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Pre-Pre-Cleanse Day Two of Three

It’s 8:30 pm and I am feeling tired. I didn’t start out the day feeling tired but by 7 pm I was ready to go to bed. Who goes to bed at 7?  Old people and I don’t want to feel like I am old.  So, I am staying up!  Lol

But now it’s almost 9pm and I can’t fight it anymore.  I am exhausted.

I think the reasons I am tired is due to a combination of my bootcamp workouts and my pre-cleanse food intake.  I promised him that if I was hungry I would eat and I’ve been keeping this promise.  It’s just that I am not hungry in between meals so maybe I think I should add more protein to my meals.
It also could be something completely different and not related to my workouts at all.

I’ll make some changes and see what tomorrow brings.

On a different note my workout today nearly killed me but the competitive girl in me wants to continue because I believe that one day I will be able to complete this and other workouts!
One day.  🙂


Posted in ChefV, Detox

Pre-Pre-Cleanse Day One of Three

I survived my first day and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I was a bit hungry at times especially after my bootcamp workout but adhering to their tight schedule wasn’t too bad.  I didn’t start when they started I had to start earlier and at times I was an hour late but overall I like the structure and routine. 🙂

Let me tell you our trainer Stephanie worked us at The Camp.  My legs were wobbly from all the squats and pulses she had us do in-between sets!
According to my Fitbit I used up 460 calories in 50 min. Tomorrow my legs and butt will be sore.

I was thankful that my next meal was a protein bowl. I was one starving girl.

Overall it was a good day.  The drinks didn’t taste bad at all and they reminded of the healthy juices my mom used to make when I was a little girl.  It sure brought back memories. Lunch and dinner was very good and I was happy because I never made a protein bowl or cooked salmon the way they told me to.

I wasn’t tired and was happy that I didn’t feel like I needed my afternoon coffee.

Posted in ChefV, Detox

Pre-Pre-Cleanse Sample Meals

A guideline
Tomorrow my guy and I will do this.  Wish us luck!

Schedule Day 1 Day 2
7am Wake up 16 oz. water 16 oz. water
AM Stretch 5-10 minutes Stretch 5-10 minutes
7:30am 16 oz. Herbal Tea (decaf) 16 oz. Herbal Tea (decaf)
8am 8-16 oz. Green Drink. If not Chef V’s, make your own but avoid store bought green drinks 8-16 oz. Green Drink. If not Chef V’s, make your own but avoid store bought green drinks
1/2 cup berries (blue, black, rasp) 1/2 cup cantaloupe
10am Snack 16 oz. water 16 oz. water
1/2 cup cantaloupe 1/2 cup berries
1/4 cup raw nuts 1/4 cup raw nuts
12pm Lunch 5-8 oz. Chef V Green Drink 5-8 oz. Chef V Green Drink
Protein Bowl: Black beans, brown rice (or quinoa), mango, cilantro, red onion, avocado, chicken or fish (optional) Grilled organic chicken/fish/or veggies, Quinoa, Steamed Broccoli
16 oz. water 16 oz. water
3pm Snack 16 oz. water 16 oz. water
5 oz. green drink 5 oz. green drink
1/4 cup raw nuts 1/4 cup raw nuts
6pm Dinner Grilled salmon or veggies and brown rice or quinoa pasta with pesto sauce (basil, cold pressed olive oil, pine nuts, garlic, salt, pepper) Hearty Salad: Mixed greens, cucumber, carrot, kidney beans, avocado, apple, walnuts, quinoa, chicken or fish (optional).
16-24 oz. water 16-24 oz. water
9pm Sleep 8 hours sleep 8 hours sleep


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Feeling worse before feeling better

I found this article interesting.

The Herxheimer Reaction is a short-term (from days to a few weeks) detoxification reaction in the body. As the body detoxifies, it is not uncommon to experience flu-like symptoms including headache, joint and muscle pain, body aches, sore throat, general malaise,sweating, chills, nausea or other symptoms.

This is a normal — and even healthy — reaction that indicates that parasites, fungus, viruses, bacteria or other pathogens are being effectively killed off. The biggest problem with the Herxheimer reaction is that people stop taking the supplement or medication that is causing the reaction, and thus discontinue the very treatment that is helping to make them better. Although the experience may not make you feel particularly good, the Herxheimer Reaction is actually a sign that healing is taking place.

What Is The Herxheimer Reaction?

The Herxheimer Reaction is an immune system reaction to the toxins (endotoxins) that are released when large amounts of pathogens are being killed off, and the body does not eliminate the toxins quickly enough. Simply stated, it is a reaction that occurs when the body is detoxifying and the released toxins either exacerbate the symptoms being treated or create their own symptoms. The important thing to note is that worsening symptoms do not indicate failure of the treatment in question; in fact, usually just the opposite.  

