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.

A Parasite Cleanse Saved My Life

9pineappleI have dealt with iron deficiency anemia for years.  Once my iron was so low (hemoglobin of 6, when 12 or higher was the goal) that I was supposed to go for a transfusion.  But instead my holistic diva mama jumped in and nursed me back to health with some high iron liver and onion doses daily for 3 weeks.  Yuck.  But it worked.  However, I stopped eating beef, especially liver, and my iron level started to creep back down.  I have traveled extensively to several countries, have eaten more than my fair share of sushi, and have had pets living in and out of the house.  All of these put me at risk for parasites.  I have never had one doctor even mention this as a possible reason for my chronic iron deficiency, and a host of other embarrassing symptoms that will only be discussed with my cleanse and detox clients.  But after discussing some of these symptoms with a nutrition and wellness colleague, it occurred to both of u that perhaps parasites could be causing me so many problems.

So I did it – I got mad as hell at the thought of something living off of me and giving me nothing but grief in return.  So I removed sweets except for a couple of fruits from my diet, all meat, and starch, and drank the nastiest concoction of herbal teas on the face of the earth – for 2 weeks.  And that’s when it all happened for me.  You may recall a while back when I lost a bunch of weight as a result of going gluten free, but I still had the kangaroo pouch and anemia.  Well that disappeared with the two week cleanse I did with an emphasis on getting rid of the freeloading parasitic bastards.

I will be discussing some of the symptoms nobody wants to talk about in a google hangout this weekend with some detoxing diva friends who have signed up for the chat.  Then we will do a free 14 day parasite cleanse together.  If you’d like to join us, sign up here.  I’m not charging a thing this time for the info I will share with you although I know the value of it, so it certainly won’t hurt to join us.10cayenne

Have you ever done or thought about doing a parasite cleanse?  Do you know the symptoms?  If so, share below.  And I’ll see you at the hangout.

It’s Time for Spring Cleaning

healthy is sexyDid you join the fall Detox for a Diva?  Or did you miss out and want to know when it would come around again?  Well, spring is here, and so is D4D Spring Cleaning – yay!!  I’m ready for a whole new group of divas to join me on April 1.  And actually, a couple of previous participants have already decided to sign up.  I didn’t expect that, but I know I’ll be doing it again so why wouldn’t they?

Detox for a Diva Spring Cleaning will include Continue reading “It’s Time for Spring Cleaning” »

New Year New You Mango Lassi Smoothie

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How is your new year going so far? Many of us take the month of January to renew, refresh, and rejuvenate our health.  I know I am. So I came up with this most fabulous “MangoLassi” smoothie and am delighted to share it with you. It has chia seeds for omega 3, fiber and calcium, turmeric which is a powerful antioxidant (cancer fighting) and liver supporter, high protein and heart healthy almond milk, fresh squeezed orange juice for vitamin c, carrots for beta carotene (cancer fighter) and vitamin A (to enhance eye health), and mango for sweetness and whole host of nutritional goodies (vitamins A, C, B6 as well as folate, fiber and copper). I came up with this by trying to make the perfectly pretty orange smoothie.  I would say this one is a total success. Pretty, healthy, and delish. Wanna try it? Here you go! Continue reading “New Year New You Mango Lassi Smoothie” »

Welcome 2014 With New Healthy Eating Habits

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Out with the old, in with the new, right? This is the time of year we like to prepare for a fresh start. So I thought I’d share a list of healthy eating related habits you can toss out with the end of 2013, and those you can replace them with for 2014.

1. Out- counting calories. In- Eating foods that help you to feel your best. Continue reading “Welcome 2014 With New Healthy Eating Habits” »

Overweight? You Might Have Food Allergies

As I shared a few days ago, I used to struggle with my weight.  But what I didn’t tell you is the weight was the least of my troubles.

A couple of years ago I started having chest pains, mainly upon awakening in the morning.  This was accompanied by nausea.  This went on pretty consistently for about a month.  I thought there was something wrong with my heart.

The pains became more frequent.  So I finally decided to see a doctor for an EKG. Continue reading “Overweight? You Might Have Food Allergies” »

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!

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?

Got Lumps? How is your Thyroid Health?

January is thyroid awareness month.  I had a scary experience last year when I just randomly touched my neck and felt a lump on one side.  Fortunately I had a good friend who had gone through a thyroid illness, and good insurance.  I immediately called on both.

My Spelman sister was there to answer questions and help keep me calm through the testing, which fortunately resulted in negative for cancer (praise the Lord) or any other type of thyroid disease.  Unfortunately I could not blame my excess weight on my thyroid, but that’s another story.

I encourage you to visit Empower Your Health for information and symptoms to check for.  Remember, ignoring keeps you ignorant.  Inquiring keeps you informed.  Have you had an experience with thyroid trouble?  Do you have a story that may encourage or support someone else?  If so, please feel free to share.

For My Sistas – Black Women and Weight Loss in 2012

This week I saw a fabulous Janet Jackson starring in a Nutrisystem commercial.  I also noticed two or three new J-Hud commercials for Weight Watchers.  And of course there’s the bad ass Mariah Carey Jenny Craig spot, where they fail to mention her 7 day a week workout.  The point is I’ve noticed a real target on us sistas to get the weight off.  It seems someone has noticed that we need to lose some weight, and that same someone has noticed that we have money to spend on ourselves.

I appreciate any good help I can get, and as a registered dietitian, it’s my duty and passion to help others.  So I thought I’d compile a short list of the help I know of that’s specifically for black women.  I’ve also included a few sites that will support your weight loss efforts. This is my year to not just eat healthy, but to get moving and STAY moving too.  If you’ve not done so yet, make the commitment to make this the year to be your physical best too.  If you know of other sites that I didn’t list please feel free to add them. Continue reading “For My Sistas — Black Women and Weight Loss in 2012” »