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 7)

Day 7: Juice, Stretch, Massage Therapy, Hydration

So here we are at day 7, the last day of the juice fasting portion of the detox. Feeling great? You know I am! Tomorrow we get to transition back into eating raw (solid) food and smoothies…so exciting! And then on Sunday, we will begin to transition back into cooked foods and ending our 9 day journey. But this doesn’t mean it’s over; moving forward you should still be eating very clean and mindfully. And hopefully this detox has altered your perspective enough that you will now crave more raw foods, smoothies and juices. Don’t be so quick to undo what you’ve worked so hard to do! Stay the course…keep it up…and your old habits will be left in the dust.

Morning Stretching

As you have already read from the previous post, you should be doing this stretch regimen once again, prior to your massage therapy appointment. This will help further loosen your muscles up and help make your massage therapy session more comfortable.

Massage Therapy

Today is all about “squeezing out” as much toxicity from our muscles and soft tissues as possible. Yesterday (and today), we stretched and loosened them up; today we’re going to have a massage therapist work on them. I recommend a 60-90 minute “deep tissue” session. Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. It is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don’t get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that you might feel some soreness after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deep tissue work during the session. If you’re still unsure, check out these benefits of a deep tissue massage.

Hydration

Throughout this entire detox, I’ve more than focused on the importance of hydrating with water and coconut water. Today, it is especially important as the deep tissue work will release toxins from the muscles, which can put us in a bit of a “dizzy-like” state afterward. That being said, drink extra water and coconut water than you normally would. It will help flush out and eliminate these toxins through the urine and keep the muscles and tissues hydrated. Also, consider drinking 2 oz of Aloe Vera juice as well; it’s hydrating, great for your internal organs and is great for muscle and joint health. Another great tool for post-massage.

Here are the details of my day:

Tongue Scrape (Brush Teeth)

Fasted Stretching and Meditation (30 minutes)

Psyllium Husks (w/ 8 oz Water)

8 oz Warm Lemon Water

12 oz Red Juice (Beet, Beet Greens, Romaine, Valencia Orange, Pineapple, Celery, Carrot, Ginger and Turmeric)

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32 oz Water

12 oz Green Juice (Lacinto Kale, Curly Kale, Cucumber, Celery, Broccoli, Lemon and Ginger). Also shown is the Gold Juice I had later.

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16 oz Coconut Water

12 oz Water

Deep Tissue Massage (1 hour session)

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20 oz Water

12 oz Green Juice (Cold Pressed, 1915 Boathouse Farms; Apple, Romaine, Cucumber, Spinach, Kale)

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22 oz Water

2 oz Aloe Vera Juice

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12 oz Water

8 oz Herbal Tea (Lemon Detox: Burdock Root, Stinging Nettle Leaf, Cleavers Herb, Dandelion Root, Lemon Myrtle Leaf)

12 oz Water

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

20 oz Water

12 oz Green Juice (Lacinto Kale, Curly Kale, Cucumber, Celery, Broccoli, Lemon and Ginger)

8 oz Herbal Tea (Sage)

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 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).

 

 

 

Too Much of a Good Thing?! (Why I’m Breaking My Juice Fast Early)

As some of you already know, in 2014 I managed to completely turn around my poor health and obesity by simply changing the manner in which I ate. I lost 70 pounds, reversed my high cholesterol and high blood pressure, increased my energy/stamina, gained mental clarity, improved my skin and general mood, adopted a 100% plant-based (mostly whole food) diet, all while killing the bad habits that got me to such an unhealthy point: caffeine, alcohol, hydrogenated oils, otc and prescription medications, refined sugars, highly processed food, white flour, junk food, dairy and eggs. Removing these things may seem rather extreme but to me, they were all essential steps in beginning to take control and care for my now “middle-aged” body.

I’ve made a variety of nutritional changes to my vegetarian diet during 2014 (including finally cutting out eggs and dairy entirely). But I’d say juicing was the number one thing that really sparked my transformation. By committing to drink ONLY extracted juice (no pulp) for a predetermined period of time, the body receives many benefits such as improved eating habits, disease reversal, detoxification, weight loss, stronger immune system, increased stamina/energy, better skin…the list goes on. First and foremost, juicing gives your over-taxed digestive system a long needed break. By digesting only nutrient rich liquid each day your kidneys, liver, respiratory and immune systems are all able to work together in harmony to absorb the good stuff and get rid of the bad. Most of these claims would be denied by a conventional doctor (we won’t get into that now); the most you’ll get out of them is “eat more fruits and vegetables…and then take these drugs too”…ha!! In any case, I can attest to the power of juicing because it changed my life exactly in the manner it claimed. Through 4 juice fasts of varying lengths (20 day, 10 day, 10 day and 5 day) over a period of about 6 months, my body basically went back to what it was when I was a teenager, aside from the stretchy skin it left behind. Lean, strong, energetic…very much so the closest thing to a miracle I have ever witnessed in my lifetime (well…seeing my son and daughter born is up there too).

