The first time I went to Belize (Central America), I got off the plane with a runny nose, constant sneezing and beginnings of a sore throat. 🤧 It was the month of June. The weather was hot when I left Las Vegas and it was certainly hot when arriving in Belize. With no change of temperature, the culprit was likely the particles floating around in that confined plane due to the air circulating from those overhead fans.
Fortunately for me, one of our first stops on the ground (after scouring through a couple stores on a desperate hunt for tissues) was to visit my friend Certified Nutritionist and raw food gourmet extraordinaire, Chef India (third from the left).
She hooked me up with a homemade concoction in her Vitamix that rid me of that cruddiness.
I cannot remember exactly what she called the drink but it’s been since labeled by me as “the flu shot” (and perhaps that’s what she called it as well). After drinking it, all sneezing, nasal drip and scratchy throat left in less than ten minutes! Never to return. Whoohoo!
What’s in it, you ask? Well, here you go…
1 c fresh pineapple – not from a can and not concentrate!
You’re only going to need a “shot” of it to drink–like 4 oz. So, you don’t need to make a whole lot. Measure it to taste with the pineapple and cucumber being at a larger ratio than the rest of the ingredients. Blend it in your NutriBullet or Vitamix and then drink it quickly. You’ll feel better in no time!
So, anytime you feel those cold symptoms approaching, knock it right out of you in this most natural and effective way! If you try this, let me know how it works for you.
Now, for a little added bonus…
Here’s a video with some shocking information for you about what’s in those “real” flu shots. Those vaccinations the medical industry is always forcing you to get. I would never tell someone NOT to get a flu shot; however, I will caution everyone to truly “investigate BEFORE you vaccinate.” And after doing so, you just may skip that needle altogether and opt for a natural alternative.
Listen to this brief broadcast I recorded back in January 2018 for a Podcast series:
Check your schedule and mark a week where you have a clean break from functions or events, such as weddings, birthdays or special occasion meals. While I’m not a proponent of “wait ‘til Monday morning” dieting, you certainly don’t want to set yourself up for failure by attending events that might derail your detox. This is why I really like detoxing quarterly on the first day of each season (winter solstice, spring equinox, summer solstice, fall equinox). You know that day is approaching so there’s no excuse for not being prepared for it.
Another reason to plan ahead and have a rather open schedule is that some people may experience a slight ‘cleansing’ reaction in the first few days of their detox. This could be anything like dizziness, headaches or loose bowel movements. This is due to the sudden withdrawal of certain foods, as well as the stimulation of your detoxifying organs. Hang in there; don’t be frightened! These symptoms cause no harm to you and should disappear in 24 to 48 hours.
Foods to avoid
Milk and other dairy products
Sugar, honey, maple syrup, artificial sweeteners
Grains: wheat (bread, biscuits, cakes, pasta), rye, barley, oats, spelt and rice
Foods to enjoy
While I must maintain my belief that a raw, plant-based, whole-food regimen is best for everyone for optimum health, I realize most people just aren’t there mentally or emotionally and therefore, not physically either. Some may never be there. And that is quite alright! Just start where you are and be grateful for the journey.
That being said, the following foods are what some non-vegan nutritionists give the approval to eat. Attempt to limit your food intake to these items only throughout the detox period:
Fruit: any and all fresh fruit
Vegetables: any and all fresh vegetables
Fish: fresh, canned in water or olive oil
Lean red meat, chicken (without the skin). Limit to two serves per week.
Legumes: dried or canned, such as kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils
Eggs: preferably organic
Olive oil (preferably extra virgin), Coconut oil (unprocessed)
Nuts: raw unsalted almonds, walnuts, macadamias, and cashews
Seeds: raw unsalted sesame, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds
Green tea, white tea, weak black tea (decaffeinated)
Water: from one to three liters of water per day
Things to do while detoxing
Morning lemon juice: This is a great thing to do at all times actually, to kick start the digestion and cleanse the system. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon in a cup of hot water. Drink first thing in the morning before breakfast.
