Cleanse with Food – Why I cleanse seasonally with Beaming Cafe

Cleanse with Food

Why I Cleanse Seasonally – The Beaming Way


I was recently at a vegan restaurant and noticed that they were promoting a Cleanse with Food campaign. Seeing this got me excited, so I asked what it was all about… I was disappointed to find out that their “cleanse” program was just food from their regular menu and some added juices. And while there was some healthy food to choose from- it certainly wasn’t cleansing with foods like cashew cheese, chips, and starchy fillers included. I give them kudos for going in the right direction! But, the experience has also made me want to share a little about what makes foods not just healthier alternatives, but truly cleansing- and why Beaming stands up to the test.

Beaming was actually the first cafe to offer the “Cleanse with Food” concept. This was big!Before their 1, 7 and 21 day Superfoods Cleanses, there were only “juice cleanse” programs that left the body feeling famished and under-nourished. When Beaming came onto the market saying, “Hey! You can cleanse and EAT!” it took people (and me!) by surprise at first. But now, after years of cleansing the Beaming way, I couldn’t imagine another alternative.

You may already be aboard the Beaming boat- but if you’re not, I recommend you hop on. Cleansing regularly not only makes me feel good — it makes my body more vital, my energy more consistent, my brain function more fluidly, my skin glow, my digestion better functioning, and my cravings nearly disappear. I didn’t feel nearly this good when I was just eating foods labeled as “healthy”, or when I was “cleansing” with juice only!

 

Let’s take a look at why cleansing the Beaming way is actually better, more effective, longer lasting, and even healthier than the other “cleanse” alternatives:

 

Every Ingredient is Cleansing: Cleansing Foods are designed (by nature!) to detoxify the body, boost the digestive fire, kick metabolism in gear, and assist in overcoming addictions to sugar, dairy, caffeine, and clogging foods. At Beaming, every ingredient used has special cleansing properties, so you never have to worry about the quality of your meal, snack or smoothie.

Raw, Vegan Superfoods: Beaming foods are packed with the highest quality raw, vegan superfoods available. Superfoods are the most powerfully nutrient dense plant foods on the planet. Raw foods are living foods- vital, fresh, hydrating, and closer to their source. When you order a cleanse from Beaming, not one ingredient is cooked. Everything is carefully processed to keep its cells (and yours!) in their most vital state. These nourishing foods support glowing skin, lustrous hair, strong nails, your immune system, your organs, your brain, and many help to bring your body into its natural balance.

Sprouted Nuts: Many vegans rely on nuts for their source of fats and proteins- but not all nuts are equal. At Beaming, nuts like cashews and almonds undergo a natural process which literally brings the seeds to life! Sprouting is nature’s natural process of bringing a seed to life! When a nut or seed falls from a tree it contains enzyme inhibitors called phytates.  These enzyme inhibitors are present in raw nuts and seeds to preserve them in the ground until the rain comes allowing them to germinate and sprout. Sprouting unlocks vital nutrients and activates enzymes that ease digestion and increase vitality! So, the next time you add a dollop of peanut butter onto your overnight oats, consider the quality! Is it the healthiest quality available? Is it cleansing?

Not Just Juice: A Beaming cleanse is also unique in that we focus on slowly detoxing the body through juice therapy, and immediately rejuvenate and purify through raw and living foods. Because we provide you with more than liquid, you have ample whole food, nutrient dense nourishment to go about your everyday life, which in turn offers you the amazing experiencing and benefits that accompany detoxing without deprivation or stimulant herbs.

 

There are so many more reasons why Beaming is better. But what I think truly matters most is how it makes you feel. When I cleanse on regular basis it helps me keep my unhealthy cravings in check (my weakness is chocolate chip cookies!), restores my energy levels, brightens up my mental functions and gives me the power to GIVE MORE.

I try to eat cleansing foods as a regular part of my diet, and reserve a week every 3 months to do a full-on cleanse. This is about how long it takes me to fall off the wagon- so the consistency of the ritual every 3 months is important for me to stay committed to my health.

As a way to help others (and, to be real, myself) stay on a cleansing track, I’ve developed a seasonal day retreat called A Day of Namaste that includes a one day Superfoods Cleanse from Beaming (Lifestyle Cleanse).

Cleansing is the first step to healing the body and correcting imbalances. As you begin to purify and rid the body of toxic debris (the stuff that makes your fat cells fatter) you’ll feel rejuvenated, wipe out your bad habits, and create a foundation from which you can build a healthy lifestyle. So whether you are on a healing path, have digestive disorders, eat out every night, have a fast paced lifestyle, need to look good for an upcoming occasion, are a junk food junkie, or just have indulged a little too much lately, a cleanse is the perfect place to start back on track. It’s like hitting the reset button for your body, mind and life force.

If you’re curious to learn more about cleansing, please join me for this Fall’s A Day of Namaste on Sunday, September 23, 2018. Take a day for yourself, cleanse with friends, practice yoga and steep yourself in the habits you want to carry with you through the tempting Fall and Winter months.

