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Although truly transforming your cravings needs to be about more than just a quick fix, I thought sharing a couple of helpful tools and hints could at least take the edge of and allow for a more relaxed introspection into the true nature of your cravings.

What is a craving?
“An intense, urgent, or abnormal desire or longing “
Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/craving
Cravings = critical pieces of information that tell you what your body needs.

It does not matter what you crave, the important thing is to understand why you crave what you crave.
Key: Look at the foods, deficits, behaviors in your life that are the underlying cause of your cravings.
When you do have a craving, pause and ask, “what is really going on here?”

It is important to really begin to listen to your body, not just try to shut it up. It is trying to tell you something, so patience and attention are required.

Often times, though, when a craving strikes, we may be in a weak and vulnerable state and just not centered enough to address the core of the issue. This is where the “tool kit” comes in. These are some personal tools that I use when emotional stability has left the building:

Deep breathing – Close your eyes and take 10 slow, long and deep breaths right into the belly. This can be amazingly calming, centering and energizing. Often times this allows that urgency to subside, so that you may be able to act more consciously.

Essential oils – Essential oils are invaluable for addressing the “emotional body”. They enter directly through our olfactory system (the smelling system), which has been shown to correllate very directly and immediately to the emotional state. The effects can be immediate and the side effects are none. Young Living are some of the highest quality oils I have used and they have masterful blends that are wonderful at transforming negative or harmful emotional states.

Valor, Peace & Calming, Joy, Harmony, Live with Passion, Motivation, Inner Child or Release are just a few to start with. Rub a drop or two in your palms and inhale for an immediate effect.

Quick fix: Squash your cravings with a drop or two of Young Living peppermint oil. Place a drop or two on the back of your hand, then lick it off. Pure peppermint essential oil has been shown to depress appetite, especially when it is more of a psychological desire. (Note: It is only okay to ingest oils that have been approved for internal use such as Young Living. Do not try this with just any brand)

Flower Essences – These are a very personal journey, so I will not be making any specific recommendations. What I will say is that they can be so effective at balancing emotions in a very subtle and completely non-toxic way. It is best to consult with someone who uses flower essences or use the quick reference guides that usually accompany the display at your natural foods store. Because these are completely safe, experimenting a little to find the right formula for you poses no risk of toxicity or harm.

Blue green algae – Both spirulina and blue green algae (see E3 Live on my recommended products page) have been shown to balance blood sugar, provide the body with valuable trace minerals and suppress cravings. Their ability to uplift and energize could help you feel a little better when the emotional roller coaster hits.

(See my article on blue green algae on my examiner.com page)

Again, it is important to not see your cravings as the enemy, but secret information that may need a little decoding. Check in to see what may be missing in your diet or your life. With practice the mystery will unravel.


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Sugar Snap Peas – Nature’s Snappy Candy

Every year around this time, one of my favorite healthy whole food snacks begins to appear in the local farmer’s market – sugar snap peas.

If you have never eaten these little green jewels in an edible shell raw, you are in for a tasty surprise. They are sweet, yet low in sugar.

They’re refreshing, especially when stored in the fridge. They make the perfect dipper or can be eaten as is. And their crisp personality will satisfy the snacker in you.

The best news is they’re fast food! Just wash, drain and toss them in a to-go container. You can pull the tops off and “de-string” them as you eat.

These delicious members of the legume family pack some nutritional punch as well. They contain vitamin K for bone health and blood clotting, B-vitamins including folic acid, and plenty of vitamin C.

Look for ones whose pods are firm, velvety and smooth. Their color should be a lively medium green. Those whose green color is especially light or dark, or those that are yellow, whitish or are speckled with gray, should be avoided.

Enjoy them right on the spot or store in the refrigerator for tomorrow’s feast.

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fruits_vegetablesMany times when we start to incorporate more fresh produce into our diets, there is a learning curve regarding how much to buy and how to store it optimally. No body wants broccoli rotting in a back corner after 5 days!

So, here are some quick and easy tips to maximize freshness and your dollars – less waste.

1) Buy as much as possible from your local farmer’s market where it has been picked that day. The majority of produce from local grocery stores is weeks old when you finally buy it.

2) To extend the life of your produce, store it in Green Bags (Ever Fresh  at http://www.evertfresh.com/ or Debbie Meyer at https://www.greenbags.com/?cid=587724 or www.hsn.com) or use the new E.G.G. (Ethylene Gas Guardian, found at http://www.4theegg.com/).

