We all know that Cleansing with Lyme is crucial for recovery.
And that byproducts of less than optimal foods and environments can make us feel worse.
BUT sometimes it's not that easy...
We are too cold,
too much pain to think or plan a meal (let alone cook one!),
and have too much information and don't know where to start.
So many times we just go back to our (less than optimal) old habits.
We know this because we are just like you. That's why we figured out ways to make cleansing simple, nourishing/strengthening, and easy to follow.
One of the simplest things you can do is to properly Food Combine.
In our "Late Summer" Program, we follow food combing for a short time for an enjoyable cleansing experience without deprivation!
Food combining is a theory that eating simply and in right combinations will greatly improve digestive function. Foods have different digestive rates, sugars and enzyme structures. Therefore, mixing many different in the same meal can confuse and slow digestion leading to fermentation and reduced nutrient absorption.
In food combining, less is truly more, which may not always be easy to do, but for a cleanse it makes perfect sense. Enjoy as much food as you want — just in the correct combination. This way you will build and cleanse at the same time and never feel deprived.
In our Late Summer Cleanse we honor the most basic 3 rules in food combing:
Eat fruit alone
Do not eat both animal protein and starch at the same meal
Do not eat both fruits and vegetables at the same meal
Note: Cucumbers, celery, lettuce and leafy greens combine with anything
Time Between Foods:
After eating fruit, wait 30-45 before eating a meal
After eating a heavy protein meal, wait 3 hours before eating fruit
Discussion with Marc Weill about Food Combining
Food Combining Chart
There are many, many food combining charts online. This one is very simple and easy to follow. We agree with most of this chart. Remember, the most important thing is to not mix fruit with a heavy protein meal (not on this cleanse at least ;)
We recommend spices from Spicely because all imported spices are required to go through a sterilization process before being sold in the United States. Most spice companies sterilize using synthetic chemicals or radiation. Spicely Organics uses a process called steam sterilization, which sterilizes food products without adding any chemicals or hazardous materials.
Chai Spice Mix Directions:
Put all spices into a coffee grinder.
Grind for about 30 seconds - 1 minute until the mixture is a really fine powder.
Once you make this Chai Spice Mix, you can use it in many ways:
Enjoy as a tea with your favorite milk (see recipe below)
2 T. Favorite milk -- dairy, coconut, hemp or almond
Stevia drops to sweeten to taste
Easy Creamy Chai Directions:
Steep a strong cup of tea.
Blend 1 tsp Chai spice, 1 T grass-fed butter or ghee, 2 T favorite milk and stevia to taste.
Blend and enjoy.
Note: There will be spices settled at the bottom. To avoid this... run tea mixture though a fine strainer before drinking.
Way 3: Whole Spice Chai
(This is a simple, one-cup recipe)
Whole Spice Chai Ingredients:
4 cardamom pods
6 peppercorns (optional)
1 star anise
1 inch cinnamon stick
slice of fresh ginger (or more to taste)
1 tea bag (of your choice: Tulsi, Horsetail, Black, etc)
1 C. water
1 C. favorite milk-- coconut, hemp, almond or full fat organic grass-fed milk (if you can handle it--yum!)
Stevia to sweeten
Whole Spice Chai Directions:
Crush spices with a mortar and pestle or back of a knife.
Put water and spices into a pot and boil for a few minutes until it smells deliciously fragrant.
Lower heat to simmer.
Open tea bag (or throw in the whole tea bag) and add milk.
Simmer another 5-7 mins.
Pour through a fine mesh strainer, add stevia and enjoy! Super yums!
What Is Chai Tea? (and healing properties)
Originating in India, Chai Tea is typically a spiced black tea mix. The spices can vary, but it usually contains a combination of cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, cloves, fennel, ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla. The base is traditionally a black tea, but decaffeinated, or herbal teas can also be used.
Each spice contains potent health benefits:
Cinnamon - antifungal, antibacterial, it can also reduce the risk of diabetes — it blocks insulin from getting into cells, and can lower blood pressure and prevent cell damage for diabetics.
Cardamom - anti-inflammatory, it relives muscle spasms, and can treat asthma, and other respiratory ailments.
Black Pepper - antioxidant
Cloves - anti-parasitic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, analgesic, it is widely used to soothe gum and tooth pain.
Ginger - anti-inflammatory, it can soothe upset stomaches and diarrhea, it’s helpful for arthritis and heart disease, and reduces the risk of colon cancer.
