The Clean Program

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A Welcome By Lee Yonish

One of the first questions people ask is, “Do I really have to give up coffee?” This seems to be a reasonable question, given that the Clean cleanse prescribes a relatively reasonable plan. Yet perhaps because The Clean Program allows for such a wide array of options, one automatically assumes caffeine may be one of them. Another sticking point for some are the liquid meals: the daily smoothie for breakfast and soup for dinner. Not being able to “crunch” on something can be tough to get used to.

Nonetheless, despite some of these sacrifices, this cleanse works wonders for many people, mainly because they get the opportunity to see how good they can feel — how light, un-bloated, energetic, clear-minded — when eating a variety of real foods, as opposed to a clear liquid diet or a restrictive food diet.

The Clean Program seems to be a highly effective mainstream cleanse, for folks who may not have any chronic health issues but who just feel “ick” from the holidays or from falling back on some old habits. Whatever the case, there is definitely a lot of planning and cooking involved, but mindfulness and a new appreciation for eating are certain to result if you can hang in there.

A Note From Audelle…

Currently the Dr. Junger’s website found here is hosting a 21 Day Detox with free support online and a lot of downloadable/printable information with registration. Participation in this detox started just a few days ago but registration is open. Sometimes cleansing with a group makes things a little easier to swallow. 

Power Smoothies by Allie

48465d_e59e795f6cb742439f1316e9dd4a1081When detox diets are like “you can eat these foods and these other foods but you can’t eat those foods or these things that pretend to be foods but aren’t really foods though” I’m like “you can eat food! Woohoo!” (fist pumping ensues). Lee mentioned that a point of contention folks seem to have with this detox includes the rule about sticking to two drinkable meals per day and zero caffeine. I can get behind the loss of caffeine thing because, well…because coffee. Hearts. However, smoothies (drinkable meals) are a brilliant creation.

The thing about smoothies is that you can nearly. Put. ANYthing. In. A. Smoothie. Do you have a blender? Good, because you can put anything in the blender (within reason) and then add a liquid and then press “On” and then drink what the blender makes. To me, that has always carved the way for more boosters in my diet. Boosters include:

Powdered seaweeds (Spirulina is my favorite because it’s naturally sweet)
Spices like Turmeric and Cinnamon
Chia seeds & Flaxseeds
Maca Powder (a superfood root veggie from South America, which might not be allowed in The Clean Program because of the starch/rootness)
Cacao Powder
Chlorophyl Drops (It’s like we extracted everything good and green from the inside of a kale leaf and put it in a little bottle with a little dropper. Don’t ever drop this bottle, it will dye ANYthing it touches green)
and more!

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Chia Seeds are an excellent source of Omega fatty acids and soluble fiber. They can be used as egg replacers in baking too! However, experts disagree on their overall value.

Don’t feel pigeonholed by the fruit industry when you are making your smoothies.
Veggies need love too. 

Spinach
is creamier than kale in a smoothie but kale packs twice the nutrients in half the serving. They are both high in oxalic acid so remember to eat your greens cooked often.
Carrots are great if you have a strong blender but if you don’t you can steam them, store them in the fridge, and add them to smoothies for a softer result.
In the summertime, Summer Squash adds a nice mild flavored, foamy bulk.
Cooked Beans add thickness, protein, and flavor.

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Once you have all of your desired ingredients, just throw them into a blender and blend until very smooth! Drink up quickly and revel in the fact that you have just injected a multitude of micronutrients into your system. One time I was really into my Jack LaLanne juicer and I juiced like…everything I could find in my kitchen and drank it. That wasn’t the best idea in the world because about five minutes after I drank like a liter of fresh juice I started running an insane fever, my face turned red, my heart started racing and I thought I was going to die. Probably too many B Vitamins all at once.

Smoothies have more insoluble fiber than juice so the nutrient extraction takes longer and doesn’t result in a Niacin Flush, which is what I think happened to me. Terrifying.

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Ingredients

1 cup frozen mango
1 cup greens (spinach, kale, etc.)
1/2 lime, juiced
1/2 green apple, cored
3 baby carrots or 1 medium carrot
1 heaping Tablespoon Chia seeds
1 cup mango puree or fresh juice
1 cup water

Procedure

1.  Combine ingredients in a blender starting with frozen ingredients and ending with liquids.
2.  Blend until very smooth and drink immediately.

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The Master

A Welcome By Allie

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GUYS! You guys. Guys. I think Dorothy said it best when she mentioned “Cleansing is not for the faint of heart.” It isn’t. And The Master Cleanse — an entirely liquid diet consisting of rather harsh ingredients — is no exception.

Some people swear by The Master Cleanse.

By all accounts this is their official website, offering the recipe (there is only one recipe because you only consume one thing) and any literature on the cleanse including books, articles, etc. My good friend — a sweet, handsome, and wonderful Physical Trainer/Nutrition enthusiast — performs this cleansing on his body annually. He suffers from G.I. disturbance on a regular basis and according to him The Master Cleanse helps to re-regulate his system, kickstart his gut, and detoxifies his skin, brain, and intestines. Other folks have not had similar reactions to this cleanse. This cleanse…you guys. It’s serious.

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There have been people who have suffered the loss of whole communities of probiotics in their gut, for example.

Considering that this is a liquid diet of very few calories many individuals have lost a reputable number of pounds on this cleanse, only to gain those pounds back quickly after its completion. This is unsurprising. Another unsurprising thing is the possibility of the loss of muscle mass. It’s nearly impossible to work out while on this cleanse if your workout includes picking up heavy things and putting them back down. 

