What a great gathering of beautiful souls and divine live foods. We had an intimate evening with our launch of our RAW POTLUCKS here at Shadle Farm. We wanted to create a place and a sacred space for like-minded people to come and share their individual journeys into health and transition in a whole/live foods lifestyle. Mark Braunstein, author of RADICAL VEGETARIANISM and SPROUT GARDEN was one of the guests. We had over 10 different organic micro greens, LIVE hummous, zucchini pasta with a nut ricotta seed cheeze, Divine Nectar truffles, live puddings and so much more. For more info contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. peace beauties
What a pleasure to be asked to be on "BETTER CT" with my friend and host KARA SUNDERLUN. The focus was talking about DETOX DIETS AND THE MASTER CLEANSE FAST. I also highlighted the book, "FAST TRACK"by Dr. Anne Louise Gittleman the infamous "First Lady of Nutrition" and New York Times BEST SELLING author, best known for her book "THE FAT FLUSH". Turns out I may just be a regular guest on the show to highlight different aspects of Holistic lifestyle and natural cures. How exciting that COLONICS and DETOX are now subjects that the new stations producers and publications are requesting to be covered. Much, much more to come from DETOX DIVA FOR SURE. In feb, I will be featured in an International magazine spread called, International "Woman of Power magazine" WOP MAGAZINE. It will be available on news stands in early feb and DR. Anne Louise Gittleman and I will be featured within the same magazine for being pioneers in the health and wellness arena and be being KICK ASS DIVAS. More info to follow.....its a snow day here at SHADLE FARM, lots of work to be done. Until later BEAUTIES
YES, I have been MIA for most of the winter and there is a good reason my beauties. My chef hubbie and I are getting ready to give BIRTH in a big way to an new & innovative business in spring 2011. Dont want to spill all the beans now but I will say its the very FIRST of its kind certainly on the east coast..and as far as I know in the entire US. Just a lil longer and you know everything......hold on
"Colonics at Ami Beach's Colonic Institute & Om Center in West Hartford CT are not simply treatments. The experience reminds me of a sacred ceremony in which she invests her total being in making the client feel comfortable and cleansed on many levels. She is the authentic DETOX DIVA. I not only recommend her facility but would like to take her home with me". Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman, PH.D., C.N.S and award-winning NY Times bestsellers.
In case you haven't heard of Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman, she a a multi time NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling Author. She is best known for her infamous "FAT FLUSH DIET" & "GET THE SUGAR OUT" to name but only a few of her popular best sellers. Mark and I shared an intimate evening by the roaring fire with her and her lovely husband James -sipping on twig tea and discussing her latest book, "ZAPPED" which just launched and has already gone to the bestsellers list. It is an in depth look at how the techie age and electronic revolution has us DIALED IN, SUPER CHARGED and is ZAPPING our good health without us even knowing it. I am settling in tonight to read my signed copy but thought I'd share a few quick tips on how to protect us from our best friends, MR & MRS PDA and CELLPHONE. What?? My blackberry is bad?? Now what am i going to do? OH NO NOT THAT!!! But the very inconvenient truth is, we need to start looking into this without the rose colored glasses. As the DETOX DIVA, I am beginning to understand the connection between illness and people's inability to heal or detox because of the enormous EMF wave we are bombarded with on a daily basis. Between the WIFI, wireless head devices, Ipads, cell phone towers & phones and the hundreds of other electronic gadgets we are exposed to in a single day....it is no wonder why so many of us are suffering.
Here are some useful tips regarding cell phone use and things we can do to limit our exposure to a minimum.
1. Invest in an air tube headpiece
2. Put people on speaker. Anything to keep as far away from your head as possible
3. Use your words. Text whenever possible, it limits the duration of your exposure and keeps the phone away from head and body
4. Go offline. Make it a habit to turn phone of when ever its not in use
5. Make the switch. If you must hold the phone to your head which in NOT ADVISED, switch ears frequently to limit the constant exposure.
6. Keep an eye on the bars. Don't use your cell phone when the signal strength is low as it is working harder and sending out a stronger signal which means more EMF waves
7.Keep it short as possible
8. Avoid holding phone to ear when the call is dialing or trying to connect. This is when the phone is at its peak output.
I will be back in touch as I learn more about EMF and electronic pollution. This is an area I feel compelled to master and study in order to educate myself and the community about the hidden dangers of this new world we are living in. ZAPPED, is A MUST READ FOR EVERY SINGLE ON OF US. REMEMBER KNOWLEDGE = POWER. Until later Beauties.........Namasate, love & light
I had the pleasure of hanging at the Gerson Institute in San Diego and learning about the wonderful cancer treatment protocol from Charlotte Gerson herself. One of the soups they serve their during the treatment protocol happens to be a great soup for detox in general. Although I am not a huge fan of white potatoes, anyone who knows about the Gerson Therapy knows that the organic potatoes is a main part of the healing diet.
In a large stainless steak pot:
1 bunch of organic celery stalks (6-8)
1 bunch of organic bunch of parley
1 1/2 pounds organic tomatoes
2 medium onion
a few garlic cloves
1 pound of organic white potatoes
There is no need to peel the potatoes just scrub and rinse all the veggies in filtered water.
