WEEK THREE OF MEDICLEAR CLEANSE PROGRAM

Week Three:

Day 15- Had lots of vegan leftovers, so makes it handy for dinner. This is an introduction to meat back this week, so I defrosted a chicken noodle (pea protein noodle) soup for lunch. It was mostly chicken broth, noodle and veggie soup, there was probably only 1 oz of chicken in it!

Day 16-Made a yummy vegan stir fry with coconut aminos substitute for tamari or soy sauce. I’ve heard this works, I was suspicious it would just taste like coconut, of which I’m not a huge fan, but it was good.

Day 17- More vegan leftovers!

Day 18- First real ‘meat’ day. Had BBQ chicken, delicious, but also had a lovely bottle of red wine with it, oops!

Day 19- This day pretty much ended my cleanse. My horse suddenly collapsed and sadly had to go to horsey heaven, it wasn’t really expected and I was devastated. I am a pet parent and put my heart and soul into my critters. Dinner was cheese and wineL

Day 20- Tried to rally back and made a lovely vegan dinner, but I was still sad and went to comfort food of popcorn later at night, not a great decision in hind sight.

Day 21- Felt kind of ‘popcorn’ hungover, since I added butter, so it was a reminder to me about when and what to eat. Unfortunately, had another stressful day of another horse, young, got very sick. Spent hours with her and the vet, so was very happy to see my hubby had prepared a raclette meal when I got home. That was the official end to the 21 days, and it was delicious-bread, cheese and all-but I did portion control it much better than I would have!

-Carole

Like any other program it takes up to 21 days to make changes and keep them going! Now that week three has come and gone I’m feeling inclined to keep it that way!! Animal protein was added back in by week two, but only minimally. I found that my dark chocolate craving has lingered so I decided to make gluten-free, protein powder cookies with  “fake” chocolate chips and that seemed to help curb my craving! And all the ingredients fit within the program. BUT, I won’t lie; I HAVE sneaked a piece or two in within the last 2 weeks. Most of my fatigue and acne has subsided so I know that my system is getting cleaned up and I’m super excited about that!! I actually enjoy the MediClear powder so much that I am going to keep having a shake in the morning. Reintroducing food has me a bit worried because I know I have a sensitive gut and I know that certain foods will most likely need to be avoided indefinitely. Bloating has gone down as well except when I ate more legumes during the vegan week, but that I knew would happen. Digestive enzymes to the rescue! Now ready for week four!!

-Cheryl

I am happy to say I have finished the MediClear Program! I can’t believe I actually completed the program. The first week felt a little long and difficult, but the other two weeks were quick and much easier. I have more energy in the morning and when I go to the gym. My skin is clear. My mood is much better too. I think the hardest part of the program was finding new meals. I get tired of the same thing, so I was often trying to create different meals. I am excited to reintroduce eggs and tomatoes. I am nervous to reintroduce caffeine. I am not exactly sure if I want to go back to coffee or just try tea. I am interested to see how my body will react when I slowly reintroduce all of these foods again.

-Erin

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Week Two of MediClear Cleanse Program

Week Two

Day 8- Started Veggie week. I’ve been having cinnamon/clove tea in the morning and it’s quite nice, especially on cold winter days. Make it with ½ cinnamon stick and 2 cloves in a tea ball

Day 9- Woo Hoo lost 4 lbs in 2 weeks! Trying to exercise, but still feeling super sleepy, getting in light yoga, skating, horse-backing riding, treadmill, when I can.

Day 10- Made a black bean wrap with savoy cabbage as the wrap. Added in some rice, avocado, cilantro, hot peppers, onions, the roasted red pepper as a substitute for salsa and kiwi! Kiwi? You ask. Yes, I like hot and realized some of the commercial hot sauces use kiwi or a bit of strawberry in them, and it really helps the flavors.

Day 11- Had a colonic today, feeling very clean. Spaghetti sauce with spinach pesto, for dinner, pretty yummy.

Day 12- Getting tired of the chopping, but I love eating vegan, just wish I had an assistant to chop veggies!

