How to take baking soda internally to lose belly fat, help with UTIs and balance kidney pH

What is baking soda? Simply put its a white powder known as sodium bicarbonate. This simple ingredient has so many amazing uses including cleaning carpets, using its paste to relieve bug bites or as a tooth whitener, as an ingredient for rising cookies and cakes in baking and so much more.

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Since we use it in baking, we know it’s safe to ingest. But why would you want to ingest it and how much is a safe amount?

After years of eating a raw food, alkalizing diet, drinking green juices and green powders, lemon water and expensive bottles of alkaline drops, I discovered that good old baking soda is an inexpensive way to protect the kidneys, reverse urinary tract infections and help with weight loss by taking it internally.

Since I’m never one to recommend something without trying it first, I can tell you that I have experienced no adverse side effects from taking baking soda internally, and have only noticed great benefits. Here are some things that it has done for me: reduction of belly bloat, reversal of kidney pain (brought on by dehydration and/or dry fasting), great energy when I take it in the morning before a workout. I also use it as a way to balance the acidity of the coffee that I love to drink daily.

Here are some of they ways baking soda can improve your health:

The recipe: 1-2 cups room temperature water, 1/2 tsp. baking soda. Stir all together and drink preferably on an empty stomach (this can be drunk any time of day, but make sure not to take it with supplements or on a very full stomach). Optional: add 2 TBS apple cider vinegar OR lemon juice to help increase weight loss. It doesn’t taste great so just chase it with plain water.

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  1. Weight Loss– Along with a healthy diet (low carb, plant-based KETO is my favorite) and regular moderate exercise, baking soda can reduce belly fat and flatten a bloated stomach. If you do this daily, you will start to notice your stomach is flatter during the day, and the fat will start to reduce when done with consistency.  See note in the recipe about Apple Cider Vinegar or lemon.
  2. Urinary Tract Infection  (UTI) Reversal- By alkalizing the kidneys you can reverse a painful UTI. Simply use this drink daily without the Apple Cider Vinegar/lemon.
  3. Relieve Kidney Pain/prevent kidney stones- When the body is acidic, the kidneys can become tender and painful stones can form. A morning and before bed drink is very useful for preventing stones from forming.
  4. Energy and Joy Production- To make an acid-reducing energy drink before or after exercise, stir 4 cups of water with ½ teaspoon of baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon of Real Salt (or Celtic salt), and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.

How long should you take the baking soda drink for? Well at least until the symptoms subside. I would suggest 1 week on and 1 week off so as not to overload your system with too much sodium. But as your body gets more healthy and alkalized by eating lots of veggies, and eliminating processed foods and grains, your intuition will become stronger and you can tune into its needs. Trust yourself and trust your body!

Tips and Cautions When Drinking Baking Soda

  • Baking soda is high in sodium, so it is a good idea not to overdo it.
  • If you suffer from liver disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure or edema you should not drink baking soda.
  • Don’t drink baking soda if you are pregnant or nursing.
  • If you take prescription drugs, be sure to ask your doctor before drinking baking soda.
  • Children under five should not drink baking soda.
  • Don’t drink baking soda on a full stomach.
  • Side effects of baking soda consumption may include increased thirst and stomach cramping.

What is a Keto Vegan/Plant-Based Diet?

Disclaimer: I am not a Dr. nor do I play one on the internet. Always consult with your doctor before experimenting with your diet (seriously, see a functional medicine Dr. and get data from blood tests, urine tests, etc.). Please feel free to comment if you’re aware of anything that should be updated; I always appreciate knowing the science and I’ll update the content promptly. My goal is to help readers get more scientifically educated and improve their health and their lives with as much joy as possible. The purpose of this blog is to educate you on a Keto Vegan Plant-Based Diet.

What Is Ketosis?

Definition: “Ketogenesis” means “generating ketones,” which your body does naturally to generate energy from fat when carbohydrate sources are sufficiently low (e.g., after intense exercise, long periods of fasting, etc.). “Ketogenic diets” are thus a way of switching your body over into a fat-burning state.

The Ketogenic or KETO diet is gaining popularity. Many people wonder if it is possible to adopt a Keto Vegan Plant-Based Diet. I’m here to tell you YES! It is!

What Is A Ketogenic (KETO) Diet?

When we increase our healthy fats and lower our carbohydrates (grains, most fruit, sweeteners, and starchy vegetables) and add in a moderate amount of protein (15 grams per meal), the human brain becomes more efficient. We have more mental cognition, clarity, we lose weight, and have a more balanced energy level.

I’ve been practicing a Keto Vegan Plant-Based Diet without knowing it for 20 years. I started eating this way when I found out I had systemic candida. I was then introduced into the world of cleansing. My candida remedy was to eliminate most carbohydrates and adopt a vegan, high fat, low carb diet. It was successful! I have experimented with this way of eating over the years and have gone off track more than once. This caused me to gain weight, leaving me feeling unhealthy and low in energy. When I would stray too far from what I knew to be right for my body, I knew it was time to get back on track.

Here is what I have learned from eating a Keto Vegan Plant-Based Diet for over 20 years:
· I have REAL sustained energy when I eat and drink plant-based KETO foods
· I can have as much green juice, Keto Coffee, leafy greens and green vegetables I want
· I can have tons of fat and healthy oil and feel amazing
· I don’t miss unhealthy carbs (cake and bread now look like plastic to me)
· I can still enjoy healthy carbs 1 day a week (up to 100g and stay in ketosis)

Who Promotes Keto?

