Book Launch Party


Last Saturday we had a rawkin good time at the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food Detox book launch party. About 25 people showed up for a eat, meet and greet event. There was a tasty sampling of recipes from my new book and some delicious “mocktails” that I made up as well. Since mint is growing in abundance I created a Mojito style “mocktail”, then of course there are the berries that are in abundance in these parts. That inspired a Very Berry Lemonade and finally we had to bring in the chocolate with Maca Mudslide. The recipes below are for a 1/2 gallon or one full vitamix worth of mocktail.

Raw Mojita

  • 1 C lime juice
  • 1/2 C palm sugar
  • 1 T apple cider vinegar
  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 t salt
  1. Add all the ingredients to your blender.
  2. Top with cold water and blend.
  3. Serve over ice.

Very Berry Lemonade

  • 1 C lemon juice
  • 1/2 C maple syrup
  • 1 C blueberries
  • 1/2 C raspberries
  • 1/2 C blackberries
  • 2 T goji berries or goji powder
  • 1 t fresh ginger
  • 1/4 t salt
  1. Add all ingredients to the blender and cover with water and blend.
  2. Strain through a seed mylk bag to remove seeds.
  3. Pour over ice and decorate with berries.

Maca Mudslide

  • 1 C cashews
  • 1/4 C cacao powder
  • 1/2 C maple syrup
  • 2 T maca
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 1 vanilla bean or 1 t vanilla powder/extract
  • 1/4 t salt
  1. Add all ingredients to the blender and cover with water and blend.
  2. Pour over ice and decorate with a sprinkle of maca or cinnamon.

If any of you out there want to treat yourself to a “Live Food Experience” immersion be sure to visit Camp Rawnora in Watervliet, Michigan and check out our schedule of upcoming events. I’m the director of the Summer and Fall programs and we have some fun stuff coming up… like…

Yoga Camp for Adults 

 August 5th-7th

 September 23rd-25th

 October 14th-16th

Raw Food Detox Camp

 August 12th-18th

Green Juice Feast

  September 9th-15th

We’re located 100 miles from Chicago. Any of my subscribers that sign up for an event and mention “The Live Food Experience” will get %15 off and a signed copy of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food Detox. Come join the fun… and Keep it Live!


Spain adventures :Nerja

Cherimoya Treat

Let me tell you about a favorite fruit of mine… cherimoya.
A delicate and delicious treat, cherimoya is juicy and sweet. Outer green, inner white with seeds of black, it’s quite a site… to behold is nice but to taste is sublime. It melts in you mouth and stops all time. Pick them firm and let them soften. Split in half and eat them often.

Nerja BeachesIt must be Paris that is inspiring me to poetry. Before I share my Parisian adventures I must wrap up my time in Spain. The second full day of the Spain retreat had us going on a field trip to Nerja. This quaint Spanish town spans a hillside over looking the Mediterranean Sea. It’s winding streets all seem to thread their way down to the waterfront where cafes and plazas sprawl out and cove tucked beaches dot the meandering shoreline. We started off as one group but eventually splintered into several groups. I ended up on a solo mission in which my task was to get a swim, bask in the sun, visit an internet shop and make it back to the bus stop in time to catch the last bus back to Benajarafe. A simple task indeed that only became a bit challenging after I made a wrong turn on my way back to the bus stop. I underestimated the narrow twisting streets of Nerja and found myself in uncharted territory. solo travelerFortunately I found a large tourist map in my wanderings and was able to pinpoint my location.The cool thing about Nerja was that if you wanted to get back to the city center you just had to keep walking up, which I did and I made it back with time to spare.

dried carob podsOn our way home we had to change buses in Torro del Mar, another coastal town. I wandered off for a stroll and found a lovely park and a carob tree. I noticed the unripe green pods on the tree and then looked down at my feet to see I was surrounded by hundreds of ripe brown pods. Many of them were broken and half eaten by critters but I managed to gather a few keepers which I brought home to wash and dehydrate. One thing I found amazing about the cities I visited in Spain was the abundance of fruit trees in public places. Citrus was standard on all of the parkways and in Torro del Mar one area had dozens of peach trees loaded with tiny unripe fruits. Looks like I’ll have to time my next visit to coincide with the peach harvest. Back on the bus, we returned to the villa for a light dinner with nori rolls and a chocolate, cherimoya, mint parfait… quite the live food experience.