3) Store as much as possible in your “crisper”.

4) Try wrapping the ends of greens with wet clothes or organic paper towels. This seems to help them last longer and keeps them from wilting.

5) To save time and plastic, take your green bags to the market with you. Then everything is ready to be stored upon arrival.

6)Mushrooms, jicama and Jerusalem artichokes (sunchokes) should be store in paper bags to prevent them from molding.

7) Tomatoes should be kept at room temperature.

8) Potatoes and onions should be stored in a cool, dark, dry environment. Not in the refrigerator.

9) Avocados should stay at room temperature until they ripen, then refrigerate.

10) Items like apples and oranges can be left out in a basket, but will last longer in the fridge.

11) Berries will do best refriderated in a container that allows some airflow.

12) Asparagus will stay freshest if you put the ends in water and cover them with a bag. Use as soon as possible.

13) Fresh herbs should be used within a few days. To store them longer, try processing in the food processor with a little olive oil. Divide into ice trays, freeze, then store the single portion doses in the freezer in baggies or glass containers.

Now, happy produce shopping!

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With just a week to go until we reach the spring equinox, the air seems to be filled with a sort of pent up anticipation for what the sights, scents and longer days of spring will deliver. You may notice that awkward phase of lingering winter stagnation mixed with boyant spring lightness. You may be feeling ready to shed some layers, be they physical, emotional or mental. As always, I invite you to set big goals, but remember to take small steps in working towards health, balance and feeling your best.

I am currently on the east coast visiting family and spending considerable time with my stepfather who has just had a stroke. He is certainly recovering with aggressive therapy, but the road will be long and full of hard work. He will get there by taking one step at a time. For me this has been teaching (or reminding) me of both the preciousness of self-care to maintain personal health, and the importance of taking one step at a time even when goals may seem too large to be real.  It is so important to see that grand vision, but stay present with today’s action steps.

I am, of course, a huge believer in prevention. In feeding our bodies fresh, delicious foods appropriate for each individual; moving our bodies as they were intended to move; and just generally being proactive in creating a life that feeds and nourishes in every aspect. We are not here to be lived by life, but to live our lives to the fullest. This includes diving to the darkest depths and rising to the highest highs, and then beginning to find our middle ground where the pendulum begins to swing less extremely.

Spring has traditionally signaled a natural urge to cleanse or purge. Perhaps we clean house, clean our bodies, or feel compelled to make a fresh start in other ways. With the Devana Spring Cleanse Workshop coming up in just a few weeks, I thought it could be nice to offer some small steps to begin moving in the direction of the larger goal. Below are some ideas to begin to infuse a little detox into each day without being too overwhelming. I hope you can all join us for this year’s cleanse whether you come in person or participate online.

Daily Detox
1.    Choose organic. Choosing organic as much as possible is a sure fire way to minimize exposure to the many toxic chemicals that can be used in conventional farming. The higher nutrient content that is in organic produce also assists the body more effectively in its daily detoxification processes. Now sometimes organic just is not available, which means simply staying informed and getting a little savvy. Perhaps you can buy locally grown without pesticides. Or if you do buy conventional, be sure to stay away from these 12 most pesticide laden vegetables and fruits: peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, lettuce, imported grapes, pears, spinach and potatoes.
2.    Get your greens! Dark leafy greens are loaded with cleansing antioxidants and toxic cleaning chlorophyll. Cruciferous vegetables stimulate the production of the detox enzyme glutathione-s-tansferases (GST), which binds to heavy metals, solvents, and pesticides, and eliminates them through stool. If getting these in daily still proves a challenge, try incorporating a green food supplement like Greens First (http://GreensFirst.com/4550). Although not a replacement for the real deal, it is loaded with beneficial antioxidants, vitamins and minerals making it a wonderful “food-based supplement” that can benefit even those eating their greens.
3.    Pre-digest” your food. Our bodies work hard to break down the foods that we introduce into our systems day in and day out. When we blend or juice our food, these processes help break down the nutrients to make them more available. The result is more energy for other things! Remember though, that you should still chew even this liquefied food so that your digestive system understands this is food, not drink. (For a great offer on a Vita-Mix 5200 see my recommended products page.)
4.    Nourish your liver. In Chinese medicine, the liver gets the focus in the springtime, meaning we need to give this hard-working organ extra attention and care at this time. There are certain food and herbs that can be used to gently and effectively cleanse and boost the liver. Foods and herbs to try include: Artichoke and artichoke leaf herb, dandelion root and leaf, green tea (as a beverage or supplement), milk thistle seed, and turmeric root.
5.    Cleansing morning beverage. A simple ritual to try is 6-8 oz. lemon water in the morning. You can have it warm or room temperature. With stevia or straight. Lemon water in the morning gently stimulates digestion and elimination and helps alkalize the body. Be sure to rinse or brush your teeth after, because it can be a little acidic on tooth enamel.

