Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Get Juicing!

Fresh fruit & vegetable juices can be a vital support to regaining vibrant health, as they play an important role in assisting your body's detoxification and regeneration process. Using a juicer to extract the liquid nutrition from the plant is different than pureeing or blending vegetables and fruits. Drinking freshly pressed juices is like giving your body an immediate infusion of life force energy. Here are just a few reasons to get your juice on:
  • Juicing, specifically juice cleansing or fasting, allows your digestive system to rest, so that the body has freed up energy to support elimination, recovery and healing, instead of laboring to digest heavier meals. During a time of juice cleansing, cells can repair themselves and detoxify. Freshly pressed juices provide easily assimilated living enzymes, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, anti-oxidants and yes, protein!
  • Juicing breaks down vegetables (and fruit), making the nutrition much easier to assimilate, so you will receive most of the nutrition. So a juicing protocol for someone who has any kind of impaired digestion is an excellent, healing course of action.
  • Juicing allows a higher consumption of fruits and  vegetables, as some people may find eating an adequate amount of fibrous fruits and vegetables difficult. One can easily get a higher level of vital nutrients into the body with a tall glass of freshly pressed juice.
  • You can add a wider variety of vegetables in your diet. Many people eat the same vegetables, raw or cooked, every day. Foods should be rotated to prevent developing allergies. With juicing, you can explore a wide variety of fruits and vegetables that you may not normally enjoy eating whole.
  • Juicing is a great way to use any abundance that you may get from your garden, farmers market or CSA — especially the ones you don’t know what to do with. 

Use local, organic vegetables and fruits when possible. Follow the list by the Environmental Working Group, which lists the pesticide residue testing data from the US Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration.  They have a ranking for all major fresh produce items - You don't want to be drinking juices that are laced with pesticides. 
Start with vegetables you like to eat. Use some sweet vegetables with some that are not sweet. Watch the amount of bitter leafy greens, like dandelion and arugula, in the beginning and add more as you gain more experienced with juicing.
Reminding you that today is the final day to sign up for your chance to win an Omega VRT350 juicer. It is a top of the line juicer that retails for nearly $400. For details on how to enter the drawing, click here. We will be drawing our winner tomorrow - July 4th - Good Luck Everyone!!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wellness Warrior Kristina on FOX News!

Cleanse America Wellness Warrior Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram of Rawfully Organic Co-op - http://www.rawfullyorganic.com  FullyRaw - http://www.fullyraw.com was invited this morning to appear on FOX NEWS to share her story, her success with Rawfully Organic, and even a super easy Peach Cobbler Recipe!   

So proud of the hard work, effort and passion - we all have a role to play in getting the word out!! YAY Kristina!!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Creekside Dinner Party in Idaho

To celebrate our last evening in pisturesque Driggs, Idaho, we decided to make a lovely creekside dinner for our gracious hosts. The menu was composed of recipes, or a slight variation of those from our Raw Food Recipe Collection for our summer 10-Day Cleanse. Here was the view from our table:

We started the mingling guests off with an appetizer course of a simple and delicious guacamole that Paul made with avocados, garlic, cilantro, nutritional yeast, Himalayan salt & cracked black pepper.  Then we started the meal with the Sweet Tomato & Fresh Herb Soup:

Dinner was a simple salad of fresh & local greens tossed in Linda Wagner's Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing. We also served Mimi Kirk's Succulent Summer Tomatoes and Marinated Portobellos:

Then to finish the perfect meal and evening, Paul got creative with what ingredients were on hand and created a variation of his Captain Cleanse America Superfood Shake, turing it into more of a pudding by adding extra bananas and some dates.

We'll miss this beautiful part of the United States.  If you ever have the opportunity to visit the Teton Valley, please jump at the chance!  We also have another real treat to share from our time here. A few days ago we created a beautiful fruit cake with some of our special little friends.  Please click here for the video - We promise you'll love it!!

The Cleanse America Community Site is a thriving hub of inspiration, motivation, education and support. The current cleanse content including recipes and daily videos will be available until Septemeber 10th, so please some join us, if you haven't already. You won't be disappointed!  www.cleanseamerica.com

Have a beautiful week!

The Cleanse America Team

Friday, June 22, 2012

Win an Omega VRT350 Juicer!

