The Creation-based 3 Day Cleanse

The ideal cleanse will flush out the digestive system, give the liver and kidneys a rest, promote a healthy metabolism, provide restorative nutrients for every cell in the body, and serve as a jump start toward healthier eating habits.  The Creation-based 3 Day Cleanse meets these goals because it’s simple, obtainable, short, and effective!  Long/extreme cleanses are often counterproductive because they either cause the body to store more fat when the cleanse is over or they’re unrealistic and provide few immediate or long term benefits. 

By integrating foods that should be consumed as a part of an every day diet, the Creation-based Cleanse promotes long term health.  Its short duration promotes healthy weight loss (if desired), as well as ease of participation.  It really doesn’t take long to cleanse the digestive system, and while long term cleansing of the cells can take months or even years of healthy eating, our 3-day cleanse will help get you on the right track.

Here are the things you’ll need:

Purified/spring drinking water (approximately 9 liters or 2.5 gallons)
1 lb of organic frozen spinach
Cage-free/organic eggs or plain organic yogurt
Wild-caught salmon
3+ lbs of organic vegetables (carrots, romaine lettuce, celery, greens)
Extra virgin olive oil
3+ lbs of organic fruits (especially berries – frozen are fine)
Pink Himalayan or Celtic Sea Salt

Things you won’t need:

Refined foods, soda, juice, sugar, grains (baked goods, cereals, or rice), dairy (besides plain yogurt), or meat (except wild-caught salmon).

Instructions:

The basics: Drink lots of water and eat lots of fruits and vegetables!  For added cleansing and detox take a teaspoon of sea salt per day.  Avoid anything that takes long to digest or can prevent the effectiveness of the cleanse (grains, dairy, meat, refined foods, sugar).

Drinks: Drink primarily pure, unchlorinated drinking water (aim for 10 cups per day).  You can also drink coffee or tea made with pure water.  Coffee and tea are diuretic and contain healthy anti-oxidants (just keep the caffeine below 200 mg per day).  Avoid juice, soda, or alcohol, which contain high amounts of sugar, processed by the liver.  Also, avoid any artificial sweeteners or other chemicals. 

Breakfast: In order to help cleanse the digestive system as well as promote the maximum amount of antioxidant and nutrient absorption, it’s important to eat the right combination of foods as well as the most easily digestible ones.  If you aren’t lactose intolerant you can eat either plain, unsweetened yogurt or eggs for your protein/fat content along with fruits and vegetables.  If you choose yogurt, set some berries aside the night before to add to your yogurt.   Go crazy with the berries, and add as many as you can to your yogurt, or make a berry smoothie with yogurt and water.  Blueberries are probably the best, but raspberries and strawberries are good too! There are so many things you can do with eggs, and they serve as a great vehicle for vegetables.  Try scrambling them with spinach (after you’ve lightly sauteed it first), mushrooms, and onions.  

Snacks: One of the primary goals during this cleanse is to eat as many vegetables as possible!  Vegetable fiber promotes healthy bowel movement, and the hundreds of phytochemicals vegetables contain help purify the blood and heal the body’s cells and organs. In between meals, cut up celery and carrot sticks and dip them in hummus; eat an apple or orange; enjoy a handful of raw nuts, or make a berry/banana smoothie.

Lunch: Make a romaine/spinach salad with a hard-boiled egg, a romaine lettuce and banana smoothie, an avocado milk smoothie, or make a big pot of vegetable soup to have for all three days.

Dinner: Enjoy a 4 oz fillet of salmon (wild, alaskan-caught) with a side salad, sauteed greens (spinach, collard greens, or kale), steamed broccoli, and/or steamed carrots.  If you don’t feel like salmon and veggies, enjoy some vegetable soup or a large salad topped with nuts and an olive oil/vinaigrette dressing.

Salt water cleanse: Taking extra salt can stimulate the digestive system and have a slight laxative effect, further promoting your cleanse.  Sodium chloride (table salt) also competes for cellular absorption with any harmful heavy metals you may have inadvertently consumed.  Pink Himalayan and Celtic sea salt also contain a wealth of important trace minerals!  If you choose to participate in this part of the cleanse, add 1 teaspoon of one of these salts to 16 oz of warm water.  Stir till dissolved then drink.  The best time to drink the salt water mix is early in the morning, about an hour before breakfast, or in between meals.  