These are just a sampling of easy and proactive ways to support you body in what it wants and needs to do. Remember to set your goals, get support, then step one foot in front of the other.

Blessings and Love!

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Most people find that they may suffer from the occasional “funk” or bad mood. For others this funk can root deeper and present itself as mild to severe depression. All of us feel sad or anxious at times, and truth is this is fairly normal as long as it is not a long-term condition. There are so many factors that contribute to our mood and outlook, but often just by seeking balance through nutrition, exercise, lifestyle, attitude, choosing social and media environments, and taking appropriate natural supplements even the more chronic conditions may be healed.
There was a time in my own life when I believed that I had a “problem” with depression. I was not happy with myself, had a very bleak outlook on life, cried a lot, and often felt like I just did not belong. . . anywhere. At the time, antidepressants where not being passed out like candy as they are now, so I managed to avoid going down that path. Instead, I began to make changes – small changes, over time. A few years passed and all of a sudden I realized I was no longer depressed! I still had my “off” days, but I was balanced and motivated. I focused on all the good things in life and could function at a social level. What this taught me was that our symptoms are a wake up call, not something to be covered with a Band Aid.
Scientists are now uncovering some of the root causes of depression and much of this is pointing to deficiencies that lead to cell atrophy in the brain. So, although a prescription may help the symptoms, it comes with side effects and does not address the root issue. Below are some simple, safe and effective dietary and lifestyle strategies to help boost your mood and let you feel your inner glow.

1.    Breakfast for the brain. What are you feeding yourself after your nighttime fast? This is a critical time for giving the body’s cells some real food. Processed white flour, sugar, coffee or nothing at all can lead to mood and brain crashes within a few hours. It is important to go for unprocessed or complex carbohydrates and some form of protein. These provide fuel for the brain and stabilize mood as well as provide the building blocks for feel good chemical messengers, like serotonin. Experiment with what works for you. For some, a large breakfast of an organic egg omelet (make sure you eat the yolk as it is what contains mood-boosting EFA’s) or hearty steel cut oats may fit the bill. For others a smoothie with a high quality protein powder works. Not the breakfast eating type? Try a scoop of green powder and a scoop of protein in water and shake. I like Dream Protein and Greens First http://GreensFirst.com/4550. They taste really good and contain very high quality ingredients that mix well in just water.
2.    Get some rays. By going outside and exposing ourselves to sunlight we not only promote the body’s production of the brain food vitamin D, but also lack of sunlight will not signal the production of the correct levels of melatonin in the body. Try taking a daily 20-minute walk in the morning or early afternoon to reset the body’s production of melatonin so it increases, as it should, in the evening.
3.    Eat fat. Regular consumption of the right kinds of fats is critical to mood health. This was clearly demonstrated in a study by Anita S. Wells, MD, of the University of Sheffield, England. Wells asked 20 healthy men and women to eat high- and low-fat diets for several weeks. People following the low-fat diet developed greater feelings of depression, dejection, and anger. In contrast, those eating high-fat diets had improvements in mood. Now this study did not make a distinction between types of fats, but there is extensive research in support of consuming omega 3’s in particular. One study found that people who eat fish or seafood (our best source of dietary omega 3’s) less than once a week are one-third more likely to experience mild to severe depression. Although I feel strongly about getting as much of your nutrition from food, with our seafood populations being threatened by over fishing and pollution, this is one instance where proper supplementation is critical. A marine source of omega 3’s will give you the most usable form, but it is becoming evident that fish and krill oil are not our best choices environmentally and therapeutically. Please click the link to learn about your best choice for omega 3 supplementation: http://www.naturalnews.com/moxxor_health_benefits.asp?ID=ana.  Other good food fats to include are avocados, cold-processed coconut oil, raw nuts and seeds and olives and their oil.
4.    Get your B’s. B vitamins, particularly folate and B12 play a key role in regulating mood. If you choose refined flour products over folate-rich fresh leafy green vegetables you are most likely deficient in this key nutrient. Be sure to have a significant portion of your vegetables raw or lightly cooked for the highest nutritent value. Other fresh vegetables and whole grains like brown rice and quinoa are also good sources of B vitamins. Because it has been found that adults lacking adequate B12 are 70% more likely to suffer from depression, it is vital that you incorporate organic eggs, spirulina, lean red meat, fermented dairy and fermented vegetables in the diet. You may need to supplement.
5.    Move your body regularly. Evidence shows that people who exercise on a regular basis tend to be less depressed and anxious. This seems to be because of the ability of exercise to regulate neurotransmitter function much like an antidepressant, but without the side effects. The key to reaping these benefits, say experts, is to do it regularly and often. So, get a buddy, put it on your calendar and find what form of exercise inspires you.
6.    Choose positivity. This can take some practice, but it is so very important. Surround yourself with other positive people whenever possible, turn off the news, read and recite positive affirmations and pencil in something joyful into every day. Be sure to see a positive mindset as a journey rather than some unattainable destination.
7.    Oils to the rescue. Good quality, therapeutic grade essential oils can be an invaluable tool because their effects can be immediate. High-grade essential oils (Young Living is the brand I know, love and use http://vibrant-health.younglivingworld.com) go directly to the limbic system of the brain. Because this is the most basic part of the brain, we do not need to think or process this information, just simply absorb it. Our sense of smell has a profound affect on our state of mind and emotions. Some of my favorite Young Living mood boosting oils include: Joy, Valor, Bergamot, Jasmine, Lemon, Frankincense, Passion and Hope. Use these in a cold-air diffuser, apply them to your feet, temples or wrists, add a few drops to massage oil or body lotion, the applications are endless!

