Mar 112015

Experients With Diets & Cleanses Part2: What Works For Me! -

In the last blog post/video, I talked about all the things that didn’t work for me from the various diets and cleanses I have tried. Today, I want to talk about all the things that do work for me, and I continue to do.

Over the years I have tried many diets including vegetarian diet, macrobiotic diet, raw vegan diet, paleo, high carb, low carb, etc., and even though I currently don’t follow any diet except for a whole food diet, there are many things that I continue to do, that I love and enjoy, and have learned from during my past diet experiments.

Past Diet Experiments – What I Continue Doing:


1. Green juice

I ‘ve been drinking green juices for over 15 years. This is one thing that I have naturally committed myself to doing because I feel so good when I am drinking them, especially daily! I drink about 500mL – 1L a day (2-4 Cups).

2. Juice fasting

I love juice fasting! The last time I did a juice fast was over 2 years ago, right before I got pregnant with my daughter Luna Ray, and because I am still breastfeeding, I haven’t been able to do a juice fast since. I miss it a lot, even my husband asks all the time when we’ll be doing another juice fast! It’s one of those things that over the years I’ve always enjoyed doing, I love the benefits, how it makes me feel, and the opportunity to slow things down.

I usually do one or two juice fasts a year, can’t wait until the next one!

3. Green salads

Love Love Love green salads! As everyone knows I was on a raw vegan diet for close to 4 years, and one of the things I am most grateful for during that time was learning how to make delicious green salads, and learning how to make them substantial enough that they not only taste good, but filling, and can be eaten as a meal.

Since moving on from the raw vegan diet, I still eat at least one large green salad daily, sometimes two, sometimes even three!

4. Bone broths

After I got off the raw vegan diet, for a short period of time, I experimented with the Paleo diet and some of the dietary guidelines from the Weston A. Price Foundation. The one thing I took away from those diets was making homemade bone broths. Along with green vegetables juices, I find bone broths to be extremely nourishing.

I like to make a homemade bone broth once every week or two, I don’t really like drinking it plain, but prefer to use it as a base for a soup.

5. Fats & Proteins

Based on all my diet experiments over the years, the one thing I have learned over and over again is how much better I feel eating good amounts of proteins and fats. I definitely still eat carbohydrates, I’m not on a low carb diet, but I’m also not on a high carb diet either (I prefer to be somewhere in the middle). Personally, I find it easy to eat carbohydrates, and I have to make more of a conscious effort to eat more protein and healthy fats – when I do, and I’m consistent, I definitely feel it in my energy levels, mood, strength, and even a big difference in my skin, hair and nails.

6. A remedy that surprised me…

I always find this one thing to be kind of funny and surprising all at the same time! So, when I was pregnant, I didn’t have many cravings, in fact I had more food aversions than cravings, but for some reason I craved the Master Cleanse lemonade!! Especially when I was having brutal morning sickness. At that point I couldn’t stomach coconut water, and I found the lemon juice sweetened with maple syrup to hit the spot of helping me with nausea, rehydrating me, and giving me a little extra lift.

7. Non-toxic skin care

It’s been over a decade that I’ve started experimenting with different eating plans and exploring natural health, and the one thing that I really appreciate and find myself very passionate about is non-toxic skin care. For me, eating a wholesome diet came hand in hand with learning how to take better care of myself, including incorporating natural skin care into my routine. I find like exercise, taking care of my skin motivates me to eat healthier. One thing inspires the next!

8. What I’d like to eat more of: Fermented Food

I’ve talked about all the things I’ve taken away from diets and cleanses I’ve tried, and I thought it would be nice to include what I’d like to continue doing but perhaps haven’t been so disciplined about doing lately. I have to say what comes to mind is eating fermented and cultured food like kefirs, sauerkrauts, kimchi, etc. I always feel good when I am eating fermented foods regularly – my digestion, my skin, and even immunity feels stronger. Perhaps now that I’ve said it, I’ll start doing it!

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Mar 072015

Experiments With Diets & Cleanses -

Learning From Past Diet Experiments & Cleanses

In the last video/blog post I talked about extreme diets and the importance of taking away what works for you, and letting go of what doesn’t.

Today I want to talk about my own experience. Over the years I’ve tried so many extreme diets and cleanses, and each and every time I’ve learned so much about myself, specifically what makes me feel good and healthy, and what doesn’t.

In today’s video/blog post I go over all the things I’ve learned so far from my diet experiments that doesn’t work for me at all, and in the next video/blog post I’ll talk about all the things that do work for me, and what I continue to do, and implement in my daily life.

