Dry brushing is magic, in my experience it's restored my skin to what I remember it looking and feeling like in my early 20s. No bumps or flaky skin and a surprising reduction in celulite. This magic obviously happened in conjunction with a high raw vegetarian diet and removal of processed, fake food. We know the advantages to brushing our teeth, tongue and hair so why not our skin too? Our skin is the largest organ in the body, many people don't realize this. While the skin is designed to act as a protective barrier it also eliminates toxins and wastes from our system and absorbs vitamins like A, E and D. When the skin is clogged with poor quality lotions, dry skin and environmental build up it is not able to do the job. Those toxins get stored under the skin, and add elimination stress on the liver and kidneys. Skin brushing feels amazing, it gets those nasty toxins moving through to your lymphatic system, it revives and refreshes the outer appearance, and opens and unclogs pores so your body can BREATH! There are lots of ways to brush, I start at my feet and work the strokes towards my heart. Brushing every morning before you shower is a good routine. As time passes you'll be able to upgrade to a firmer brush and your strokes will become more vigorous. With your beautiful skin able to breath freely, it's important to think about the lotions you're using. I only put products on my skin that I can eat, so to moisturize I use coconut oil or olive oil. Remember everything that's on your body, ends up in your body. Check out this video for a great skin brushing demonstration.

photo cred Cat Forget Pepsi - this lemonade is the choice of the new generation (oh yes, I'm well aware that I just dated myself). Regardless, here's what you need: 1 glass of water (preferably room temp so it's not such a shock to your body first thing) 1/2 lemon, juiced 10 drops, liquid stevia (optional & fyi, bought it at Bulkbarn) Stir it all up and drink it down.  Have this first thing in the morning, ideally at least 15 minutes before you have your breakfast. My little one joins me every morning with this lovely A.M. ritual. Now are you ready for this?  Check out all the awesome benefits of lemon water... It helps fight colds, stimulates brain function, balances overall body pH, reduces hunger pains, flushes out all the crap in your body, french-kisses your liver which helps digestion, helps with no. 1 & no. 2 so you rid your body of toxins faster, freshens your breath and even gives you a boost of Vit C which helps your skin and helps you find your happy place. I mean c'mon. p.s. Remember to wash your lemons before you cut them. In fact, make it a rule to wash all fruit and veg before you eat/slice 'em regardless of if you eat the skin or not.

All doneski! Wow what a week and well worth it. I finished my last delightful epson water at 8:30, had a quick organic coffee enema, indulged in the most delicious, perfectly ripened pear of my life... and now I'm raring to go! I must admit this juice fast and liver cleanse was more challenging than the last, though I know there are a host of reasons for that. Last time I was in Bali not Toronto, someone else made all my juices, I was basking in the sun, swimming, getting massages and lounging around with fellow cleaners. While this time I was walking my dogs three times a day, working, buying my groceries, making my juice and spending time with some of my fav people while they ate food I couldn't. I do believe the benefits of this cleanse will far outweigh the last, as I had my first healing crisis. For those of you not familiar with this "phenomenon" it's when you experience symptoms of past dis-ease while detoxing or fasting. In this case it's your body repairing the damage done. They typically happen in reverse order of their appearance in your life. Mine had to do with my stomach, before adopting a raw lifestyle I suffered from tremendous stomach pain and ulcers. Debilitating at times. During this week I was experiencing that old pain, off and on with it peaking last night. It was VERY uncomfortable but I worked through it with my breath and a castor pack. Only time will tell if it was a true healing crisis but I believe it to be so. Now I'm looking forward to my raw gazpacho for lunch, with a side of quinoa! Yeeees.

Day three is well underway and I'm feeling good. Had some emotional struggles yesterday with the whole concept of detoxing and I'd convinced myself by about 9:30 in the evening that it wasn't for me and this was the last one. I then woke up feeling like the total pits and decided rather than fight I needed to give myself a break and recommit to the cleanse. So I walked my boys, drank my juice and ACV, went back to bed for two hours and woke up feeling fantastic. I've had lots of mental energy since and been able to finish up all kinds of work. I'm on fire! While I'm at it, I want to show my appreciation for the constant inspiration from the people around me, friends and clients who are spreading the good food word and getting great results. It brings tears to my eyes every time someone tells me about their mother eating one of my salad recipes everyday and feeling lost without it, or a partner who regularly asks for green juice in the morning, the list goes on. It's so exciting to see how rapid good food influence spreads. And not only that, the results people are seeing just from adapting a two living meals a day rule, which is how I start all new clients. Regular bathroom movements, sense of smell and taste returning, extra weight disappearing, heaps of energy, glowing skin, sex drive! I know it to be true first hand, but it never ceases to excite me! One final item, a client sent me this phenomenal article by Mark Hyman, MD, I don't think I've read anything so well written in support of the real food movement, it's definitely worth a read... though I warn you it's just a bunch of commonsense.

Ugh... morning number two sucks on this liver cleanse. Was hoping it would get better since I should be less toxic than last time but no such luck. I'm not terribly hungry, I'm just really dragging. I do wonder if it would be better if I was in an office setting with all the distraction. Like yesterday one of my clients came by for a lunch session, I showed her how to juice with a blender and we made a big, soup full of all kinds of lively organic goods and I was feeling totally great. Now mind you it was day one. I guess I'll see, my gf is coming by for a hangout and a veggie bevy this evening. A little trick that works for me when fasting, other than distracting yourself with sleep or people, is remembering the difference between being hungry and wanting to eat. They are not the same thing. I am not hungry, I just really would love to dive into something delicious. And also know if I do break and eat something not only am I cheating yourself (lame) but it'll hurt like hell in 30 minutes.