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Better Late than Never

Malaga Train StationDay of Travel
Spain on a Train

The ongoing saga of The Live Food Experience in Europe continues. I’ve been having too much fun to sit down and do a decent blog post and I apologize. When traveling the ideal time to blog is often elusive, especially when your days are chocked full of uncertainty and adventure. It’s best to “live” first and make blog posts later. Of course I don’t want to cheat you out of the details and events that have passed so I’ll have to rewind to my time in Spain because at the present moment I’m in Terracina, Italy; before I was in Paris, before that I was in Ireland and before that in Paris… so there’s much ground to cover. So we’re in Spain and we are wrapping up the retreat with the Servants of Love. The last day was laid back with buffet style lunch to bring the retreat to a close.

Live Buffet
Live Buffet

Many of the guests were leaving that evening, while others were remaining in Spain for a bit of R and R. Volcanic mischief would end up granting many of the retreat staff an extended holiday.  It takes more than volcanoes to slow me down. My departure from Spain went something like this: On Wednesday April 14th I was up by 7:45am, took a quick shower, packed my gear and had a shot of wheatgrass before dragging my gear to the bus stop to catch the 8:25 to Malaga. My travel plans for the day would include all forms of transport except for boat and bike. Here’s the breakdown: bus to Malaga, train to Madrid, metro to Madrid airport, plane to Beauvais, France, bus to Paris, metro to Arletty’s. Quite an exhausting day. I had finished the all the goodies that Veronica had packed for me well before I got out of Spain so I was hungry once I came through Arletty’s door. Goddess bless her, she had prepared a magical cabbage salad and some kraut to fill my belly before I collapsed in a heap on her futon.Notre Dame
The next morning I awoke to see the rooftops of Paris through the windows of Arletty’s flat. I was anxious to go exploring, but first a breakfast smoothie/porridge was to be had. It was a tasty combination of almond mylk, bananas, local honey, cacao nibs, bee pollen and gojis. After breakfast I was off on my first Parisian adventure which took me to Notre Dame. I also took some time to explore the surrounding neighborhood and I even tried to find the “Bob’s Kitchen”, where I would be preparing a dinner on Saturday night… no luck. It turns out that I walked by the place 3 time and overlooked the tiny black letters “kitchen” that was only signage on the open door of this little restaurant. No worries, green juice heals all injuries both physical and mental and that’s what we enjoyed when I got back to Arletty’s. Purple cabbage and garlic gave this juice some color and kick. That’s all for now. Stay tuned for more from Paris. Keep It Live!Green Juice

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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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Day 3 – Canada Juice Fast

Reishi Pau d'Arco Tea

We’re rocking and rolling along under sunny and frigid conditions here in the great North. How cold? -33C or -27F to be exact. This is the kind of cold where you have to plug your car in at night so it will start in the morning or even at midday. At this temp it’s too cold to snow and steam bellows out of the doors of homes when you step outside. We’ve been minimizing our outdoor time and maximizing our relaxation time. Light yoga gets us moving and keeps us loose.

Block Heater

On day 3: 1 hot lemon water, 2 juices, 4 hot teas and a warm miso soup with garlic and lemon.

We also took some Colosan after our first mornings juice. The intent was to clean out our GI tract and prevent some detox discomfort. In the past the Colosan really cleaned house for me, but this time it was mildly effective. It kicked in after 6 hours sending running to the bathroom and did its job. Don’t worry, I didn’t take pictures.

As I write this on Day 4, both Heathy and I are in good spirits and full of energy. There’s talk of orange, grapefruit, lemon juice today. That will give me a taste of home.

Brisk Baby
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Day 2 – Canada Juice Fast

Jar O' Juice

As day 1 came to a close Heathy and I had each consumed a large green juice and a large glass of the celery, apple, ginger and cranberry blend. Spaced out between those 2 juices I had 4 large mugs of warm/hot tea and a glass of water. So the green juice fast is shaping up to be a hot tea fast. I guess I should share with you the tea blend of choice on the fast. At the moment we’re making a lose tea mixture of reishi mushroom, pau d’arco, cat’s claw, oat straw and chaga. Last night we added some astragalus root to the blend and were both in agreement that it was a bit overpowering.

Juice me!

The tea blend is chocked full of immune boosting, anti-viral, fungal, bacterial and health enhancing herbs. I was happy to read about the yeast eliminating properties of pau d’arco. I’ve been sweetening my teas with maple syrup or raw honey. Both of which are local.

The sleep schedule has had us getting to bed later than usual. Last night being New Year’s Eve, we had an excuse to stay up a bit late drinking tea. Late to bed equals late to rise. In the snowy Canadian landscape I’m cool with slipping into hibernation mode. We weren’t out of bed until 11am this morning. I made juice while sipping hot water with lemon. Both Heathy and I noticed how sore our lower backs were. We had done yoga the day before but we think the soreness had to do with multiple factors, one of them being the fast. A little yoga loosened things up.

By 4pm we were out the door and visiting Heathy’s parents house. While there we had a real treat: hot miso soup with garlic. We blended it smooth in the vita-mix. It truly hit the spot. This was followed through out the evening with mugs of hot tea and honey. We ended up staying late and missing our evening juice. We both felt ok with this though and retired for bed by 11pm.

My energy level has been pretty consistent. I am experiencing occasional hot flashes accompanied by shaky fatigue. I just go with it and eventually it passes.

Fasting in subzero temperatures is a new experience for me so I’m not going to push things. At the moment the outside air temp is -24C which is -15F. Fasting is a real heat sucker so if I feel things getting a little to intense I’m not going to hesitate in backing off. Day 3 should be very telling.