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Raw Vegan Cookie Dough

I’ve been doing the Extremely Green Detox with Natalia Rose which means no sugars, starches, or even STEVIA! I’m loving how my tastebuds are picking up subtle sweetness and this has been my go-to dessert most nights.

cookie dough

Ingredients:

Fresh coconut butter (coconut shreds blended in the food processor until creamy)
cacao nibs
a pinch of sea salt

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Herbed Avocado Pesto

Herbed Avocado Pesto

I ate this delicious pesto over kelp noodles, wrapped in romaine leaves with tomatoes and sprouts. Britney ate her portion in a sprouted grain tortilla with arugula, onion and manchego. Yum.

Ingredients:

1-2 small zucchinis
2 ripe avocados
2 cups basil
2 cups arugula
1 cup parsley
juice of a lemon
3-4 cloves garlic
1/4 cup chopped red onion
Himalayan sea salt and cayenne, to taste

Blend in food processor to desired consistency.

Avocado Pesto Pasta Wraps

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Extremely Green Detox – Friendly Recipes

The weeks following the juice feast have been a little bit of a free for all. Not that I’m eating pasta or cheese sandwiches or anything but there has been a mish mash of fruit, gourmet raw food, a lot of nuts here, a little cheese there (raw and goat of course), forgoing of the green juice for straight carrot, some complicated combinations, and a smattering of wine, coffee, chocolate and emotional eating. The basic principles are still there but my body is definitely asking for a little simplicity and a LOT of greens. I’ve been pretty lazy about greens, especially dark ones. Enter, Natalia Rose’s Extremely Green Detox. Nothing sounds more ideal right now and I’m so excited that a lot of you will be involved as well. I’m ready to get my wheatgrass on!

The recipes you find below are my collection of Extremely Green Detox friendly recipes. The only thing you’ll need to tweak is using raw green stevia powder in place of NuNaturals stevia in the recipes that call for it.

Cardamom Roasted Cauliflower

Tahini Creamed Pico de Gallo over Kelp Noodles

Gingerbread Coated Wheatgrass Shot

Herbed Avocado and Hearts of Palm

Creamy Lemon Thyme Dressing

Aloe Lemonade

Chilled Cucumber Tahini Soup with Basil

Citrus Ginger Wheatgrass Cream

Hemp Butter Hummus

Sweet Citrus Kale Salad

Cinnamon Ginger Green Juice

Frontera Guacamole Salad

Salsini Dip

Cucumber Gazpacho

Chilled “Brocco-Cado” Soup with Smoked Sea Salt and Garlic

Guacamole Creamed Salsa

Spiced Avocado over Veggies and Romaine

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Conversation with Gil Jacobs

About a year ago I went to New York city to take Natalia Rose’s Advanced Training course. While I was there I had a colonic session with the extraordinary Gil Jacobs. We (yes there were several of us hanging out during each others sessions soaking up every bit of knowledge we could!) recorded our time with him and I’ve finally gotten a copy of that recording! It was a bit of a mish mash, lots of conversation between the four of us, not really gilinterview style but I’d like to do several posts with snippets from our time with Gil. I’d also really encourage checking out this channel so you can get a sense for what he’s like when he talks. A bit eccentric, often hilarious, but just jam packed with wisdom.

“I believe if you cleanse enough and that’s all you do, you will become as spiritual and high vibration as a human being can, having never taken a yoga class or retreat or meditated in your life. Because clean cells, like truly clean cells, really spiffy cells, do nothing but benefit themselves and the planet. Clean bodies do not harm, at that’s all spirituality is, it’s living in the absence of that which is harmful. To me, you do all of this, and do it properly, and everyone’s nice. I mean, how do you feel getting off the colonic table? People could give you the finger and you’re like “thank you!”. So if you multiply that by a thousand, that’s the human potential. It doesn’t need all of this “I’m doing a silent retreat in Vermont with “Guru Schmadhinanda” – you know all that shit? It’s just nonsense!”

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What I ate Wednesday – The Fresh Energy Cookbook Obsession Edition

I am obsessed with this cookbook. Almost everything you see eaten here came from it’s pages.

Thai Basil Lemonade.

As I was pouring my Chocolate Bunny Milk (it’s veggie juice!) into my purposely matching Michelangelo glass, Britney walked out wearing this shirt. Of course I had to take a picture.

Green Machine! A perfectly creamy green smoothie with banana and avocado.

A post-yoga cucumber snack (not from the cookbook! Totally my own recipe: chop cucumber, eat cucumber).

Thai Collard Rolls stuffed with Thai Guacamole. A.Maz.Ing.

A tasty hot soup using leftovers: coconut milk, veggie broth, cauliflower, carrots and Thai Curry Paste.

A few bites of Coconut Bliss Peanut Butter Chocolate Ice Cream. I love this stuff because it’s perfectly creamy right out of the freezer without waiting for it to defrost at all.

