Monthly Archives: January 2012

Red Velvet Juice and Rose Cleanse Complete

The cleanse is officially over! I plan on doing a re-cap in the next few days but I have something a little bit different today that I’m only comfortable sharing because I feel like the moment I’ll be describing below was a little “turning point” for me. I’ve had a lot of turning points in my life, this one just happened to be journaled.

This post is quite a vulnerable one and I really debated whether or not I should post it. But alas, here we are. Over the holidays I had a great time making beautiful veggie-centric dishes for myself and whoever I was cooking for. It was, overall, the best holiday season I’ve had yet but I didn’t make it through without a handful of tumultuous days and anxiety-fueled, food “extravaganzas”. I was finding it extremely frustrating that after all of the physical cleansing and emotional work I’d done I would still find myself in a painful situation because of my poor or very excessive food choices. I journaled this late one night, not able to sleep because I’d eaten poorly and heavily while stressed out before bed. Natalia Rose often quotes spiritual teacher Almine saying “Pain is a call for change.” and this is what was running through my head when I sat down to write.

…Please forgive me if it seems a bit dramatic, I’m not always such a drama queen but it’s what I was feeling in the moment.

“”Pain is a call for change.”? Well its time for a change. This emotional eating shit is getting in the way of my life and I will have it no more. I get in these frantic states where I’m bored or stressed and I feel like I might be “missing out” on anything delicious that might be available in my world at that moment…It’s not true. The supposed “deliciousness” of whatever edible thing is in my face at the moment is getting in the way of my living. It’s getting in the way of my creativity and my energy. I will have no more of it. I want vibrancy and lightness, not scrambled eggs at 10 p.m. I want real energy stemming from a clear body and mind, not a large americano at noon. I want real excitement, not stimulation. If I so happen to wake up at 4 a.m. (ahem…) I want to be filled with gratitude for my warm cozy bed, a few more hours of sleep, the fresh air blowing in from my window, and the rain outside…not filled with midnights macaroons…even if they were for “ebook testing purposes” (amazingly, they don’t digest any better, even with the “best intentions”)…I don’t want to feel angry with myself anymore, to feel like I can’t trust myself. There was a time when this was about weight. I’ve pretty much got that under control these days. I’ve carefully practiced loving myself no matter what I look like and while I’m not always perfect at it, it’s a habit I’ve pretty well got down. Not to mention I take care of myself to a degree most of the time now that my weight stays in a pretty happy range. This is beyond that. This is about not wanting to use food as a crutch to get through a difficult workday (I’m reading the book “Positive Energy” and “emotional empath” describes me to a “T” making airplane work incredibly overstimulating) or a tool to get through a boring evening. Come on, I’m more creative than that!! I can be bigger than this. I love food. I. love. food. Like, a lot. I write a freaking food blog!! But at the moment…the way I’m using it…it’s blocking me from living as myself completely. Not all food of course, just food at inappropriate times, when it’s being used for something other that nourishment and is hardly even pleasurable because I’m not even hungry, just avoiding something. It’s all too often used as a drug, masking whatever awesome self is under that layer of fullness. No more nonsense. I am strong enough for this now. I’ve been in this place before and I know how to get out. I trust that I can learn not to hurt myself physically or emotionally this way anymore.

…I remember writing this and feeling a lot of peace. I’ve felt it all the way through the Rose Cleanse and, despite ups and downs emotionally I have been able to use the tools that I’ve learned over the last year or so to use food in a way that serves me (and I manage to enjoy it immensely 😉 ) instead of leaving me feeling defeated or obsessive in any way. It’s felt very balanced and I’ve felt very confident that this is the right thing for me right now.

Now that the month is officially over, I’d love to hear your experiences! Did you have any turning points or moments worth sharing?

Below is a delectable crimson treat that is almost entirely veggie based. It was the one day on the cleanse when I had a little cacao in one of my juices and for this one, it was totally worth it 🙂

1 lb carrots
1 bunch spinach
1 large or 2 small beets
1/4 cup water or homemade nut milk
1 tbsp cocoa
1 tbsp carob
vanilla stevia to taste

Juice spinach, carrots and beets. Pour into a blender with remaining ingredients and blend until frothy. Sweeten to taste.