Nori Dinner Parfait 3 way

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Flush Those Stones

Liver Cleanse Gallbladder Flush

The crazy things I do while I’m on vacation… if fasting for 4 days in subzero temperatures wasn’t enough, Heathy and I decided to follow things up with Dr. Hulda’s Liver Cleanse protocol. I’ve done this liver flush 3 times prior to this but it was new territory for Heathy. If you take a moment to read through the liver flush instructions you’ll see that it is written with an air of caution and urgency. For someone who has never done this procedure it is a bit intimidating. Reading through the instructions you may think that you may explode in your pants if you don’t follow the directions to the “T”. If you do attempt the liver flush I highly recommend that you do your own research prior and feel comfortable with the instructions. After 4 flushes and many slight deviations from the “strict” instructions I have yet to have an explosive incident… other than those expected from the flush. I hope you notice the term “flush” is showing up a lot and that’s what you should expect… to be flushing, the toilet, a lot, as in multiple trips to the toilet once things get “moving”.

Heathy and I waited 2 days after coming off the fast before doing the flush. Do not do the flush during or immediately after a long fast. You can become very nauseous and sick by doing so. I’m guessing that it has something to do with drinking a 1/2 C of olive oil. Not the best thing to do immediately after a fast. That is why we ate fruit and drank green smoothies for 2 days prior to the flush. Heathy did get a bit nauseous during the night (3am) but it passed. I didn’t experience any discomfort except for stinky olive oil and garlic burps the next day.

The supplies we used were:

Flush Kit
  • grapefruit
  • orange
  • Epsom salts
  • olive oil
  • garlic

Here’s how things went down for us on Tuesday night:

  • 10 am – 1pm apples, oranges and green smoothie
  • 1pm – no more eating
  • 7pm – 1st Epsom salt drink
  • 9pm – 2nd Epsom salt drink
  • 11pm – Olive oil, grapefruit, orange and 1 clove of pressed garlic, blended and strained

We made the addition of garlic to our drink at the last minute. I’m not sure if it effects the amount of stones that come out. We just wanted our drink to taste like a salad dressing, which it did, a very garlicy dressing.

It took me an hour to get to sleep. Heathy seemed to be having more trouble falling asleep but eventually she did as well. By 3am I was up and taking a #3… that’s a combination of a #1 and #2 which is to be expected. It was just a taste of things to come… so begins the “flush”.

Liver Love Dressing

Tuesday morning:

  • 7am – 3rd Epsom salt drink
  • 8am – Panicked phone call from Heathy’s mom. Her parents’ basement was flooding and the water was out.
  • 9am – Help shop vac the flooded crawl space and take 4th and final Epsom salt drink…. gurgle, gurgle
  • 10:30 – Return to apartment in the nick of time… explosive #3

We returned to the apartment I went to the bathroom 6 times between 10:30 and 3pm. Not much to see floating though I could feel some solids coming out. Typically you get little green floaties smaller or about the size of marbles. Out of 5 trips to the toilet I saw 4 floaties, the rest sinkers. Which is good since the sinkers are true stones. Circumstances didn’t allow me to use the strainer technique to check for stones. In the past I was able to strain and rinse what was coming out and see the stones. This flush was a “faith flush”. I just have to believe that the procedure eliminated stones. For those of you needing a little more than faith to go on you can invest a couple bucks in a cheap plastic pasta strainer from the dollar store. The diameter needs to be small enough to fit inside the toilet with the seat up. Check out the pictures here to see what I’m talking about. The picture has it resting on the seat. Don’t try pooping into it like this, you’ll surely regret it. The picture is for display purposes. You lift the seat and set it inside, then close the seat. Now it’s business time. When you finish blasting off on the toilet, fill a pitcher of tap water and pour it into the toilet over what’s in the strainer. This will flush out all the smaller debris. I realize it sound pretty nasty straining your poop and all but it’s for a good cause: your health. Suck it up and be tough. The stuff came out of your body. You should be able to look at it. Put on a pair of those thick yellow kitchen gloves, goggles and do what’s gotta be done. Flush that gallbladder, heal your liver and give your body the love and respect it deserves.

