Planning Your Vegan Cinco de Mayo

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It’s Cinco de Mayo, which means it’s time to smash the avocado, make some salsa, cut some lime wedges (maybe a few extra for those tequila shots), grill or sauté veggies for fajitas, and make your favorite Mexican dish. Despite what many think, Cinco de Mayo is not a crippling day for vegans or vegetarians. There are endless possibilities that are just as good, if not healthier and better, than their meaty opponents. Get creative and see what flavors you can place in the foldable, versatile, vehicle that is a tortilla.

Before we continue, let’s take a second to note that Cinco de Mayo is an unofficial, regional holiday in Puebla, Mexico. It’s a day that has been transformed by Americans into a day of drinking and Mexican-themed shenanigans. Cinco de Mayo, which commemorates the Battle of Puebla, actually occurred 52 years later than the actual Mexican Independence Day of September 16. Regardless, Cinco de Mayo is an opportunity to steep yourself in Mexican-American culture and cuisine, so get to cooking!

If you don’t feel like hitting the floor after the fourth tequila shot and would much rather eat yourself into a food coma (is it coincidental that coma is the word for eat in Spanish???), it’s important to have a variety of dishes that range from hot to cold, spicy to mild. Dips are always an important part of a fiesta. Try a tomatillo salsa or an avocado mango salsa, and whip up a mild guacamole to soothe the palate.

Now for the main dish, the pièce de résistance. This dish can either be labor-intensive or a quick fix. You can make veggie tacos, enchiladas, or you can get a little fancy with a spaghetti squash burrito bowl. There are all kinds of flavorful Mexican mains that you can make and put your own spin on.

After dinner you are faced with the crucial decision of whether or not you want a desert. Who are we kidding? Deserts are always delicious and a must, especially at a party! Try this vegan flan to add a bit of sweetness to the end of your meal. After you’ve delighted yourself with desert, throw back a non-alcoholic margarita (even do this during dinner) and break out the music to be merry and dance the night away. Happy Cinco de Mayo everybody!

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    Q: I started the Full Body Cleanse program on August 25th. Three days later, detox symptoms became so severe that I discontinued taking it on September 4th. However, I want to resume but feel that I need some assistance from you in terms of what might be the best way to do so in order that I can continue with my daily activities. Symptoms of most concern included: uncontrollable coughing, tightness in chest, increased blood pressure and severe headache. When I noted that the symptoms were increasing in intensity, I discontinued taking the Full Body Cleanse herbs,(after 10 days). 3 days after discontinuing the programs, the symptoms have subsided to a degree that I can continue with my daily activities. I want to resume the program but want to do so at a rate that I can function during the day and sleep at night without hours of intensive coughing. What suggestions do you have? About me: I am AA 60 Y.O. female who has been a raw vegan for the past 7 years. My doctor insists that I remain on the following medications: Levoxyl Tab 0.05 mg; Avapro 150mg; and Estradiol patch for thyroid condition, hypertension and menopause, respectively. Noteworthy, I discontinued taking all med 3 days prior to starting Full Body Cleanseand have not starting taking them again. My goal is to be free of such poisons.

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    To continue the Full Body Cleanse, cut dosage from 5 capsules to 2-3 capsules. It is a very powerful cleanse. The symptoms you are experiencing is part of the healing crisis taking place. The herbal supplements are trying to counteract the toxicity in your body, and thus attempting to rid of them via one of your major eliminative channels. 

     

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    Q: My husband has scar tissue on his head. He was hit on the head with a bat by some attackers (years ago). The top of his head is extremely hard like a rock --the entire thing is scar tissue. In the back towards his neck but still on his head is a larger patch of raised scar tissue. It is so severe that he has lost and appears to be losing more hair off the top of his head (I think it's because his skin isn't breathing or getting oxygen. He's tried everything from drinking Aloe Vera and applying this to all sorts of products. Currently he is using the skintight products (razor/hair bump, as well as the coco butter) however after reading your article about alcohol, I know they contain this so I don't want him to keep using it even though we are seeing some larger results than we ever have before with that product. We are both vegetarians. He has been a vegetarian for 15 years. He used to eat soy burgers etc., but has completely cut that out for about 3 months. He is now in his third week of raw food (as prescribed by your website) just drinking the green juice from Bolthouse (algae, wheatgrass, spinach etc.) and eating large spinach and vegetable raw salads. We are using the recipe that you included in your e-books. We will continue on a diet like this for the next year while we cleanse our bodies and keep this lifestyle. However, with all of that, my question for you is-- Do you have any recommendations for him to remove his scar tissue? I thought the OZ OIL would help. In addition, I'd like to buy him the FIBRIOD BUSTER and/or any other fibroid kits- but the website says they are for women (only?). Any recommendations you could make would be most appreciated.

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    Q: I would like to know, if you have any skin care programs, for women age 50 and over. I am going to try the detox progarm as soon as possible. I truly believe that I am going to be very happy with the results. I am 51 years old, and I want to look and feel my best. I have a lot of belly fat, and that makes me feel uncomfortable, because some people will ask me, if I am pregnant. This seems very strange to me, because my stomach seems to be the main place, where all the fat is building up. I desire to have beauty inside and out. I want to be completely whole. If you have tips for skin care and body care, please let me know. Some people say that I look like I am in my forties, however, if I did not have all of this extra body fat, I could really believe what they are saying.

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    The blood needs to be cleansed in order to enhance your skin and eliminate excess fat.

    We would recommend you perform the Full Body Cleanse which can help improve skin complexion, release weight, and detoxify, purify, rejuvenate, and strengthen the body and all of its eliminative channels.

    We also have a Facial Skin Kit that works to naturally restore the health of skin by helping to remove blemishes, hydrate skin, and even out complexion for resilient skin.

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    Q: I know your probably busy helping all these lost people out there, so I'm not going to take a lot of time. Could you please refer me to a good Raw food diet book? I've been vegan for a while and trying to make another transformation towards my Original Diet.

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    Please purchase our "ALTERNATIVE HEALTH DIRECTORY" e-book which lists a plethora of vegan and raw foods resources (books, magazines, lists, etc.). It's just what you're looking for.