Breakfast on a Parasite Cleanse

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Hey Divas!

Since so many of you signed up to do the PC14 parasite cleanse I thought I’d share what I’ve been coming up with to eat/drink during the first week.

It all started with a trip to Whole Foods and The Container Store followed by a cleaning out and organizing of the fridge. That’s one big reason I’ve been able to keep moving forward.  I can get obsessive about stuff like that, and I find that I’m always making sure the fridge stays like I want it.  I wonder how long the fam is gonna tolerate this. LOL!fridge

A bit about the cleanse:

It’s 14 days, and I’m offering the coaching at no cost for the current program.  The herbs we take are sooo nasty, but we do get to eat food.  Foods excluded are sugar, meats, dairy, grains.  Foods that parasites hate (FPH) are to be included in each meal eaten.  The list includes but is not limited to papaya (especially seeds), pineapple, berries, citrus fruits (except oranges), pomegranate, coconut and any other sour fruit, raw garlic, pumpkin seeds, and lots of spices.  Smoothies, soups and salads are the best way to do this, but we get creative and figure out other things to eat too.

The night before we started, last Sunday, I made some wonderful juice by tossing a whole small red cabbage, a whole small pineapple, about a one inch chunk of garlic, a whole lemon with peel into the juicer.pineapple cabbage ingredients pineapple cabbage ginger drink

I kept a glass of the pineapple juice separate for later use.  This time I added a glass of pineapple juice and about a half a cucumber and 2 cups of ice to the blender.  This was quite refreshing.cucumber pineapple smoothie

I really enjoyed the pineapple carrot smoothie.  Sometimes I don’t write down the amounts, but this was about 2 cups of carrot and green apple juice, 1 cup fresh pineapple, a teaspoon or 2 each of chia seeds and ground turmeric.  THIS. WAS. GOOD.  Add Stevia if you need to because I cannot remember if I did or not.

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Today was the first time I had something other than a beverage for breakfast. This frittata was pretty simple, using bell peppers, spinach, garlic and onions sautéed in olive oil.

frittata topPour well beaten eggs into the skillet and stir into the veggies. Top with fresh avocado and optional vegan cheese (I personally didn’t care for the cheese but my daughter liked it). Cook in a 375 degree oven for about 8 minutes.   Slice and serve.

frittataToday I wanted something sweet, and I needed to add at least one more FPH to my breakfast so I came up with this Strawberry Almond smoothie.  This might be my favorite smoothie yet.

So this pretty much what I’ve had this week for breakfast, some days repeating a smoothie.  I’ll have to share the lunch and dinner recipes in another post.  Are you doing the cleanse?  If so, what are you eating?  And if not, did any of these recipes get your attention?  I only post the good ones, so let me know if you give them a try.  Most of them are kid tested too.

Black Girls Eat Healthy Too!

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Just a little note to let you know about a great new venture – our new meetup group!  Yay! This is an opportunity for those of us in the SF Bay Area to get together and do some healthy fun activities together, like cooking classes, farmer’s market visits, restaurant reviews, and whatever you’d like to suggest. Join the meetup website, then join Green is the New Black – Black Girls Eat Veggies Too.  Our first outing will be this Saturday.  Once you sign up you’ll be notified of all upcoming events.  I look forward to living healthy with you!

Black Girls Juicing for Health – Our 3 Day Cleanse

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Willette, Nicole, Kareen, Kelly, Carla, La’Tila

A couple of months ago I did a post on my green smoothie party.  It was really nice to get some sistas together for a healthy cause.  This month, which at Soul Food Therapy is Juicy June, we were inspired by Kareen of I am Eating Right to do a 3 day juice fast/cleanse/detox.  When this was mentioned on the facebook page, the response was amazing.  Many of you have requested to join in, and I am so thankful to have you along for the health ride!  Kareen shared how she was inspired to do a 60 day juice fast/feast (and lost 40 pounds) after watching the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, which you can watch at the end of this post.  Below, I’m sharing a list of a few juicing sistas I’ve found on the net who we will use as resources to guide us along in this fast.  All this stuff about us being the most obese, least healthy – I’m choosing not to focus on that.  Instead, I’m enjoying seeing my sistas make healthy choices AND educate others on doing the same.  Take a look at the links below and let me know what you think.  Have you used any of their services?

Our Juicy June 3 day juice cleanse starts Thursday June 13.  If you would like to join us simply make your request to join in the comments below and the details will be emailed to you.  We will utilize the services of the following:

1. Kareen of I am Eating Right – creator of The Juicy Life series of 15 videos on juicing 101 – watch the series so you’ll be well prepared.  Here is video #1.