Fill the pot 3/4 with reverse osmosis or distilled water and simmer for 2 hours. Take a vegetable mill and strain out the juice and leave the skins and pulp behind. Eat immediately on consume within 2 days of making and keep in the fridge.
80 recipes, Raw, living foods for health and beauty from the Detox Diva herself.
From the Book, "Nectar in the RAW" Pasta with curried almond creme Alfredo
Take summer squash or zucchini and peel skin.
Ideally use a spiralizer or if you don't have one, use a large vegetable peeler and make long strands to create the appearance of noodles. I prefer angel hair so in this case the spiralizer is needed and quickest.
Curried Almond Creme Alfredo Sauce:
One Cup organic cashews, soaked is best for a hour or so
6 fresh dates
1.5 teaspoons organic curry powder
dash of celtic sea salt
1 large garlic clove
1/4 cup filtered water
Blend all together in food processor until a nice thick, creamy texture. This can be chilled and served on crackers or as a veggie dip. Its awesome!!
Add on top of NOODLES and garnish with cashew parm....for a cheese like flavor.
This is so delish and so quick and easy....it will make you feel like a RAW foods RAWK STAR!!!
Btw, this is not taken directly from my book, I quickly jotted it down from memory in an informal way. Hope you love has much as I do.
I can't believe I am on a water fast and actually posting recipes. I must be crazy!! Here is a hummus that I love for and is so simple and easy to make. I don't have anything against chickpeas personally, but sometimes when I am on a more conscious carb diet and more raw, I opt for some different variations. Sprouting the chick peas is also a great idea, but requires time and energy which we all lack sometimes.
1 large organic zucchini ( peeled well)
1/2 cup raw organic tahini
2 tablespoons raw coconut oil or olive oil
1 teaspoon celtic or high quality unrefined salt
1 large clove of garlic
! teaspoon paprika.
Blend all of these except paprika in a food processor with an s blade. Garnish with paprika and serve just like hummus with dried flax crackers, with raw veggies or on a wrap or roll. Injoy. I so want one wrapped in NORI Sheets right now.
Hi Ya'll. I wanted to give you the down and dirty on why I have been MIA for the month of August. I am preparing for the spiritual fast of my life. My path of raw foods eating for the last four months and intensely clean lifestyle has lead to this time which is dedicated to a WATER ONLY FAST. I have cleared my work schedule, cleared all social engagements and have moved myself in the LOTUS BARN at Shadle Farm and I am going inward for as long as I can. The object of doing this fast is to shut the body down completely, giving it no fat, no sugar, nothing for the body to have to digest or break down-- so that my body will start to eat away at any residual toxins that are left in the fat layer of the body. It will be a time for my body and every cell to be cleansed at a level not achieved before and a rebirth and regeneration on every level. As the DETOX DIVA, I have tried almost every kind of fasting diet there is but never have I had the nerve to do an all water fast until now. I am ready to take my health to the next level of healing and I am faced with the FEAR, ANXIETY of the unknown. I am clear that this something I need to do for myself and also to share with you my dear readers. I will be posting when I feel able. I am one day one of my fast and have already felt horrible weakness and anxiety. I am trying to ride it out and take it hour by hour. I will be in touch soon.
Anyone who know me, knows I LOVE ANYTHING INDIAN. So here is my latest RAW RECIPE WITH IS SO DELICIOUS AND EASY TO PREPARE, its a MUST HAVE for your summer menu. Its 100 Raw, vegan and contains no RICE.
In your food processor with the S blade,
Add 1/2 cup diced organic carrots
1/2 cup organic cauliflower
1/2 cups dried shredded coconut
2 tbs Curry powder
pinch of pink sea salt
1/2 cup organic raisons
and pulse until finely chopped and mixed.
Soak 6-8 dates in half cup filtered water.
Add dates and soaking water along with a handful of fresh mint
and mix well in processor.
In a large mixing bowl. Place the cauliflower mix and add chutney in the center. Garnish with Raw cashews on top. Yummmmy and so good for you.
