Sunday, March 24, 2013

SPIRULINA FACE PACK

Now that I have my Spirulina I want to get all the benefits I can possibly get from it, both topically and inside, so I decided to make a face pack. This face pack has a triple action: cleansing, relaxing and nourishing the skin. It can be used for every skin-type, but it especially helps with greasy or problem skin. Enjoy!
 


You will need:
  • 1 tsp of spirulina

  •  1.5 tsp of olive oil 


Method:
  1. Mix everything in a bowl and apply to a cleansed face.
  
 2.  Leave on for 20 minutes


        3.    Rinse off, I recommend using a clean face wash cloth (otherwise your sink will be a mess!)


Now, go and show the world your glow!!!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

CHOCOLATE FACE MASK




For all my chocolate lovers out there, here is a healthy and really yummy treat for your skin and possibly your tummy too! This all natural, chemical free goodness could very well be a dessert, but since this is a face mask tutorial, please restrain yourself!

 Chocolate or cacao is great for your skin because it has antioxidants that help your skin look its best by protecting it from UV damage (hello, fewer wrinkles), fight free radicals (so long, sun spots) and increase blood flow (i.e. dewy glow!). Honey has hydrating, anti-bacterial and antioxidant qualities which make a perfect companion to the chocolate!

This recipe is quite simple, so lets get to it!


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CHOCOLATE FACE MASK

  1 application 

    Here is what you need:

  • 2 table spoons of raw coco powder (organic is better but not a must)
  • 1 heaping spoon of raw honey
  • approximately 3 tablespoons of filtered, distilled of alkalized water
  • a bowl
  • optional: half an avocado (I did not use this because I was in a rush - can be used for extra moisture) 
     Process:
  1. throw all ingredients in a food processor for an creamy clump-free mixture
  2. OR you can be lazy like me and just mix it with your fingers :D
  3. the mix should be creamy, not too pasty but not too runny (that could be a mess)
  4. pull your hair back
  5. apply mask with your finger tips smoothing out any clumps
  6. leave it on for about 15 minutes or until it dries up (you will feel your skin tightening)
  7. you can now eat any left over mix!!! (I cant because I am on a juice fast, sigh)
  8. rinse with warm water and apply your moisturizer ( I find it the easiest to remove the mask using a face wash cloth, if you do this, just remember to be gentle around your eyes, the skin there is thin and very sensitive)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

ORANGE SHERBET




You have seen this juice many time on my blog but I have never written down the recipe, mostly because I am always on the run. However, I felt it was high time that I did so, so here you have it:

 You only need two ingredients for this juice: oranges and sweet potatoes - nice and simple!




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ORANGE SHERBET JUICE

makes a tall glass - to make a liter mason jar multiply the ingredients by 4 

       You need:
  • 1 medium orange
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes 
     Process:
  1. Wash & cut sweet potatoes and oranges
  2. Feed them into juicer alternatively


This is easily one of my favorite sweet juices. The bright orange color, the sweet creamy taste, and the phenomenal health benefits that this juice has, always pick me right up! All of my friends who have tasted it love it as well! I actually made a mini mason jar for my friend Johanna during her birthday last week, you can see that post here - because good friends share ;)

If you try it, let me know how you like it!





SWEET AS CANTALOUPE



Today I was a bit rushed for time and super hungry so I went for one of my go-to juices: Cantaloupe Juice. It is easy and simple to make and is it ever satisfying! 


All you need is a full cantaloupe and a juicer!
*this makes a whole liter of juice, so use half for 2 cups or 1/4 for 1

Sunday, March 17, 2013

TROPICAL PIÑA COLADA


 My friend Dora gave me the idea for this delicious drink. It's really simple to make and it is soooo delicious!!! I chugged the whole thing haha!


You're going to need:
  • 3 cups of coconut water
  • 1 cup of fresh pineapple juice (the pineapple is a pain to juice, but it is so totally worth it!)


*makes a liter, if you don't want to make this much just halve the ingredients


MY 60 DAY JUICE FAST ADVENTURE: DAY 22 "INTROSPECTION & RE-EVALUATION"

Today is Sunday, and since  la familia and I decided to go to church last night, I got to sleep in today and wake up slowly. This allowed me the much needed time to slow down and evaluate my journey thus far . Last week was probably the hardest week of the juice fast so far, and I found myself crawling towards the end.