Go ahead and give some of these suggestions a try and see if the corners of your mouth don’t begin to curl up.

Affirmation from Louise Hay:

“Today I begin a new habit of really loving and caring for myself.”

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It is officially autumn and change is in the air. This change is not in the light, dynamic way of spring, but in a rooting and grounding sense. This means it is the perfect time to harness the scattered energy of the summer season and to solidify or create supportive and nurturing habits and routines.

Finding Balance

Whereas summer is often about expansion, vacation, activity and outward focus, fall is the time to pull inwards a bit and contract. At this time everything in nature contracts and moves its essence inward and downward: leaves and fruit fall, seeds dry, the sap of trees goes into the roots, and grasses become lighter and drier. While summer is the height of our yearly lifecycle, autumn signals the dying off. It is natural at this time of year to feel a little less social and to have a desire for heavier and warmer meals. By staying mindful of this shift in season and how we may be affected, we can make appropriate choices that will nurture rather than sabotage our efforts towards a balanced and healthy way of life.
In this modern day life, the fall often signals a flurry of activity. Parents and children rush to keep up with the new school schedule, holiday plans begin, and business may pick up after summer vacations. This is indeed all part of the game, just be sure to have a plan about how you intend to feed, care for and generally support yourself.

For Best Results

Here are a few ideas to get you going in setting up a healthy foundation. Take just one idea at a time and commit fully for 2 weeks. In this way you really establish the habit and make that activity or exercise a routine. Then take on another in the same fashion. Remember, slow and steady is the way to a lifetime of healthy habits.

Healing With Sour Foods

The autumn is a time to organize and focus mentally (contract). To facilitate this process of contraction, add more sour foods. These include lemons, limes, grapefruit, raw sauerkraut, olives, pickles, salt plums (umeboshi), apple cider vinegar, yogurt and kefir, rose hip tea, and the sour varieties of apples, plums and grapes. A little bit goes a long way, so don’t get caught in the myth of “if a little is good, then more must be better”.
This is a great time of year to introduce a glass of morning lemon water. An excellent healing tonic all year round, ¼ to ½ of a fresh ripe lemon squeezed into warm or room temperature water assists with elimination and digestion, provides an enlivening burst of vitamin C, and helps alkalize the body.

Moistening Foods

The autumn is a time of dryness, so if you find yourself being prone to excessive thirst, or dryness of skin, nose, lips, or throat, you will want to be sure to include plenty of “moistening” foods. Such foods include spinach, barley, millet, pear, apple, persimmon, loquat, sea vegetables, black and white mushrooms, almonds, pine nuts, sesame seeds, raw dairy products (if tolerated), and eggs. Using a small amount of high quality salt in your food can also help, especially for more a vata (thin, active mind) constitution.