So maybe it’s for you and maybe it isn’t for you. The only way to find out is to run an experiment on your body. So that is what I did. It was supposed to be for five days to be followed by another five days if I could still keep up. However, I only made it three days before I absolutely could no longer in any way for any reason continue The Master Cleanse. 

Good things that happened:
* I noticed my skin looked more vibrant, more hydrated, brighter, and clear.
* I lost weight, not too much though, since I didn’t even get close to the end.
* Actually I had a lot of energy considering what I was demanding of my body.

Bad things that happened:
* Pain.
* Drinking salt water is horrifyingly disgusting.
* I need time before I can have lemons again and lemons are my favorite.

So. Experiment. You’ll never really know if something doesn’t work for you unless you try.

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Spicy Lemonade

This recipe is for one whole day’s worth of lemonade.

12 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (6 lemons)
12 Tablespoons Organic Grade B Maple Syrup
3 Tablespoons Organic Blackstrap Molasses
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
60 oz water

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large jar or pitcher and portion into six separate 10 ounce servings. Keep refrigerated.

Blackstrap Molasses is NOT a part of the original Master Cleanse recipe but it contains a number of essential minerals not found in the ingredients offered and is a popular addition. 

If you are concerned about probiotics consider adding a probiotic pill to your cleanse. 

Salt Water Flush

This part is technically optional but I think a very important element of this cleanse. To be done at least 2 hours after your last lemonade and 2 hours before you need to go anywhere or do anything away from home.

1 Tablespoon Celtic Sea Salt or Himalayan Pink Rock Salt
32 oz water

  1. Combine in a large glass or plastic jar and drink in less than five minutes.

After drinking the salt water, lay on your right side for 30 minutes to help the water make it through your system efficiently.

That about covers it — Happy Cleansing Month! If you have any stories to share from the front lines, please don’t hesitate to comment on our blog page, Facebook, or email us something to share! As always, please look towards Suppers for all of your recipe needs!

 

 

The Terry Wahls Cleanse

A Welcome By Dor

Dor photo by David Crow

Cleansing is not for the faint of heart.  
The first thing that happens for me is anticipatory dread from the moment I decide to do the cleanse until it actually gets underway.  The prospect of giving up lots of favorite foods and putting myself into a straight jacket has to be balanced by a leap of faith that I’m going to get some benefit that will have made it all worthwhile once it’s over.  
 
The next thing that happens is I eat and drink things I would never even want ordinarily, influenced, no doubt, by the fact that I always do this right after the holidays. Then I worry I’m not going to be able to adhere to all the rules I’ve set up for myself.  Then I just start doing it.  
Self doubt and self-recrimination seem to be normal. The first week of cleansing sucks.
 
I’m always the one standing up for the role of one’s biochemical reality — usually underplaying the role of emotions and relationships — and I shall remain in character.  The gloom that cuddles me is probably due to my body having to retool itself suddenly to burn on a different kind of fuel (my fat instead of any carbs I’ve eaten).  Imagine how cranky a car would be if it had to fit itself to burn on potato alcohol when all it’s ever known is gasoline.  That’s how cranky I am.
 
So in my first week of the very promising Wahls Protocol, I am appropriately irritated and irritating but keeping my eye on the ball.
The joint pain, digestive pain, brain fog and bloating that have hounded me since adolescence will get chased out.  
Writing this post reminds me to require myself to produce some happy anticipation too.  Yesterday I ordered a goose from the Amish Market; today’s lunch was leftover duck and bok choy soup.  Given what’s going on in the press about fat these days, I’m thrilled to have found a neuro-protective protocol that packs in the lipids.  Coconut oil and fowl, my new best friends.

Searing Salmon For Salty Dor, By Allie

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Happy New Year! Is everyone feeling a bit sluggish after the weeks of debauchery, sugar, caffeine, and butter? Is everyone ready for a post holiday cleanse to kickstart their new year? I know I am. Hey can we talk about how brave Dor is to be running headfirst into that Wahl? (Get it?)
If you decide to join Dorothy in the Terry Wahls Protocol, a detox diet for neurological protection and to reduce join pain and inflammation, check out Terry’s website here to see how she defeated MS, got herself out of a wheelchair, and reduced her pain immensely. Please use the comment section or email me or Dor to tell us about your cleansing intentions and talk about the ups and downs of the cleansing experience.
Next week I’ll tell you about my experience with the Master Cleanse and how…well, how also not for the faint of heart that thing is. Cause wow.

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Roasted Salmon and Sauteed Greens

1.5 lbs salmon, skinned and de-boned
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 Tablespoon desired seasonings
1 lemon, halved
1 1/2 Tablespoons coconut oil
1 lb greens (spinach, bok choy, mustard, etc.)
sea salt
1 1-inch piece ginger, grated
1 clove garlic *optional
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place salmon on parchment paper and sprinkle with salt and seasonings. Place in oven at 400 degrees and roast 10 minutes. Remove, check middle for doneness and cook another 5-7 minutes if necessary. Once done, squeeze lemon over salmon and set aside.
2. In a large skillet, over medium heat, melt coconut oil. Add greens, salt, ginger, and garlic if desired, and saute lightly until greens have wilted and turned bright green. Remove from heat and balance with sea salt. Serve warm with salmon.
Bonus: This is not entirely Terry Wahls  friendly but it is my super secret special salmon crust recipe. I usually make a big clump of this and slather it all over the top of my salmon before sticking it in the oven.
2 lemons, zested and juiced
1 bunch scallions, minced
1/4 cup brown miso paste
1 bunch cilantro, minced
2 Tablespoons freshly grated ginger
1 dash tamari
1. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Should be between the consistency of cake batter and wet dumpling dough. If it’s too wet, add more miso paste. Slather on fish before roasting.