A Community Seed Bank - connect with fellow gardeners in your area, ensuring seed security. A seed bank protects rare and useful local crops. It is also an emergency source of seed if crops fail due to disease, pests, or bad weather.
  • Buy OP or Heirloom - try to stay away from hybridized or  GMO contaminated seeds

Open-pollinated vegetable varieties reproduce themselves in one of two ways: cross-pollination between two plants (via wind, insects or water) or self-pollination (between male and female flower parts contained within the same flower or separate flowers on the same plant). Beets, brassicas, carrots, corn and squash are cross-pollinating, and so require isolation in the field to keep varieties true. Beans, lettuce, peas and tomatoes are self-pollinating, do not require isolation and are the easiest for seed-saving home gardeners to sustain year to year.

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Diversity Lost  

“We have neglected to preserve the diversity of our food. Today, we have more brands of shoes than we have of carrots or broccoli.”  —Jules Dervaes

 

“Seeds are critical to our success as gardeners and farmers. They are compact packages of genetic information and stored food reserves, just waiting for the conditions found in warm, moist soil in order to germinate and create tomatoes, carrots, beans and thousands of other delights out of sunshine, air, water and soil. For most of the last ten thousand years of human history, seed-saving was something nearly everyone practiced, because in order to eat and therefore to survive, it was necessary. The grains and beans which formed the basis of most diets were both seed and food. Grown in large quantities, the best were saved for planting and the rest were eaten. Our ancestors did this each year, generation after generation through the centuries. Variations in climate, soil and techniques from garden to garden and community to community, accumulated through the years, creating the incredible diversity which existed over much of our planet well into this century. These local seeds were integral to life and culture everywhere. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these varieties has disappeared." From Bill Duesing - Living on the Earth 1999

 

According to Food & Agriculture Organization,  75% of the genetic diversity of crop plants were lost in the last century. A survey by RAFI found that approximately 97% of U.S. Department of Agriculture lists have been lost in the last 80 years.

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Blacklist 

Seeds companies are being bought up at an alarming rate by Monsanto. Their most recent purchase was Seminis.

It is estimated that Seminis controls 40 percent of the U.S. vegetable seed market and 20 percent of the world market—supplying the genetics for 55 percent of the lettuce on U.S. supermarket shelves, 75 percent of the tomatoes, and 85 percent of the peppers, with strong holdings in beans, cucumbers, squash, melons, broccoli, cabbage, spinach and peas. 

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The company’s biggest revenue source comes from tomato and peppers seeds, followed by cucumbers and beans.

Here are a few of the published vegetable varieties that we know that Monsanto owns:

Beans: EZ Gold, Eureka, Goldrush, Kentucky King, Lynx, Bush Blue Lake 94

Carrot: Nutri-Red, Sweet Sunshine, Karina, Chantenay #1, Chantilly, Lariat

Cucumber: Dasher II, Daytona, Turbo, Speedway, Sweet Slice, Yellow Submarine, Sweeter Yet

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Sergio Gutierrez of Glen Ivy Organic Farm, Corona, Ca

Lettuce: Esmeralda, Lolla Rossa (and derivatives), Red Sails, Red Tide, Blackjack, Summer time, Monet, Baby Star, Red Butterworth

Melons: Alaska, Bush Whopper, Casablanca, Dixie Jumbo, Early Crisp

Onion: Arsenal, Hamlet, Red Zeppelin, Mars, Superstar, Candy

Peppers: Valencia, Camelot, King Arthur, Red Knight, Aristotle, Northstar, Biscane, Caribbean Red, Serrano del Sol, Early Sunsation, Fat and Sassy

Spinach: Melody, Unipack 151Spinach, Bolero, Cypress

Squash: Autumn Delight, Bush Delicata (producer-vendor), Really Big Butternut, Early Butternut, Buckskin Pumpkin (AAS), Seneca Autumn, Table ace

Tomato: Big Beef, Beefmaster, First Lady I and II, Early Girl, Pink Girl, Golden Girl, Sunguard, Sun Chief Sweet, Baby Girl, Sweet Million

Watermelon: Royal Flush, Royal Star (pet), Stargazer, Starbright, Stars and Stripes, Yellow doll, Tiger

Zucchini/Summer Squash: Blackjack, Daisy, Fancycrook, Sunny Delight, Lolita, Sungreen

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S.O.S Pledge

I pledge to take back control over the most sacred form of plant life - seeds

I will strive to save my own seeds, encourage self pollination and self seeding "volunteers" 

I will refrain from purchasing seed varieties controlled by Monsanto

I will support local seed banks

I will purchase organic, heirloom or open pollinated seeds from independent seed companies whose mission is  to save seed diversity

That little seed packet you now have will determine the future of our food -- it’s in your hands.