On a final note, if you haven’t already, you have to watch a video entitled “Stuff a Rose Cleanser Says” by Lola York. I’m pretty sure I’ve said every one of these things at some point!



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Questions for a Cleanser with Ana Zaharia

This is the last in the Questions for a Cleanser series and it’s brought to us by Ana Zaharia of Brave Lil Juicer! Ana’s blog is packed with drool-worthy recipes (you’ll find one below!) as well as health and detox tips. She has studied with Natalia Rose, and also gives health consultations.

Who are you?

I am an art school veteran, who discovered the vital importance of juicing and detox eating at a time in my life when most people would have considered “inconvenient”. I was running off 2-4 hours of sleep, and just like bathing, it was a luxury people in my program couldn’t afford. I started my blog to give people a place to go and find my tips and recipes that I would always go on and on about. Now I am halfway through my health councilor certification at IIN, and have taken Natalia Rose’s advanced detox seminar ! I have always been passionate about natural healing, but the past few years I feel like I have really found the key to all the “chronic” and “hereditary” problems that plagued me, and the rest of the world. I love helping people heal, and being able to spread the word about the deliciousness that is found in nature 🙂

What were your reasons: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, etc for embarking on the cleanse?

I was already juicing until dinner a few days per week, having been following the detox for women lifestyle for a few years now. I love the thriving energy and community spirit that is always found in the Detox The World events. People want to genuinely bring each other up and support one another. That is something that lacks in the design world, as well the place I grew up and the schools I attended. The genuine pure intent of helping and caring for others is probably a big reason why I was drawn to this work as well. With this cleanse I wanted to deepen my understanding of my body, and its interconnectivity to everything else. I also wanted to deepen my healing, having battled painful chronic UTIs and feeling self conscious about my “incurable” hereditary Keratosis Pilaris my whole life.

What detox symptoms, if any, have you experienced?

Hahaha… I feel like I have experienced every detox symptom in the book. If this cleanse did only one thing for me, I would say that it made me realize how much cleansing the body really has to do in order to reverse the damage of living in our modern world per its mainstream standard of normal and “healthy”. I have had crazy waking dreams which have left me feeling exhausted in the mornings; I have been moody and susceptible to intense highs and lows; I have had some bloating, and a few skin reactions; I have had all my old issues resurface so that they may leave, and some intense cravings after a really hmm.. “productive” colonic. It has a been a really wonderfully satisfying roller-coaster though.

What positive changes have you noticed?

1. I have become really in touch and attracted to nature

2. I have realized how the artist inside myself can help me visualize myself into a better place

3. I have created better communication between my physical, spiritual and emotional body and have been subconsciously adhering to my intuition;

4. I have developed a more loving relationship with myself, leaving some of the old self-hatred and criticizing self behind

5. The areas of myself that I want to keep working on seem much more attainable and within reach

6. My clothes fit better.. and I am more attracted to the colors vibrant green, soft pink and violet

7. I crave more vegetables (not having realized that was even possible)

8. I’m experiencing more genuine effortless happiness and gratitude for life

What was your lifestyle like (regarding food and health) prior to the cleanse and what are you planning for after the cleanse?

I have been on and off juicing until a well combined (mostly yeast-conscious) dinner on days that feel right. On most days I would enjoy a salad in the late afternoon or a green smoothie. I would occasionally go out for brunch and enjoy a veggie omelet, and have people over for home made cocktails and treats. I introduced colonics right before the cleanse and they have really taken my detox to the next level. This level has been kind of a solitary one, so coming off the cleanse I will be introducing some of the late mid-day meals again for the social aspect. On weekends especially it’s been hard to spend time with my boyfriend, family or friends without eating. I have found it hard to ground myself and socialize while juicing. This will also slow down the cleansing to a more manageable level which I know my boyfriend will appreciate 😉 I will still allow myself the occasional high quality wine or cocktail but haven’t really felt the desire for it as much, so I will respect that. Mostly, I will be listening to what my newly cleansed and intuitive body tells me, and honor it with my best judgement.
I fully intend to spend more time outdoors, and in nature whenever possible. This has been a really nurturing aspect of the cleanse that hasn’t involved food. I especially want to go hiking!

