Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Day 10

Still going, just haven't been blogging as I have been inordinately busy... and I need to get my computer fixed as I spilled oil on my laptop when in Barcelona a few weeks ago and now the keyboard is exceptionally difficult. :/

Thursday, 5 June 2014

40-day juice fast: day 4

Today's Menu:

Juice from:
-6 oranges
-3 sweet potatoes
-300g raspberries

Juice from:
(Drank about 1/2 and am saving the rest for tomorrow - amazing that I can save juices now, thanks to the Hurom!)
-3 beets
-15 small carrots
-1 lemon
-2 big chunks of ginger

Juice from:
-3 apples
-blended with 1/2 a mug of Pukka Three Cinnamon tea

Teas:
-2 mugs of Pukka Cool Mint Green tea
-1 mug of Pukka Three Cinnamon tea

Supplements:
-none

Exercise:
-2+-mile dog walk

Other Self-Care:
-dry skin brush

Sauna time:
-0

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

40-day fast: Day 3

Today's Menu:

Juice from:
-2 large sweet potatoes
-300g tart cherries
-150g blueberries

Juice from:
It was so good, I had to have it again.
-3 sweet potatoes
-300g tart cherries
-150g blueberries

Teas:
-0

Supplements:
-3 chlorella tablets
-3 spirulina tablets
-1 raw iron vitamin

Exercise:
-taught 90-minute Kripalu yoga class
-2.5-mile dog walk

Other Self-Care:
-morning dry skin brush

Sauna time:
-0


Monday, 2 June 2014

40-Day Juice Fast: Day 2

Despite being so shockingly tired yesterday, last night was a bit rough. I had a headache (so rare for me) and found it really difficult to tame my thoughts and go to sleep. It reminded me of all the years I spent as an insomniac.

To compound matters, I awoke at 4am and again, like so many nights of my younger life, I could not get back to sleep.



Today's Menu:

Juice from:
-1 cucumber
-150g spinach
-1 small pineapple
-30g mint

Juice from:
-300g blueberries
-1/2 an apple

Juice from:
-4 tomatoes
-2-inch horseradish chunk
-30g basil
-1 head of celery


Teas:
-Pukka Three Ginger

Supplements:
-2 immune-building mushroom vitamins

Exercise:
-taught 60-minute Kripalu yoga class
-2.5-mile dog walk

Other Self-Care:
-morning dry skin brush

Sauna time:
-30 minutes

Sunday, 1 June 2014

40-Day Juice Fast: Day 1

I know I just completed a fast in April, but I actually only stopped that fast because my mother was coming for a visit.... I've been feeling called toward a longer fast, toward a longer period of self-care, reflection and time to read and write.

I've decided to attempt a forty-day fast... which actually elicits fear in me and helps me to immediately investigate my emotional attachments to food. The longest fast I've ever done is thirty days and while I think forty is more manageable now than thirty likely was then, I'm worried about things like becoming too thin... and doing a set amount of time for the sake of it rather than honoring what my body may need. So... I'm going to try to stay incredibly mindful throughout and just see what happens.

I've begun the fast today on what was an exhausting today because I've not had much more than four hours of sleep each night for the past week--and I've just flown back from Spain yesterday, so am travel-weary.

I didn't start the fast in the best way in that I didn't make nearly enough juice today.... I've just been busy and exhausted and somehow, thankfully, it is already time for bed.

So....


Today's Menu:

Juice from:
-4 beets
-12 carrots
-2-inch chunk of ginger

Teas:
-1 mug of Pukka Three Ginger
-1 mug of Pukka

Supplements:

Exercise:
-taught 90-minute Kripalu yoga session
-taught 75-minute aerial yoga session
-2.5-mile dog walk

Other Self-Care:

Sauna time:
-0

Thursday, 1 May 2014

2014 Juice Fast: Breaking the Fast, Day 4

So, I sort of broke my rule about only fruits and vegetables (though have remained fully raw), but only sort of. I felt a bit weaker than I believe I should during and after my morning aerial practice today, so I decided that instead of making a green juice for breakfast (as was my plan), I'd use a raw meal replacement powder a friend gave us awhile ago. I used to use protein powders and all sorts of things like it years ago, but I learned that actually whole foods do my body just as good. Kwok has gradually been getting through the raw powders on his own (always saying he will try to gain weight, but rarely making a concerted effort unless he's working out regularly). (Yes, my husband and I have the opposite problem in that he tends to hover at slightly underweight and I tend to hover at slightly overweight--and not based on BMI as I think BMI is rubbish, mainly just based on how we look/feel.)

So, yes, after my morning aerial practice, I mixed 16 ounces of water with a banana and two scoops of Garden of Life's Raw Meal: Beyond Organic Meal Replacement Formula. It offered me a whopping 34g of protein, as well as provided 100% of sixteen vitamins and minerals. The ingredient list is pretty intense, but I'm going to post it below anyway. Before posting, I will say this isn't the tastiest stuff on the planet... and it reminds me of the days when I followed my mom's lead and used to eat pretty unpalatable protein bars (this wasn't as bad as the protein bars, but I can't say it's something I'll include regularly in my life--it just seemed right today). Onto the ingredient list....


