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the days just roll into each other

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

The days just roll into each other and that feels good for summer. I’ve been reading an excellent book for the last 2 days that has captivated me. The bad news is that I’m staying up really late because I can’t stop reading. I’m loving that the days are flowing so nicely, though. It means that I’m getting into a nice groove of things here. The food/diet/whatever you want to call it is feeling very effortless. I’m still noticing emotional cues that make me feel uncomfortable while eating so I just stop, breathe, notice, breathe out and move on. This is a good lesson. As much as I think I’ve come so far (and I have), I still am on the journey and some things take time.

yesterday morning’s yummy juice: 1 bunch local kale, 1 local carrot, 2 stalks celery, 2 apples, 2 peaches, 1 1/2 grapefruit – made 2 20ish ounce juices of yumminess

exercise: hopped on the rebounder for all of 5 minutes before my kids took over. (I guess they wanted to have fun too!)

yesterday’s green smoothie: 2 bananas, 1 10 oz bag of red raspberries, 2 scoops rice protein powder, 6 or 7 leaves of kale, 2 TBSP vitamineral green, 1 TBSP coconut oil – made 2 quarts of smoothie

exercise: walked up and down a hill for a little over 2 miles. this is a nice hill that gets your heart pumping immediately

dinner: a bed of local greens, leftovers of kelp noodles, jicama salad, a couple dollops of raw marinara sauce to finish it and an ear of corn.

Yesterday was a busy day of making food. I’ve been steadily selling out of everything and with a person short at the cafe, it’s hard to keep up with all the tasks. I really need at least one more person in the cafe each day to keep food prep up. Yesterday I made raw mayo, sunflower seed cheeze, sunshine salad, not tuna and onion bread. This was in between helping customers, answering phones and getting orders out. It was a full productive day and my back and legs were slightly sore from all the standing. It was good to take a walk to move them in a new way, get lymph moving and get circulation going.

I’m still at the same weight from the fast. I’m not bothered by this at all. I’d like to step up exercising to see where takes me.

this morning’s peach nectar juice for one amazingly thirsty person: 5 or 6 leaves of kale, 2 ounces of pea shoots, 1 stalk celery, 5 small peaches and 1 orange. It’s heaven in a mason jar. This made like 40 ounces of juice plus.

what day are we on?

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

yesterday’s juice: 1/2 head of lettuce, 2 stalks celery, 2 carrots, 2 apples, 1 grapefruit – made 2 16 ounce juices. this was a very yummy juice.

exercise: 6.3 miles on the stationary bike, 25 minutes on a hill setting, 151 calories burned. I love being able to do the bike when time constraints are present. I get in a good sweat in a short amount of time. I would love one day to be able to walk or bike in the mornings outside. I’ll get there. I walk once a week and we’ll make that more, I’m sure. But for now, I take my exercise whenever and however I can get it.

lunch smoothie: 1/2 bunch of local collards, 2 bananas, 1 bag frozen blackberries, 2 scoop rice protein powder, 2 spoonfuls of bee pollen, 1 TBSP coconut oil. this made 2 quarts of smoothies

afternoon smoothie: 1 banana, 1 cup raspberries, 4-5 leaves of local chard, 1 scoop rice protein powder. this made 2 16 ounce glasses.

dinner: big plate of local green lettuce, small bit of local zucchini with raw marinara sauce and jicama “potato” salad. Also had some steamed broccoli and I had an ear of corn on the cob.

evening snack: lemon blondie (tiny square.)

It’s been very easy to do this challenge. It actually doesn’t feel like a challenge at all. Well, that’s not entirely true. What feels like a challenge is to not gorge myself with huge portions of food. That’s the thing I’m working on. But eating this kind of food is not the challenge for me personally. I’ve been doing this so long that it isn’t hard to have a green juice in the morning, green smoothie in the afternoon and dinner to be a raw food dinner. I don’t focus any more on the fact that this is 100% raw – it just seemed to make sense to end a 10 day juice fast with juice/smoothie/light meal. I was thinking I was going to continue with no fat for the 11 days after the 10 day juice fast but that didn’t work out for very long at all and I don’t mind one bit. I definitely like fats. 🙂 Who doesn’t! Our brains like it, our bodies like it. It’s a good lubricator for the entire body. I have a tendency to like something and go a bit overboard so the desire to be totally away from fat for 10 days was a good choice for me.

