Medical Medium Recipe Challenge – October 7 – Hibiscus lemonade

Oh boy…

Do I ever have a treat for you.

Is this my first 10 out of 10??? I have to check back to see. But this is definitely a 10 out of 10 for flavour, simplicity and just sheer beauty! Look at that shade of pink!

This is one I found in the Medical Medium Liver Rescue Book. I really enjoyed drinking the hibiscus tea throughout my liver cleanse and so I figured I would enjoy this one. I mean…I was a lemonade addict growing up, catch my drift!?

Ingredients needed: Dried hibiscus, hibiscus tea bags, lemons, raw honey and water.

Hibiscus tea: Hibiscus tea is made from deep red calyxes of the hibiscus flower that is rich in anthocyanins, fruit acids, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and bioflavonoids. Hibiscus tea is excellent for boosting the immune system and fighting off infections. Traditionally, hibiscus tea was regarded by the egyptian pharaohs to be royalty’s most important beverage as it was known to improve health and vitality.

The antioxidants found in hibiscus tea are often compared to those in red wine and have been noted for their positive effects on cardiac health including lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels. These antioxidants also contain powerful anti-cancer properties which have the ability to protect cells and keep them healthy and free from damage.

Hibiscus tea is also known to be beneficial for weight loss, depression, sleep disorders, hypertension, and mood swings. Hibiscus tea also is known to help lower blood pressure, prevent bladder infections, and relieve constipation. Hibiscus has been used for centuries to support liver function and aid in liver disorders such as fatty liver syndrome and jaundice. Hibiscus tea can be consumed either hold or cold. 

Lemons: Lemons are a powerful healing fruit containing anti septic, antibiotic and anti-cancer properties. They are rich in vitamin C and B complex minerals. They can help cleanse and detoxify your entire body! It’s a good idea to start your day with a tall glass of fresh lemon juice.

Raw honey: Anti viral, anti fungal, antibacterial, promotes digestive health, boosts immunity, anti inflammatory, potent medicinal properties.

Make a big batch and drink it over the course of 2-3 days or share it with friends!

Medical Medium Liver Rescue 3.6.9 Cleanse Recap

Near the start of my journey while I was knee deep in the nitty gritty that is ANY healing journey I came across someone named Anthony Williams otherwise known as “The Medical Medium” He had been making a splash across Instagram and other social media platforms with his information from “Spirit” along with the celery juice craze. He has a loyal and passionate following that seem to be doing some AMAZING deep, cleansing and healing. Naturally, I wanted some of that…cuz like….who wouldn’t!?

I had been dealing with terrible candida infections and mystery skin issues (not knowing at the time that it was linked to type 2 diabetes and PCOS) I got some of his books (Medical Medium, Life Changing Foods and Liver Rescue) to use as a potential resource. I also embarked on 30 days of celery juice. This was NO JOKE folks. He says if you have any sort of candida yeast, parasites, heavy metals, toxins – that celery juice WILL clean you out on your first few days. And clean me out it did. The first 4-5 days were hell and I had to stay close to the toilet. What came out of me was UNGOLDY. Sorry TMI!! But…oddly enough….I started feeling really good after the first 4-5 days. My digestion improved a ton and slowly but surely my eczema on my hands went away. This guy (and Spirit) knows whats up!

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Fast forward to mid summer of 2019. I had been incorporating some of Anthony’s suggestions into my days – more raw food, lots of fruit, good amount of veggies, lowering down the fats, getting off animal products completely, adding in some herbal supplements, teas and tinctures and meditations. That was going swimmingly and my weight loss and overall health has been amazing. I could not complain.

When I read Liver Rescue it seemed to go deeper into the whys of how issues like eczema, psoriasis, diabetes, strep, acne, gout, bloating, gallstones, adrenal stress, fatty liver, weight issues & autoimmune disease happen in the first place. One of the main reasons is because we go through our life not really taking proper care in the first place of our liver, kidneys, adrenals and gall bladder – all are working over time to keep up with our highly processed and junky S.A.D diets and lifestyles. But sometimes they get to their breaking point too and that’s when these diseases take over our body.

Below is my recap of my journey with the 3.6.9 cleanse. For further information and a step by step guide please go to your local library or book store and get a copy of the Medical Medium Liver Rescue Book! It will be your companion to get you through your own cleanse. I picked food items that worked for me and my husband over the 9 days. This cleanse will look a little different for everyone as you can tailer it a bit to your personal desires. Please note – this WAS not just for weight loss. Although naturally, weight loss has happened….it goes so much deeper than that for me. I am looking for TRUE and deep, lasting healing – which ultimately goes far beyond weight loss. Please note, I only shared a few of the pictures. Not everything I ate is pictured here πŸ™‚

Monday September 2

First Day of 3.6.9

Upon Rising: 32 ounces lemon water and hibiscus tea

Breakfast: 1 Mango, 1 banana

Mid morning snack: Apple

Lunch: Gluten free brown rice pasta with veggies and nut free pesto

Dinner: Medical Medium liver rescue broth (turned into purred soup)

Dessert: 2 frozen bananas with pitaya powder – banana nice cream!