Garden of Life: Raw Meal Vanilla Ingredients:
Organic RAW Sprout Blend (Organic Sprouted Brown Rice Protein, Organic Sprouted Brown Rice Sweetener (from Organic Sprouted Brown Rice), Organic Amaranth Sprout, Organic Quinoa Sprout, Organic Millet Sprout, Organic Buckwheat Sprout, Organic Garbanzo Bean Sprout, Organic Lentil Sprout, Organic Adzuki Bean Sprout, Organic Flax Seed Sprout, Organic Sunflower Seed Sprout, Organic Pumpkin Seed Sprout, Organic Chia Seed Sprout, Organic Sesame Seed Sprout) Organic RAW Flax and Coconut Blend (Organic Flax Flour, Organic Coconut Flour), Organic RAW Vanilla Flavor, RAW Green Food and Fruit Blend (Organic Oat Grass Juice, Organic Spirulina, High Protein Chlorella, Organic Alfalfa Grass Juice, Organic Barley Grass Juice, Organic Wheat Grass Juice, Organic Strawberry, Organic Cherry, Organic Blackberry, Organic Blueberry, Organic Raspberry), RAW Enzyme and Probiotic Blend (Bacillus coagulans, Proteases, Amylase, Lactase, Glucoamylase, alpha-Galactosidase, Lipase, Pectinase, Peptidase, Bromelain, Phytase, Hemicellulase, beta-Glucanase, Papain, Cellulase, Xylanase, Diastase, Invertase), RAW Organic Stevia (Leaf), Brewer's Yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Natto. Contains (fermented) soy.

****

Okay, so I totally broke the rules and have given into a few non-raw veggie items.

*****

Today's Menu:

Breakfast:
Blended:
-1 banana
-16 ounces of water
-2 scoops of Garden of Life's Raw Meal Vanilla Replacement Formula

Lunch:
Salad from:
-1 head romaine
-5 cherry tomatoes
-adzuki bean sprouts
-2 roasted artichokes (uh-oh--this definitely isn't raw)
-pinch Himalayan pink salt
-juice from 1/2 lemon

4pm:
Salad again from:
-1 head romaine
-5 cherry tomatoes
-adzuki bean sprouts
-2 roasted artichokes
-pinch Himalayan pink salt
-juice from 1/2 lemon

-2 bananas

6pm:
Smoothie from:
-125g raspberries
-1 mango
-juice from 2 oranges
-juice from 1/2 a lemon

8pm:
-Snack on some organic olive and lentil dip from Abel & Cole (didn't dip anything into it, just had it straight--yum!)

Teas:
-1 mug ginger yerba mate

Exercise:
-45 minutes of aerial yoga
-2-mile dog walk
-2-mile run

Supplements:
-2 chlorella tablets
-2 spirulina tablets

Other self-care:
-morning dry skin brush
-15-minute morning meditation

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

2014 Juice Fast: Breaking the Fast, Day 3

I'm trying to do all raw fruit and veggies (with the exception of a little Himalayan pink salt) until Sunday evening. It is amazing how nice a salad is with just a little lemon juice and salt--no need for all the heavy, nut-based dressings (as delicious as they may be).

Years ago, I tried being a raw vegan and I wasn't mentally ready for it. I got a dehydrator and all the proper equipment, but I replaced a vegan diet with a high-fat raw diet full of dehydrated raw foods, nuts and flavor enhancers like nutritional yeast. I was completely neurotic by the third month and realized the diet had to go.

At the moment, I am in a much healthier place both in mind and body. This most recent juice fast was spurred by recognizing my unhealthy patterns were returning to my life, but what has been amazing is that in terms of juices, this has been by far the most nutritious of the fasts I've embarked upon. I actually learned not only to tolerate beetroot juice, but to love it! (Honestly, this is truly incredible. I've always had an anti-beetroot thing going on in my mouth--it always felt far too earthy.)

This being said, while I'd like to live on a high-raw diet, I still have no desire to go completely raw. I subscribe to beliefs in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine that a raw diet is too cold for the body, too damp (especially in the winter). Truthfully, I've met very few raw foodists who haven't either been a) neurotic or obsessive and/or b) looked cold--not as in shivering, but as in their skin looked cold (I don't know how to explain it any better than that). I think a raw-foods-only diet works better in more tropical climates, but in Britain? It just isn't for me.

A vegan diet has always been for me, though (I just didn't know it until I was twenty-five). :)

So, yes... I definitely have every intention of staying on a high-raw whole foods (as in, not dehydrated, but whole, juiced and smoothie-fied, yes) diet, but I have no intention of limiting myself to only such.