Exercise: During detox, aim to exercise for one hour daily. And not just any exercise – something cardio related that makes you sweat. Running, jogging, kickboxing, a spin class or hot yoga. High impact exercising will increase lymph flow and circulation to help sweat out toxins.
Raw foods: Aim to cut out the cooking process and eat mainly raw foods. Raw foods contain more nutrients and enzymes, and contrary to popular beliefs, you will receive adequate protein as well. Spouting your beans and greens takes things to an even higher level of goodness, so add fresh sprouts to a salad daily.
Detox your mind: While detoxing your body, it’s great to take that time to clear the clutter from your mind as well. Aim for 15 minutes of meditation per day. I would encourage you to always have a notepad—or better yet, a special meditation journal—nearby to capture your authentic thoughts. Never leave it to chance you’ll remember later the information that comes to you.
Breathe: Now, this may sound crazy to you that you’re being told to breathe. However, most people don’t do it properly and doing it properly improves your health. A simple way to understand it is that is: healthy cells are those that are highly oxygenated. Breath (O) and water (H2O) keeps the body filled with more healthy cells than cancerous cells.
So, here’s a good regimen to get you in the habit of breathing properly. It’s called belly breathing. Start by placing hands palm down on your lower belly. Breathe in through your nose, counting slowly to 3 or 4 counts. Take note of your belly rising with each breath. Breathe out just as slowly, allowing your belly to drop. Do this for 15 minutes dailyalong with your meditation.
Drink: Aim to drink three liters of fluids daily, which is almost one gallon. This will help move the lymph and support kidney detoxification. Most of what you drink per day should be fresh, alkaline water. Water is so very crucial to wellness; it is one of the fundamental vehicles of life, making it a sacred element. Other things could be fresh, 100% vegetable juice (no concentrate!) and herbal detox teas. You can also make your own brew by mixing one or more of a combination of Dandelion root and nettle, cleavers, calendula, burdock, and red clover. Add one teaspoon of the dried herbs to a cup of boiling water. Let this steep for five minutes, strain and drink.
Body brushing: Do this daily to support blood circulation and increase your skin detoxification. Using a loofah or natural fiber body brush, brush your skin with firm circular strokes before you step into the shower. Begin with your feet and hands, moving up the legs and towards the arms, avoiding the delicate area of throat and face, and any rash or sore spots. Then jump in the shower. Finish your shower with a 30-second burst of cold water, which helps to bring blood circulation to your skin.
Chew: Again, this may seem like a crazy thing to instruct someone on, but most people don’t do it properly! We’ve heard for years to chew our food 32 times before swallowing—which seems like an insane amount of times. What we may not have heard, though, is the WHY behind it. Chewing your food until it’s liquefied by your saliva breaks down the food so that the nutrients and enzymes in it are absorbed more easily into your system. This improves digestion. It also allows you to feel a sense of fullness without a need to overeat.Being more mindful of these things helps to make all that chewing not seem so insane after all!
Things to do after detoxing
Now that you have succeeded in the thorough cleansing of your internal organs (liver, colon, gall bladder, digestive tract, etc.) this is a great time to consider re-evaluating your ongoing diet. Why dirty your system up again, with more toxins, parasites, waste and excess minerals?
Especially if you are coming from a habit of eating meat on a regular basis, it is imperative that you use this opportunity as a springboard to a higher level of eating: vegetarianism or even veganism. For optimum health, wellness and longevity, you must embrace a pure, whole, plant-based regimen full of nutrients and live enzymes.
Note: Consult your physician first if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, elderly, underweight, suffering from high blood pressure or under a practitioner’s care.
Never compare your health challenges or goals with others, or pattern your treatment after others. Your vehicle on this road to wellness is a one-person carriage!
Hi there, fellow Central American Travelers! Are you getting excited and anxious about our trip to Belize?
You should be, especially if you’ve been working hard and need a break. (hand raised) This trip will be so rewarding, as Belize offers many touristy things, yet so much relaxation. I don’t know about you but I’m going for the pure relaxation of it all more than anything.
FIRST OF ALL, by now, you should have your plane tickets and passport secured and in order. So, we can check that off the list, right?
