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Before I bon voyage to San Diego for my Deepak Chopra retreat, I wanted to pass onto you a great book I just finished reading: Make Peace With Your Plate.

Jess Ainscough is an Australian writer, blogger and certified holistic health coach. I ADORE her blog, The Wellness Warrior. Anyone who gives a step-by-step video of how to do a coffee enema (rated G, of course) is super cool in my book. She is darling and hysterical and calls red bell peppers capsicum. I can’t get enough.

Her Story is Amazing

Jess has literally healed herself of terminal cancer through juicing and whole foods using the Gerson Method. Her story is proof that we have what it takes to heal our own bodies! Check out her video of how she has managed to sustain the rigorous protocol of her healing agenda. She has such willpower and strength!

Back to her Book

She just came out with her new e-Book, Make Peace With Your Plate: How to End Your Tortured Relationship with Food.

On my “food” journey (which still continues as my love for Mexican, cheese, and beer will never die) I have read a dozen nutrition and food books. Her book assimilates ALL of those books into one. It is very informative, beautifully layed out, and funny! Jess still manages to keep me laughing while she is talking serious sh$t.

You Know How Much I Love Supporting Women’s Dreams

So, I can’t go on my trip without spreading the word about Jess, her website, and her new book. This girl is moving and shaking and I think we will be seeing her hit it big time. Jump on the band wagon now!

Ta Ta, as they say in Australia! I’ll be on a plane Wednesday and plan on keeping you abreast of any moments of enlightenment. I still can’t believe I’ll be meditating with the Deepak…truly amazing!

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Imagine that you are preparing dinner for a very important and celestial guest. For me, I’m picturing Jesus coming to dinner. Maybe you have Allah, Buddha, or just good ole God gracing your dining table. Whoever your Holy guest is, they will be eating with you tonight!

What would you feed someone Holy and Divine?

I imagine that you would choose your favorite recipes, make a list of ingredients, and take time at the store picking the perfect items. You would select the brightest strawberries, the freshest spinach and the most beautiful wild caught salmon.

You would come home, make sure you were not rushed, and lovingly prepare all the dishes for your Divine guest. You wouldn’t mind the cost, time, or effort it took because this was for someone special!

You couldn’t imagine picking up a drive-through dinner or quickly throwing together Hamburger Helper for your Holy visitor! You would never offer them a frozen dinner or Starbucks coffee. Why? Because a special spirit deserves only the best food.

What, however, would you have fed yourself if you didn’t have a Divine guest to feed?

You are Spirit and you deserve the same life-giving nourishment

Without your body, where would your spirit live? Your spirit and body are meant to work together to help you grow, evolve and succeed. Your body isn’t just along for the ride! Feeding it addictive foods like sweets, sodas, coffee, processed foods, breads, and take-out only dull the senses, keeping us stuck. Its hard to soar and excel when you are stuck in a food coma.

Imagine treating your body like the Divine vessel it is and only offering it the highest quality nourishment. You would have the keen senses, clear intuition, and vibrant health to propel you forward and achieve your wildest dreams!

Food and Spirituality and interconnected

We see this in the bible, we see this in our rituals, and we see this in our every day traditions: food is integral to our spiritual experience.

It is no coincidence that if you are a spiritual person you likely have an interest in healthy food. Likewise, often people who are very interested in whole, clean eating find themselves very drawn toward spiritual exploration.

They are dependent and enhance each other. It was designed that way.

Treat yourself like a God

For those of you that are completing the last day of the cleanse, you just spent five days treating your bodies with Divine respect. How did that make you feel?

It isn’t always easy breaking ourselves from addictive foods. Heck, I can’t wait for my glass of wine on Saturday! But, the closer we get to treating ourselves like the holy spirits we are, the more in-tuned we will become, the greater success we will see, and the faster we will achieve our goals.

Congratulations on finishing 5 days of beautiful eating! Have a great weekend and keep treating yourself like the rock-star holy hot bodies you are!

***Interested in reading more about this topic? Check out this great book: If Buddha Came to Dinner by Hale Sofia Schatz

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When I drastically changed my eating habits about 5 years ago, something totally caught me off guard: I had the worst gas and the weirdest poop FOR A MONTH.

I shit you not (couldn’t help myself), it lasted a month.

