Cleansing with fruit! Detox 101 by Ellen Cotten

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If you know me, you know I love fruit! Most of my daily intake comes from fruit.
However, I used to not always be this way.

When I was in the throws of a candida overgrowth, I was constantly researching on how to heal my gut. I read so many articles that said to not eat fruit if you are trying to rid candida. Fruit sugars would supposedly feed candida and worsen the condition. That fruit sugar fear mongering got me and I almost never ate the stuff.

Luckily, I later found information that said the exact opposite! That fruit was a powerful detoxifyer and should be the staple of your diet. Fruit isn’t what causes or continues candida but can be used to stop it.

FRUIT SUGAR IS LIFE

What is fruit? Fruit is made up of glucose and fructose both of which are carbon and oxygen. Carbon and oxygen are the vital elements for life itself.

When we eat fruit we come alive because we are eating the exact elements required for life to even exist. The opposite of death (disease) is life (health.)

By eating fruit we creating health and eliminating an environment that is hospitable for disease.

EASY TO DIGEST

Fruits are the easiest macronutrient for the body to digest. This means the body expends less energy to break down, assimilate and eliminate fruits. Higher water content fruits such as watermelon (92% water) only take 20 minutes to fully digest.

The energy our body would typically spend digesting food has now become available for our body to start deep cleaning and repairing our systems.

The amazing thing about the body is that it can self heal. It knows exactly what is and isn’t working. If we gift our bodies with easily digestible, high water content foods such as fruit, we take a load off. Now our bodies can spend the majority of its energy eliminating toxins (candida, parasites, waste) and repairing broken systems (lymph drainage, adrenal strengthening, kidney filtration, etc.)

GO LOW FAT WHILE DETOXING

I’ve found it beneficial to go low fat while you are in the detoxification process.

Fat is the hardest macronutrient for the body to digest. Cashews for example can take 2-6 hours to fully digest. That is a lot, especially when compared to the digestion time of fruit.

Fats are NOT bad for you. Avocados are amazing. However, when you are detoxing, especially if dealing with candida, parasites, or just a toxic body in general, you want to eat what is going to take the least amount of energy. When you are suffering from these imbalances you most likely will have weak adrenals, backed up lymph or a weak pancreas as well. In the body, everything works together. If your body is already having a hard time eliminating toxins, backing it up further with hard to digest fats will only worsen your condition. We want things to be light and easy while we are in the healing process.

CLEAN OUT YOUR PIPES

Fruits have the highest flavonoids and the highest astringents, each great for detoxification.
Melons, berries, grapes and citrus are powerful detoxifiers.

Citrus is great for dissolving mucus build up in the body. Bacteria thrives off of mucus in the gut which can cause a low immune system, viruses, infections, acne, etc. Citrus acts as an astringent in the body and cleans out mucus.

Citrus also dissolves acid build up in the lymph. The lymphatic system runs throughout the entire body and acts like a drain that releases toxins and waste. Would you want your toilet backed up? Of course not, you want your pipes running clean! Same with the lymphatic system, which drains best in an alkaline environment. Although citrus is acidic in nature, it is alkalizing in the body.

Incorporating these detoxifying fruits into your diet will further your detoxification process!

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I experienced a new level of freedom once I began to discover the truth about fruit.
While I am enjoying these magnificent fruits, I am naturally detoxing every minute of every day!
We don’t need to blame nature for our sicknesses but instead use it as a tool to heal us.

I hope this article was helpful to anyone out there struggling with candida or any other health issue. I’m not a doctor, just sharing my experiences and information. :)

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Tex Mex Style Vegan Queso! by Ellen Cotten

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Being born and raised in Austin, TX, I cannot live without my Tex Mex!
I’ve recreated the infamous chips & queso vegan style.
This guilt free ‘cheese’ is cruelty free and won’t feed bad bacteria or mucus in your gut like dairy does.

I used ‘Brad’s plant based’ brand chips. These chips are raw vegan and made from dehydrated veggies like beets, sweet potatoes and kale!

