3 ingredient strawberry ice-cream: frozen strawberries, coconut milk, vanilla stevia — yes, health is that delicious and beautiful. #detox #simplydelicious (Taken with Instagram)
Countryside salad #salad #detox #vegan #raw (Taken with Instagram)
It is with biter-sweet joy I announce to you that Brave Lil Juicer is growing up! I have spent some time nurturing the content of my beloved blog into a new website. It’s the new, organized, home for all of my creations and healthful adventures, as well as my counseling practice. I will keep forwarding my posts to BraveLilJuicer.tumblr.com for a while, so it’s not going anywhere yet.. but..
Ana, the Brave Lil Juicer
Hi! Thank you for reaching out. This is a great question, that has many answers:
- I love spending time in the kitchen, but I am only there for a longer perriod of time in the evening when I am making dinner.
- I eat very, very simply during the day, so I am often just pulling things out that are ready to go, like: cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, carrots, bananas, green apples, a bowl of berries.. You get the idea. The most complex thing I make durring the day is a smoothie, and that doesn’t take more than 10 minutes, including clean-up.
- Most of the things I make, even for dinner, are quite basic! I rarely dabble in complex concoctions, especially now, durring the summer. Because, as you pointed out, I make a lot of fresh meals, they cary their own weight because of the fresh, quality, ingredients. When I do not want to make salad, or want something more interesting than just simple veggies, I make something like a cabbage roll of avocado/ sauerkraut/dijon/ sprouts/tomato or a slice of raw goat cheddar instead of the avocado. I mix it up by using romaine leaves, and eating my veggies taco style, or I roll them all up in a nori sheet, for sushi style. The quick, simple, possibilities are endless.
- On the rare occasion that I do not want to step into the kitchen, or haven’t gotten to the store, I have no problem eating out: double side salad with greens, goat cheese, sometimes beets, some fish with sautéed or steamed veggies. I rarely prepare fish at home because I save it for the occasions when I am dinning out. If I was to eat out durring the day, I would just stop at a large, simple salad, but it all depends on my appetite.
- I also come prepared! I am rarely caught without a bag of carrots in my purse, and a bar of dark chocolate. When I go do the movies, I bring romaine and sliced goat cheddar instead of nachos..
- I am also super fortunate to be living in NYC, where juice bars are popping up like Starbucks, on every corner, so I do not have to make my own juice all the time any more. But I used to, and I loved it.
I never feel restricted by my way of eating. In fact, it is so liberating from so many aspects. Besides the health benefits, of not being dragged down by colds and chronic conditions, I have way more energy that isn’t being stollen from me by a bowl of gluey quick-oats, or cup-noodles. What’s easier to eat than an apple? Or a banana? Or even grabbing a handful of raw almonds to go with it (if you are thinking a banana won’t fill you up). It would be just as easy to make a avocado/sprouted grain bagel as it would be to throw on some cheddar and ham, but I am free of the energy, and health, leeching properties of ham & cheese. Plus I am not counting calories here, so I don’t have to stop at one banana. There is so much freedom there too.
It has also been a liberation for my taste buds! I can trully appreciate and whole heartedly enjoy clean, simple food, without the need of additives that are so commonly found in “convenience food”. Those additives make us numb to the pleasures of real food, on top of all the havoc they are wreaking in our bodies.
I also want to add, that treating my body in this way allows me to indulge in things I will truly enjoy. Not because they are convenient, but because they are delicious, decadent, and make life more enjoyable! Such things would be: dark chocolate, wine, creme brule, goat milk ice-cream, raw treats.. My body can handle the acidity of foods like that because I am keeping it alkaline with all the fresh veggies, and juices, I consume.
All in all, I have to say, it’s not about mustering up the motivation. It’s about knowing how good I feel when I honor myself with fresh food, and trully doing it in a way that I wholeheartedly love. Nothing is healthy if you are doing it gritting your teeth, and holding your nose. The key to living this way, is really finding what and how it can work for you, in a way that you will truly enjoy. I hope this helps!
I am so flattered that you enjoy my blog. Please let me know if I can be of any further service to you!
Love and support,
Blend, for a couple of seconds:
- 1/2 cup fresh carrot juice
- 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1 tbsp raw carob powder
- vanilla stevia
- 1/4 cup young coconut water (optional)
- 1/2 cup (fresh, preferably) coconut/almond milk
- 5 ice cubes
Enjoy on a hot day, instead of your afternoon coffee fix ;). You can also pretend it’s a thai iced tea!
Although we hear this over and over again in the detox community, it cannot be said enough: You can only heal your body as much as you are willing to heal the other aspects of your life! Physical cleansing has been a great gateway for me to tap into my true self, and start honoring her! With this wonderful awakening, has come great responsibility, and my physical transformation has been halted by the emotional healing that has to take place in order to progress. This cycle is very normal, and I have been around the block a few times. This time it’s really deep though! Throughout my life, I have tried to be a good person, and have repressed a lot of hurt, anger and resentment. That said, I have been reaching out to a few trusted sources to help guide me over this hump. I could not be more grateful for my dear friend and colon hydrotherapist at LYT, Cyndie! She is the one that introduced me to “going to the matts”!
Here’s how this exercise goes down:
- close the door to the bedroom
- set the timer for 10 minutes
- sit down in child’s pose, on your mattress
- start banging on your mattress, without holding back
- let yourself go at that mattress with all your might, and allow yourself to come out of your pose as you naturally start using your whole body to express your rage towards that mattress! (haha.. I am not going to lie, it feels good just writing about it)
- you may use a tennis racket!