I remember going in for a massage and having to warn my long-time masseuse that she was about to experience something that may change her forever.

We both survived that day and she still agrees to work on me, God love her.

Shit Shock

What you should know about suddenly and drastically shifting your diet like I did is that it can put stress on your digestive track, causing what I like to call: shit shock. Even when you are changing from junk food to whole foods, the flora and fauna of your digestive track is being effected. You may experience stinky farts, sticky poop or floating poop due to the increased gas from the hard-working bacteria.

It can get ugly, so warn your roommate, partner and children.

Herbivore Farts vs. Carnivore Farts

Generally speaking, carnivores product a smaller amount of smelly gas and herbivores make A LOT of gas that isn’t as offensive.

When you are drastically changing your diet, however, other things come into play.

Our bodies are unable to digest cellulose, which is the main component of vegetables, so it passes through our system as fiber, “scrapping” the intestinal track along the way. Any caught-up gunk left over from your unhealthy eating days will get loosened by the fiber and pass. This is why initially it can get a little stinky when you start eating healthy.

No worries, your digestive track will eventually settle down. I changed my diet very abruptly and never looked back, which is why my poor intestines took a month to balance. You may opt to ease in slowly, which may not be a bad idea.

DETOXERS BEWARE: you may see some crazy crap!

What can you do to help the gas situation?

1. Beano
During that first month of diet transition, I tried Beano, and found it didn’t work, but that doesn’t mean it can’t work for you.

2. Artichokes
Yes, they are known to neutralize the smell of gas, so while you still may have a lot, it may smell just a little bit better. Put some jarred artichokes on your salad and keep your fingers crossed.

3. Invest in some charcoal underwear
I am totally kidding. But they do make them. They also make charcoal pads you can sit on that absorbs the smell. I need my boys shoes to be infused with charcoal.

It’s the price we have to pay for health, fellow health visionaries. But it doesn’t last forever!

Good Luck this week! test

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Remember I told you in My Personal Lows and Highs of 2011 that I was working on a new website? Well, one of the main reasons is because I can’t figure out how to do a “print recipe” button! I bet that is so annoying to you guys. Just breath though it…one day I’ll have that button.

I also don’t know how to attach PDFs to a blog post so that you can print, say, a grocery list? Wouldn’t that be helpful?

So, instead, if you want to print this post, you will get all of the other mumbo jumbo on my blog home screen and will likely have to print 27 pages.

Just sayin’, I’ve warned you. If you love trees, you may want to print a “range” of pages.

Ok, now back to business!

By now you have selected a couple recipes and know what ingredients you need for them.

Here is a list of other food/meal/snack ideas. Don’t over buy, you don’t want to throw things away. For example, pick one smoothie recipe and have the same one every day rather than having to get the ingredients for three different kinds. Unless you have the refrigerator space and pocket book!

Breakfast Ideas and Grocery List Items:

Warm Lemon Water and Tea

  • Lemons
  • Tea

    Green smoothie

  • Non-dairy milk (rice, almond, hemp, or soy) 1 cup
  • Fruit (I like strawberries, 1/3 frozen banana, and a couple small chunks of pineapple) 1 cup
  • Spinach 1 handful
  • Ice
  • Stevia pinch

  • Toast with Almond Butter

  • Gluten-free bread
  • Almond butter

  • Non-Dairy Yogurt with fruit and gluten-free granola

  • almond milk, coconut or soy yogurt
  • Gluten-free granola
  • fruit

  • Oatmeal with Topping Ideas (tip: I make big batch of oatmeal and eat during week)

  • Oatmeal (NOT quick or instant.  They make an “official” gluten-free variety that ensures a rogue wheat plant doesn’t grow in the oat field, but if you don’t have a gluten allergy, you are fine with regular)
  • Non-dairy milk
  • Flax meal
  • Chia seeds
  • Fruit (bananas are yummy)
  • Pecan pieces
  • Shredded non-sweatened coconut
  • Stevia
  • Maple syrup

  • Lunch Ideas and Grocery List Items:

    Mixed Green Salad with Topping Ideas

  • Spinach or Lettuce
  • Raw nuts (pecans, almonds, walnuts)
  • Vegetables (onions, carrots, whatever you like!)
  • Avocado
  • Beets (I love Melissa’s pre-cooked beets and talked about them here)
  • Dried Fruit (use sparingly)
  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Rice (yes, I sometime throw in some leftover brown rice to give it some weight!)
  • Beans
  • Seeds
  • Vinaigrette salad dressing of your choice.  Be carful of hidden sugar in the Asian dressings.