Autumn Cleansing

In Chinese medicine the autumn is the season related to the Metal Element and the lungs. This means it is especially vital to strengthen and protect the lung energy. The yang counterpart to the lungs is the colon, so releasing what is no longer needed in both of these organs is essential at this time of year. Often times our ability to let go physically directly corresponds to the ability to release on the emotional and psychic levels.
Autumn is a prime time to cleanse the colon and to practice mindful breathing. By gently cleansing the lungs and colon 1-2 times per year you can often stave off the usual colds and flu, as well as cancer. Pungent foods such as hot peppers and chilies are excellent at protecting the lungs. White pungents can be especially important to include, as this color specifically affects the lungs. These would include garlic, ginger, turnips, horseradish, cabbage, daikon, and common radish. By consuming these foods raw or slightly cooked, you will maximize their effect.
Dark green and golden-orange vegetables are very helpful in keeping the immune activity bolstered and protecting both the lungs and colon against cancer. The chlorophyll in the green foods is strongly supportive in inhibiting viruses and assisting the lungs in discharging toxic residues. Eat abundant amounts of broccoli, parsley, kale, turnip and mustard greens, watercress, wheat or barley grass, spirulina, blue green algae (see my blog post on E3 Live), and the herbs yerba santa leaf, mullein leaf and nettles. Include the golden-orange vegetables such as carrots, winter squash and pumpkin.
Fiber is a must at any time of year, but especially when the focus is on the colon. Include plenty of whole vegetables and fruits as well as high fiber seeds such as ground flax seed and soaked chia seed.

Enlist Support

It can be a great idea to meet with a qualified health care practitioner who can lead you through a cleanse. As an alternative you may look to purchase an “at home” kit. One word of caution: there are many to choose from and they are not all created equal. Please see my list of recommended wellness products https://devanawellness.wordpress.com/recommended-wellness-products/
Scroll down to the “Cleansing” section for the cleanse products I recommend.

Just Breathe

One of the best ways to cleanse and strengthen the lungs is through deep breathing. Whether you choose to create a formal practice in the morning or evening or just practice while driving or waiting in line at the store, this simple act has tremendous benefit. To learn more about how this type of breathing is done you can visit a yoga class, enlist an instructor for a private lesson or obtain a book on the subject, such as The Yoga of Breath by Richard Rosen (http://astore.amazon.com/devana-20/detail/1570628890/102-4765999-9640923 ).

To really amplify the effects and help bolster the immune system, I suggest trying some of Young Living’s special blends to support lung health. If you invest in one of their new ultrasonic diffusers, you can easily reap the benefits of the oils without the damaging heat of traditional diffusers. My favorite oils for the lungs and sinuses include Raven, R.C., Thieves, Melrose, Exodus II, ravensara, Eucalyptus radiata, and thyme. For more information visit: http://youngliving.us and use member #904207 to order.

Remember to take one step at a time and if this still feels overwhelming, please consider taking my virtual 10-Week Body Transformation Program. It’s a very affordable way to support your journey to a lifetime of feeling and looking amazing!

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The days are longer; the air is warmer and the ocean serene.
Ahhh, spring is here!
So, what does this mean for our health?
The spring signals a time when we may naturally want to lighten up and it is the ideal time for a cleanse or detoxification.
Some of you may have already baulked at the mere words “cleanse” and “detoxify”. Images of liquid diets, fasting and shear misery have begun to dance through your head.
Well, the good news is that to effectively cleanse the body, mind and spirit caution, guidance and nurturance go much further than starvation and agony.
My intention is to provide you with a foundation from which to spring into amazing health.

Cleansing can be one of the best ways to jumpstart your health, gain more energy, lose weight, balance hormones and eradicate cravings.
Detoxification is about resting, cleaning and nourishing the body from the inside out. By gently removing toxins, then feeding your body with healthy nutrients, detoxifying can help protect the body from disease and give it renewed vitality.

14 Simple Steps to Support Your Cleanse:

1. Keep it simple. Focus on fresh, simple preparations of salads, soups and steamed vegetables. Celebrate the bounty of spring growth!

2. Drink pure water throughout the day. At least half your body weight in ounces. (150 pounds = 75 ounces of water)

3. Drink lemon water first thing every morning to gently cleanse the liver, kidneys and colon and balance the pH of the body. For added “punch”, try adding 1-2 drops Young Living lemon essential oil.

4. Eat your greens! Have some raw leafy deep green vegetables daily. You may choose to have a big salad, “green juice”, and/or green food supplements that include spirulina, chlorella and blue green algae. Enjoy broccoli, kale, spinach, dandelion, romaine, arugula and fresh herbs like basil, cilantro and parsley.

