Happy #WellnessWednesday friends! I hope that you are having a great week. It feels so good to be feeling well enough to come and type my heart out to you! If you haven’t been following along on social media, I have been having a really bad flare-up of Interstitial Cystitis. It’s also known as Painful Bladder Syndrome. Yes, it is as awful as it sounds. It’s a very similar feeling to a UTI, but in many cases much worse. It doesn’t respond to antibiotics and traditional western medicine testing cannot detect any source of infection at all. It feels like someone is stabbing you in the bladder, like you have to go to the bathroom so badly, but there’s barely a drop inside of you, your bladder feels sore and full, and even the outside parts of you can hurt, too – 24/7. Some women live their entire lives in this pain. No pain medication will touch it. There are no cures and only one drug on the market that only works for 30% of people and then usually stops working after a few months. Not trying to sound negative here peeps, just giving you the straight talk. Plus, the side-effects are hair loss, liver damage, and possibly cancer. So, no thanks. That’s not for me. I did get so desperate that I tried it a couple of years ago when this first happened, but I lasted about two weeks on it and saw absolutely no improvement, so I stopped. I didn’t want to do any further damage to my body.
You all know by now that I don’t use western medicine for my chronic illness healing protocols or symptom relief. There are times when pain is so bad that I will have to temporarily take something, but I never do that more than a couple times a year. So, when I first had this Interstitial Cystitis come about, I was on the hunt for ways to heal it FAST. Unfortunately, it took a really long time for me to find what helped. I tried EVERYTHING under the sun! I was in severe pain for nine months. I pretty much just wanted to either get a permanent epidural to knock out all feeling in my lower half, or have someone take me to Dr. Kevorkian and sign me out of this life. This was after the autoimmune disease, the Lyme Disease, the parasites, hormone imbalance, adrenal fatigue, endometriosis, gastritis, IBS, migraines, and so much more that I’m not going to stay here all day typing out. I felt like “what on earth have I done to deserve all of this?!?!” I was beyond frustrated, devastated, and sad. No one had answers and I felt so alone in my quest to find them. But, once again, I dedicated my entire life to researching and putting myself out there to find the help I needed. Thankfully, it showed up!
I was in a support group for IC and several ladies mentioned that a raw, fruit and vegetable liquid diet got them out of pain and into full remission. (By the way, if you are searching for answers for your chronic illness problems, I highly recommend joining a FB support group for your conditions. Just don’t get sucked in – they can be very depressing because people are suffering. You have to always remember that you are not a statistic and you are not that person who is living with the pain. You are searching for and WILL FIND answers, and you HAVE to keep a positive mindset!) So, I googled raw diets and there was the Medical Medium. I’d heard about this guy from friends and Goop but I’d never looked into his protocols. I was too busy following what my practitioners were telling me to do. But, when I researched his approach more it started to really click with me. He posed a lot of good questions like, “how long have you been following that high fat, high protein diet and what has it done for you lately?” and “Did it help you at first but now you’re stuck in a rut again and nothing is changing?” I was like, “Ummmm… YES. Exactly. It did help me at first a lot! But in the last several years, I have been feeling pretty much the same on it.” Which is totally true.
I started out doing the Autoimmune Paleo Diet five years ago. I went from a standard American diet of what I thought was “healthy” to the Paleo diet. So, of course I saw improvements and of course my inflammation went down after cutting out gluten, dairy, grains, sugar, soy, and processed foods. But then, I plateaued. Doing the Paleo diet kept my autoimmune disease in remission, but it never healed my underlying causes. The Medical Medium’s protocol on the other hand, was a completely different approach and he was claiming it would heal these underlying conditions. So, in a desperate attempt, I started the 28 Day Cleanse and within a couple of months I was out of pain! So, when this flared up again on New Year’s Day this year, I returned to the protocol.