  • Soup

  • What soup are you making?  Don’t forget the ingredients!
  • Eat this all week with a salad

  • Hearty Side/Salad

  • What recipe are you making?  Did you decide on a quinoa salad  or bean salad to eat through out the week?
  • Eat paired with a green salad or a cup of soup

  • Snack Ideas and Grocery List Items:

  • Hummus
  • Edamame Hummus
  • Rice crackers
  • Carrots
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Red Bell Pepper Slices
  • Cucumber Slices
  • Edamame
  • Raw Nuts
  • Fresh Pressed Green Juice (if you have a juicer!)
  • Apple
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Orange
  • Avocado with sea salt on gluten-free toast
  • Smoothie (see above)
  • Glass of almond milk with a pinch of cinnamon
  • Celery Sticks with almond butter

    Dinner Ideas and Grocery List Items:

  • Any of the above things!  I try to keep it simple and eat many of the same things so I’m not cooking a lot. Eat out at a vegan or vegetarian restaurant once to spice things up! Here are some additional ideas…

    Roasted Vegetables over Brown Rice

  • Brown Rice (make a big batch and use it during week)
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Beets
  • Sweet potato
  • Cauliflower

  • Sautéd Spinach with Garlic over Rice or Gluten-free pasta

  • Spinach
  • Garlic
  • Rice
  • Gluten-free pasta

  • Sautéd Tempeh Lettuce Wraps
  • Tempeh
  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Cilantro
  • Soy Sauce (preferably Braggs Liquid Aminos)

  • Phew! I’m exhausted. You get the picture, right?

    Now get to the store by Sunday and start cooking! If you are purchasing vegan meals, you will still want breakfast and snack items, so don’t forget!

    Have an amazing weekend, friends. Talk to you Monday.

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    Of course you are. So am I, Lord Jesus. I am a belly full of cookies and BBQ (thanks to Dalai Dan and his recent smoked pork butt). This body of mine is ready to kick some ass.

    Today, I am going to give you some general rules of this MILD cleanse. Nothing crazy like only drinking lemon juice and cayenne pepper for 5 days. I won’t make you consume ghee or epsom salt. You don’t have to submit pictures of your poop or eat only kale.

    (Don’t stop reading yet, because there is a special deal for my KC readers. Non-KC readers can stop only if you didn’t gain 5 pounds like me)

    Here is What You Are Going To Do:

    Cleanse Length: 5 days (Monday, Jan 9th – Friday Jan 13th)

    DO NOT consume: wheat (gluten), processed sugar, coffee*, sodas, alcohol, dairy products, or animal products**

    DO consume: detox or other favorite tea, fresh-pressed vegetable juices, green smoothies, steal cut oats, brown rice, beans, nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil, vinegar, fruits, vegetables, hummus, quinoa, rice/almond/soy milk, vegan yogurts/cheeses, gluten-free products***

    DO NOT: freak out if you go off course, put too much on your schedule, be mean to yourself if it feels hard, starve yourself, compare yourself to others.

    DO: start every morning with warm lemon water, eat when you are hungry, have your last meal around 6pm, eat a grapefruit if it is after 6pm and your are starving, try yoga (hot!) or any life giving exercise, drink lots of water, exfoliate your skin, take baths (try epsom salt or himalayan sea salt), take a nap, get a massage, start each morning with a prayer or vision for the day, try a colonic, BE KIND TO YOURSELF!

    There are Two Ways You Can Do This:

    1. Prepare some key foods over the weekend that will last you all week.

    I am going to provide you with some ideas and recipes tomorrow. They will include things like,

    • Vegetable/bean soups
    • Quinoa salads
    • Roasted vegetables and other vegetable recipes

    2.  Or, use a vegan meal service if one is available.

    This, my friends, is what I am doing this time. Thankfully, here in Kansas City, we have Conveniently Natural, a company that provides awesome vegan meals right to your door. I have talked about them here and have used them several times throughout the year.