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Resources 

Urban Homestead Supply heirloom seeds http://www.peddlerswagon.com/c-95-seeds.aspx 

Sources 

Little Homestead in the City http://urbanhomestead.org/journal/2008/09/25/sos/  

Little Homestead in the City  http://urbanhomestead.org/journal/2009/01/06/do-you-know-where-your-seed-comes-from/ 

Primal Seeds http://www.primalseeds.org/bioloss.htm

New Farm http://newfarm.rodaleinstitute.org/features/2005/0205/seminisbuy/index.shtml  

Millions Against Monsanto  http://www.organicconsumers.org/monsanto/

 

Thank you to the Dervaes Family for all you do to educate the planet! We appreciate you!

In love and health, 

Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC

http://www.pureblisshealth.com/

 

Cleanse America is here!

Spring has sprung and new life is emerging everywhere I look. My body feels it. It's time to wake up and renew. What a perfect time to do a Cleanse! So I'm so excited to share with you a program that's been designed by some of the Top Cleansers out there! Penni Shelton, Paul Risse and Linda Heflin MD, have done an outstanding job laying it all out in an easy to follow 10 day Cleanse program with Daily Video's and recipes from top "Wellness Warriors".

There are a few levels you can choose from, all raw food or juices! Join the Cleanse Bandwagon and wake up to Spring in a healthy FRESH way! The camaraderie you will find here in this virtual community will inspire you to keep taking the next step towards healing your body, mind and spirit. 

Here's what Penni, Paul and Linda have to say.........

Happy Cleansing!~~~Lori

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Welcome to Cleanse America!
We invite you to participate in a 10-Day cleanse and be a part of the transformation of a nation!!  We just announced our 1st official cleanse dates, which are: 

Mon. APRIL 9th - Wed. APRIL18th!

The guidelines are simple. For 10 days you eat a 100% raw foods diet (Level 1) or follow a liquid diet (Level 2) of juices, smoothies, elixirs, teas and soups.

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Penni Shelton

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Paul Risse

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8 Ways to help CLEANSE America become a movement to help transform the nation and beyond.....

 


1. Ask a coworker, friend, class, church group or your child to join you in this cleanse. It is easier and much more fun to have a partner(s) with whom to to share the experience!

2. Share any videos we put up and make one (or more) of your own. Have fun with the process!

3. Ask your uncle who runs ABC to run a news story about CLEANSE America. Just kidding....and just sayin'

4. Set up a raw potluck in your town and invite guests. Share food, laughter and then ask them if they would like to better their health in just 10 short days.

5. Same idea as above but do a movie marathon night screening Forks over Knives, Average Joe on the Raw and Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. 

6. Print up our flyer and post in places you feel led to.....

7. Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter and share a status update telling your friends to check us out.  Also go to www.cleanseamerica.com and subscribe to our mailing list.

8. Write a song, poem or take a beautiful picture that we can share and that will help to inspire people.

If you have registered as a premium participant with CLEANSE America, then you are part of our team and we thank you so much for your willingness to make a difference in your own health and in helping to be part of making the upgrade in the bigger picture.

We are super excited about opening our CLEANSE America community site this afternoon and that is where participants will be able to connect with others from all over the country (and the world), download our recipes and guidelines for cleansing, etc.  

We're pretty sure that the $25 may very well be one of the best investments you can make towards your health and wellness.  For more information on registering, CLICK HERE. To go straight to registration, click here.

To listen to an awesome & informative radio interview that Paul, Karen McCarville (one of our CA Wellness Warriors) & I did yesterday morning on Dallas' KFXR radio, click on the link below to downlown the mp3!