When I’m really aware, I’m better at noticing my body’s natural stopping points for eating and also what my body wants to eat and do. Busy-ness, chattering thoughts and distractions helps to impede the natural flow of eating with awareness and intuition, etc. The 10 day fast really shifted the whole thing. It got me hungry, which I haven’t been really hungry for a long time. It also showed me the emotional panics I get into when false hunger comes in. It showed me the boredom eating or the mindless grabbing for something and eating it when pressed for time. I saw how much I grab for snacks because they are easy and they are right there. I basically saw lots of bad habits that I got myself into while working this cafe.  The juice fast also changed my taste buds so I don’t want very sugary or salty foods, and that is a very good thing. I still like sweet and savory but because of the juicing, I’m finding natural sweetness and natural salts in foods.

By the way, foods taste amazing after a juice fast. Everything has been gorgeous tasting. I think my taste buds became alive again and I already had very sensitive taste buds, I thought.

This morning’s juice was delicious.

this morning’s yummy juice: 1 bunch local kale, 1 local carrot, 2 stalks celery, 2 apples, 2 peaches, 1 1/2 grapefruit – made 2 20ish ounce juices of yumminess

I think I’m going to hop on the rebounder for a little bit before going to the cafe. Have a blessed morning

this morning’s juice, this afternoon’s smoothie

Monday, August 15th, 2011

this morning’s juice was very tasty

  • 4-5 big leaves of kale
  • 1/2 european cuke
  • 2 granny smith apples
  • 2 stalks celery

made 1 24 ounce juice.

this afternoon’s smoothie = kickass

blend and serve. Emily and I are savoring this incredible juice. This made almost a full pitcher in the vitamix (almost 64 ounces)

the intention behind this phase 2 challenge of ours

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

this is Day 4 of the 2nd part of our green juice fast. We decided to continue to eat simply for 11 more days because that would make a 21 day challenge altogether. It’s said that it takes 21 days to create a new habit. I’m wanting to write out the intention so I can read it if I need to. Yesterday was a difficult day for me but in a very different way than the green juice fast was.

What was difficult? Well for starters, it was the first day of my monthly cycle and I was craving chocolate and fat – anything fat. I had a small piece of the lemon blondies I wrote about the other day. I found that I had a big desire just to eat and eat and eat. I had to finally go upstairs at 10:30 just to avoid being near the kitchen. I haven’t felt such a strong desire to do that. Even on the green juice fast, I was hungry but there wasn’t this strong pull to get up and start stuffing my face like there was last night. Hey, maybe the full moon was turning me into a wolf in the kitchen! *arrrr-oooooooooo*

The other thing that was difficult was that my challenge partner left. Matt and Sam went on a father/son weekend and maybe my demons came out stronger because I felt like I could cheat and no one would know it or something. I know that he’s not able to do this challenge because he doesn’t have easy access to juice/smoothie/raw food but maybe he too wanted to have a break. He had grilled veggies and fries last night. They called to check in and went on a walk to walk off their dinners. Anyway, it helps me to have these kinds of challenges forefront in my mind and with my challenge partners around for support AND to keep me accountable. I’ll be honest, my craving-munchies-demons came out strong after I heard what he ate for dinner.

When I went upstairs to avoid the kitchen, I thought it would be good to write out the intention for this part of the challenge so that I can hold that steady. It worked so well with the juice fast part. So here we go:

  • I’m doing this to create a habit of eating WAY less sweets and less fats. To eat more simply and to eat less.
  • I’m doing this to continue on with the ease of inflammation that burdens a lot of my body.
  • I’m doing this to get down to a healthy weight – it is very tiring to always be in the overweight category. I’d like to get to and maintain a healthy weight for my height and bone structure.
  • I’m doing this to get my boat pointed in the direction of being more athletic. Phase 3 is going to incorporate a more structured exercise program. Eating will probably change again but I want good habits and awareness here so I can move onward and upward.

OK, that feels good and centering. I’m glad I did that.