There are many people promoting this type of low-carb, high-fat diet these days such as:

  • Dr. Joseph Mercola, a respected blogger on scientific data, with his new book Fat For Fuel.
  • Jimmy More with his #1 podcast Living La Vida Low Carb and a book called Keto Clarity (warning: very NOT Plant-based and I don’t recommend it).
  • There are many women that are now promoting this way of living, such as Shawn Mynar with her new podcast called Keto for Women. Every day, more and more books and podcasts popping up on KETO.
  • Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MD promotes a low carb, high fat Plant-Based Diet in his book Rainbow Green Live Food Cuisine (but it’s not quite low enough in carbs to be considered KETO).

What Is Ketosis?

Ketosis is a measurement of blood ketones where your body is using fat for fuel instead of sugar/carbs. In Ketosis, we become fat burners instead of sugar burners. When your body uses fat for fuel, your body burns fat stores for energy, providing a more sustainable slow-burning energy (like a runner’s second wind when his body burns through its glycogen and taps into its fat reserves for that final push). When your body uses carbs/sugar for fuel, you need to eat more often to keep fueling the fire, and your body never gets a chance to burn its fat stores.

What Is The Benefit Of Eating A Keto Vegan Plant-Based Diet?

  • Your body becomes less acidic as a result of not eating animals and their byproducts.
  • Better bowel movements because you are getting plenty of fiber.
  • Avoid having foul smelling KETO breath and B.O (from eating too many animal products)
  • Have an alkaline P.H. from eating lots of green juices and green vegetables (both raw and cooked)
  • You won’t get sick as often or at all since your body is more on the alkaline side than meat eaters tend to be.

Here’s an outline of what a woman who weights between 120-140 pounds would eat in a day on a Keto Vegan Plant-Based Diet Plan:

  1. Carbohydrates: Between 20 and 40 grams. Consists of all the leafy greens, green and cruciferous low-starch vegetables (raw and cooked) green juices, some starchy vegetables such as carrots, beets, sweet potatoes and squash in moderation, some fruits such as berries, lemons, and limes
    • 20 grams a day is stricter and used by people with hormone imbalances, more weight to lose and brain fog, candida, etc.
    • 40 grams a day is beneficial for people who want to experience the mental clarity and energy improvements plus drop a few pounds in the process.
    • 60 grams a day might be a good place to start if you are a severe sugar burner (eating packaged foods and white sugar and white flours and grains
  2.  Fats: Between 100 and 120 grams a day including coconut, cacao, nuts, seeds, olives (and  any of these products’ butter, oil, and milk).
  3. Protein: 45 grams a day in the form of sprouted nuts and seeds (and their butter), vegetables, leafy greens and green sprouts (such as microgreens)
  4. Free Foods: (don’t contain many macros but do contain nutrients) seaweeds (includes Irish sea moss, kelp noodles, sushi nori, arame, hijiki, etc.), leafy greens, green vegetables, celery and celery juice

Avoid:

foods high in lectins, and food that keeps us out of ketosis: all grains, corn, beans, peppers (bell included), eggplants, and tomatoes (some tomatoes in moderation can be okay), white potatoes, processed foods (90% dark chocolate is okay), high sugar fruits such as everything except berries, lemons and limes.

Benefits Of Ketosis:


1. Boosted Brain Power: When you are burning fat/ketones for energy, you can think more clearly and for more extended periods of time
2. More patience: Your mood stabilizes, and you don’t get sugar drops since you aren’t consuming carbohydrates for energy anymore
3. Stable hunger.:You don’t get Hangry when your stomach is empty because your body goes to your fat stores instead of screaming for more dopamine inducing sugar/carbs
4. Weight Loss: Since you are burning fat for energy, your body will use your reserves while you are sleeping.
5. Better Sleep: When you are not eating sugars or eating late at night (because you are not “starving” and you have plenty of fat to eat), you sleep better and more soundly. Plus you are not waking up with hot flashes or night sweats because your hormones are now in balance.
6. Balanced Hormones: Being in a ketogenic state can make a big difference in your overall hormone health. Our hormones need fat to function properly, and now you will be providing your body with all the fat it needs.


Here is a 1-day Sample Menu for a Keto Vegan Plant-Based Diet based on 40 grams of carbohydrates (this is one of my typical eating days)

Start your day with a Pure Joy Perfect KETO Coffee or Tea.


Breakfast: 5 Ingredient Chia Porridge. Add cacao nibs, cinnamon, maca, and any other sweet spices you would like. A dash of stevia or monk fruit for sweetness but the sooner you stop adding sweetness to your food, the sooner you will adapt to a sugar-free way of eating. Or have a Keto Love Power Smoothie (this recipe is provided in seasonal Love Camp Program)
Lunch: Marinated Zucchini and kelp noodles with hemp seed pesto sauce topped with ½ avocado


Dinner: Big green salad with ½ a small tomato, ½ an avocado, sprouts, steamed Brussels sprouts and broccoli with sautéed onions and garlic in coconut oil and topped with our sun-dried tomato coconut-tahini curry sauce. Sprinkle with chopped almonds or hemp seeds.
Optional: 1 Coconut Wrap
Snacks: A handful of sprouted, dehydrated almonds or walnuts

Entire days’ Macros: This fits well within the KETO range
Protein: 37 g
Fat: 120 g
Carbs: 40.1 g

Note: Everyone’s experience of ketogenic is different. Your range of fats and carbs may vary. The way you will know you are in ketosis is to buy a ketone meter and test your blood. Wait at least 2 weeks before doing this so you don’t waste the strips which can be expensive). The other way you will know is if you start feeling more balanced and more energetic and you stop craving sugar. You may also notice you aren’t bloating after meals and your pants are a tad bit looser.