Today's menu:

Breakfast:
-1 banana
-1 handful adzuki bean sprouts

Lunch:
Salad made from:
-5 cherry tomatoes
-1 head romaine lettuce
-adzuki bean sprouts
-1 avocado
-juice from 1/2 a lemon
-pink Himalayan salt

2pm:
Smoothie made from:
-125g raspberries
-1 mango
-juice from 3 oranges
-juice from 1 lemon

5pm:
-1 banana

7:30pm:
-1 romano red pepper

Evening juice:
Made from:
-1/2 lemon
-100g spinach
-3 apples
-30g mint

Teas:
-1 mug ginger mate

Exercise:
-60-minute morning yoga session
-2-mile dog walk
-2-mile jog

Supplements:
-2 chlorella supplements
-2 spirulina supplements

Sauna time:
-45 minutes

Other self-care:
-Morning dry skin brush
-oiling with sesame oil after shower

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

2014 Juice Fast: Breaking the Fast, Day 2

I'm feeling a little perkier after resting most of yesterday, but the idea of food still isn't particularly appetizing. (I know. Amazing, right?) I thought a mango sounded great through most of the fast, and then I couldn't even get through one yesterday and now the idea of eating a mango today is completely unappealing.

*****

After overeating on salad today, I actually crashed. I physically crashed and fell into a hard sleep for over an hour. I find it incredible. No sugar rush, just more than my system needed at that particular moment and bam! The body shuts down to deal... Take note, self. Take note.

*****
I'm feeling weirdly acidic....



Today's menu:

Breakfast juice:
Made from:
-3 large beets
-11 carrots
-chunks of ginger

Lunch:
(This ended up being too much and I sort of regret eating all of it.... I wasn't going to, but lamb's lettuce wetted by the lemon juice isn't so nice after it's been saved.) 
Salad made from:
-5 sultan's jewel tomatoes
-5 handfuls of lamb's lettuce
-1 avocado
-5 basil leaves
-juice from 1/2 a lemon
-sprinkle of pink Himalayan salt

Evening (5pm-ish):
Smoothie made from:
-juice from 1 lemon
-juice from 3 oranges
-1 mango
-125g raspberries

Teas:
-ginger mate

Exercise:
-2-mile dog walk
-taught 90-minute yoga class
-40 minutes of Just Dance

Supplements:
-water with nascent iodine
-3 chlorella tablets
-3 spirulina tablets

Other self-care:
-morning dry skin brush
-oiling with raw sesame oil after shower

Monday, 28 April 2014

2014 Juice Fast: Deciding to break the fast

I decided to break the fast today as my body continues to feel wrecked from the intense physical exercise--AND my mom is coming on Sunday. While I don't intend to eat poorly at all while she is here, I'd like to be able to just eat with her--salads, lentils eventually, etc. If I continued my fast through Wednesday, it would simply mean a longer period of all raw fruit and veggies while she was here (rather than some nice nut salad dressings, etc).


Today's menu:

Breakfast juice:
-2 cups cherries
-3 large sweet potatoes

Breaking the fast item (3pm):
-1/2 a mango (then I felt utterly full and had to put the rest in the fridge)

Evening (5:30):
Bites from homemade tabbouleh:
-chopped fresh parsley
-chopped fresh mint
-1 red onion (chopped)
-2 cloves garlic (chopped)
-2-3 cups chopped fresh tomatoes (different varieties)
-juice from 1 lemon

7pm:
-1/4 mango (1/2 of what remained from earlier--I gave the rest to Kwok as I am feeling very full.)

Teas:
-Pukka Green Mint

Supplements:
-4 chlorella tablets
-4 spirulina tablets

Exercise:
-2-mile dog walk
(Sad to say this was pretty much it. I am so sore today and just so out-of-it.)

Other self-care:
Pathetically, I didn't do any of it today--not the skin brush, not the sauna, none. I have been reading loads though - and also managed a pretty epic late afternoon nap.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

2014 Juice Fast: Day 12

I am exhausted.

Yesterday's yoga fly class was intense... and teaching three classes today has left my body aching... and craving lentils.

Unfortunately, even if I decided to break my fast now, lentils are not the way to do it (raw fruit is the way to do it). So, I'm sticking to it... likely until day 15, but we'll see.

Did I mention I'm exhausted?

I didn't even feel like I could drink anything other than water after the first juice (so I haven't).

In other news, I started reading Billie Lett's The Honk and Holler Opening Soon and I love it. I'll finish it tonight (it's about 300 pages) as I've just been so enamored with it. (Love the scene - 1985 truck stop.) When I was teaching my classes today, I admittedly had a few moments of thinking, "Ooo! I want to go home and read now." ha!

Meanwhile, of fasting note, I drink water every day, but I'm worried it hasn't been enough, so I'm forcefully trying to increase my uptake to about 3-4 litres a day (especially given the sauna, where I usually drink 1 litre anyway).

Anyway....

Today's Menu:

Morning/Afternoon juice:
-1 pineapple
-1 cucumber
-30g mint
-150g spinach

Exercise:
-taught 90-minute Kripalu class
-taught 75-minute aerial yoga class
-taught 75-minute aerial yoga class

Sauna time:
-60 minutes

Other self-care:
-Morning dry skin brush
-oiling with Ayurvedic blend and Mahua oil after shower