Things To Remove From Your Diet

no signAs you upgrade the quality of your food it becomes easier to crowd out the not-so-good-for-you options.

To accelerate your health upgrades, there are some more toxic “foods” that are worth removing from your lifestyle.

Here are some items we suggest you find alternatives to sooner rather than later:

Sodas / Fizzy Drinks
Phosphates in sodas rob the body of calcium resulting in bone deterioration.  They are also often full of caffeine, sugar and other chemicals that are difficult for the body to process. Instead try Kombucha, Levitation Lemonade or pure spring water.


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Dandelion Vinegar

dandelionsSpring is time for dandelions and liver support!  If your yard is organic (or you know of one that is), and you see dandelions blooming, pluck those little flower heads!

The yellow flowers are high in lecithin and support liver health.

I feel like a honeybee as I buzz over my yard and collect the dandelion flowers.


Once you’ve got a bunch, fill a glass mason jar (that has a lid) with the flowers.  Really pack them in there.

dandelions and acvPour Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) over the top until all the flowers are covered.

Cover with a lid (ideally a plastic lid since the vinegar will eat a metal lid … or put a layer of saran between the liquid and the metal lid).

Let this nectar sit on your counter (out of direct light) for about 6 weeks, and give it a shake once a day.

After 6 weeks, strain the vinegar and compost the dandelions (or leave them in there for the visual effect).

Use this Dandelion Vinegar anywhere you would eat ACV, for example:

  • A quick shot glass of Dandelion ACV chased by water in the morning will put some zing in your step and keep your liver smiling
  • Mixed with some olive oil and Fiesta Mole it makes a tasty salad dressing

Managing Stress & Sleep Issues

Experiencing a lot of stress in your life taxes your Adrenal Glands, and your entire endocrine system, including your Lymph system.  When the lymph is clogged, you may find yourself in an unhelpful sleep pattern of “lots of doing energy” and unable to sleep, followed by a hard crash of a couple hours of sleep, only to awaken again feeling like you need to move about.

If this sleep pattern sounds familiar, this video is for you:


[Watch on Youtube]

Learn more about unclogging your Lymph system and getting a good night’s sleep with Vitalize.

Daikon for Detox

Daikon is a Japanese radish that is abundant in digestive enzymes similar to those found in the human digestive tract.
These radishes have been used in traditional Japanese and macrobiotic cooking to heal the body and to help it discharge fat, excess fluids and old animal foods lingering in the intestines. For those of you wanting to detox the animal flesh naturally, daikon may be the answer!


Daikon Radish

Daikon Radish

Here are a couple of ideas of how you can use this powerful, peppery radish to help cleanse your body:


  • Grate 2 tablespoons of daikon daily and eat with a few drops of naturally brewed Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (or whatever your preference in soy sauce) to help the body discharge old animal protein and fats.
  • Make a simple broth to eliminate excess diary products: Heat 1 cup water, 1/2 cup diced daikon. Simmer for 15 minutes, drink warm.
  • Simply add some daikon to your juicer. I would suggest juicing with plum or apple (something sweet to cut the peppery taste)
  • Enjoy shredded daikon instead of cabbage for a cole slaw

All About Cleansing – Our First of Four 10-day Cleanses

Day 7 of Juice Feasting Cleanse

Day 7 of Juice Feasting Cleanse

This year we are doing four 10-day cleanses, each timed with an equinox or solstice.

I’ve heard it’s good to cleanse 1 day for every year you have lived, and this year I will have gone around the sun 40 times.  Woo hoo!  In celebration I am honoring my body (and mind) with some self-designed cleanses … so of course I’m going to share them with you. :)

My mate Dan is choosing to go on this journey with me because, as he says, “I like to do what you do.”  Also, since I’m the primary creator of delicious eats in our house, it’s easy for him to drink what I drink and it’s also easier for me to make juice for two than for one.  I love how things have that way of working out wonderfully for us.

We are starting with the vernal (spring) equinox for our first cleanse.  With the change of the seasons from winter into spring it’s natural to feel inspired to do a little spring cleaning – inside and outside of your body.  I love what my friend Rick The Health Sleuth says about equinox cleansing:

“Equinoxes represent renewal as the seasons change; and the body’s internal clock recognizes them and proceeds to undertake its natural cleansing and detoxification processes during that time.  The vernal equinox is an excellent time to do an herbal cleanse, juice feast, water fast, juice fast, kidney flush, liver and gallbladder flush, or whatever other detoxification process that one feels called to try.”

To help you intuit and decide what to incorporate into your next cleanse, I’ve described below (in this now quite long post/article!) what I think about some of the cleansing options I’m aware of, followed by the guidelines I used for our “2012 Vernal Equinox Cleanse

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Salt Flush Digestive Tract Cleanse

SunFire Salt

SunFire Salt

I will soon be posting a big long article all about cleansing and realized I have not yet posted one of the simplest and easiest cleanses that can be done in half a day (if that).  If you’ve never cleansed before, a great place to start is with this salt flush.

You can think of Salt Flushes as a “quarter colonic”. Where colonics only clean the colon, Salt Flushes clean stomach, small intestine and colon.

A Salt Flush (or Salt Wash) is:
1 Tbls. of Sun Fire Salt * mixed into
1 Quart warm water
Drink the whole quart immediately and stay near the bathroom!

Salt Washes give most people rapid, full elimination within 15-30 minutes. If no flush occurs, this may indicate a person is extremely salt deficient. In this case, I’d personally drink another quart of water and skip a day before my next Salt Wash. If no flushing occurs in a few days, some people increase up to 2 Tbsp or more of Sun Fire Salt.

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