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Flush Those Stones

Liver Cleanse Gallbladder Flush

The crazy things I do while I’m on vacation… if fasting for 4 days in subzero temperatures wasn’t enough, Heathy and I decided to follow things up with Dr. Hulda’s Liver Cleanse protocol. I’ve done this liver flush 3 times prior to this but it was new territory for Heathy. If you take a moment to read through the liver flush instructions you’ll see that it is written with an air of caution and urgency. For someone who has never done this procedure it is a bit intimidating. Reading through the instructions you may think that you may explode in your pants if you don’t follow the directions to the “T”. If you do attempt the liver flush I highly recommend that you do your own research prior and feel comfortable with the instructions. After 4 flushes and many slight deviations from the “strict” instructions I have yet to have an explosive incident… other than those expected from the flush. I hope you notice the term “flush” is showing up a lot and that’s what you should expect… to be flushing, the toilet, a lot, as in multiple trips to the toilet once things get “moving”.

Heathy and I waited 2 days after coming off the fast before doing the flush. Do not do the flush during or immediately after a long fast. You can become very nauseous and sick by doing so. I’m guessing that it has something to do with drinking a 1/2 C of olive oil. Not the best thing to do immediately after a fast. That is why we ate fruit and drank green smoothies for 2 days prior to the flush. Heathy did get a bit nauseous during the night (3am) but it passed. I didn’t experience any discomfort except for stinky olive oil and garlic burps the next day.

The supplies we used were:

Flush Kit

  • grapefruit
  • orange
  • Epsom salts
  • olive oil
  • garlic

Here’s how things went down for us on Tuesday night:

  • 10 am – 1pm apples, oranges and green smoothie
  • 1pm – no more eating
  • 7pm – 1st Epsom salt drink
  • 9pm – 2nd Epsom salt drink
  • 11pm – Olive oil, grapefruit, orange and 1 clove of pressed garlic, blended and strained

We made the addition of garlic to our drink at the last minute. I’m not sure if it effects the amount of stones that come out. We just wanted our drink to taste like a salad dressing, which it did, a very garlicy dressing.

It took me an hour to get to sleep. Heathy seemed to be having more trouble falling asleep but eventually she did as well. By 3am I was up and taking a #3… that’s a combination of a #1 and #2 which is to be expected. It was just a taste of things to come… so begins the “flush”.

Liver Love Dressing

Tuesday morning:

  • 7am – 3rd Epsom salt drink
  • 8am – Panicked phone call from Heathy’s mom. Her parents’ basement was flooding and the water was out.
  • 9am – Help shop vac the flooded crawl space and take 4th and final Epsom salt drink…. gurgle, gurgle
  • 10:30 – Return to apartment in the nick of time… explosive #3

We returned to the apartment I went to the bathroom 6 times between 10:30 and 3pm. Not much to see floating though I could feel some solids coming out. Typically you get little green floaties smaller or about the size of marbles. Out of 5 trips to the toilet I saw 4 floaties, the rest sinkers. Which is good since the sinkers are true stones. Circumstances didn’t allow me to use the strainer technique to check for stones. In the past I was able to strain and rinse what was coming out and see the stones. This flush was a “faith flush”. I just have to believe that the procedure eliminated stones. For those of you needing a little more than faith to go on you can invest a couple bucks in a cheap plastic pasta strainer from the dollar store. The diameter needs to be small enough to fit inside the toilet with the seat up. Check out the pictures here to see what I’m talking about. The picture has it resting on the seat. Don’t try pooping into it like this, you’ll surely regret it. The picture is for display purposes. You lift the seat and set it inside, then close the seat. Now it’s business time. When you finish blasting off on the toilet, fill a pitcher of tap water and pour it into the toilet over what’s in the strainer. This will flush out all the smaller debris. I realize it sound pretty nasty straining your poop and all but it’s for a good cause: your health. Suck it up and be tough. The stuff came out of your body. You should be able to look at it. Put on a pair of those thick yellow kitchen gloves, goggles and do what’s gotta be done. Flush that gallbladder, heal your liver and give your body the love and respect it deserves.

Here are some helpful tips if you undertake this flush:

  1. Start early and finish early. In hind sight we would have started earlier, gone to bed earlier and would be done with all the “flushing” earlier.
  2. Be sure that the bathroom is available all day and in fine working order. Be considerate to roommates, family and guests and pick a day when bathroom traffic isn’t high and there aren’t any festivities going on.
  3. Make sure you do it on a day that is completely clear. At 8:30pm on the flush day I was still visiting the toilet. At that time it was just wet farts, a regular shart fest… which leads us to tip #4
  4. Be sure to have plenty of toilet paper on hand. If you’re spraying and flushing all day then you’re gonna burn through the rolls quicker than frat boys at a rave.

So if this post hasn’t scared you off, you should be amply equipped to cleanse your liver and gallbladder. Have fun and Keep It Live!

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Coming off the Fast – Do it Right or Don’t Fast

Finish Right - Smoothie

Now that you’ve finished your fast, what do you do? What “not to do” is to return to business as usual. You’ve just honored your body and done some deep healing. Don’t blow the benefits with a thoughtless food binge.