So, How Can You Start A Keto Vegan Plant-Based Diet?

Here are some types to help you start to increase your level of ketosis and get you into fat burning mode (from most to least important):

  1. Restrict carbohydrates to 20 digestible grams per day or less – a strict low-carb diet. Fiber does not have to be restricted; it might even be beneficial.
  2. Restrict protein to moderate levels. If possible stay at or below 1 gram of protein per day, per kg of body weight. So about 70 grams of protein per day if you weigh 70 kilos (154 pounds). It might be beneficial to lower protein intake even more, especially when overweight, and then aim for 1 gram of protein per kg of desired weight. The most common mistake that stops people from reaching optimal ketosis is too much protein.
  3. Eat enough fat to feel satisfied. Fat is the most significant factor in a ketogenic diet and starvation, that also results in ketosis. A ketogenic diet is sustainable. Deprivation is not.
    Avoid snacking when not hungry. Unnecessary snacking reduces weight loss and decreases ketosis.
  4. If necessary, add in intermittent fasting 2 days a week. Sustain from eating or drinking anything for 16 hours and having an eating window of 8 hours. Intermittent Fasting is very effective at boosting ketone levels, as well as accelerating weight loss and reversing type 2 diabetes.

Enjoy exploring the Keto Vegan Plant-Based Diet! Reach out to me on Facebook or comment below if you have comments or questions.

If you are interested in following a one-month plan and getting weekly meal plans, macro counts and recipes, register for our Plant-Based KETO Lovecamp! We start January 9th, just in time to recharge your health routine!

With love,

Elaina


Which Type Of Cleanse Is Right For You?

What type of fasting protocol should you do? Whichever way you choose will give your health a big boost, increase your longevity and energy, improve your memory and help you access more joy.


Here are some ways to improve your life through fasting and cleansing:

  1. 24-36 hour fast on only water, one or two days a week (Sun and Wed)
  2. 12-18 hour daily intermittent fast on only water
  3. 3-day green juice fast on only green juice, water and herbal tea
  4. 7-day liquid fast on juices, smoothies, and broths, while taking liver supporting supplements.

After doing self-guided cleanses, long fasts and liver flushes during the past 20 years, I can confidently say that cleanses are a key to accessing Pure Joy in your life. My first introduction to cleansing was in 1997 when I did a month-long intestinal cleanse, eliminating one more meal a day every week by the 4th week, I fasted on only psyllium shakes, green juice and supplements. It was intense, to say the least, but after that last week of fasting, I noticed my digestion was amazing, my period returned, my confidence boosted, my mind sharpened, and my body shrunk. I felt so good fasting that I started fasting on just green juice one day a week for many years following. It was because of that first fast that my business was named “Pure Joy”. Over time, I’ve experimented with dry fasting for 18 hours and longer, water fasting for seven days, juice fasting for 90 days, and I’ve completed over 40 liver flushes to date. I am telling you this because I want you to know that I am not just quoting something from the internet. I have a first-hand experience of the power of fasting and cleansing. When I am on a cleanse or fast or coming off of one, it’s the best I feel in my life. No joke! Of course, it’s not always comfortable, but the euphoria, clarity, and joy that surge through my newly cleansed cells makes it all worth it. My favorite way to fast at the moment is either a 7-day liver cleanse or 2 days a week (Sunday and Wednesday) of fasting on green juice.

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Numerous scientific studies are now showing that people who fast on a regular basis (at least 24 hours 1-2 days a week while consuming only liquids equaling less than 500 calories in a day) experience lowering of the Insulin-like growth hormone (IGH1). A decrease in IGH1 in adults has been directly tied to longer life, lower insulin levels, regular blood pressure, lowered heart disease, decreased cancer risk, and less disease in general. Also mentioned in many studies is that the cleansers had an increased sense of well-being and happiness, better social interactions, better memory, more self-confidence and increased motivation.

If you are ready and motivated to embark on a fast or cleanse, that’s great news! You will love how good you feel once you get the hang of it. Especially once you get through the tough parts which usually involve some hunger pains and detox side effects like headaches, lethargy, and grumpiness. Those symptoms only come up when your body is overtaxed with the toxins releasing from the body, and they tend to pass as quickly as they came. Just take a moment to drink some water with ¼ tsp. of Himalayan salt (flush the toxins out), take a 5-minute lie down, drink a green juice, take a sauna, hot bath or sweat somehow and lastly get a colonic or do an enema. These will all help your fast or cleanse go much smoother. Just like most things in life, the more you fast and cleanse the easier and more habitual it becomes. Take a moment to look at your calendar and plan a day for your first 24 hour fast. Some people like to stay busy while fasting, but it can also be good to have a down day where you can meditate and write in your journal while reflecting on what you are grateful for.

The first liver flush I ever did was not my best one. I had no one to check in with for support and didn’t know what I was doing. I followed the written instructions but felt unsure, and I didn’t know if I was doing it right. All the cleanses I’ve done went fine, meaning nothing bad happened, and I felt so good after each cleanse that I continued to do them. But I was determined to find a more comfortable and graceful way. I slowly tweaked the protocols each time to add my supplements such as colon flushers and enzymes. These made the cleanse much more effective and painless because my body was more supported. After a couple of years of cleansing my colon and liver, I started helping others cleanse, and access the Pure Joy that I had found.