NEXT, we must get our rooms paid for.
I calculated the cost to be $220 per person for the entire trip. What a steal for four nights in a modern and comfy AirBNB apartment. Yes, we have the entire apt to ourselves.
Check-in is Thursday, June 20 anytime after 3pm. Check-out is Mon June 24 at 12 noon.
If you haven’t paid for your room yet, reply here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org pronto and we’ll get you squared away.
WE MUST NOT FORGET, we’ll have an enlightening time journaling! I’ll be presenting a mini-journaling workshop while we’re there.
Very laid back format, perhaps at the oceanside, but definitely outside soaking up the wonderful tropical air and sun, your goal in journaling will be to focus on your greatness from the inside out.
Here’s a 40-second welcome used for my online journaling course. I figured I’d share it here as a welcome to the Belize Journaling sessions, as well.
FINALLY, below is a list of a few matters good to know before traveling. If you have some of your own tips not covered here, be sure to drop me a line, let me know what it is and I’ll share it with the group.
Five quick tips to note before you get on that plane…
Make a copy of your passport
When out of the country, you should always carry a copy of your passport on your person but not in the same place where you have your actual passport. Not in your hotel room or luggage either, in case you’re away from your room when an incident occurs or in case your bag gets separated from you by the airlines.
Notify your credit card company, or your bank if using a bankcard, of your intention to use your credit cards outside of the country.
There’s nothing worse than being thousands of miles away from home trying to rent a car, check into a hotel or pay for a meal and the clerk or waiter tells you your card was declined. In this age of identity theft, one of the ways we are protected by our card-issuing companies is for them to stop suspicious transactions first and ask about its legitimacy later.
Oh yeah, you’ll also want to check your card for foreign fees. They can really add up so use only those free of such charge–a benefit of reading the fine print.
Create the ability to make free international phone calls
To avoid international calling fees, be sure to download one of the popular calling apps onto your phone prior to leaving home. Once downloaded, you will also want to invite your friends and family members to join your network so that their numbers will be handy for you. Those apps: WhatsApp, Tango and Viber.
Set up any necessary insurance coverages
Depending on your personal preferences and your risk level with activities and excursions you plan to engage in, etc, you may want to look into temporary medical emergency insurance. If you are solely dependent upon Medicare, you may want to check into additional coverage since Medicare doesn’t cover medical expenses outside of the country.
FYI, American Express offers such coverage at a very decent price if you carry that card. Give them a call.
Consider your prescription drugs
If you’re planning to bring your prescription or over-the-counter medicine on your trip, you need to make sure it’s travel-ready. Pack the pill bottles in zip-lock baggies. You should carry just enough prescription drugs for your traveling time—not your entire prescription supply. It may be next to impossible to get your prescription refilled in foreign pharmacies if you happened to lose them.
As I said before, you probably have tips of your own you could share with the group. If so, reply and let us know!
Bye for now! Can’t wait to see ya! Writefully yours,
Now, first and foremost, about your traveling info…
You haven’t gotten your ticket yet? What are you waiting for? Here’s some tidbits of helpful information if you’re still at that juncture of your planning.
Right away, you must book your flight! For the best flight prices, check out Cheap Ticketshttp://cheaptickets.com. Hopper is a great app to download to your phone for cheap fares as well. After you sign up and enter your destination, Hopper will ding you anytime it finds cheaper rates among all the airlines for your destination so you can keep comparing prices until you’re ready to book the flight. Also, what has helped me find cheaper rates is to piece together my itinerary. For instance, I booked a one-way ticket from Las Vegas to Belize, then a one-way ticket back home. Don’t ask me why but it’s worked in my favor twice for me now.
Second most importantly, make sure you have a valid passport. That’s all that is needed—no Visa. If you haven’t used your passport in a while, doublecheck the date to make sure it’s not expired. It would be horrible to discover at the last minute that your passport is no good. Processing time to get a new one varies tremendously.
All US flights into Belize come into Belize city (BZE), Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport. Once you arrive at BZE (9 miles north of the city), we will all head to the island of Ambergris Caye (pronounced am-BER-gris kee) together via flight (in a puddle jumper plane) or water taxi. That is where we will spend the majority, if not all, of our time—there in the town of San Pedro.
