I have been a certified sports nutritionist for about 10 years. In that time I have learned how to effectively and safely do a body cleanse to detoxify the blood, tissue and digestive system. Who knew it would be so important that these things be like second nature for me? But here we are, and Ivan and I will be doing The Cleanse this week.

During the eight days the food list is very narrow. Lots and lots of green vegetables, some white ones, some purple ones, and some yellow ones, but not nearly the variety we are used to eating. The first few times I did The Cleanse, I really wished for some recipes which were creative, yummy and would help me design meals I would love to serve to guests, even. As a result of those wishes, I started working about a year ago on a cookbook with Eddie Esposito which will have a section dedicated to recipes to use during The Cleanse.

The Cleanse is taught by Dr. Bill Kellas and the team of great doctors, including BNI member, Dr. Mark LaBeau, at the Center for Advanced Medicine in Encinitas, CA. The idea is that when the body has moved into a state of dis-ease, like when cancer is present, it is vital to be sure all the systems are running well and that toxins being stored by the body are eliminated. In a detoxified body, the immune system can work effectively and do what it is designed to do!

I’m learning about natural killer cells (a type of lymphocyte–white blood cell) and how they target other cells for apoptosis, or cell death. One of the main problems with cancer cells is not that they exist, per say, but that they do not die a natural cell death. In a properly functioning immune system, the NKs help these cells remember when their time to expire is. If our body is overly toxic, the NKs can only do so much…they get overwhelmed, so to speak, and tumors are able to get larger and larger. I marvel at the amazing machine our body is…so delicate, intricate and yet amazingly powerful.

When nourishing a body where disease has shown itself  in one of the many ways it can be manifested, one of the best things you can possibly do is to detoxify and nourish the body with healthy, organic foods. We are eating NOTHING out a package, a box or a can right now. Yes, I am making everything fresh, including energy bars and salad dressing. Here is a recipe which will appear in our cookbook for salad dressing. I’ll post the energy bar recipe next week, after I measure out the ingredients I just threw together the first time around.

Enjoy!!

Combine 1 cup of organic, extra virgin olive oil with 1/3 cup of freshly squeezed organic lemon juice. To that mixture, add 1 tsp. (or more, to taste) of freshly grated ginger root.That’s it! Three ingredients.

This is not only delicious on a big, green salad, but is also wonderful drizzled over lightly steamed bok choy, baked chicken thighs or as a sauce for a brown rice veggie bowl.