 

I for one am VERY excited to do the Cleanse! Very excited that it's all been laid out and I don't have to even think much about what to eat or drink....It's all been taken care of! Yeah!  :) Are YOU going to join? 

In love and health!

Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC

http://www.pureblisshealth.com/

Featuring the Supercharged Super Star Jenna Norwood!

What an amazing treat we have today! The beautiful, talented "Supercharge Me" superstar, Ms Jenna Norwood is in the house! I got to know Jenna at the Longevity Now conference a few years ago and have loved chatting with her ever since. She is so inspiring and such a sweet person! I'm thrilled and honored she's taken the time to do an interview here for us! 

I highly encourage you to check out her movie Supercharge Me to get massively inspired on the raw diet!

So, let's hop in!!! Here's Jenna........... ~~~Lori

 

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What inspired you to create your business?

The business aspect of what I do came unexpectedly from a lifelong desire to contribute something to humanity. I've always known there was something I was passionate to share, but didn't know what it was until discovering how miraculous it is on every level to get back to nature with the way we eat.

It started with my initial 30 days raw experiment on myself, which I documented in my independent film, "Supercharge Me! 30 Days Raw." From that time, I've been eager to share what I learned during that 30 days with everyone on the planet. But this venture is really more like a non-profit than a business. I've invested a fortune in it because I know it's the reason I'm here on the planet. I may not be around tomorrow and that's o.k. as long as I know I was on my path today.

 

What was the inspiration for your movie Supercharge Me? Will you be doing any more?

I was very inspired by Morgan Spurlock's film, "Super Size Me." And I was waiting for him to do a follow-up film, showing how he detoxed from fast food. A year later, I saw two friends transform after doing raw food cleanses. I had just been through a difficult time after losing my grandmother, and I thought it would be a good idea to go to a retreat for a few weeks to recover. So I booked a raw food retreat for myself. About a week before going, it hit me like a flash that I should document the experience to provide an extreme dietary contrast to "Super Size Me." I'd been working with a small crew on some short film projects, so I got them on board and we went to work.

There is a possibility of another film project. There are certainly plenty of ideas. But I told myself I'd have to at least break even on "Supercharge Me!" before embarking on another film. And I only need to sell 14,000 more DVDs to break even!

The money aspect of this is my least favorite part. I would much prefer if it were not an issue and I could just devote my time and energy to sharing freely. It's what I love to do. 

 

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What are you up to these days?

I've been doing a variety of things lately. I consulted with a top burger joint to add two vegan and gluten-free items to their menu. I took a group of elementary school teachers and principal through a 30-day raw challenge. I did a keynote presentation on eating plants at the world-renowned Selby Botanical Gardens for their annual Plant & Garden Festival. I do healthy food demonstrations for elementary schools. 

And I speak at universities, which I love.I'm also working on wider distribution of my film. I believe it really helps people. And I'll be picking up my daily apple project again soon; coming up with a new idea for the apple for every day of the year. And gotta finish that book. I love it all!

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

In addition to my Dharma work, I've been getting more into my yoga practice and have taken up Capoeira, the Afro-Brazilian martial art. It's quite intense and a lot of fun. I like the strength I'm gaining from it.

At this stage of my life, I'm making family a priority and seeing tremendous benefits in deepening those relationships. Indeed, I believe this is ancestral work we're doing together. It's very powerful to heal what needs healing.

What's the best way for a raw newbie to get into raw or vegan foods?

It depends on the person. Some people can dive right in. Others need to ease in gradually. I'd say most people are the "ease in" type. So, just starting the day off with a green smoothie (thanks to Victoria Boutenko) is a great start. And then adding in more fresh foods throughout the day. For those who are able, another approach would be to start with a green juice fast/feast to break some food habits in the first week or two and then transition into raw food. It helps a lot to have some quick, easy and delicious recipes under your belt and then keep adding to them.

 Can you share with us a favorite recipe or dish?

I love my raw Pasta Buddhanesca!

There's a link to the recipe here:

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2010/01/27/dinner-for-under-15-pasta-buddhanesca-by-jenna-norwood/

How is your spiritual life in conjunction with the raw foods lifestyle? How does it all relate for you?

My spiritual life is inspired or uninspired by my food choices. When I eat close to nature, I can almost hear the angels singing.  

