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The Best Methods for Cleaning Produce

Learn the best methods for cleaning produce in this informational blog post. This is important, because while most of us know organic is best, many of us can’t afford the higher prices. In addition, many grocery stores only offer a few varieties of organic fruits and vegetables, leaving us with no choice but to buy non organic produce. No matter how hard you try to buy and consume 100% organic, it’s almost impossible to be perfect in this area. But you can clean non organic produce with proper washing methods, so don’t give up!

Appropriately washing non organic produce is especially important if you’re going on a juice fast. These methods of cleaning your non organic fruits and vegetables remove most of the harmful agricultural chemicals and bacteria. Below are four of the best methods to properly wash your fruits and vegetables.

4 Best Methods for Washing Fruits and Vegetables

1. Lemon Bath

What you need: 4 tablespoons of sea salt, juice of one lemon, water

Procedure: Fill sink or bowl with cold water, add salt and lemon juice*. Soak fruits and vegetables for at least 10 minutes. Once you are done soaking, rinse produce under cold running water.

*If you don’t have lemon, substitute ¼ cup of white vinegar

2. HCL Bath

What you need: 1 ounce of hydrochloric acid (HCL)*, 3 quarts of water

*HCL is available at most hardware stores

Procedure: Add HCL to water in bowl or sink. Mix to create a 1% HCL solution. Soak produce in solution for at least ten minutes. Rinse produce thoroughly with cold running water.

3. Boiling Path

What you need: Boiling water, Heat-Safe Bowl, Tongs*

* This method should not be used on fragile vegetables or fruit!

Procedure: Add boiling water to bowl. Be careful not to overfill. Using the tongs, dip vegetables into boiling water for 5-10 seconds. After dipping, rinse under cold running water. This method helps removes germs and wax from fruits and vegetables.

4. Baking Soda Bath

What you Need: 1 teaspoon of baking soda, two cups of water, bowl

Procedure: If you need more than two cups of water to cover produce, add 1 teaspoon of baking soda for every two cups of water. Mix baking soda with water in large bowl. Soak fruits and vegetables for 10-15 minutes, then rinse produce under cold running water.

Step 4. Baking Soda Bath

Sea Salt vs Table Salt

Use Sea Salt, not table salt for these produce washing methods! Sea salt is a natural disinfectant. Unlike table salt, sea salt does not contain unnatural additives and sea salt is not processed to eliminate essential minerals.

Timing and Scrubbing

Soak all fruits and vegetables for at least 10 to 15 minutes. If you’re not pressed for time, remember 15 minutes is optimal for the removal of toxic chemicals and bacteria from your produce.

In addition, purchasing a scrubber will help you remove built-up waxes and harmful pesticides from non organic fruits and vegetables. Scrubbers are not expensive, so don’t hesitate to add this handy tool to your list!

Bye Bye, Poisons/Hello, Love

In conclusion, there is always a plan B! When you can’t find or afford organic fruits and vegetables, just wash them properly.

Washing non organic fruits and vegetables is simple, cheap, and practical.

Taking the time to rid your fruits and vegetables of most of the toxic chemicals and bacteria is extremely important for your overall health.

Take time to give your body love, it goes a long way!

For in depth information on fasting, click here.

For information on water fasting, click here.

For information on how to correctly break a fast, click here.

For information on Intermittent Fasting, click here.

For information on preparing for a fast, click here.

For information on health benefits in juices, click here.

For information on proper food combining, click here.

The Best Food Combinations for Optimal Health

In this informational blog post, you will learn how to create the best food combinations for optimal health. Since I support fasting for ultimate health and wellness, I believe careful food combining is essential to conserve healing energy for your body and your mind.

SAD – The Standard American Diet

We all know the drill.

You eat until you’re “full”, maybe even a little too much. Then you sit down on the sofa to watch your favorite show and enjoy a relaxing food coma. Everything feels “just right”.

For about thirty minutes, you feel satiated, full, and happy.

Then, “it” happens. You feel your stomach churn and now you are gassing uncontrollably. As your pain and discomfort worsen, you regret eating “too much”.