So, you might be wondering, why did I stop? I stopped drinking it because someone told me that I should, haha. They said that I wasn’t getting enough protein and that the celery juice was making me less alkaline. I don’t think that was true now at all. Here’s the thing about other people’s opinions… they’re just that. They’re not always true, not always right, and not always the best for YOU personally. You have to find and discover what works best for you. What helps you feel good? What gets you out of pain? What brings you energy and well-being? No one else can decide that for you. You have to get in tune with your body and figure this out for yourself. There are so many opinions and schools of thought out there about what is the “right” way to eat. Is it Paleo, lectin-free, carnivore diet, vegan diet, plant-based diet, etc, etc? Most practitioners in the western medicine world couldn’t care less about what diet you do. They don’t even think diet helps with inflammation, autoimmune disease, Lyme, or any kind of chronic illness or even cancer! Now that, I can tell you from experience is absolutely absurd. I have a whole other post coming on that. But, then there are the holistic practitioners who all want to tell us that high fat, high protein diets are the way to go. I followed this for years and years and my health didn’t improve at all. In fact, my liver got more sluggish, I had a harder time detoxing from protocols killing Lyme, parasites, and mold, and I couldn’t shed pockets of fat in areas, mainly around my liver. But, when I do a lower fat, plant-based diet, I detox better and I lose that fat faster. I can always tell because one alcoholic drink doesn’t give me a headache or make me feel like death the next day, and I thin out in areas where I usually can’t. Anyway, my point is this… keep an open mind about avenues for healing. Just because your doctor said that you have to eat high protein, low carb, high fat and that’s the only way you’ll heal, does not mean that they are right. They’re human, too. They have biases because they are taught in school that that’s the best way to heal from certain conditions. That’s what all their peers are doing. That’s what is trending in functional and holistic medicine. I see so many patients getting brainwashed that this is the only way that they can eat. Someone asked me once how I healed my IC the first time, and when I told them that I did an all fruit and vegetable cleanse for a few months, they looked horrified! They said, “I can’t do that! I can’t eat fruit!” It wasn’t part of their high protein, high-fat diet. Also, when we stop eating those things our systems don’t handle them so well when they get reintroduced. As I said earlier, my system was unhappy for a long while when I first started the Medical Medium Protocol. But, after a bit, I was able to eat whatever fruits and starches I wanted without any of the discomforts.
We limit our options for healing when we buy into ideas that there is only one diet to help us. That’s why I urge you to stay open to new, seemingly impossible ways to get better. It’s in these leaps of faith where I’ve found the most healing. When I go so far outside of the box that we’ve been conditioned to stay inside, I find the greatest ways to heal. Keep this in mind on your journey, friends.
So here’s a bit more about the Medical Medium, the cleanse, and how it’s helped me…
The Medical Medium
If you haven’t heard about Anthony William, let me be the first to tell you that he is a very interesting guy! He is not a doctor as you might suspect. He is just a regular guy with an extraordinary gift if you so choose to believe. I’ve been on the fence about this for years, but here’s what he says. He claims that he has had a voice speaking to him since the age of four. He was at a family dinner when a very clear voice spoke to him in his head and it said: “Grandma has lung cancer.” So, he told his family this. She had no symptoms at the time, but she went to the doctor and sure enough, she was diagnosed with lung cancer. Ever since then, Anthony has heard the voice telling him about everyone’s health problems that he is around. He can’t shut the voice off. He said this was a very difficult thing to accept for a long time. He didn’t want to have this voice speaking to him. But, he eventually realized that he could help so many people and he started to lean into his role. Since then, he has helped tens of thousands of people heal, including very famous celebrities who endorse him. If you pick up one of his books, you’ll find hundreds of testimonials from famous people of all backgrounds who say how much Anthony has helped them and their families.
Spirit tells Anthony all about the root causes of people’s chronic conditions. In a world where chronic illness is running rampant and mystery illness is more common than ever, people are latching on to Anthony’s advice from Spirit and are finding real healing! Spirit tells him not only what is wrong with people, but it tells him how to fix it, too! Anthony has answers to all kinds of chronic ailments from acne to Lyme Disease, Hashimotos, ALS, autoimmune disease, gallbladder disease, mold, viruses, thyroid dysfunction, liver disease, Lupus, endometriosis, UTIs, IC, you name it! Many of you would be shocked to hear what he claims are the root causes to these sicknesses. They’re often things you already know about and probably have already had multiple times in your life like the strep or mono virus!
The exciting part about Anthony’s gift of Spirit is that he can share what Spirit tells him about how to heal with us. Spirit always has natural, safe, and holistic ways of clearing out pathogens that are causing disease. You can find most of the protocol at your health food store and grocery store! It’s accessible and for me and so many others, it’s helped immensely.
