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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.

VITALITY RECIPES

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.

MORNING SUNSHINE JUICE

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

GINGER GRAPE JUICE

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

PEACH CHAI

  • 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.

LIVER-FRIENDLY Green LEMONADE

The name says it all.

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

LUNCH TIME 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)

ALMOND MILK

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.

HEALING FROM THE GROUND UP!

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

THE HEALING BENEFITS OF DRINKING RAW JUICE 

  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.

PROPERTIES OF RAW JUICE

CARROT JUICE

  • 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!

CELERY JUICE

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

LETTUCE JUICE

  • 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

  • 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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In my previous blog, I suggested a gentle Cleansing Program, which is a nice prelude to a deeper body cleansing program. Did you go on the Cleansing Program? I invite you to share your experiences here.

Now, let’s learn how to take spring cleaning to the next level with a 3-day Fast!

A Fast is an abstinence from solid foods.

Fasting has a long-standing spiritual tradition, and almost every religion has some type of fasting ritual. The Fast is an intentional purification for health and/or spiritual reasons. It is a time to turn away from the stressors of everyday life, and to get deeper in touch with nature, self, and spirit.

A Spring Fast is a wonderful way to lighten up and reduce winter build-up as the Fast supports and boosts the body’s metabolic processes which are continuously disposing accumulated toxic matter. In traditional Chinese medicine, fasting is considered preventive health care.  Fasting is also a traditional therapy for people who suffer from conditions of food and chemical sensitivity, chronic illness and digestive disturbance, and to overcome food addictions that stem from a longing to be full and fulfilled. After fasting, being empty is not so scary. Most people have a hard time fasting alone and find it much easier fasting in a supportive group retreat setting.

Initially, I learned about fasting from my first mentors, Drs. Paavo Airola and Bernard Jensen nearly 40 years ago. They taught me both the physiological and psychological benefits of regular, supervised fasting. I have been designing customized individual fasts and guiding 3 and 7 day residential fasting programs annually since 1984. I, with my staff and nurturing approach, have guided over 1500 people with a wide variety of health issues to safely and joyfully fast.
The health benefits of fasting include:

  • Alleviating inflammation that contributes to all forms of ‘itis’ such as dermatitis, gastritis, colitis, arthritis, neuritis, sinusitis, hepatitis, etc.
  • Alleviating chemical, environmental and food sensitivity
  • Alleviating chronic muscle and nerve pain
  • Improving liver, bowel and kidney function
  • Improving mental clarity
  • Jump starting safe and effective weight loss
  • Breaking dependencies and addictions to unhealthy foods, substances and habits

A person might fast for one day to a week, or more. In its most restrictive form, a fasting person drinks only water and is confined to bed rest. I don’t advocate a water fast as it deprives the body of needed calories and nutrients.

There are several versions of Fasts, such as the Master Cleanser Lemonade Diet, a Fruit or Vegetable Juice Fast, or a Modified Food-based Fast with a blended menu which I developed to make it possible for more people to achieve an exhilarating and stable fasting experience.

One major difference between the Vitality Fast and the Modified Food-based Fast: In addition to drinking alkaline-rich beverages, our Vitality Fast guests learn how to self-administer an enema to facilitate colon cleansing. As the colon clears, the mind clears, often opening up spiritual channels that were blocked. When this happens, fasters experience exceptional clarity and expanded awareness, which is known by fasting experts, as the fasting high.

The Perfect 3-Day Fast

I suggest a 3-day fast for beginners to allow them to experience the health and lucidity that fasting brings. During the May Bauman College Vitality Fasting Retreat, solid food is eschewed in favor of beverages that include purified water, teas, fresh fruit and vegetable juices and mineral broth. We provide Vital Scoop smoothies for those who have blood sugar issues.

To insure a successful fast, begin with a gradual cleanse.  I suggest at least two days of cleansing for each day fasting, both at the beginning and at end of the fast. So a 3.5 day fast would have a week-long cleanse before the fast, and after the fast. (After fasting, eating is wonderful!) This way, the body will not be shocked by the sudden change and reduction in calories and nutrients. This process also mitigates the common side effects and withdrawal symptoms (fatigue, headaches, rashes and intense mental and emotional expression) that make it difficult for people to have a successful fast.

Note: For anyone with existing medical problems and taking pharmaceutical drugs, it is very important to consult with a qualified and experienced health practitioner, and have that person be on hand to monitor the fasting program.

Detoxification Programs Require Professional Guidance and Monitoring

A Detoxification Program is more focused and therapeutic than either a Cleanse or Fast. The intent in this case, is to eliminate specific harmful compounds from the body.

Detoxification may take place in a clinical out-patient setting, or included as part of a supervised cleansing or fasting program with a very skilled health professional. Close monitoring of a person is essential as symptoms will arise requiring a specific, immediate, and therapeutic response. It is also important to note that when people are in the midst of Detoxification Program, they often become agitated and emotionally unstable.

I have worked with a number of people who have become ill when they were improperly guided in what they were told was a detox program. A normal detoxification process, with a measurable successful outcome, takes many months to complete. One doesn’t clear pathogens, such as mercury, cadmium or lead, microbes such as a bacteria, yeast or parasite, or overcome an addiction to cocaine, heroin or alcohol in a predictable or limited time frame.

Many people and detox product companies advertise a four to six-week Detox Program with a list of benefits, most of which cannot be verified. Do not attempt to undergo a do-it-yourself detoxification program by following what someone suggests in a book or on the back of a product package. Detoxification requires professional assessment, individualized program development, and careful monitoring of the person.  I suggest natural health educators work with naturopathic or functional medical doctors to insure safety and professional oversight.

Join me at the 3-day Bauman College Vitality Fasting Retreat!

Are you ready spring forward? Do you want to lose some winter weight and congestion? Try the Gentle Cleanse and 3-Day Fast at home with a friend or better yet, let’s experience the fasting high together at the Bauman College Vitality Fasting Retreat, May 10-13th  at the beautiful Stillheart Institute in Woodside, California. Stillheart Institute is a sanctuary on holy grounds supported by a genuine healing mission that permeates the facility. Enjoy the experience of being clearer, cleaner, and more naturally, you.

For me, the Vitality Fasting Program is truly the Health Adventure of a Lifetime. It has changed my life and my health in a profound way. I now make many of the wonderful teas, juices, broths and smoothies Dr. Ed Bauman shared with us. I learn more and feel better with each fast I attend.
-Penny Michel, Artist

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