A Rose By Any Other Name

Technically known as the Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction, this syndrome goes by many names, including JHR, the Herxheimer Effect, the Herxheimer Response, a Herx Reaction, Herx or Herks. The most common terminology used is the Herxheimer Reaction. It is also often referred to as a healing crisis, a detox reaction, or die-off syndrome.  


The phenomenon was first described by Adolf Jarisch (1860-1902) working in Vienna, Austria, and a few years later by Karl Herxheimer (1861-1942), working in Frankfort, Germany. Both doctors were dermatologists mainly treating syphilitic lesions of the skin. They noticed that in response to treatment, many patients developed not only fever, perspiration, night sweats, nausea and vomiting, but their skin lesions became larger and more inflamed before settling down and healing. Interestingly, they found that those who had the most extreme reactions healed the best and fastest. The patient might be ill for 2-3 days, but then their lesions resolved.  

A Medical Example

The Herxheimer reaction is caused by the release of toxic chemicals (endotoxins) released from the cell walls of dying bacteria due to effective treatment. The Herxheimer Reaction is well recognized in medical circles and is certainly not confined to the world of natural medicine or supplements.

For example, a recent study report (Feb ’04) on the treatment of Sarcoidosis found that, “. . . without exception, the improving patients are reporting periodic aggravation of their symptoms as an apparent direct response to the antibiotics. In other words, these patients say that their treatment makes them feel much worse before they experience symptom-relief.” The abstract of the study goes on to say, “This phenomenon is known as the Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction (JHR) and is often referred to informally as Herx. JHR is believed to be caused when injured or dead bacteria release their endotoxins into blood and tissues faster than the body can comfortably handle it. . . . This provokes a sudden and exaggerated inflammatory response . . . . In Sarcoidosis patients, the Herxheimer reaction seems to be a valuable indication that an antibiotic is reaching its target.” In the conclusion, the author states: “In my work with Sarcoidosis patients, it is my experience that recovering MP patients understand and welcome the Herxheimer reactions even when they must endure temporary increased suffering. They accept it as the price that they must pay in order to get well and they even seem to find it gratifying to experience tangible evidence of bacterial elimination. “

Colloidal Silver & The Herxheimer Reaction

Herxheimer reactions in response to Colloidal Silver can occur as the body adjusts to the die-off process and responds to the increased load on the lymphatic system – particularly in cases of systemic and chronic conditions and/or severe infections.

The most common Herxheimer reactions for users of Colloidal Silver are:

  • Headache
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Itch and rashes
  • Flushes

Usually, the reaction lasts a few days. In more severe cases, reactions can last a week or more.

In most cases, the reaction tends to be mild and barely noticeable, but there are exceptions, particularly in cases of severe infection. Certain conditions, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Lyme Disease and other spirochetical illnesses can engender noticeable Herx Reactions as the disease-causing pathogens are killed off. Users of Colloidal Silver who take the product for Hepatitis may also experience die-off symptoms, such as headache. Those inhaling silver to treat lung and sinus infection may also feel immediately worse for a few hours or a day before starting to feel relief.

Herx reactions vary widely, depending on many factors, including the general health of the individual, the condition being treated, the degree of toxicity that exists in the body, the frequency and dosage of Colloidal Silver taken, and the support the body is provided in eliminating the toxins as rapidly as possible. Method of use is also factor. For example, applications that allow concentrated dosages of Colloidal Silver to come in direct contact with the source of infection are more likely to result in a die-off reaction than oral use.

Although this article focuses on the Herxheimer reaction, please keep in mind that not all users of Colloidal Silver will experience a Herx reaction. However, it is important to be aware of the possibility and to understand that it is a symptom of healing, so that Colloidal Silver users do not become discouraged if symptoms temporarily worsen and/or discontinue use of the product.


Colloidal Silver does not cause the Herxheimer reaction. Colloidal Silver is non-toxic, and a healthy individual will notice no reaction at all to Colloidal Silver. However, if there is infection in the body, a Herxheimer reaction may result as the infection is killed off. The severity of the Herx reaction is often an indicator of just how much toxicity there was in the body to begin with and is an indicator of the effectiveness of the treatment. It is actually a sign that the body is restoring itself to good health.

Time Frames

There is differing data on the timing of a Herxheimer reaction. Some data indicates that it usually occurs between four and 24 hours from the onset of treatment. Others note that between Day 3 and Day 5 of a treatment program is often when the reaction is most noticeable. What appears to be most accurate is that reaction times — and indeed whether there will be any reaction at all — are strictly dependent on the individual being treated. Duration of the reaction also varies widely, from an hour or a few hours to days or even a week.