It has been a gratifying experience to see so many people cleanse their bodies and gain their health back while losing weight and feeling better than they have in years. I like to start people off with a liver flush (and this is still my cleanse of choice for myself) because the liver plays an integral part in our health and well-being, and is our first line of defense against toxins.

  • A healthy liver performs over 500+ functions. Here are just a few:
  • Secretes bile and bile salts needed for fat digestion (along with the gallbladder)
  • Metabolizes toxins so they can be excreted by the body
  • Keeps blood sugar in balance
  • Liver cells break down fatty acids which then generates ATP (energy)
  • Converts ammonia (left over from too many amino acids) into urea, which can then be excreted in the urine. (Ammonia is much more toxic than urea)
  • Ability to change and process hormones (thyroid converts T4 into active T3, estrogen, and aldosterone)
  • Detoxes drugs, medications, pesticides, glyphosate (from eating non-organic food), dangerous vaccine components, and environmental toxins
  • Stores and releases (when needed) glycogen, vitamin A, D, E, K (fat soluble), vitamin B12, copper, and iron.
  • Detoxes and filters everything that comes into the intestines and blood (the only organ that can do this)

Here are some benefits you can receive from cleansing your liver:

1. Weight Loss
The liver produces as much as a quart of bile per day, with about a quarter of this passing directly into the intestinal tract and the remainder being stored in the gallbladder. When the liver is clogged with stones and unprocessed bile salts, some people are only able to produce 1 cup of bile. Lower amounts of accessible bile dramatically reduce the digestion of fat. Once you cleanse your liver and gallbladder of stones and bile salts, the bile can flow freely and digest fats. When your digestion works well, you can lose weight more easily.

2. Immune System Support
Since the liver reduces toxins, it makes sense that a healthy liver is crucial to a robust immunity. Cleansing your liver can give your immune system a massive boost by clearing out unwanted debris and releasing undigested proteins from the basal membranes and cells.

3. Discourages Future Liver Stones
Liver stones, a product of an unhealthy diet, form because of too much cholesterol. The extra cholesterol makes bile harden into tiny stones that can block the liver and gallbladder; you could have hundreds of these affecting your liver’s ability to detox. When you cleanse, though, somewhere between 100 to 300 stones could be purged from your body through your colon.

4. Supports Whole Body Detox
Since the liver removes toxins, turning them into harmless byproducts, there are usually toxins in your liver. This is not a problem, but issues can start when too many toxins build up. That’s when you need to do a liver/gallbladder flush to get your liver working as efficiently as it should.

5. Boosts Energy
Some of the harmless byproducts the liver makes are nutrients the body will use.
When there is too much toxic build up, some of those nutrients just won’t make it back into the bloodstream. When that happens, your energy levels will likely drop, so liver cleansing will make you feel better because not only will you have all of your nutrients—but also all of your energy.

6. Increases Vitality
By cleansing your very own beautiful liver, you’re restoring it to peak efficiency. Reducing all that toxic buildup will make your skin look clearer, brighter and healthier. And since increasing bile production helps with fat breakdown, you’ll also tone your body easier and could even look and feel at least five years younger!


Here are some ways you can get started on a fast or cleanse:

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  1. Pick 1-2 day a week that you want to fast. I like Sundays and Wednesdays. For a 24 hour fast, eat dinner the night before (say Saturday night) and stop eating by 7 pm. Then on Sunday night, you can have dinner again, so you are only skipping two meals.
  2. Do a 3-day green juice fast. The best way to lose weight and renew your vitality quickly is to embark on three days of only water, herbal tea and green juice. Ideally, you would have days 2 and 3 fall on a weekend or on days you are not working.
  3. Do a week-long liver flush with guidance like this one
  4. Try intermittent fasting daily. Create a shorter eating window by stopping all food and drink consumption except for water by 7 pm. Then don’t consume anything again except water until 9 or 10 am the next day. This will be a 14 or 15 hour fast daily and your liver will have more time for repair and you will wake up feeling lighter and clearer.

Go on, give one a try. Any time of year is a great time to cleanse but doing it during fall and winter can help prevent cold and flu as phagocytosis increases with fasting which is the gobbling up of pathogens (aka bad guys) in the body.

Here’s to your renewed health and well-being, jump-starting weight loss, mental acuity and happiness year-round!

For support with a Guided Liver Flush click here.

Elaina Love


4 Superfoods to make you stronger, smarter, faster!

  1. Green Grass Powdersgreener grasses

    One of the most important things you can do for your health is to eat a diet rich in alkaline minerals to neutralize excess acidity such as ripe fruits and leafy greens. Grass powders are a quick way to buffer acidity and quickly increase your alkalinity. A result of consuming too many acid-forming foods (like processed and fried foods, meat, dairy, sugar, and grains)  our bones are robbed of their precious minerals which can lead to illness and degenerative bone disease. When you are making your smoothies and blended soups grass powders are a quick and easy addition. Start with a teaspoon and work your way up to a tablespoon. Read the labels to make sure the green powder doesn’t contain fillers or dairy.  Of course, I still love my green juice every morning, but green powders are quick and easy and can be thrown into a smoothie or even stirred into a glass of water for a quick energy boost before heading out the door. Grasses are the number one way to increase mood and alkalinity. I call Greens the “Pure Joy Factor” because they enhance and increase my mood quicker than any other food. Favorite brands include Greener Grasses, Wheatgrass powder, and Barley Grass powder. Try them one at a time and find out which ones work best for you.  Check out this smoothie recipe with Green Powde

  2. Mucuna Pruriensmucuna

    You may not have heard of this supplement before. It comes in powdered form and is also known as the dopamine bean. It’s well known for its mood-enhancing qualities. It boosts my energy when I take it in a morning hot beverage with a tsp. of coconut oil. Start with a small dose (like 1/8 tsp.) and work your way up. You will most likely feel very happy and energized. Try Sun Potion brand. Side effects can include increased thirst.  Check out this tonic recipe. Just add 1/8 tsp. of Mucuna to it. 