We Have Exciting News!
The Legacy Companies, who own Omega (juicers) & Excalibur (dehydrators) just found out what we're up to at Cleanse America and they are sending us a brand new Omega VRT350 ($379.99 value) to giveaway to one lucky member of Cleanse America 2!! 
In order to qualify for this drawing, you will only need to do a few simple things:
We will be drawing the name of the winner on the 4th of July and this will be announced at our Community Site.  
Good Luck Everyone!!!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Cleanse America Has T-Shirts (& More)

We wanted to let you know that we final got our logo onto t-shirts and a few other cool items that you may like. This is a way to share the message of Cleanse America and a way you can help be part of the Transformation of a Nation.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Greetings from the Tetons - Cleanse Starts Today!

Penni Shelton & I just arrived into the Teton Mountains Monday evening to join with our Creative Director, Daniel Hayhurst to set up our base camp for Cleanse America. It's breathtakingly beautiful here and I've been energized and inspired to make a short video for you. Please come watch it by clicking here: http://youtu.be/Fu-7FuCtPT0

I'm feeling waves of gratitude for all the positive energy that's flowing into the Cleanse America Facebook page and on our amazing Community Site. So much synergy building as we prepare for this exciting start of our summer 10-Day cleanse. (June 20th - June 29th)
Here are some tips I have picked up from past experiences with cleansing that may help as you are setting the stage for the next 10 days:
  • Preparing the mind is very important when beginning a cleanse. Know that one of the blessings of being human is having free will. This is an opportunity for you to gain control of your health and you do this one step at a time with each bite or drink you take. When a craving comes - be aware of the thought and where it comes from. Ask yourself if having that thought and craving serves your better good. If it doesn't it is time to create new thoughts and habits. Cleansing is an opportunity to restructure your thoughts and habits. Set specific goals for yourself. Write them down in places you see all day. Attach feeling to those goals and thoughts. That is how to develop new positive habits in your life.
  • Prepare your spirit as it is likely to be challenged during cleansing. Set time aside each day to pray or meditate. If you do it first thing in the morning it will set the tone for the day. If your thoughts or environment are challenging you then pray and ask God for help. One of my favorite verses is, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Use as needed.
  • Prepare your body. Know that there will be some ups and downs. Know that the end result will be that your body will be in a better state of health than when you began. When you experience a detox symptom shift how you view the situation from a negative experience to one that sees your bodies healing wisdom doing its job of rejuvenating from within. Exercise everyday if possible. This helps tremendously with mood, detox and getting your lymph system moving. Get some sun on your skin and breathe some fresh air. As often as possible. Plant at least one thing and watch it sprout during the cleanse. Connect with the correlations between the sprout and your cleansing experience.
  • Prepare all your friends, coworkers and family before the cleanse. Ask for support and understanding as you step into this experience. Explain that you may need to nap, laugh, cry, pray, walk, isolate yourself or be a little crabby. Reassure them that your emotion states have nothing to do with how much you love them. If you have a transparency with your cleansing journey every one around you can learn from you. This communication strengthens bonds and allows for healing to take place on many levels.
Most of all be kind to yourself and others. Invite them to join you. Do this with compassion and release all judgment.
Thank you all so much for being a part of the mission of Cleanse America. We each have a role to play in the transformation of the health of the nations. 
With eager anticipation, 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Going North & a Recipe for You.....

The first day of summer 2012 AND Cleanse America's 10-Day Cleanse will start this Wednesday, June 20th! 

Our Founder, Paul Risse & I are flying out to Wyoming today and will be setting up the Cleanse America Mobile Headquarters in the Tetons. We'll be spending the first half of the cleanse there along with our Creative Director & videographer, Daniel Hayhurst, who is currently living in Driggs, Idaho. If you are already registered and at our Community Site, you'll be getting glimpses of the beautiful landscape and mountains of Idaho & Wyoming via photos and videos during the cleanse!

Since we'll be spending much of today in the air, I wanted to leave you with a delicious recipe that is part of our recipe collection for our summer cleanse. We have over 80 delicious recipes just waiting for you to enjoy at our Community Site! To get the recipes, Guidelines for Cleansing, all the videos that will be shared during the cleanse and to access the amazing support of like-minded people from all over the globe - click here to register. Once you've paid the registration fee (just $25), you will be sent a link that will take you right to our Community Site to sign in and get geared up for this Wednesday's Cleansing Extravaganza!

Greek Style Pasta Bowl
1 cup julienned yellow & zucchini squash
2 tomatoes, seeded & diced
1 small red bell pepper, seeded & julienned
1 small cucumber, peeled if not organic, diced
1/3 cup Kalamata olives, pitted then halved
¼ cup sliced red onion
1 - 2 tablespoons cold pressed organic extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
Himalayan salt & freshly ground black pepper
Fresh mint sprigs to garnish
In a large bowl combine ingredients and gently toss. Serve with fresh mint sprigs as garnish.

Much love & Vibrant Health to you!