Properly coming off the fast/feast is more important than doing the fast/feast itself. Great care must be taken not to undo all the benefits of the fast. Take an amount of days equal to the length of the fast/feast to reintroduce solid foods into your diet. A 1 day fast requires 1 day of reintroduction. Your stomach will have shrunk during the fast so start with small portions and listen to your body. A fast is meant to reset your body to its optimal functioning. If you force yourself to eat the way you ate prior to the fast you might as well not fast at all. Simple foods in small portions is your key to success whether coming off a fast or just living life. If you can apply this rule to your life you will experience health and longevity.

Heathy and I went 4 days and broke the fast on day 5 with citrus. We’ve continued having juice each day while eating fruit and doing green smoothies. The smoothie above was made with Swiss chard, spinach, strawberries, apple, lecithin and a superfood blend of maca, lucuma, mesquite, cinnamon and bee pollen. It was really creamy and smooth.

My Typical break-fast meals for 7 day fast – no fats until day 5:

  • Start each morning with hot water and lemon or  water and apple cider vinegar

Day 1 – water, tea and green juice through out day

Salud!

  • morning: 1/2 of a ripe papaya
  • mid-day: 1/2 of a ripe papaya or melon
  • evening: green juice or miso soup

Day 2 – water, tea and green juice through out day

  • morning: oranges, grapefruit or pomelo
  • mid-day: oranges, grapefruit or pomelo
  • evening: apples, green juice or miso soup

Day 3 – water, tea and green juice through out day

  • morning: melon
  • mid-day: green smoothie- apple, berries, spinach, maca, lucuma
  • evening: apples, green juice or miso soup

Day 4 – water, tea and green juice through out day

  • morning: diced apples, soaked gojis and cinnamon
  • mid-day: mixed green salad with light vinegar herb dressing
  • evening: miso soup and sea veggie salad with kimchi

Day 5 – water, tea and green juice through out day

  • morning: diced apples, soaked gojis and cinnamon
  • mid-day: mixed green salad with avocado and a light vinegar herb dressing
  • evening: blended soup, gazpacho,with avocado

After day 5 you may slowly introduce oils into soups, sauces and dressings. It’s best to slowly reintroduce dehydrated foods, nuts, seeds and nut butters. Any heavy desserts like pies, chocolates and ice creams should be introduced after day 7. If you can’t hold out that long be sure the portion you eat is 1/3 of a serving and listen to how your body responds. Be conscious while eating and establish new health supporting eating habits.

Check out my next post when I share with you the details of our Liver/Gallbladder Flush… never a dull moment in Canada!

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Happy 101 Blog Award

Raw Goddess Heathy bestowed the Happy 101 Blog Award upon me. Thank you Heathy! So with this fine award I’m now obligated to fulfill the rules listed below. The “10 things that make me happy” is the easy part, but 10 bloggers part is tough since I only read a few blogs and Heathy named most of them. If you ask someone working in television what their favorite TV show is they’ll probably tell you they don’t watch TV. Well, I guess that kinda applies to me as well… I don’t read many blogs. So part 2 of the rules (name your top 10 favorite blogs) is next to impossible but I’ll do what I can.

Here are The Rules:

“List 10 things that make you happy, try to do at least one of them today, and tag 10 bloggers that brighten your day. For those 10 bloggers who get the award, you must link back to my blog!”

10 things that make me happy:
  1. East Coast sunrises.
  2. The love I get from family and friends.
  3. Sharing the blessings of the live food lifestyle.
  4. Spending time with Heathy in Canada, Florida or where ever.
  5. Sunset surf sessions on the Pacific.
  6. A solid ground swell with light off shore winds.
  7. Fresh durian with vanilla and nutmeg.
  8. The smell of kale chips in the dehydrator.
  9. Ever expanding global consciousness.
  10. Living in the Barbie Beach House.

Top Ten Favorite Blogs and youtube channels… I’ll just list the ones I’ve been to in the past 3 months

  1. Raw Goddess Heathy
  2. A Drop of Joy – Joshua Pfeil
  3. The 95th The Iron Men of Metz
  4. Yoga Soul Coach – Anna Dajero
  5. GoRawMe – Jensey

Keep it Live!

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Day 2 – Canada Juice Fast

Jar O' Juice

As day 1 came to a close Heathy and I had each consumed a large green juice and a large glass of the celery, apple, ginger and cranberry blend. Spaced out between those 2 juices I had 4 large mugs of warm/hot tea and a glass of water. So the green juice fast is shaping up to be a hot tea fast. I guess I should share with you the tea blend of choice on the fast. At the moment we’re making a lose tea mixture of reishi mushroom, pau d’arco, cat’s claw, oat straw and chaga. Last night we added some astragalus root to the blend and were both in agreement that it was a bit overpowering.

Juice me!

The tea blend is chocked full of immune boosting, anti-viral, fungal, bacterial and health enhancing herbs. I was happy to read about the yeast eliminating properties of pau d’arco. I’ve been sweetening my teas with maple syrup or raw honey. Both of which are local.