    • Supports a healthy central & peripheral nervous system*
    • Supports the body’s ability to handle stress*
    • Is a natural source of levodopa (L-dopa)*
    • Supports physical balance & posture*
    • Promotes healthy motor skills & coordination*
    • Improves energy & endurance*
    • Supports the intellect*
    • Bolsters libido*
    • Revitalizes both the male & female reproductive systems*
  3. Virgin Coconut Oil (cold-pressed is best)

    coconut oilCoconut oil is well known as an anti-fungal and antiviral oil. It is a fat that does not need to be processed through the liver and acts as an energy booster before a workout. It can help you burn fat more efficiently and actually clean out old undigested fats. Coconut oil also has brain boosting effects. I like to use coconut oil on my steamed veggies and even as the oil in my salad dressings. It’s my go-to oil when I am using oils. It also makes a great fat for refrigerated chocolates.

  4. Turmeric
    Turmeric

    Turmeric is the most well known for being an anti-inflammatory herb, helping to ease joint pain. Turmeric is also proven to help boost memory and enhance brain function.

    • Promotes a balanced mood
    • Helps wounds heal quickly
    • Eases aches and discomfort
    • Encourages balanced blood sugar
    • Soothes irritated tissue

These 4 Superfoods are all fairly easy to find and can be used in many recipes. I use these on a daily basis as part of my healthy eating program.

For more recipes, fitness, and performance enhancing information, check out our 4-week Guided Love Camp Program!


10 Ways to Become Super Human

How would you feel if you knew you never have to take prescription medication again? Or that you would never get the dreaded seasonal flu every year? Is it possible?

Yes, it is! I have discovered some simple lifestyle habits that are easy to do and can completely transform your health. Since I started eating a high raw food, vegan diet, I have learned many things about how not to get sick. I have not been hospitalized for illnesses since adopting these lifestyle habits. I  have not taken any form of medication or prescription drugs, nor have I been down with the flu for years! My blood tests show that I am fully mineralized am in great health.

Do our genes decide whether or not we are prone to dis-ease or illness? Was I born with ‘good genes’? Quite the opposite actually. I was born with thrush (systemic candida), yeast overgrowth, and severe digestive problems. I struggled throughout my teens and early twenties with arthritis before I discovered the power of plant-based foods, cleansing, and fasting. I have completely healed and overcome these is ailments through a swift change in my diet and lifestyle habits.

Below, I share things that have worked well for me and how I outsmart sicknesses, disease, or even a cold or flu:

