Pumpkin Peach Pie Smoothie

What makes Pumpkin Pie even better? Peaches! 😼🍑🍑I took my classic Pumpkin Pie smoothie recipe and made it summer-ready by adding fresh organic peaches. Yum!!! Super high in antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, minerals and beta carotene…this smoothie combo is excellent for skin, fighting oxidation brought on by free radicals and maintaining a healthy weight. So, go right ahead, don’t be afraid to gulp this one down and turn your frown upside down 😋😃
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1 Cup Plant Based Milk

1/2 Cup Pumpkin Purée

2 Peaches (pitted/skin on)

1 serving  Vega One Nutritional Shake (French Vanilla)

1/3 Cup Whole Grain Oats

1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 Tbsp Chia Seed

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Blend all on high speed until smooth. Pour and enjoy!

Beeting the Odds: 9 Day Body & Mind rEvolution (Day 9)

Day 9: Transition/End

Today marks the final day of this detox. At this point you can slowly transition back by integrating some cooked foods. Ideally, all meals should still be entirely plant-based. Take your time integrating back grains, meats and dairy; as these things will aggravate your digestion if brought back in too soon. Or you can just do what I did two years ago and cut out all animal products for good! Either way, my recommendation is to begin integrating juices, smoothies and raw foods into your daily eating regimen…all the time! It will not only help crowd out old habits but will begin to contribute to your overall health and wellness.

Always remember, this was not a “diet”; this plan was meant to reverse habits, clean us out and reset the way we would normally do things. That said, if you don’t feel that the last 9 days have made a lasting impression, my suggestion would be to repeat the process until it does. When I first came up with this program 2 years ago, the first time I tried it, I ended up extending the juice fast for 20 days. Depending on your current health/lifestyle, this could create ultimate changes for you. The longer you go, the more you will condition yourself into a new, healthy lifestyle.

You can easily prolong this program by simply extending the 5 day juice fast portion by as long as you’d like. Just make sure you get this ok’d by your physician first! And depending on what the Colon Hydro-Therapy technician said, you can get as many sessions as required over the span of the juice fast. For best results, I would suggest a colonic at the beginning, middle and end of the fast.

Thanks again, for following me along my journey (and being on it, if thats the case). Keep it up!

Since you already have the idea from the first transition day, I’m not going to post everything I did below. Although, here are a couple shots of some of the amazing things I ate on this day…

Spicy Tofu/Black Bean Scramble

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Adaptogenic Hot Tonic (Ginkgo Biloba, Green Tea, Ginger Root, Maca Root, Ashwagandha, Raw Cashews, Goji Berries, Dates, Cacao, Moringa, Cinnamon and Agave)

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Creamy Peanut Rice Noodle Salad

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Beeting the Odds: 9 Day Body & Mind rEvolution (Day 8)

Day 8: Back to Raw

So here we are on day 8, after a revitalizing 5 day juice fast. If you’re experiencing what I am you should be glowing and feel awesome!

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That said, today was interesting in that I didn’t run into the kitchen for food immediately when I woke up. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even eat my first “food” until about 3pm today! I’m still in the mindset of practicing patience and I truly was not all that hungry for food, believe it or not. So this morning, I started with my normal routine of tongue scraping/rinsing/brushing, yoga stretches, psyllium husks, lemon water and…you guessed it…juice. I finally had a smoothie and then later indulged at a local Organic Vegan Eatery by the name of G-Zen. I had some amazing 100% raw dishes there and even a raw desert (what the heck!).

Tomorrow will mark the end of this detox but not the end of these great habits. They really do crowd out the bad ones; especially when you just let go and don’t resist. I learned this 2 years ago when I practiced this program on and off for a total of 45 days. If you’re desperately looking to change your ways; this plan will do the trick! You can find more details on eating raw in my Day 2 post.