This morning I realized that I still have 2/3rds of this adventure ahead of me and that I simply refuse to scrape my way through it anymore. I know that I've been wishing and striving for the destination instead of enjoying and flourishing through the journey. However seeing that I still have 38 days ahead of me, I still have a lot of time to enjoy this amazing time of detoxification, resetting, and cleansing of my body!

As I got super honest with myself I realized that I have gradually become frustrated, unhappy and disappointed in my fast for the following reasons:
  • I have been focusing on weight loss (although I had initially told myself that this wasn't about weight loss)
  • I put too much pressure and expectation on myself ( I really thought I had to be perfect, have no bad days - so when I did I felt like a failure)
  • I continuously compared this fast with the one last year (the experience has been day and night, which goes to show that no 2 juice fasts are the same, even for the same person)
  • I underestimated the influence that emotional and spiritual detoxing would have on life! (It's been kinda brutal and totally sneaky!)
  •  I had not anticipated the extent to which I would have to come face to face with my eating demons. Those ugly food-dependencies are continuously in my face and not being able to turn to food for comfort has been really difficult! 
  •  Most importantly however, I have not been turning to God for my comfort, salvation and sustenance during this period... this is just sad, because I totally know that I can.

    Soooo... how do I plan on changing this around for the next 38 days? Here is how:
    •  Today I put away the scale. No more weight-ins. Not until the very end. I will from now on measure my "success" in this juice fast by how I feel, how my clothes fit, how much energy I have, and how clear my mind is.
    • I will be kind to myself - I will stop comparing this fast to last year and remind myself that last year I was in full sabbatical , while this time around I have a 6 course school load and 15hr work week in addition to personal and relational responsibilities.
    • I will keep in mind the importance of internal tune-in, to ensure that I catch mind and spirit bullies as they surface and then deal with them right as they start their poisonous and demeaning whispers.
    • I have decided to introduce moderate exercise into my fast, and start being disciplined about drinking my 3 mason jars worth of juice. I strongly feel this will help me shake off the sluggishness and also give me more energy and brain power. I also know that this will stimulate my lymphatic system and thus help the detoxification process!
    • I need strength beyond mine to help set me free from food strongholds. This is something I have struggled with for almost 8 years and it is all I've known since I became a teenager. It just hit me that I don't know what it is like to live without being addicted to food and then hating myself after because of that. I try to think back to when food was just sustenance and not comfort, shelter and obsession, but I was just a child then, so it's totally different.
    • Above all, I have become aware that I cannot do this alone and that my Abba has been waiting for me with open arms to sustain, comfort and heal me as well as set me free from my food strongholds. No more doing this alone from now on, I'm running to Him.
    • Lastly, I am determined to take this fast day by day and enjoy the journey - no more looking at the end as the goal - the goal is to live and savor each day the life I have been given!
    Well, that's all for now - I feel that this is a defining moment in my 60 day juice fast journey, a milestone really, and I am thankful for the insight I've been given into it.

    I go on forward with this:
    "...and then He told me:
    My grace is enough; it’s all you need.
    My strength comes into its own in your weakness."
    2 Cor 12:9 (MSG)




    Friday, March 15, 2013

    MY 60 DAY JUICE FAST ADVENTURE: 20 DAY CHECK IN

    Today was the day I considered for the first time calling this whole thing off. It was a hard day to say the least, a hard couple of days. I'm really not quite sure what is going on with my body, but it, my mind, and my heart are all at war!

    I have a feeling that in a couple of days or even a week this valley will not seem so bad - for now I am trying to crawl and grab into God's strength and grace. I don't physically feel sick, this is definitely a battle of the mind and spirit.

    That being said - I assure you that I have no intention of quitting now or any time in the next 40 days. I am only sharing this with you because I want to be as authentic and real as I possibly can.

    I also want to take this time to acknowledge and thank my support team for having my back and encouraging me to remember why I started this and why I must not quit.

    I also want to thank you lovely people who read the blog, to Ode for commenting and making me feel that I don't blabber purposelessly. To my friends who have told me how I have inspired or motivated them to live a healthier lifestyle, thanks a bunch!