Are there any tips or inspiration you would like to share with fellow cleansers or those curious in a cleansing lifestyle?

Cleansing is a really individual experience, so it’s hard for me to say. But also on the same note, I think it’s hard to cleanse with someone. Take plenty of time to be with yourself and explore the things that are coming up for you. At least take note of them. Also, really focus on the aspects of the cleanse that you are loving! Try not to linger in what you miss.. this is not helpful.
Overall, I have been inspired by the noticeable differences in my whole body and outlook and knowing that so many others are experiencing the same thing. Positive change and high vibration living has become so attainable, and it can be for anyone that will allow themselves to go down the rabbit hole!

My favorite recipe that I discovered during this cleanse is:

Raw Coconut Cream Yogurt w/ Chocolate Raspberry Crumble

Serves 1


Meat 1 young coconut
Juice 1/2 lemon
1/4 vanilla bean scrapped
1 tsp vanilla extract
10 drops stevia
1/3 bio-k dairy free culture
Let sit for 1-3 hours

Top with mix of:

1/4 cup muddled frozen raspberries
1-2 crushed dark chocolate squares
3-5 drops stevia

Please check out my blog for more recipes and tips:

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Goat Cheese Chocolate Truffles

Happy weekend and Rose Cleanse day 29! I have a couple of posts planned to finish up the month and then will probably back off on the posting-every-day thing. In the meantime- I’d like to wish a very happy birthday to my fabulous roommate- here is how we celebrated…

Truffle Goodness:

3 oz 70% chocolate
3 oz soft goat cheese
2 dropperfuls vanilla stevia
a pat of organic butter
cocoa powder

Heat a pat of butter in a small pan on medium. Add chocolate and begin to melt. When chocolate is almost entirely melted, stir in goat cheese and stevia. Keep stirring until completely melted together. Scrape into a dish and place in fridge until cool. Once cooled, roll into six balls. Lightly toss truffle balls in cocoa powder until coated and place back into fridge to firm up to your liking.

P.S. For more healthy desserts, check out my e-book!


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Tea and Randomness

I’ve been “tagged”. Last week, Megan @ The Detoxinista passed along this little game to me. I usually ignore these sorts of things but I had so much fun reading hers I thought, why not? So first, a yummy hot tea recipe, and then a moment of self-indulgence that you can choose to ignore if you have better things to do with your weekend 😉

Ginger Chocolate Tea:

1- 1 1/2 cups water

1 thumb-sized knob ginger

2 Tbsp cacao nibs

NuNaturals stevia, to taste

Chop ginger into chunks and place into mug with cacao nibs. Bring water to a boil and pour over ginger-cacao mixture. Let sit for 5-10 minutes. Strain through a nut milk bag and sweeten the remaining liquid.

11 Random Things About Myself

1. I always thought that people who dressed their pets were completely obnoxious…and then I got a hairless cat…

Dorian in a sweater from grandma.

2. I went to an arts university for a year and majored in Vocal Performance. Money got in the way and I didn’t get to complete my degree. Soooo I’m a Flight Attendant.

3. Last year, my New Years resolution was to quite reading celebrity gossip on the airplane. This year it was not to make any resolutions.

4. Once a year I eat an entire watermelon in one sitting. The massive kind.

5. I have been to all 50 states.

6. At some point I want to start growing a food forest. And then have goats, and chickens, and bees.

7. My mom taught me to read when I was three and I’ve been an obsessive little bookworm ever since.

8. I grew up on an island in Alaska.

9. My tattoo collection is ever growing. I thought my last piece would tide me over for awhile…but I’m already scheduled again for April 😉

10. My lady and I were long-distance for 2 1/2 years until she (finally!) moved to Seattle this Fall ❤

11. I am extraordinarily introverted, I'm happy to spend more time by myself than anyone I know.

11 Questions I had to answer:

What’s the meal you eat most often?
A massive salad with goat cheese!

