Do I have to live in Los Angeles to participate in the 30-Day Challenge?
No. The format will now be available online. Stay tuned for when the next start date is posted.
Do I have to become a raw foodist for the rest of my life? Are your a raw foodist?
No, this 30-Day program is not a covert plan to turn you into a raw foodist, and rob you of all of your favorite foods for the rest of your life. This is an opportunity for you to have a real-life experience of the powerful role that diet can have in creating health or disease in the body, and also in accelerating healing and relieving symptoms.
It will be completely up to you what you decide to eat after the challenge is over, but I promise you that at the end, you will be more in tune with what your body needs and wants for fuel, and you will be able to feel the difference in your system and energy levels when you eat foods that your body doesn't really want. You will also feel empowered with the knowledge of how to bring your body back into balance, when you get off path.
Personally, I eat intuitively and try to have a healthy relationship with everything I choose to put into my mouth. I focus more on the "why" or emotional reason behind what I'm eating, instead of labeling the food (or myself) as good or bad. My diet includes a wide range of foods, both raw and cooked. Primarily whole foods, lots of fruits and vegetables, but not always vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, or organic. I also fast periodically, when it feels right.
What are living foods?
You will receive an official list of what foods can be consumed on the program, but "living foods" include things grown in Nature and in their most natural and unprocessed state (i.e. fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, seaweeds, etc.). Living food recipes can be simple like this kale salad with meyer lemon vinaigrette or they can be more gourmet and packed with complex textures and flavors like this raw pad thai with kelp noodles dish.
What do you mean by mindfulness?
One definition of mindfulness is below:
"Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to, and seeing clearly whatever is happening in our lives. It will not eliminate life's pressures, but it can help us respond to them in a calmer manner that benefits our heart, head, and body. It helps us recognise and step away from habitual, often unconscious emotional and physiological reactions to everyday events. It provides us with a scientifically researched approach to cultivating clarity, insight, and understanding. Practicing mindfulness allows us to be fully present in our life and work, and improve our quality of life."
The main mindfulness technique we will use in the 30-Day challenge will involve focused breathing and is simple to learn and practice on a daily basis. You will learn to meditate easily and effortlessly with this approach. We will also do mindfulness exercises involving gratitude and positively focusing the mind.
I’m interested in doing a raw food cleanse for 30 days, but I’m not that interested in mindfulness. Can I still participate?
Scientific research has shown that at least 60% of all illness is caused by stress. Because I consider mindfulness to be a key component in addressing the root causes of chronic health issues, it is therefore a key component to this program. If integrating mindfulness into your daily life in a meaningful way doesn’t feel aligned, this program probably won’t be a good fit for you.
Do I need any special equipment for this challenge?
Ideally, if you plan on making most of your meals on your own and wanting to experience some variety and have more recipe options, I'd recommend having the following:
But you could definitely get away with just the first two items if you wanted your meals at home to be very simple (i.e. salads, wraps, and fruits).
Can I attend the weekly classes without signing up for the challenge?
The classes will not be available for drop-ins, and will only be available for participants signed up for the full 30-day challenge. If you sign up for the challenge, attending all 4 group sessions is mandatory.
I’m interested in the “No Time to Juice” package, and pre-paying for most of my meals. What local retailers are participating in the challenge?
**More info. coming soon**
Does this approach work for “INSERT YOUR UNIQUE CHRONIC HEALTH CHALLENGE HERE” ??
This approach is effective for a wide variety of chronic health challenges because it not focused on treating specific symptoms. It’s focused on bringing your mind and body back into balance and giving your cells all of the ingredients they need to thrive.
The level of your detox diet and the transition time might have to be tailored to your current digestive capacity and existing level of inflammation in your body, but in general, this approach works for a wide range of people and health challenges.
Will I be able to heal myself in 30 Days?
I have no idea.
Some people have reversed the irreversible in 30 Days, such as uterine cancer and diabetes. I saw many improvements personally within 30 Days, but I was not able to fully heal myself during that time period.
I believe that the body is the healer, and that all we’re doing on this program is providing the ideal environment for your body’s natural healing ability to kick in and accelerate. You will have the opportunity to tap into your innate healing ability and discover for yourself what’s possible with this approach.
Will my body be able to efficiently handle all of the physical wastes and toxins that are being flushed out during the detox?
If you are concerned about providing your body with the proper support to detox properly due to long-term illness, high levels of toxicity, or signs of sluggish elimination, I would select the "All Hands on Deck" Package, which includes 30 days of herbal support for the liver, stomach/colon, kidneys, and endocrine glands.
In addition, each participant will have a 1-on-1 call with me before beginning the challenge, to discuss individual circumstances and whether additional herbal detox support would be recommended during the 30-Day Challenge.
My friend tried a cleanse like this and she didn’t feel so well. Will this happen to me too?
During our 1-on-1 call, we will also discuss the potential detox symptoms that can arise during the challenge and how to handle them. Oftentimes when accumulated toxins are released into the bloodstream for elimination, there can be related physical symptoms. Luckily, there are several ways to minimize these symptoms, including slowing down the cleanse, adding in herbal detox support for the elimination channels, and/or utilizing adjunct detox therapies like saunas and colonics.
Will I get hungry on this program?
I find that I have a pretty balanced approached to detox, so this program will be all about abundance, instead of calorie restriction and deprivation. Within the realm of raw foods, you will be able to eat healthy fats, sugars, and carbs, with the only major rule being “Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full.” You may find that you’re eating 4-5 meals every day instead of 3, and that you’re consuming more produce in one day then you ever have in your entire life, but that’s perfectly normal. :~)
Will I develop nutritional deficiencies during the 30 days on such a restrictive diet?
It’s important to understand that there are two main aspects of nutrition – 1) what you consume and 2) what your cells can actually utilize and absorb. Most people are focused on consumption with no real understanding of whether it's in a form that their body can readily recognize or whether their cells can actually take it in.
Detox removes the “gunk” from in and around your cells and makes sure there’s actually space for the nutrients to get in the cells and be properly used.
During the 30-Days you will be receiving a ton of whole-food nutrition from living foods and you will simultaneously be creating space within your cells, so they become much more efficient at processing and utilizing the nutrients in your food going forward.