 

Momaste

Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. – Erich Fromm
I am currently enjoying the gift of living in a three-generation household, alongside my husband Tom, my daughter Kylie, and my mom. It brings about many challenges, but there is also something so special about it.

My mother gets to witness me being a mother, and my daughter gets to witness me being a daughter.

This is a sacred chain in which we all learn from one another on a daily basis how to love more deeply, give more selflessly, and honor our needs as a collective and as individuals.
It has shined a whole new light on what it means to give a “Mother’s Love”. It is no different than a daughter’s love, or a teacher’s love… But it is perhaps the purest. It is unconditional, un-programmed, and unpretentious… And it is the ultimate yoga practice.
May your Mother’s Day be restful, insightful, and full of Love.

Here’s to all the moms!

If you are in San Diego, please join me for my annual Momaste Meditation Hike with Beaming Del Mar!

Be Your Own Valentine

A Day of Self Love

Be Your Own Valentine


 

I am passionate about helping people create lifelong rituals which ensure their success, wellbeing and sustaining ability to thrive. Establishing healthy habits takes practice, persistence, and patience- whether it’s taking on a new diet, exercise regime, or adopting a new mindset.

The process of gaining lasting Self Love is no different. It takes time, practice, and many ups and downs to test if we’re really doing our homework.

Yes, love is work. Sometimes. But what better work could there be?

Honing the ability to love ourselves fully – no matter the external circumstance – is priceless. Self Love breeds contentment, joy, health, ability to be of service, and the ability to love others fully. It is only from offering ourselves love that we can offer it to others.

Remembering the importance (and vitality) of Self Love is especially important in times when society asks us to show our love with boxes of chocolates and flowers. Not that these things aren’t lovely… but they’re not L-O-V-E, Love. To truly experience Love, we must go past the image of love, and dive deep into the embodiment of love.

This state is cultivated from deep within, and only from within. To me, loving self is akin to looking within through eyes of love, a gentle heart, and a nurturing mind.

Below you’ll find some of my favorite Self Love Rituals. These are the practices that help me nurture myself, that give me care when ego says I’m not worth it, that nourish me so that I may nourish my family and students. They are by no means the only way to cultivate Self Love, but they are a few.

Feel free to take a full day going through all of these practices together; or just add in one per day, and feel how even a moment of offering yourself love makes such a world of difference.

1. Loving Kindness Meditation

My go-to, always, everyday. Love of any kind starts with Self Love. This meditation, practiced in three parts starts with self, then extends to an individual of choice, then to all beings. The order is not to create a hierarchy, but to validate the importance of giving within before giving abroad. I like to begin each morning with this meditation.

May my heart be filled with Loving Kindness.

May I be well.

May I be peaceful and at ease.

May I be happy.

(Repeat 2x, replacing “my/I” with “your/you” and then “our/us”)

2. Abhyanga + Hot Bubble Bath

Your body is your temple, and showing it a little love will go a long way. Taking a moment to clean your body and pamper yourself with pleasure is a beautiful act of Self Love. Immerse yourself in a hot bubble bath, with candles, your favorite calming music and essential oils. Then, for a few minutes, slather melted coconut oil over your entire body- don’t miss an inch! Tend to the spaces that normally don’t get looked at. Massage away tension. I promise you’ll feel good… and your skin will love it.

3. Take Time to Do Your Practice

Rid of what is not serving you, and make space for what you love. If you have four appointments scheduled in a day, but aren’t taking 10 minutes to care for your body and mind- rethink how you’re prioritizing your Self Love. Reschedule an appointment, and instead go take a yoga class, call a girlfriend to have lunch, close your eyes and listen to your breath… When we are over scheduled and overwhelmed, we simply can not offer our best selves. Quality over Quantity. Work can wait, but habitually not taking care of your body will eventually mean that you can’t work at all.

4. Nourish Your Body

Eat well. Feed your body beautiful foods. Feed yourself lovingly. Be aware of what you consume. Have a sensual experience with your food by eating slowly, and savoring all the flavors, textures and subtleties of your cuisine. Don’t eat on the go. Eat purposefully, graciously, and with ease. Your body will better assimilate the nutrients of your food, your digestion will improve, and you’re weight will very likely balance out on its own.

Try this little something extra for you sexy food loversBeaming Cafe’s Sexy Mayan Smoothie! I was more or less obsessed with this smoothie when it was first launched. It’s perfectly rich, a little spicy, gives a nice boost to your heart health, and invigorates the senses! Blend all ingredients in a blender or Vitamix- Savor and Enjoy!!

 

Sexy Mayan Smoothie:

1 cup almond milk – homemade sprouted or organic boxed

1 date

1 T Beaming superfood plant protein (with or without greens)

2 T cacao powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp cayenne

1 cup frozen banana

1/4 tsp sea salt (optional)

1/2-1 cup ice

(GF, V)

 

 

Ok. There you have it. A few of my all time favorite Self Love Rituals. Now it’s up to you to make space for Self Love in your heart by doing your practice.

Sending you all lots and lots of love.

Namaste,

Stacy

 

Eating for Anti-Inflammation

Every wonder why your skin’s not glowing? Why your joints are achy? Why you can’t recover after a high intensity workout? The reason, more than likely, is that you’re inflamed.

