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The Bauman College Spring Vitality Fasting Retreat is this weekend.  Our next retreat is from August 4-10th at the serene Stillheart Institute, in Woodside, CA. I’m looking forward to the next few days of relaxation and rejuvenation, and facilitating this unique cleansing program. If you missed our spring get together, you can still enjoy fresh juices and healing beverages at home, any time.  Here are a few of my favorite recipes for you to use to heal your digestive and eliminative organs, while you strengthen and balance your nerves and endocrine glands.

Try a Fresh Green Drink

Blend and add water to dilute. Juice the following:

  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup cucumber
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • ¼ inch or teaspoon ginger root
  • 1/4 bunch parsley
  • 1 apple
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

For Breakfast: Have a Vital Scoop™ Smoothie

  • 1-2 Scoops of the Vital Scoop™
  • 1/2 – 1 cup fresh or frozen berries
  • 1 T. dried coconut flakes
  • 1 T. almonds or almond butter
  • 12 oz. fresh juice, coconut water or nut milk
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon, nutmeg and/or cardamom
  • 1 tsp. Ginger or Turmeric powder (optional)
  • Blend together until smooth; drink half and refrigerate the other half to enjoy in the afternoon.


The Vitality Juice Fasting Retreats produce some incredible juices, teas, and broths. Here are some of our favorites that you can make at home. Each year we make juice based upon the produce available and our remarkable inspiration.


  • 4 Granny Smith or Gravenstein apples
  • 2″ fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1 Meyer lemon, peeled
  • 4 oz. water to dilute


  • 2 cups red grapes
  • 2″ fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1 Meyer lemon, peeled (optional)
  • 4 oz. water to dilute


  • 4 peaches, pitted and juiced with 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbs. each cinnamon, cardamom, coriander, ginger
  • Boil spices for 20 minutes. Cool, then mix the peach juice with the chai.


The name says it all.

  • 1 Tbs. Vital Scoop
  • 2 Meyer lemons, peeled
  • 2 cups fresh apple juice


In a juicer, add:

  • 4 carrots
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 beet
  • 1-cup fresh greens
  • 2–4 oranges, skins off (add if carrots not sweet) onions, ginger, horseradish or garlic juiced, if desired
  • Dilute with 4-oz. herbal infusion of 2 Tbs. each of basil, dill and cilantro simmered in 1-cup water for 10 minutes)


Blend or shake well together:

  • 1/3 cup almonds, ground
  • 2 Tbs. honey
  • 1 cup purified water or milk (soy, rice, and oat)
  • Dash almond or vanilla extract
  • Optional: raisins or dates
  • Can be used with any nuts or seeds. Add spices or herbs as needed.


Eat S.O.U.L. (seasonal, organic, unrefined and local) food to nourish the essential you. From this, seeds of well being will sprout. Cook with love, share kindness, juice daily, smile, count your blessings and Eat for Health™!

Remember, the most important ingredient in any food is love.

Dr. Ed Bauman


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Fresh juices, herb teas, mineral broths, and smoothies have been the mainstay of the Bauman College Vitality Fasting Retreats which are held every spring and summer at Stillheart Institute in Woodside, California.  These healing beverages increase the alkaline-forming minerals, such as potassium and magnesium, which cleanse the blood and tissues and revitalize digestive and eliminative organs. The healing beverages are also a wonderful source of antioxidants that protect the body from harmful environmental toxins and acidic metabolic waste which can trigger a systematic inflammatory response. At a fasting retreat, a person will drink up between 16 to 24 ounces of juice, 16 to 24 ounces of herbal tea, and 8 to 12 ounces of mineral broth per day.

Bonus: These nutritive beverages neutralize acids and protect against free radical damage that is caused by excessive coffee, soft drinks, sports drinks, alcohol and tap water.

Here is a program you can do at home.