What To Do In The Event of a Herxheimer Reaction

If the reaction is mild enough that it can be borne without grave discomfort, the best approach is to continue treatment and assist the body in eliminating the toxins as quickly and as thoroughly as possible by the methods below.

If the reaction is too severe, cutting back on the dosage or frequency of use can be very helpful in lessening symptoms but allowing the healing process to continue. Sometimes stopping for a day or so and then beginning again at a lesser dosage can allow for quick relief.

The best assistance for the body is drinking plenty of distilled water (a half gallon a day is recommended).

Other helpful suggestions include:

  • Getting plenty of sunshine
  • Minimizing exercise for the detox period
  • Keeping the organs of elimination (the bowels, lungs, skin, kidneys, lymph) functioning properly
  • Keeping the diet relatively pure during the detox period so that the body is not loaded with additional chemicals and toxins to eliminate while it is already working hard.

Adding lemon to the water, taking cold press olive oil first thing in the morning, taking sea salt baths and/ or steam baths and saunas, plus liver and elimination system supports can also be helpful, though any herbal supplements should be kept to a minimum and should be very mild and gentle in nature.


The most important advice in relation to Colloidal Silver use and the Herxheimer reaction is to “bear with the process”. The reaction is usually over within a few days and is well worth the cleansing and healing results. Plus, it is a sure sign that the Colloidal Silver is doing its job and working to help restore your body to natural health!

Warning: Any serious symptoms such as cardiac irregularity; breathing difficulties; chest, lung or throat constriction; significant swelling; or other severe symptoms should be given immediate medical attention.

Information obtained from

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While waiting for my product to arrive from ChefV I was instructed to do a pre-pre-cleanse.
Here is what they have to say about doing a pre-cleanse.

The best way to avoid detox symptoms (although sometimes no matter what, they are not avoidable) is to pre-cleanse for at least 2 days prior to Chef V’s Organic Cleanse. Take more days to pre-cleanse (at least 5) if you are a heavy coffee drinker, sugar addict, or just eat and drink really bad.
Make sure to drink LOTS and LOTS of water the week before your cleanse (8 x 16 oz servings a day!) YOU MUST DRINK WATER FOR SUCCESS ON THE CLEANSE. One-week prior and one-week after drink 8 x 16 oz servings a day. Please stick to the list of foods below for your pre-cleanse (at least 2 days prior).
Click Here to check out great pre-cleanse and post-cleanse approved recipes!

Allowed Food List:

                           INCLUDE                     EXCLUDE
Fruits & Vegetables Unsweetened fresh or frozen whole fruits, fresh squeezed fruit juices, sea vegetables (seaweeds), avocados, olives, and raw, steamed, sautéed, juiced, or roasted vegetables Oranges, orange juice, grapefruit, bananas, strawberries, grapes, corn, creamed vegetables, nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, potatoes)
Dairy Substitutes Hemp, rice, and nut milks (such as almond, hazelnut, walnut, etc.) and coconut milk, coconut oil/butter Dairy and eggs: including milk, cheese, cottage cheese, cream, yogurt, butter, ice cream, non-dairy creamers, ghee
Non-Gluten Grains & Starch Brown, red, black and wild rice, millet, amaranth, teff, tapioca, buckwheat, quinoa White rice, wheat, corn, barley, spelt, kamut, rye, triticale, oats (even gluten-free)
Animal Protein Fresh or water-packed, cold-water fish (trout, salmon, halibut, tuna, mackerel, sardines, pike, kippers), wild game (rabbit, pheasant, bison, venison, elk, etc.), lamb, duck, organic chicken and turkey Pork (bacon), beef, veal, sausage, cold cuts, canned meats, frankfurters (hot dogs), shellfish, any raw meats or fish
Vegetable Protein Split peas, lentils, legumes, bee pollen, spirulina, and blue-green algae Soybean products (soy sauce, soybean oil in processed foods)
Nuts & Seeds Hemp, sesame, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, pecans, almonds, walnuts, cashews, macadamia, pistachios, brazil, nut and seed butters such as almond or tahini Peanuts and peanut butter
Oils Cold-pressed olive, flax, safflower, sesame, almond, sunflower, walnut, pumpkin, and coconut Butter, margarine, shortening, processed oils, canola oil, salad dressings, mayonnaise, spreads
Drinks Filtered water, green, white or herbal tea, seltzer or mineral water, Yerba Mate (pereferrable post cleanse Only), coconut water, green drink Alcohol, coffee, caffeinated beverages, soda pop, soft drinks, fruit juice (unless fresh pressed)
Sweeteners Stevia, coconut nectar,
yacon, whole/fresh fruit, dried fruit (in
Refined sugar, white/brown sugars, maple syrup, high fructose corn syrup, evaporated cane juice, Splenda®, Equal®, Sweet’N Low®, juice concentrate, agave nectar, brown rice syrup
Condiments Vinegar, all spices, all herbs, sea salt, black pepper, carob, raw chocolate (dairy and sugar free), stone-ground mustard, miso, coconut liquid aminos, wheat-free tamari and nama shoyu, unsweetened whole fruit jam Regular chocolate (with dairy and sugar), ketchup, relish, chutney, traditional soy sauce, barbecue sauce, teriyaki, breath mints
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ChefV’s Green Drink

At first glance, you might think that our Chef V Organic Green Drink is simply a green juice. It’s not. We’ve named it GreenDrink for a very good reason.