With so many soy foods on the market today, from nuts & beans to energy bars and powdered drinks & protein powders- choosing those that are most healthful can be down right confusing. Soy has received mixed reviews, even though it has been eaten in ASIA for hundreds of generations without reported adverse effects and is a staple in vegetarian kitchens world wide. In its natural state, the soybean has proven to be high in nutritional value as a non-animal source of essential amino acids, qualifying as a complete plant protein. The controversy centers on 20th century isolation of the soybeans's compounds called isoflavonoids, that in in their natural state have been proven to have a host of health benefits from cancer-osteoporosis. Rather than use the whole food, the manufactured foods industry instead has added the compounds in isolated form to various products. Concerns arise because the isolated plant compounds act differently in the body when they lack the supporting vitamins, minerals and plant substances present in natural whole soy. Also their amount and concentration in manufactured foods tend to exceed what is present in whole soy. Straight up, Detox Diva says: Avoid all isolated soy compounds and anything that is GMO. If you must eat tofu or soy include, organic non gmo varieties of tofu, tempeh, edamame, miso, and soy sauces like nama shoyu. I still suggest limited all soy products to a few times a week at most, even if it is non gmo. Try soy alternatives like rice milk, help milk or almond milk if your hooked on SOYMILK daily. In a very small amount whole soy can be tolerated but for many people with food sensitivies or auto immune compromised systems, SOY in general is not good. try to cut back and see how your body feel. Always tune it and use your body as your guide. If you listen it will tell you everything you need to know. SIde note, I do not use soy at all in my diet, not even soy sauce. I have eliminated 100% and know that is best for me. ta ta beauties
In case you havent been following my blogs as of late, I am a a 3-6 detox diet myself and right now I am 100% Raw Vegan. I am getting all of my vital nutrients for uncooked, unprocessed, ALIVE AND LIVING FOODS. The following recipe is on oldie but goodie and a great introduction to any one new to live foods. It is delicious and can be served in a variety of ways. I often make this raw dish and serve it with a side of mashed Sweet Potato or Russet, reminding me of my gramma's recipe. Try it for your family and see what they think. Just because the Meatloaf is raw, you can still serve it with some cooked foods is you like, such as potatoes, veggies,or on a sandwich. It is pure decadence when served a meat loaf sub served with Manna Bread or some other live sprouted bread and a side of Rawing Kale Chips. ( recipe can be found if you search my blog). So heres your ingredient list:
1.5 cups walnuts 1.5 cups sunflower seeds 1.5 cups Almonds 1 tbsp minced garlic 1.2 tbsp celtic sea salt 1/2 cup chopped parsley 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup chopped celery 2 cups mushrooms ( optional) 1 tbsp ginger 1/2 tbsp dried rosemary 1 cup red bell pepper 1 tablespoon basil 1/2 cup olive oil
Cover and soak all nuts and seeds in a bowl of filtered water for at least 4 hours.
Drain and rinse well and put into food processor with garlic. Process until it becomes doughy adding olive oil to thin.
Stir in remaining ingredients and mix well.
Form into a meat loaf shape and put in dehydrator or oven at 90-100 degrees for one hour. Best to use a dehydrator!!!
Remove and add raw ketchup on top, or some other type of low sugar brand. In a pinch I use Westbrae NO SUGAR Ketchup with is fruit juice sweetened.
Place back in dehydrator for another 2.5 hours.
Remove and garish with parsley and ketchup and serve warm. DETOX DIVA-licious.
TA TA, im off to swim in my beautiful SPRING FED, natural stone pool. (Pictured above) Thank u god such a blessed life. AND BLISS On- to all you gorgeous people.
I am all about raw live foods that are quick and easy to whip up in a pinch. Keep these simple ingredients as your "Emergency Arsenal" for after work or entertaining to dress your salads quickly and easily or to pour on top of pates or a sweet potato or veggie burger. It is so easy with only 3 ingredients but yet so yummy. All you need is
1/4 cup raw tahini
1/4 cup raw almond butter
1-2 tablespoon of braggs amino acids or namo shoyu.
In a bowl blend ingredients with just enough water to create a creamy consistency. Add the Braggs at the end.
Variation One: Add a dash of cayenne, a pinch of CHinese 5 spice powder, a squeeze of juice or ginger to taste
Variation two: Add 2 tablespoons white or yellow miso and 1 tablespoon raw local honey
Variation three:Add Juice of one lemon and one tablespoon miso ( chickpea based)
Like I said its super easy but a great thing to be able to whip up when you are pressed for time and craving some flavor.
MUAH Bliss on Beauties time to go water the gardens.
Since going 100% Raw recently I have been looking for some new dips, spreads and sauces to jazz up my veggies, The one thing I was lacking was a good mayo-like dressing. Here is my latest recipe: This is an excellent substitute for that cholesterol-laden, fattening, egg-based, vinegar and sugar filled store bought brands. For a healthier version use almonds instead of cashews, but blanch and take skins off to make it creamier.
1 cup cashews, soaked 8 hours in 1/2 cup filtered water
1 lemon, peeled, seeded and chopped
3 Tablespoons chopped onion
3 Tablespoons chopped red pepper
1 clove garlic
1 Tablespoon flaxseed oil
1 Tablespoon fresh oregano
2 teaspoons dulse flakes
2 teaspoons liquid aminos
1/2 teaspoon paprika
pinch ground cumin
pinch of curry
After soaking nuts, combine cashews with water and blend until smooth. Add lemon, onion, red pepper, garlic, oil, oregano dulse, liquid aminos, paprika, cumin and curry. Blend. Use water if necessary to achieve desires consistency. Yields 1.5 cups dressing. It is YUMMMY and I have been using it to dip raw veggies in, on my avocado and sprout sandwiches and on everything. Many more recipes to follow. Bye beauties
Detox Diva turned 41 this past weekend. I have so much gratitude for the the life experiences and challenges that have made me the strong, warrior-like, feminine goddess than I am. We all are handed a different hand in life and it is very easy to fall into the trap of looking at others around us and be jealous or envious of how "EASY" things come for them, or how "Lucky in Love" they are or "Always upbeat and happy." I know we can all relate to this one level or another. I can honestly say, that I find myself at times looking my colleagues in the health care industry and "comparing" my health status or health regime and wondering why I cant be as "energetic' as they appear to be, or unstressed and calm and posed when doing an interview. I am the DETOX DIVA after all, shouldn't I be GLOWING 100 % of the time, never sick, never run down and full of bursting with energy with perfect elimination. After all, I am the QUEEN OF THE COLON too!!! Then I realize... I am human. What has make me the DETOX DIVA and a healer, is that I have struggled with my health which has brought be closer and closer to really understanding how to connect with real people, in a real way. You have no idea how many of my clients feel relieved when they hear that I still struggle at times with my health and energy. They feel less pressure that they need to be perfect 100% and that even very healthy, conscious minded individuals still have demons they must face. It is within these struggles where we sometimes uncover just how damn amazing and strong we really are. My struggles have been my single greatest teachers. I just needed to remind myself of this today and wanted to share this little thought with you. Its a little pep talk to myself. I rock and so do you!!
