Tonight will mark the first meal of Steven (my partner) and my second cleanse together this year. We initially did a 17 day parasite cleanse when Spring changed to Summer, and now we are going to do a qi (pronounced Chee) reboot cleanse as we transition into Autumn. Many people ask me about what I do on my cleanses and how hard they are to go through with. Here is your chance to either do this cleanse with us, or save this information for the next time you want to participate. Here's a tip though, cleansing at the change of season, as well as beginning around the time of the New Moon, is a really great way to kick start your body's positive response to the cleanse!
Some background on this upcoming cleanse: Qi is the term used in Chinese medicine to represent our life force. If you're a yogi, you may be more familiar with the term Prana. There are differences and similarities between Chinese Medicine and other Eastern Medicine, as well as the general ideas about our energy channels and the connections they have with our physical bodies. We have 72,000 energy channels running through our bodies, that's a lot to take care of on an individual basis! So instead, there are some typical lifestyle habits, including dietary choices, that can influence the health of all those channels in somewhat of a blanketed manner. Whether you are more into Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, or you're like me and embrace knowledge from both, you can't go wrong with taking care of yourself through diet. Now, everyone has different things they do better and worse with eating based on many different factors such as Climate, Blood Type, Ayurvedic Dosha, and so on. However, as I just mentioned, unless you have an allergy to something specific, there are some things we can pretty much count on making all of us healthier. Mostly this includes an 85-90% alkaline diet. We could go on and on about Alkaline foods, but I'll just give you a brief description. GREENS, lots and lots of them. Vegetables in general are almost all alkaline, with a few exceptions. Berries! yum. Berries and melons are generally alkaline. Certain kinds of nuts are Alkaline, but be careful here because many nuts, like peanuts (well I guess these are legumes) are very acidic and can be pretty destructive to the gut. Other legumes like lentils and beans are mostly alkaline. Foods that are generally acidic include, meats, dairy, chocolate, coffee, many nuts, certain fruits, and alcohol. Ever realize you are getting lots of canker sores or cold sores? lay off the acidic foods. Sleeping problems? Digestive problems? Candida? Parasites? Bad breath? Headaches? Fog brain? ALKALIZE>ALKALIZE>ALKALIZE, baby.
Moving on. It is said in Eastern Medicine that eating with the season regulates body functions as well as Qi. This means eating cold foods when it's hot and hot foods when it's cold. This helps prevent the formation of free radicals (essentially cancer cells), prevents inflammation (which also causes cancer), and especially, it helps Qi flow evenly throughout our energy channels. We also want to try and eat foods that grow around us and only when they're naturally in season. This is not only good for ourselves, but great for Mother Earth and her cycle of life. Lastly, before explaining this month's cleanse, you need to know something about bones. Bone Broth that is. Bones are extremely nutrient rich. I have no judgements to pass about what your daily diet consists of, whether you are vegetarian, vegan, paleo, or an omnivore. However, even if you are a vegan, please do some research on the vital part bone broths can and should play in our diets. I get my Broth from a Local, Organic Butcher who only uses Local and sustainable meats to create their stock. It's only $6 for 32 ounces.
How this cleanse will go: For seven days and Eight nights, we will eat only vegetables and bone broth. No fruits, sugar, alcohol, grains, coffee, meat, or dairy. (obviously bones are considered somewhat meaty, just no solid meats or animal products other than this). We are going to cook every vegetable so that we are sticking to eating hot foods in cold weather. This is going to warm up our insides and create fluid Qi movement. **side note: everything we eat on a cleanse should be organic. EVERYTHING. That's all I include in my cleanse, I hope you do the same <3
Tonight, on our first meal of the cleanse, we will eat a crockpot stew. (Original) Recipe below:
32 oz. Grass fed, humanely raised, local Beef bone broth
32 oz. vegetable broth
1/2 bunch curly Kale
1 head broccoli
1 red pepper
1&1/2 yellow onions
8 cloves garlic
1 yellow or green zucchini
handful of fresh basil leaves
4 large fresh sage leaves
a few pinches of fresh rosemary leaves
2 tsp Pink Himalayan salt (less or more depending on your preference
fresh cracked pepper
2 tsp Italian herbs
Mix all in crockpot and let cook at whatever temperature is convenient for your day.
For breakfast tomorrow, we will have mashed sweet potatoes with a tiny bit of Olive oil and Himalayan salt with Yerba Mate tea. For lunch and dinner tomorrow, you guessed it!! More veggie stew. Once we run out of what I have in the crockpot right now, I will make more using different veggies and chicken bone broth to switch it up. I will post more bone broth recipes very soon!
Hope you have a wonderful cleanse, I'd love to hear your progress!! If you'd like to be emailed upcoming in person workshop dates, events, or more info about my classes, send me your information on the sign up/contact link at the top or email me at Synergysolutionist@gmail.com. Much love to you all, enjoy your Qi reboot!