    You guys are a huge motivation to me because you keep me accountable. I don't want to let any of you down the same way I don't want to let myself down.

    So this is where I am at on day 20.

    Thank you for coming along for this juicy ride with me!

    BIRTHDAY JUICE!!!


    My sweet friend Johanna  had a birthday this week and I couldn't think of a better way to show her I care, than to share with her one of my favorite juices Orange Sherbert. This juice is perfect for her, because like her, it is bright, sweet and so good for the health. I love Johanna's kind spirit, her brave heart, and energetic attitude. I love how quick she is to love and accept others, and she is loyal to the bone. One other thing about Johanna: Girlfriend can DANCE!!! Her Zumba classes are to die for!

    I am grateful that I get to see this beautiful woman every single day at school for the next three years and I hope for many many years after that!

    Love you Hanna <3>

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013

    PREPARING YOUR BODY FOR A JUICE FAST (HOW I DID IT)

    Last night my friend asked me a question about getting the body ready for a juice fast. This is a common asked question and so I want to share what I have found helpful.


    I KNOW YOU'RE FEELING CRAPPY BUT DON'T QUIT!

    So you started your juice fast, whoo-hoo! high five! Now what? Well chances are you're about to start feeling pretty darn lousy. Head aches, flu symptoms, dizziness, nausea, rashes, sore throat, low energy, etc...

    You're saying: "WHAT IS GOING ON?! I THOUGHT THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE GOOD FOR ME!  - and it is!

    Here is what's going on - as your body starts going through the detox process you will likely start feeling pretty crappy. Many people people take these initial symptoms as signs that  the fast isn't working and quit before they ever get to experience the AMAZING stage that follows the really really crappy one.

    If you're in this position right now, my encouragement to you is: Hang in there! It WILL get better!


    I read a great article that describes why we experience certain symptoms during a juice fast and how we can help relieve them. Here is part of it (you can read the full article here)
          
    Fasting is like cleaning out a filthy garage, twenty, thirty, maybe fifty years of harmful food latent in every cell.  Sometimes things must get worse before they get better.  This has never been truer than with fasting.  Fasting stirs up toxins on a cellular and spiritual level, resulting in days of discomfort.  They surface in the forms of bad breath, cankers, nausea, feelings of sadness, remorse, even depression.  All this can convince the faint of heart, fasting is bad. What you are about to read are common physical reactions to fasting.  These reactions are not symptoms of fasting but years of neglect.
    Weakness
    Fasting will result in weakness and lack of energy.  There can even be dips in stamina during a juice fast if you have a high metabolism.  Weakness is a vital part of fasting’s slowing down process.  Embrace this wonderful quieting state, your expectations should be adjusted when planning a fast.  Give yourself lots of down time; enjoy the holiday away from the hustle and bustle.   

    Backaches
    Back pain can increase due to toxins in the lower intestine.  Blood vessels that draw nutrients from the colon are very close to the nerves of the spine.  Back pain will often decrease after elimination of the toxins.  Back exercises can also relieve some pain.  A cold pack also will help.  Using the enema kit will be the best remedy. 

    Bad Breath

    Waste passes through the lungs, which are an eliminative organ.  Brushing the tongue with a toothbrush using dental floss and rinsing with mouthwash will reduce bad breath.  

    Cankers
    Toxic build-up in the mouth and the absence of the washing-action of chewing food can allow an increase of bacteria between the teeth.  The tongue becomes coated with waste.  To stop cankers, gargle with sea salt mixed with water several times daily.  Dabbing the sore with tea tree oil or vitamin E quickens the healing process. 

    Cold Virus
    Mucoid is the perfect food for viruses.  Toxins weaken the immune system.  When large quantities of toxins and mucus are in the blood due to a fast, they can cause susceptibility to colds.  To fight a cold, continue fasting to eliminate mucus.  Increase intake of citrus juices.  

    Blackouts
    During fasting the body conserves energy.  The heart pumps slower and blood pressure lowers.  Standing or moving quickly from a resting position will cause the blood to flow to the legs, causing blackouts and dizziness.  To stop blackouts get down on one knee or sit.  Lowering your center of gravity will instantly stop a blackout.  Blackouts are more frequent during water fasting.   

