3 Days to Thrive.
“When you eat natural, whole foods, you enhance the life giving energy that knits thousands of processes into a whole person.”
‘W’ is for Whole.
It’s easy to head to a fast food restaurant or a convenience store when you get hungry, but do the options found there really fill you up or do they just fill you out? The truth is that fast and packaged foods that include laundry lists of ingredients might be tasty, but they’re void in many nutrients which simply won’t keep you or your belly satisfied when all is said and done.Not to mention, many packaged foods found on the shelves of your typical store contain chemicals, colorants, and other ingredients that aren’t necessarily good for your health. The good news is that you can fill up without sacrificing taste or your health thanks to the bountiful whole food options that are out there. Here’s why you should be focusing on a whole foods diet filled with fresh fruits and vegetables.
Healthy Weight Maintenance
Fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrition, and they happen to be low on calories so you don’t have to worry about calorie counting when they’re center stage on your plate at every meal. Paired with whole grains, you can turn fruits and vegetables into tantalizing burgers and desserts to keep yourself full and satisfied all day long.
Less Chance for Heart Disease
Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States alone, which isn’t surprising when you consider what the average American diet consists of. But heart disease is not inevitable! Consuming a high fiber, whole foods diet significantly protects the heart from cardiovascular disease. An abundance of fiber can be found in whole grains, but they’re also readily available in raw fruits and vegetables such as carrots and greens too.
Lower Risk of Diabetes
Eating a diet high in whole foods such as grains, fruits, and vegetables lowers your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and any ailments that may result from the disease if you already have it. Consuming a whole food, high raw vegan diet will help you to optimally manage your blood sugar whether or not you have diabetes, so make it a point to start your day with a big smoothie full of fibrous fruits and veggies, and to pack the rest of your day with fun veggie snacks to keep you going.
The Opportunity to Reverse Some Diseases
Many people have had success with reversing their heart disease, diabetes, and even some cancers on a whole food vegan diet. Some people have even reversed diabetes symptoms for good on a raw food diet. The key is focusing on whole food meals and snacks on a consistent basis.
Lunch: Protein Kale Salad
2-3 Cups Kale, finely chopped, stems removed
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 Tbl pumpkin seeds
All of your leftover chopped vegetables (cucumbers, celery, zucchini, etc)
Celtic or Himalayan salt to taste and cracked pepper to taste
Place kale in a bowl. Use your hands to massage avocado, olive oil and apple cider vinegar into kale until it’s slightly wilted. Stir in all remaining ingredients.
3:00pm Snack: Veggie sticks and Hummus
6-7:00pm Dinner: Cucumber and avocado soup
4 large cucumbers, cleaned and peeled
4 celery stalks
1 avocado, peeled and putted
¼ cup chopped dill
¼ cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
4 cups purified water
Put all the ingredients in the blender and blend until creamy smooth.
Now what? Tips for coming off the cleanse….
By now you should be feeling lighter, clearer and full of energy and vitality. Many notice by day three their skin tone is better, eyes brighter, and stomach is free of bloating. If you like how you are feeling, maybe consider continuing for even a few more days. Cleansers who are looking for weight loss would especially be interested in staying on the cleanse a few more days as weight loss usually starts to happen on day four or five. We suggest you go back to the recipes and restart on day one with the Oat Groats – remember those!
If you choose to start re-introducing other elements into your daily consumption, we recommend doing so slowly and over time. If you introduce one element a day, you will be able to detect any sensitivities like allergies.
So for example, you might first introduce caffeine. Give it a day. See how you feel. Next ,you try clean and lean animal proteins. Give it a day. See how you feel. Then maybe sugar, next grains and perhaps dairy. Day by day, step by step. Slowly and with compassionate awareness, you introduce these elements and wait to see how they impact you. You might learn some really fascinating things…
For those of you who are ready for that hot cup of coffee, we suggest that you have it straight up black coffee and leave out the creamers and sugar and anything extra you might put in your coffee. How about try sprinkling a bit of cinnamon in your black coffee! It’s actually quite nice. The most important thing you can continue to do after this cleanse and incorporate into your daily healthy lifestyle to THRIVE is to have warm water with lemon upon waking up and before your coffee.
Now, for those of you who like alcohol, we suggest you hold off until the weekend. Work to incorporate having the week days without alcohol and enjoying it (in moderation) only on the weekend.
Now for sugar. . . once you wean yourself off of your “sweet tooth” you will find that you do not need this as much in your diet. If you are eating whole, healthy foods like you have been for the past three days, your body is satisfied and doesn’t crave sugar. If you do, then try RAW desserts and see what you think! (We will be sending you a few of these later in the day today!)
Meat eaters in the house? Ok, if you must – but in moderation and no more than once a week. Instead opt for fresh fish and chicken and for sure incorporate a once a week raw dinner into your weekly eating habits. We recommend clean and lean meats rather than fried, grilled or smoked meats. So baked or steamed meats often more nutritious and less harmful.
If you are a huge grain lover, you are welcome to reintroduce those into your eating habits but we recommend whole grains rather than processed grains and slow introduction over time.
If you choose to bring dairy back into your daily consumption, we recommend the more artisan varieties. For example, raw cheeses are far preferable to a processed variety. And always with dairy, we recommend low quantities at high quality.
We will be sending you a list of whole foods and staples to keep in your house or pantry at all times so you always have a healthy option to grab when you are in a hurry.
We hope you have enjoyed many of the recipes on the three-day cleanse and that you will continue to make them often and enjoy in your life.