Of course, consuming too much food too fast results in a bloated, sick feeling. But more often, the culprit is our tendency to combine food incorrectly, not eating too much!

I know proper food combining is overwhelming at first, but you only need to remember three simple rules. Before you read on, I want to encourage you, as I always do, to love yourself. If you suffer from an eating disorder, for example, you might become obsessed and perfectionistic. While I don’t encourage moderation in most things, (I am an “all-in” kind of guy), I trust you to follow your heart and listen to your body.

Three Rules For Healthy Food Combining

Rule One: Never Mix Proteins with Carbohydrates

Proteins are broken down with acid digestive enzymes and carbohydrates are broken down with alkaline digestive enzymes. Consuming proteins and carbohydrates at the same time stops proper digestion. Your body produces acidic enzymes to break down proteins and alkaline enzymes to break down carbohydrates. Since these enzymes are neutralized by each other, the digestive process grinds to a halt. As your digestion slows down, putrefaction and fermentation begin. (yes those words are as bad as they sound)

These unhealthy digestive lapses cause bloating, gas and the “stuffed” feeling in your belly.

Rule Two: Never Mix Fruits With Other Foods

Fruits digest very quickly. For this reason, proponents of proper food combinations recommend eating fruit at least twenty minutes before a meal or a few hours after.

When you consume fruits with slower digesting foods like proteins or complex carbohydrates, your body fails to digest the fruit properly. The sugars in fruit ferment in your gut, raising blood alcohol levels and causing digestive distress.

To avoid this potentially harmful situation, consider an all-fruit meal. For an even easier digestive process, make a whole meal of just one kind of fruit. Eat three apples for breakfast, a half melon for lunch or a whole pineapple for a delicious dinner.

Nothing is simpler to digest than a mono-fruit meal (eating one fruit at a time). After a simple delicious meal of all fruit, you’ll feel energized and light instead of sluggish and heavy.

Rule Three: Never Combine Melons With Any Other Food.

High water content, soft texture and other factors make melons one of the easiest and quickest foods to digest. All varieties of melons contain many nutrients critical for better health; You can enhance the nutritional value of this super fruit by never combining melons with other types of fruits or slower digesting foods.

Following is a guideline to clarify the importance of careful food combining.

Five Tips For A Healthier, Happier Life

  1. Keep your diet simple to keep life simple and happy
  2. Being happy when you eat makes the digestive process easier. (Being upset elevates stomach acids, which can neutralize digestive efforts and create unhealthy acidosis.)
  3. Relax while you’re eating and enjoy your food. Your body will thank you for extra energy for digestion.
  4. Chew foods slowly and well. Remember, the first stage of digestion takes place in your mouth
  5. Don’t drink with meals. Drinking with meals neutralizes essential enzymes, interfering with healthy digestive functions.

“Do your best to calm down before you eat. If you are upset, don’t eat!” – Kevin Kaczmarski

Friends, your body craves simplicity. The less food you combine at one time while eating, the better is it for your digestive process.

Your Body Craves Simplicity

  • When digestion is easier, energy is conserved for healing and movement.
  • When energy is conserved for energy and movement, you feel lighter.
  • When you feel lighter, you feel happier.
  • When you feel happier, the people around you feel happier.
  • Happy people are motivated to practice self-care and compassion.
  • As you heal, the world heals.

As you heal, the world heals. – Kevin Kaczmarski

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Ghandi

In conclusion, proper food combining not only eliminates bloating and gas, but it is the first step to elite health and total wellness. When we combine the right foods, we set our body in motion for free and easy digestion.

Remember, less is more. Keep it simple and take it easy.

Enjoy a simple healthy meal and start your healing journey today!

For in depth information on fasting, click here.

For information on water fasting, click here.

For information on juice fasting, click here.

For information on how to correctly break a fast, click here.

For information on Intermittent Fasting, click here.

For information on preparing for a fast, click here.

For information on health benefits in juices, click here.

For information on methods to washing produce, click here.