    IF YOU CHOOSE THIS ROUTE, call them directly at 913-475-8004 (BY FRIDAY!!!) and mention you are participating in the Dalai Lina cleanse for 10% off your order. The meals will be delivered on Monday, January 9th. If you are doing the cleanse alone, a 1/2 gluten-free order should be perfect. Kim at Conveniently Natural will gladly help you with your order and any food questions when you call. She and her husband are amazing!

    This choice makes it much easier and is very economical, but you will still have to do some grocery shopping and preparation over the weekend….

    So, stay tuned over the next couple days for recipes and a grocery list!

    In the mean time, eat sensibly this week – it will make next week SO much easier!

    *coffee: I know this is a killer for some of you. The acid and caffeine in coffee is hard on our bodies. Try really hard to see if you can do it! Black tea (which has a little caffeine) can take the edge off. Otherwise, if you need to, have a cup of decaf coffee with a vegan creamer or non-dairy milk.

    **gluten-free products: try to limit the number of processed food. There are some great gluten-free cereals, breads, and crackers, but try to keep the cleanse about whole, fresh foods.

    ***animal products: if you feel like you must incorporate some animal products, consume “light” meats like fish or eggs for lunch (along with lots of veggies). Still avoid dairy!

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    I should have titled this, “What May Send the Dalai’s to Divorce Court.”

    Dalai Dan is scared of expiration dates. Little girl in a Halloween haunted house scared. If our milk is even approaching the date, he goes and opens a new bottle.

    This, my friends, does not please the Dalai. In fact, it has caused many a’morning argument when he goes to pull the newest bottle of milk out for himself because his precious olfactory senses can’t handle anything but milk straight from the utter.

    I have tried and tried again to explain to him these dairy facts:

    • All dairy dates are “sell by” dates
    • “Sell By” dates are to help retailers rotate their stock, NOT to tell us when to throw it out
    • Generally speaking, milk and yogurt are good 5-7 (and up to 10!) days after the “sell by” date
    • Cream cheese is good for 2-4 weeks past the date if it is unopened
    • Hard cheeses, unopened, can last up to 6 months!
    • If a hard cheese has some mold, the only effected part is the molded area, so it is perfectly safe to cut it off. Really.

    So, the next time you go to throw out a container of milk or yogurt, do the sniff test. If it smells fine, then it is fine. That is really the only way to identify sour milk. But, even if the milk started to turn and you drank it (let’s say, you put chocolate in it and didn’t notice?) you wouldn’t die. You’ll be just fine.

    Trust me, Dalai Dan, you’ll be just fine…

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    I have been on the food committee at the kids’ school this year, trying to make little changes in the school lunches…things like sourcing local natural milk, local freshly baked breads, less desserts, more home made meals. You get the idea. Our goal is to get as much of our ingredients from local farmers as we can – and preferably naturally or organically grown and raised. We keep plugging away. Inch be inch.

    On Thursday, November 10th at 6:30, St. Paul’s is hosting a public screening of Food, Inc. followed by a a panel discussion with a great list of community experts. So, not only can you see this thought provoking movie, you get an opportunity to ask questions from people like:

    • Beth Low, Director of the Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition
    • Joe Bichelmeyer, owner of local meat processing company and butcher, Bichelmeyer Meats
    • Kim wells, fitness and nutrition expert and speaker
    • Leigh Wagner, Integrative Medical Nutrition Therapy at KU Med Center
    • Katie Nixon, small farm specialist, consultant and advocate
    • Chef Joy, chef of Bistro Kids, a local company that provides organic/natural school lunches to participating schools
    • Shane Hanson, Director of Door to Door Organics Kansas City office

    Wondering which foods you should be most concerned with? Interested in understanding how the meat processing industry really works? Don’t know how to access local, natural ingredients? How about getting a few ideas about how to make small changes at home?

    Not only can you ask these questions, you can WIN gift certificates to some super awesome restaurants. Yum.

    If you don’t come, I get them all. And I won’t invite you to come and share it with me…so you better join me Thursday or here is where I’ll be going without you…

    Cafe Sebastian
    The Farmhouse
    Eden’s Alley
    Cafe Europa
    Blue Bird Bistro
    Westside Local


    Hope to see you there!


    St. Pauls Episcopal Day Scool

    4041 Main Street

    Kansas City, MO

    6:30-8:00 movie

    8:00 discussion

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