Vegan Cleansing Recipes
Today Was the Last Day of the Vegetarian Festival
This is a basic seaweed salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, garden greens and red peppers. I soaked the seaweed once in water as it tends to be too salty otherwise, then drizzled it with oil and soy sauce and squeezed lemon on top.
Today was the last day of the Phuket vegetarian festival. I have been partaking in it, though I’ve been quite easygoing this year, i.e. I’ve been consuming things with milk, cheese and eggs and even tried some 160 proof Scottish whiskey on Sunday night, Lord forgive me. The purpose of a cleanse is somewhat different than taking on a longer time lifestyle choice, tough it does involve an effort to think about what and how you eat.
I’ve had short stages in my life when I was vegetarian, though I was most commonly pescetarian, which means I would eat seafood but no other meat. This struck me at the time as most morally consistent with where I was, i.e. I was willing to kill snails, clams, oysters, crabs, shrimp and even fish that I had captured myself, but was unwilling to kill a chicken, cow, or pig. I likewise remain willing to gather unfertilized eggs or milk say a cow or a goat, so I have never been vegan except for during short term cleanses.
As I’ve grown older I’ve become less concerned, perhaps because I see death as a part of the circle of life. I still think that periodic cleansing of the body through conscience eating and abstaining is important for spiritual growth. I do not judge anyone regarding their dietary choices. Heck the newest hot diet trend is all meat!
It’s a little rich for me, in more ways than one. But I do understand the value of it. After my husband Oh was diagnosed with IBS-D and pancreatitis doctors had a list of no go foods that would have made life extraordinarily difficult if he had been vegan: no beans, no nuts and no cruciferous vegetables. My uncle who had part of his colon removed likewise restricted himself to a lot of heavy meat. A vegetarian or vegan diet, for a lot of cultural and individual reasons, is not for everybody long term. Attempts to save the world by imposing such an authoritarian measure are thankfully outdated since Covidcon. And can somebody tell me if insects are a vegetarian or vegan food or not? Perhaps we can lab grow meat from cells from dead people and stamp it with a vegan label. It sounds like an expensive form of cannibalism to me.
My guess is most of the benefit of an all meat diet is related to the detox to ketogenisis, which involves your body switching over to burning fat. It probably helps if you have fat to burn. There will definitely be a detox if you switch off that many things, and yes animal liver is good and high in nutrients. I don’t think I would recommend that narrow of a diet for a healthy person long term anymore than I would tell them to eat all citrus fruits or all ramon noodles. That’s just me.
Over the years I have done colon cleanses, liver cleanses and kidney flushes. I am the worst at giving up coffee I always cheat with a little of the stuff, even if just one watered down clear brown cup in the morning. I’ve done water and broth fasts (use colonics to get your bowel working on this one), carb free, gluten free, vegan and keto. I think the big problem is that many do not address colonics at all, i.e. you are trying to eliminate toxic accumulation from your body. Most people are not eliminating well enough as is, so when you add a restrictive diet that backs things up even more, you’re just reabsorbing toxins. You want that crap out of your system. Literally.
So just a few quick recipes during my cleanse. I’m sure I could make something edible out of this.
Eggplant is one of my favorites (apologies to those with allergies to the nightshade family): it’s vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and low carb. It can be used across so many restrictive diets and I have many recipes for it. In this case I did something simple: I fried it with oil, white pepper and salt and drizzled lemon juice on at the end. Then I added it to sandwiches with cheese. In the past I have baked mini pizzas in the oven on it and used it as a substitute for breads and pasta in various recipes.
A simple Thai curry that I think is great involves banana flower. Take one tablespoon of cooking oil and brown one small diced onion in it. Add 1 tablespoon of yellow curry, 1 teaspoon of sugar, and lightly salt. Add two cups of diced banana flower. Add one cup of water and let simmer. Add one cup of coconut milk and let stand. Serve over rice.
I don’t think you’ve gone full vegan until you’ve made cheese though. In my case, this is jackfruit cheese. These are some jackfruit seeds.
I like to add about 3/4 seeds with 1/4 immature jackfruit and boil them all together, along with one tablespoon of oil, salt, and three cloves of fresh garlic. I peel the shells off of the jackfruit seeds and blend them with oil, 1/4 cup nutritional yeast, fresh squeezed lime juice and soy sauce. The end result is a soft vegan cheese that makes and incredible dip or compliment spread on bread, crackers or just as a mix in other foods.
It is well past my bedtime but I thought I’d share. Happy eating, whatever that consists of…
In 2003, while commuting 2 hours each way each day to work, I listed to the then fabulous WBAI radio in NYC, a part of the Pacifica Radio Network (which was founded by a conscientious objector to WWII as a member only station).
The station had programming not heard anywhere else. One of the programs was about the US meat supply and its CAFOs (Controlled Animal Food Operations.) The animals - mostly female sentient beings - were being jailed, maimed, genetically altered, drugged, tortured, and finally slaughtered to fill US bellies. Because of the horrific conditions of the animals and the slaughtering processes, most of the meat served on US plates contained feces. About 99%. And more importantly, the meat industies - big beef, pork, et al - are subsidized heavily by US taxpayers. How else could a Double Beef Whopper retail for about $5?
I decided then and there that I would not be a part of this horrific process and immediately put my family on a NO beef, NO pork, NO lamb diet. The change in my family's health was immediate and beneficial. Health improved tenfold. No more flu, No more colds, No more stomach issues. Not being a part of a system that tortures animals TO DEATH has been rewarding in more ways than one.
Over the course of the next decade, we eliminated everything but chicken. Then eliminated chicken. Then on 01/01/2015, my daughter and I eliminated all dairy. So we became vegan. Other family members followed suit a few months later. Our health has been amazing. I am not saying a vegan diet is for everyone Just relating my personal experience. Recently I went thru an HTMA (hair toxicity metal analysis) and found that I needed to add some animal fat (was not getting the proper nutrients.) So I added cod liver oil. That's it. Also I DO eat honey. We eat very well. In fact, it is too much food. We grow butternut squash and make the most delicious soup. We love lentils, potatoes, all veggies, cookies, cakes, etc. I have been vegan for almost 8 years (vegetarian for half a dozen before that) and it is working for me....and my family......
As an aside WBAI had been targeted for take down by The Regime for years (this is the same radio station that aired George Carlin's 7 words you cannot say on TV). And sadly, it had been co opted and taken over by the Billionaires as just more garbage radio programming in the USA. No more Guns and Butter. No more Gary Null. No more amazing, educational programming. The opposite of progress.
A year ago my intuitive approach popped up breatharianism which I had come across years before learning consciousness and bioenergetic healing and psychology. I thought it might be possible but went no further back then. In the time in between I had learned that we are capable of so much more than our understandings predict.
I thought “I’ll research 🧐 it soon”. But the very next morning my intuitive process popped up something completely different. I usually start the day drinking 3 to 5.5 16 ounce glasses of water. That morning it was 4 oz. Likewise, my meal info came back with zip. So…I followed it. Next day was same. That first week was what I would normally call a fast but this was different. I got thinner but I went to work like normal. I work in crawl spaces and attics. Well, by the week’s end I was moving like Spider-Man whereas before I was tight, weak and sore. I had more strength and energy than before. It wasn’t like any fast I ever did and I’ve fasted for three weeks before.
It’s been a journey, ups and downs…and I consider myself a spiritarian now, which is more accurate and a breatharian upgrade. Lol.