1)      Start the day by making 2-4 cups of loose herbal tea, in a blend of mint, rosemary and lemon verbena, or  a heartier blend of licorice, dandelion and burdock roots, or a red tea, called rooibos, taken plain or mixed with lemon and honey. A general rule of thumb is to use 1 TB of loose herbs to one cup of near boiling water.

2)      Later in the morning or at noon, make 16 ounces of fresh juice by juicing fresh carrots, celery, cucumbers, and an apple. Drink half now and the other half later in the afternoon when you begin to get a bit tired.

3)      You can add the Bauman Vital ScoopTM a smooth and tasty superfood powder to the fresh juice to enrich it with protein, fiber and fruit and extracts. One scoop to 12 ounces of fresh juice makes a great breakfast or afternoon snack.

4)      For dinner, make and enjoy a warming mineral broth, consisting of the stock from a pot of vegetables that contain one third root vegetables, one third green vegetables, and one third a combination of herbs, spices, seaweed and flaxseed. Cover the vegetables in filtered water. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 3-5 hours. Strain and enjoy.  The complete recipe can be found in the Flavors of Health cookbook.

One might ask, “Why aren’t we taking in the fiber from these plants?” In this instance, by liquefying the fruits, vegetables, and herbs, we are maximizing our uptake of the essence of the plants and making it easier to digest and assimilate the healing carotenes, flavonoids, vitamins, and minerals. Unless you are on a fast, you can add any of these beverages to complement whole food meals.

Important: Make sure that the water you are drinking has been purified to remove chlorine, fluorine, bacteria, heavy metals, chemicals, and other unwanted compounds such as medical drugs that have been found in municipal water supplies. A simple carbon filter on your sink can make a world of difference in the purity of the water you take in. Remember to drink half your weight in ounces of healthful liquids every day.

“The prime object of natural healing is to give the principle of life the line of least resistance, that it may enable man the most abundant health.”
-Dr. Benedict Lust, the Father of Naturopathy, exactly one hundred years ago


  1. Raw juices release the pure liquids locked in the cells of plants which have definite therapeutic value.
  2. Just as herbs have specific curative values, so do juices which come from specific fresh fruits and vegetables.
  3. Fresh fruit juices are the cleansers of the human system.
  4. Vegetable juices are the regenerators and builders of the body.
  5. Grown in healthy soil, they contain all the substances needed for nourishing the human organism—provided the juices are used when fresh and raw, and without preservatives.
  6. When vegetables and fruits have been ripened by solar energy, they contain all the elements the sun and earth have buried deep within their fiber.
  7. Raw juices are second to honey in ease and speed of assimilation (on an empty stomach, juices will be absorbed by the bloodstream and glands 15 minutes after ingestion).
  8. Because most people consume a limited amount of pure raw food daily, a pint (16 oz.) or more of fresh raw fruit or vegetable juice daily will have a marked therapeutic effect.

Note: Those who have lived for years on highly-seasoned foods, abundant protein, pastries, and heavy starches may complain of distress when starting a rigorous raw juice schedule.  Such disagreeable reactions denote a disharmony within, an unhealthy condition of the stomach and bowels, or an acid condition of the blood.  I work in a gradual and gentle way to minimize a healing crisis cathartic reaction.



  • Carrot juice can generally be consumed in large quantities without difficulty. Because of its excellent vitamin content it is good for conditions where it is important to improve the quality of the blood.
  • Carrots constitute a powerful cleansing food, and are one of the most effective means of changing the intestinal flora from a putrefactive to a non-putrefactive type.
  • Carrots have some protein, are rich in carbohydrates, potassium, sodium, and calcium, and contain abundant alkaline minerals, a trace of iodine, and a good proportion of all vitamins.
  • It is very effective in aiding chronic infections such as tonsillitis, colitis, and appendicitis and in controlling anemia, stones, acidosis, blood poisoning, faulty circulation and ulcers.
  • Rheumatic ailments are a result of nutritional disorders and respond readily to carrot and celery treatment.
  • One of the richest sources of vitamin A, which the body can quickly assimilate, carrot juice contains an ample supply of vitamins B, C, D, E, G, and K.
  • Carrot juice helps to promote appetite and is an aid to digestion.
  • The minerals in carrot juice help to improve the bone structure of teeth.
  • The nursing mother should consume liberal quantities of carrot juice to enhance the quality of her milk.
  • Because of its strong alkalinity, carrot juice helps to combat fatigue.
  • Carrot juice offers resistance to infection and is a protector of the nervous system.
  • A glass of carrot juice daily is wonderful for skin health and beauty!