Past Diets & Cleanses: What Doesn’t Work For Me

Before I get into what doesn’t work for me, I just want to first say: this post is based on my experience and my body. As we all know, everyone is different, everyone has different bodies, food tolerances, metabolisms, etc. I’m just sharing my own experience and observations. I have to say the more I know what works for me and what doesn’t, the easier my food and diet choices are, the better I feel, the clearer I am as to what supports my health, and what I want to continue doing.

Here’s What Doesn’t Work For Me:


1. I Get Hyperpigmentation From Eating Too Much Fruit

I eat fruit every day. I love fruit! But, if I eat too much fruit, like doing a fruitarian diet or a high fruit cleanse/diet for more than a few consecutive days, I am prone to hyperpigmentation on my face (only in the summer months or in a hot climate). I am sure the same thing would happen if I had a lot of sugar from other sources in my diet as well. For me, high fruit diet + strong sun = hyperpigmentation. I get the dark patches always in the same places (my upper lip and around my temples on the sides of my forehead). To avoid it, I am mindful of how much fruit I eat. I don’t cut fruit completely out of my diet,  I just don’t eat too much, definitely no fruitarian diet for me (especially while living near the equator!). I also find shielding my face from the sun helps a lot, but it doesn’t seem to protect me 100%. In order for me to avoid any form of hyperpigmentation, I’ve got to minimize the fruit and the sun.

2. Too Much Avocado & Nuts Causes Me Serious Sinus Pain & Congestion

I love avocados and I love nuts. Eating healthy fats is great for my skin, my appetite, my mood, and overall well-being, but unfortunately if I eat too much avocados and/or nuts, I get painful congestion and sinus issues. When I used to be on a raw food diet, I really craved the healthy fats, but the moment I ate more than 1/2- 1 avocado, or more than 1/2 cup of nuts, I would immediately get severely congested, so bad that it would be difficult to sleep at night and to breath through my nose. I have to say, I don’t have such an issue with seeds (tahini/sesame seed butter would be the exception). I still eat nuts and avocado all the time, but I have to really watch the quantities.

3. Raw Cacao Over Stimulates Me & Makes Me Depressed When I Stop Eating It

I love chocolate! Raw or cooked, I love chocolate. Unfortunately if I eat raw cacao too many days in a row, I find it very hard to stop. It kind of feels like I’m stopping a drug. I get quite down and depressed when I stop, and it feels like something is missing. It almost feels like withdrawal! I only get this from raw cacao, not cooked or roasted chocolate. I also find if I eat too much, I get over stimulated from the theobromine, kind of like I’m jumping out of my skin, or like I drank way too much coffee. Because of this, as a treat once in a while it’s fine, but I can’t eat it regularly.

4. Healthy Food Or Not, If I Overeat It, I Get Fat!

Whoever said “As long as it’s healthy, you can eat as much as you want, you won’t gain weight!” either lied or doesn’t know what they’re talking about! Based on my own experience, if I overeat anything, healthy or not, I will gain weight.

5. Exercising Too Much Makes Me Eat Much More Than I Burn Off.

There have definitely been times where I’ve gotten a little over zealous with exercising. I love to exercise. I love the energy, stamina, and strength I get from it, plus it’s definitely boosts my confidence and self esteem, and clears my mind of stress and worry. But, if I exercise for more than an hour a day, especially high intensity exercise, I always end up really hungry after, and if I exercise intensely for a few days in a  row, my appetite builds and I end up eating way more than I’m burning off, which isn’t what I am aiming for!

In recent years I’ve done a lot of experiments with exercise – different durations, different forms of exercise and movement, and different intensities. I find what actually works best for me is exercising no more than an hour a day (even as little as 20-30 minutes of intense exercise a day is awesome), AND making sure I’m not sitting down all day, but instead moving around doing housework, playing with my daughter Luna Ray, cleaning the garden, going for a walk, etc. I find the two combined helps me stay in much better shape, keeps my weight down, and doesn’t stimulate my appetite in the slightest – all of which gives me much better results than doubling-up my gym classes or spending hours working out a day. It seems the less I do, the better results I get.