  1. Morning water: Keep a 32 oz. glass jar of water next to your bed and drink it as soon as you wake up. Try adding 1 tsp. of lemon juice and a pinch of salt for optimal absorption and extra alkalizing boost. Drink as much of it as you can before leaving your bedroom. This will help flush out any toxins your liver accumulated during sleep and the day before. It will also dramatically help get your bowels moving for the day and decrease sluggishness.
  2. Daily Juice: IMG_2641Yes, it’s as simple as drinking a 16 oz. green juice every day (or most days) Make 2 or 3 days worth of celery or green juice at one time in your juicer (I like the Greenstar juicer) and store it in 16 oz. glass jars in your refrigerator. That way you can just grab one first thing in the morning before consuming food or beverages (other than water).
  3. Sleep! At least 7-8 hours a night: Elaina Sleeping.jpgYou’ve already heard this over and over, but it bears repeating. A good nights sleep is more important than any supplement you can take. Sleeping is when the most healing and reconstruction occurs. It’s the time when your body balances hormones, detoxes your liver,  and re-energizes your entire system. It is a time of rejuvenation which cannot be achieved any other way. Getting enough sleep also keeps your appetite in check. Appetite is stimulated by a certain hormone and when that hormone is out of balance because of lack of sleep, your appetite can be firing on overdrive. This leads to false hunger cues, over-eating and sugar cravings!
  4. Regular Cleansing: Every change of season (4 times a year) do a 3-day juice fast, a liver flush or an elimination diet to help your body flush and dump extra heavy metals, toxins and accumulated hormones, undigested proteins and more. This is the fastest way to gain more energy, clarity, and happiness in your life, guaranteed! Do you think you are addicted to coffee or stimulants? Try a 3 days juice cleanse and discover just how much energy you can have just from green juice!
  5. Avoid grains, especially gluten and corn: Grains like wheat, rice, barley, and rye can be highly acidic to the body. The more acidic foods we eat, the more energy is being drained from the body as the body try to reverse the acidity in the food you eat.   The more alkalizing foods you eat in the form of greens, fruits and veggies, the more fiber and alkaline minerals you have to nourish your body and keep the toxins moving out. Fact: Disease cannot live in an alkaline environment, so if you eat a highly alkalizing diet, you will be on the fast track to health. Watch my video on GMO corn and the dangers here.
  6. Avoid meat and dairy: Meat and dairy (red meat, chicken, pork, milk, yogurt, and cheese) are also very acid forming. When you consume meat and dairy, your body accumulates uric acid and excess proteins which can lead to bacteria growth and disease. Despite popular belief, science has proved over and over that consuming over 5% animal protein leads to cancer, osteoporosis, liver degeneration and more.
  7. Eat a High Alkaline Diet: Tahini Salad HERO 2.jpgEat lots of leafy green vegetables by adding them into raw salads, smoothies or other cooked dishes. A high raw diet is beneficial for most people because raw foods are full of life-enhancing enzymes, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats which your body requires to function efficiently. It’s easy to get enough raw food daily in the form of green juices, salads, dehydrated bread, wraps and crackers and sprouted nuts and seeds. Make your diet 90% raw in the warm months and at least 75% raw in the cold months. It’s easy to warm your food without cooking it by placing it in your dehydrator at 118 degrees F, gently warm raw soups and sauces in a pot or put hot water in your blender with your green smoothies or raw soups.  By eating mostly raw, you will be avoiding all processed and packaged foods and your health will improve exponentially. You will also drastically reverse aging! How? Raw foods contain all their natural enzymes which mean your body does not have to use it’s own enzymes to digestive the food. Enzymes=life. When your enzymes banks are used up by eating a SAD cooked, processed food diet, your life span drastically reduces.
  8. Add in Superfoods: IMG_3344.JPGChaga Mushroom, Reishi Mushroom, tinctures and herbs like astragalus, ashwagandha, and powders like spirulina will offer you the most immune boosting support for your health.  Other adaptogenic herbs such as licorice, ginseng and he shou wu can greatly increase your nutrition while balancing your adrenals and hormones. Take some time to research all of these natural medicines and incorporate some of them into your daily routine. I like Wild Harvest tinctures for all of their adaptogenic formulas (you can find one that is right for you). My favorite at the moment is Count to Zen to keep myself feeling grounded and harmonious in my daily interactions.
  9. Acupuncture: Doing regular acupuncture helps to keep your hormones balanced. It can do wonders for keeping all of your channels open, keeping you healthy. It has worked wonders for me with hormone balancing, menopause and keeping my immune system firing during high-stress periods.
  10. Meditation: Diet is so important when it comes to maintaining good health but it is only half the piece to staying juicy. Believe it or not, our minds and emotions play just as big of a role in keeping us from getting sick. A happy heart and soul make a healthy and energized body. That’s why I love meditating. Meditating for 20 minutes a day can greatly improve your peace of mind and actually boost your immunity by lowering your cortisol levels. I use an app called Meditator or Insight Timer right on my phone. It’s as easy as committing to 1-5 minutes per day, especially in high-stress times during the day. Even just taking 5-10 deep breathes throughout the day will bring down stress hormones and keep you feeling balanced!I choose love

How to make lasting changes to get and stay fit once and for all!

 

good-health-signHave you ever wondered how you can actually have long-term success at changing your diet and fitness routine? The answer is:

Make it a way of life, not just a diet or quick fix to solve a problem. It’s great to do a one-week fitness camp that’s really hard and kicks your butt, but as great as it is in the moment, it will not create lasting success. Success in anything lies in persistence. I started my plant-based healing and cleansing journey 20 years ago, and I had my ups and downs over the years. Even with the few small set backs of eating food that didn’t serve me or getting lazy about exercise, I persisted in keeping it alive in my life by surrounding myself with like minded people and continuing to read and research things that support health and longevity. I’ve noticed that the people who stay healthy and succeed long term have made health and fitness the thing they do every day. Sure there are days for splurging and “going off the wagon” but the biggest key is to stick to your plan 95% of the time. Humans need to fully immerse themselves into a new habit for at least 30 days to make a lasting change. In fact, that is just the beginning. After that, having ongoing SMART goals is the way to keep and stay motivated, fit and healhty.

Where do you start with getting healthy and feeling  great? Here is a list of things you can start with. If you’ve already succeeded at all of these, congratulations! See list 2 below that.

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List #1 For beginners: 

  • Go off sugar: This includes white sugar, brown sugar, agave and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
  • Give up the gluten: No, it’s not a trend…it’s real! Breads, tortillas, waffles, muffins, soy sauce, licorice and so many more things contain gluten. After 1 week off gluten your mind will be clearer and you will have more energy! Not convinced? Read or listen to Grain Brain.
  • Go 95-100% Plant-Based: You don’t necessarily need to go all or nothing, but by significantly lowering the amount of animal products you consume, you will notice better skin, better liver function, and improved heart related conditions to name a few. An article published in Food Technology in October 2012 explained that plant-based diets either minimize or completely eliminate people’s genetic propensity to developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes type 2, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.
  • Make your own food: Who knows what is actually going into the food at restaurants? Is the chef and he or she’s assitants happy? Is there any love in that food? Most places use the cheapest ingredients and oils in order to turn a profit. When you make food at home, you know exactly what you are getting plus, you can fill both you and your families bellies with loving goodness.
  • Eat the right oils, if at all: Oils have their place in moderation, but it’s better to use whole fats from nuts, seeds, olives and avocados. If you need oil from time to time, use extra-virgin organic olive oil, coconut oil, MCT oil and cold-pressed hemp seed oils. Also, never heat your oils! Avoid corn, vegetable, cottonseed, safflower or any oil that is not cold pressed and in a dark bottle, as these oils are usually rancid and contain GMO’s.
  • Stock your pantry with good stuff and get rid of the bad stuff: Go through and throw out old grains, packaged crackers and cookies and anything that may sabotage your health. This includes soy sauce! Replace it with gluten-free tamari or coconut aminos, healthy flax crackers and home made healthy treats. Throw out all the halloween candy too!Coconut-Wraps-2Pack
  • Have a grateful attitude: What can you be grateful for every day? List 3 things every day that make you grateful for your life. It could be as small as a warm bed or the ability to drive to work. Every small thank you makes you happier and healthier.
  • Do it Now! When you diverge from your plan, get back on track immediately (don’t procrastinate!): The major pitfall I’ve seen people fall into is the “Oh Well” trap. “I already had one cookie, I may as well eat some crackers, more cookies and toast too!” What? Where is the logic in that? If you lost $10 in a bet would you then give them another $100 and say “oh well?’ No! Get back in your body, be smart and get back on track ASAP.