  • A prolific source of magnesium, sodium, and iron, celery juice quiets the nerves and is conducive to sound sleep.
  • Celery juice contains as much sodium as calcium, which is valuable in arthritis conditions.


  • Parsley juice contains properties that are essential to oxygen metabolism.
  • Like celery, parsley juice is a sedative, and an effective drug poison eliminator.
  • An important cleansing herb, celery juice is rich in vitamins and strongly alkaline, abounding in iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.
  • It also has stimulating, invigorating, life-giving qualities.
  • Because parsley juice is highly concentrated, it is best used sparingly (2 oz.) and in combination with other raw vegetable juices and pure water.


  • Cabbage juice is effective in cleansing the mucous membranes of the stomach and intestinal tract.
  • It provides high sulfur, chlorine and vitamin C; therapeutic only when taken raw.
  • Sauerkraut and its juice is an excellent form of cabbage.


  • Fresh lettuce juice offers generous quantities of iron and magnesium. Magnesium has exceptional vitalizing powers, particularly on the muscle tissue brain and nerves. Magnesium also assists in maintenance of the normal fluidity of the blood, in the absence of which proper metabolism is impossible.
  • Fortified with calcium, potassium, phosphorus, sulfur, and silicon, lettuce is important in the proper maintenance of skin, sinews and hair and is a lymphatic cleanser.
  • Best to use the dark green varieties of lettuce such as romaine, spring mixes, arugula and baby spinach.


  • Spinach juice contains the finest organic material for cleansing, reconstructing, and regenerating the intestinal tract.
  • Properly prepared and combined, spinach juice will correct the most aggravated case of constipation within a few days or weeks.
  • It tastes good with apple or carrot juice.

Please note: It’s best to dilute fresh juices from 25-50% to lower the concentration of natural sugar in the juices, especially fruit or carrot juice. Adding the Bauman Vital Scoop or a quality protein powder to a juice is advised for anyone with a low or high blood sugar issue.

The spring Vitality Fasting Retreat is full. Best to reserve your place now in the August 4-10, 2012 program if you want to join us as the fabulous Stillheart Institute this summer.

The Summer Bauman College Vitality Fasting Retreat is August 4-10 at Stillheart Institute in Woodside, California. Stillheart Institute is a sanctuary on holy grounds supported by a genuine healing mission that permeates the facility.

Learn more: Bauman College Vitality Fasting Retreat Information and registration information.

 Next Blog – Cleansing Recipes!

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Spring invites us to shift into a lighter, brighter diet and lifestyle!

Spring has finally come, and with it, new beginnings and new life. Birds are singing. Trees are blossoming. Bulbs are sprouting up and flowers are blooming. Spring is an exciting and delicious time as the earth awakens and provides cleansing plant foods of mustard, dandelion, asparagus, and strawberries. The bounty and variety of fresh foods will increase through fall.

During the winter season, in a northern climate we sensibly eat warming foods. However, it is easy to overeat protein, fats, snack foods, sweets, treats, and other comfort foods to help us stay warm and feel secure during the dark, wet, and cold season.  In addition, physical activity diminishes. This equation of excess calories and less exercise, along with stress and insecurity, equals winter weight gain, moodiness, and sluggishness.

I want to clarify the difference between a Cleanse, a Fast and a Detoxification Program. They share similarities, but are also distinct. Each aims to improve health by supporting the body to discharge and clear stored cellular waste and provide tissues with restorative nutrients. 