Here are some helpful tips if you undertake this flush:

  1. Start early and finish early. In hind sight we would have started earlier, gone to bed earlier and would be done with all the “flushing” earlier.
  2. Be sure that the bathroom is available all day and in fine working order. Be considerate to roommates, family and guests and pick a day when bathroom traffic isn’t high and there aren’t any festivities going on.
  3. Make sure you do it on a day that is completely clear. At 8:30pm on the flush day I was still visiting the toilet. At that time it was just wet farts, a regular shart fest… which leads us to tip #4
  4. Be sure to have plenty of toilet paper on hand. If you’re spraying and flushing all day then you’re gonna burn through the rolls quicker than frat boys at a rave.

So if this post hasn’t scared you off, you should be amply equipped to cleanse your liver and gallbladder. Have fun and Keep It Live!

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Coming off the Fast – Do it Right or Don't Fast

Finish Right - Smoothie

Now that you’ve finished your fast, what do you do? What “not to do” is to return to business as usual. You’ve just honored your body and done some deep healing. Don’t blow the benefits with a thoughtless food binge.

Properly coming off the fast/feast is more important than doing the fast/feast itself. Great care must be taken not to undo all the benefits of the fast. Take an amount of days equal to the length of the fast/feast to reintroduce solid foods into your diet. A 1 day fast requires 1 day of reintroduction. Your stomach will have shrunk during the fast so start with small portions and listen to your body. A fast is meant to reset your body to its optimal functioning. If you force yourself to eat the way you ate prior to the fast you might as well not fast at all. Simple foods in small portions is your key to success whether coming off a fast or just living life. If you can apply this rule to your life you will experience health and longevity.

Heathy and I went 4 days and broke the fast on day 5 with citrus. We’ve continued having juice each day while eating fruit and doing green smoothies. The smoothie above was made with Swiss chard, spinach, strawberries, apple, lecithin and a superfood blend of maca, lucuma, mesquite, cinnamon and bee pollen. It was really creamy and smooth.

My Typical break-fast meals for 7 day fast – no fats until day 5:

  • Start each morning with hot water and lemon or  water and apple cider vinegar

Day 1 – water, tea and green juice through out day

  • morning: 1/2 of a ripe papaya
  • mid-day: 1/2 of a ripe papaya or melon
  • evening: green juice or miso soup

Day 2 – water, tea and green juice through out day

  • morning: oranges, grapefruit or pomelo
  • mid-day: oranges, grapefruit or pomelo
  • evening: apples, green juice or miso soup

Day 3 – water, tea and green juice through out day

  • morning: melon
  • mid-day: green smoothie- apple, berries, spinach, maca, lucuma
  • evening: apples, green juice or miso soup

Day 4 – water, tea and green juice through out day

  • morning: diced apples, soaked gojis and cinnamon
  • mid-day: mixed green salad with light vinegar herb dressing
  • evening: miso soup and sea veggie salad with kimchi

Day 5 – water, tea and green juice through out day

  • morning: diced apples, soaked gojis and cinnamon
  • mid-day: mixed green salad with avocado and a light vinegar herb dressing
  • evening: blended soup, gazpacho,with avocado

After day 5 you may slowly introduce oils into soups, sauces and dressings. It’s best to slowly reintroduce dehydrated foods, nuts, seeds and nut butters. Any heavy desserts like pies, chocolates and ice creams should be introduced after day 7. If you can’t hold out that long be sure the portion you eat is 1/3 of a serving and listen to how your body responds. Be conscious while eating and establish new health supporting eating habits.

Check out my next post when I share with you the details of our Liver/Gallbladder Flush… never a dull moment in Canada!