Today’s details:

Tongue Scrape (Brush Teeth)

Fasted Stretching and Meditation (30 minutes)

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Psyllium Husks w/ 8 oz Water

8 oz Warm Lemon Water

12 oz Gold Juice (Carrot, Fennel, Grapefruit, Apple, Celery, Lemon and Turmeric)

12 oz Water

12 oz Orange Juice (Cold Pressed, 1915 Boathouse Farms; Orange, Carrot, Pineapple, Apple, Lime)

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20 oz Water

32 oz Green Smoothie (Coconut Water, Banana, Orange, Dates, Hemp Seed, Hemp Powder, Chia Seed)

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8 oz Water

8 oz Herbal Tea: Sage

1/2 Cup Mixed Raw Nuts/Seeds (Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts, Pepitas)

8 oz Water

G-ZEN Raw Meal (Immunity Elixir Shot, Raw Tacos, Raw Kelp Noodle Bowl w/ Walnut Meatballs, Tomato Basil Cream Sauce and Cashew Parm)

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12 oz Water

8 oz Herbal Tea: Peppermint

12 oz Water

1 slice Raw Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Cheesecake (yup…vegan)

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8 oz Herbal Tea (Sleep tea: Passion Flower, Chamomile, Linden Flower, Catnip, Hop Strobile, Spearmint, Lemon Verbena, Lemon Peel, Lemon Grass).

Beeting the Odds: 9 Day Body & Mind rEvolution (Day 5)

Day 5: Juice, Colonic, Kombucha

I’m offering a golden nugget here; to anyone in a health rut, tired of their own excuses and ready to make a change. No gimmicks, no cost, nothing to subscribe to…just simply follow each of my 9 daily posts in the Articles section of my blog, read the information and you’re on the way to body & mind freedom. Sharing is caring! 😉

Over 2 years ago, as a fairly stagnant and obese holistic health skeptic, I finally broke free from my conditioned mind, did some research and used the very same principles within this 9 day detox program to shed 70 pounds, overhaul my habits and stay healthy. Granted, I didn’t do it in 9 days…I did it in 45 days (20/10/10/5 over a 6 month period); which would be like doing this program 5 times. That leaves you with the other 320 days of the year to just eat, look and feel amazing!

Colonics

So, today begins the 3rd day of the juice fasting portion of the program and at this point, we should be really working a lot of the nastiness from our body (I know I am). Good work…KEEP IT UP! Moving forward, we’re going to do a bit more heavy lifting, so to speak; and I promise, once you get over this halfway hump you should be feeling fantastic (if you aren’t already). That said, I strategically placed a Colon Hydro-Therapy session (Colonic) just about at the mid-point through the program. A colonic will truly get things “moving” while the timing allows you to continue the juicing work afterward in case you need to do another colonic at the end of the detox. I know when I got my first colonic back in 2014, I needed 2 full sessions; so be aware you may be in the same boat (possibly even requiring 3 or more depending on your lifestyle).

When I first began fasting on juice, I went through many withdrawal symptoms; headaches, stomach upset, sniffles, chills, etc…but it wasn’t until day 4 that I actually started feeling good. I was like, WOW, this juicing stuff really does work! Then on the 5th day, I went for my first colonic…and afterward, I felt 10x BETTER than that! Like, way better than I had felt in many, many years. Although, I didn’t quite look it yet…I felt young again; as I drove out of the parking lot I felt like I had left 20 years back there. This is when I realized that colon hydro-therapy was not mumbo-jumbo.

Not only is Colon Hydro-Therapy a legitimate procedure but, in my experience, a mandatory one. Between the 2 sessions I had during that first juice fast, I lost 10 pounds in weight! And not to get too graphic here…but I watched it all come out of me. The experience not only clears your body; but your mind as well. Once I saw how these therapies were all connected and working in harmony with each other, I kept on juicing and soon converted to a 100% plant based diet. All of my existing health issues were completely reversed. I owe much of this to my colon hydro-therapist, Patti Hartman, who has been a wealth of knowledge to me for the last 2 years. I’ve never received similar care, attention, treatment or information from my conventional doctor (or any other specialist I’ve seen for that matter). That said, to learn more about Colonics, go to Patti’s page.

