Adventure Cleanse Tune-up (ACT) – Stocking your Pantry & Fridge
This time next week we’ll be kicking off our on-line tune-up for over 600 people. Yup, that’s the number we’ve calculated but god/dess knows who’s lurking in secret. Just so we’re all on the same page, I will be blogging about ACT 1-2 times per week. The majority of the information will be on the forum. Each day for 28 days I’ll post a prayer, affirmation, some information and a recipe. You’ll have a chance to get tons of support and encouragement from the BEST on-line community on the planet! No, I’m not modest. What are you waiting for? There will never be a “right time” and as many of us know, “time” isn’t guaranteed to anyone. So dump the gunk and shine with me!
Now the best way to ensure the shine is to plan ahead. When my pantry is stocked I’m stacked. If I open the fridge and see a jar of pickles and moldy bread – later gator, “we’re going out!” On the other hand, when I get home at a reasonable time and my kitchen is brimming with the basics, I browse my cookbooks and play! I love those nights. Brian and I dine on a healthy (candle-lit) homemade meal brimming with Crazy Sexy love. Note: always, always light candles. Your meals are sacred fuel for the shizzazzle temple.
Some of you may already have what it takes to whip up magic. If so, good for you. You’ve made the initial investment and therefore your weekly shopping bills cost less. Others may be starting from scratch. I’ll be honest, it’s gonna cost more than you think to get started but you don’t need everything at once.
Crazy Sexy Shopping List
Here’s a short list of foods you’ll find in my personal cache. Some are healing staples, while others are transitional foods. All are a diet upgrade. Again, you DO NOT need everything! This is just a guide, a snap shot of my kitchen. Especially with the produce, shop a few times a week so that your chow stays fresh. Debbie Meyer Green Bags save my life. As soon as I get home I wash my greens and veggies, let them dry, and then place them in those emerald green life-savers. Brian likes to prep the juice ahead of time – these bags make it really easy. Wash and reuse them to cut down on planet waste.
Grains and noodles: Millet, quinoa, buckwheat, brown rice, wild rice, amaranth and teff grains or pastas, %100 buckwheat soba noodles (most brands contain wheat), Tinkyada rice pasta, Ancient Harvest quinoa pasta. Rice Milk is a good substitute for dairy. Oats are kinda on this list but in our gluten post (coming next week) you’ll see why I hesitate to add them flat out.
Raw nuts and seeds: Always buy fresh raw nuts; roasted nuts are rancid. Almonds, pecans, walnuts, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds (either buy a small grinder for these or buy them already ground), sesame seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds (make yummy cereal and puddings), and sunflower seeds. Also raw almond butter and tahini—it’s like peanut butter, only made with sesame seeds. You can make your own nut milks too. Yum! Note: Soaking nuts makes them more digestible; it removes the enzyme inhibitors that keep them from spoiling.
Superfoods: Blue Green Algae from Klamath lake – E3Live is a great brand. BGA’s provide energy boost, mental clarity, rebuild cells, bind free radicals, and are HIGH in vitamins and mineral. Green powders – use as a supplement NOT in place of juicing. Spirulina/Chlorella – Spirulina is high in chlorophyll and protein. Chlorella normalizes bowel function, builds immune system, binds radiation. Hemp Powder (high in Protein), Raw cacao (MODERATION).
Beans: Chickpeas, lentils, white beans, black beans, lima, pinto. These are the easiest to digest. Soak beans overnight and add a half inch strip of kombu (seaweed) to soaking water. This helps cut down on your methane! Eden brand canned beans are also good – they’re the only canned beans I use. Other brands contain preservatives. Eden uses beans, kombu, salt and water.
Soups: A staple for people transitioning to a mostly raw healing diet are fresh warm soups. Make them tasty and hearty by using beans and a variety of veggies, especially root veggies. Add fresh herbs, garlic, onion (chive, scallions), a little olive oil and Celtic or Himalayan sea salt. Don’t worry about recipes. Throw everything in a pot and season to taste. I love to add Pacific Foods organic vegetable broth.
Seaweed: Nori, dulse, arame, hijiki, wakame (for miso soup)
Veggies: veggies, and more veggies. Cucumbers, broccoli, kale, collards, celery, parsley, cabbage, romaine and green lettuce, spinach, peppers, zucchini, asparagus, red peppers, chard, green beans, alfalfa sprouts, lentil sprouts, mung bean sprouts, sweet pea and sunflower sprouts, onions, garlic, leeks, cauliflower, fresh herbs, eggplant, winter squash, carrots, arugula, bok choy, tat soi, sweet potatoes . . . the list is endless!
Daily Green Juice….Nothing is better for your immune system and vitality than fresh-made, organic, raw green juices and green smoothies. Not only will you be amazed at the highly charged energy you have, but your body will be thanking you for the super-nourishment, the balancing of blood sugars, the plant protein, and the loads of toxins being purged from their hiding places. Consume a minimum of 16 ounces of green juice/smoothie per day. Oh, and store-bought juices don’t count; unless they’re made fresh in front of you they are pasteurized and lifeless. If you can, add 1-2 ounces of wheatgrass into your daily routine.