    Diarrhea
    Fruit juices have a laxative effect which is more pronounced after water fasting.  The enema kit or using phylum husk during diarrhea helps regulate diarrhea. 

    Headaches
    Toxins can cause muscle tightness in the neck and shoulders.  This can result in tension headaches.  Massaging the neck and shoulders will help relieve the tension.  The herb Fever Few, which is available in health food stores, is well worth trying. 

    Muscle Tightness
    The muscles may become tight and sore due to toxin irritation.  The legs can be affected, as toxins accumulate in the large muscles.  A self-massage, hot baths, stretching and exercising will help to release the toxins. 

    Nausea
    When waste is released too quickly by the lymph glands some of the toxic overload is taken by the liver and secreted with bile into the stomach.  This causes nausea.  Drinking water or carrot juice will dilute the bile and toxin mixture, helping to flush it from the system.   

    Nervousness
    The elimination of toxins can irritate damaged nerves.  Light exercise will relieve tension.  Use quarter slices of avocado to slow the fast.

    Skin Disturbances
    People with problem-free skin may have a few days of pimples or boils.  A pallid complexion is also a sign of waste in the blood.  When cleansed of mucus and toxins the skin will be healthy, soft and unblemished.   

    Tiredness

    Sleepiness is normal during water or restricted juice fasting.  Very few people receive enough rest, so enjoy the extra sleep; it may be as healing and rejuvenating as the fast itself. 

    So there you have it! Turns out all those crappy symptoms aren't actually bad, they just feel bad - for now. They WILL pass.

    Here are some things that I do to ease or speed up the detox symptoms
    • I drink lots and lots and lots of water. The water helps flush the body of toxins. (Read about the importance of hydration durig a juice fast here)
    • If I'm feeling weak and tired I take a nap or go to bed early. Sleep really helps because it gives your body a chance to conserve energy and use it to help the detox process. Many times I've gone to bed feeling super crappy and wake up feeling refreshed and having a clearer mind.
    • I surround myself with supportive and loving people. The support really makes a difference, I don't know if I could do this without it. If you don't have a good support system, holler! ;)
    • Finally, I try to remind myself, that I'm not going to feel like this forever and that this IS GOOD for me.
    I hope that this is helpful and somewhat encouraging. Let me know if you have any questions, or share with me your crappy detox journey!

    MY 60 DAY JUICE FAST ADVENTURE: DAY 18'S GREEN TWINS



    Today's juices are green twins: morning juice is pears and spinach and afternoon juice is the Greentorade (I will post the recipe soon I promise)


    I love my college campus, once spring sets in I'm going for  hike around it and take pictures of the lake. The smell of spring around the corner is in the air - it's crisp but not winter like AND the geese are back!


    I gotta run to class, I hope you all have an amazing day. To all my fellow juicy babes, have a wonderful, cleansing day!



    Tuesday, March 12, 2013

    THE IMPORTANCE OF HYDRATION DURING A JUICE FAST


    The other day someone asked me why I drink so much water if all I'm consuming is liquids. With all those juices, I should be more than hydrated right? Wrong.

    Drinking water during anyone fast is very important for a few reasons:

    • The body needs all the water it can get to help flush all the toxins that your body is releasing through the detox process. Don't drink enough water, and you can guarantee to have a build up of toxins sitting pretty in your colon - not good.
    • Drinking water in between juices is a great way to keep those "hungry" feelings away.
    • As a result of the detox some people may experience diarrhea, which causes dehydration - so it's important to put liquids back into the body.

    Here are some of the ways I stay hydrated during the day:

    • Drinking plain water can at times be boring and even tedious, so I try to mix it up by drinking herbal caffeine-free tea (caffeine is a diuretic and will dehydrate the body.)
    • I also drink coconut water which is a great source of electrolytes and is super yum! (Do remember to have it moderate amounts especially if you're having a lot of fruit juices because it does have a lot of carbs.)
    • Today I experimented with some homemade vitamin water which I called Pink Lemonade (strawberry & lemon juices with alkalized water.) I have to play around with it a bit to make it less sour, but this is a great way to drink more liquid!(I'll post the recipe once I figure out the strawberies-to-lemon ratio)

    I hope this is helpful to my friends who are doing juice fasts right now!