 

How do you come up with recipes?

I've learned to come up with recipes based on what's around. It's certainly the most practical approach. And it's made me very creative in the kitchen. In the beginning, I got a lot of guidance from the raw recipe books out there.

What's one thing that most people don't know about you?  

Nobody knows the trouble I've seen. :) Seriously, I think I may come across as someone who has had it easy. It couldn't be further from the truth. I've encountered major challenges throughout my life but I've maintained a positive attitude. I've come to be grateful for the adversity I've experienced. It has deepened my faith and allowed me to take full responsibility for my life. 

 

Do you think it's vital to be 100% raw or 100% vegan?

I do know I feel my best when I'm 100% raw and vegan. I don't see the benefit of doing anything else, other than for emotional numbing. I used to go to cheese for its morphine comfort. And a bowl of brown rice will numb my emotions, too. When you don't have the ability to numb yourself, you have to face emotions that come up, which is for the best ultimately. But sometimes we're not ready and those foods put a pause button on the rising up of emotions we'd rather not face.

IF you were to eat any cooked food you wanted what would you eat? 

I do sometimes eat cooked food, but I usually feel hungover afterward. I love the ethnic flavors of Ethiopian, Indian, Mediterranean and Thai foods. And I keep it vegan.

What raw principles do you personally embrace?

Fresh is best.

What is your typical day like and what would you eat?

I haven't yet had a typical day. Each day is different. I love to start the day with water, then fresh fruits, green juices, green smoothies, yummy salads, snacking on nuts, seeds or seaweed. Sometimes, I make little decadent raw treats.

Have you experienced any deficiencies on the raw food diet? 

I am not aware of any deficiencies, other than the need for me to supplement iron and B12. That's a small price to pay for all the benefits I'm getting. I'm certainly getting much more nutrition now than I was as a junk food vegetarian.

 

What are some raw food staples in your current diet?

Apples, bananas, leafy greens, tomatoes, nuts and seeds

Are you 100% raw?

I'm working my way back to all raw because it's how I feel my best.

Do you ever get sick?

I never get sick when I'm eating all raw. 

What is the last book you read?

Jitterbug Perfume, by Tom Robbins. What a brilliant and fascinating book! Beets play a role. :)

 

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

I would be Jenna Apple, spreading love and sweetness all over the world. As Jenna Apple, I'd have the superhero power of being always in love.

If aliens came by, (ya know the aliens that have "never" been to Earth before), what would you feed them first? 

Apples! If they didn't have the proper teeth to chew them, I'd make applesauce. 

My web site: http://www.JennaNorwood.com and My Amazon DVD page: http://www.amazon.com/Supercharge-Me-30-Days-Raw/dp/B0036I1MX2/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1332530113&sr=1-1

 

 Thank you so much Jenna for taking the time to inspire us! 

In love and health!

Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC

http://www.pureblisshealth.com/ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making Your Own Herbal & Essential Oil Products

Making your own products with herbs you have either wild harvested or purchased, or essential oils, is a fun and rewarding experience. It ensures the purity of the product. There are many things you can create from body care to vinegar. Here are a few recipes to play with. Always write down your experiments as you go, that way when something turns out really great you can duplicate it! Have fun! 

 

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Bath Salts

  • 4 cups epsom salts
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 10 drops essential oils such as lavender, pine, eucalyptus, ylang ylang, rosemary
  • (Avoid citrus blends as they sting in the bath) 

Mix up and store in a container. Use as much as you like in the tub. I often use the entire batch. Soak for about 20 minutes in very warm water and rest at least 30 minutes after soaking. 

Body Scrubs

Body scrubs are a very healthy practice. Removing dead skin cells and residue allows the skin to breathe and release toxins. Making your own product ensures you are not putting chemicals on your skin which absorbs everything. Eek! The best way to do a healthy spa treatments to do a scrub and then take a bath with epsom salts and essential oils.  

  • 1 cup sea salt or sugar
  • 2 tbls coconut oil
  • 8 drops of essential oil of choice

Combine well and use on dry skin, standing on a towel in the tub or shower. Please be cautious as the oils will make the tub slippery. 