Traditionally, a change of season calls for a change of diet and lifestyle. Spring is a perfect time to assist our bodies to release the winter overload.

A good starting place for a diet and lifestyle change is to minimize or eliminate eating non-nutritive substances such as refined sugars, flour, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, artificial sweeteners, and hormone-enhanced commercial meats and dairy products. Common food stressors such as gluten, dairy, soy, and corn are removed from the diet for a period of days, weeks, or even months.  The basis of this regenerative diet is seasonal, organic, unprocessed and local (S.O.U.L.) plant foods. Optimal hydration is also essential. I suggest we drink one-half of cup of water or other unsweetened beverage for each hour of waking time (e.g. 8 cups of fluid within 16 hours).

The Cleansing Diet and Lifestyle Change

After a winter of hibernation, we can spring forward by committing to a gentle Cleanse. Start by increasing your fluids, fiber, phytonutrients and physical activity.

A Cleanse starts with drinking healthy fluids throughout the day. Soft drinks, alcohol, tap water, non-organic juices, and caffeine drinks are gradually reduced or eliminated. The Cleansing Diet foundation includes whole, fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, herbs and spices, clean fats, and lean proteins. Refined, allergenic and genetically modified foods are excluded during a Cleanse. Protein and fats are best organic, and eaten in measured amounts.

A Cleansing meal could consist of:

  • 1 serving of protein (3 oz. animal, 6 oz. vegetable protein)
  • 1-2 servings of good fats (1 T of olive oil, 2 T seeds, nuts or avocado is one serving)
  • 3 servings of whole vegetables and or fruits (1/2 cup of chopped vegetable, or 1 cup of leafy greens is one serving).

Hence, a large salad with spring mix (It’s spring!), tomatoes, avocado, grated carrots, beets, parsley and either garbanzo beans, wild salmon, or a hard-boiled egg, would be an excellent cleansing meal. Check out one of the luscious salad recipes from my new book, Flavors of Health.

The Cleansing Diet can be augmented with a variety of nutritional supplements which may include a protein powder, fiber product, enzymes, algae, and friendly flora. All of these are available in the Bauman Nutrition’s Vital Scoop in a safe and well balanced combination.  The Cleansing Diet with proper fluid, fiber, and phytonutrients (colorful fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices) is safe and effective when the diet is gradually changed, rather than suddenly and radically shifted.  As a person gets acclimated to eating more produce, he or she can increase the proportion of raw to cooked foods. The Cleansing Diet increases the amount of alkaline-forming minerals, especially potassium, magnesium, and trace elements that balance the blood pH, cool inflammation, and nourish organs, glands, and body tissues.

In addition to cleaning up the diet, during a Cleanse it is also vitally important to commit to a daily program of physical activity. This can include a variety of movement such as walking, dancing, working in the home and yard, and exercise that promotes strength building, flexibility and aerobic activity. Just as with changing the diet, a gradual change that leads to consistent habits, which avoids extremes, is best.

If following the Cleansing Diet causes to a person becoming dizzy, disoriented, tired or unstable, eating a balancing diet which includes equal calories from proteins and fats to carbohydrates can help lessen and eliminate undesirable effects.

The Cleansing Diet can be typically maintained for several weeks without supervision.

Next Blog: The Fast and The Detoxification Program

The Cleansing Diet is an excellent preparation for a Fast or Detoxification program, and a perfect prelude to the Bauman College Vitality Fasting Retreat.

The Spring Bauman College Vitality Fasting Retreat is May 10-13 at Stillheart Institute in Woodside, California. Stillheart Institute is a sanctuary on holy grounds supported by a genuine healing mission that permeates the facility.

A few spaces remain – so invite a friend and join me at the upcoming Vitality Fasting Retreat. Experience what it feels like to be clear, clean and refreshed after a Fast. You’ll look and feel years younger after enjoying this delightful long-weekend retreat!

Learn more: Bauman College Vitality Fasting Retreat Information and registration information.

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