I used ‘Brad’s plant based’ brand chips. These chips are raw vegan and made from dehydrated veggies like beets, sweet potatoes and kale!

Ingredients:
2 C. potatoes
1 C. carrots
1/2 C. water
1/3 C. olive oil
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 clove of garlic
1/4 C. onion
1/2 C. nutritional yeast
2 tsp. Himalayan sea salt
2 Hawaiian chili peppers (or 1 diced jalapeño)

Recipe:
Boil your carrots and potatoes until soft
Blend carrots, potatoes and the rest of the ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy!

Enjoy!

Raw Coconut Nori Wraps by Ellen Cotten

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Ingredients:
Raw nori sheets
Raw vegan coconut wraps
Hummus
Leafy greens of your choice (I used Bok Choy)
Bell pepper
Zucchini
Carrots
Mango
Tomatoes

Recipe:
-Lay 1 nori wrap flat
-Lay 1 coconut wrap on top of nori wrap
-Spread layer of hummus on 1/4 of the wrap
-Now we can start stacking our veggies on top of the hummus
-Place your chopped leafy green of choice on top of hummus
-Followed by thinly sliced bell pepper, carrots and zucchini
-Optional: For added flavor you can add himalayan sea salt and/or hot sauce
-Wrap up, cut in half and enjoy :)

Spicy sauce recipe:
Blend together equal parts tomatoes and mangos.
Add the juice of 1 lime and himalayan sea salt to taste.

Energizing Power Balls by Ellen Cotten

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These energizing power balls are so easy to make, they only take a few ingredients and no baking is required!
They are great for on the go snacks, as an energizing pick me up or a post workout protein treat.

These power balls have maca root powder in them which is a great naturally energy source.
Maca powder is also great for balancing hormones, boosting mood, reducing blood pressure and reducing menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats.

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Ingredients:
1 cup pitted dates
3/4 cup coconut flakes
2/3 cup rolled oats
1 tbsp nut butter
1tbsp cacao powder*
1tbsp maca powder*
*(I used a ‘Cacao Elixer Superfood Blend’ that had cacao, maca, chaga and other superfoods in it. This is optional but I will show the package I used below.)

Recipe:
-Pulse ingredients together in a food processor
-Mix should end up sticky and easily mold into a ball. If your dates are too dry, this won’t work. You can soak dates in water for a couple hours to soften them up and then reblend.
-Roll mix into individual balls
-Sprinkle with coconut flakes for extra pizzaz!
-Best refrigerated

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Noni- nature's medicine by Ellen Cotten

Ripe noni fruit

Ripe noni fruit

Since moving to Kauai I have become noni obsessed! These little fruits are so abundant here on the island. Noni is called the ‘blue cheese fruit’ because it smells like one! Although the smell and taste can be slightly off putting, it is the powerful healing benefits of this fruit that has me obsessed!

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The ripe noni fruit contains 165 beneficial compounds. This fruit has been used for centuries as natural medicine. You can consume the fruit whole or as a juice.

Noni can relieve ADD/ADHD, arthritis, asthma, burns, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic fatigue, diabetes, digestive issues, fibromyalgia, gout, infections, inflammation and pain.
Noni also lowers blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, protects the liver, boosts immunity, relieves stress and anxiety and improves mood and overall sense of wellbeing.

With all of these many benefits (and these are only SOME) you can see why I love this fruit so much!

Unripe —-> Ripe Noni

Unripe —-> Ripe Noni

The photo above is some noni I foraged.
You can pick noni if they are still green. Just place them in a bowl, on a counter, out of direct sunlight, at room temperature for a couple days until they ripen.
Noni become a light, almost translucent color when they are ripe (see noni on the far right of the photo above.) A strong, stinky smell is another indicator of when noni is ready to be consumed.

4oz shot of fermented noni juice

4oz shot of fermented noni juice

You can consume ripe noni whole as a fruit or fermented as a juice.
I either take it as a shot or just eat the fruit whole. The fruit does have a strong, strange flavor so if you have a sensitive palate I recommend getting a chaser.

