Archive for January, 2010

Detoxifying and healing Leaky Gut with Raw Foods, Superfoods and Juices

by Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo, MS, DC, CCN, DACBN

I’ve been doing option 2 of the 6 week detox program and LOVING it.  I find it quick and easy to fit in, once you get the hang of it.   I’m consuming lots of greens, I’m full all the time, unlike when I juice,  and I have tons of energy.    I’m still working on fitting in some of  colon cleansing pieces, but now that I have down the shakes and the intestinal cleanse parts, I can add the pieces that have not gotten the attention they need.

Last time I did the 6 week detox, I was putting all the powdered food concentrates and herbs into my green smoothies, along with the sprouted rice protein powder.  Yuck.  I had a hard time making it taste decent.  The smoothies were thick and sludgy and not very appealing.

I’ve since discovered a quick and easy way to do my leaky gut repair shakes.

Here’s a brief video I did of me making a shake.

Here’s how I recommend making your leaky gut repair shakes for the 6 week detox.

1- Put your chosen powders into a 1 quart mason jar.  I use the Warrior Foods enhanced powder, with Sprouted, Raw, Non-GMO, Organic Brown Rice Protein, Organic Hemp Protein, Organic  Vanilla Bean, Wildcrafted Nopal Cactus, and  Organic Whole Leaf Stevia.  To that I’ve been adding any combination of  the following, according to my desire at the time.

  • One or more Green powders:Vitamineral Green, Chlorella, Spirulina, Blue Green Algae (sometimes I use a tablespoon of each)
  • Earth – A Health Force Nutritionals product that contains herbs and whole foods concentrated that heal damaged intestinal linings and support the liver in detoxification.
  • Fruit powders (optional):  Pomegranate, Goji berry, Camu Camu, Lucuma, Fruits of the Earth.
  • Hormone support and adaptagenic Herbs: Licorice, Aswaganda, Maca, holy basil, bacopa

2- Add water to almost fill the jar, leaving room at top for shaking.  Shake vigorously.

3- Add ginger juice and lemon juice – one or more tablespoons of each, depending on your taste buds.  You can experiment and determine the the amount you like best.  Shake again.  I juice a big piece of ginger every few days — either in the juicer or in the blender with water — then I strain it.  I do the same with Lemon, so that I have it handy.

When I first made this, I was shocked at how good it tasted.  The first time I did it, I was cautious about the quantityof herbs and greens I put in.  I’ve been experimenting and now I just load lots in there.

I find this shake very filling and energizing.

Another success had been my use of the Health Force Nutritionals Intestinal Drawing Formula. Last detox, I dreaded it.  Made as directed it was thick and slimy and hard to get down.  I discovered, with the help of my mason jar how to make it very tolerable, and in fact quite satisfying.  I wont go as far as to say yummy, but definitely not unpleasant.  I’ll share more on how to make that tomorrow, along with my confessions about where I’ve fallen short of expectations.  For now, I’m heading into the hot tub and sauna for a detox sweat!

Love, Health and Happy Detox smiles,

Dr. Ritamarie

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Detoxification and Raw Foods: Be Sure to Add Some Fun

by Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo, MS, DC, CCN, DACBN

Detoxing and Fun.  Now that’s a novel approach.  Many people doing the six week deep tissue detox with us think of detoxing as a painful and uncomfortable experience.  Bring on the headaches.  Stay near the toilet.   Yet it really doesn’t have to be that way.

We actually have a fun component build into the six week detox program.  Each day we’re guided to choose one fun thing to do.  Having fun promotes health as much as good food, fresh air and sunshine.  Fun is not only an important ingredient in successful detoxification, it’s a necessary one.

Studies have confirmed that people who regularly attended concerts, theater, art and other cultural events for pleasure were almost two and a half times more likely to be alive nine years later than those who rarely attended such events.   Laughter is now used by hospitals as part of cancer therapy.  One study compared people’s responses on a questionnaire they called the Pleasure and Well-being Inventory (PWI) questionnaire to their health 20 years later.

Those who scored higher on the pleasure score were healthier 20 years later than those who scored lower. The relationship between PWI score and percentage alive and without chronic disease was nearly linear.  People  scored 2 or less on the PWI were alive and well 20 years later.

This coming week’s action plan for the six week detox includes filling out a fun inventory and adding fun to each day, even of only  for 5 minutes.  Try it– really truly do it and watch miracles happen.

I’ve been having fun with this detox.  Started out with the “shoulds” in control…telling me that Option 3 was the way to go.  Of course quarts of green juice and green smoothies, lots of sprouts and salads and of course wheat grass juice sounds like the prescription for successful detox.  Then reality took hold.  I know that with my life the way it is right now, taking 2-3 hours a day for juicing and sprouting would take away time from the other important aspects of my detox…like exercise, sleep, family and fun!