Our first addition called "Green Cuisine" from Shadle Farm is coming out soon. It is a small first addition but is beautiful and sacred. Featuring many recipes from Master Chef Mark Shadle and (me) of coarse. It is Holistic, Local, Sustainable recipes that are ALL VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE and many RAW and detox recipes. It is also full color and has some great shots of the farm and the food. Available soon, on the websites, by mail and many locations. stay tuned and YES this is why I havent blogged in the last month. Bye Beauties. If interested in advance copy please contact me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hubby and I have been working day and night getting the farm ready for our first cooking classes and farm tours. Sorry for the delay in posting. But watch the video that shows scenes from our first event. Enjoy and I will be back blogging this week. love www.ShadeFarm.com
Although Brazil feels a million miles away, in my heart it is near and dear. When I look back on the incredible video footage and hundreds of photos that paints a story of what my experiences were like. But in no way can the images capture the true essence of my healing journey and transformation that began in Brazil. The thing that I remember so vividly is the faces and the spirits of the beautiful people, ( old and young) that I was lucky enough to come in contact with while I was there on a "VISON QUEST" and doing research of some of the most powerful "medicinal" plants and Shamanic ceremonies that very few westerns have access to- or even know about for that matter. While I will not disclose the location of this community, I will speak of how BEAUTIFUL, SIMPLE, CONNECTED, HUMBLE and COMMITTED to their connection to the jungle and mountains that they call home. The way they honor the plants and trees and pray not only to GOD and SPIRIT but pay homage to the the Sacred Plants directly in their prayers, songs, and rituals. The "Hinereos" are beautifully written songs song in Portuguese that are PRAYERS to the jungle and to the sacramental plants they use to access divine spirit and their connection to nature, plants & animals. While partaking directly in these rituals along side of them, I experienced a ONENESS in universe like never felt before. I experienced death, life, sadness and joy - Every emotion, every feeling...but on every level knew I was starting to shift into the next level of my consciousness and healing on a cell level. I allowed myself to completely in the moment and an open vessel to receive the teaching from the forest and take that experience forward into the world and help all the people I can. This is why I am here blogging for you all. I love each and every one of you...and I here for you.
This 40 dollar slicer has changed my life. Suddenly new textures, new shapes - new ways to prepare veggies and best of all in lightening fast speed. I prepared a huge plate of Daikon and zucchini pasta within 2 minutes flat. It comes with 3 super sharp and cook blades with store right on the unit. I love that because I don't know how many attachments I have lost in a junk drawer and trust me the appliances were a hell of alot more than $40 bucks.. You can can make carrot pasta, sweet potato spirals, angel hair pasta out of any hard vegetable. I am thrilled beyond belief and its not only so easy to use, but a breeze to clean.. thank you, the GODS were smiling upon me when I found this. I suggest you get one and have some fun with it.
Fasting doesn't have to mean starving oneself or drinking only juices or Water. It can be as gratifying as eating all the fruit you want for any entire day or even a week. This is called A MONO fruit fast, which means you pick one of the 3 known beneficial fasting fruits, Organic Grapes, Organic Apples or Watermelon and eat that one fruit all day with nothing else. Detox Diva believes that the organic Concord dark grapes with seeds to be the best, but as long as they are red and NOT seedless, and they are organic you will be fine. You must not only chew the grape well, ( 30 to 40 chews pet mouthful) but its crucial that you chew the seeds well as the seeds have a diuretic and cleansing effect on the entire body and especially on digeston. I will be adding much more to this later tonight. So don't run out and buy your grapes yet. Stay tuned until a little later for more details... I personally know people (my clients) that have done this grape fast for up to 21 days, but think its a perfect 1=3 to three day fast for someone who isnt keen on a fast where they are unable to eat anything or a limited amount. On this fast you can eat as many grapes as you stand and never have to experience true hunger, but you do get so of the same benefits or detoxing the liver, the blood and helping your digestion by not giving it excess fats or proteins which helps to heal and repair the body. I do this fast periodically in the spring in summer. I like to pick one day, usually MOnday and do the mono fruit thing. I try and do it weekly and have noticed it really helps with my energy and sleep patterns. More soon beauties. xoxoxoxox So much going on here at the FARM. Off to check the wild watercress that we harvest right from our property. Yummy watercress din din
Many people are inquiring what exactly the intuitive has suggested for my Ebstein Barr virus and immune compromised system. FYI, many people were tainted with this mutated form of the ebstein barr virus when they were given a vaccines at some point in their life. I have heard from several people with similar stories since my first post on this subject and it is really tying together many of my symptoms and why my body has been going haywire. I intuitively knew that since my last round of Hep A and B vaccines which I got in order to travel to India my last trip- I have never truly recovered fully. After that round of vaccines, I had MONO and STREP throat 4 times a year, which is unheard of. I also produced a positive lymes test which was unresponsive to ANY kind of Lyme treatment. This theory about the EBV being the underlying cause is making so much sense to me. I am NOT saying that there aren't people that get LYMES disease. In fact my husband got bit last summer and has the classic bulls eye rash. He took 10 days of Doxy as prescribed by the doc and he was fine. I am just implying that I think there are MANY false positives out there because the EBV virus seems to be able to mimic Lymes disease and even perhaps produce a positive lyme test. So my focus now for my body is to kill of the EBV virus and not feed it anymore. In essence starve it so it doesn't react any more in my body. According to the intuitive although my diet has been clean and healthy there were still things I was eating that were feeding the virus and making it read its ugly head over and over again. Not only did the virus kick up strep and mono but also constant cold sores and herpes outbreaks any time I was stressed. So here it is!!