You are going to rock the Creation-based 3 Day Cleanse!  I believe that you’ll feel so good at the end that you’ll want to continue eating more vegetables and fruits in your everyday diet! Your body’s digestive system, cells, and organs (especially your liver), will thank you for eating the way God intended us to eat.  

If you want the cleanse to be part of achieving a healthy body mass, emphasize leafy vegetables over fruit and be sure not to binge after the cleanse is over.  After you complete the cleanse, continue to avoid refined foods and sugar, but integrate more free-range meats and some healthy dairy and whole grains.

Originally posted 2013-01-03 01:55:00.

Does the Master Cleanse work?

For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, the Master Cleanse is a popular detox diet, touted to have all kinds of health benefits. But does it really work? Supposedly, if you follow the Master Cleanse for 10 days, it will purify your body from toxins, eliminate intestinal parasites, and “dissolve” fat. While I’m not a doctor, I don’t remember anything from my science class about lemon juice dissolving fat when ingested.

At any rate, many have reported great results from following the Master Cleanse program and torturing themselves with its strange concoctions: First, drink a salt solution so that you dehydrate your body and induce the runs. Then, don’t eat or drink anything for ten days except for a mixture of freshly squeezed lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper powder. The sickness and strange feelings experienced during the diet are supposed to be a result of the detoxification process. Hmm, I think drinking cayenne pepper lemon aid and being half-starved for over a week might have something to do with it.

People usually report weight-loss, but that’s not a surprise considering the program entails consuming only 100-600 calories per day for 10 days. Yet, is the weight-loss accrued sustainable? Most likely not. Loosing weight with a drastic fast is usually followed by an immediate return of the weight after the fast is over. According to Harvard University, prolonged fasts, such as the Master Cleanse, are more detrimental to the body than helpful.[1] The calorie quality consumed during the Master Cleanse is also less the optimal, consisting primarily of sugar (which is toxic in high doses). People who repeatedly complete the Master Cleans also run the risk of disrupting the body’s acid-base, which can cause severe health problems.

The Master Cleanse can be appealing because of all the wonderful things it promises, including a quick fix. Unfortunately, in life there are few quick fixes. Toxins accrued over a lifetime of environmental exposure and poor eating habits can’t be eliminated over night. The best way to detoxify is to start living a creation-based lifestyle. A whole food diet prevents consumption of toxins and is high in foods that contain blood cleansing and detoxifying phytonutrients. Many toxins, however, are stored in adipose tissue (stored fat), which means weight-loss is indeed an important aspect of detoxification. Weight-loss, however, must be accomplished by sustainable means.

Intermittent fasting (IF) is an effective and healthy (unlike the method of fasting used in the Master Cleanse) method of losing weight. A lot of promising research is being done with IF, and it holds the possibility of many health benefits beyond weight-loss. IF is different than sustained fasting in that it involves fasting every other day, reducing calories every other day, or fasting once or twice per week, rather than fasting for long periods of time. Intermittent fasting’s health benefits are attributed to a biological attribute known as hormesis.

Basically, hormesis is the body’s response to mild stressors. Exercise is a perfect example of how hormesis works. During exercise, physical stress tears down muscle cells, but the body responds by releasing healthy hormones, antioxidant chemicals, and initiating positive gene expression. Apparently the same type of reactions occur when the body faces short-term calorie restriction on a repeated basis. Some of the potential health benefits of intermittent fasting include long-term weight loss, improved insulin sensitivity, improved cardiovascular health, and inhibition of cancer. Another great thing about intermittent fasting is that it isn’t necessarily tied to overall calorie reduction, as much as to the limited stress it places on the body. Thus, it’s OK to replace the calories missed during intermittent fasting by consuming as much healthy food as desired the day after fasting. [2][3][4][5]

So, if you want to lose weight and detoxify the body, I think it’s better to chuck the Master Cleanse out with the cayenne pepper juice. Instead, eat a whole-food diet; live a healthy lifestyle, and perhaps start practicing intermittent fasting. Healthy living promises sustainable health and weight loss rather than cyclical weight-loss/weight-gain accompanied by the forced consumption of strange concoctions. Spare yourself the torture; enjoy life and its reasonable stressors, but eliminate the things that are overly taxing.

A great analogy for hormesis can be found in scripture. Jesus said, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” He didn’t say he would get rid of burdens completely, but he did say they would be easy! Stressors produce growth and strength. Too much stress, however, harms the body. In my opinion, the Master Cleanse produces stressors that are beyond helpful limits.

Originally posted 2011-09-20 18:44:00.

The Biblical Diet?