The island of Ambergris Caye, and its town of San Pedro, are 35 miles northeast of Belize City. The island is 25 miles long and only 4.5 miles at its widest point. It is considered the “Queen of the Cayes.” So that should tell you there is lots to do there.
My preference is to get there by way of water taxi, but I still need to weigh all the options of cost and convenience. Either way, ideally, if everyone can arrive on Thurs June 20th, somewhere between 10am and 4pm, we can all travel to the island together—unless, of course, you are okay with going on your own to the destination on the island. Once I get a solid headcount, I can start sending you more succinct information about getting to our final destination in San Pedro.
If your flight gets in early in the day (around 10am ish) and you want to wait around for the later folks to arrive from the US around 4pm, there are day tours to the ruins and other points of interest there near Belize City we can have set up through my local contact there. Again, once it gets closer to that day and I have a better headcount, I’ll share some adventure options.
The two options for getting to Ambergris Caye…
Fly Tropic Air or Maya Air (in country puddle jumpers).
You can board them from right inside the international airport
Flight time: approx. 20 minutes
Fare/person: approx. $65 there and $125 return.
You can travel about a mile north of the city center to the Belize City municipal airport and take those two domestic flights from there.
Flight time: approx. 20 minutes
Fare: $37.50 there and $72.50 return (10% to 40% cheaper than the flights at the international airport). Plus, don’t forget to factor in a fixed fare taxi cost of $25 each way between the international and the municipal airport.
Travel on a fast ferry-type boat that holds 50 to 100 people. Six to seven trips per day.
San Pedro Belize Express boats depart from a nearby Brown Sugar dock at 111 North Front Street near the Tourism Village.
Travel time: 75-90 mins (with a drop off at one of the other islands)
Fare: $27.50 roundtrip. Plus, don’t forget to factor in a $30 taxi ride to the water taxi terminal.
Closer to the date, I’ll take a poll on this travel biz between Belize and the island. No need to fret over it right now. Whew, it can certainly have your head spinning if you’re not careful.
Next, your sleeping accommodations…
Accommodations are very inexpensive there around in Belize. San Pedro is much the same price-wise but slightly more when it comes to food because of everything having to be shipped there to the island.
I have an AirBNB secured already. It sleeps 4 and I believe at this point is full. I am in the process of securing a second unit by that same AirBNB property owner, so have no fear, there’s still room for you! The cost is approx $200/person for the entire four days. Whoohoo! Can’t beat that! Here’s a photo of the unit that is already full. The other location should be similar.
Finally, just some fun stuff for you to know about!
The best sources of information, regarding the island where we will be staying, are online. Here are three that will give you plenty of insight.
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Terri Eileen Liggins is a writer, editor, and blogger for a billion dollar online retailer, Zappos, Inc. She is also Founder and Publisher at The Literary Front Publishing Company and Founder at The Law & Raw Institute for Balanced Healthy Living.
Elderberry is the dark purple berry from the European tree called the Sambucus tree. Sambucus is a genus of flowering plants in the family Adoxaceae. The various species are commonly called the elder tree or elderberry. The genus was formerly placed in the honeysuckle family, Caprifoliaceae, but was reclassified as Adoxaceae due to genetic and morphological comparisons to plants in the genus Adoxa.
People have used elderberries for years to for their health-boosting properties, primarily for colds and flu. The elderberry fruit contains high levels of flavonoids, which means it likely has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. That translates to healthy cells from those harmful free radicals that cause acne. Because of its antiseptic effects, the American Nutrition Association (ANA) suggests using an elderberry face wash to help fight acne.
Elderberries also contain high levels of vitamin A. The ANA also says elderberries soothe the skin, helping ease the appearance of age spots, and prevent or lessen wrinkles.