The seven certified organic super greens in our Green Drink are cold-blended, not juiced or pressed. Why is this important? It comes down to nutrition.

To make green juice, machines use a centrifuge or press to extract the liquid from the vegetables. This sounds great, until you realize that the process leaves behind a pulp. That pulp is full of valuable fiber that supports digestive health, lowers blood cholesterol and helps control blood sugar. That fiber also keeps you feeling full. That’s the beneficial characteristic that leads researchers to suggest that fiber intake aids in weight loss.

Given all these health benefits, we feel that it is such a shame to lose something with so much nutritional value. We knew we could do better. That is why our Green Drink is different from a green juice.

For every glass, we combine:

  • green kale
  • black kale
  • collard greens
  • dandelion greens
  • green chard
  • curly parsley
  • green lettuce
  • a little apple for sweetness
  • filtered water for absorption

Then we cold-blend with ice. And blend. And blend.


What you get is not a green juice. It’s a blended plant-based drink with nutrients that begin in the vegetable and get transported to the glass. Our method of cold-blending protects the plant fibers from heat that can destroy valuable nutrients.

When you increase your fiber intake, you might not notice changes in health indicators like blood cholesterol and blood sugar right away. Those can take time. But one area where you will notice a big difference is fullness. Our Green Drink doesn’t make you feel like you are starving your way through a detox or a cleanse. That’s due to keeping that healthy fiber in the drink instead of throwing it out in the trash.

When you feel full, not only do you eat less; you feel better. You have the energy to exercise and the mental concentration to focus on important tasks. Your body is getting the nutrients it needs to be your best self. Health is a beautifully connected circle where one practice leads to the next. It’s a ripple effect that can be as easy as starting every morning with a Green Drink.

That’s why you’ll often hear us say that it’s the green drink that will change your life. A green juice is a short-term fix. A green drink is a long-term solution.

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An option is to do a 3-day juice fast cleanse to start your detox. We don’t go into juicing into detail here because it’s not for everybody.
A great resource for juicing is Chef V, who can deliver straight to your door!

My delivery should be here sometime on Thursday.  I hope it comes early so I can get started tomorrow in the am.

Posted in 21-day detox, The Camp

Detox Bath:

Detox Bath:
Relax, relieve tension, lower cortisol and sleep well ~ Aim to take a detox bath 3-4 times per week. Get the water as hot as you can stand it. Add 2 cups of Epson salt, 1 cup of baking soda, and 10 drops of lavender to the water. Soak for 20 minutes prior to bed. TIP: Take a bath by candlelight for full relaxation eect.

Benefits of the detox bath include:

  • Decreased cortisol levels which will promote weight loss and lower inflammation
  • Increased detoxication through the eects of magnesium & sulfur in the Epson salts
  • Enhanced sleep through the effects of the hot water and magnesium
  • Lowered blood pressure and improved control over blood sugar levels
  • Increased sweating and elimination of toxins
Posted in 21-day detox, The Camp

Gratitude and Journaling

Cultivate an attitude of gratitude! Write a list of ten things in your life which you are grateful for and review it every morning. Alternately, upon rising every morning, write ve things which you are grateful for at that moment. The things you are grateful for may be as profound as gratitude for the workings of the Universe, to gratitude for a single breath, and everything in between. No matter how you choose to bring gratitude into your awareness in the morning, be sure that you take a moment to meditate on each thing you are grateful for and feel the gratitude in your heart. Think of the way it feels when someone gives you a gift that is exactly what you have always wanted, and try to feel that for a few moments for each item on your gratitude list.

This may help you keep track of your progress during the detox. Journaling can be a powerful technique for identifying what is important to you and nding some inner guidance.
More often than not, you are stronger and smarter than you give yourself credit for. Studies have also shown that journaling reducesstress and inammation and can have a profound impact on health.
Here are some examples of questions to ask yourself while journaling:

  • What can I do today to take care of my body?
  • What am I willing to let go of today that is no longer serving me?
  • How do I feel today…physically? …mentally? …emotionally?
  • What am I grateful for today?
  • What is my life purpose and how does the health of my body and mind relate to that purpose?