Kombucha

One of the great treats you’re allowed to have during a juice fast is Kombucha. It is a plant-based, raw, fermented drink that is pro-biotic. I recommend drinking Kombucha (8 oz servings) after you receive your colonic(s) and each day onward. The reason being is that some of our gut’s good bacteria gets lost during a colonic (bowel movements as well). Kombucha is a great way to get the colony up and thriving again before you start eating again. There are many good brands out there, but the best ones I’ve had are by G.T.’s Synergy, Kevita and Aqua Vitea.

Heres how my day went:

Tongue Scrape (Brush Teeth)

Psyllium Husks (w/ 8 oz Water)

8 oz Warm Lemon Water

12 oz Golden Juice (Carrot, Bell Peppers, Mandarin Orange, Celery, Zucchini, TurmericIMG_3187

8 oz Water

Dry Brush Body & Rinse w/ Cool water

Soak in hot Coconut Oil bath for 30 minutes

Colon Hydro-Therapy Session (1 hour w/ Patti Hartman, I-ACT Certified Colon Hydrotherapist, NBCHT Certified)

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12 oz Water

1 oz Wheatgrass Shot

16 oz Green Juice (Kale, Apple, Lemon, Celery and Ginger)

12 oz Water

8 oz Kombucha (Synergy Multi-Green)

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8 oz Herbal Tea (Spring Dragon Gynostemma w/ Coconut Oil)

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12 oz Water

12 oz Golden Juice (Carrot, Bell Peppers, Mandarin Orange, Celery, Zucchini, Turmeric

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12 oz Water

8 0z Herbal Tea (Blueberry Hibiscus)

16 oz Purple Juice Lacinto Kale, Pear, Fennel, Blackberry, Beet, Lemon and Ginger

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12 oz Water

8 oz Herbal Tea: (Sleep tea: Passion Flower, Chamomile, Linden Flower, Catnip, Hop Strobile, Spearmint, Lemon Verbena, Lemon Peel, Lemon Grass).

 

 

 

Beeting the Odds: 9 Day Body & Mind rEvolution (Day 4)

Day 4: Juice, Dry Brush, Oil Soak

If you’ve been following my posts day by day, you already know what the purpose of juice fasting is. If not, check out my previous post here. But as we get further into the juice fasted aspect of this detox program, we will now add in other key factors that will assist in cleansing and purging the body of toxins. A few of the things I’d like to focus on in this post include sleep, dry brushing, oil soaking and tongue scraping. As the digestive system begins to slow down and get a much needed break; your body begins to rid itself of damaged cells and generate new ones. How amazing is that? That said, you want your body to be in a supportive state which allows these toxins to leave the body as easily as possible.

Sleep

Getting a good amount of sleep is crucial during a detoxification program. And it’s more about the quality than it is the quantity. Being free from stress, as much as possible, throughout the day will help us quiet our mind while enabling us to become deeply relaxed in the evening. The body performs many vital functions during the 3rd, 4th and REM levels of sleep such as tissue repair/regrowth, restoration of energy and hormone release for muscle growth/development. Sleep during a juice fast brings even greater benefits due to the energy which was previously unavailable to us. Since the digestive system normally uses a massive amount of energy to break down large meals, a fasting state will reserve and use that energy for other functions in the body; such as regenerating cells. So, as long as you’re getting a deep, restful sleep each night; you should feel pretty amazing when you wake up the next morning.

Tongue Scraping

One thing that can become overlooked during a detox (and everyday in general) is the collection of bacteria on our tongue. If one has good dental hygiene, they at least are brushing their tongue at some point. The cleanliness of the tongue has much to do with bad breath but what you probably don’t realize is that while we continue to swallow saliva and food throughout the day, this tongue bacteria is ingested again. Yuck. That said, on a detox, our goal is to get toxins out of our body…not put them in. Scraping the tongue before bed and when we wake up in the morning will keep these nasties out of our mouth and body. You can get a special tongue scraper, brush or just use the edge of a spoon. Scrape gently from the back to the front, rinsing the tool each time. Once finished, rinse out your mouth making sure not to swallow, then brush your teeth as normal. Once you start doing this on a normal basis, you’ll notice that your taste sensitivities will return.