The first time I tried this protocol, I was open to believing in Spirit, but I wasn’t fully there yet. I don’t know that I’m 100% there now, but I have a really good gut feeling about it this time around. I get that it is totally out there and it would make so much sense that this guy was making all of this up to be famous and sell books. But, my intuition is telling me otherwise. The more I listen to him and read his work, the more I feel a connection to it and it resonates with me on so many levels. I’ve seen people with spiritual gifts firsthand and that’s also helped me to have more faith in what Anthony is telling us. I once worked with a woman who does energy healing and it was undeniable that she had a gift of connecting with the spiritual realm. She knew things about me that I’d never told a soul. They were incredibly detailed and exact and it was honestly shocking. She did the same for my husband and it was so different, but also spot on. For those that are fearful of people connecting to another realm, I don’t think that you should be if you are working with the right kind of person. It’s not about Satan, it’s not about idolizing anything or playing God. In fact, the woman I worked with is a very devout Christian and she tells me every time that I speak to her that her gift is from God. I don’t doubt her because she was so incredibly accurate. So, since that experience, I have been much more inclined to believe people who claim to have gifts like this. But, even more than that, the protocol has helped me every time that I’ve done it. Additionally, I’ve had testing done that’s revealed that I have these things he claims to be root causes. Is it possible that it’s a scam? Sure. It is. But, when you’re in pain and desperately seeking answers, you’ll try anything! So, I did. I’m glad I did. It helped me. That’s why I’m sharing it with you today. I realize it may be outside of a lot of people’s comfort zones, but, I challenge you to push through that and give this a shot, especially if you’re suffering. If you disagree, that’s totally fine. I completely understand. I’m not here to argue or start a debate. It just simply helped me and I want to do what I can to help others through my experience, so that’s what I’m going to do today! 🙂
The 28-Day Cleanse:
So, how does it work? Well, Anthony has a bunch of books out and I would highly recommend starting there. I can’t possibly give you all of the information you need in this blog post. But, if you grab a copy of a book and listen to his podcast here on SoundCloud, you’ll quickly learn a lot of what you need to know.
I started out reading the book “Medical Medium” which I think is a great place to start if you’re unsure of which book to read first. It clearly lays out where and how he gets his info and it has the details for the 28 Day Cleanse as well. If you have a liver or thyroid condition, I would recommend getting one or both of the books on those specific topics (I linked all of the books below for you) depending upon what you’re dealing with. I am also pre-ordering the “Cleanse To Heal” book that’s coming out soon because I’m sure there will be a lot of great information in there as well. All of his books are so interesting and packed with great knowledge and tips!
So, on the 28 Day Cleanse, Anthony tells us that we have to bring the fats and proteins way down (to next to nothing) in order for the liver to have a break from processing those and to focus on cleansing out all of the pathogens and toxins that are making us sick. But, this cleanse is just as much about what you SHOULD eat as it is what you shouldn’t. He says that you must focus on fruits mainly because they have such incredible healing powers, followed by vegetables. There are certain fruits and vegetables that are best for treating specific conditions. So, you’ll want to listen to the podcasts and read the books to find out exactly which fruits and veggies are best for you, and which supplements and herbs to bring in as well.
Many of you reading this are probably thinking, HECK NO, I’m not eating fruits! I hear you, I felt the same way at first! I was like, “no way, I have candida and mold, I can’t possibly be eating fruit! I might as well poison myself!” But, trust me… I did it and it didn’t kill me. My mold levels didn’t get worse and neither did the candida. Also, he makes really good points about why fruits aren’t to be feared. He has an entire episode on “Fruit Fear” and how we have been conditioned to believe it’s bad for us when in reality he says it’s what is going to help us heal. I highly recommend listening to that episode here. You should also listen to the “Healing from Mold Exposure” episode and “The Truth About Candida”. Fascinating!