    MY 60 DAY JUICE FAST ADVENTURE: DAY 17 DRINKS

    Today's juices & drinks are : Orange/Sweet Potato juice , Pink Lemonade (strawberries & lemon juice with alkalized water), and Greentorade with a parsley twist.








    Monday, March 11, 2013

    A DAY PAST MY 1/4 MARK

    It's been almost a week since my last entry and I can honestly blame it on a ridiculous schedule. Last week was one of those where Tuesday already feels like Friday... not fun

    It was a hard week in more than one aspect. Not only was I super busy, but the detox symptoms hit me hard. I am trying to remember if last time my body felt that lousy around this time, but I really don't think so. I guess this goes to show how different detox symptoms are from one time to the other.

    For most of the week I felt super tired, had a headache, had a really hard time focusing and had really bad food cravings. Last year's fast was almost entirely craving free, but this time around it has been a lot harder!

    I slept a lot last week, well as much as I could and wherever I could (buses, class, etc.) Sleep helped a lot as well as a lot of water and tea.

    The food cravings stopped yesterday, at least I think they have...

    I'm feeling a bit more energized than last week, and last night I only slept for about 4.5 hours (my body woke me up at 1:30 am)

    I am wondering if this is the actual energy stage kicking in or if my sleepless night was due to my mind going over a really awesome conversation I had with a friend earlier that day. I guess only time will tell... I should know in a few hours.

    One thing I was thinking is that maybe the reason why I'm feeling a lot more tired this time around, and why this fast has been overall more difficult is because I have a full schedule. Last year I was on sabbatical during my fast so I could nap whenever I wanted to, and my activity level was much lower. I think this makes sense...

    A few other thoughts:

    • I am really happy to see that my friends show an interest in my juices and many times have tried them. At work, my juices are popular and many times I've used up half a mason jar of juice on my co-workers :)
    • I am enjoying explaining to people why juicing is super beneficial and why I am personally doing it
    • I think I am falling into the flow of juicing with my new juicer (I call her Star.) I'm learning the veggies and fruits that she likes and juices well and some other that make her slow and stuck. This is saving me a lot of time and frustration.
    •  It is really really cool to get messages either on Instagram, Facebook and even here from peeps who are either starting a juice fast or have already started one. These messages make my day!!! They have such positive energy and it is great to know that my juicy journey towards health is inspiring and encouraging others everywhere!

    That is all for now, Friday is my second 10 day check-in day. I'm excited about it!!!

    2 of my juices today:  Greentorade &  Cantaloupe

    Tuesday, March 05, 2013

    1ST 10 DAY CHECK-IN

    Today is the 10th day of my juice fast and as promised I am checking in. I will be keeping record of my overall energy levels, release of weight and any other notable changes.

    This morning I stepped on the scale for the first time since the initial weigh in, I was pleased to see that my body had released 7.2kg. I know most of this is water weight, but it is still a very good start. A few people at school have noted that I've lost weight, so it must show.

    My energy levels for most of the week have been pretty low, but the my body is starting to feel a bit less sluggish than pre-fast. I'm still finding it pretty difficult to focus and mood can sometimes still be edgy.

    A few things of note:

    • I am sleeping deeper
    • I am not as nasally congested as before
    • I am still eliminating
    • Noticing slightly faster wound healing time
    That is all for now.

    JUICE RECIPES: SWEET AS CANTALOUPE + GREENTORADE


    These were my two most drank juices throughout my 60 day juice fast - sometimes drank them everyday for weeks. I never got tired or bored of making and drinking them! I would recommend having the cantaloupe juice in the mornings to give you a nice boost of energy and then drink the Greentorades throughout the day.


    SWEET AS CANTALOUPE
    Ingredients:
    • 1 cantaloupe
     
    GREENTORADE
     Ingredients:
    • a cube of ginger
    • 12 celery stalks
    • 6 apples
    • a bunch of spinach
    • juice of 1 lemon/lime


    The Greentorade got it's name from a classmate of mine who after trying it, declared "this tastes like the lime Gatorade, but better!", thus the name "Greentorade" was born. I love this juice, I hope you do too - let me know!

    Monday, March 04, 2013

    MY JUICE FAST ADVENTURES DAY 9: BACK TO REALITY

    Today was the first day back into reality: Up at 4:30 am and out the door by 6:30, work, then class and a finally a midterm. It is 7 pm now and I am currently waiting for the shuttle bus that brings me from the boonies back into the city.