Here is a list of 20 ailments the elderberry fruit, when used as medicine, has been known to be effective:
the common cold
the flu” (influenza)
H1N1 “swine” flu
HIV/AIDS in boosting the immune system
back and leg pain (sciatica)
nerve pain (neuralgia)
chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
hay fever (allergic rhinitis)
increase urine flow
to cause sweating
According to WebMD, elderberry fruit extract is generally safe when taken by mouth for up to 12 weeks. It’s not known if taking elderberry fruit extract is safe when used for longer periods of time. Elderberry is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when the leaves, stems, unripe fruit, or uncooked fruit is eaten. The cooked elderberry fruit seems to be safe, but raw and unripe fruit might cause nausea, vomiting, or severe diarrhea.
The following doses have been studied in scientific research for adult medicine dosing:
For constipation: A tea made from elderberry flowers, anise fruit, fennel fruit, and senna flowers (Laboratórios Klein) mixed in 150 mL of boiling water has been taken three times daily for 5 days.
For the flu: One tablespoon (15 mL) of a specific elderberry juice-containing syrup (Sambucol by Nature’s Way) has been taken four times daily for 3-5 days. Also, a specific lozenge (ViraBLOC by HerbalScience) containing 175 mg of elderberry extract has been taken four times daily for 2 days. Also, one teaspoon (5 mL) of a product containing echinacea and elderberry (Echinaforce Hot Drink by A. Vogel Bioforce AG) mixed with 150 mL of hot water has been taken five times daily for 3 days then three times daily for 7 days.
A cup of elderberries contains the following vitamins and minerals:
870 mg of vitamin A
406 mg of potassium
52.2 mg of vitamin C
9 mg of folate
55 mg of calcium
2.32 mg of iron
10.2 g of dietary fiber
Elderberries are commercially available as capsules, lozenges, and syrups for treating a cold or the flu. Elderberry is sold topically as skin care products.
Be sure never to eat raw elderberries, as they can be poisonous. That’s why I wouldn’t suggest homemade remedies with elderberries unless a person really knew what they were doing. For the expert naturopath, there are various ways to prepare elderberries.
To make elderberry syrup:
remove the stalks
cook the berries in water and sugar
boil the liquid to reduce it until it takes on a syrup-like consistency
People can then drizzle the syrup over plain yogurt or add it to a smoothie.
So, the next time you feel those horrible cold or flu-like symptoms coming on, don’t reach for those over-the-counter drugs with all their nagging side effects. Instead, reach for the elderberries. Relieve symptoms and at the same time, gain nutritional value.
You may have heard the phrase “Born with a silver spoon in his/her mouth.” You may not, however, have thought twice about the fact that the phrase relates to one’s heath—but it does.
During the Middle Ages, silver spoons were given by wealthy relatives and godparents to babies as christening gifts. Because of silver’s purifying and antibiotic properties, if those wealthy babies became ill, their health was known to be restored by placing those silver spoons in their mouths for a length of time. As one would imagine, babies born into poverty would sometimes die of the same illness as the wealthy babies without the benefit of silver.
Even though silver was one of the few antimicrobial treatments used by physicians before the discovery of antibiotic drugs, it is frowned upon by today’s Western Medical Industry. They think it is dangerous and has no healing merit.
So, do your own research carefully if you’re making the decision to use Colloidal Silver instead of over-the-counter or prescribed antibiotics. With all due respect to those experts in their field, they do have a huge financial interest in keeping you sick and medicated on traditional prescription drugs over a long period of time.
Also, yes, there have been those rare cases, out of tens of thousands of normal experiences, where the skin of individuals taking Colloidal Silver actually turned blue. Yikes! How much were they ingesting and for how long?
Here are MY reasons for continuing to use this natural element, relying on the historic findings on silver, in general, and Colloidal Silver, in particular, not the opinions of individuals who have a financial stake in the game with the treatment of illnesses and diseases.
HIPPOCRATES – Studies show Hippocrates, the “father of medicine,” believed silver had beneficial healing and anti-disease properties. He proved silver was good for tissue repair and wound healing.
NASA – The engineers at Johnson Space Center developed a lightweight generator in the mid-1960s that would dispense silver ions into the drinking water aboard the Apollo spacecraft to kill bacteria. In 2015, NASA approved the use of a silver-based water purification system aboard the International Space Station.
