3 Days to Thrive.
“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.”
‘R’ is for Real. Real foods aren’t processed.
Processed Foods Are High in Sugar and/or High Fructose Corn Syrup
This isn’t only a matter of “empty calories” causing you to gain weight without getting proper nutrition. Excess sugar consumption is linked to insulin resistance, high triglycerides, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer.
Refined fructose, typically in some form of corn syrup, is now found in virtually every processed food you can think of, and fructose actually “programs” your body to consume more calories and store fat.
Fructose is primarily metabolized by your liver, because your liver is the only organ that has the transporter for it. Since all fructose gets shuttled to your liver, and, if you eat a typical Western-style diet, you consume high amounts of it, fructose ends up taxing and damaging your liver in the same way alcohol and other toxins do.
And just like alcohol, fructose is metabolized directly into fat – it gets stored in your fat cells, which can lead to mitochondrial malfunction, obesity, and obesity-related diseases, especially if you are insulin or leptin resistant.
The more fructose or HFCS a food contains, and the more total fructose you consume, the worse it is for your health. As a standard recommendation, I advise keeping your TOTAL fructose consumption below 25 grams per day.
For most people, it would also be wise to limit your fructose from fruit to 15 grams or less, as you’re virtually guaranteed to consume “hidden” sources of fructose if you drink beverages other than water and eat processed food.
It’s important to realize that added sugar (typically in the form of high fructose corn syrup) is not confined to junky snack foods or sweets; it’s also common in savory processed foods.
For example, most of Prego’s spaghetti sauces have one common feature and that is sugar — it’s the second largest ingredient, right after tomatoes. A half-cup of Prego Traditional contains the equivalent of more than two teaspoons of sugar!
We have designed our daily meal plans to be based in REAL foods. With that said, here is Day 1.
Raw Rolled Oat Cereal
1 cup raw organic oat groats (soaked overnight and rinsed well)
¼ tsp Celtic or Himalayan sea salt
1-2 Tbs. cold filtered water, as needed
Place the soaked oats in a food processor or blender along with the avocado and blend. Add the sea salt. Adding water as desired for consistency, either thicker or thinner.
We are starting you off on day one with a food we are quite sure most of you have not heard of. . . did someone say OAT GROATS?! (not oat goats – make sure you add the “r”) So, what is oat groats and why did we start the cleanse with this food. Oat Groats are a whole, hull-less oat. The oats that we are used to eating ate the oats in a processed and/or fully harvested state. This strips the natural oat from some of the benefits. Oat Groats are easy, affordable and offer us many things.
- You will feel fuller longer which helps control weight. (we have a feeling You might not need/want your mid-morning snack this first day).
- Reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes since their soluble fiber helps control blood sugar.
- Oats are higher in protein and healthy fats and lower carbohydrates than most other whole grains.
- They contain more soluble fiber than any other grain.
- They have the best amino acid balance of all the cereal grains.
Make sure you soak them overnight in some water and enjoy the next morning! You can make this simple breakfast in a matter of minutes.
10 am Snack:
1 organic apple
12:00 noon Lunch:
1 large bunch curly parsley or Italian flat parsley (save 2 tbl for next day)
½ white onion, diced
1 organic tomato, diced
1 cup Cauliflower Rice (directions follow)
Juice of 1 lemon 1 garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
½ tsp Celtic or Himalayan sea salt
Cut the Cauliflower into 1 inch pieces. Process in food processor until the Cauliflower is the consistency of rice. Next, chop the parsley and place in a large bowl, along with the onion, tomato. In a blender, combine the lemon, garlic, olive oil and sea salt and blend until smooth. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix well.
Now, why are we suggesting you move away from standard table salt and move toward using Pink Himalayan Salt? What’s really interesting about processed table salt is that it’s missing over 80 minerals. But they only put ONE mineral back in — iodine. That’s because iodine is the one mineral that causes the most obvious disease (goiter is sort of hard to not notice).
Iodine is a naturally occurring mineral in the ocean. It’s abundant in seafood and in real sea salt, but it’s completely missing from refined white table salt.
So they started adding iodine to table salt, creating “iodized salt.”
But why would you want to eat salt that’s been artificially enriched with ONE mineral when you could be eating salt that naturally contains eighty-four minerals?
Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt contains 84 minerals and trace minerals, including iodine! Enough said!
3:00pm Snack: Broccoli and Orange Salad
Small Chop Broccoli
Peel an Orange into sections and slice sections in half. Toss with Broccoli. Let marinate about 5 minutes before eating.
Make sure you really use plenty of orange juice and allow the juice to work it’s magic. The acid in the orange juice will break down the broccoli, cooking it in a sense. You are welcome to add a little salt to this one. It’s light and packed with nutrients at the same time. Enjoy!
6-7:00pm Dinner: Veggie sticks with Hummus
½ cup Hummus with veggies such as carrot sticks, celery, zucchini slices, etc.
Chick peas have manganese in them. They help with digestion. This is one recipe that is not 100% raw, but that’s ok. We’re focused on progress, not perfection. And today has definitely been a full day of progress. We hope you have enjoyed day one and can’t wait to hear from you about it!