Here’s the juices/smoothies that I had yesterday:

morning juice was interesting but tasty (this was the “I’m running out of everything so I’m just using what I have juice”): 4-5 leaves of kale, 1/2 lb local mesclun mix, 1 red bell pepper, 1 carrot, a little bit of fennel, 5 small apples from the tree.

in the afternoon, I had a taste of a delicious juice I made for a customer: 1 cuke, 1/2 lemon, 2 stalks celery, 2 granny smiths. YUM YUM – very refreshing!

my lunch smoothie: 1/2 head red leaf lettuce, 1 banana, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1 scoop protein powder, 1 TBSP bee pollen 1 TBSP coconut oil, 1 heaping TBSP Vitamineral green, water.

my dinner was a big bed of red leaf lettuce and some kelp noodle heaven on top. (I kept the carrots and cabbage off but instead had a boat load of red onion slices on it and that was amazingly delicious!) Later on I had a piece of the lemon blondies as I wrote above. I drank some water and then went to bed early.

day 2 of phase 2

Friday, August 12th, 2011

So we’re on day 2 of our next phase. I tell you it feels very easy to do this in comparison to a green juice fast/feast. We start out with a green juice, then in the afternoon have a big green smoothie and then in the evening have a light raw food dinner. Yesterday went smoothly although Matt and I both had the munchies after dinner. We split a coconut water between us and the sweetness of it seemed to curb the cravings.

Here we are on day two. We are running out of fruit for the juices so Matt went to gather some apples that fell from the tree. We used 1/2 lb mesclun mix, 6 leaves of kale, 1 thumb size piece of fresh ginger, 1 beet, 1 carrot, 1 container strawberries and 2 apples. It was a good juice and it was about 20 ounces each.

I exercised a bit after that and am about to make the smoothie. I did 5.5 miles on my stationary bike in 23 minutes on a random hill pattern. I got to sweating so that was good. Today I want to make some of those lemon blondies from LJs RAW FUSION RECIPES book because a small small bite of that would be a nice addition to what we are doing. We are doing low fat and those blondies are high fat, but definitely a good fat. We want to exercise more so we’ll be wanting a bit more macronutrients and well, for me, it helps me to feel like I’m not depriving myself when I have a kickass sweetie like that around. I was thinking about them last week during the fast. They are really delicious.

OK, I’m off to get dressed and make the smoothie.

OH! I also wanted to write that the whole family here had a very weird night’s sleep. I wonder if the full moon coming up here tomorrow is what has made the night so sleepless and then full of lucid dreaming. Anyway, I haven’t had a night like that in years, thankfully. It did, however, remind me of about 6 years ago when I habitually slept terribly, waking up in night terrors, etc. It was interesting to have the comparison and I’m grateful to sleep better now. When we have nights like this, I often wonder if others are as well… OK, I’m off!

Back again. Made the smoothie just like yesterdays. It is good and filling! It is so yummy to have these again. I love my green smoothies. p.s. I weighed myself and am 2 lbs lighter so that’s good news!

Linda’s Ode the Green Smoothie

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Ode to the Green Smoothie by Linda Wooliever

Oh how there never shall be
a green smoothie tastier than thee

(except, of course, until the next one.)

Today’s first Green Smoothie after the fast

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 container of fresh strawberries
  • 2 TBSP bee pollen
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil
  • 1 head green leaf lettuce
  • coconut water

Blend in the VitaMix and serve. This made 2 massively delicious green smoothies (2 quarts). ENJOY!

day 10 of juice fast and what next

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

This is Day 1 of the next phase of our lil juice fasting experience. Yesterday, August 10th was day 10. We did (what turned out to be) the usual 16-20 ounce green juice in the morning, 24-32 ounce green juice at lunch time, a 16 ounce juice around 4:30 but what we did for dinner time was a small juice consisting of 1 big bunch of kale, 1 beet with greens, and 3 green apples. We drank a smaller 12 ounce juice each and all the while had kelp noodles soaking in lemon juice to soften them, I spiral sliced 1 zucchini to make zucchini pasta and I made a light local tomato marinara sauce.

