what day are we on?
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.I think I'm going to hop on the rebounder for a little bit before going to the cafe. Have a blessed morning