During the 28 Day Cleanse, you will eat raw fruits and vegetables every day for 28 days. He does not recommend eating any grains, gluten, dairy, soy, processed foods or oils, and very limited beans or legumes if at all. He says that you should minimize any fats and proteins. He does give you some options for fats such as a little bit of avocado and some different recipes for cashew sauces that can be used for dressings and dips to flavor your food! But, to get the most benefit from the cleanse, he recommends that you eat raw fruits and veggies for 28 days. For many people, this can be too intense. If you are really sick, as I was the first time I did this cleanse, it can be too much for your liver and body to handle at once. I knew this because I was completely wiped out and couldn’t do much of anything. So, in this case, he recommends that you slow it down by adding in some cooked vegetables and a little bit of fat. In this case, he says that eating potatoes (yes, even WHITE POTATOES! Say what?!?!) for dinner is a good idea. Spirit has told Anthony that potatoes are actually a very healing food. They draw out viruses and help the body to heal, contrary to what we have been told in modern culture about potatoes, right?! I was pretty excited to finally eat a potato again, haha! You can eat white potatoes or sweet potatoes. Both have great healing benefits.
Here are the foods that are on the NO LIST:
- MSG – can be disguised as saying “Natural Flavor”
- Canola Oil
- Artificial Flavors
- Citric Acid
- Processed Sugar
- Processed Beet Sugar
- Farmed Fish
- Natural Flavors
- Artificial Sweeteners
- Most Grains
While you are on the cleanse, there are a couple of key foods that play a huge role. The first is celery juice. If you haven’t yet, check out my post all about celery juice and its benefits here. Celery juice is to be drunk on an empty stomach. It’s best first thing in the morning, but if you absolutely can’t do that, later is better than never. Celery juice is so beneficial because it increases your natural stomach acid which is critical to your health, and helps fight pathogens. It is great for the liver and detoxing the body. There are so many more benefits to it, so check out that blog post for more, and definitely pick up one of his books to find even more info as well!
Another key to the cleanse is the Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie. This smoothie helps to draw out heavy metals that are inside of your body. These metals are extremely toxic! They feed pathogens and damage your organs. They are often behind so many of our chronic conditions! This smoothie consists of:
- 2 cups of Organic Wild Blueberries – Incredible healing food!
- 2 Bananas (I like mine frozen for extra creaminess!)
- 1 cup of freshly squeezed OJ
- 1 cup of organic Cilantro or Parsely (I use parsley because cilantro tastes like soap to me!)
- A tsp of Vimergy Barley Grass Juice Powder
- A TBS of Atlantic Dulse Flakes
- Hawaiin Spirulina
This magical little blend will slowly, and safely draw out the metals from your body. You can assist in this process by using a sauna, doing Epsom salt baths, and dry brushing!
Anthony also recommends that you add in snacks for your adrenals. It’s important to support them throughout the cleanse. He suggests eating red apples, celery, and dates to keep your adrenal glands functioning well.
A typical day on the cleanse for me looks like this:
Warm water with the juice of 1 lemon squeezed into it on an empty stomach
16-24 oz of Celery Juice – wait 20 minutes to eat
The Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie – mentioned above
Take supplements and herbs
Snack – Apples, celery, dates
Lunch – Spinach salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, carrots, red onion and squeezed lemon juice. Can add a bit of avocado if you need to slow the detox down.
Snack – Berries – raspberries, blueberries, and/or strawberries
Dinner – Cooked vegetables such as sweet potatoes or russet potatoes. There are lots of delicious recipes with potatoes that are on the Medical Medium Website. You can find packets for all kinds of approved recipes here (scroll down on this page to get to the recipe packets). I also make salsa, curry, sweet potato nachos, spinach potato cups, potato crust pizza, and more! You won’t starve on this cleanse, I PROMISE you! 🙂
Take supplements and herbs
Supplements and Herbs:
Anthony also recommends a lot of herbs and supplements to help you heal while you’re on the cleanse. I would recommend going slowly with the herbs that kill pathogens because it can be a lot for someone who is very ill to add these in. I had to first start the cleanse and get my body used to that and then I carefully added these to my regimen. He goes over all of the appropriate herbs and supplements for each condition on his podcast and in his books. So, you’ll want to check those out to find out what is best for you at this time. There is a webpage for the best brands of supplements to use which you can find here.