Figs, almonds, and coconut are all healthy super-foods in their own rite. Figs, in particular, are an incredibly nourishing food, as well as a gentle and effective anti-parasitic and can help with elimination. Figs contain an enzyme called ficin that is a well known parasite remedy worldwide.
We created this "Treat-ment" as part of "The Fall Sessions" (as we move into Winter) so our group can start feeling the power of "food as medicine" in a delicious way. The anti-parasitic properties of these Figgy Fudge Balls will get things moving.
Our “Treat-ments” are recipes made with active foods that are beyond delicious and designed to optimize your health -— namely, releasing parasites and boosting immunity.
More on understanding our "Treat-ments" (and why some sugar is important) with expert Ann Louise Gittleman...
These recipes are a wonderful way to keep yourself healthy (so you don’t overindulge) over the holidays. Easy to make and share with friends and family! You can start with our Figgy Fudge Ball recipe below.
PS... "The Fall Sessions" Recordings Package including all of our anti-parasitic recipes (like these Figgy Fudge Balls), guides, interviews and call recordings are on sale now.
** Optional: Add 1/2 teaspoon of Homemade Chai Mix to spice it up a notch and boost medicinal properties
** Optional: Add 1 teaspoon of Chia Seeds to boost the fiber even more
Soak the figs in a bowl of warm water with one drop of organic lemon essential oil for several hours, to soften and hydrate them, and to remove any residue from the fruit.
Rinse well, until the water runs clear.
Roughly chop up the figs, and place them into a food processor; pulse for a few seconds.
Add the almond butter, coconut oil, shredded coconut, chocolate powder, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt.
Pulse for about 10 seconds, stir, then pulse about 5 seconds more. The mixture should be well-blended and resemble fudge. Pulse longer if needed.
Scoop out one tablespoon at a time onto a cookie sheet. You can avoid sticky hands if you use two spoons — one to scoop, then transfer to another spoon, dropping at the same time, onto the sheet.
Sprinkle each piece with shredded coconut.
Place the cookie sheet into the refrigerator for one hour to harden the fudge.
After one hour, take the cookie sheet out of the refrigerator, and roll each ball in your hands, mixing the coconut into the ball.
Give these Figgy Fudge Balls to people you love this Holiday Season, and most importantly, to yourself! Enjoy!
** NOTE: Don't leave out too long or they will turn to mush! Eat immediately after taking out of fridge.
** NOTE: Please drink plenty of fluids. This is a high fiber food. Remove nuts/chocolate if intolerant. Before adding new foods to your diet, consult with your health practitioner.
** NOTE: Please remember... when adding any new food, herb or spice to your diet or protocol, please be sure to check with your doctor if you are unsure. We are not practitioners we just share information from some of the health leaders we love and from personal experience. Everyone is so unique and we can't possibly know your background and health history. Choose what works for you. LLLM content is for your information only and not to replace any medical or psychiatric care.
Healing Properties of Figs
FIGS: Figs have amazing benefits and healing properties. They are high in digestive enzymes, and contain proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. They contain ficin, a proteolytic (protein-breaking) enzyme similar to papain in papayas and bromalain in fresh pineapple. In addition, ficin has some laxative effects. Together, the lignin and the ficin make figs (particularly dried figs) an efficient laxative food. They have a very high vitamin and mineral content, with significant amounts of Vit A, B, and C, and potassium, magnesium, and calcium. They are very high in fiber, and can therefore help with constipation. They also have anti-ulcer and anti-bacterial properties. Figs have historically been shown to pull toxins out of the body. They are very cleansing to the kidneys, and can pull obstructions from the liver, kidney, and gallbladder. They can also relieve inflammation in the kidneys and bladder. Because figs contain tryptophan, they can be helpful for insomnia. Fresh figs are available from June to September. Dried figs are great, too. Soak them in water and organic lemon essential oil to rehydrate them and to remove any traces of dirt or residue. Always choose unsweetened and organic.
Anyone who has suffered from Lyme Disease or chronic illness can tell you that it often feels as if we are “disconnected” from life. It’s as if we are looking through a window and watching it all go by from behind the glass. We can see life but we aren’t connected to it.
Conversely, when people recover from illness, they say “I got my life back.” This may mean a job, a relationship and the ability to do the fun things they once did -- but did life ever really leave?
"How can life leave you? The Universe never stops, and you are a part of that Universe. Just as a cell is part of the larger body."
In ancient methods of healing, an individual’s health was often measured in terms of how much “life force” or “Chi" a person has in their body. Often it’s our mind that separate us from accessing this free and all pervasive healing energy field.
