- 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
Hoping you are all well and happy. xoxo, Linda
late evening juice: 1 bunch kale, 3 pears. made 2 16 ounce juices. yum yum yum thank you for reading! If you are on your juice fast, keep up the great work! thank you for supporting me and I hope we can support each other.
Lunch juice: Hmm... let's see if I can remember. Oh yes, I took a 5 mile walk with Karen. Came back to nearly chug down a quart of water. Was soo sweaty on the walk. It felt good. So I took the rest of the kale from the garden, the rest of the local lettuce, kiwi and celery and 2 apples. It was a delicious lunch. I went to look at my garden and we have wiped it nearly clean. Amazing as just a few days ago, I thought we had so much stuff in the garden! I went to the cafe and to be honest, I wanted to immediately go home and play hookie again, like I did yesterday. (Did you notice I didn't write a day 4 post yesterday?) It was a gorgeous day outside and I was happy to be home and only take care of myself and the kiddos. I had fun at the cafe though. I cut up the garlic for the 3 batches of kim chee I made yesterday. I also peeled, sliced up and sweated eggplant to prepare it for making more bacon. I stayed until about 5:30 at the cafe. I drank another quart of water with a little bit of homemade coconut kefir water in it. My taste buds are changing because I really liked the way this tasted. Normally I want to put some stevia in it to sweeten but this was very satisfying. The probiotic drink was thirst quenching and on a juice fast, everything feels as if it is instant nutrition going right to your blood and brain and body. I made an early evening juice of a small bunch of kale, 3-4 carrots, 2 apples and 2 stalks celery. It was good and it made about 12-14 ounces of juice. My energy level today has been good. Matt felt pretty low energy around 6 pm. Our friend Pat offered up some lettuce from her garden today. I didn't think I was going to need anymore produce but we've been POWERING through it. It's unbelievable the amount of fruit and veggies we're having. It's good though because Matt was concerned about getting enough nutrients and I can say that we've never gotten this many nutrients each day! We drove to Pat's house and she filled up a HUGE bucket for us with some beets bunches (including greens), some carrots, some lettuce, and some apples from her immense garden. She said she was happy to have us take some because she was feeling overwhelmed by the quantity. I went home and used about 1/2 the stuff for our evening juice. So funny! Normally we'd look at that big bucket and think, "OMG! That'll last the whole week!" But the rest will be gone tomorrow morning. No joke! So dinner's juice was a big one, about 30-ish ounces each. I know it's best to have more frequent smaller juices but I was just juicing and it got the better of me. :-) Dinner juice: a WHOLE LOT of lettuce from Pat's garden, maybe about 3 cute and twisty carrots from Pat's garden, 3 apples from her tree, a coupla beet greens, pea shoots (1/2 a small bag), 1/2 orange because it was starting to go bad and lots of fresh strawberries. It was a delicious juice. I notice that I start to jug the juice and have to just slow it down. It tastes so yummy and I've been hungry (which is nice) so I'm just drinking and drinking and then I have to consciously SLOW it DOWN. We sat outside on this gorgeous night and drank our juices. Tonight I think we're going to do a foot soak. That will feel very nice. Tonight I can honestly say that I had some cravings for solid food. Not anything specifically. I didn't want to talk about any solid food tonight and I was very happy that the kids again heated up their own dinner. Sam made a huge green smoothie for himself and his sister and I was also happy about that too! The smell of their dinner was enticing. It was about changing my focus. Whenever some solid food thought came up, I put my mind on something else. It went away pretty quickly but I wanted to write it down because it was something that was there. I've been thinking on and on about when I did a 40 day medically supervised fast when I was 19. I think I'm going to write about it because it keeps popping up in my head. Thanks for reading. The best part of this juice fast has been all the support and people joining in. It helps us all and I feel very supported. I want everyone to keep up the great work, keep inspiring me and I'll do my best to keep anyone inspired who is joining us.
- 1/2lb of lb local mesclun mix from our CSA,
- 1 bunch of local chard from our CSA,
- a bunch of local radish greens from our CSA,
- 1 lbs of cherries,
- 3 oranges
I thought I'd write a bit more than just what we are drinking, although recipes are fun for me.
This is the start of day 3 and I'm sleeping very well so far. Sleeping very soundly. Funnily enough I had a dream last night about eating olives and almond butter. I'm definitely missing fat but from my perspective, I have enough fat on my body which I'd rather "eat" first with this fast. There is something in the mind that makes us get a little panicky when the stomach starts to gurgle and groan in hunger. When that happens, it's good to take a deep breath, drink some water and relax. Tell yourself that another juice is coming soon and all really is well in the moment right now. Then do something else to get your mind on something more productive.
I didn't drink as much water yesterday as I normally do. It was the busy-ness of the day that aided in my neglecting myself with regards to drinking water. This morning I drank 16 oz of water, then had a juice and have almost finished a quart of water. It's nearing time for me to make another juice. This morning for sure I felt a bit cranky. I'm at the part of my cycle where I'm longing for chocolate. I have a slight headache and feel like detox is in fact happening. There's a slight feeling like you get when you're about to get a cold or the flu - like lymph nodes are a little sore and feeling a little foggy and cranky. I also am noticing a little bit of phlegm in my throat on occasion which is interesting. I'm going to be sure to drink lots and lots of water today to flush this out. Plus I will take a vigorous walk or ride the bike to help sweat things out. This would be a good time to do an enema or get a colonic, too, but I don't have that in the plans for today. Another good thing, too, would be to rest and take a nap. Boy that actually sounds good to me right now.