Speaking of herbs, teas are a great thing that Anthony recommends on this cleanse. Be sure you use pure herbal tea. No additives! Sometimes companies add in eggs or rice, which are a big NO on this cleanse (eggs and rice are foods that feed pathogens)! They also can contain “natural flavors” which are code for MSG, which is also a big no-no food. I like the Traditional Medicinals brand of tea. Simple and pure! You can also add raw honey to your tea. Raw honey has a lot of healing properties such as being anti-viral, anti-fungal, helps promote digestive health, heal skin conditions, and is full of vitamins and antioxidants. Anthony recommends using wildflower honey and let me tell you, it is SO delish!
For my IC which he says is caused by Strep, I am taking Lemon Balm, Propolis, Goldenseal, Elderberry Syrup, Vit D3, Vit B12, Ester-C, Zinc, Manganese, Magnesium, Oregon Grape, Eyebright, L-lysine, Burdock Tea, Nettle Leaf Tea, Ginger Tea, Lemon Balm Tea, and some other things that have helped me that are not a part of the protocol. I am going to do a post for just IC and I’ll have that info in there. But, in case you’re struggling badly right now and reading this, I also use Desert Harvest products like their freeze dried Aloe, Buffered Vit C, Quercetin and Glucosamine & Chondroitin which you can find here. These supplements combined with the mostly raw, very low fat and protein diet have helped me get out of pain in a fairly quick manner. As I said earlier, last time this IC flared, I was in excruciating pain for nine months. This time around after I started the cleanse I was out of the pain for the most part within ten days. Much faster than anything western medicine has ever offered me! Nothing they gave me ever helped, unfortunately. So, do keep an open mind about what might be helpful to your healing process.
Take It At Your Own Pace:
I do want to mention that you have to take this at your own pace. If you can’t go fully fat-free and raw right off the bat, that’s okay! Ease yourself into it. But, be purposeful about it. Don’t just say, “I’m going to lower my fat today” and then not have a plan. Make a plan for how you’re going to transition into it and stick to it! Then, each day or two, slowly start to take out more fat and protein until you are compliant with the cleanse. Or, you can be like me and just go in cold turkey! Lol. That works, too! It might be a bit of a shock to the body, but it’ll come around.
That being said, not everyone can eat all of the foods he lists as healing foods upon starting this cleanse. When I first started, citrus was difficult for me because of my bladder symptoms. But, eventually, I was able to reintroduce it and had no problems at all. This time around, cashews are not going down well for me. So, I’m staying away from those and using avocado as my fat source. It’s okay if you can’t do everything he mentions. Just take it out or substitute it with something that your body can handle.
Also, do join the Facebook support group if you decide to do this. There are so many helpful people there who are such a great source of knowledge and encouragement. You can find that group here.
My Experience on the Cleanse:
As I have mentioned above, this cleanse has helped me get out of severe pain twice now. But, it did not come without some discomfort along the way. Detoxes typically never do. I will say though that this one is much more gentle on my body than others I have done in the past by a longshot.
When I first did this cleanse, I was very sick. I was struggling with very heavy fatigue, IC pain in the bladder, and chronic pain all over my body. I had been doing the Paleo Diet for years and years and was more on the side of keto because I thought it was helping with my candida. However, this high protein, high-fat diet was actually making my liver very sluggish and adding to my fatigue and pain. My stomach acid was low, allowing for infections to easily enter into my gut, and my body was not detoxing well on its own at all. Anthony says to think of it like this… If you were to get showered, do your hair, put on your makeup and a nice outfit and then go outside and someone threw a bucket of oil on you, you’d have to go home, shower, and get ready all over again. What if you went back outside and it happened again? Eventually, over time you would get very worn down and tired from this routine. This is basically what you are doing to your liver when you are eating a high-fat diet. Even if you think you aren’t eating a high-fat diet, if you’re eating a lot of animal protein, you are eating a high-fat diet. Chicken breast has a lot more fat than what the label says. Anyway, back to the liver… this analogy demonstrates how your liver feels when you feed yourself a large amount of fat. It’s doing well, feeling fine, and then BAM! You hit it with a lot of fat and it has to stop everything it’s doing and working on and address breaking down that fat instead. So while it might have been killing off pathogens and cleansing your body of toxins, it had to pull away to deal with the influx of fat you just served it. Over time, this makes your liver sluggish and built up with toxic waste that also makes you feel rundown. Make sense? So, I decided that I was going to try this completely different approach because the Paleo Diet wasn’t helping me to heal and the proof was in the pudding. I hadn’t healed on it and it had been so many years. Do I think it helps bring down inflammation? Absolutely. Can we do even better than that and actually heal? I think so!