AMERICA’S HISTORY WITH SILVER –
By the 1800s, silver nitrate was used to treat wounds and skin ulcers.
In 1852, it was discovered that using fine silver wires for sutures helped heal repaired flesh.
In the Old West, silver coins were dropped into drinking water barrels for protection against water-borne illness
During the Civil War, silver was used to treat syphilis.
In the 1880s, the use of silver nitrate in the eyes of newborn infants to prevent post-delivery infections was introduced.
Colloidal Silver was first discovered in the 1890’s.
Silver was used to treat infections on the World War I battlefields, but medicinal usage of silver declined shortly thereafter with the discovery of antibiotics.
By the 1930s, Colloidal silver was the preferred choice of physicians for empowering the immune system and supporting the body’s innate healing process.
Silver based Sulfadiazine has been the standard of care in burn centers worldwide since 1968.
Next time you feel a cold or flu coming on, or if you suffer from any auto immune disorders, hopefully you feel educated enough to give silver a try.
Close your eyes for a moment and imagine your ideal day.
Mine would be to wake up to the brightness of the sunrise and the clashing of the ocean waves and not have to do anything all day except meditate and explore my deepest thoughts with paper and pen in hand.
I’m going to come real close to that ideal day of mine during the four days I plan to spend in Central America, June 20-24, 2019, celebrating my 60th trip around the sun. San Pedro, to be exact. On the island of Ambergris Caye, in the country of Belize.
First of all, I would love to have YOU celebrate alongside me! Mark your calendar; book your flight and come on down. The American dollar is very strong there (for every Belizian dollar, you pay only 50 cents in US dollars). So even though you haven’t had a really long time to plan this trip (it’s still 90 days out, though), it won’t break your bank. I have a beautiful, modern AirBNB apartment that sleeps four for $195 per night. First come, first served, for sharing it with me. There are other nearby inexpensive places as well.
Secondly, your days there can be as laid back or as touristy as you want. You get the best of both worlds. During the time we’re there, San Pedro will be hosting their annual LobsterFest. Even though my actual birthday is May 28th, I delayed going on this trip until LobsterFest because I heard and read about how fun that festival is. Now mind you, as a near-seven-year rawtarian (eating raw, plant-based foods; no meat, no fish) I haven’t eaten lobster in seven or more years. So, I was truly thinking about my lobster-loving friends when including this activity. And who knows? With the clear waters of the Caribbean Sea, I just may try and eat a couple forkfuls of it.
Finally, because journaling on the beach is such a relaxing, self-care, self-reflective thing to do, I thought how appropriate it’d be to engage in this as a group. It’s strictly volunteer, but during our four days spent there, I’m hosting a FREE ($79 value) two-day, four-hour per day journaling session. A time for Writing Out The Storms of your life in such a peaceful place. I’ll provide the journaling sheets, pens and writing exercises–you bring your thoughts, issues and even struggles if you have them (and who doesn’t?).
So, how ’bout it? Are you in? Whether you are or not, comment on my “Contact” page (click CONTACT tab at the top). I have several follow-up emails to send out sharing about where to go and what to do on the island; and all about that famous Chocolate Factory there (mmm mmm).
I’d hate to bombard people in a group email with info they don’t want, so let me hear from you.
P.s. When checking flights, book to Belize City (BZE) only, NOT San Pedro. (Once in Belize, we then take a one-hour water taxis to the island ($27 round trip).) You may still catch some flight deals but hurry, as prices are going up due to LobsterFest. Save time and start with cheaptickets.com (trust me, I’ve spent hours searching around). Also, booking outbound and return flights separately as one-way tickets may save you money like it did for me.
Remember, send me a message on my CONTACT page, letting me know if 1) You’re in Like Flynn, 3) Maybe You’ll Go, or 4) Not at All Interested. Thanks!
Terri Eileen Liggins is a writer, editor, and blogger for a billion dollar online retailer, Zappos, Inc. She is also Founder and Publisher at The Literary Front Publishing Company and Founder at The Law & Raw Institute for Balanced Healthy Living.