This is the just like anything else that one goes through to try to better themselves and/or their health. Sometimes it feels worse before it feels better. Have you ever given up smoking, drinking or drinking coffee? Somewhere around day 3 or 4, it can be pretty awful, but if you get yourself over that, it gets easier and the rewards are great. So it's good to take stock in it as well as what is feeling good because there's plenty of that too. Thankfully what I feel today is NOTHING like giving up smoking or drinking or drinking coffee. Been there. Done that. I've graduated. :-)
What I'm feeling is much greater ease to move and walk up the stairs and get up and down from sitting. Inflammation is easing up in my hips and I'm super extremely grateful for any ease I feel in my hips and back. I feel lighter and I have lost weight so far. I haven't checked the scale today but was down 4 lbs yesterday. I'm feeling more MOTIVATED to keep a forward momentum going. There's not a lot bogging me down to stay on the couch and kvetch. And not even kvetch verbally - it's like my body is kvetching because it hurts and wants to just stay still. The lightness in my body is deeply gratifying. There's also a lot of clarity of mind: being able to see one's patterns and bad habits/behaviors with regards to food/eating is a big one. I've been working very diligently to eat mostly for nourishment and less because of emotions, boredom or rewards. I work very diligently to eat mindfully and I have noticed in these last 3 days that it's pretty easy to spot the mindless grabs for a snack when I'm hungry during the day. On day 1 it was kind of funny to see my hand reaching for the bag of cheezy cauliflower snacks that I've got at the cafe. Yesterday it was the cherry tomatoes and blueberries that came in the Farm to Table order that were attracting my attention.
So the observations are great. It's also wonderful to feel hungry. It appears that I've had a slow metabolism for quite a while and I typically like to/need to exercise regularly to help keep things less sluggish. It's been nice to be hungry and feel like I'm metabolizing like I see other people doing (like "normal" people.) LOL
All-in-all, this is a positive experience for me so far and I'll keep you posted on how things continue to progress.
Thanks for reading!
oh P.S.! A wonderful little drink has been a shot of coconut kefir water that I made along with some young coconut water. It's tangy and sweet, slightly carbonated and very hydrating. YUM, can't wait to have that at the cafe.
P.P.S. I'm down another 2 lbs!
- 1/2 lb local mesclun mix
- 2 stalks celery
- 3 oranges
- 2 peaches
- 1 mango
- 1 big bunch of local curly kale (from the garden)
- 1 red bell pepper (because I had it)
- 2 stalks of celery (because I had it)
- 4-6 peaches
- 2 oranges
- 1 big huge bunch of kale from the garden
- 4 granny smith apples
- 2 stalks celery
- 4-5 carrots
- 1 small cuke
- 1 lb local baby lettuce mix
- 1 small bunch local mint
- 2 granny smith apples
- 3 ripe mangos
- 1 small cuke
- 1 red bell pepper (because it was the last one)
I'm looking forward to getting my produce delivery today. I'm getting kiwi and black cherries and pears and a whole bunch of fruits. It will be yummy to have them. When I was in the shower yesterday, I thought about CHERRIES and decided to order a whole bunch of fruit I don't eat a lot of. It's been nice to juice oranges and peaches. I'm glad my juicer will do the pulpier fruits. These things keep me looking forward to juicing and it also helps me to drink all my colors. OK, I'm about to do a bit of exercising. And then off to the cafe. oh p.s. I'm 4 lbs lighter today. YAY!
- 1 bunch local kale
- 4 green apples
- 1/2 big cuke
- Firstly, I've put on a few pounds again and that's reason enough for me to jump start a change. If I think about it, I have been snacking more and eating higher fat snacks like nuts and dehydrated cauliflower snacks that I make for the cafe.
- I also wanted to change how I was eating a bit. Typically I have a huge smoothie in the morning that fills me up for hours and hours. I don't typically get hungry again until 4 pm. I thought if I had a juice in the morning and then did the bigger smoothie in the afternoon, it would be better for my digestion. I also want to do smaller dinners. When I'm at the cafe, I put other things before me (something typical that I find myself doing, I admit) so I will skip lunch a lot and then by the time dinner comes, I'm pretty hungry so I pile on the veggies and rice and beans. The kids are always looking for some dessert afterwards and I haven't been saying "No" to that either (well sometimes.) It's not a huge dessert but still, I don't need it to thrive or survive so it's really just a bad habit. So I was feeling in a rut, so to speak.
- But the main reason, for me, would be to help with the ongoing inflammation I've had now for about 10 years. Things are a whole lot better for me than they were and I attribute that to my eating and my lifestyle. I still have some residual stuff going on, though, that I'd like to give my body the chance to do what it needs to do to release and heal it. With juicing, it's like a tiny break on the body. The body is getting fuel and nutrients in good concentrations and without the fiber and without needing to spend lots of time break things down and digesting. So it can put more attention on healing what needs to be healed.