What is a Biblical Diet? During my pursuit of optimum health and living responsibly, I’ve read about and tried a number of different diets. Many of them were extremely restrictive, difficult to follow, and overly time consuming. While they might have resulted in some added health benefits, many of them were simply fads or marketing schemes. And even if there were a few health benefits, the cost to follow the diet ultimately outweighed the benefits. What we eat is extremely important, but it should not consume our lives. If what you eat is consuming you, rather than you consuming it, it’s time to rethink your diet strategy. There is more to life than eating. The Bible teaches that the most important reality is the Kingdom of God, not this world or our physical bodies. According to Romans 14:17, “The Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

Some of the diets I’ve tried include: vegetarian, vegan, raw, low-carb, and primal. I’ve also read about several biblically-based diets that give dietary recommendations based on the Judaic law. While everyone has differing convictions and beliefs about how to eat responsibly and healthfully, I have a few insights I’d like to share that might free some of your time and energy from trying to follow a complicated or overly restrictive diet.

Regarding the healthfulness of food in general, one of the greatest factors of health is how you perceive things. This has been demonstrated scientifically through the placebo effect. Basically, if people believe something is good for them, it often is! I think this has powerful implications when taken into consideration with the Biblical teachings of apostle Paul. He taught that our perspective plays a part in the purity of what we eat. He said, “For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.” – 1 Timothy 4:4-5

While purity and Judaic food restrictions aren’t necessarily related to health; some biblical-diet authors try to argue that they are. Yet, when taken as a whole, the laws of the Old Covenant are primarily related to ritual cleanliness and to actions that set Israel apart from other nations. After Jesus fulfilled the law, however, the requirement to abstain from particular foods was eliminated . Thus any teaching that claims abstaining from particular foods is more holy is a works-based teaching that contradicts God’s word. We are taught in the New Testament that if we receive anything with thanksgiving it is sanctified through the word of God and prayer! The heart condition of how we receive our food is more important than what we eat.

That being said, there are definitely some foods that are healthier than others, but by an large the unhealthy food are the ones that are processed and deformed through human innovation. In the beginning God granted Adam and Eve the permission to eat from every seed bearing plant. After the flood, God gave Noah and his sons the permission to eat meat as well. In other words, everything God made is ok to eat. Yet, in our Technological Age we have a new problem: industrial food. The more I read the latest nutrition research the more I find the only truly unhealthy foods are the processed ones: refined grains, refined sugar, artificial flavors and colorings, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and trans fats. I believe the debate between researchers about whether the low-carb or the high-carb diet is more healthy exists because it isn’t so much the quantity of these nutrients that matters as much as their quality.

God designed our bodies and the foods needed to properly nourish and sustain them. Our bodies are also capable of adapting to a wide variety of diets. When people start altering what God designed, that is when we get ourselves into real trouble. The most important thing to remember when choosing foods is to eat a varied diet that consists primarily of whole foods. Also, purchase organic or chemical-free whenever possible. These principles aren’t directly taught in the Bible but are extrapolated from Biblical and human history. God made the world, and it was very good. People chose to do things their own way, and things went south.

One thing that is taught directly in the Bible, however, is the importance of love. Jesus said that love is our new command. Thus another important dietary consideration is social justice. Much of our food is grown and harvested by workers that aren’t paid a fair wage. This is especially true of luxury items like tea and coffee. While we shouldn’t do anything out of obligation or legalism, it makes sense to purchase food locally or from companies we know are treating their employees and laborers fairly. Another consideration when purchasing food is the treatment of animals. According to Proverbs a “kind man considers the welfare of his animals.” Also, Jesus said that he cares even for the sparrows. These teaching reveal God’s heart for his creation, and as his children we should care too. Many of the industrially raised animals are treated inhumanely: raised in the dark, confined to small cages, matured too rapidly, or killed in painful ways. You can help ensure animals are treated kindly by purchasing meat-products labeled “free-range” or buying locally and researching the farming practices.

Hopefully these tips and insights free you from worrying too much about what you eat. Eating healthy is simple: Eat the foods God made and avoid the foods people changed. Our tastes and likes are highly malleable Research indicates that our taste preferences are largely based on marketing strategies. You can chose what you enjoy by looking at it in a differently light. You don’t need all the extra sugar and added fat of processed foods. Resist the marketing schemes, and don’t let huge companies force unhealthy food on you. Learn to enjoy the natural flavors and textures of the foods God made. Your body will thank you as you thank the Lord!

Originally posted 2011-08-24 21:03:00.