Your body may be broken and tired, but life force is all around you and at all times. Even the most tired body can learn to access our primal nature -- our life force, our chi. After all, we are made of stars.
This past Spring we had the pleasure to interview Master Mingtong Gu, a revered Chi Gong master and healer. [More about Qigong here]
Mingtong worked with a “medicine-less” hospital in China and witnessed the recovery of thousands of very ill patients. From Cancer to PTSD, Mingtong teaches that no dis-ease is too big (or too small) for the healing effects of essential Chi energy.
Today, Mingtong runs the Chi-Center in Northern California. He has seen countless Lyme and chronically ill patients return to a full and connected life.
Watch our interview with Mingtong and experience the meditative energy and our simple Qigong practice led by Mingtong!
We are just leaving Pasadena after the Bulletproof Conference held by Dave Asprey. Wow! Deepest respect for this man that has come from a pain-riddled infected body to hosting 1,200 people committed to health -- body and mind.
We've always had a connection with Dave since his interview with us in the Core Series, and after hearing his Lyme/Mold story. But this month we got to know Dave even more. You see, we shared his "Moldy movie" preview with our community a few months ago and not surprisingly, we had a big response.
As a thank you, Dave invited a small group to come to his Bulletproof Labs on his property on Vancouver Island! We spent an amazing two days biohacking, eating beautiful food and even had the great experience of having Dave interview us for his latest podcast! -- Watch it here!
Dave inspires us to think of what is possible if we persevere and take consistent steps towards optimum health. Yeah, we drank a lot of coffee (maybe too much it's so delicious), and now we are excited to bring you more recipes using some of Bulletproof's superfoods in our upcoming Fall Cleanse (starting November 14).
Every bit counts.
Buffering acidic toxins (and pain in the body) with minerals
How toxins steal energy from digestion
Blood sugar and the immune system
Food reactions vs detox reactions
Feeling better is closer than you think
The power of Oxytocin
Live Q: How to manage fears of eating out and parasites
Live Q: Anxiety, panic attacks: minerals, copper toxicity, EMF exposure
Live Q: Choosing a treatment path and trusting your body again
Marc Weill is founder of Core Care Center in San Francisco and New York. His main focus is treating chronically ill patients, with special focus on Lyme disease. Marc comes with enormous breadth of knowledge and 40 years of hands on experience. He is down to earth, relatable, (funny) and makes complex issues simple to understand.
We are so honored to have Marc as a faculty member of Lyme Less Live More and a core asset in our Seasonal Cleanses.
Get FREE ACCESS to the Core Series Program including Marc Weill's interview "Lymph Detox and Body Pain" and others now during our Summer Open House.
Dana and Brent discuss with Scott Forsgren (The Better Health Guy) the many layers to recovering from Lyme and chronic illness.
Having first hand experience as a Lyme (and associated illness) patient, Scott has taken all that he has learned over a decade and half and offers it to the public through his powerful website and blog BetterHealthGuy.com.
This call is packed with information on the many layers to recovering from Lyme and chronic illness.
Listen here to gather more tools for your journey to WELLNESS:
Before we start to unburden and "de-clutter" our bodies we need to make a clear space. Clearing and organizing your physical space makes room for new and fresh possibilities in your life. And, it doesn't have to be a lot.
Listen to this short excerpt from a Fall Cleanse "Huddle" about "De-cluttering Our Lives." We talk everything from laundry to supplement overwhelm. Get Inspired!
We receive a lot of love and appreciation at Lyme Less Live More, but not every email or Facebook comment is all sweetness and light. Although far from perfect, we have moved forward with only one intention: to bring relief.
Recently, a Facebook exchange has inspired us to write another blog post.
We posted on Facebook:
"One of the things I've witnessed in my own journey with Lyme, is that the organisms in my body seem to resonate with my own beliefs about myself." - Dr. Beth McDougall, MD
We then received this Facebook Comment:
"Tell this to the father who has to hold back his rage and helplessness because he is now homeless and has and entire family ill from this scourge and now has to watch their extreme disability and pain in a homeless shelter. Or the young mother who cries herself to sleep every night with her hands over the belly of what was supposed to be a new baby in her womb. Or the young woman who for 30 years has been continually told that her symptoms have been psychological and she is near death because of lack of treatment and completely disabled, and all this from a psyche ward of a hospital. You have completely trivialized and blamed the victim with this utter nonsense. I personally had the ideal childhood with loving family and parents with no hidden trauma. The only trauma has been this vile, evil, insipid disease. Sorry, but I am extremely disappointed in your constant references to mind over matter. You are perpetuating the trivialization of this horrible, horrible scourge."