After we let the juice rest for a short while, we made a small plate of zucchini and kelp noodle pasta with a couple dollops of the marinara sauce. Matt served the portions and I asked him to. I was too hungry to serve myself a proper portion. (Sometimes my eyes can get the better of me.) He used dessert plates and served out our dinner. We all sat at the dinner table and ate. There were a couple times I had to take little breaks and breathe because it tasted so delicious and I felt so hungry for it, that I could picture myself devouring it.

It was the perfect amount and it filled us up super well. I didn’t think that was going to be possible. I thought I was going to want seconds and thirds. My stomach was very satisfied. It was nice to chew food, too! I had wondered what we were actually going to break the fast with. I was thinking fruit first or possibly a simple soup. But I was drawn to the kelp noodles.

We talked how we were going to phase out of the fast and how we were going to continue on. All during the fast there was the desire to continue on. I like starting new life habits for a period of 21 days because it’s said that it takes 21 days to create a new habit. So for these next 11 days, we’re going to do green juices in the morning, a nice green smoothie in the afternoon and then a raw dinner. We’ll adjust if we need to as we also want to start more exercising to this program.

So this is Day 1 of the next phase of this endeavor. Wish us luck! I went to bed last night thinking it’s kind of fun to plan your life in 10 day increments!

I wanted to write on this blog the best yet savory green juice that Matt made up. Growing up in CA, he really has a knack for working with various hot peppers. This is what he and I came up with. I put the veggies that I wanted to juice and he worked out the proportions:

Day 9 kickass savory juice = hella yummy: 1 head escarole, 1/2 bunch kale, 1 small cuke, 1 red bell pepper, 1/2 bunch parsley, 3 cloves garlic, 2 jalapeno peppers, 2 pints cherry tomatoes, 3 carrots. This is divine. Made 2 quarts of juice. I think he also added a scallion or two in there and he definitely added a shot of Vital Heat and a dash of coconut aminos. It was a magical drink and it instantly squashed any cravings. We were happily full afterwards.

10 day juice fast gratefuls:

  • I’m grateful to have released 11-12 lbs during our juice fast
  • I’m grateful to feel SO awesome in my body
  • I’m grateful to have so much inflammation gone from my body
  • I’m grateful for the clarity of mind and the increased energy to do other things
  • I’m grateful for the decluttering and organizing that seeemed to just happen during these 10 days. Even yesterday, instead of getting on the computer in the morning, I tacked the 2 big piles on my desk and filed away some and recycled way much more. I even paid some bills that were there.
  • I’m grateful for all the shifts going on in my life, in my heart and in my mind. That’s the biggest part.
  • I’m grateful for my body and for this experience.
  • I’m grateful for my kids who did a great job to make themselves green smoothies and put together their meals so that I didn’t have to do too much of that.
  • I’m just plain grateful. 🙂 <3 <3 <3

the start of day 9! the story of inflammation…

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

what a difference a day can make! I woke up feeling loads better this morning. I’m not sure what all was going on but I trust that my body needed to do what it needed to do. I’m happy I just slowed down and vegged out. In retrospect, it would have been THE perfect time to get a colonic or enema. I’m looking forward to when my bathroom gets done so I can have a colema board on premises for such times as this. For now, I just drank a lot of water and rested. I felt better after the savory juice that Matt made last night. It had jalapeno peppers and garlic in it. Maybe those things helped to clear out something that was making me feel so zapped.

I’ll post recipes from yesterday and today down below. I keep commenting that it’s unbelievable how much fruit and veggies we are going through. It’s a juice feast, not a fast. We are drinking from about 80 – 90 ounces of juice per day. My joints, muscles and bones feel very good. I feel like so much inflammation has just dissolved out of my body. I definitely want to keep steering my boat in this direction for sure. I feel way better in my body. Even when I felt my body feeling tired yesterday, I was still able to walk up and down stairs with great ease. You don’t realize how you are feeling until something is different and then you have a place to compare it to.