Fulfill Health Benefits In The Power of Juices

In this informational blog post, you will learn the benefits of different types of fruit and vegetable juices.

To start, juicing is an enlightening experience, which allows your body a chance to heal from harmful impurities and toxins. With juice fasting, the GI tract and digestive system get a much needed rest, stimulating cleansing and lymphatic movement while keeping the kidneys flushed.

Fruit Juices Vs Vegetable Juices

Juices supply glucose and fructose to cells for energy. Fruit juices offer the most powerful way to detoxify your body and your mind. Light and astringent, fruit juices pull on intestinal walls and help rid the body of toxins. Vegetable juices are harder for the body to digest so they are not as detoxifying or astringent.

On the other hand, vegetable juices supply the body with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. These nutrients are essential for replenishing energy and refreshing you when your body is feeling depleted from an extended fast.

With regards to vegetable juices, let’s take a look at the mecca of green plants, chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the chemical formed by the chloroplast cells of green plants. All animal life, including human life, depends on chlorophyll; Without it, we could not exist. The benefits of chlorophyll are practically endless.

Benefits of Chlorophyll

  • Heals infected and ulcerated wounds
  • Helps regrow tissue cell activity
  • Acts as effective medicine for bleeding gums, canker sores, and trench mouth
  • Helps aid pyorrhea, gingivitis, and sore throat
  • Makes a great mouthwash
  • Kills odor producing bacteria
  • Fights bad breath
  • Acts as general antiseptic

Since chlorophyll is essential to life on this planet, we want to find the richest sources possible. Wheatgrass and barley are two superfoods, and two of the richest sources of chlorophyll. A one-ounce dose provides abundant amounts of chlorophyll in most cases. Wheatgrass and barley also contain great amounts of dismutase, a powerful antioxidant and anti-aging enzyme. Proven to eliminate inflammation in people with arthritis, the benefits of wheatgrass and barley are continued below:

The Power of Two Superfoods, Wheatgrass and Barley

  • Purifies and rebuilds blood
  • Increases hemoglobin production
  • Alkalinizes blood
  • Cleanses colon
  • Purges the liver
  • Neutralizes toxins
  • Oxygenates cells
  • Heals intestinal walls

Moreover, consuming your juices according to color is a great way to make sure you are getting all the nutritional benefits possible. Every color in each juice represents a different form of healing for your body. Below is a list of the colors of different juices along with their specific healing properties.

Color of Juices and Healing Properties

  • Red Foods (Tomatoes, cherries, red cabbage, cranberry, watermelon)
    • Speeds up Circulation
    • Heats your body
  • Orange Foods (Oranges, carrots, pumpkins, and apricots)
    • Anti-spasmodic
    • Great for pain
    • Great for cramps
    • Strengthens Lungs
    • Opens up feelings of joy
    • Promotes vitality and mental clarity
  • Yellow Foods (Lemon, Pineapple, Grapefruit, Apple, Banana, Mango)
    • Strengthens Nerves
    • Aids in Digestion and Constipation
  • Green Foods (Leafy Greens, Sprouts, Wheatgrass, Avocado)
    • Cleans Blood
    • Kills Bacteria
    • Acts as a Natural Tranquilizer
  • Blue Foods (Blueberry, Plum, Grape, Asparagus, Nuts)
    • Cures Headaches
    • Enhances Spiritual Enlightenment
    • Improves Mental Clarity

To conclude, the power of fruit and vegetables juices contain endless benefits. Someone going on a juice fast pumps countless vitamins and minerals into their body while they are drinking juice. Much of this information was taken from the book Juice Fasting & Detoxification by Steve Meyerowitz. This book is a great source for anyone looking for ultimate health and vitality.  

Drink your juice and have some fun!

For more in depth information on fasting, click here.

For more information on water fasting, click here.

For more information on how to break a fast correctly, click here.

For more information on intermittent fasting, click here.

For more information on preparing for a fast, click here.

For more information on proper food combining, click here.

For more information on proper methods for washing produce, click here.

