Tree City Juice Cleanse

I recently decided to try Tree City’s juice cleanse.  Tree City is Boise’s locally owned juice and smoothie bar.  I had heard about their juice cleanse from a friend who is also ‘gastrointestinally challenged’.  The juice regime is designed to “remove toxins, assist in weight loss and help with aches and allergies.”  The main reason I decided to try it is that my doctors had recommend that I remove as much fiber from my diet as possible.  What no fiber? Yes that is correct.  Fiber is great once it is in the colon, but really slows things down in the stomach. So if you have gasteroperesis, when the stomach muscles are already sluggish, then fiber just bogs down the whole system.

I decided to start with a three day regime.  Each morning I picked-up six fresh beverages for the day. There were four juices, one coconut water and an almond milk.  All the products are raw (unpasteurized).  Without exposure to heat the beverages retain the maximum level of vitamins, minerals and enzymes.  In total there were 1100 calories per day, so I knew it was going to also be somewhat of a fast for me.

To be honest, on the first day I felt miserable. I felt distended and nauseous most of the day. The juices didn’t taste very palatable, the flavors were very overpowering. Surprisingly hunger was not an issue, in fact I could finish all of the beverages.   I wasn’t sure I could stick to it for three days, but by the second day my stomach settled.  I slept better than I had slept in years, but continued to feel sleepy throughout the second day.  On day three I felt great!  The juices tasted wonderful and I actually found my body craving the next jar of nourishing liquid.

The experience has given me a new sense of control over my health.  I am working to integrate fresh juices into my daily diet.  When making your own juices, make sure to use the best produce you can and only make as much as you can drink that day.  Freshness and quality really count.  If doing it yourself is too labor intensive, I would recommend trying out Tree City.

Published in: on December 5, 2011 at 12:58 am  Comments (2)  
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Lazy Tummy Muscles

I woke up this morning feeling wretched.  I was racked with nausea and stomach cramps.  I am regularly challenged with the symptoms of a condition called gastroparesis.  According to the Mayo Clinic, “Gastroparesis is a condition in which the muscles in your stomach don’t function normally.”  Basically I have very lazy tummy muscles and it makes it hard (often times impossible) to digest food.  Having this condition has made eating “the right stuff” a constant pain, literally.

I have spent so much time researching and asking every imaginable expert what I should do.  Results have varied, but unfortunately I still haven’t found myself symptom free.  I recently spent some time on a forum connecting with other people with gastroparesis.  They shared similar stories of mixed results and frustration.  If any of you have resources you think would be helpful I would be grateful to learn of them.


Published in: on November 9, 2011 at 8:28 pm  Comments (3)  
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Food and Depression

My friend and fellow yogi, Lori Tindall, is a wealth of knowledge.  With her Masters in Holistic Nutrition, I know she has the information I need to help me figure out what to eat.  OK, some of you may think duh, what do you mean “figure out what to eat”, but I must admit that I find this one of the biggest challenges in my life.

Having a mental illness means having to pay special attention to all aspects of self-care.  Of particular importance is nutrition, for what is more personal than what me take into our bodies.  I thought some of you may also find Lori a useful resource. Below you will find an excerpt from her monthly newsletter (including a tasty recipe) and her contact information.

“Those who think they have no time for healthy eating, will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”~Edward Stanley

Please feel free to email Lori with any of your questions at:

Holistic Nutrition
Did you know…….
Several nutritional related causes of depression:

  • suboptimal nutrition
  • disturbed blood sugar balance
  • lack of omega 3 fats
  • low serotonin
  • over production of histamine
  • adrenal exhaustion
  • food allergies/sensitivities
  • hypothyroidism
  • hormone imbalances

95% of serotonin is manufactured in the gut. Heal the digestive tract & improve liver function! The liver is the most overworked organ some of what is does: breaks down many hormones (including testosterone, estrogen etc.), regulates blood sugar levels, processes all food, nutrients, alcohol, caffeine, drugs/medications, etc. A liver can lose as much as 70% of its capability and not show diagnosable liver disease. If the liver functions are not working ideally, or it’s toxic load is too high, free radicals can build up in the body and cause additional oxidative stress–thereby increasing the nutritional requirements substantially. To learn more & schedule a consultation, email me at:

Lori’s Curried Cauliflower Recipe

This was a hit at a “foody’s” house party….

Steam or roast 1 1/2 to 2 pounds of cauliflower heads, tender but still a little firm, set aside. Mash & chop fresh garlic (1-2 tablespoons) and set aside to “rest”.
Saute 2-4 tablespoons of canola oil or olive oil, 1 red onion, dash of sea salt to help to sweat the onion, then add 1 1/2 (+) tablespoons curry, red pepper flakes to taste, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon coriander. Then add garlic, 1/4-1/3 c. of apricot or peach preserves, juice of 1 lime, fresh herbs (1-2++ tablespoons) chives or cilantro, add cauliflower and toss. Garnish with cashews or sunflower seeds, and gomashio. YUM!
Please feel free to email with any of your questions etc. at:

Published in: on October 7, 2011 at 7:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Freedom Cow

According to NPR, “Yvonne, a cow that has lived in the wild since eluding a trip to the slaughterhouse in May, has foiled all attempts to capture her. Now officials say that she’s not to be disturbed.”  Yvonne’s story makes me want to give vegetarianism another try.


Yvonne The Runaway Cow Gains Freedom

Published in: on September 2, 2011 at 4:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The FDA is in the process of revising food labels….

Any of us who have tried to eat healthfully know that just getting information about our food can be a challenge.  Reading labels can sometimes feel like trying to read a foreign language.  Today I ran across an interesting article about just this dilemma. Check out the link below to read the article and see some ideas for better food labeling.  What kind of labeling would make it easier for you to find healthy foods?



Published in: on August 15, 2011 at 6:20 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Casey O’Leary

Casey O’Leary is a fellow Shanti Yogi and a farmer to boot. She is a self proclaimed dirt worshiper. I am excited to tell you all that she made the paper. There is an article about Casey in the March 9-15, 2011 issue of the Boise Weekly. If you want to find it in hard copy she is on page 23 or check out the link below:

Image of Casey courtesy of Guy Hand and the Boise Weekly

Published in: on March 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Comfort Foods

If any of you are looking for some great new recipes, I recommend the Esalen cookbook.  Stu has been cooking up a storm and every recipe we have tried out of this cookbook has been excellent. At first I scoffed at the $35 price tag, but it was well worth it.

Esalen Cookbook – Hardcover (Sept. 8, 2006) by Charlie Cascio


Published in: on January 21, 2011 at 8:51 pm  Leave a Comment  
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