I am eating zero grains!! and I mean ZERO. NO VINEGAR, NO SALT, little to NO PROTEIN ( aside from heaping amounts of Spiralina & sprouted seeds ) NO SUGAR ( but tons of fresh raw organic fruits, which is a god send) NO SOY, NO SOY PRODUCTS ( including my beloved Braggs) NO VINEGAR, NO CONDIMENTS, ( except dulse) NO FATS, (but I get one to 2 avocados a day)
But here is the good news I am doing great!!!!!!!!! My diet looks a bit like 80-90 percent raw fruits, green juices and veggies with an emphasis on sprouted anything. Broc sprouts, bean sprouts, lentil sprouts ect. I make a yummy dressing with half and avocado, juice of one organic orange, juice of a lemon, dulse and a drop of stevia. I do my miracle celery juice/cucumber juice every morning until noonish ( several mason jars full). In the am I aslo can have several bananas or fresh mango, papaya, or other organic fruit if Im hungry.
Then a have a spiralina smootie around noon: with organic mango, banana, bee pollen and 3 heaping teaspoons of Hawaiian spiralina. At 2ish, a huge sprouted salad with any kind of sprout, organic cukes, avocado and sprouted pumpkin seeds on top. (YUMMMY)
Dinner consists of steamed veg with dulse and organic orange juice to make it tangy and sprouts on top. And I must have dessert, I will indulge with a fresh date with a walnut and make a date nut bread. Over all I feel satisfied and Ive been doing this for about 2 weeks. I know some people might question the fruit sugars and how that can be good. But according to the intuitive the enzymes & fiber I am getting from the organic fruits its actually repairing my digestion and the virus does not feed on that. what it has been feeding on is all the other things I took out of my diet. more to come
This is an area where this is particular confusion and misunderstanding. I myself fell into the rationale that the more super-foods and Immune boosting I took and could get in my body--the better I would feel. I ate Cacao for breakfast, put Maca, Goji berries in every smoothie, ate gooseberries and shizandra berries in my salads....I think you get the idea. And while I Absolutely believe in the amazing and powerful effects of this super foods there was piece I was failing to look at. What does IMMUNE COMPROMISED mean and imply?? Usually it is described as an immune system that is attacking itself thus causing it to go haywire and cause all kinds of health maladies within the body. So when we take IMMUNE ENHANCING herbs or foods, if our immune system if not functioning properly and we are over stimulating it with SUPER FOODS and SUPER CHARGED immune boosting things, it can cause of the immune system to destroy itself even further and cause more harm than good. I always wondered why at times rather than feeling better and full of energy, that in fact I would feel overtaxed or run down and I NEVER put the two together. I always blamed it on some type of detox reaction or thought it was just the way I was feeling on that particular day.
Then one day it dawned on me....holy shit.....could the MACA or CACAO be over stimulating me???
I want to be really, really clear about this, I think Peruvian, Amazonian Herbs, Cacao and the like are totally amazing. I have them in my cupboard and still used them in moderation. My point is that rather than taking immune boosting herbs, people with chronic Immune suppression need to be very careful about running their immune systems more ragged in taking such herbs or superfoods. We need more supportive herbs and herbs that can balance our immune system without throwing it full throttle into overdrive. For my clients with out immune issues, I tell them sure go ahead and load up of the super foods in their diet but always be mindful to make sure they aren't overdoing it. If their sleep is off, or they are feeling anxious or run down- perhaps lay off them for a few days or a week and see if it subsides. Always trust your body and what it is telling you. No matter what the package says the benefits might be, the proof is in the pudding and not in the eating. Bye bye Beauties. xoxoxox
I want to keep on doing what I'm doing so I'd like to know what you want me to write more about. Please take my short poll and vote on the subjects you'd like to see more of. If there is something you would like me to write about that is not listed please comment on this blog and I will get right on it. Thanks for your time, it's good for me to know that there are people out there are listening. Bye bye beauties
Now that I am on this intense cleanse, it has caused to to dig into many of my oldies but goodies recipes. One book that I receive much inspiration from is the book the PH MIRACLE, by Robert. O Young. I recalled one recipe called ANTICANCER SOUP that I just came across and wanted to share it with you as it can also be used similarly as the DETOX DIVA's CLEANSING AND HEALING SOUP.