Feeling positive!

Today was pretty easy. The first 3 days are pretty simple and seek to ease/transition you into the cleanse. You want to try to avoid gluten, dairy, eggs, lamb, pork products and canola oil, reduce your normal consumption of radical fats (nuts, seeds, oils, coconut, animal proteins etc) by 50 percent and wait to eat fats altogether until dinner time, try only eating one serving of animal protein per day and focus on bringing in more fruits, veggies, and leafy greens in daily. I have been lowering my fat consumption over the summer so this really wasn’t new to me – although i will definitely miss things like nuts, seeds, nut milks, nut butters etc. The soup was absolutely delicious. Brent enjoyed it as well. I could see myself making this a lot in the future. He also gives a few alternatives like adding curry powder to this soup and some coconut milk (for a higher fat option). This felt and tasted super nourishing.

Tuesday September 3

Day 2 of 3.6.9

Feeling good but bad headache for most of the day – likely caffeine detox!

Upon Rising: 32 ounces of lemon water

Breakfast: Fresh juiced apple (2), celery and parsley

Lunch: Big salad with chopped lettuce, spinach, sweet potato, black beans, extra veggies, dressing was fresh squeezed lemon juice, raw honey and some dried herbs

Snack: 2 apples and 1 Medjool Date (fun fact, I have always been so afraid of dates because of how “sugary” they are. Well guess what? They have yet to affect my blood sugar on this cleanse!)

Dinner: Medical Medium Liver rescue soup

End the night with more lemon water and hibiscus tea

Exercise: 45 minute walk with the dog

Prepping for the week – washing the celery

Blood glucose check in!

My levels have been coming down even further and even better they have been stabilizing (minimal spikes)

Wednesday September 4th

Day 3 of 3.6.9

Feeling good but headache still lingering

Upon Rising: 32 ounces lemon water

Breakfast: 1 Mango and a banana

Lunch: Baked Beans and mixed veg

Snack: 2 apples with dates

Dinner: Big salad with lettuce, spinach, black beans, sweet potato, pico de gallo and mixed veggies

To finish the night: Lemon water, hibiscus tea and lemon balm supplement

Exercise: 45 minutes walking with the dog

All of the medical medium books are chalk full of information including helpful supplements for any sort of mysterious or perhaps not so mysterious ailments you may be facing. For the liver cleanse it’s not necessary to take ANY supplements during the cleanse however he does provide a list of helpful resources and you can pick or choose (or not) which supplements to take. I already have a pretty set supplement routine I follow daily but I did add in lemon balm to my rotation from his recommendations.

Thursday September 5th

Day 4 of 3.6.9

Headache has passed – yay!

Day 4 starts a little bit of a “stricter” cycle of guidelines to follow

For days 4,5 and 6 you must avoid radical fats (nuts, seeds, oils, coconut, animal proteins) entirely, stick to the foods outlined in his chart in the book, eat as much as you need to feel full.

Upon rising: 32 ounces of lemon water

Morning: 16 ounces of celery juice and Liver Rescue Smoothie. Yum…the liver rescue smoothie has got to be one of the yummiest tasting smoothies I have ever had. I hope to continue adding the liver rescue smoothie into my weekly routine! Today I went with the papaya option which was fun as I never really have papaya.

Lunch: Steamed asparagus with the Liver Rescue Salad

Snack: 2 apples and dates

Dinner: Steamed asparagus and Liver Rescue Salad

Evening: 32 ounces of lemon water, hibiscus tea and lemon balm supplement.

Getting that natural vitamin D whenever possible! So healing!
A Ha moment!

Friday September 6

Day 5 of 3.6.9

Very similar to yesterday!

Upon Rising: 32 ounces of lemon water

Morning: 16 ounces Celery juice and liver rescue smoothie this time with banana instead of papaya

Lunch: Steamed asparagus with Liver Rescue Salad

Snack: Apples and dates

Snack: Liver Rescue Soup/broth

Dinner: Steamed asparagus with liver rescue salad

Evening: Lemon water, hibiscus tea and lemon balm supplement

Exercise: 25 minute walk with Lola

Saturday September 7th

Day 6 of 3.6.9

Upon Rising: 32 ounces of lemon water

Morning: Celery juice and liver rescue smoothie

Lunch: Steamed asparagus and liver rescue salad

Snack: 3-4 apples and 2 dates

Dinner: Steamed asparagus and liver rescue salad

Evening: Lemon water, hibiscus tea and Lemon balm supplement

Exercise: 2 short walks with Lola and 30 minutes of swimming laps in the pool. Making the post of this nice weather before we close the pool!