What’s your favorite movie of all time?
That’s such a hard question but my longest loved movie is probably Anne of Green Gables

What made you want to start a blog?
I was making such delicious food every day I felt bad that the world was missing out 😉

Do you have any pets?
Just the above-mentioned hairless feline

What’s your favorite workout?
Yoga or jumping on my rebounder

Name one thing on your “bucket list.”
Take Natalia Rose’s Advanced Detox Certification Training

Name one “weird” thing that you do.
I wear footie pajamas!

Your favorite city/place to visit?
Probably San Francisco

Anywhere you still dream of visiting?

Best purchase you’ve ever made?
My home colonic unit

What’s the one thing you would change in the world, if you could?
We would all grow food forests!

11 People I Tag (you know… if you want ;))

Megan and Whitney @ What Wegan Did Next
Sarah @ Queer Vegan Food
Katie @ Chocolate Covered Katie
Lola @ Ooh Lola!
Courtney @ Spirulina Junkie
Diana @ Eat to Evolve
Britanie @ Bella Mode
Jess @ Cupcakes and Kale
Emily @ Emily Eats
Jennifer and Jaclyn @ Sketch-Free Vegan
Heather @ Universal Eater

Rules For Play:

1. Post 11 Random Things About Yourself

2. Answer these 11 Random Questions:

1. What is your favorite reason for blogging?
2. What is one food that you wish were healthy?
3. If you could live anywhere else, where would it be?
4. What is the most life-changing book you’ve ever read?
5. Who is one person you would love to meet?
6. What would be your dream job?
7. Are you a coffee or tea drinker?
8. Do you consider yourself to be religious or spiritual at all?
9. Does your diet have a label: vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, etc?
10. What did you dress up as the last time you dressed up for Halloween?
11. What is the cause you feel most passionately about?

3. Tag 11 people to play, and post 11 new questions for them to answer!

Sweet Potato Sushi

P.S. I was featured on Ooh Lola! today answering my Questions for a Cleanser! Go check it out and you’ll also find a great recipe for Sweet Potato Sushi!!


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Questions for a Cleanser with Sarah Voiles

Today’s Questions for a Cleanser comes from Sarah of juice bar and dinner party fame 😉 We’ve had a lovely time keeping each other updated on our cleansing experiences and I hope you enjoy reading her answers as much as I did! Also make sure to take a look at the tasty spaghetti squash recipe posted at the end, I had it as part of my dinner tonight and it was delicious!

Who are you?

Hello! I’m Sarah Voiles. I am a nanny in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I have two very sweet kitties. I love to crochet blankets and scarves, read, watch documentaries and eat dark chocolate!

What were your reasons: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, etc for embarking on the cleanse?

All of the above! However, I was especially excited for the support and added information I would get from Natalia, her team and all of the other amazing cleansers on this journey.

What detox symptoms, if any, have you experienced?

I’ve actually experienced quite a few detox symptoms. I’ve had times of being very tired, cold, night sweats, disrupted sleep patterns, I even had a random sore in my mouth that only lasted 24hrs. Thankfully, much of my detox symptoms were in the first two weeks of the cleanse. I will occasionally have days where I’m particularly tired but not nearly as often.

What positive changes have you noticed?

I have noticed many fantastic changes! Physically, I’ve leaned out a little, the whites of my eyes are brighter, my skin is more clear and has a glow to it. In general, I simply feel better and even happier. I feel like I have more mental clarity, the ‘foggy’ feeling I would often have is gone. The largest positive change I have noticed has been emotionally. So many emotional wounds surfaced. Big, small, really old, newish… many things I had thought I’d forgotten about came up and out. I’ve done a lot of journaling and crying and feel as though I’m so much lighter just from releasing all of those suppressed emotions. That has been my favorite part of the cleanse 🙂

What was your lifestyle like (regarding food and health) prior to the cleanse and what are you planning for after the cleanse?

