Super CleanseUnleash your life force with the power of cleanse!
I created the nine cleanses in this book to awaken the spirit as much as the body and mind. They’re mini retreats that pull you out of your daily routine so that you can examine what you’re consuming – and what’s consuming you – whether it’s the food you eat, the lifestyle you choose or the environment you’re living in. They give you a quick tune up as well as an opportunity to recalibrate and re-align with your internal guidance system.
So much of the food we choose to eat fogs our life force and weighs down the body in dis-ease. The effects are making headlines everyday. Rates of heart disease, diabetes and cancer are on the rise, prescriptions for medications to treat depression and anxiety are at record levels, two out of three American adults are overweight, the rate of autoimmune disease is growing, chronic fatigue syndrome is a new fixture in our country’s lexicon – and the list goes on and on.
Fortunately, we can set ourselves free from low energy, stress, illness, obesity, addiction, depression and a host of other physical, emotional or spiritual ailments we might be facing. The path back to wellness is simple – we just need to take a step out of our usual routine to reassess and understand how food and lifestyles choices are shaping our health.
For over 20 years, I have been exploring the healing powers of food. Along the way, I had the privilege to work with pioneers in the “food as medicine” movement. I cleansed, studied, cooked, sweat, prayed and meditated with holistic healers. I went out there looking for the “one answer” to naturally healing the body and found there isn’t one right way. Staying in balance and being healthy is an evolution, and we can each start where we are. Doing a cleanse is a great first step.
My cleanses are hybrids of all that I’ve seen, experienced and learned. Food is definitely the anchor in each one, because what you eat affects our whole being. We have the answer to staying clear, light and awake in what can seem like dark times. So, my question to you is: How could we not take time out to do a cleanse?
The revolution begins within.
Get ready – if you go there with me, things are about to get really interesting.
Word on the Street: What you eat has an effect on your body and mind
Food is a medicine that heals our bodies – if we’re choosing the right things to eat. Some of the food we put on our table may be undermining our health in ways we don’t even realize. Many of the fruits and vegetables in our markets are sprayed with chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and most meats are pumped up with antibiotics, hormones or fungicides. When we ingest these chemicals, they can have a harmful effect on the body.
The problem with many of the foods we eat goes beyond the meat and produce departments. Just take a stroll through the rest of the grocery store and you’ll see that most of what’s stocking the shelves bears no resemblance to food grown on a farm. A lot of it has been processed – irradiated, bleached or heated – to the point that it’s stripped of the life-giving enzymes, vitamins, fiber and minerals that our bodies need to thrive. Our bodies have a hard time digesting processed flours, sugars, oils and salts; so, that food ends up clogging our intestines, severely impairing our bodies’ ability to efficiently absorb nutrients and void waste.
To take responsibility for our health, we have to become more aware of the food we eat. We need to be detectives when it comes to reading food labels and learn how to identify the ingredients that undermine our health out of the line-up. Don’t automatically trust a “natural” sticker that’s been slapped on a package in the store. If we find out where our food comes from, we can better appreciate the importance of eating whole, organic foods.
Bottomline: Food that’s grown wild on this earth, that hasn’t been genetically engineered, processed or tampered with, is good for us. Everything else is questionable.
The Dirty Dozen
Eliminating the following things from our diets can make a dramatic and positive impact on our health:
- Bleached, refined flours
- Refined sugars, high-fructose corn syrup
- Table salt
- Transfats and refined oils (including processed corn, canola, sunflower, safflower and vegetable oils)
- Meats treated with hormones or antibiotics; farmed fish
- Foods sprayed with pesticides and herbicides
- Genetically modified foods
- Non-organic dairy products
- Additives such as preservatives, nitrates, and artificial flavorings and colorings
- Fast and fried foods
- Sodas and juices with added sugars
- Tap water
Now, if you’re ready to learn about the miraculous healing power of a cleanse-