2 cups hotwater
2 green onions,cut
2 Tbs caraway seed
2 slices each of purple and green cabbage
2 broccoli stalks
1 red pepper sliced
3 Tbs fresh dill weed
Soak caraway seeds in pure distilled water 24 hours before use, then pour off liquid. Put finely cut broccoli florets and thinly sliced, peeled stems in a pot with a cover. Grate cabbage and carrots over broccoli and add caraway. Blend onions in 2 cups hot water and pour broth over veggies. Cover and let steam 5 minutes, garnishing with dill and sliced red pepper. Prep time 20 minutes
This soup has been my savior over the last 2 weeks as I am still on my extended cleansing diet. It is also good if you are stressed, tired or run down with a cold or flu and is packed with anti-fungal properties.
2-3 whole cloves of garlic
2 Tbs of fresh organic cilantro
1 large onion
2-3 Tbs, fresh diced ginger
3 Tbs yeast free instant vegetable broth
2-3 quarts filtered water
1 organic cucumber
1-2 organic carrots ( optional )
1 small head cabbage
Crush garlic cloves and set aside. Put whole onion in water in a deep pan, simmer until is transparent ( approximately 1 hour). Add garlic and vegetable broth. Slice cucumber and any of the optional veggies you are using and add to soup. Simmer 15 minutes, then add Ginger, cilantro and a dash of celtic sea salt to taste.
I suggest making a double portion of this and having ready and available all day especially if you are a cleansing diet or trying to alkaline the blood. This is also a fantastic soup to drink for 2 days prior to your colonic treatment. Enjoy
As you all know, I have been very vocal about my struggles with my LYMES DIAGNOSIS and MERCURY OVERLOAD as I have made my health journey and treatments a very public affair in hopes of help anyone out there who is suffering and help point them in the right direction. A new diagnosis came through over this past weekend that really struck a cord within me and pretty much floored me. I was in lying in bed on this past sunday thinking of new topics for my blog and I saw an out of area phone number which I almost chose to ignore, ( assuming it was a telemarketing thing)...thankfully I picked up the phone and the man on the other end identified himself as "ANTHONY" and proceeded to tell me he was a medical intuitive and that we received a call from my cell phone number in april 2007, almost 3 YEARS AGO. He went on to explain that he had been in a serious accident and was in a coma for a year and miraculously survived and was just getting back to his medical intuitive practice and looking over his piles and piles of client files and contact info. He told me out of literally hundreds of contacts of both old and new clients- that we was clear that my cell phone number, which had no name attached to it- was in fact a number that needed to be contacted immediately. So he followed spirit and called that number to see who was on the other line. Voila, it was me. I had remembered that I was referred to a medical intuitive back then when I received my Lymes diagnosis and had reached out to a man named ANTHONY, but he never responded. And I know why.
To make a very long and interesting story short. 3 years later, while feeling better and stronger than when I was diagnosed- many of my symptoms still remain a mystery to me and there are day where I struggle with finding THE ANSWER. And so this call from the intuitive, although completely unexpected, and 3 years LATE, still was very welcomed by me. In fact, I had been meditating and praying to God and the universe to help lead me to the way of even deeper healing and greater health and vitality and so my prayers were heard and answered. Anthony offered me that while I was given the diagnosis of lymes disease, he was told from spirit that it was NOT LYMES I was dealing with at all. He explained that while I may of gotten lymes along the way that- in fact it was a mutant form of EBSTEIN BARR VIRUS that was actually making my body so sick for all those years and it was the virus that gave me a positive LYMES TEST and many of the other symptoms. I was floored and relieved to hear this and it actually everything started to make a lot of sense. I did test positive for Ebstein Barr along the way but my doctors just kind of glossed over that fact by saying that most people have a positive ebsteinbarr titer and not to worry about it. This in fact is true for many people as Anthony explained, but for me he believes the stain I have came from a vaccine that was started in MAY 1969, (Hello, that was the year I was born exactly- MAY 15, 1969, could my timing be any better???? LOL) This strain mutates and for many individuals, like myself cause a whole host of health maladies and can even turn in MS if it is not dealt with and eradicated.
As for my diagnosis and treatment plan, I will save that for my new posting. He gave me a VERY CLEAR picture of how the virus works and how it has effected my body, spleen, liver and other parts of my body. He also gave me a very concise and strict protocol to help my body get rid of it. Lets just say bye bye to GLUTEN & ANY FORM OF SOY or DAIRY forever. He said the virus has been feeding on those things and keeping it alive. And other I have had a good diet, he saw I detox diet that has NO SALT, GRAINS and LIMITED PROTEIN for a period of time while I starve the virus out of my body. More to come, but I will do ANYTHING to have my health at 110%. All the money and fame in the world is worth NOTHING with out health and vitality. I WANT TO BE RICH NOT ON MONEY BUT HEALTH. BYE BEAUTIES
And yes, this proves to be valuable information and Anthony is able to help me, you can be damn well sure I will be sending anyone and everyone to him. At this point, I find him brilliant but I am reserving any claims until I have stuck with the diet and recommendations for at least a few weeks. I will post email and contact info at such time. I will always share my information with you, always....anything I can do to make a difference in your life and empower you to have the life you want, including wellness!!