Dry Brushing

One of things I like to do during a juice fast is dry brush my skin. Since our skin is a giant organ, it also rids itself of old cells while regenerating new ones; this process leaves a dead layer of skin which keeps our skin from “breathing”. The skin contains billions of pores and that is where many toxins can enter and exit. This is why dry brushing is important. It’s a good practice, especially while on a juice fast to dry brush your skin before showering. This helps get rid of dead skin and open up the pores. You can buy a natural brush which is made for this. Just stand naked in your shower (before turning the water on) and brush gently from head to toe, being extra careful on sensitive areas. Now rinse off with a warm shower. If you’re daring, you can even alternate your rinsing with cold water as well…this helps open the pores even more.

Oil Soak

One of my favorite things to do on a detox is soak in the bath. It calms, relaxes and allows one to be present without distraction. And if done right, a good bath soak can help draw out toxins and hydrate the skin all at once. My perfect detox bath mix is Baking Soda (which helps clean the water), Epsom Salts (which helps draw out toxins), Coconut Oil (for skin hydration), Vitamin E Oil (to repair/replenish skin) and Tea Tree Oil (anti-bacterial). You can also use a variety of other essential oils which are beneficial to the skin such as Lavender, Sandalwood, Patchouli, etc. Just make sure you use 100% natural oils! My ratio is: Tub filled high with hot water, 1 Cup Baking Soda, 2 Cups Epsom Salts, 2 Tbsp Unrefined Coconut Oil, 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil and 1/4 tsp Vitamin E Oil. Stir into hot bath. Soak for 20-30 minutes. Massage the oily goodness all over yourself. Enjoy!

My 4th Day (Tuesday April 5th)

This morning I awoke feeling rejuvenated. I experienced a deep, restful sleep and I felt, light, alert and empty. Empty? Well, not in like a “hangry” type way but like there was nothing weighing me down inside. It was an emptiness that feels good. If this had been the same juice fasting day 2 years ago, it was more like “hangry”. But that was then and this is now. Since my entire lifestyle has been turned upside down over the last 2 years, I’ve become quite comfortable on a lack of solid food. As long as I’m hydrated and my body is getting nourished, there is no need for me to have that FULL feeling in my stomach. Thats all just mind game B.S.! That said, this morning…I didn’t leap out of bed in a frenzy and run to the kitchen to gorge on some waffles. Nor did I feel the need to go immediately make my juice. Instead, I took the time to take care of myself by all the ways mentioned above. When your mind and body are in sync, it’s a totally different world.

Here are the highlights of the day:

Tongue Scrape (Rinse, Brush teeth)

Psyllium Husks (w/ 8 oz Water)

8 oz Warm Lemon Water

Dry Brush Body & Rinse w/ Cool water

Soak in hot Coconut Oil bath for 30 minutes

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12 oz Red Juice (Spinach, Basil, Beet, Mango, Celery, Carrot, Strawberry and Grapefruit)

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8 oz Water

8 oz Herbal Tea: Spring Dragon Gynostemma w/ 1 tsp Unrefined Coconut Oil

8 oz Water

12 oz Green Juice (Romaine, Curly Kale, Lacinto Kale, Parsley, Broccoli, Pear, Cucumber, Zucchini, Lemon, Ginger)

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8 oz Water

16 oz Coconut Water

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16 oz Water

24 oz Red Juice (Spinach, Basil, Beet, Mango, Celery, Carrot, Strawberry and Grapefruit)

8 oz Water

8 oz Herbal Tea: Peppermint

12 oz Green Juice (Romaine, Curly Kale, Lacinto Kale, Parsley, Broccoli, Pear, Cucumber, Zucchini, Lemon, Ginger)

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8 oz Herbal Tea: (Sleep tea: Passion Flower, Chamomile, Linden Flower, Catnip, Hop Strobile, Spearmint, Lemon Verbena, Lemon Peel, Lemon Grass).

