Healthy Eats

Detoxifying Pineapple Basil Smoothie

Ashlee’s husband said this one “smells like a salad but tastes amazing.” So, there’s that 🙂  The ingredients sound a bit weird, but the combination is surprisingly good!  Enjoy!!

  • A handful of fresh spinach or kale – two of the best superfoods for detoxing the liver and other organs in the body.
  • 1 small cucumber (skin and all) – helps to clean out the internal system, helps with cholesterol, and a loaded with vitamins.
  • 4-5 frozen chunks of pineapple – taste great, adds sweetness, contains anti-inflammatory properties, and aids in digestion.  Also known to help cellulite – BONUS!
  • 2-3 basil leaves – also helps to detox the liver
  • Coconut milk- approximately 1/2 cup
  • Protein powder of your choice  – helps to build lean, strong muscles
  • Lots of ice and water as needed to thin out smoothie


24-Hour Liver & Gallbladder Cleanse with Amazing Results!

Twenty-four hour cleanse?  Four ingredients?  I could do that!  Well, it’s not as easy as it sounds, but the results were surprising – weight loss, restored energy, a clear-mind….oh, and a cleaner gallbladder and liver to boot!


Ashlee’s experience with this detox:

6:00 pm – I drank my first epsom salt mixture.  It was kinda gross but I found if you add the Emergen-C to it it is helpful.  I say use the entire package.  I also saved just a bit to put on my tongue after the mixture is down.  This helps to get any residual taste out of your mouth.

6:55 pm I am hungry.  Watching my kids eat really sucks – not gonna lie!!

8:00 pm This dose went just as the first, not too bad. I used the same technique as before.

9:45 pm – Believe it or not I actually loved the mixture of fresh grapefruit and oil.  So weird but true.  It actually felt like a treat compared to the epsom salt drink.  Went right to sleep after that.

6:00 am – Crap my alarm just went off!  I am not at all excited to drink the next salt mixture or be out of bed for that matter.  Whoa!!! That was the worst to get down.  I seriously almost threw up.  I didn’t but about 10 minutes later off to the toilet.  It was coming out the back end.  After several bathroom trips I was tired. 

8:00 am–  I had my final drink of epsom salt.  Seriously, this was rough.  I just can’t even find a way to tell you that its no biggie.  It is terrible, but I did it. 

8:30 am – Kids are off and I am wiped out.  I go back to bed (btw I never get to do that, so allow yourself this if you need it).  I slept till 10:00.

Upon waking I am visiting the toilet a lot.  I start to really look for these so called stones.  YES, YES I do see them.  Mine are small maybe pea size at best.  They float to the top of the toilet and you can tell its working.
You will visit the toilet quite often so you really do need to stay home to do this cleanse.  By 11:30 my bathroom time slowed down (thank goodness).  It took a lot out of me.  I felt really tired.
The first thing I had after was apple juice, which was suppose to help you get back to normal.  Then I ate an apple.  You will have to visit the toilet several more times after you begin to eat and drink again.  I tried to keep everything I consumed that day very clean.  Smoothies, fruit, rice and a sweet potato.
I have a screaming headache but I am pretty sure its because of no caffeine.  Not having fricking coffee was pretty hard for me.  One, I love the ritual and two I love the taste.  I went without it the whole day.  (I went back to coffee the next day.  Frankly, its a simple pleasure for me.
Overall, I think I will do this cleanse again maybe once a year maybe twice.  I felt great after it for the next several days.  Clear and alert.  I felt thinner for a little bit because I wasn’t loaded down with crap Literally!!!  I drink alcohol so I felt like my liver thanked me for clearing out the toxins in it.  I would recommend this if you are looking for a quick way to cleanse your liver and gall bladder.  Its basically one and a half days of unpleasantries. 
You may want to check with your doctor to be sure its right for you first.  It was recommended to me by one so that is why I tried it.
Please report your findings to this blog if you do this cleanse so others can hear your story.
Libby’s experience with this detox:

6pm – I took my first dose.  It wasn’t terrible but you can definitely taste the salt.  The upside is that it made my stomach a little queasy so I wasn’t hungry for dinner – 9 more hours to go!