For Juicing: Celery, cucumber base. Add any combination of leafy greens like spinach, kale, chard, collards, water cress, parsley, dandelion, cabbage, beet greens, tomato, bell pepper (yellow, red or orange) radish, ginger, SPROUTS (especially sweet pea and sunflower), broccoli stems, carrot and beet (in moderation). If you need more sweetness increase the cucumber content, use bell pepper or add one piece of low-glycemic fruit. Buy a wide VARIETY of veggies and fruits that are local, fresh, organic (when possible) and in the case of fruits – RIPE. Note: Limit sweet fruit if you are healing from cancer, diabetes, or bacterial and yeast infections.
For Smoothies: Keep them GREEN. As a general guideline, I like to build my smoothies with a 3:1 ratio of veggies to fruit. For example, one of my favorite morning power shakes consist of one cucumber, a large handful of romaine, avocado and one pear – if I have sweet pea, or sunflower sprouts I’ll add them too. Coconut water with a little stevia adds lovely flavor and nutrition. When I don’t have romaine I use spinach, kale and any other greens. Hemp powder adds a nutty flavor and tons of protein. I also like Vega products – another great source of protein. Lemon or lime adds a nice alkalizing kick to smoothies. Stevia, yacon and agave are my favorite sweetners. Stevia and yacon are the safest if facing a health challenge. A pinch of cinnamon helps to balance blood sugar and cacao is a great treat for those transitioning from coffee.
Fruits: Avocados and tomatoes (yes, they are technically fruits), green apples, lemons, limes, grapefruit, watermelon, pears, grapes, and berries. Low-glycemic fruits (those that are less sweet, like blueberries) are generally better than high-glycemic fruits (such as bananas) while you’re healing and cleansing. Remember to consume fruit in moderation. Glycemic index.
Breads: My favorite company period is Food for Life. They make gluten-free breads and wraps (for the cleanse we’re tossing gluten). They also make yummy sprouted breads and cereals (NOT for the cleanse). Check out Mauk Farms Crusts and Love Force raw breads – tres yum.
Sweetener: Stevia, a powerful herb with no sugar, comes in packets. Let me tell you, a little goes a long way. Yacon is another great alternative that doesn’t effect your glycemic index. A small amount of agave can also be used, although it’s very sweet.
Oils for salad dressing: Udo’s Choice oil blends, avocado oil, flax seed oil, cold-pressed olive oil, macadamia nut oil, walnut oil, hemp seed oil.
Oils for light cooking: Coconut oil (the most stable of all oils), sesame, grapeseed oil, and cold-pressed olive oil. It’s best to buy oils packaged in dark bottles and to store them in a cool dark place. Please avoid, Teflon, microwaves, char-grilled, blackened.
Seasonings: Get creative and experiment with different herbs. Fresh and organic is better, but if you can’t get them fresh then dried herbs are just fine. Use Celtic or Himalayan sea salt, gomasio, herbamare, dulse flakes, wheat-free tamari, Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. The staples I have on hand are pretty simple: Ginger powder, garlic powder, celery seed, basil, parsley, cilantro, mint, dill, rosemary, thyme, black pepper, curry, tumeric, cinnamon (lowers blood sugar), cayenne (promotes circulation), mustard seeds, wasabi. Spice Hunter makes a great, peppy spice called Zip. You can get really creative with easy spice blends like, Mexican seasoning & pizza seasoning. Also, pumpkin spice and apple pie seasoning, vanilla bean or vanilla extract (Frontier brand alcohol-free) are fun to add to smoothies.
Fermented foods: Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, tempeh, raw sauerkraut (great for digestion), unpasteurized white miso (awesome in dressings and soup).
Drinks: Purified lemon water, water with a splash of fresh fruit juice (for flavor), herbal teas, green tea, white tea, yerba mate, chai, kombucha, coconut water. A great way to make fruit water is to put purified water in the blender with one piece of fruit and a dash of stevia. Blend and strain. Add ice. YUM!
Other good snacks and quick foods: Brown rice cakes, flax crackers, San-J crackers, Edward & Sons crackers, Mary’s Gone Crackers, Grainaissance Mochi, Lydia’s raw crackers and cereals, fresh salsa (made with lemon or lime juice), hummus, guacamole, oil-cured olives, Sunshine brand veggie burgers (wheat, gluten and soy free) Amy’s gluten-free organic pizza, air-popped popcorn, Just Veggies dehydrated snacks ( I love making raw soups with these), LaraBars (great for travel), Dr. Cows “cheese”. Ruth’s Chia Goodness cereals. Check out Glutino brand snacks as well. Oh! Glaser Farms. LOVE their products.
Other companies to familiarize yourself with..
Remember, don’t get overwhelmed by this list – you don’t need everything. This is just a gentle guide.
Peace and pantries,