September 8th

Day 7 of 3.6.9

The next cycle of 3.6.9 starts with day 7! A little changes in the food but the basis remains the same. Continue to avoid radical fats (nuts, seeds, oils, coconut, animal proteins etc) entirely, stick to the foods outlined in his chart, eat or drink as much as you need to feel full.

I am feeling pretty great! I have tons of energy and I’m proud that I have been able to stick with things.

Upon rising: 32 ounces of lemon water

Morning: Celery juice and liver rescue smoothie

Lunch: Spinach soup with extra garlic over cucumber noodles.

Mid Afternoon: Another celery juice with at least 2 apples for a snack

Dinner: Potato with dried herbs and brussle sprouts

Evening: Lemon water, hibiscus tea and lemon balm supplement

Exercise: 2 short walks with Lola and 30 minutes swimming laps in the pool

This tastes way better than it looks. I added extra garlic for a nice kick.
Shared this snack plate with Brent

September 9th

Day 8 of 3.6.9

Upon rising: 32 ounces of lemon water

Mid morning: Celery juice and liver rescue smoothie

Lunch: Spinach soup with extra garlic over cucumber noodles

Mid afternoon: Another celery juice with 2-3 apples

Dinner: Squash with Brussels sprouts

Evening: Lemon water, Hibiscus tea and lemon balm supplement

Exercise: 2 – 20 minute walks with Lola

Tuesday September 10th

Day 9 of 3.6.9 THE LAST DAY!

Today is a day of liquids, water, juices, blended fruits etc. Today is a good day to take it easy! I am so proud of myself.

Imagine…a former binge eater like myself…addicted to food in so many ways, addicted to putting myself down, poor self esteem, poor self confidence, no self control or daily good positive habits in my life, unable to lose weight…to see how far I have come – let me brag a little! πŸ™‚

Upon rising: 32 ounces of lemon water

Morning: Celery juice

Mid morning: Cucumber Apple juice

Afternoon: Celery Juice, fresh squeezed orange juice

Late Afternoon: Another cucumber apple juice

Evening: Blended watermelon slushie with lime, water, hibiscus tea and lemon balm supplement

Progress Shots

Taken on September 7th. I just wanted to see the progress since mid Summer. So pleased with the results! It doesn’t even feel like I’m trying to be honest. Especially while on this cleanse. I am always so full. I have been eating so much i couldn’t make room for one more bite! Now that’s my kind of cleanse πŸ˜‰ No deprivation calorie wise.


Weight Loss Update

SW: 265

Last Weigh in : 234

Current Weight: 227

Along with the weight-loss I am establishing, cultivating and maintaining healthy daily routines for not only a healthy relationship with my body but also my mind and soul (spiritually). I look forward to my morning smoothie or a fruit for snack and i think my palette for healthy, nourishing foods has expanded ten fold especially after this 3.6.9 liver cleanse experience! I am enjoying experimenting cooking and eating foods that don’t include animal products. It’s very different to the low carb lifestyle I used to lead.

I look forward to getting outside and appreciating the wonders that is our natural world. I enjoy the present moment and I try not to be too hard on myself these days. I am enrolled in a holistic nutrition program! The changes that have come along with taking responsibility for ones self have been amazing.

Overall Impressions of the Medical Medium 3.6.9 cleanse

PROS

  • I learned what REAL hydration was all about. I think this was key for me. Most of us walk around these days super dehydrated. I started my day with 32 ounces of water and ended it the same way. I ate so much fruit, drank herbal tea and sipped on water throughout the day. This is something I will for sure carry on.
  • Blood glucose levels came down even further and minimal spikes. Imagine that! I ate so much fruit. The fat was cut down and my sugar levels balanced out.
  • I ate super Nourishing food and rarely experienced hunger – in fact i was usually full and could not eat another bite!
  • Great community support via social media
  • Weight loss: Although not really a motivating factor in doing this cleanse …I lost a substantial amount of weight!
  • Feel very uplifted and motivated

Cons

  • Lots of daily prep work (but worth it)
  • Some of the items in the guide lines were not in season so some of it was a little pricey
  • Bad headache the first few days but that subsided!
  • A little hungry on the last day because it was mostly liquids
  • Eating differently than husband however he DID eat some of these meals

In other news ….School is going well! Lots of reading and note taking so far.

IF you have any questions about the cleanse or anything else please feel free to drop me a line πŸ™‚