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Detox is over…..   Leave a comment

So how do you feel?

For me, it started better than it ended.  The beginning of the cleanse was great. I was eating right. I meditated. I had a day of fasting.  Then things changed.  I would love to say everyday was awesome and now I feel so cleansed and lighter, but that’s not exactly the case.  It’s all my fault too.  I got really busy and didn’t plan my meals accordingly.  As a result, I didn’t always eat in a timely manor which resulted in me rushing to take my detox herbs all at once sometimes.  I also didn’t drink enough water during the liver cleanse.  I cheated and ate rice once.  It was sooo good.  One night my husband made a blackberry pie and I had a small slice.  I didn’t want to let him down.  You understand right?

So all in all, I wasn’t as discipline this body cleanse as the last.  But hey, no since living with regret.  I’m sure It was still effective.  I know next time if I get busy, I need to stop and really plan everything out.  I should have even set reminders on my phone to tell me when it was time to take a pill or have my detox tea.  I realize that no matter how great your memory is, when you get unexpectedly busy, it’s real easy for things to slip your mind. Even things like eating.

I hope you all did better than me.   Join me again in the spring when I do it all over again, the right way.


Oh, and stay tuned.  You never know what kind of results or discoveries may come from you detoxing and fasting.  It may take a few weeks, but you may notice slight changes in your body or in your mind.  They should be good changes though.

Does Your City Feed Your Soul?   1 comment

Happiness is in the mind.  We’ve all heard it before and I personally know it to be true.  But this is a Universe of dualities.  Meaning, something may be true, but so may the complete opposite be as well.  It’s all about balance.  Be selfless, without being a doormat.  Have high expectations, without having unrealistic expectations.  Be organized, without being obsessive.  Balance.

So, balance and happiness huh?  Like I said, true happiness is in the mind.  No matter what your outside circumstances look like, one can always go within to find joy.  But, sometimes our outside circumstances aren’t quite helping us maintain that joyful state of mind.  Sometimes where we choose to be is exactly the opposite of where our soul would thrive.

I was born and raised in New Jersey (shout out to Jersey!).  Four years ago I made, what seemed at the time, a random decision to move out west, to Los Angeles.  I loved New Jersey.  It was my home, but my soul knew that I needed change.  I needed a fresh start.  At the time it seemed like a crazy, random, out of the blue decision to stuff all my belongings in my truck and drive across the country; but now, retrospectively, I know that I was doing exactly what my soul needed.

When I moved to L.A., I knew I was home.  Over the past four years, that feeling of being exactly where I am supposed to be has deepened.  What’s so great about L.A.?  Well, obviously there’s the weather and the palm trees and the mountains and the landscape.  L.A. is a beautiful city, but what most feeds my soul living here are the other souls I share this city with.

We are all energy.  Everything is energy, so it makes sense that similar energy gravitates to the same places on the planet.  Los Angeles, in my opinion, is full of interesting, diverse people.  The old adage, “you can’t tell a book by it’s cover” is so applicable here.  I have had some deep, amazing conversations and experiences with people whom, upon first glance, I would never think I would connect with.  This is an artist’s city, and as such, most people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting are multi-dimensional, complex beings… just like me!  Another great part of this city, is the laid back energy.  Coming from the hectic, hustle and bustle of the East Coast, it’s such a blessing to be able to chill, just chill.  Oh and let’s not forget that I am a vegan!  It’s wonderful to be in a city where I can find a vegan restaurant within a few miles of wherever I am!

So what gifts does your city give to your soul?  Or does it?  Like I said, we are all energy.  If the energy of your city doesn’t match your soul, then you may have to work that much harder to find the joy within.  If you’re a liberal hippie living in the Bible Belt, you may feel drained by the energy of your city.  If you love nature and you’re in the middle of New York City, you may find yourself just as drained as the hippie.

We all have different things that feed our soul.  The trick is to identify them.  Once you know what your soul needs, then you can seek out people, places and experiences that feed you.  Maybe you can find exactly what you need within your city.  Perhaps there’s a coffee shop or a church that is full of the energy your soul desires.  Or perhaps, you just might realize that the city where you live is leeching energy from you rather than giving it to you.  You may realize that you need to find a place that’s more conducive to your needs.

When you are exactly where your soul needs to be, you will know.  You will feel full of energy and alive when you drive through your city’s streets.  You will find yourself willing to explore the little nooks and crannies of your town.  You will hate to leave and always be eager to return.  You will feel like this is exactly where I am supposed to be.