If you've ever polished off a fresh baguette or fought over that last slice of deep dish pizza, you've eaten gluten. It's the healthy plant protein found in several grains that makes bread light, chewy and irresistible. So you'd think it would be everybody's favorite nutrient...NOPE. Instead, shunning gluten which is found in wheat, rye, barley and often oats--has been the craze diet of todays times. Why?? Lots of people, myself included swear they feel 10 times better when they stay away from gluten. Celebs, Gwenyth Paltrow, Jenny Mccarthy to name only a few are all gluten free. Also for certain people avoiding gluten is a medical must. So could all those stomach cramps be caused by your morning bagel? Should you try going gluten free?? Here's the real whats what on that pesky gluten.
SOME PEOPLE CAN'T TOLERATE GLUTEN: Period. In them gluten triggers an immune system attack on the small intestines, also known as celiac disease. This disorder isnt all that common, but it gaining in numbers over the last decade. 97% of the people with celiacs go undiagnosed. Symptoms range from gas, bloating and fatigue to seizures and depression. Over time, celiac disease can screw up digestion to the point of malnutrition. Self test kits are sold on line and can provide clues and blood tests are the next test, but a definitive diagnosis requires a biopsy.
SOME PEOPLE ARE SENSITIVE TO GLUTEN: But "gluten sensitivity" is a medical grey area. There are no tests for it and although problems-migraines, skin breakouts and even autism have been blamed on it, doctors haven't found a clear link. If you suspect you are sensitive, before you put your toaster and pasta machine in ebay, try going gluten free for a few weeks to see if your symptoms improve. Add a bit of gluten back into your diet and if they return, you are on to something.
HOW TO TRY GOING GLUTEN FREE: Most suspicious foods are easy to spot. They include anything with wheat, bread, muffins, cookies, most baked goods--as well as foods made with several other grains: barley soups, ham on try, anything with oats. But there are many hidden sources too. gluten is used in soy sauce, beer, hot dogs, some icecremes, carmel flavoring, sausages and foods seasoned with MSG. FYI, its even used in adhesives on stamps and envelopes. So take a few other steps.
Read the fine print on labels. Switch pasta to rice. Wheaties to Corn flakes. CousCous to quinoa, waffles to buckwheat ( which is gluten free believe it out not).
Give waiters the third degree. Ask if sauces, meat and fish are made with wheat flour or bread crumbs. Ask if there is thickener in the soups. If the salad dressing is bottled or there is carmel flavoring.
Make your favorite brownies using half rice flour and half tapioca flour. Dare your friend to know the difference!!! Then see how you feel. If your body has happily shifted into a new a and healthier gear, ENJOY the gluten free lifestyle. If you are anything like the results Ive experienced along with hundreds of my clients--you will feel 10 years younger and feel lighter than ever. What do you have to lose??? Let me know how you feel-- Id love to know
Although my beautiful husband and vegan chef will be working Valentines at ION to prepare delicious & sublime food for all you love birds, I will be at home perfecting my lentil stew which will keep me warm and satisfied until he gets out of work. This recipe serves 6 and is hearty and simple to make. It also keeps well in the fridge for 4 or so days.
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt
1/4 ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves finely chopped
2 large onions cut into chunks
2 celery stalks, diced
1 carrot sliced
1 potato, cut into chunks
1.3 cup shoyu
4 cups vetable broth
3 tomatoes, cut into chunks
1 1.2 cups brown organic lentils
2 slices of your favorite bread, eziekiel works great- cubed
Extra virgin olive oil
Combine the garlic powder, paprika, salt, cumin, oregano and basil into a small bowl. HEat the oil in large soup pot over medium -high heat and add the garlic, onion, celery, carrot and potato. Stir in half the seasoning mixture and the shoyu. Cook, stirring frequently for 7 minutes or until the onions are tender.
Add 5 cups of water, the broth, tomatoes and lentils. Bring to boil over high heat then reduce the heat and simmer with the lid askew for 30 minutes. Add remaining seasoning mixture and cook for 20 minutes longer or until the lentils are soft. Meanwhile, pan roast the cubed bread in a dry skillet until nice and toasted. Ladle stew in bowls and garnish with croutons and a drizzle of olive oil.. Voila. Happy VDAY BEAUTIES
For anyone looking to learn more about the principles of Raw food, Sprouting, Fermentation, Acid/Alkaline diet and Healing through lifestyle and food- I highly recommend checking out the above link. I have had the pleasure of completing the intensive program at Optimum Health Institute ( another Wigmore's retreat) in San Diego Ca. I also plan on doing a further training/ cleanse at the Puerto Rico location in the spring for my 41st birthday. The retreat in April will be held on the island of ViequesPuerto Rico, however most other retreats are held at the Aquada location on the main island of Puertorico. There is limited space for the one in April so check into sooner than later on the website. The prices will go up dramatically after Feb 2010, so it is best to prepay now and get the old pricing and they will allow you to book it at the lower price for a future date.