So I decided to do option 2, and include fresh juices whenever it’s convenient.  It’s working really well for me.  I really love the simplicity of putting a few powders in a jar and shaking it up.  It suits my lifestyle right now, even thought I intellectually prefer the whole fresh approach .

I’m having fun with the powders.  I even prepared a little video about it.   I wrote a blog post with recipes last night and my computer decided to boot itself and I couldn’t save it in time.   I promise it will get posted as early as I can tomorrow.  For now it’s time to get my detox sleep.

Love, Health and Joy,
(the secret ingredients to vibrance and longevity!!!!!)

Dr. Ritamarie

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The 6-Week Deep Tissue Detox Begins: Can We Start Over?

Well, yesterday we officially began the 6-Week Deep Tissue Detox. I’d stayed up until sunrise nearly organizing my home, washing my greens and making juices for the next day. Fully prepared with 5 of my favorite juice jugs armed and loaded in the fridge, I was convinced that my detox was off to a successful start.

Making green juices is one thing. Making green juices that taste good enough to consume is something else entirely. Through foresight and determination, I’d done a lot to prepare the stage and put support in place for myself. I got my ex-husband briefed, prepped and on board the program. I removed all traces of gluten or dairy products from the home and hid the soy sauces up high in the cupboard. (Was I thinking I could hide them from myself?!?) The kids made a commitment to gluten-free, dairy-free and LOTS of green juices and smoothies for the next 6 weeks, and I have enough kale, spinach and parsley in my fridge to feed an adult male gorilla for a week, but still…

…I still busted my detox on Day One.

*sigh*

I know, I know. You’re expecting me to be a stellar role model of health and discipline with will power of stainless steel. You were hoping I would succeed so I could encourage you. The fact is:

No amount of green food or swamp water supplements had any impact whatsoever on getting me through the spiritual wrestling match with my emotional eating patterns.

*Doh!*

Here are a few speculations as to why:

I clearly ignored Dr. Ritamarie’s suggestions to drink more water. In fact, I didn’t drink ANY water at all. Just green juice, and even that, I wasn’t drinking nearly enough because they tasted AWFUL! :-(

I was running on a considerable shortage of sleep. Your ability to think clearly, make smart decisions and prioritize healthy choices is SERIOUSLY compromised by insufficient sleep. I’d been running on a couple nights of a couple hours of sleep and it certainly didn’t help my late night eating habits.

My house was messy. The kids are back this week. I would swear they each has a set of four arms–two for pretending to be busy doing homework and helping, and two more that come out when I’m not looking to sprinkle, tear, scatter, smash and smear stuff all over the house. They say that a person’s home is a reflection of their state of mind and well-being. If that’s true, last night I was living proof.

So, since we’re not here to brag about our shortcomings, but rather learn from them, here’s the action plan for the week to keep us all on track:

1. Take time to go through the sample GI document. Look at the detailed suggestions of how to start your day, prep for meals, and what to consume in between. Put the first steps in place. If you did as poorly as I did yesterday, let us know and we’ll add another week to the regime. Just getting in place all the little details of what need to be done can be daunting.

2. Set a policy for yourself about bedtime. You cannot pretend to be doing yourself any favors with all these foods, then think it’s okay to trash your adrenals by working until the sun comes up. (While Dr. Ritamarie is a model for healthy food choices, feel free to send her a little love note at 10pm reminding her that it’s almost bedtime.

3. Assuming that your preparation week has gone well, that you’ve gone through all the documents and are on target, you need to take and make the time to go through your first educational teleseminar. The more you understand the mechanisms at work, the better you’ll be able to put healthy habits in place.

We have a teleseminar this Thursday. We’ll be focused on answering any questions related to the content of the program up until this point in the program. The link has been sent to you, but here are some of the questions that we’ll be addressing:

  • Why all this green? Why can’t we just do liquids, or a juice feast?  Why can’t we just do less green?
  • Why “raw” food? I mean, couldn’t it just be a gluten-free detox?
  • Wheatgrass makes me want to throw up just thinking about it. How am I supposed to get it down in the quantities recommended for this program? Is there something else I can do instead?
  • Can we substitute powdered greens for fresh juices, sometimes? How often?
  • Can you please pass along some acceptable transitional recipes or cooked food options that will maximize detox and minimize frustration for me, since I’m having a touch time staying on raw food?
  • Is it okay to make our juices and smoothies in advance?

We’re going to find out how everyone else is doing, too, and as I said, if we need to add an extra week to the program, to be it. Let’s get the results we came here to achieve!

Love and support,

Tera

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