5. Include protein to help support and detoxify the liver. Include eggs, chicken, turkey, and fish (low mercury) as well as wolfberries/goji berries, high quality whey or brown rice protein powders (see below) and green superfoods.

6. Eat a light and early dinner. Try to schedule dinner by 6:30pm and keep things lighter (lunch should be the larger meal). Eating too much too late will put stress on the liver as it goes into detox mode at night.

7. Be sure to eliminate regularly. When toxins remain in the colon, they can be sent back to liver for processing again or leak into the blood stream. Add extra fiber from foods and supplements (if needed), take a probiotic, hydrate with pure water and ingest adequate healthy oils. Try a colon cleanse for added support.

8. Find a way to sweat daily. Take a sauna or soak in a tub to assist the skin in releasing toxins through the pores.

9. Dry brush daily before showering. Dry brushing helps support the skin and lymph in detoxification and stimulates circulation and the immune system. Consistent dry brushing may also help remove cellulite and fatty deposits under the skin.

10. Eat whole foods only and lots of fresh seasonal vegetables. There is no need to fast to reap the benefits of cleansing. Lean proteins, whole grains like quinoa and brown rice and essential fats like flax oil will all provide cleansing nutrition.

11. Pay attention to your body and record your process. Keep noticing how you are feeling. A dairy or cleanse log can be invaluable.

12. Move and be still. Be sure to get plenty of rest and move your body every day. It can be especially supportive to do this with a friend or loved one.

13. Try Young Living essential oils that support detoxification and liver health:
Release, Juva-flex, Juva Cleanse (all blends), Lemon and Roman Chamomile (single oils) all support and cleanse the liver. Lemon, grapefruit and lemon grass can all be used externally or taken internally in almond or rice milk as fat and mucus dissolvers. Dill and peppermint can assist with cravings and digestion. Ginger and DiGize are also wonderful for aiding digestion. **

14. Get support. Especially if it is your first time cleansing, the support of a knowledgeable health professional can be just the ticket to get you feeling and looking great comfortably and safely.

Remember to ease in and ease out. It is important to transition into and out of any cleanse. I recommend beginning with eliminating all processed foods, white sugar, caffeine, and white flour for 3-4 days. Increase your consumption of all whole foods, especially fresh vegetables. Drink plenty of water and create an intention around what you hope to gain through the cleansing process.
Next eliminate common allergens like milk products and wheat. Focus again on fresh green vegetables and citrus, both of which are cleansing and supportive of the liver. You may choose to explore fresh vegetable juices or green food supplements to supercharge and alkalize your system. Drink a dandelion or detox tea 2-3 times per day as a gentle support. I suggest staying with this phase for 3-4 days, and then transitioning back out as you entered.

Foods to choose

Artichoke, Broccoli, dandelion greens, bok choy, lemons, limes, cilantro, parsley, spinach, watercress, radish, daikon, garlic, onions, beets, celery, apples, berries

Foods to lose
Sugar, sodium, caffeine, soft drinks, refined foods, white flour, dairy

Herbal healing
Mint, cilantro, dill, turmeric

(The above is an excerpt from Ana’s new cleanse e-book)

Berry Truffle Smoothie

Here is a cleanse-worthy smoothie guaranteed to change your mind if you still believe cleansing cannot be indulgent. This smoothie provides protein to help support the liver in detoxifying, antioxidant-rich berries, fiber and omega 3 fatty acids in the flax and metabolic support if you choose to use the spices.

1 cup water or ½ cup aloe juice with ½ cup water
1-2 scoops low temperature processed, hormone and antibiotic free chocolate whey powder*

*I recommend Dream Protein: www.GreensFirst.com/4550
1 T flaxseed oil
1 cup frozen raspberries or strawberries
8 ice cubes, or as desired
1 T ground flaxseeds
Optional, but delicious: dash each cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg

Blend everything but the ice on medium, then slowly add the ice cubes turning the speed up if needed, until the desired thickness is achieved.
If you have a high-powered blender such as a Vitamix, you can just add everything in at one time.

** Not all essential oils are safe for internal use. Young Living oils are 100% organic, pure and therapeutic grade essential oils. You may purchase by visiting

It is important to note that this information is not a replacement for medical advise. I recommend consulting with your doctor before beginning any cleanse or nutritional program.

©2008 Ana Poirier, CHC

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