Over the last 10 years, my body has been so happy with the diet and lifestyle changes that I’ve had thus far. I went from being in constant pain for 7 years where it was hard to eat, sleep, walk, sit, stand and be without shooting, screaming, yelling, horrible pain. I even had one doctor tell me that I’m just going to have to live with it. I finally found a great chiropractor in Montpelier, Leita Hancock, who helped me start to get back into a place of minimal pain. When I shifted my diet to incorporate what Joel Fuhrman writes about, that’s when I had the fastest and biggest shift in my body. 45 lbs released and I could start to walk again. I went from not even being able to walk 1/4 mile without Matt having to come and get me with the car because I was crying in pain to being able to walk 5 miles a day.

Still, there has been continuous and chronic inflammation patterns. I was doing about 80-90% better and I would have these things where some flare up would happen every 6-8 months (not really that regularly.) But I’d be doing great and then something would happen and I’d be screaming out in pain and not being able to move for a few days. The most recent was in November when a deep tissue massage sent me into a 2 month back spasm. I discovered sound therapy with Eileen McKusick which helped miraculously. The other thing that I’ve been doing with regularity and finding gratifying results and pleasure with is Lydia Russell’s Anusara yoga. The yoga is helping me to strengthen core muscle groups so that my body knows what it feels like to hold itself up. The Anusara part helps me to remember the bliss inside me and live it up each day.

The journey continues. I fell back into eating more fats from nuts/seeds/oils and way more sweets than I need. This fast is breaking that cycle and pointing my boat in a different direction. I thought I was feeling so much better and yet now I can see how I feel now in these last 9 days. But if I’m honest, as of 10 days ago, I was coming home and feeling so much pain in my legs from standing for 4-6 hours each day. I thought I was doing better because I wasn’t feeling the old pain in my hips and back. But it just shifted to my knees and legs. I also put on some weight that didn’t make things easier on my body to move either. So this is all a very fortuitous series of events here, starting with the back spasms in November.

OK onto the recipes. A recap from yesterday:
morning juice of Day 8: big bunch of lettuce, 3 carrots, 2 oranges, 1 grapefruit and 1 apple. made 24 ish ounces of juice for both of us. YUM

afternoon juice of Day 8: 1 bunch of kale, 2 beets with greens, 3 carrots, 2 pears, 1 apple and a container of strawberries. This made a whopping 32 ounces of juice for each of us. It’s pretty delicious too.

early evening juice of Day 8: 1 bunch kale and 3 pears. served 2 16 ounce juices

evening juice of Day 8: finally! a yummy savory juice! Matt made this: a bunch of kale (the last from the garden), 3 carrots, pea shoots, 1 beet with greens, 1 red bell pepper, 2 jalapenos (de-seeded), 3 cloves garlic, 3 stalks celery, 4 tomatoes. Spiced up with coconut aminos and chipotle spice. – this made about 24-20 ounces each person. I actually couldn’t finish it – it was so filling!

and this morning’s juice of Day 9: this morning’s juice that Matt made: 6 carrots, 1 container strawberries, 3 pears, 2 oranges, 1 grapefruit. It’s delicious. I’m afraid to drink it. I like a lot of greens to help with the sugars of the root veggies and fruit. Better exercise after drinking this! I gave Emily some so that I didn’t have a lot. It’s very yummy though!

day 8 and I guess day 7!

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Well I woke up around 6:30 this morning and couldn’t really get back to sleep until I did a meditation tape and then started to drift off. How funny is that! My energy level this morning on day 8 has been a bit low when compared to energy level all week thus far. It’s the time before my cycle when it gets that way anyway and this morning I just felt draggy. I’ve been laying pretty low today and I had to cancel a fun date in town that I’m bummed about. I took some Adapt to Change tincture which has licorice root in it. I thought that might help with whatever is going on. It is helping and yet my body is still telling me to take it slow today. So I’m listening despite a brain that says, “do this! do that!”

We’re on our 2nd juice today. Matt has made them so far today and he’s made really really big juices today. I also had 1/2 liter of water so far and also drank some young coconut water with a splash of coconut kefir water in it for the electrolytes and probiotics.

This morning’s juice: a big bunch of Pat’s lettuce, 3 carrots, 2 oranges, 1 grapefruit, 1 apple. This made 20-24 ounces of juice this morning for both of us. YUM!