How To Prepare For Fasting In 5 Easy Steps

Read this blog post to learn how to prepare for fasting in 5 easy steps.

Prepping for a prolonged fast is about more than a shopping list for the right ingredients and equipment.  With proper pre-fast preparation, the benefits of fasting go far beyond temporary weight loss.

Here are five steps to prepare your body, mind and soul so you can experience fasting for ultimate health and wellness. Let’s begin!

Step One: Diet Prep

Ease into your fast with a pre-fasting diet. If you are eating the typical SAD (Standard American Diet), go slowly. If you are vegan, you can consider starting out with the raw vegan diet.

To put it briefly, the Raw Vegan diet eliminates grains, dairy, fish, meat and all animal products (including eggs and butter!) . For great vegan recipes, click here.

Prior to your fast, eat a raw vegan diet for at least five days.

Raw Vegan Food List

  • Leafy greens (Kale, spinach, arugula, etc.)
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocados
  • Citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruits, pineapple)
  • Melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew)
  • Berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries)
  • Apples, grapes, bananas
  • Dates & Figs
  • Raw Nuts (almonds, walnuts cashews, brazil nuts, pecans, pine nuts)
  • Raw Seeds (Sunflower, pumpkin, chia, flax, hemp seeds)
Raw Vegan Diet: Consuming plenty of raw fruits
and vegetables is key for proper fasting prep

For someone who is looking for guidance on transitioning to a raw vegan diet, I highly recommend reading The 30-day Transformation Living Food Program by Dan McDonald aka “The Life Regenerator.”

The next tier after a raw vegan diet for putting your body in the best shape for a prolonged juice/water fast is to go on a Fruit Fast.

Only Fruit For At Least Two Days:

-Melons give you the most bang for your buck, but can be very aggressive as they are composed with the highest water content. Mono-fruit fasts consist of eating only one type of fruit for long periods of time. A mono-fruit fast is a great way to work up to a water fast or a juice fast, but don’t hesitate to eat more than one kind of fruit. Just be careful with your fruit combinations as combining improper fruits leads to fermentation resulting in bloating and gas ultimately leading to acidosis. For more information on food combining click here.

A diet consisting of raw foods and plenty of fruits will help clean the bowels, flush the liver and kidneys, and set your body in proper motion for a truly beneficial fast.

Step Two: Gather A Strong Support System

Seek the guidance of an experienced faster (someone who has proper knowledge and wisdom on fasting and detoxification). For complete trust and guidance on fasting I recommend reading the book Juice Fasting and Detoxification by Steve Meyerowitz.

Trust me. You’ll need friends when fasting! While fasting is beneficial and simple, it is not easy. A strong support system is necessary for Emotional Detoxification: As your body rids itself of toxins, you might experience intense emotions from past traumas. I call this an “emotional detox”.

Let a close friend know in advance you might be calling them at absurd times to talk.  Seek reassurance and encouragement in advance. This is a great habit for any project in life. Shore up support prior to beginning any life change.

 “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.”- Abraham Lincoln.

During detox, we often uproot past emotions that have been embedded inside of us for years; Enlist the help of someone you can trust to help you get through these tough times. This person should be someone who will openly listen to your emotions in a non-judgmental manner.

Granted that you enter an emotional detox, have a pen and a paper ready to write down what you are feeling as this will also help you through your emotional release.

Step Three: Shopping List

Stock up on the right ingredients for your fast.

For A Water Fast, You Will Need

  • Distilled Water and/or Reverse Osmosis Water
  • A glass cup
  • Herbs (optional)

For A Juice Fast, You Will Need

  • A proper juicer (masticating juicer recommended)
  • Organic fruits and vegetables
  • Distilled and/or reverse osmosis water
  • Herbs (optional)

It is important to consume organic fruits and distilled water as these are your purest sources of water and juice for your fast. Remember, fasting is designed to eliminate toxins and heal. Filling your system with fruits and water containing impurities can only slow down the detoxification process.