You can easily ferment your own noni at home.
Just fill a large mason jar with ripe noni. Cover with a cheese cloth and let sit out for about a month. The fruit will naturally ferment and start excreting this red colored juice.
Once your jar fills up with juice you can strain, store and enjoy as a juice or shot!

If there isn’t noni in your area you can try a local health food store to see if they sell bottled noni juice. If not, online you can order noni juice as well.

EASY Raw Vegan Tacos by Ellen Cotten

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This is a meal I frequently make. The recipe varies slightly depending on what ingredients I currently have. This one was a ‘whatever is in the fridge’ recipe, so feel free to tweak as needed and get creative!

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For the ‘tortilla’ I used chard, however you can use any type of lettuce.
I find that romaine and chard work best because of the large leaves.

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Now for the taco meat. This is where you can get creative!
I chopped 3-4 mushrooms into small chunky pieces. You can use a food processor as well!
I added kale, basil, garlic, onion, watercress and marina sauce to the mushrooms and mixed it all up!
For spices I used salt, pepper, turmeric, cayenne and cumin.
My base is always mushrooms. Sometimes I just do mushroom and spices, other times I will add herbs, tomatoes, avocado, or whatever else I have on deck.

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On the base of the leaf I spread some homemade guacamole (avocado, salt, pepper, lemon.)
Then I added the taco meat, nutritional yeast and some salsa!
If you haven’t tried nutritional yeast it is amazing! I use it on top of most of my meals. It has a great cheesy flavor and is packed with B vitamins!

This is such an easy and fun meal!
It’s a great way to get in a ton of veggies.
Beats your traditional salad!

The miracle of celery juice! by Ellen Cotten

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After listening to Medical Medium's podcast on celery juice, I am hooked!
I started drinking 16oz of celery juice every morning for the past few weeks and have experienced amazing benefits. 

For the best results celery juice is best drunk alone, with no other produce mixed in.
Throughout the day it's great to add celery to your green juice mix. However, for the purpose of getting the full healing benefits it's great to drink alone and on an empty stomach. 


DIGESTIVE HEALTH

Most digestive issues are due to low stomach acid in the body.
The sodium and minerals in celery help to naturally raise stomach acid levels.
Drinking celery juice in the morning will raise stomach acid and set you up for good digestion for the rest of the day. 
These same mineral salts help repair your entire digestive tract and your liver. 

SKIN & HAIR

95% of celery's total weight is water. Since celery has such a high water content it is excellent for hydrating the skin cells. 
Celery is also very high in vitamin A, B, C, K, niacin and folate which are great for overall hair and skin health. The numerous vitamins and minerals in celery help to stimulate hair growth, repair & hydrate skin cells and improve hair texture. 

LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE

Celery has a phytochemical in it called phthalides. Phthalides help relax the tissues in the artery walls to increase blood flow and lower blood pressure. 

REDUCES INFLAMMATION

Celery juice has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. This is great for people with chronic or autoimmune illnesses such as Lyme disease, celiac, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acne, gout, bloating, cramping and acid reflux.
Celery juice starves out pathogens and viruses like Epstein-Barr (EBV) that create bad bacterias.  The powerful minerals and salts in celery help work together as an antiseptic. When these salts come into contact with pathogens and viruses they begin to break them down and eventually kill and destroy them. This is why drinking celery juice consistently over time is very beneficial for long term health. 

CALMING

Celery juice is great for our mental state as well. Many people refer to the gut as the second brain. We can hold a lot of emotions such as anxiety, fear, and nervousness in our guts. Celery juice is great for calming the nerves. If you are feeling panicked, anxious, fearful, or unsure, try celery juice for its amazing natural calming benefits. 
Having your body and mind at ease also helps benefit digestion. Your body digests best when you are at rest and relaxed. 

There are so many more amazing benefits when it comes to celery juice. Celery juice is a great tool to help your body heal and repair. I challenge you to try drinking 16oz (or more) of celery juice every morning for 30 days and experience the amazing benefits yourself! <3