This afternoon’s juice: 1 bunch of kale, 2 beets with greens, 3 carrots, 2 pears, 1 apple and a container of strawberries. This made a whopping 32 ounces of juice for each of us. It’s pretty delicious too.

Yesterday (Day 7) I felt really great. Loads of energy and a happy happy spirit. I still get hungry around meal time. I’ve gotten rid of 10 lbs and a boatload of inflammation so far. That’s great news for me. I spent the day around the house and outside. We walked to a lil book sale in town here that supports a local charity. We did a little family thing where we picked names out of a hat and we are doing something nice for that person: could be doing a chore for them, write them a nice letter, make something special for them or whatever comes to mind/heart. We’re continuing that until we have our own names picked out of the hat so we can do something nice for ourselves too. Yesterday was a chore day as well and straightened up the house some while Matt worked on his new truck. A nice Sunday for sure.

That’s the recap. I’m going to finish this incredibly large juice here and maybe do some painting if my body is up for the fun. Also have to jar up some kim chee I made last week.

Oh, here’s the juices from yesterday:

this morning’s juice: Bunch of Pat’s lettuce, handful of Pat’s string beans, 3 stalks of celery, 2 carrots, 3 of Pat’s apples, 2 oranges and a grapefruit. *burp* (it’s actually quite good!)
afternoon juice was VERY refreshing: 1/2 bunch fresh parsley, 1/2 bag pea shoots, 1 bunch collards, 4 kiwi, 1 orange, 1 apple. YUM! Made 2 16 ounce juices
evening juice: so many bunches of lettuce from Pat’s garden, 1/2 bunch parsley 1/2 small watermelon, quart strawberries and 1 apple. YUM. this made 2 30 ounce juices
later evening juice: a whole bunch more of Pat’s greens, 4 of Pat’s carrots, 2 cloves garlic, 1 oz or so of pea shoots and 4 tomatoes. A savory juice that felt great to drink but taste-wise wasn’t as good as the rest. I added some habenaro tumeric hot sauce dabs and a drizzle of coconut aminos to make it more palatable for me. Next time I wish I had some celery and a cuke.

Hoping you are all well and happy.



Read this today and want to remember it, it’s called “never mind?”

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

I read this under the daily guides of the Science of Mind magazine. I absolutely loved it and wanted to type it out so I can remember it. I hope it’s ok to quote this page and if I knew who the author was, I’d write them and say THANK YOU! This is a great magazine full of things to help shift mind, body and spirit. I won’t keep the magazine when I’m done because I want to keep the clutter at bay but this one is a real gem so here goes:

“If you say something is not possible, what you are really saying is ‘I don’t want it.’ ” Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

“I was listening to an online program by the Indian mystic Sadhguru when he dropped the ‘bomb’ above. It really rattled me. This quote set me to thinking of those things that I’m telling the Universe I don’t want.

“Let’s start with the bigger items. World peace? People have been warring on our planet for thousands of years. Peace seems impossible. But do I want it? Oh yes, so I’d better change my outlook. An end to hunger and child abuse? This seems impossible, too, because it appears that there will always be those seeking to take advantage of others. But I do want to see these things end, so I’d better change my outlook.

“Let’s look closer to home. A job you love? ‘That will never happen’ means ‘I don’t want it.’ Perfect health? That may seem impossible due to current physical issues, an unwillingness to exercise or eat properly, an addiction, or any number of factors. But if you want it, then don’t kill your chances by thinking that it is impossible. Loving relationships? If you think yourself as unworthy of these, that no one could love you, then you are telling the Universe not to bother, you don’t want love anyway.

“This quote by Sadhguru is another way of emphasizing that the Universe is constantly giving to us, and we are the ones blocking the flow by saying, ‘Never mind. I don’t really want that.’ What good are you withholding from yourself?”

Isn’t that amazing?! I am going to reflect on this a while today. I love thinking about this in this new way. I wonder how much I have said to myself, “Oh, that’ll never happen.” Wow. I had no idea what I was doing!

I’m so grateful that I found this little pocket magazine full of juicy tidbits to help me daily stay connected with the Divine within me. They have daily affirmations to reflect on as well as a thought-inspiring message plus articles in the front of the magazine which are always good reads and very helpful to guide one on their journey.

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