Before the cleanse I had been following Natalia Rose’s Detox For Women for a couple of years, but not consistently. There would be periods of time when I would stray but always came back. My goal is to make the detox lifestyle my own for forever. My plan is to add a well combined lunch back into my day and juice until dinner at least one weekend a month. Someday I hope to adopt the juicing till dinner as my everyday lifestyle.

Are there any tips or inspiration you would like to share with fellow cleansers or those curious in a cleansing lifestyle?

Allow yourself to rest as much as necessary, especially in the beginning.

Don’t let the fear of success and feeling good frighten you.

Be well prepared! I find it hugely helpful to plan out my juices and meals 4-5 days ahead of time and get to the store so that I have everything on hand as I need it.

Know that you are likely to deal with a lot of emotional detoxing as well.

Do incorporate body brushing, Epsom salt baths, and colon cleansing!

Be very gentle and kind with yourself.

Spaghetti Squash A la Sarah:

A delicious spaghetti squash dinner- my version was made with romaine- I was out of spinach!

Spaghetti squash
1/2 Tb coconut oil
nutritional yeast to taste ( I usually use about 1/4 cup)
sea salt and pepper to taste
1 chopped garlic clove
a handful or two of fresh baby spinach

Cook up your spaghetti squash and toss in a bowl. Stir in the coconut oil until the squash is evenly covered. Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix until well incorporated and the spinach has had a chance to wilt slightly.

Thanks Sarah!

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Feta Wraps -w- Herbs De Provence and Rose Cleanse Day 26

Today’s post might be TMI. I have noticed however, in detox circles, people are up for talking about pretty much anything body-related. So here we go: (I apologize to any of the men-folk reading ;)) It’s Rose Cleanse day 26 and I started my period yesterday. I usually get quite weepy a good WEEK before I start my period and spend the first day enduring (usually fairly mild) cramps. I always notice that when I eat cleaner, everything just runs so much more smoothly (and vice-versa) and this month is no exception. My experience so far has been ONE DAY of feeling extra emotional, followed by a few minutes (literally) of cramping. I kind of laughed. It’s really been pretty uneventful and I’d like to keep it that way! Alright, over-sharing time complete. Let’s eat.


1 large cucumber
2 roma tomatoes
2 oz raw goat feta
small handful chives
1 Tbsp Herbs De Provence
1-2 cloves raw garlic
romaine, or your favorite lettuce leaves for wrapping
lots of fresh lemon juice and NuNaturals stevia

Dice cucumber and tomato (remove seeds if you wish) and place in a medium-sized bowl. Crumble feta, chop chives, mince garlic and add. Season with Herbs De Provence and dress with lots of lemon juice and stevia. Mix and wrap in your favorite lettuce leaf.

I ate this with a side of roasted beets and a bar of Hibiscus&Ginger Raw Organic Chocolate from a great company called Fearless.


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Questions for a Cleanser with Lola York

I want to thank the extraordinarily sweet and insightful Lola for agreeing to be a part of my Questions for a Cleanser series. I love that doing the cleanse and blogging about it has become a way to make incredible new friends! For the first in the series, see Sylvia’s (AKA The Roommate) post here. Also, make sure you read all the way to the end for a delicious dinner recipe from Lola herself!

Who are you?

Bonjour everybody, I’m Lola York (extends hand/hug)! I’ve been working as a professional modern dancer and dance instructor for the last couple of years and am currently transitioning to a brand new path. I recently took a job as the business development manager at Raw Shakti Chocolate (the most AMAZING chocolate I’ve had to date) in Asheville, NC. I started my blog, Ooh Lola! in October of last year and it’s been one of my favorite creative ventures to date. I’m a family girl, I love design and fashion, nature, sleeping in, drinking tea, talking for hours with friends, vegetables, romance, and I have a weakness for all things whimsical and eccentric.