6. Even The Most Well-Intentioned Health Bloggers, Gurus, & Experts Don’t Always Verify Their “Facts”.

There was once a health blog that I loved and followed many years ago. One day she/he did a demo on making your own tooth paste, and of course I had to try it. Unfortunately after a few days of using my new DIY toothpaste, it totally messed up my mouth, teeth, and gums. I’ve never had such sensitivity and pain in my mouth in my life! I ended up contacting the blogger about what happened and the blogger responded by admitting she/he never tried the recipe out!!! OMG! I have to admit, from that incident on, my trusting innocent bubble was burst, and from then on let’s just say I exercise extreme caution over anything I try or listen to over the internet! Not to be crazy paranoid or anything, but be careful!

Stay tuned for the next blog post/video where I talk about all the great things I learned and continue doing from some of the extreme diets and cleanses I’ve tried!

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Mar 052015

My Opinion On Extreme Diets -

I get asked a lot about what I think about certain extreme diets floating around the internet. I have to say, as long as somene is objective, listening more to their body than the diet guru, and learning from what is working, and what is not, these crazy extreme diets don’t neccessarily have to be the worst things on earth.

Most people can’t stick to these exreme diets over the longterm anyway, and what they can gain is an incredible amount insight as to what works for them, and what doesn’t.

Now adays I have a much more moderate and balanced approach to my own personal diet, and this works for me, but I have to say I learned so much from all my past experiments with different diets, cleanses, and eating plans. I might not ever want to do those types of diets again, but I sure did learn a lot!!!

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Feb 162015

Control -
Over the weekend was Valentine’s Day, and as I was celebrating it with my husband and daughter, I couldn’t help but think about how much my life has changed in such a short period of time. Less than five years ago I moved to Bali, and shortly after I met my future husband, got married, and had a baby! Wow!

It got me thinking of an email I received over a year ago asking me if I connect all these big life events to getting off of the raw vegan diet? My initial reaction to the question was, “No, these things have nothing to do with my diet or food choices!”

For some reason I never shook the question off, and as I was reminiscing with my husband over the weekend about how we met, I couldn’t help but think about what my life was like before I met my husband, and all the changes I went through prior to meeting him. I thought about my diet change during that time, and started to see the connection. You see, I’ve always been a crazy perfectionist, and over the years it’s served me in both positive and negative ways. I tend to have high standards and expectations for just about everything, and the problem with that is I can easily be let down, especially in situations I have no control over. With letting go of my overly-restrictive diet, I naturally let go of my overly-restrictive, controlling attitude as well. Through that transition period off of the raw food diet, I had to learn to cut myself some slack, and perhaps with that, doors of opportunity started to open on their own without me meddling with it. I still don’t necessarily think this has anything to do with a particular diet, but more the intention behind the diet. The raw food diet wasn’t making me controlling, it’s that I was already a controlling person and the raw food diet fit that. Eventually as I out grew that controlling part of myself, so did I out grow other choices and attitudes.

In recent years, the one thing that I have learned is the more I let go of trying to control things, the easier my life becomes. The more I put all expectations aside, the more my life seems to flow and work. I met my husband, my life partner, at a time when I stopped trying to control the outcome, when I stopped trying to fit any particular mold or label, and when I was living a life uniquely true to myself, and my own personal standards and aspirations. In all, I let go of caring so much about the outcome, and started enjoying the process. Putting all need for control and perfectionism aside, magic does happen!

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Feb 112015

A Treat Is Not A Cheat -

Recently someone told me that a health guru was saying that “a treat is a cheat!” I have to say some of these messages put out by the health and diet industry can be quite extreme, disempowering, and just too over the top.

Do you want to be perfect, or do you want to be healthy?

This whole thing of “treats being cheats” reminds me of “dieting perfectionism,” which can do more harm than good. I see this a lot where people become consumed with doing a healthy diet 100% perfectly, as if there is no other way, and if they veto off their diet in the slightest way, they feel like they failed miserably. It’s a terrible place to be, and many find themselves constantly “starting over” because they “cheated” on their diet. It’s like nothing is ever good enough, and there’s always something that needs to be fixed and improved. And what will a 100% healthy diet without the occasional treat really do for you anyway? And what is “a treat is a cheat,” really about?!!!! I understand how bad cheating on a test is, or that cheating on your spouse is awful, but how is having a treat, cheating? Do you really want to live like that?

How many people do you know succeed from feeling like a failure?

I don’t know many people who can achieve real success and happiness if they’re always feeling guilty or like a failure. I know that these messages like “treats are cheats” are intented to somehow help or motivate people, but they just don’t. Now a days we’re bombarded by a whole lot of extreme ideas and views, and it’s important to stop and think about what we are telling ourselves and others, and question whether it creating value or not.

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