Fruits That Are Okay To Consume Non-Organic

  • Most fruits where you don’t eat the skin
    • Melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew)
    • Citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruits, pineapple, lemons, limes)
    • Kiwi
    • Papaya

Fruits That Are Very Important To Consume Organic

  • Grapes
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Nectarines
  • All berries

For more information on organic produce and the most important produce to buy organic click here.

Step Four: Prep The Most Stress-Free Schedule You Can

Furthermore, when planning a time for your fast, you want to plan a time free of stress. This can be hard in today’s society as we all have demands whether its family, work, or relationships. Sometimes it is best to take some vacation time and rid your schedule of any events you had planned for your body deserves rest and a fast.

Above all, don’t start a fast when your physical, emotional, or mental demands are too high. Every stressful day of your fast can extend the time required to detoxify by one half day. This means that fasting for 15 days under a stressful environment would achieve the same amount of detoxification as a peaceful 10 day fast.

Even though time is important, fasting is also a matter of energy. You might be saving energy by not digesting food, but you are spending energy through mental or emotional stress. The goal is to conserve as much energy as you can for your body to use on healing and detoxification.

Moreover, make sure in advance you will be able to give yourself enough time to refrain from activity and you will be able to get plenty of bed rest. Remember, conserving the most energy is key.

If you are going on a juice fast, bed rest will not be as necessary as you are still giving the body energy. Depending on your level of toxicity, you should be fine carrying on normal daily activities on a juice fast.

Step Five: Adjusting To Climate

As for weather, it is best to wait until summer or go to a place that is warm. When you fast, you will likely feel cold. When you consume food, combustion takes place as your body digests the food. Combustion creates heat keeping you warm. The same goes with exercise and activity. Since you are trying to conserve energy for healing, these activities will be put on halt meaning it will be tougher for your body to stay warm.

Warm weather keeps you warm naturally and does not require your body to create energy in order for you to stay warm. If you are going to be carrying out your fast in the winter or in a cold environment, you must have the proper clothing.

Clothing To Stay Warm – Fasting In Cold Weather

  • Sweatshirt
  • Sweatpants
  • Leggings
  • Long socks
  • Undershirt (under amour)
  • Layers for going outside
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Cayenne Pepper for socks

Putting cayenne pepper in socks can help keep your feet warm. When our feet are warm, our body feels warm.

As has been noted, correct fasting preparation is key to carrying your fast out smoothly and properly. Improperly carrying out these five steps can make a prolonged fast much more difficult.

Don’t cheat yourself of healing! Prepare, prepare, prepare!  

Note: Build Up To More Rigorous Fasts

The fasting journey is nothing short of amazing. With that being said, make sure to continually educate yourself on fasting. People who do not have the healthiest body should start off slow with an intermittent fast, a one-day fast or a three-day fast. Work to build up to longer fasts. Be cautious when fasting for the first time!

Always Listen To Your Body

Lastly, during your fast, remind yourself to listen to your body. Your body will tell you how long to carry your fast, when to dig deeper, or when to stop the fast. Some people can go for a day, other people can go for months, your body will let you know.

When your body is telling you it is time to eat solid foods again, it is vital to break your fast the correct way. Breaking your fast improperly, especially a long one, can be detrimental to your health and very rarely can result in death. The Most Loving Way To Break A Fast For Your Body will show you the correct way to break a fast leading you to ultimate health and vitality.

As always, listen to your body, follow your heart, and enjoy the healing process!

For more in depth information on fasting, click here.

For more information on water fasting, click here.

For more information on the health benefits of juices, click here.

For more information on proper techniques for washing produce, click here.

Intermittent Fasting, Never Missing A Day Of Love

As many of you know, I am a passionate advocate of fasting. I believe fasting is a powerful way to love yourself and heal your body. That’s why I chose the title, “Intermittent fasting, never missing a day of love.” – Kevin Kaczmarski

Yosemite National Park at Sunset on a Fast

Intermittent fasting is a popular health and fitness trend. Even though most people begin intermittent fasting for weight loss, the health benefits actually go much deeper.