So, when I started this totally different regime the first time around, my body was in a pretty crazy state of shock. Taking out the protein and fat was a big change. I was detoxing so rapidly. I was completely exhausted, my head hurt, and I felt bloated. My skin also started to break out badly. When we detox, sometimes it starts to come out through our skin. Don’t be alarmed, this happens to most people and it will eventually pass. It’s my least favorite part about this cleanse, but I keep telling myself it’s for the greater good of my body and I shouldn’t be so concerned about my appearance. My health is much more important! Still very hard not to freak out over, I get it.
My experience this time around has been very similar. However, I’m not as wiped out, I can handle the herbs and supplements more easily, and I can function on a day to day basis much better. The cleanse has helped me get out of terrible pain in my bladder and I’m detoxing a lot. I know this because I go to the bathroom a lot more than I normally do. I am still experiencing bloating after meals. This is a very common complaint on this cleanse. When you eat a lot of raw, fresh produce, I think it’s par for the course that you’re going to feel bloated. Especially when it’s not your usual fare. As I remember from the first time I did this, the bloating is something that never completely went away for me. I did the protocol for a few months the first time, and then I transitioned into a vegan, plant-based diet. But, I don’t remember ever feeling like the bloating was totally gone while fully on the cleanse. This time around it’s still here at the end of the 28 days. I’m curious to see if it sticks around the longer I continue. I’ll keep you posted.
I did have to slow the cleanse down again this time. I was feeling rundown and the breakouts on my face were really bothering me. I added in fats and cooked potatoes in the evenings. Just a little bit of fat, though. About half of an avocado at most, or a tiny bit of olive oil. I also have made soups with coconut milk. Doing this helps with fatigue, exhaustion, and headaches caused by detoxing. So, if you’re feeling like it’s too intense, just add in some more potatoes and a little bit of fat.
As I mentioned above, I am also experiencing breakouts on my face. I know this is a detox symptom because it does not resemble my usual breakouts. I have tiny little blemishes coming up through my skin on my forehead, chin, and cheeks. Drinking lots of lemon water, Burdock tea, Nettle Leaf tea, and sauna sessions should help with this. I need to step up all of these things!
You may also experience diarrhea while doing this cleanse. It’s totally normal. You are eating a lot of fiber and probably drinking more liquids than usual. As a whole in my experience, eating a plant-based diet of any kind causes more bowel movements, which is a good thing. But, don’t be surprised if you have some diarrhea for a few days. Just try to stay hydrated! Anthony recommends drinking coconut water because it is filled with natural electrolytes! YUM.
The most noticeable benefits of being on this cleanse have been increased energy, increased liver function, decreased pain, and an overall improvement in well-being including my mood. In the past, I noticed that my periods eventually were not as painful either. I haven’t gotten to that point this time, but I would expect that they will get better again. I did a workout yesterday and I felt energized. The first time around it completely changed my energy levels! I felt a million times better. This time, I feel the energy, but not quite the same boost I did the first go-round. But, I haven’t been doing it as long yet, so that may come later as well. I also recall from the first time that I felt happier and more at ease. That might have had something to do with the fact that I was in less pain and had more energy, haha! That always makes people feel better overall.
What Do I Need to Do This Cleanse?
The good news is, you don’t need much to do this cleanse. The biggest thing you need is an open mind and a positive outlook. If you choose to believe that this is going to heal you, you will have a better chance of it working. If you spend your time doubting, second-guessing, focusing on all of the discomforts and how it’s not working quickly enough, you will fail. You will decide that it’s not for you or that it’s total crap and not worth your efforts. It’s not easy. I get it. But, it has helped me and so many of my friends and people that I follow along with. I’m in a Facebook support group for the Medical Medium 28 Day Cleanse, and there are hundreds of people in there who have healed this way. Listen to the successes and find inspiration and hope in them to keep going.
Secondly, you need a high-speed blender. This will help you to make your detox smoothie, other smoothies you might want to try, and your cashew sauce and dips. You can even make celery juice in a blender if you don’t have a juicer!