What were your reasons: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, etc for embarking on the cleanse?

All of the above! I think I was particularly excited to gain more insight from the Detox The World team and interact with the amazing community that has developed around them. I know from past experiences that a well-executed cleanse is sort of like hopping on a rocket ship to your highest potential. I’m one of those people who enjoys that sort of thing

What detox symptoms, if any, have you experienced?

The most significant detox symptom I’ve had is a heightened state of sensitivity which has been both a blessing and a challenge. Since starting the cleanse, I’ve been particularly intolerant of loud noises, areas where I feel another’s fear being projected onto me, and continuing along any path that feels wrong. It’s been the sense of my life’s volume dial being particularly turned up. I’ve had significant emotional purges – moments of screaming louder than I ever have (I could physically feel the unblocking of my throat chakra), tears flowing, and surges of joy with bouts of giggling.

What positive changes have you noticed?

Wow, where to start!? For starters, my life is completely different than it was 23 days ago! I have a new job, new creative goals, and many new individuals in my life. I’m watching my body morph into the one I’ve always wanted which feels like a miracle. I’ve become so much more in touch with the reality of my feelings and desires – the ones that come from my heart, rather than the ideas of who I thought I was supposed to be.

What was your lifestyle like (regarding food and health) prior to the cleanse and what are you planning for after the cleanse?

I returned to the Rose Program about 4 months ago after turning my back on the work for several years. I read Natalia Rose’s first book, “The Raw Food Detox Diet” in 2007 and knew that I’d found my guide. Since then, I’ve come back to the work and abandoned it, always knowing that it was my key to mental, emotional, and physical freedom. Prior to the cleanse I was following a relatively relaxed version of Natalia’s “Detox 4 Women” approach: Juicing until lunch, and having two properly combined meals centered around fresh vegetables. At this moment in time, I’d like to carry the Rose Cleanse fundamentals forward for an indefinite amount of time! I like feeling like superwoman.

Are there any tips or inspiration you would like to share with fellow cleansers or those curious in a cleansing lifestyle?

1. Be a bad-a$# and do some colon-cleansing. It’s not scary or painful and it’ll change your life forever.
2. Realize how lucky you are to arrived upon this path. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around this blessing.
3. Show off when you eat out. I’ve eaten out countless time since beginning the Rose Cleanse, and ultimately I feel like I win every time! I have the most beautiful food, the largest quantities, and I always have desert (chocolate in my purse, thank you)! I love to cook but navigating menus while adhering to the Rose Program/Cleanse is one of my favorite pastimes.
4. Read Rande’s blog because she is a beautiful person and her recipes are so creative and delicious!
5. Eat Chocolate.
6. Hold your choices up to the light. As many times as possible in a day, remind yourself that you choose to live a life based in love rather than fear.
7. Respect your natural cycles. Becoming more aware of my moon cycle has been one of the most life-saving practices on this journey. I blogged a little bit about it here and also on Natalia’s community board regarding more practical applications of these realizations. Certain times of the month radically alter how cleansing feels, and I often need to make adjustments to cater the program to my needs. Just the awareness gives me more compassion for myself, without the gentility and flexibility of which … I might fall right off the wagon!

Serves one very hungry Rose Cleanser!!

Sunday Evening Comfort Food:

1 Portobello Mushroom
4 Stalks of Kale
1/4 Onion
2 tsp Butter
1 package Kelp Noodles (opt: soak for 1 hour prior to cooking)
4 oz Pecorino Romano Cheese
2 eggs

In a pat of butter, saute chopped portobello mushrooms, kale, and onion until tender over medium-high heat. Add kelp noodles to veggies for 1-2 minutes, or until warm and softened. Turn off stove top, pour pasta into serving dish, and toss with cheese. Return pan to medium high heat and quickly scramble two eggs in another pat of butter. Top pasta with eggs and hot sauce if desired. Serve with a ginormous salad (duh!) topped with cheese, lemon juice, and stevia. I’ve really been enjoying raw parsnips grated on top of mine. Bon appetit!!!

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