Basic Quick Bread - No gluten, dairy, nuts, sugar, yeast or soy

Spring has arrived, and with it comes a time to lighten up the diet and allow the body to release stored toxins. During Spring, Ayurveda recommends eating more leafy greens, sprouts, berries and cherries, while eating less of the heavy, mucus producing foods like wheat, dairy and sugar.

But that doesn't mean you can't have bread, because I've got a recipe for you that is totally Spring-worthy!

This quick bread recipe is something I have developed over several months, tweaking it so that the result is a nearly fool proof loaf that slices well and tastes great, even without gluten. My daughter loves this bread - toasted or not - with a little honey drizzled on top. It also makes a nice Almond Butter and Jelly sandwich (although made ahead of time and packed in a lunch it got a little mushy, so it's best made fresh).

This can also be used as a base for any number of variations like cinnamon raisin or fresh rosemary with kalamata olives. Try it a couple of times, and then start experimenting!

How an Ayurvedic Cleanse Boosts Energy Levels - For the Long Haul

Do you ever find yourself sitting at your desk (or running to pick up the kids from school, or struggling through another load of laundry) at about 3pm and feel like you would LOVE to just lie down and take a nap? Or, perhaps, you decide you need another cup of coffee or square of chocolate to get you through the rest of the day.

If you've talked to others about it, then you know you're not alone...because LOTS of people feel this way, at about the exact same time of day. In a sense, this is "normal" because there is a natural drop in cortisol at this time.

However, if your body is working properly, you should have strong, clear energy all day long - right up until the time you get into bed.

Sound too good to be true? It's not. And it doesn't take a mysterious act of God to make this happen in your life. Actually, I have seen it done - many times over - in only 14 days.

How Your Body Uses Fuel
Your body has two sources of fuel that you provide it with through food - sugar and fat. Sugar burns fast. It's emergency fuel. If you are feeling tired, you are likely having a simultaneous sugar craving. Our bodies are very wise - when they need fuel fast in order to keep going, they ask for the fuel that they can use immediately.

But why were you low in energy to begin with?

Fat is our back up source of fuel. When the body has used up all of the sugar from the food we eat, it naturally begins to burn fat stores...What's that you say? Your fat just stays in storage? Especially around the waist?

That's why you were low in energy - your body hasn't been utilizing the perfectly delicious fuel that has been right there all along. And guess what? When you have another snack - likely something with sugar in it - you are telling your body not to worry about trying to get back into fat burning mode, because you are providing it with that fast stuff.

So now you might be thinking, 'If I just cut out sugar and eat more fat, will I lose weight and have more energy?' I wish it were so simple (although, yes, cutting out sugar will help enormously)! Because, of course, there are all those existing fat stores to burn through. How do we get the body to start acknowledging it?

The answer is multi-faceted: we must clean out the liver, decongest the lymph, and look at HOW we are eating, not just WHAT. It's also a matter of lowering stress and taking care of our bodies.

Can it be only 14 days!?
With all this work, it may seem impossible to do it all in only 14 days...but, as I said, I've seen it done many times, and I am one of the success stories. (Read more about my struggles in energy and mental clarity here.) Here are a couple of testimonials:

"I lost 20 pounds and 6 inches around my waist during the cleanse! This experience also helped me realize that I am sensitive to wheat. After the cleanse, I had my cholesterol checked: it went from 234 down to 161!" - Phil


"The biggest tangible change I noticed through this experience is a MUCH smaller waistline. I lost a total of 23 pounds during the cleanse...this cleanse really did jumpstart a healthier way of eating for me." - Jill


"What I enjoyed most about this cleanse was the clarity of mind and increased energy and vitality I feel. I would recommend this to those who want to begin the self healing process from within and to empower self healing." - DeDee


"The biggest changes I have noticed through this experience are a decrease in negative emotions and feeling sluggish, more energy and mental clarity, relaxed emotions...and the loss of stored fat my body didn't want. What I enjoyed most about this group program was [Adrian's] clear calm instructions,...being with like-minded women,...and the positive reinforcement of the group and leader. This was an inspiration to me to be more conscious of my food and well-being. Thank you for the help on real, beneficial, life changing ways of being in relationship to food, thoughts, and self care.” - Judie

(Read more testimonials here)

As you can see, it CAN happen - and it DOES! The key is devoting a little bit of time to your self care and diet and following a tried-and-true method that is safe, effective and gentle.