Intermittent fasting is defined as an eating pattern which cycles between timed periods of fasting and eating, better described as a lifestyle choice than a diet.

I am passionate about fasting for many reasons, including the natural energy conservation that happens when we fast. Normally, your body uses a great deal energy for digestion and physical activity. In a fasting state, your body doesn’t need to use this energy for digestion. In addition, resting while you fast will allow your to conserve energy normally used for physical activity. This saved energy is then used to heal your body. The longer you fast, the more your body heals. 

To understand why I am so enthused about fasting, please read my informational post about the benefits of fasting, water fasting, juice fasting.

Let’s check out some of the most popular intermittent fasting methods.

Popular Intermittent Fasts

1. The 16/8 Method

  • Most common intermittent fasting technique
  • Fasting Cycle: 16-hour fasting, 8 hour eating.
  • Typical Timing: No food from 8 pm until 12 noon the following day.
  • Common Eating Pattern:  1st meal at noon, 2nd meal near 4pm,  last meal near 6 pm, must be complete by 8pm.

2. The Warrior Diet

  • Be like a warrior, who only ate one meal a day
  • Fasting Cycle: Fast during the day, Eat one evening meal
  • Typical Timing: Fast until 5pm
  • Common Eating Pattern: No food until dinner, then large meal for dinner

3. The 5:2 Diet

  • Follows a weekly pattern, easy for typical work schedules
  • Fasting Cycle: Eat normally for 5 days. The other two days restrict eating, fast for long periods.

4. 24 Hour fast

  • Complete a 24 hour fast once or twice a week. Consume a normal diet on the other days.

5. Alternate-day fasting: Fast every other day

  • Consume a normal diet one day, fast the next day.

6. Instinctive meal skipping

  • Skip meals on days your body tells you to. Days when you feel like you don’t need to eat or days it feels convenient not to.

As I always say, listen to your body. Discover the best fasting style for you. Over time, you can work up to longer fasts, but go slowly. There’s no hurry. Each time you give your body a healing break, you’ll get stronger and healthier.

Although some of these fasts may seem unorthodox or dangerous, fasting is actually more natural than eating 3-4 meals a day.  If one wants to see more healing benefits and achieve a healthier lifestyle, they should incorporate the 80-10-10- diet.

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

  • Allows your body to take a rest from digestion and focus energy on removing toxins to speed up the healing process.
  • During fasting, cells can more easily initiate important repair processes.
  • Most people start intermittent fasting with the intentions to lose weight, but soon realize the far deeper benefits of fasting as well. During intermittent fasting, weight loss is simple to understand; When you eat less frequently, you consume less calories and lose weight.
  • Reduces harmful inflammation and the symptoms of inflammation.
  • Improves mental clarity as you develop body and mind awareness. The new awareness helps transform an addiction to unhealthy food into a heart-centered desire for healthy food.

Convenient Lifestyle

  • Don’t need to plan or clean up as many meals
  • People can organize their day around the window they chose for eating instead of constantly eating and preparing meals sporadically throughout the day
  • Fits into peoples on-the-go lifestyle better

Intermittent Fasting Safety

Fasting is for everyone, but it is important to recognize where you are at in your life in terms of stress, emotional health, and schedule or workload. Educate yourself on fasting before going on an extended fast.

Start slow

Start off by eliminating a meal a day for a few weeks. Once you feel comfortable with doing this, start eliminating two meals a day or periodically removing different meals on separate days. Once your body is acclimated to intermittent fasting, then you can look to carry out more vigorous fasts. To prepare for a fast, you can read this post.

Have Fun and Be Love

Intermittent fasting might seem hard at first, but once you are comfortable with it and start reaping the benefits, you won’t want to stop. Although weight loss is the primary reason most people want to incorporate intermittent fasting into their lifestyle, they’ll soon enjoy far more benefits than weight loss.

Have fun and be love, you and your body deserve it!

For more information on fasting click here.

For more information on the correct way to break a fast, click here.

For more information on the health benefits of juices, click here.

For more information on food combining, click here.

For more information on properly washing produce, click here.