We are a funny culture. We acknowledge the importance of daily body hygiene: we clean our skin, our hair, our teeth. But we are very blind to the parts of our body that we can't see.
~Scott Ohlgren, "The 28-Day Cleansing Program"
We've struggled with keeping whole foods a priority these last couple weeks. An 80/20 food philosophy morphed into about 60/40, and we are feeling it's effects. Time to kick it up a notch.
Since October 2007, we've been doing a cellular cleanse once each quarter. There are no supplements involved, just an extreme diet shift, and we eat easily digested, cleansing foods for up to 28 days.... yes, four weeks :o) Our premise for the cellular cleanse is based largely on the book "The 28-Day Cleansing Program" by Scott Ohlgren, who was largely influenced by the work of Dr. Weston Price. We don't follow everything the book recommends, but we've found his suggestions related to food and cleansing to be invaluable.
The very first time we did this cleanse, we were naive and decided to break the cleanse by having a steak dinner. Oh. my. word. My husband has a stomach of steel and wasn't affected too much, but I was terribly ill for days. Steak was much too heavy of a dinner for me after four weeks of veggies, fruits, beans, and whole grains! What was I thinking?!
Typically, a cleansing meal plan would not include breads or dairy, but recently we began to allow soaked/fermented freshly ground whole grain breads as well as homemade yogurt. Also, we do not intend to do a full four weeks of cleansing this time; our goal is two weeks, and we'll need to be a little flexible for an event or two we're participating in.
For more information on cellular cleansing, you can visit the How Health Works web site or check out these two books: The 28-Day Cleansing Program and Cellular Cleansing Made Easy.
Now, on to this week's meal plan...
Oat groats with real maple syrup and fresh fruit
Homemade yogurt with fresh fruit
Tuna on homemade bread
Beans and rice
Tostadas with veggies, using Ezekiel sprouted grain tortilla shells
Grilled veggies with a little bit of grilled amish chicken on the side
Southwestern black bean tacos
Roasted, carmelized veggies over brown rice
Veggie stir-fry over whole wheat noodles
Homemade bread with unsweetened fruit spread or honey
Spoonful of natural peanut butter
In most cases, impaired health is more the result of indulgences and practices that are absolutely harmful than it is the result of omissions. Most people are very anxious to find out what they can do to get them well. What they fail to ask is, "What can I stop doing that is making me sick?"
~ Dr. Ralph Cinque, M.D.
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