7:49 pm – I have already started to go to the bathroom.  It’s possible that this is a result of all the fruits and vegetables I ate before 2 pm – including spinach which can be rough on my system.

8:40 pm – Few more rounds of the runs.  I’m worried about sleep!

8:55 pm – Still going regularly – ugh!

10 pm – Things have slowed down for me.  I drank the grapefruit and olive oil mixture and was pleasantly surprised. Going to lay down.

6 am – Took my third dose.  I was a little nauseous last night, but was able to fall asleep.  

7:15 am – A little dizzy from the weight loss and dehydration.  I’m hoping the worse is behind me (no pun intended 🙂 )

8:30 am – Almost didn’t take my last dose – glad I did.  The stones have started coming!  There is no pain.  Based on the number (about 200) and size of the stones (ranging from the size of a pea to a marble), I’m really glad I did this! 

Liver and Gallbladder Ingredients and Instructions:

Here’s what you’ll need*:

  • Epsom Salts – 4 Tablespoons
  • Olive Oil light – 1/2 Cup
  • Fresh Pink Grapefruit
  • Container with lid
  • 4 packets of Emergen-C Super Orange powder

Day before cleanse: Stop any parasite program or kidney herbs the day before the cleanse.

Day of cleanse: Continue to take prescription medication but discontinue any supplements for this day.  Do not eat any foods containing fat.  Cooked cereal, fruit, juice, breads, potatoes, vegetables are all ok.  No butters or meats or eggs, anything with fat in it.

2 pm: Do not eat or drink after 2 pm.  If you do, you may get ill during cleanse.  Mix 4 tablespoons Epsom salt in 3 cups of water in your container with lid and refrigerate. You will add the Emergen-C packet to each dose later.

6 pm: Drink one serving (3/4 C each) of Epsom salt mixture. Add the Emergen-C packet at this time. Some mouthfuls of water is okay after this.

8pm: Drink another dose of the salt mixture.  Remember not to eat or drink.

9:45pm: Pour 1/2 cup olive oil into a container with a lid.  Squeeze the grapefruit by hand into the measuring cup.  You should have at least 1/2 cup or more of juice.  Add these two ingredients together and shake until watery.  Get ready for bed and finish everything you need to so you can go to bed at 10pm.

10 pm: Drink the olive oil mixture.  Drink it standing up.  Get it down within 5 minutes if you can.  If you need to lick a small amount of cinnamon or brown sugar for the taste afterward that is ok.

As soon as you finish, immediately walk to your bed and lie down flat on your back with your head up high on the pillow.  You might fail to get the stones out if you don’t.  The sooner you lie down the more stones you will get out.  Try to keep perfectly still for 20 minutes and then go to sleep!


After 6 am: Upon waking, take your 3rd dose of salts.  Don’t take this portion before 6 am.  If you have indigestion or nausea, wait until it is gone before drinking the next dose of the Epsom salt mixture.  You may go back to bed, but set your alarm for 2 hours later.

2 hours later: Take your 4th dose of the salts.  This may be difficult so drink a little water with it if you need to.  If you feel it might make you sick, disregard this last one.

2 hours later: You may have started going to the bathroom by now.  Stay hydrated; at this point you can drink fruit juice and/or water.  When you start to feel like eating you can.  Keep it light.

*Received from Natural Health Matters

Disclaimer:  There are many other sites that recommend this detox.  The research I found was overwhelmingly positive. Do your research.  If you have any health concerns, especially related to your kidneys, gallbladder and/or liver, ask your doctor first before doing this.


April 10, 2017 – Smoothie of the week:

This smoothie tricks your brain into thinking it’s eating a meal not just drinking something.  The avocado doesn’t have a strong taste, but makes it deliciously creamy.

  • Handful of spinach or kale
  • Half of avocado
  • Protein powder of choice*
  • Tablespoon fresh ground peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • Tablespoon or so of cacao
  • Ice
  • Water

*I love Arbonne vanilla protein powder for lots of reasons.  I’ll share later as this deserves its own post.