One of the most important aspects of this cleanse is to NOT STRESS, because when we stress our bodies won't release toxins or burn fat because it believes it is in a state of emergency. These anciently wise bodies believe they are gearing up for a famine or the need to flee from a bear anytime they are under stress! During the 14 days, we incorporate simple breath work and yoga techniques that will de-stress the body, along with the simple cleansing diet.

If you are struggling with low energy, poor mental clarity, weight gain, sugar cravings, caffeine addiction or weak digestion, I hope you will give yourself the gift of two weeks to get yourself back on track.

Go to my Ayurvedic Cleanse Page to see current Cleanse Group offerings!

Date & Almond Breakfast Muffins

Since completing my seasonal Spring cleanse, I have been madly in love with finding new, delicious recipes for my upcoming book that include the rejuvenating foods that build and nourish new tissue growth after cleansing: almond, dates and coconut. Yum!

This recipe not only includes all of these, it is gluten free, dairy free, and sweetener free! (Sweetened only with fruit and dates.) It even has some sneaky carrots in it that your kids will never even notice. (Or husband. Or other anti-veggie person in your life.)

I love to have these for breakfast (hence the name) because of their fabulous protein content, but I also find these dense and moist little muffins very travel-worthy, so pack some with you in case you need a healthy snack on hand. I use these also as an after school snack.

I hope you enjoy!

Best Foods for Spring Detox + Magical Cleanse Retreat in the Methow

Spring is upon us, which means
cleansing season is here again!

While you can "detox" any time of the year, Spring is really the most ideal time. Our bodies are naturally primed to begin to release toxins in the Spring that have built up over the long winter. Our tissues soften, the liver begins to release stored toxins, the GI tract begins to flush these toxins out, and the lymphatic system begins draining. A lot is happening in the body at this time - at least if everything is working correctly.

Whether all your systems are working properly or not, the best thing you can do is to support these processes. In Ayurveda, we always recommend you "go with the flow" rather than trying to "swim upstream."

Nature is in on this Spring cleansing scheme, too. Have you ever noticed that the first foods that come out of the ground during Spring are alkalizing and detoxifying? Here are some foods we find available during Spring:

  • Sprouts - alkalizing, high in Vitamins A & C, cleans the liver (one of two main detoxification pathways)
  • Lettuce, parsley and dark leafy greens - astringent and diuretic (removes excess water built up in the body), cooling (releases excess heat built up in the body from winter), high in minerals that supports detoxification
  • Dandelion and Burdock root - cleans the liver, scrubs the intestinal walls
  • Peas (green and snow) - alkalizing, improves beneficial intestinal bacteria to escort out the "bad bugs"
  • Radishes - moves and drains the lymphatic system (our other main detoxification pathway)

I guarantee, it is no coincidence that at the same time the channels of our bodies are softening these foods are available. Our bodies are interconnected with the natural environment and responds in a big way to what is happening with Ma Nature. She knows best, and always provides the right foods at the right times for our bodies.

This year, I am again offering my 14 Day Ayurvedic Cleanse programs - by phone so you can participate from anywhere, in Chelan and in Leavenworth. But I am also offering a super special cleanse this year - a Weekend Retreat at the beautiful Skalitude Retreat Center in the Methow Valley!


"Situated in the foothills of the North Cascade mountains, Skalitude’s 160 acres are nestled in a secluded basin in the renowned Methow Valley. Surrounded by thousands of acres of National Forest wildlands, the power of the land nourishes and rejuvenates."

I felt Skalitude was the perfect location because it is remote, quiet, secluded, and it has a sauna! To find out more about the center, check out their website. There are beautiful photos of the property in Spring.

This retreat will be co-taught by yoga instructor Joanna Dunn from Leavenworth. Joanna is an incredible teacher, as well as being approachable, knowledgeable and fun. She will also be offering daily meditation classes, as well.

All food will be Ayurvedic cleansing meals prepared by me! The main food, of course, will be kitchari in keeping with tradition, but I will also be preparing many of the recipes from my book Recipes for Cleansing that I give to all of my cleanse students. (Retreat participants will also receive a copy of this cookbook.) Over the last couple of years, I have gotten raving reviews from my students on which recipes they loved best, so I've got lots to choose from!

If a weekend away, spent practicing yoga and meditation, eating delicious, freshly cooked Ayurvedic meals sounds like a great way to jump start your Spring, then fill out an inquiry form! You can ask questions, or just let me know you would like to register. The best time is NOW - we are offering our "Earliest Bird" discount, which ENDS THURSDAY!