List #2: Advanced:

  • Excersise for 30 minutes 5-6 days a week. Weights, walking, running, biking, rebounding, yoga, etc. It doesn’t matter, just move! Weight lifting is for everyone! Studies show that weight lifting is extremely good for bone health and having a strong, lean body.
  • Drink 2-3 liters/quarts of water a day. Start your day with warm lemon water to cleanse your liver.

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    Mineral water with lemon

  • Go low glycemic! In addition to processed sugars, start looking at lowering your consumption of dates, coconut sugar, maple syrup, most grains and anything that has a medium to high glycemic index. Low glycemic foods include all nuts, seeds and vegetables, plus berries, stevia and Lakanto sweetener.
  • Do a 20 minute mindfulness practice daily. Studies show that meditation lowers stress, creates less reactiveness, reduces food cravings, and can ease depression.

Make SMART GOALS

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In his 2003 book, “Attitude Is Everything: If You Want to Succeed Above and Beyond.” Paul J. Meyer explains how to make something acheivable.  Below is a synopsis:

1. Be Specific

Pick one or two things you want to change and be clear about it . Examples: What exact weight do you want to acheive? Do you have a fitness goal?  How about your skin? Is it as clear or ageless as you want it to be? Do you have a personal growth goal such as meditating 20 minutes a day or being more grateful?

Example- Visualize your ideal body and how you want it to look and feel. How do you want to feel every day? Lots of energy, good sleep, clothes fit perfectly? What about your fitness levels?  Perhaps being able to do a hard  3-mile hike/climb in 40 minutes? How much water do you drink everyday? Do you need to increase it? Is there something you want  to eliminate from your diet such as sugar, wheat or gluten? Maybe if you have been eating well for a while it can be a new goal such as not complaining or gossiping for a whole week or month.

2. Measurable

It’s important to have measurable goals, so that you can stay motivated. Writing down and tracking your progress helps you to stay focused and on on track, meet your deadlines, and get excited about achieving your goal.

A measurable goal should address questions such as:

  • How much or many?
  • How will I know when it is accomplished?

Example: I will be at my ideal weight (fill in the blank) and fitness level  (_____ miles, _____push ups, ____ minutes of planks)  by this date _________.

3. Attainable

Your health goals need to be realistic and do-able. Be willing to stretch yourself, but still remain within the attainable realm.

Example- You might need to ask yourself if going off of gluten, sugar, alcohol and losing 20 pounds in 3 months is realistic.   For example, did you give yourself enough time to complete the required training effectively? Are there too many things all at once? Are there any obstacles that might be seen or unseen that could discourage you such as a spouse,  other family members or friends? If so you will want to get everyone on board before you start or find a friend who is supportive. 

4. Relevant

This step is about ensuring that your goal matters to you, and that it is in alignment with your other goals. You may need support and assistance in achieving your goals, and it’s also important to retain control over them. So, make sure that if you are asking for help and support from others, that you are still ultimately responsible for achieving your own goals (dont’ give your power away or blame someone else for not getting things done). Don’t let anyone else tell you it’s not possible either.

Example: Does this goal fit into my lifes right now? Is this something doable now? If you are going on vacation, it might not be the best time to start a cleanse, but it’s a great time to add more water and get more exercise. 

5. Time-bound

Set a specific date to be at your goal. Once you have achieved that goal at the set date, celebrate, then create a weekly or monthly check in to make sure you continue to stay fit and healthy.

A time-bound goal will usually answer these questions:

  • When?
  • What can I do six months from now?
  • What can I do six weeks from now?
  • What can I do today?
  • How can I keep my new healthy body once I acheive my goal?

Example: Set your weight and fitness goal for 1-month from now with something that is achievable and realistic. Once you have reached that goal, celebrate, then create a new date with the continued goal of staying fit and healthy.

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Now get out your journal or calendar and start writing down your new, acheivable goals!

P.S. The holidays are coming, so instead of waiting until they are over, make the goal of losing instead of gaining weight this season. That way in January you will be ahead of the game and feeling great about yourself! 

Join our Plant-based and fitness Bootcamp this November (and 4 times a year in 2017 and beyond) to get yourself in the best shape ever!

 


How I stay healthy without living in a bubble

Introduction

I have been in the wellness industry for almost 20 years, and the most the most dangerous thing I have seen is the “all or nothing” mindset. Sometimes, when you start an extreme diet with the intention of doing it forever, you can’t help but swing to the opposite extreme. One week you are eating 50 bananas a day and restricting your fat intake,  and the next week you wind up binging on ice cream and french fries. Sound familiar? The popularity of extreme fad diets over the last decade has strengthened that mindset, even making it acceptable. Extremes can lead to self-sabotage or worse, orthorexia, which leads to isolation. There is another way to be healthy without living in a ‘bubble’.