Location and Accommodations:
Located on the beautiful western shore of tropical Puerto Rico, the ocean is just 50 yards from the property. The school is a lush and lovely environment for balancing the body, mind and spirit. You will feel the dramatic difference that the Living Foods Lifestyle can make for your body as you awaken to fuller self awareness. The warm family atmosphere and caring staff provide and practical, hands on learning experience. The program empowers you to take the lifestyle home and continue your growth and self healing. The institute is a non profit center founded in 1990 by the late Dr. Ann Wigmore. The core staff worked closely with her and carried forth her teachings with enthusiasm, dedication and integrity. I personally encourage everyone to at least research the center and see if it strikes a cord anywhere inside of you. It did for me and I have such gratitude for the gifts and knowledge I received at my time there. Adios Mi amores
The Detox Diva will be away until the 2 nd week in Feb, resting, reflecting and scoping out a tropical location for future healing retreats for the spring 2010. Along with John Odlum from "Essence of Being", we are actively looking for the perfect spot for a 5 - 7 day retreat in Puerto Rico or Culebra which is located a few hours off the coast. We plan on doing a combination of training, education on detoxification and plant & tree medicines, detox and yoga/meditation, with organic food included for the retreat stay. ( of coarse I will be bringing my hubby along and he will be preparing local, organic foods, live foods, and juices.)
Much more to come about this but it is extremely exciting and I cannot wait to report back with every little morsel of info.
On a very personal note, my husband Mark Shadle and I regretfully would like to share the news that we suffered a "MISSED PREGNANCY" this past week and we were very shaken by the experience. We had found out recently that we were eight weeks along, however a few days later after having an ultra sound, that the baby's heart had stopped beating. Unfortunately, this also meant because the baby was still inside of me, we were forced into making a decision about what to do. Most woman who miscarry, their bodies take care of things naturally and they pass the pregnancy themselves. In my situation after meditating and talking to a midwife I made the decision to have a D & C so that I can help my body to heal and prepare itself to have a healthy pregnancy in the near future. If I choose to wait, it could take several weeks or even months for my body to signal itself to move fetus out of my body however in the mean time, I will not be able to regain ovulation or become pregnant until that happens and more importantly while the unhealthy baby is still inside me and not living, my body is still tricked into thinking it is still pregnant and I have to go through the same emotions and side effects of a regular healthy pregnancy...which is something both physically and emotionally I cannot bear right now. So, after hearing all the pros and cons of both sides ( natural or medical procedure), my husband and I decided to have the procedure and move forward with a positive attitude and belief that this is what god intended for us. We are sad but strong in out belief that that soul was not ready to come into this world and natural selection was in perfect and divine order. Don't get me wrong, we went through all the emotions, some of which will continue to haunt me every evening before I sleep and every morning before I wake....but ultimately I know that it is absolutely perfect the way that it is and that God and spirit has a bigger plan for us. We plan on taking a few weeks off, allowing my body to heal in the glorious sun and healing oceans and when we return start conscious conception sometime in the early spring when my body is fully ready. There have been so many invaluable gifts and blessing I have received through this "very emotional ordeal" and the most wonderful one has been to connect with some many amazing and powerful woman who had shared similar experiences. Once I opened up about my personal story, literally hundreds of woman contacted me to share their journey with me and how we are all one in this human experience. No one is immune to going through this trials of life. No matter matter how rich, how healthy, how educated, how fortunate someone's karma in life has been, it doesn't exclude you from very real human experiences. If you have shared a similar experience I would love to hear from you and also send a big heart felt hug to you. Until later beauties
STAY TO THE OUTER AISLES AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!!!!!!!! BUY LOCAL, BUY ORGANIC and invest in your future health. THAT IS YOUR HEALTH CARE!!
First let me encourage each and every one of you to go out to your local community and find the the movie FOOD INC. It is being shown across the country in libraries, health food stores, small screening houses, independent film venues and many other places. Run, don't walk please. Do yourself and you loved ones a favor and educate yourself about where exactly your food comes from and where the ingredients come from. It focuses on the raw truth about factory farming, GMO, genetically modified soybeans and the MONSANTO monopoly and every aspect of the food industry to reveal to the consumer what it is they are buying into when they "think" they are being given many diverse options at the grocery store when in actuality there are only a few key players that monopolize the entire industry and the crude politics behind it. Even for a highly conscious person like myself who has done her homework and feels like an educated consumer- it was EYE OPENING on so many levels. We need to become more connected, more aware, more educated, more armed with knowledge, more sensible to arm ourselves with whatever it takes to make better choices for our health, our family's health and to take back our RIGHTS to have healthy, nutritious and wholesome foods that actually are GOOD FOR US. Its our GOD given rights, isn't it???????? You would be surprised just how many of our rights are violated and imposed upon on the mere fact that our choice are being limited, even though the impression is that we have many. KNOWLEDGE=TRUTH
I could go on for days about this but I will just repeat my plea, if you haven't seen the movie, PLEASE DO. Although I received many messages from the movie, the most prevalent one for me is the grave importance of buying local and supporting your local farmers and community. Knowing the integrity of where your food come from is a priceless gift. People think they are SAVING money by buying cheaper items, non organic , non GMO ect. But in the end the price is actually much higher especially when the cost is your health. In the movie they showcased an ethnic family in California who live on a very tight budget. They explained how they with extra money that have they end up buying the BUY ONE GET ON FREE POTATO CHIPS instead of buying a head a broccoli because they can get so much more food for their money if they stick with the sale items and jumbo sizes at the grocery store. Yet, this same family pays out of pocket over 200 dollars a month for the diabetes medication to keep the father from getting sick. It is so backwards. These poor people are just caught in the vicious web of deception. When is a healthy head of organic broccoli going to be just of affordable and accessible as crap packaged junk which is the reason people end up with diabetes to begin with??????????
If any one has seen this movie I would love to hear from you and any comments that you may have.