So, ask yourself: Does my city feed my soul?


Detox Your Way Into 2012   1 comment

It’s 2012!  You’ve spent the last 2 months eating, drinking and being merry.  Now it’s back to the real world.  We all want to start fresh when the new year begins, so why not start with a fresh body?  You know calivegans loves a good detox and so we’ve decided to start out the new year with our very own specially designed full body cleanse.  Howzabout you join us and start the new year off with a clean body and a clear mind?

Before we get into our specific program, I want to talk a little about setting an intention for your detox.  What do I mean by setting an intention?  What’s your purpose for detoxing?  What are you trying to achieve by cleansing?  Even if your cleanse is to do just that, cleanse, then you have set your intention.

A couple of years ago, Lady A did a detox cleanse, which she told me about.  Her intention was for creativity.  Soon after she completed her cleanse a new passion was ignited within her; painting.  The last detox we did together was for the purpose of healing our fibroid tumors, health in general.  Through the detox we became vegans, even though we were very content vegetarians.  I personally experienced amazing emotional healing in the months following the detox.  I felt as if I took a shovel into my unconscious and dug out all the crap.  I’m a healthier person physically (my fibroid is shrinking), mentally, emotionally and best of all spiritually.  I have never felt as connected to The Universe as I do now.

So, we absolutely suggest you set an intention for your detox; whatever you want.  Direction in life, clarity, peace, love, health, creativity, drive, etc.  Whatever you would like more of in your life.  What’s calivegans intention, you ask?  Financial abundance.  Calivegans is looking to attract more of the green stuff!

Alright, here’s our full body detox.  If you can’t find the products we mention in your local health food store, then see if you can find a close substitute.  You can email us or leave a comment for help!

Here’s what we’re using:  ~Trader Joe’s ® colon cleanse~~Nature’s Secret Urinary Cleanse and Flush Caplets~~Planetary Herbals Bupleurum Liver Cleanse Tablets~~Wellements Daily Detox Tea~~Yogi Detox Tea

This is a 15 day cleanse.  5-day colon cleanse, 5-day liver cleanse and a 5-day kidney cleanse. 

Colon Cleanse (5 days):  Start each morning with a large glass of water with 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon.  Follow suggested instructions of TJ’s colon cleanse.  Have 1 bag of Wellements Daily Detox and 1 bag of Yogi Detox throughout the day and before you go to sleep.  I did Yogi during the day and Wellements at night, but whichever you prefer.

Liver Cleanse (5 days):  Start each morning with a large glass of water with 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon.  Take 2 pills 2x daily.  1 bag of Wellements tea and 1 bag of Yogi tea throughout the day and before bed.

Kidney/Urinary Cleanse (5 days):  Start each morning with a large glass of water with 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon.  Take 1 capsule 2x daily.  1 bag of Wellements and 1 bag of Yogi throughout the day and before bed.

**You should be drinking 8-10 glasses of water daily throughout all 15 days.

For the Liver and Kidney cleanse phases of the full-body detox, we highly recommend that you eat only fruits, vegetables, and vegan protein.  Here’s a sample of a good daily meal plan:

Breakfastfruit smoothie and a full glass of water.

Snack: Plantain chips.

Lunch: Salad (spinach, carrots, beets, cherry tomatoes, almond slices, avocado, alfalfa sprouts, whatever else you love, and a balsamic vinaigrette), or fresh or canned vegetable soup

Snack:  Pistachios.

Dinner:  Kale, bell pepper, mushroom Stir-Fry with Seitan or Field Roast® Vegan Sausage.  If you are okay with soy you can buy ready-made seitan from the store, or use tofu or soy meats.

Snack:  Fresh fruit.

If you want to take your detox a step further, we recommend you meditate for 15-20 mins daily upon your intention and/or visualize yourself experiencing your intention realized.

Calivegans will be starting this detox on Monday, January 9.  Join us!  Leave a comment with your intention below.  We would love to hear from you!  Let’s bring in the new year together, rejuvenated and revitalized!

Detox 2012 here we go!!

Happy New Year!!!   Leave a comment

Calivegans would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

This year will be everything great that you make it!  Whatever you want to do, set out to do it.  Put one foot in front of the other.  Don’t let anyone, including yourself, tell you that you’re not good enough.  We all have greatness inside and this universe belongs to each and every one of us.  So let’s live and enjoy life!

Happy New Year!

Posted January 2, 2012 by calivegans in not so random thoughts

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