Lastly, I would recommend getting a juicer. You can find one online for pretty decent prices nowadays and in my opinion, it’s absolutely worth it. It’s more work to make celery juice in a blender. I like the ease of the juicer much more. Plus, you can make your own fresh juices that have more nutrients in them than bottled juice does. It’s best to drink juice that’s been freshly made minutes before than bottled juice. It contains higher levels of vitamins and minerals.
Great question. I’m still kind of figuring this out, but I think that I will stay on this mostly plant-based diet with lots of raw fruits, the celery juice, and cooked vegetables (especially sweet potatoes for me because next I’m going to work on endometriosis and Anthony says those are best for endo!) in the evenings with some fats from avocado, coconut, and olive oil. I’m going to stay grain-free as he recommends. I will likely add in more black beans (pressure cooking them helps me digest them so much better!), some millet, and possibly quinoa, too. I’ll stick to a lot of spinach, apples, celery, cucumbers, wild blueberries, tomatoes, asparagus, raspberries, strawberries, lettuces, mango, garlic, papaya, and herbs like parsley, ginger, and turmeric. If you check out his book Life-Changing Foods, or the podcast, you can learn about all of the healing powers in these foods and why you want to include them in your diet.
I am sure that I will also add in some fish once in a while. Anthony says that wild-caught halibut and salmon are best, and that’s totally fine with me! I like to go out to eat, so if there are wild-caught options that’s an easy way to eat as clean as possible while dining at a restaurant.
As for other options while eating out, I would say stick to veggies. Ask the staff if they use olive oil to cook with or if it is canola or a blend of canola and olive oil. If it is anything but straight olive oil, ask for your veggies to be steamed or baked. An easy option would be a baked sweet or regular potato. I also ask for steamed vegetables with a side of lemon that I squeeze over everything to give it some flavor. It works well.
Remember, you don’t have to be on this cleanse forever. Anthony says that once you are healed, you can add your favorite NO foods back in once in a while. I wouldn’t make a total habit out of it, but every now and then won’t kill you if you have really done your healing work. He is not anti-animal protein or anti any kind of diet. He just says that to heal your body, you have to take out the fats and high amounts of protein. So, going forward, he recommends to keep your fats low, keep eating a lot of fruits and vegetables, and don’t overdo it with animal proteins. I think that’s a totally do-able diet and all-around healthy. I’ve done something similar before, and honestly, I was the leanest I ever was in my life! I personally find that when I lower my fat intake, I get leaner. When I do the keto stuff I ALWAYS gain weight. That diet isn’t for everyone. But, listen to your body, and do what’s best for your healing.
One thing that I will definitely do this time around is to continue using the herbs and supplements for maintenance. I did not do this previously, and I think it could have very well helped me to keep flares like this at bay. So, listen when he says which herbs and supplements are most critical for your condition, and stay on those for the long haul.
I realize that while this approach may be an uncomfortable change, it could be an option to bring you some relief and healing. I’m not trying to convince you to do this or that it’s definitely going to heal you. I just want you to keep an open mind about your options and not limit yourself to fads and trends that are out there.
If you’re reading this and you’re thinking to yourself, this girl and the people who follow this are absolutely insane… I can see where you’re coming from. However, please don’t be judgemental about someone’s healing path. Dealing with chronic illness is extremely difficult, taxing on the body, the soul, the spirit, the mind, the heart, relationships, and so much more. It is a very hard road to travel. We aren’t given many options for healing. Most things don’t work or even make us worse. We are desperate for answers and help. If something brings someone even a bit of relief, try to be supportive. It may not make sense to you, but it doesn’t have to. It’s not your body, and it’s not your life. If someone you know chooses to do things differently than you would just do your best to be there for them and encourage them to keep fighting for their health. You never know what you would do until you’re faced with these circumstances. Trust me, I never thought in a million years that I would be here writing about a man who hears health problems and answers from a spirit. LOL.
As always, this is not medical advice. I am not a doctor or a trained practitioner. This is based solely upon my own experience. I simply want to share what has helped me in hopes of helping you.
I hope that this post has helped you get an understanding of how this cleanse works! Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can be of help in any way. I would love to hear your thoughts, too! So, if you’ve got any, leave a comment for us below!
Thanks so much for reading, friends! Have a fabulous day 🙂