We know you are hurting. We've all been incredibly frustrated with this illness. We have been beaten down by the illness, society and our own self doubt. The pain is incredible.
We understand that taken out of context Dr. Beth's Statement "One of the things that I've witnessed in my own journey with Lyme is that the organisms in my body seem to resonate with my beliefs about myself" could cause some upset, but please understand this is only one aspect of the many layers of healing.
Whether our trauma was there before the illness or being ill has caused the emotional upset (and/or self doubt), either way we have to get a hold of our emotional/spiritual health -- to have the life force to heal, to have the clarity for the very next step no matter what our circumstances.
Our intention is to explore this.
A huge problem here is presuming to know how much another has suffered. How can we possibly know what another has been through?
How do you know that we haven't been misdiagnosed, lost, abandoned and hopeless? We have.
How do you know that Dana hasn't been rendered penniless or cried herself to sleep with a would-be baby in her womb? She has.
How do you know that Brent hasn't struggled to keep his job, home, and his kids? He has.
We need to be careful in what we presume.
Everyone suffers -- we just choose different ways to channel the experience."
In our video interviews and group support calls, we are going right to the suffering and looking for ways of coping, calming and shifting our perspective to get our power back.
We are victims in a sense... but is that entirely true? Who are we waiting for to fix it? While we wait for the medical/political powers to wake up, our bodies deteriorate.
The Lyme epidemic (in our opinion) is an ecological breakdown -- global warming, GMO foods, electromagnetic radiation from wireless technology, pollution, to name a few. The environmental impact on our bodies is enormous.
"I’m looking at all the signs, and I know that the outcome of these illnesses is simply caused by the increase of environmental changes and pressures" - Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt
This begs the question: How do each of us contribute to environmental pollution? Many of us drive cars and use cell phones. We all live on this planet, so in this sense, Lyme is everyone's responsibility.
We are nature. If nature is out of balance, then it must be that we are too. We can't be separated.
As much as we LOVE to blame the little bug, there is so much more to this illness.
"The microbes are not our enemy. They’re not here because we’re suddenly being invaded by the species. They were always here, but they weren’t expressing the illness... it took the other synergistic toxins, took the electro-smog, the sum of electromagnetic fields to actually make the bugs so aggressive, that they’re making us sick." - Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt
Getting through this illness is going to require a much bigger perspective in which some are not ready.
C.S.S. says: "You have completely trivialized and blamed the victim with this utter nonsense."
We are not blaming the victim. We are saying to them:
"You are loved. You matter. You are powerful."
Our mission is to empower people to step out of the hopelessness and blame and into responsibility and self-empowerment.
"Under Our Skin" shows the dark political side of the illness... Now what? How can we help ourselves? We can start by changing our personal habits (lifestyles choices and environment) and demand that corporations consider our health and welfare in their decision making.
"There’s nobody individually at fault in this. It’s just failure of the greater system and so it’s up to us individuals to help people and to hopefully move the train into a better course." -- Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt
We are not here to convince the rest of the world that we are sick. There is no time or energy for that. Instead, Lyme Less Live More is focusing energy on support and solutions and is committed to helping people get well.
Everyone deserves to be healthy.
Dana and Brent
P.S... We are not teaching "Mind over Matter," but rather,
"The Mind Matters"
Dana Walsh (featured in the Lyme documentary UNDER OUR SKIN) and Brent Martin, founders of Lyme Less Live More, identified a giant gap while recovering from Lyme Disease -- What to do in-between doctor visits?
Now, with the help of their expert faculty Dana and Brent teach a multi-faceted approach to recovering health that includes self-care, healthy mindset, and conscious awareness.
Find out how to avoid and eliminate parasites (physical and emotional) and build your immunity from our experts Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, Ann Louise Gittleman, Marc Weill, and Shavasti.
Get all of our Anti-Parasitic Recipes and "Treat-ments" such as Pumpkin Pudding Pie, Chai 3-Ways, The Fall/Winter Golden Cup, Pumpkin Seed Bars, Apple/Pear/Cranberry/Ginger Sauce, Ultra-Nourishing Chicken Soup, Pesto, and many more
Access our Guides such as the Cleansing Do's and Don't's, Cleanse Eating Guidelines, Anti-Parasitic Food and Spice Glossary, Chelating and Kidney-Support Foods, Parasite Flush Glossary, Over-Indulgence Remedies and Holiday Tips, Detox Baths, and Weekly Instructions and Sample Day's
Live Support Calls and a Private Facebook Group as we move through the Holidays and into the New Year together