Beeting the Odds: 9 Day Body & Mind rEvolution (Day 3)

Day 3: Juicing

The Purpose

Fasting has been used throughout history for medical, health, religious and political applications. Our purpose of it will be for both physical and mental health. As understood by many, a fast is when someone restricts food, water or both. But with a juice fast, we will truly not be restricting either; we will actually be hydrating the body with an amazing amount of nutrition through the extraction of water-rich whole vegetables and fruit. This, in comparison to the lack of nourishment most people receive on their bloated daily diets, is a cleaner, more efficient dietary decision than what juicing naysayers would ever care to admit. Where we used to understand nourishment by measuring how full we felt; we will, instead, now measure by how great we look/feel. This newfound state of “emptiness” is not a reminder of what we think we need but an affirmation of all which we do not. Less is more. By refusing what poisons us and favoring that which allows us to thrive, we are on the cusp of mental and physical freedom.

When faced with any kind of “withdrawal”, we can become extremely emotional; it can be both good and bad. On one hand, we become angry or depressed from the absence of what we desire; but on the other, our higher self realizes it was harmful to begin with, hence, transforming that desire into whatever it’s being replaced with. The more tenacious we are, the sooner we will be able to replace a Beer with a Kombucha, a Donut with a Salad; or a cup of Coffee with a Health Tonic, etc. And as we emerge from the withdrawal symptoms and begin to experience vibrance and energy; we’ve already done the difficult work to remove the previous conditioning and replace it with a whole new set of ideals. This is called “change”. Since every physical action is a response to what our brain is communicating, a juice fast can help break the unconscious cycle and impart us with better habits moving forward.

The Method

There are many ways to do a juice fast. There are plans, recipes, tips etc. I like to keep my juice fasts fairly simple. I usually mix it up with a green, red and gold recipe and drink them throughout the fast. Five 12 oz juices per day is a good start; beginning the morning with Psyllium Husks Powder (in 8 oz Water) and an 8oz Warm Lemon Water. Space your juices out between 2 1/2 to 3 hours with plenty of water and herbal teas in-between. Check out some more of my tips here and here.

Other important considerations will be to reduce as much stress from your life as possible during this time period. The more stressed you are, the more likely you will lose focus, cheat or give up altogether. Take advantage of the time to not only detox your body but to detox your mind as well. Relax with Organic Herbal Teas, get massaged, do stretching or light Yoga, meditate; remove yourself from outside noise such as gossip, media, socializing, etc. Use this time to truly be with yourself and you WILL find answers. Being present, especially during potentially uncomfortable situations, will keep you focused on transformation; not falling into the same old habits.

My 3rd Day (Monday, April 4th)

Today began my juice only portion of the detox which will last for 5 full days. I woke up this morning and began my usual routine and created 2 really great juices for the day (about 60 oz). Here are the highlights:

Psyllium Husks w/ 8 oz Water

8 oz Warm Lemon Water

12 oz Green Juice (Chard, Romaine, Lacinto Kale, Parsley, Cucumber, Celery, Apple, Lemon, Ginger)

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8 oz Water

8 oz Herbal Tea (Turmeric Ginger)

8 oz Water

12 oz Golden Juice (Golden Beet, Carrot, Mandarin Orange, Basil, Pineapple, Ginger, Turmeric)

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16 oz Coconut Water

8 oz Water

12 oz Green Juice (Chard, Romaine, Lacinto Kale, Parsley, Cucumber, Celery, Apple, Lemon, Ginger)

8 oz Herbal Tea: Detox Lemon

8 oz Water

12 oz Green Juice (Chard, Romaine, Lacinto Kale, Parsley, Cucumber, Celery, Apple, Lemon, Ginger)

8 oz Water

12 oz Golden Juice (Golden Beet, Carrot, Mandarin Orange, Basil, Pineapple, Ginger, Turmeric)

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8 oz Herbal Tea: (Sleep tea: Passion Flower, Chamomile, Linden Flower, Catnip, Hop Strobile, Spearmint, Lemon Verbena, Lemon Peel, Lemon Grass).