Fast forward to 2015, juicing and blending are an integral piece of my everyday lifestyle. I’m still super healthy…kept off all of the weight. I’ve been feeling so good, in fact, that I wanted to celebrate the anniversary of my first juice reboot by doing another 10 day one; as sort of a “reaffirmation” of my continual commitment to eating well. But two weeks before I began this fast, I started experiencing some stomach cramping when I drank certain mixtures in a smoothie or a juice. I kind of brushed it off in hopes that it was just a fluke thing but it continued each time I’d have one. Could it be too much sugar? Could it be too much fiber? Could it be too many probiotics? Could I have built up some intolerance to a mixture of certain fruits, vegetables or seeds? Could it be entirely something else? I didn’t know. So, I did what I do best…I began researching and found a vast sea of information on what could be happening to me; but still, no definitive answer. All I knew was that I was still going to do my juice fast one way or another; I was hoping that going on the fast would reset my body’s nutrition levels and completely do away with the problem on it’s own. Not so. In fact, too much juicing could be part of the problem itself.

Only 3 days into my juice fast and still experiencing the random stomach pain, my wife encouraged me to consult a doctor. I agreed to call a local Naturopath doctor (N.D.) who works in the same practice as my Hydro-Colon Therapist. After confusing the doctor with my drawn out, unfocused ramblings over the phone, she agreed to take me on as a patient and I got a lucky appointment for the following day. After showing up there with my whole sorted, complex story of how I eat and why, the doctor became comfortable “collaborating” with me, as opposed to talking at me (as she began doing when we first sat down). I think after seeing all of the research I had done as well as my general knowledge on my own nutrition, she realized that I really had my health in order; I wasn’t just some dude jumping on the bandwagon of some new fad diet. That said, she agreed with a few of my “self-diagnosed” theories which included sensitivities to too much natural Fructose (in the high sugar fruits and veg) OR too much fiber (from naturally occurring Inulin, Chia, Flax, Psyllium Husk + all the other plant sources I get everyday) OR too many probiotics (in my Protein Powder, PB8 supplement, Kombucha, Miso, Coconut Yogurts, etc). The repetitive theme here is the “EXCESSIVE” part. Some people like to target vegans and say ignorant shit like “YOU AREN’T GETTING ENOUGH of XXXXX”….well, for the record…it’s not a problem of deficiency: I’m getting TOO MUCH of XXXXX! Now, the doctor and I just have to work together to figure out what “XXXXX” is. Her further thinking began pointing toward the fact that since I drink juice and smoothies so often, these nutrients are being delivered in a “concentrated” form. Can this be the key? Is it that I’m putting too many ingredients in them OR I’m drinking them too often OR a combination of both? Either way, we have a plan of attack which started with me ending my juice fast early and transitioning back onto my normal vegan diet. I need to scale back and eat even more simply, paying closer attention to which nutrients I’m getting from where. As each day passes, I need to slowly throw in a juice or smoothie and begin adding supplements one at a time to see if we can pinpoint an offender.

Overall, the doctor was not surprised to hear that I hadn’t seen another physician since May 2013 (my last visit to a conventional M.D.)…she said although I’m super healthy, look and feel great, I may be going a little on the extreme side with my daily juicing and smoothie habits. And as I critically ponder that, I can’t say that I disagree. I had a feeling for a while that both a juice and a smoothie each day may be a bit much…especially with the amount of ingredients I’ve been putting in them. I mean, doing the fasts last year was a NEEDED regimen to snap me out of my bad eating habits. It was extreme because it needed to be in order to get me on a good track…but now that I am on that track, I have to simply find the right balance of juicing, blending and eating. I see this not as a setback but more of a fine-tuning of what I’ve already been doing.

The takeaway: Is being too healthy a bad thing? No. But it can be without proper BALANCE. We all see health as such a fantastic thing; but that can blind us to the fact that too much of a good thing can cause problems as well.

Keep it up!

-Chris