So, the idea is that all these unresolved repressed feelings are holding us back from being the loving beacons of light we all are! I have JUST started practicing this wonderful excercise but I am already feeling how potent of a cleanser it is. I felt like my inner flame was being fanned into a blazing fire — in the best way! If nothing else, you will get a great arm workout ;)
Love and support, always! XO
Hello darling readers!
I completed my 14 Day Sugar-Free Challenge yesterday! WOOOOHH! It seems like the time went by so fast. I thought it was going to be more “tedious”, but it turns out I found much more freedom in the challenge than expected. I purposely loosened up on my “juicing until dinner” routine in order to avoid any extra “incentive” to over-eat at dinner. I indulged in sugarless mid-day smoothies, puddings, avocado and veggie snacks. Putting my usual indulgences on the “avoid as much as possible” list was quite liberating, because I didn’t consider them options which got my creative juices flowing :)
So, here are some of the things I indulged, and partook, in durring the cleanse:
- Vanilla STEVIA sweetened everything: juices; lemonade; dark chocolate treats like the Icy Chocolate Bon-Bons and Choco-Coco Soft-Serve; egg and dairy based deserts such as the Detox Kaiser, crepes, zucchini pancakes and goat yogurt w/goat ricotta; and vegan/veggie desserts such as squash ice-cream and almond butter cup ice cream — it was all very satisfying and comforting while I was missing my dark chocolate bars.
- Gourmet salads and veggilicious dishes, such as: Insalata Italiana and Eggplant Garlic Bread, Japanese Dinner-Entree Salad, “Beet That Craving” Salad and much more :)
- Raw goat cheddar every other day, and the occasional egg or fish ~2,3 times.
- Rockstar gravity colonics, 2X/week at LYT, NYC.
- Morning Pages (mental colonics), on occasion
- Infrared sauna and dry sauna ~3 times
- Sun-lit walks in Central Park, on most days
- Deep-tissue massage and Reiki sessions with Leslie, 2x/week
- Nightly meditations
- oral Hydrogen Peroxide for the 1st week, (which I stopped because my movements disappeared though I was taking a minimal amount)
- Ascended Health Probiotics, every morning, Candex in the afternoon, and Fungal Defense before bed
- facial lymphatic massage, ~4 times/week
I experienced definite improvements in my mood, cravings, taste buds, colonics, skin quality and appearance, clothing fit, and sleep quality! While 14 days is not enough to vanquish a yeast-monster that has been haunting you for years, it’s a great tune-up, and incentive to keep going at a reasonable, sustainable pace for the long haul. Coming off the cleanse I overdid the dark chocolate, and indulged in some fruit. My body was not pleased, but I had to test the waters :). Moving forward, I will keep up with as many of the aspects of the challenge without pushing myself beyond comfort, in order to achieve maximum freedom!
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions about my experience or undertaking something like this yourself!
With Love, Honesty and Support,
Q: For those of you who embarked on this journey with me, how was it??
(I’m still putting up some of the links so please bear with me!)
I have 5 different posts pending in my drafts, but I am so excited to share this that I am just going to jump ahead a few steps and tell you about the delicious dinner I had last night:
It was very simple, yet revolutionary :) I tossed together a simple salad made of:
- 1 medium box of super greens
- 1 handful sunflower sprouts
- 1 1/2 avocados
- 2 tbsp tamari
- 1 tsp dijon
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- sea salt
Then, for the bread, I baked, at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, flipping half-way:
- 2 sweet potatoes, cut 1/4” lengthwise, w/skin
- sprinkled w/ sea sal and a touch of pizza seasoning
The sandwiches were assembled with extra avocado slices and sprouts, and a big helping of salad in the middle! They were a hit!
Fresh Tomato/Basil Pizza (flour-free)
Serves 2-3 (technique by Doris of DetoxtheWorld.com)
Mix in a bowl:
- 1 head cauliflower, pulsed to rice consistency & steamed for 2-3 minutes (then thoroughly drained of moisture by pressing a spatula down into the strainer of cauliflower)
- 4 ounces goat chèvre, crumbled
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- pizza seasoning to taste
- pinch of sea salt
Form mixture into 1/2” round pizza dough, on a parchment line baking sheet, and bake for 25 minutes at 400 degrees.
Bake for another 5 minutes after topping with:
- 1/3 cup high grade tomato sauce (such as Paesana, Seeds of Change..)
- shredded raw goat cheddar or mozzarella (according to desired cheesiness)
- 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
- basil chiffonade
Enjoy to your heart’s content, guilt-free! XO
Icy Chocolate Bon-Bons (neutral & sugar-free)
Melt, and stir together over medium heat:
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 1/2 dagoba 100% baking chocolate bar
- 5 droppers stevia
- 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
- pinch of sea salt
Once it is smoothly integrated together, chill for 15 minutes, and pour into an ice cube tray, and/or your favorite popsicle mould. The bon-bons took about 1 1/2 hours to set. I prefer the bon-bons to the popsicle because the concoction is SO chocolatey. You can choose to blend the melted goodness, before setting, for an extra smooth chocolate treat. The way I did it, there were little bits of super dark chocolate in the bonbons, which I didn’t mind at all :)