 

Beeting the Odds: 9 Day Body & Mind rEvolution (Day 2)

Day 2: Raw

The Purpose

After transitioning from our usual lifestyle habits, it’s time to now begin nourishing our body with whole food plants. Taking the bad out, putting the good in. Also, this day of eating entirely raw will help further prepare and adapt our body to accept the days to come of consuming only extracted juices, water and herbal teas. Truly, it is another “transition day”; it simply focuses on our further evolution from eating animal products, cooked foods, grains, refined sugars,etc and replacing them with only fresh fruits, vegetables and raw nuts & seeds. If you are already a whole foods vegan and eat a high raw diet to begin with, none of this should be really shocking to your body at all. For those subscribing to the Standard American Diet (aka – S.A.D.), these transition days may be jarring for you while the body adjusts to the flood of plant nutrients and the lack of processed food. This is precisely why this process is called a “detox”.

The Method

Eating raw is as easy as you want it to be. Since you do not have to cook (or season) anything, you’re free to simply eat bowls of fresh fruit, giant veggie salads, blended smoothies and juices all day. The only stipulation is that the foods remain in their whole state with no added sugars, processed or non-raw plant ingredients. Organic herbal seasonings are completely acceptable; as is Himalayan Pink Salt (as it is a raw, untouched salt which is packed with trace minerals/nutrients). If you are detoxing from a high sodium diet, then I would omit salt altogether. Raw Vinegars and certain oils are acceptable as well, such as Raw Cold-Pressed Hemp Oil or Raw Coconut Oil. If you are unsure if something is plant-based and raw, do the research! In any case, you can make some pretty unique raw meals if you’re creative and willing to put in some extra time.

For me, half of my raw eating day could be filled with smoothies and juices. This is also great because it’s less taxing on the digestive system and getting the body used to consuming less solids. It will be less of a shock to your body when you begin only drinking liquid each day. Keeping a constant regimen of water and herbal tea intake between meals will further hydrate, nourish and help satiate appetite; this is a key factor on EVERY day of the detox. Hydration is the king factor in a proper detox regimen. It helps clean your g.i. tract and prepares digestion to absorb nutrients much more efficiently. You may need to urinate often but your body will thank you by easing your detox symptoms. Dehydration will only accentuate head/body aches and hunger.

My 2nd Day (Sunday, April 3rd)

I went full steam ahead with green juice and smoothies in the morning; then I got creative in the afternoon for a very satisfying raw meal; then went back to smoothies and ended the day with a giant salad. Here was how it all went:

Psyllium Husks w/ 8 oz Water

8 oz Warm Lemon Water

12 oz Green Juice (Kale, Collard, Cucumber, Celery, Lemon, Ginger)

8 oz Water

Raw Sunshine Smoothie (Coconut Water, Banana, Mango, Pumpkin Puree, Dates, Hemp Seed and Chia Seed)

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8 oz Water

Raw Tacos/Burritos (Chard wrap w/ Raw Mushroom Walnut “Meat”, Cashew Sour Cream, Pico De Gallo, Peppers and Cauliflower “Rice”IMG_3066

8 oz Water

8 oz Herbal Tea: Ginger Root

20 oz Reishi Cacao Almond Butter Smoothie

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8 oz Water

12 oz Bolthouse Farms 1915 Cold-Pressed Blended Juice (Coconut Water, Pineapple, Mango, Avocado, Lemon)

 

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8 oz Water

Chopped Romaine Salad w/ Creamy Raw Balsamic Hemp Avocado Dressing

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8 oz Water

8 oz Herbal Tea (Sleep tea: Passion Flower, Chamomile, Linden Flower, Catnip, Hop Strobile, Spearmint, Lemon Verbena, Lemon Peel, Lemon Grass).