 

Lip Balm

As I stated above, making your own products ensures a pure product. This recipe nourishes the delicate lip tissue as it moisturizes.

  • 1 1/2 tbls almond oil
  • 1 tbls beeswax
  • 1 1/2 tsp shea butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp cocoa butter
  • 8 drops essential oil of choice, lavender, grapefruit, clove, peppermint, etc
  • 1 vit e capsule

Melt oils in a double boiler, let cool slightly and add the essential oils and vit e capsule. Pour into a small container or lip balm tube. (Please see resources)

 

Body Butter

  • 2 tbls shea butter
  • 2 tbls cocoa butter
  • 2 tbls olive oil (You can also use herbal infused oil here too!)
  • 10 drops essential oil of choice, lavender, orange, grapefruit, ylang ylang etc
  • 1 vit e capsule

Melt the oils in a double boiler, let cool slightly and add the essential oils and vit e capsule. Stir well. Store in a container with lid. 

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Mountain Rose carries herbal supplies and containers. Check out the website: 

http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/ 

Arthritis Herbal Oil

  • 1 tbls rosemary, crushed
  • 3 tsp celery seed, crushed
  • 1 tbls chili pepper seeds

Add to glass jar and cover with 1 cup olive oil. Let steep in a warm place for 10 days. Strain and bottle. Use as needed on effected joints. 

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Cough Tea Infusion

  • 1 cup thyme
  • 1/2 cup plantain
  • 1/4 cup mullein leaf

Mix dried herbs together and use 1 teaspoon herb to 1 cup water. Boil water and sprinkle herbs in. Turn off heat and steep for 5 minutes.

Menopausal Tincture Blend

  • 1/2 cup chaste berry
  • 1/2 cup dong quai
  • 1/2 cup wild yam
  • 1/4 cup hops
  • 1/4 cup valarian
  • 1/4 cup passion flower
  • 1/4 cup dandelion root
  • 1/4 cup uva ursi
  • 1/4 cup corn silk
  • 1/4 cup juniper berries

Add all herbs to a glass jar and cover completely with 60 proof alcohol such as vodka. Leave for 6 weeks, shaking daily. Strain and bottle in a dark jar. Use a 1/2 -1 teaspoon as needed.

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Infused Vinegars

Stuff a jar full of herbs of choice. Pour 16 ounces of Apple Cider Vinegar to cover herbs. Use a non metallic lid. Let sit for 4-6 weeks in a pantry. Strain and bottle. Store in the fridge. 

Here are some awesome blends to try:

  • 1 part tarragon to 2 parts lemon balm
  • 1 part basil to 2 parts salad burnet
  • 1 part each tarragon, basil, chives to 2 parts each lemon thyme, salad burnet and 1 clove garlic

 Sweet Anise Salad

  • 3 red apples, diced
  • 3 tbls lemon juice
  • 1 tsp agave or honey
  • 6 ounces anise stalks, sliced
  • 2 bananas. sliced
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup veganase or cashew cream (1/2 cup cashews blended with 1/2 cup water)
  • lettuce leaves
  • Garnish with parsley

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Chilled Cantaloupe Soup with Tarragon Syrup

  • 1 cantaloupe, inside flesh
  • 1/4 cup coconut or non dairy yogurt
  • 2 tbls honey or agave
  • 4 tsp lemon juice
  • Pinch salt

Blend in blender until smooth. Chill an hour.

 

Tarragon Syrup

  • 3/4 cup honey or agave
  • 4 sprigs tarragon
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Heat honey and lemon juice, add tarragon and simmer on very low for 10 minutes. Remove tarragon. Drizzle on soup mixture to serve.

 

Have fun creating your own blends!

In love and health,

Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC

http://www.pureblisshealth.com/ 

 

How to home craft your own herbal preparations!

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Since I was a child I have been crafting my own herbal creations. I grew up in Utah in the Mormon religion and spent a great deal of time with my Grandmother who told me stories of the pioneers and the Old Ways of natural healing. I was fascinated by these stories and would often wander into the mountains we lived near or wander away while camping and find plants and berries and dye cotton or bring home plants and herbs and ask my Grandma about them. 