Day 13- Saturday night, cheated with a bit of wine again, because- well-Chia egg is NOT a substitute for egg when trying to cook a cauliflower crust pizza, don’t believe them. But wine is vegan and fermented, isn’t fermented food good? Maybe balances the negative of alcohol and my frustration at my lousy attempt at a vegan pizza crust?

Day 14- DINNER AT THE COUP! Calgary’s best veggie restaurant in my opinion. No chopping and had a meal that fit into the MediClear program.

-Carole

It’s already week two and I have to admit I’m still pretty tired! I am not hungry by any means, just running low on energy. My body definitely feels like its cleansing and my face is starting to show acne around the chin area.  I know it’s said you will feel worse before you feel better so I’ll keep telling myself that!! I do miss my odd coffee in the morning and my pieces of dark chocolate at night. The minimal amount of caffeine I was taking in and now not having is having an effect on me so that’s a little surprising. I decided to attempt 3 weeks without meat, eggs or dairy. I have only cheated twice for a quick bite!!  Two weeks left and I'm feeling ready and motivated to continue!!!

-Cheryl

I have now completed week two of the MediClear Program and I feel great. I only have one more week to go! I don’t crave sugar as much anymore. However, I do still crave coffee. I am hoping to only drink one cup a day after the program. I was drinking 3-4 cups of coffee before the program. I have noticed my skin really starting to clear now. I have been waking up before my alarm and noticed an increase in my energy throughout the day. The program is easier now that I am starting to notice changes. I am excited to see how I will feel at the end of the program!

-Erin

 

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MediClear Program

MediClear Program

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Fish Creek Naturopathic Medicine employees are attempting the MediClear Program! Carole (owner), Cheryl (Colon Hydrotherapist), and Erin (receptionist) will be following the program and blogging their progress. “The MediClear program is designed to last three weeks and is intended to help your body detoxify by providing essential nutrients and botanicals you need to support efficient cleansing.* The program also gives your body a break from the potential allergens you consume on a regular basis, as well as alcohol, caffeine, and refined sugars.” (Thorne Research, 2016) If you wish to join the program stop by the clinic and grab your MediClear Plus and Patient Guide for only $89.90.

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Easy ways to get the SUPER benefits of Turmeric

Powdered Tumeric in a bowl with some fresh roots.Turmeric is an odd-looking little root, but looks are deceiving – research has shown it may have over 150 therapeutic properties, including help for cancer , Alzheimers , inflammatory conditions ( like arthritis etc) , and immune support. New research even suggests it could help in weight loss. (1)(2)

But how on earth do you use it and what do you do with it?

Here’s a fabulous salad dressing compliments of Red Seal Chef Christina Acevedo of www.honeyandvanilla.com. It has become a staple in our home – everyone loves it! It works really well on kale salad, or other hearty greens. I always double it and it will keep in the fridge for a week or so. If you can’t find fresh turmeric (usually available in most Health food Stores like Community Natural Foods) then the Silk Road Spice Market  at the Calgary’s Farmers Market has a beautiful dried and ground version. This dressing is fantastic support for the immune system and gentle enough for anyone going through chemo. The ingredients in it really have tremendous health benefits overall.

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Date-orade to the rescue!

Looking for a great summer drink after workouts to replace the sugar-laden, synthetic chemical mix of popular sports drinks? Try our simple adaptation of Date-orade below. It is truly delicious, and provides valuable electrolytes, minerals and vitamins to replenish and strengthen your body.

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Apple, Lentil and Beet Salad

I wanted to share this wonderful example of how good healthy food can be. We were invited to a summer BBQ and offered the opportunity to bring a side dish. Since we want to make sure that there is a healthy choice available we went to a favourite old recipe. What is great is that you can leave out the bacon and/or the feta cheese depending on your food preferences to make something suitable for anyone. As you can see, we chose to roast the golden beets for no particular reason, but they definitely have a more subtle taste than the red beets. The recipe comes from The Canadian Press and was published in the Calgary Herald somewhere in the distant past. I found the identical recipe on the Foodland Ontario government website with the mere addition of “Ontario” in front of the vegetables. Not sure who’s using whom, but either way, it makes a great side.

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