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!

Berry Berry SubLIME Smoothie

Whether you’re stretching, shredding or striding through your best life, make sure to recover your best too! Vega Sport Performance Protein helps make this task a breeze with a powerful serving of complete protein, BCAAs, glutamine and probiotics. Blend it with a handful of thoughtful ingredients and you have yourself a tart, sweet smoothie that will get you back on your feet in no time!

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One of my all time favorite smoothie blends has Coconut Milk Yogurt, fresh berries and Lime. Theres just something about that combo that my tastebuds really love. The “yogurt” creates a beautiful, creamy texture while supplying your gut with some healthy live, active cultures. Of course, Limes throw in a bit of contrast with their zingy flavor…plus their great for your skin and digestion. And don’t even get me started on fresh berries. They are the world’s most perfect food; packed with an insane amount of nutrients, carotenoids and flavonoids. What does that mean?! It means their an antioxidant powerhouse and a nightmare for free radicals which damage your cells.

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Ingredients
1 scoop Vanilla or Berry Vega Sport Performance Protein
1/2 cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk
1 5.3 oz container So Delicious Blueberry “Yogurt” Alternative
2 cups Baby Spinach
1 frozen Banana
1 cup frozen Mixed Berries
1 lime (juice and zest only)
Shredded Coconut (to garnish)

Preparation
1. Blend the Coconutmilk, “Yogurt” Alternative and Spinach until greens are fully broken down.
2. Add all other ingredients and blend again until smooth.
3. Pour into a glass, garnish with shredded Coconut 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 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 6)

Day 6: Juicing, Stretching, Meditation

We’re now coming closer to the finish line of the 5 day juice fast portion of the detox. This Saturday, we’ll be back on raw food! Although I’m very comfortable where I’m at right now on juice, I’m getting excited just thinking about a salad with a nice creamy Avocado dressing…yum. Ok, well not yet! We’ve still got work to do. Today was all about stretching out the body and reaffirming my intentions to detoxify. Working out the kinks, getting the muscles stimulated just enough to help prepare for the intense massage work tomorrow.

Stretching

I don’t get too fancy with my stretching routine; I like to keep it simple. When I do my athletic stretching…thats another story entirely. For the purposes of our detox though, I only employ a small handful of my favorite basic yoga stretches. I focus on Downward Facing Dog,  Cobra Pose, Bow Pose, Hare Pose, Laying Rotation Pose and Vajrasana w/ Mountain Pose. If you’re unsure of the postures, check out Yoga.com. In your preferred sequence, perform each of these stretches by gently extending through your entire core. Deeply relax into each of these exercises; allow your weight to “fall through” the floor. Retain each pose for as long as you feel comfortable while focusing on your breath and clearing your mind of all distractions. Let go.

Meditation

If you are unfamiliar with meditation, there are many great books and websites on the subject. As defined; “Meditation is a practice where an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content, or as an end in itself”. The typical idea that comes to most people’s minds is the image of a religious monk sitting cross-legged, humming a mantra while holding prayer beads. This is all perfectly legitimate and while I do give many “nods” to Buddhism; to meditate one does not require religious belief, special postures, beads, special pillows, incense or chanting of any kind. There is no need to associate the idea of clearing one’s mind through meditation with spirits, religion, magic or mysticism. It’s actually just a body hack. The brain is so clever and tied to it’s ego, we don’t realize that we live our lives in this non-existent place in our head where we ponder the past, visualize the future, discipline ourselves, try to control things that are out of our control, make judgements, make assumptions etc; all while ignoring our present reality.

The truth is, once you realize this fact, you can begin to practice meditation anywhere at anytime. Most of my own meditation is performed during stretching exercises, while on a run or bicycle ride…sometimes even while in the waiting room at an appointment. I shut off my mind as much as possible when it’s not needed for solving, calculating or creating. The idea is to silence the chatter within by focusing on the inhalation and exhalation of your breath. This brings your mind immediately back to “now”. All that you are truly experiencing right now is you breathing…nothing else.

I’d say that this entire detox program is a constant form of meditation. Because it forces one to be present; to be with whatever is currently being felt; withdrawal symptoms, hunger, discomfort etc. To bring your brain elsewhere would be a mistake and would soon end your detox early because all you’d be thinking about is how you’d feel better if you just ate some food, had some coffee, smoked a cigarette, etc. Discomfort is not always a bad thing; especially when something wonderful comes out of it.

You can meditate with or without visualization (just don’t visualize while you’re riding a bike or running!). The easiest way I’ve found to truly exist within “nothing” is to visualize my body in any busy setting; where there are buildings, people, cars, etc. Then I just begin mentally removing things from that landscape until only myself is left floating in nothingness. As I continue to focus on my breathing, I visualize my own body decaying into nothingness. Gross, right? But without a brain, you can’t think anymore. Congratulations…you are nothing.

Another great way to bring meditation into your life is to simply become your own witness as much as possible throughout your day. Each time you catch your mind over-thinking, rambling on or daydreaming…you are ceasing it. This exercise is the first step toward mental freedom. The better you become at witnessing your thought patterns, the sooner you can destroy them and the smoother meditation will come. Keep it up!

Here are today’s highlights:

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 Green Juice (Romaine, Lacinto Kale, Curly Kale, Basil, Parsley, Kiwi, Apple, Cucumber, Celery, Lemon and Ginger)

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1 Tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar

IMG_33258 oz Kombucha (Synergy Multi-Green)

16 oz Water

12 oz Green Juice (Romaine, Lacinto Kale, Curly Kale, Basil, Parsley, Kiwi, Apple, Cucumber, Celery, Lemon and Ginger)

16 oz Coconut Water

12 oz Water

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

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8 oz Herbal Tea (Blueberry Hibiscus)

12 oz Water

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

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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 5)

Day 5: Juice, Colonic, Kombucha

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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).