I would use the cotton I dyed to weave my Barbies "clothes". So instead of always having the prettiest dresses for my dolls I often had what we might refer to as hippie clothes for them :) I had an interesting childhood. But I did learn to appreciate nature's healing bounty. 

I have been crafting herbal concoctions in the form of teas, medicine, bath products, cold process soap, eye pillows, hand pressed paper and so much more for years. I have even taught some of these methods to my son's Cub Scout Troop.

As my kids grew up they called the shed where I did most of my herbal crafting "Mom's Laboratory" and it WAS much like one! There is something magical and alchemical about creating your own naturally crafted products! Hope you try some of your own! Look for recipes tomorrow! ~~~ Lori 

Here are some of the most common ways to prepare herbs.  

 

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Infusions and teas

The most commonly known and used method for preparing and using herb is an infusion, or “making tea”. This is an easy way to use herbs that easily give up their properties. Do not use metal pots to make herbal preparations. To make an infusion, boil water for 30 seconds, turn heat off and sprinkle the herbs on the water to steep for 10 minutes or until cool. Strain and drink. Use 1 teaspoon dried herd or 1 tablespoon fresh herb to 1 cup of water. Obviously, if you are using a tea bag, you just submerge the bag and steep. To sweeten teas that are a little bitter, try adding some peppermint or lemon verbena to the herb mixture or use raw honey.   

If you want to dry your herbs and make tea bags check out: 

http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/search/search.php?refine=y&keywords=tea+bags&x=0&y=0

They have small heat sealable tea bags for single cups and large bags that I often use to make “Bath Tea Bags” (recipe below) 

Herbal Bath Tea Bags

  • 2 tablespoons Oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons epsom salt
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Catnip, Hops, Comfrey, Rosemary, Peppermint or Lavender 

Mix all together and add to a large tea bag, seal up and use in the bath. Don't squeeze or it may burst open. To make lots at a time simply increase the recipe. I like to stamp the bag with a pretty stamp or write an affirmation on it. If giving as a gift, always add a note with ingredients in case of allergy. 

Decoctions

This method is used for harder plant material such as roots, barks or seeds which have been “bruised” or crushed a bit to help release their properties. Place the herbs in an enamel pot and cover with cold water, slowly bring to a boil. Reduce heat and continue boiling for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and steep for about 20 minutes.  Strain. If needed, sweeten as described above. This concoction should keep for about 3 days refrigerated. 

Syrups

Syrups are used to mask the taste of bitter herbs making them easier to take, especially for kids. Boil 2 1/2 cups of the infusion or decoction with 2-4 tablespoons honey, agave or coconut syrup until the mixture turns syrupy. It doesn’t keep long but makes a great alternative to commercial cough syrups. Store in the refrigerator . 

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Tinctures

To make tinctures use 4 ounces powdered herbs or 8 ounces fresh herbs in a container, preferable glass, with a tight fitting lid.Add 2 1/2 cups alcohol, which must be at least 60 proof, like vodka or brandy. Do NOT use ethyl or “rubbing” alcohol. Let mixture stand in a warm spot and shake twice a day for 2 weeks. Then strain through double muslin, squeezing to remove as much liquid as possible. Store in a dark glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Use 5-15 drops directly under the tongue or in a cup of hot water. Please don’t use these preparations with children.  

Hot or Cold Compresses

A compress is used to apply the herbal preparation directly to the skin. Soak a clean cloth in the hot decoction or infusion and apply to the skin as hot as can be tolerated but not so hot that you burn the skin. Cover with plastic and a heavy towel to retain heat. For a cold compress use the same procedure, just use a cold preparation. 

So why use hot over cold? If you have stiff muscles for example, use heat. If you have any inflammation, DON'T use heat. Just think, you don’t want to increase heat to anything thats already “inflamed.”  

Poultice

A poultice is similar to a compress but you use the actual plant material rather than the liquid extract. Mash or crush the plant material and heat in a pan over boiling water with a small amount of water added. Apply the plant pulp directly to the skin as warm as can be comfortably tolerated. Hold in place with a gauze bandage. Poultices stimulate circulation, soothe aches, and draw out impurities depending on herb used. 

So go create a lab of your own and see what amazing things you can create for yourself!

Happy Crafting!

In love and health,

Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC

http://www.pureblisshealth.com/