Why Fight Inflammation?

Inflammation is a positive and natural part of a healthy immune system. When you get a bug bite and your skin shows localized redness- that’s inflammation helping to rid of the toxins from the bite.

But, it has its time and place… Researchers have shown us that low-grade, chronic inflammation is a major contributor to a compromised immune system, and a resulting slew of health problems.

Inflammation has been linked to: pre-mature aging, various digestive problems, various cancers, chronic fatigue, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, overall irritability in body and mind, and more. It has even been linked to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimers!

Eek! So, what can I do about it? 

There’s a lot to be done to live a life that promotes Anti-Inflammation (Contributors to inflammation can include lack of sleep, lack of exercise, diets low on Omega 3 fatty acids and high in Omega 6 fatty acids, chronic stress, poor gut health, lack of time outdoors, low-grade food allergies and sensitivities, and environmental toxins). Health is complex and typically requires addressing habits in all areas of our lives, but we can start in the area we can most control… our diets.

Here are my rudimentary rules to Eating For Anti-Inflammation:

Stick to Water Based Foods!

Eat what Alkalizes!

Get Plenty of Anti-Oxidants!

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

 

 

It’s that simple?! 

Yes! Can you believe it? In print, the path to a body free from excessive inflammation is accessible and simple. But, in practice it can be challenging- not because these foods aren’t delicious or easy to prepare, but because we’re fighting against old habits and cravings…

“Joint pain, bloating and foggy thoughts are not imagined symptoms, They’re the result of improper diet. Make eliminations. Start with wheat, then dairy, then sugar. These are the most inflammatory foods.”  ― Nancy S. Mure

Eliminating these addicting foods is the first step. But instead of going cold-turkey, try reducing the amount you consume and pairing them with seriously hydrating, alkalizing foods at first. Don’t get stuck on “getting rid” of the old, just “add in” supportive, nutrient dense foods and notice the difference you feel. Once you notice how good it feels to fuel your body with what it really wants, it’s hard to go back to your old way of eating.

What should I eat? 

Let’s go back to our list:

Stick to Water Based Foods!

Eat what Alkalizes!

Get Plenty of Anti-Oxidants!

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

Water Based Foods are typically plants, typically green and typically raw. Try eating a big salad every day, juicy fruits (minimally), and vegetables like cucumber, tomato, radishes, lettuce, kale, carrots, spinach, zucchini, broccoli and sprouts. It is ok to eat cooked food, but do your best to cook slowly, on low heat (under 140′) and without excessive oil or butter. It is also ok to eat your favorite proteins, but try limiting the portion- just a small fist size – paired with a giant salad.

Alkalizing Foods are foods that stabilize your pH level and create a vibrant environment in which longterm health thrives. Disease loves an acidic environment- so does inflammation. Try beginning each day with a big cup of warm water with lemon. Even though lemon is on its own acidic, when metabolized it becomes alkaline. Some of the most alkalizing foods are lemon, Himalayan Pink Salt, grasses and greens, kelp, ginger, radish, chia, cucumber, beans, cauliflower, avocado, and coconut oil. Neutral pH foods include oatmeal, and dates.

Anti-Oxidants help to protect your cells from the effects of free radicals in the body. Try including foods in your diet that are rich in anti-oxidants like beets, blueberries, flax seeds, onion, sea weed, garlic and turmeric. Taking a walk next to the ocean or sitting with a purring kitty can also help to manage free radicals by providing the body with negative ions!

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! And I’m not kidding! Your body is made up of up to 60% water. Your brain and heart alone are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. When you wake up, make sure water is the first thing that enters your body. And keep your glass full throughout the day. Not only does proper hydration help you to metabolize your food, it will help to keep your bowels functioning optimally, and will help keep your mind happy. Often when you’re feeling “foggy, lethargic, and warn out” you are just dehydrated.

Try waking up with this ANTI-INFLAMMATORY TURMERIC TONIC:

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups coconut water (or filtered water)

2 tbsp grated fresh turmeric (or ½ to 1 tsp dried turmeric powder)

1 tbsp grated fresh ginger

juice from 1 lemon or orange

1 tbsp raw honey or real maple syrup

pinch of black pepper

Optional: a pinch of cayenne or cinnamon

DIRECTIONS: Place all ingredients into high speed blender and blend until smooth. Drink as is or strain before serving.

Don’t forget the pepper!

Turmeric gets its anti-inflammatory properties from its Curcumin, which is an anti-oxidant therefore reducing free radicals, helps to regulate digestion by regulating the gallbladder and bile production, promotes healthy heart function, and may even help to prevent viral and bacterial diseases in the body! But make sure you add in some black pepper. Curcumin doesn’t easily release into the bloodstream until this spice is added.

And next time you’re at Beaming Cafe, try starting your meal with a Vitality Shot. This little shot packs a kick, but it’s worth it! It also kicks inflammation out of the body with a heavy dose of lemon, ginger and turmeric!

Here’s to a healthy, beaming YOU!!

With Love + Namaste,

Stacy