2. Willette of WillHealthy – detox and cleansing coach extraordinaire – Willette will prepare and ship your juices if you’d rather not make them yourself.  Join me and Willette on Tuesday evening (June 11) at 6:30pm PST, 8:30 central, 9:30 EST for a brief pre-cleanse Q&A session about detoxing and cleansing.  You must join the Soul Food Therapy circle in Google + first.  Second, download the Google Hangout app.  And third,  check your email for a link to get into the hangout a few minutes ahead of time.  If you must join by phone rather than video, visit the facebook page and leave a private message with your phone number at least an hour before the session.

3. Nicole of The Sweeter the Juice – fabulous FREE ebook of juice recipes – download her ebook to use during the fast.  Choose which juices you would like to drink, making sure to include the recipes containing leafy greens.

4.   Carla of Raw Raw Life – raw food blogger with an extensive supply of raw, vegan, juice and smoothie recipes, videos and ebooks – Visit Carla for her grocery list as a guideline to make sure you are well stocked and ready to go.  Also, Carla has juicing ebooks as well – more recipes for you to choose from.

We will not use the following services but I certainly wanted to let you know about these juicing sistas in case they are in your area.

5. La’Tlia of Juicy’s Flavor – juice bar and products sold in multiple Virginia locations

6. Kelly of Juice Hugger – 1/2 of a duo with a cafe in Brooklyn and a huge selection of products online

Do you have a link to add?  If so, please leave that info in the comments section.  Now let’s get busy juicing!

Juicing and Smoothies Part 2 – Drink Your Greens 21 Day Habit

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I added (to taste) cardamom, ginger, honey, cinnamon, allspice to what you see there – a cup of soymilk, a cup of spinach, and a cup of roasted butternut squash. You can add water and ice cubes if it’s too thick. Use almond milk or hemp milk instead if you like.

As we begin the second quarter of the year I think back to January, and how hyped we were about our new blenders, green smoothies, and lofty goals. Just checking in… are you on schedule or have you fallen by the wayside?

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This was made using my Ninja blender and was one of my favorite smoothies, using leftover roasted squash!

The 21 day habit this month will be Drink Your Greens. Now remember, the plan here is not to drink green smoothies for 3 weeks in place of all meals, but rather to add them to our diet as a way to make sure we are increasing our fruit and veggie intake. And here’s why…

1. Detox – You do not want to piss your liver off, so give it some love by drinking some cruciferous veggies. These include kale, broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, cauliflower just to name a few. These blood cleansers assist the liver in the process of detoxifying our blood, protecting us from some cancers. I love that the name cruciferous means cross bearing, as these veggies have crucefers, cross shaped flower petals.  Who knew?

2. Fiber – As I mentioned on the facebook page, Americans spend $600 million annually on laxatives. When you juice, you throw away that lovely bowel moving fiber.  So if you are able to take in the additional fiber, then by all means, do!

3. Meal replacement – or should I just say portable, drinkable meal. That is one of my faaaavorite features of healthy green smoothies.  Add a scoop of peanut butter, some chia seeds, or flaxseed meal for an even more complete meal.

4. Nutrients – You could eat a salad for lunch, but when you drink your veggies you multiply the nutrients you take in, as you are able to drink far more leafy greens than you can eat.

5. Weight loss – The increase in fiber from drinking green smoothies leads to feeling fuller longer and less spikes in blood sugar levels, which can help with losing weight.  Yay!

6. Beverage variety – I’m a huge water pusher. I don’t even see the point of drinking sweet sugary beverages, unless of course it’s a martini or margarita, then by all means have one. Or two. But if you want to switch up from drinking just water, add some fruit, or make your own smoothie or juice.

7. Beauty – Toxins removed from the blood and bowels can only lead to healthier skin, hair and nails.  We all love that, don’t we?

So how have you been doing since the January smoothie habit?  As for me, I’m holding steady, still loving my green smoothies. I stopped for a couple of weeks due to plain old dontwannagetupthisearly-itis. But I’m back. And I came back to get those of you who got left behind.

For those who have kept steady on the course, congrats. Will you do all of the readers here a huge favor by sharing with us your tips for keeping the passion for reaching your goals?  Drink Your Greens, 21 Days to a New Habit starts April 9.  The Q&A session is April 8 in the Soul Food Therapy Google + Hangout.  See you there?