Photo Creds to Lisa I've been using tea tree oil like a mad woman since it saved me from infection after bailing a scooter and almost running a stake through my head... a story for another day. Anyway it's awesome, perfect for blemishes, cuts and scrapes. BUT, big big but, it is VERY TOXIC to ANIMALS in amounts as little as 6 drops of pure tea tree oil the animal can lose muscle control, become lethargic, have muscle tremors all of which can progress to liver failure or worse death. I learned this the hard way, fortunately for me my little guy is okay, he had a large scrape on his side with a possible infection brewing so I thought tea tree oil would do the trick. Promptly after applying, that little voice in my head started nagging to check online. AND it is not safe for pets! Thankfully I'm in the habit of listening to that little voice, I promptly called the SPCA Poison Control hotline 1-800-548-2423, there is a $65 charge but their help proved to be invaluable. After confirming it indeed was very dangerous their advice was to bathe him with dish soap to get the oil off his coat and to stop it from absorbing into his system. I was instructed to keep a close eye on him for 24 hours for signs of any of the above symptoms. It was a terrifying morning, but he's a real trouper and pulled though. God love that schnauzer. Phew.

I've been prepping all afternoon for my week of juice fasting and liver detoxification. I'm doing this one solo since Grande Jean is out of town on business. I chose to plan the hell out of this fast, as last time I didn't have enough produce and had to drag my ass out of the house on day three and it was less than fun. Just finishing up my apple cider and oxy to get things started this evening and tomorrow the juicing will begin and just in time for the full moon. I'm pretty happy this one is falling on a full moon, ideally I would have started two days prior as it's said your consciousness peaks with the full moon as it does after a few days of juice fasting and detoxing, regardless starting with the moon will be perfect for me. I'm looking forward to giving my digestive system a break, and cleaning out my liver and gallbladder. I had such amazing results on the last go I'm hoping to improve upon those same results this time around. Better skin, more energy and vibrancy. And great digestive flow. It was very rejuvenating.

I just purchased my first Vitamix so I've been experimenting up a storm, which comes in handy when you're procrastinating... anyhoo here is an insanely simple ice cream recipe and since it's sooo good for you, unlike that stuff sold by the junky big box grocer up the street, you can eat it for breakfast! 1 pint of frozen organic strawberries OR peaches OR bananas 1/4 cup of organic raw macadamia nuts (no soaking needed. Yeeess!) 1-2 tbsp sweetener** i.e. honey, maple syrup (tsk, tsk rethink the white sugar) 1 cups of filtered water Blend mac nuts and water until smooth and milky, add frozen strawberries and blend on high until you hear the sound of the blender change, you'll know it when you hear it. At that point you should have a frozen ice cream. If not toss it in the freezer for a bit, you don't want to over blend as it will just melt. Alternatively you can just blend up strawberries with a touch of water (to get things started), they're one fruit like bananas that have a creamy texture and can be blended or juiced frozen with sorbet like results! *okay it's not reeealy ice cream but think of some of the products sold that are called "dairy", gross **in Ontario strawberries are in season in from June to early September, you may not need added sweetener in these months

Lunch date with some of my lovely bitches and one handome gent this afternoon and I was super excited to find that Milagros' Ensalada Costena was not only delicious and fresh but living! It's a tasty mix of cubed  mango, pineapple, avocado, jicama and cucumber tossed in cilantro and oil with a few spices. How exciting, this meant I got to enjoy some of the best guac in the city followed by a lovely salad and no stomach ache for $14 including tip! Plus the company was outstanding as usu! Hooray for Milagros for putting such a awesome raw vegan option on their menu. I will be back sooner than I expected.

Did you know you can juice with your blender?! I shared this information with the Raw Food Toronto Meetup group a couple weeks back and a few were very surprised. I must admit when I first found out I was super excited too, it meant I could juice wheat grass at home!! I don't juice enough to justify buying a fancy juicer and I'd much rather spend the money on a good blender as it's way more versatile for a living foods lifestyle. Loose instructions for a day's worth of juice, about 2L 1 head of celery 8 leaves of kale 1 cucumber 1 beet 1 lemon apple (optional) pinch of high mineral salt (add after juiced) stevia to taste (add after juiced) Depending on the power of your blender you might need to chop everything into pretty small pieces, or even add a bit of water to get started. With my old blender (pictured above) I could get away with no water if I started with cucumber diced pretty small and then add the remaining ingredients from there. Once everything is blended up like a smoothie, pour the entire blender contents into a nut milk bag and squeeze out all that nutritious veggie juice into a bowl. Season with the salt and stevia. I keep the pulp in the freezer until I have enough for a batch of doggie cookies or raw crackers. Make sure you store the juice in an air tight glass container for no more than 12 hours. Once the pulp is removed the juice loses nutrients pretty quickly. This is why all those juice products sold in stores are mostly just sugar and preservatives. Do you have any idea how good that is for you!!!! Soooo good!