The sleep schedule has had us getting to bed later than usual. Last night being New Year’s Eve, we had an excuse to stay up a bit late drinking tea. Late to bed equals late to rise. In the snowy Canadian landscape I’m cool with slipping into hibernation mode. We weren’t out of bed until 11am this morning. I made juice while sipping hot water with lemon. Both Heathy and I noticed how sore our lower backs were. We had done yoga the day before but we think the soreness had to do with multiple factors, one of them being the fast. A little yoga loosened things up.

By 4pm we were out the door and visiting Heathy’s parents house. While there we had a real treat: hot miso soup with garlic. We blended it smooth in the vita-mix. It truly hit the spot. This was followed through out the evening with mugs of hot tea and honey. We ended up staying late and missing our evening juice. We both felt ok with this though and retired for bed by 11pm.

My energy level has been pretty consistent. I am experiencing occasional hot flashes accompanied by shaky fatigue. I just go with it and eventually it passes.

Fasting in subzero temperatures is a new experience for me so I’m not going to push things. At the moment the outside air temp is -24C which is -15F. Fasting is a real heat sucker so if I feel things getting a little to intense I’m not going to hesitate in backing off. Day 3 should be very telling.

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Santa’s Rawfood Workshop

Seasons Greetings from The Live Food Experience,

I’m working in the kitchen this weekend making holiday goodies. The holidays are full of not so healthy temptations. Be sure to have plenty of healthy sweet and savory alternatives on hand. And they make perfect stocking stuffers. If you see something you like call or email me and I’ll set you up. I head out of town for the holiday on Sunday the 20th so contact me before then.

Lots of Zesty Goji Granola

Zesty Goji Granola – $1.50 per oz.

Pecans, walnuts, sprouted buckwheat, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, gojis, mesquite, lucuma, palm sugar, agave, cinnamon, vanilla, oranges, orange zest, Himalayan salt

Candied Pecans – $2 per oz.

Local pecans, mesquite, lucuma, cinnamon, cardamom, agave, palm sugar, orange zest, orange juice, Himalayan salt

G’dunions (Savory Breaded Onions) – $1.50 per oz.

G'dunion - good eat'n

Sweet onions, pumpkin seeds, nutritional yeast, mesquite, chia, spirulina, Himalayan salt, cayenne

Kale Chips – $2.00 per oz – price change due to expensive kale… sorry

Kale, cashews, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, chia, Himalayan salt

Fak’n Bac’n Strips (Savory Eggplant) – $1.50 per oz.

Eggplant, pumpkin seeds, nutritional yeast, tamari, lemon juice, palm sugar, olive oil, curry spice, Himalayan salt

Kimchi – $5 for a 6 oz jar or $9 for 12 oz jar – .50 off with jar exchange

Cabbage, carrots, garlic, onion, hot peppers, ginger, Himalayan salt, probiotic

Kimchi does the body good!

Most of the goodies listed on the website are available as well. Get’m while you can.

Seasons Blissings,

Adam

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The 95th: The Iron Men of Metz

In the not so distant past I worked on documentary and feature films. A film I helped to produce several years ago is now available on DVD. Take a look at the details and make the purchase if it moves you…

Blessings, Adam

NOW ON DVD!

THE 95TH: THE IRON MEN OF METZ is now available for purchase through our newly launched website!  This World War II documentary chronicles the stories of the brave veterans of the 95th infantry division, as they return to the battlefields of Metz, France, 55 years after they liberated this Nazi stronghold in a key Allied victory.

THE 95TH: THE IRON MEN OF METZ first aired on PBS (WTTW: Chicago) and was lauded by critics and viewers alike.  It’s now available on DVD – loaded with Special Features – or download the film only.  Simply visit www.the95thmovie.com — there, you’ll find a link to purchase the DVD, along with a sneak peek at the trailer, selected scenes, production insights and more.  Be sure to also sign up for our newsletter to stay informed on all things 95TH!

THE 95TH: THE IRON MEN OF METZ DVD features:

a director’s interview

extended interviews with the veterans

rarely seen archival footage

a tour of modern day Metz

and more!

A portion of the proceeds from all sales of the DVD will benefit the 95th Division Association, a group that supports these heroes, as featured in the film.

Please take a moment to visit our website and purchase your copy today — and feel free to forward this email to any veterans, film lovers, or friends and family who would be interested in the documentary.

Thank you for your continued support — we couldn’t share this incredible story without you!

Best,

The 95TH Team

Davidson Cole

Neal Gold

Adam Graham

Mary Kay Cook

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Raw Spirit – East Coast Bliss

Full House for the Demo

Full House for the Demo

The weekend of August 29th-30th was the Raw Spirit Festival’s first visit to the East Coast. The event was held just outside of D.C. in Maryland on the sprawling grounds of the Patuxent River 4-H Center. Check out what Viva Pura has to offer by following this link.

I had the pleasure of being a food vendor and demo chef. Enjoy this clip from the festivities and check back for music from The Human Revolution and hooping from Hooping Harmony.

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