The song Don’t Know What You Got Till It’s Gone is the song running through my head yesterday and today. I love food and the thought of not having it for 21-days fills me with a little sadness (no restaurants, no chewing, no wine, yikes!). At the same time, however, I’m reminded of the fact that you don’t know what you got till it’s gone also applies to health, and for this I’m grateful and excited about my juice feast. From what I’ve researched, I am setting myself up for intensely high energy, increased mental clarity and an overall sense of well-being that can only be accomplished with fasting (juice feasting). I’m eager to see if this is all true.
Yesterday at the end of the day I told my boyfriend, “This juice feasting thing isn’t so hard.” He replied (laughing), “Yeah, you slept most of the day!” That was true, I took a long nap in the afternoon. By the time I woke up, made another juice and went to the gym, the day was done and it was time for bed. (That’s part of the trick – stay busy or sleep.)
Things I’m noticing…green fingernails from squeezing all of the juice through the straining bag (straining the juice is my least favorite part of the feast). Every time I clean out the green from underneath my nails, they just get dirty again the next time I juice. My mom and I have probably lost a pound each already. I weighed in yesterday evening at 124.5 pounds after a day of juicing. I don’t want to lose much more weight (maybe 2-3 pounds will be fine) so I’ll probably raise my calories a little with hemp oil and a fruit juice every couple of days. We all have headaches today. We’re not sure if it’s the weather or detox (seems a little early to have detox symptoms). It’s a very gloomy day here in Arizona…perfect for curling up in bed with a book or dvd.
Hola! I was in Mexico last week and it was very fun. The weather, beach, sunsets, hotel and food were all delicious, exciting and relaxing. We had many vegan and vegetarian friendly restaurants from which to choose, so being vegan was easy! Was I Raw? For the most part, no. When I travel internationally I keep a few things in mind…the quality of the water, the quality of the produce (how it’s washed, whether it’s peeled, etc) and the culture in general (I love experiencing other cultures so I try to immerse myself as much as possible into their lifestyle). I will always stay vegan because that is my hardcore ethic and value, but when I travel to other countries, I don’t freak out about staying Raw. Therefore, I typically stick to cooked vegan for health and safety reasons. It’s too risky to eat some of the raw fruits and vegetables in some parts of the world, when I’m not accustomed to their resources, so I play it safe. I did have a fresh coconut on the beach while I was there…had to do that! (I also packed my Vitamineral Green Powder and we drank that every morning, so I still had my daily green drink.)
Where there are celebrations there are gifts! I’m not one to wait to give a present, so I gave my boyfriend his Valentine’s Day gift a month early – haha – I simply can’t help myself. If I buy it early, I give it early. Yes, I could buy it closer to the date but that wouldn’t be fun! As you can probably imagine, I’m not too crazy about waiting for my gifts either, so it’ll be no surprise to you that I sniff around the house for my gift well before I’m supposed to get it. Fortunately, I have a boyfriend who doesn’t mind indulging my neuroses and he gives me my presents early :)
As Valentine’s Day approaches, I’ve been dreaming in the true colors of romance (pink, red, white), and I was inspired to make something in the kitchen. Here is a delicious Cherry Vanilla Hemp Shake. It’s the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day by loving yourself with nutrition and health, and if you have a partner in your life, then make extra and share the Cherry Vanilla Hemp Shake love with him or her. I’ll send the recipe to this fabulous treat in my February email newsletter (subscribe here).
You might be asking what I’ll be doing on the actual day of Valentine’s Day if gifts are already exchanged and I’ve been drinking Cherry Vanilla Hemp Shakes all week prior since I’m celebrating early? Well, we’re actually starting our 21-Day Juice Feast on Valentine’s Day (how exciting), and this. Duh!
…this is terrible.
As most of you know, I’m usually happy and this blog is a reflection of that. However, after watching this video and reading this Washington Post story, I feel like the wind has been knocked out of my sail. And, I mean hard. This is shameful.
If this bothers you as much as it bothered me, then let your voice be heard. Urge the USDA to tighten its enforcement by following the directions after viewing the video link above.
We made it to the cabin. We’re having such a glorious time out here in the woods, green smoothies and all! The Internet connection is slow (dial up), but the beauty is that I simply look out the window, relax, and bliss out with nature as each page takes its time loading. I’m relaxing and loving it.
Awe-inspiring Stars: I love looking at the stars with my boyfriend, and this is one of the best places to see them. We’ve been enjoying them every night as we relax in the hot tub on our deck while listening to a gorgeous river rushing by just yards away. Being surrounded by nature like this causes me to pause and simply be still, soaking up the calm, yet invigorating energy and clearing my mind.
Yesterday it snowed. Even though I love living most of my life in the hot Arizona sun, it sure is lovely to witness snow – light, delicate, and graceful as it falls and floats to the ground.
Well, I’m off to our nightly hot tub and star gazing. Talk to you all soon!