What is Orthorexia

Orthorexia is a term and medical condition that has been created in the last 10 years. It is now considered an eating disorder, in the same category of bulimia and anorexia. Orthorexia is defined as

  • an obsession with eating foods that one considers healthy.
  • a medical condition in which the sufferer systematically avoids specific foods in the belief that they are harmful.

The key word  here is obsession. I love eating healthy food and I will continue to eat a high raw, plant-based diet as long as it serves my body, mind, and spirit. The key is that when we are focusing only on food, instead of all the factors around us, we get lost in a dogma or food ‘religion’.

My Experience with Orthorexia 

I can identify with being Orthorexic. In the past,  I spent a lot of time obsessing about healthy food choices and even judged people who weren’t eating as “good” as me. What a joke! Funny enough, when I could finally pop my head out of the bubble long enough to see what was really going on, it was me who was unhealthy. Maybe not in my body, but definitely in my mind and spirit. I would either mentally praise or bash myself for the choices I made. On most days, I got a 100% as I was doing all the right things according to the raw, vegan ‘rules’. Then there were other days when I would have sugary, gluten-filled cookies. The problem was I wouldn’t have just one, but a  whole bag! I would wake up the next day feeling so terrible in my body and mostly  my mind. I would vow, “never again!” I have since learned that I have an awesome roadmap for a healthy balanced diet (for me), but there is no such thing as a perfect diet for everyone. The best thing that I can do every day is to make the best possible decisions with the options that are available to me.

There are days or weeks when I drink coffee, and I really, really enjoy it! Some days I have a glass of wine with my friends, though not as enjoyable, so I do it less often. It’s okay. I don’t feel guilty about it. I live a balanced lifestyle now, and it allows for that.

My Balanced Lifestyle

Today I am much more relaxed, joyful and more accepting of myself and others. 

What I do for my body: I eat organic, fresh, plant-based foods every day. I start my day with a green juice and a cup of organic, mold free coffee, sweetened with stevia. If I get hungry before lunch (especially when I’m exercising a lot) I’ll have a green smoothie which includes lots of spinach, frozen berries, some hemp seeds and Vitamineral Green powder. Lunch time is almost always a giant green salad with a variety of sprouts and greens, seasonal, raw veggies, avocado and one of my favorite homemade salad dressings or a drizzle of MCT oil and lemon juice. I love topping my salads with dehydrated almonds or pumpkin seeds, freeze-dried peas, olives, and dulse (dried seaweed). Maybe I’ll have another snack before dinner, such as a grapefruit or some strawberries. At night, I like to have something heartier like another big salad with some steamed pumpkin, broccoli or sauteed greens and onions. Occasionally I’ll have some wild caught salmon or some eggs from Farmers Market (I know the farmer and the chickens are treated well).

What I do for my mind:  I love listening to podcasts and books on tape. I find lots of variety and usually end up listening to something about health, meditation, or business. I read books when I need a break from technology and these often involve some type of self-improvement or business education.

What I do for my spirit: I meditate every day for at least 20 minutes. Go out dancing with friends. I laugh and play a lot! Take time out as needed to lay on the couch and enjoy some peace and quiet. Read angel cards regularly to get insights and inspiration. Seek out deep, heart-opening conversations whenever possible. Continue to witness my own journey and become an observer to my habits and patterns so that I can call myself out on my “stuff” to make sure I don’t get too serious.

What I do for my body, mind, and spirit: I exercise 6 days a week. I run, practice yoga or dance. It’s the perfect way to sweat, remove toxins, have fun and improve my brain function.

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Tips for you to live outside the bubble

  1. Dance. Crank up the music and start moving your booty. Wear comfortable clothing and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks. You are doing you. Before you know it you’ll be sweating and having a blast. The best part is that you will be detoxing your cells while you are having fun. Research shows that dancing actually improves your brain function! According to an article in Psychology today, both cognitive thought processes and muscle memory are improved if you dance at least once a week.
  2. Exercise. Through regular aerobic training that incorporates some type of dance at least once a week anyone can maximize his or her brain function. Dancing is proven to make you smarter, reduce stress and lower your risk of dementia. As you dance, blood is pumping to your brain, increasing its oxygen supply. As you think about the next step you will take, you create new neural pathways. All of this moving and flowing can be the perfect solution to clear out the junk and get your dose of mood enhancing endorphins.
  3. Eat Organic. Reducing your pesticide intake will help you feel better without restricting yourself from the rest of the world.
  4. Cleanse regularly. Don’t underestimate the power of cleansing and fasting. I take time out at least 4 times a year to do a liver cleanse, a dry fast or a juice fast in order to keep my body, mind and spirit feeling clean, clear and balanced. The key is to do it because you enjoy the results, not to punish or deprive yourself because you were “bad”. It will also allow you to enjoy the other parts of the year feeling more balanced, energized and healthy. 

It’s a Journey

The goal  over time is to build a balanced and healthy lifestyle that maintains itself. Making balanced choices every day is a better long term strategy than going on crash diets and experiencing the yo-yo effect. We want to feel exhilarated not defeated at the end of the day or week. Remember, as the fictional school teacher Miss Frizzle always says, “Get messy! Make mistakes!”

 

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Feed your inspiration, not your isolation