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What I Ate Wednesday and the 14 Day Sugar-Free Challenge

Back to normal posting! I forgot for the first part of the day that I’d be posting this so there is no juice picture but I did manage to snap up the rest.

Wednesday Food Goodness:

16 oz. spring water

24 oz. cucumber/romaine/cilantro/ginger/lemon/lime juice with lemon stevia

32 oz. Pumpkin Pie in a Bowl with ginger and fennel plus half a box of cherry tomatoes.

Dinner was veggie wraps made with cabbage leaves, asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes, chives, fresh corn and apple cider vinegar mustard.

We had planned on going to a raw potluck but my dish ended up a bit of a disaster due to leaving my food processor at my other place. I ate several of the disastrous treats anyways 😉 I made the crust with coconut instead of pumpkin seeds to keep them well combined.

In other news, Ana has invited me to join her 14 day Sugar-Free Challenge and we’d love for you to join us as well! I’ve had really good experiences in the past removing sugar from my diet for periods at a time and even in my day-to-day I’m quite conscious of it. After all of my indulgences in New York though, this is just in time! Ana has outlined the dietary details for us:

Avoid: most grain and grain products, all fruit, sugar sweetened treats such as dark chocolate and Laloos Ice-cream, caffeine and alcohol

Bask in the glory of: veggie juices, greens, raw and cooked neutral veggies, sweet root veggies (yes, they are “sugary”, but low glycemic),”fruit-veggies” such as cucumbers and tomatoes, avocados, young coconut meat, lemons and limes, daily mediations, morning pages, yoga, rebounding, dry brushing, saunas, baths, regular bowel cleansing, Candigone, probiotics, 3% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide, tea and stevia!

Include moderately: cooked starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes and winter squashes, mushrooms, organic young coconut water, small amounts of raw organic nuts and seeds, cocoa powder and raw cacao.

I’m looking at this as a time for indulging in new recipe ideas (maybe playing with the extra ideas I had when creating my Sugar-Free Dessert E-book) and taking bars of Lily’s or Coco Polo stevia-sweetened chocolates to work.

If, as Ana says, you’ve been dealing with skin issues, stubborn weight, brain fog, lethargy, sleeplessness, reproductive problems, moodiness (especially when you are hungry) and cravings, then this is a great jolt in the right direction.

Leave either of us a comment or an e-mail if you’d like to join us and be looking forward to our updates and recipes over the next couple of weeks!



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Juice Fast Day 2 and My Can’t-Live-Without Detox Treats

Day two was very smooth! I ended up running more errands than anticipated before getting juicing groceries so I did end up quite hungry at one point but other than that it’s all going very well.

Today’s juicy goodness:

32 oz basil/garlic/lemon/celery/carrot juice
24 oz Tazo Passion herbal tea
8 oz parsley cilantro juice and young coconut water (with a probiotic)
30 oz Casey’s Mexicana Green Juice
32 oz Gena’s Nourishing Vegetable Broth
34 oz romaine/carrot juice with vanilla stevia and cinnamon

I also thought I’d share my favorite ways of assisting my body in the detox process. As previously mentioned, I’ve attempted fasts before without employing anything of this sort and either failed to finish the fast due to uncomfortable symptoms or didn’t end up with any noticeable benefits at all. It doesn’t do any good to hydrate all the old stuff in your body if it doesn’t leave, and my body seems to appreciate all the assistance it can get.

My can’t-live-without detox treats:

1. Booty cleansing (colonics and enemas)

2. Castor oil packs

3. Indian Healing Clay (my absolute favorite facial mask, I mix it with Apple Cider Vinegar)

4. Inversions (I have a cheap board that works just fine).

5. Rebounding (this! and this! and this!)

6. Yoga (stretching, twisting, and deep breathing are very helpful and feel wonderful, I got a stack of new yoga dvd’s from my library this week!).

and a few things I love but haven’t indulged in this go round…

6. Massage

7. Hot epsom salts baths (I’m freshly tattooed so no baths for me right now…pictures when it’s finished :))

8. Infrared sauna (I used to have this one and it lasted about a year, not bad for the price and I loved it).

Do you have any suggestions to add to the list?


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Rosemary-Black Pepper Sweet Potato Stew & Rose Cleanse Day 11

Rosemary-Black Pepper Sweet Potato Stew

This delicious, hearty stew was inspired by the Rosemary-Black Pepper Sweet Potato Rounds I created for a dinner party a few weeks back. We ate it with a big green salad dressed with avocado, apple cider vinegar, and stevia. There was chocolate. There’s always chocolate.

4 sweet potatoes, chopped
1 small red onion, diced
1 container Pacific brand vegetable broth
2 Tbsp dried rosemary
1-2 Tbsp black pepper (2 is quite spicy but I like it that way)
sea salt and NuNaturals stevia to taste

Boil all ingredients except for pepper, salt and stevia until veggies are completely soft. Pour into blender and pulse leaving the mixture slightly chunky. Season to taste.

The cleanse is moving along beautifully, juicing until dinner is feeling normal enough that I barely think about it. My sleeping patterns have been a little off the last couple of nights but I feel great during the day. I’ve been including very regular colon cleansing which makes all the difference in the world- I’ve attempted fasts, cleanses, and a very clean diet in the past without it and struggled immensely.

Here is a great video from Mike Perrine- a fantastic colon hydrotherapist in NYC!


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Christmas Feast Countdown Day 1 – Creamy Parsnip Soup with Thyme and White Wine

A week until Christmas and I’m so excited to announce my dinner menu! I’ll be posting every day this week with the following dishes:

Creamy Parsnip Soup with Thyme and White Wine
Avocado Caprese Bites
Smoked Red Pepper Kale Salad
Shredded Brussels with Chestnuts
Carrot Ginger Martinis
Dark Chocolate Kabocha Moussecakes with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

To kick the week off…

Creamy Parsnip Soup with Thyme and White Wine


2 large parsnips
2 clove garlic, chopped
1 tbsp organic butter
1 cup white wine
1 tbsp fresh thyme
salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp cream (optional)
water for blending

Warm butter and garlic over medium heat. Add chopped parsnips and saute a few more minutes. Pour in white wine and cook until wine is gone. Add parsnip mixture to blender with thyme, apple cider vinegar, and cream if using. Add enough water to get it blending, more if you want to thin it out. Add salt and pepper to taste, red pepper flakes for some kick.

I spent the day in the kitchen (with Christmas music, of course) making treats for the family courtesy of Chocolate Covered Katie. For the past few years I’ve baked up a storm to fill boxes with healthy-ish holiday treats for the fam and tomorrow there will be Chocolate Lace Cookies and Samoa Fudge Babies (two of my favorites, highly recommended!) headed their way.
I’d love to hear what’s on your holiday menu this year!


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