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Good Stuff Friday

A few of the treats I made this week and a couple of fun discoveries!

Curly Sweet Potato Fries from Purely Twins. Mine weren’t nearly this pretty but they were definitely tasty tossed into an avocado salad!

I made a batch of Chocolate Covered Katie’s Rice Krispy Treat Ghosts for a couple of guests on Halloween. We dressed up in our costumes to stay IN and watched the Adams Family 🙂

I LOVE discovering new holiday teas and this Peppermint Chocolate Rooibos was my treat on Halloween along with a few squares of very dark chocolate- a great combo!

Oh I’m SO excited to talk about my new project! I’ve been on the detox path for several years now but I’ve gotten inspired recently to really work on getting fit! I have a lot of thoughts on this that I look forward to sharing. I’ve started Tracy Anderson’s Metamorphosis program- it’s a 90 day adventure that I’m 12 days in to.

And finally, Ana and Natalia have put out a couple of fantastic recordings on Youtube, if you haven’t seen them already, definitely have a listen!

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Intuitive Eating Lessons Learned

I feel like I’ve lived a lifetime since my last post on intuitive eating. Somewhere in the last couple months I decided I was sick of living by rules when it came to eating and decided to throw them out the window. Now I certainly didn’t go off and start wolfing down candy bars and french fries and I remained married to my juicer but I kind of just…stopped caring. I decided to take a conscious pause from my colon cleansing regime. I stopped bringing food with me to events and ate whatever was in front of me. If the group I was with was going out for a heavy brunch or having drinks in the middle of the day or organic-goat-cheese-nachos at midnight, I did too! I was sick of being the odd one out! I was liberated! Sort of…I don’t know when I realized how badly it all was affecting me…how sad and listless I felt. Maybe it was when Britney gently mentioned that I didn’t seem as vibrant and that she missed me, even though I was right there. I forgot how prone I used to be to depression and apathy. I forgot why I got into cleansing. Then I was just angry. Why do I have to be so careful and try so hard? How can my friends live on turkey sandwiches and coffee and seem fine?? There was a post on the Detox the World facebook page the other day that addressed this perfectly:

“Don’t fall into the trap of assuming everyone around you who eats normally and doesn’t cleanse is fine. I hear this all the time: “Everyone else is pretty and thin, happy and heathy and they are living ‘normally’ eating mainstream foods.” You don’t know what their life experience is like on the inside, you only see what they want you to see. I’ve been behind the scenes of countless people’s lives – people who made it look easy to be beautiful, healthy, thin, powerful, stylish (you name it) on the outside but behind closed doors of their homes and hearts they are self-loathing, self-abusive, physically unwell, on medications and otherwise imbalanced in multiple ways. It really is a trap to compare your call-to-cleansing to other people’s life path. If it is time for this work for you, I suggest honoring that!”

I can’t pretend to know what anyone else is feeling or experiencing. I don’t assume that everyone else is miserable just because I struggle when living “normally”. I can only know my experience and I’m remembering why it is so worth it to me to keep my body clean and clear.

This little experiment has impacted me hugely. I don’t feel as burdened by “rules” as I did. I’m still learning to what degree I can eat intuitively and where I need to plan more carefully. When I was in Natalia’s advanced training something that she said really stuck with me: we can’t eat intuitively because we don’t live in an intuitive world. I disagreed a little at the time and even more later but now I see what she means. I live in a very planned and scheduled world full of social expectations that easily keep me from living in the experience that I want. When I “go with the flow” (eating what other people eat, etc) I eventually start to break down. My mental and emotional states are difficult even though I’m trying so desperately to relax and enjoy myself. I just feel “off”. When I’m more cautious, when I take the time to notice what my body really needs (in terms of food, movement, time alone, etc) I feel like I’m myself again. Not to mention colon cleansing, something that I’ve integrated into my life so regularly for the last couple of years that I had no idea how detrimental it would be to remove it.

I still love the idea of eating intuitively but in order to do that and still feel like I want to I have to be more prepared. I have to care more. The question I’ve started asking myself now in terms of what to eat next is “how do I want to feel?”. Not “what sounds tastiest to me right now?”. I refuse to be dogmatic about juicing until any certain time of day and I insist on enjoying my food and choosing things that align with my cravings. Bingeing is not an option but occasional overeating is not the end of the world. A simple vegetable centric diet supplemented with juices and colon cleansing are where it’s at for me- beyond that, I make the rules. I’m learning how to find the greatest amount of freedom and pleasure in a lifestyle that requires certain boundaries.

I’ve been back on track for about a week now and I couldn’t be more grateful. I feel like myself again, actually alive with the ability to CHOOSE whether I want to react positively or negatively rather than just feeling like a robot who’s default is “apathetic”. Now I’m off to enjoy my lunch: carrot/romaine/fennel juice blended with an avocado, sweet potato, carob powder and stevia. I’ll be savoring every last drop 🙂

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