    Being back in the world was slightly challenging - there is pizza everywhere, people reheating their lunches and always talking about how hungry they are. People eat because they're bored, people eat because they're stressed and other eat just because.

     I had resolved since before I started this fast that I was not going to stop at any point. Quitting has never been an option but days like today , make all of this a bit less fun hahaha. That being said, my energy levels are normal for the time of day, although my body is telling me that bed time is close.

    Tomorrow is the 10th day and I will be doing a check in.

    That's all for now!


    Green drink in incognito!



    I invaded my work's fridge with my green drinks ;)

    Sunday, March 03, 2013

    Saturday, March 02, 2013

    MY JUICE FAST ADVENTURES DAY 7: THINGS HAVE BEEN DEFINATELY MOVING (LOL)

    Okey, so the detox has really begun - not only did I feel like crap for most of the day, but (I don't want to get too graphic here) my elimination just went a tad bit out of control. It amazes me how our intestines keep all that stuff in there, I haven't eaten solid food in a week and I'm still ... well... going! To me, this just reinforces the importance of giving your digestive system a break and giving it a good spring cleaning!

    As I mentioned earlier, today I was feeling pretty crappy - physically I was tired and emotionally I was moody, easily flustered and found it really hard to focus. Funny enough I was thinking about how stupid this fast really is an how it will probably not have any positive effects on me (which of course I KNOW is not true, because I've done this before and had amazing results). I wasn't however feeling any effects of the fast on my system, other than feeling sleepy.

     I'd been waiting for something, either a grumble in the tummy, or a rash, or SOMETHING that would tell me that the toxins were leaving. I figured since nothing was happening maybe I didn't have any toxins (yeah right) and that I should at least be feeling super energized - but I wasn't. So I was having a pity party and then... well... things got moving ... haha

    I am not having any food cravings although I keep having these dreams where I accidentally eat food and I'm like Noooooooooooooo! Hahaha - crazy how subconsciousness works.

    Now that I know that my body is responding to the detox, I have almost doubled my water intake to help the process and get rid of all the gunk in my body faster and more effectively! FLUSH FLUSH FLUSH!!!

    Friday, March 01, 2013

    MY 60 DAY JUICE FAST ADVENTURE: DAY 6
    THINGS JUST GOT REAL

    I woke up knowing that today was going to be a busy day - that being said, I found it very difficult to get up. The lack of self -care during the past two days, was catching up with me, and I felt it. I eventually got up, got breakfast and lunches ready for the guys and the proceeded to make my juice. I wanted to maximize my day, so I decided to make all three juices at once, it took about 1.5 hours but once I finished, I finished.

    As I was drinking my morning juice I was feeling overwhelmed -  I was regretting not spending time during the week doing school work and felt a bit anxious about an exam on Monday. I also needed to do some house cleaning and laundry AND I was feeling poorly about my hair being damaged...   I didn't know where to start or what to do first, debating whether I should get a haircut or not... so naturally I started wasting time...

    As I was looking up juice recipes, I came across a website that I knew from my last juice fast - it's main purpose is to educate people on the benefits and importance of juice fasting and also providing them with knowledge and support as they embark on a juice fast journey. He is a christian fellow, which made me feel a lot more at ease - I always feel iffy about taking mind, body & soul advice from secular sources, (I once dabbled with eastern religion and it was a mess) but I found his site to be informative and encouraging.

    This was very timely, because as I read I realized that many of the things I was feeling that were making me feel overwhelmed, were actually detox side-effects and not just in my head.

    He also had a page on bulimia (something I struggled for 9 years) and binge eating (something I still struggle with and have been since I was 14) and that hit home with me (I caught myself tensing up and backing away from the screen. )

    His message however was hopeful, as he explained that while many time these disorders can be traced back to past  deep hurts and woundedness (which I had), they at some point become habits. He further explained that such unhealthy habits can be broken by reprogramming your mind and taste buds through fasting!

    These were great news because I had been wondering why, even after receiving healing from much woundedness, I was still struggling with my relationship with food! Habits, he said... and it all started to make sense...

    I need to learn how to have a healthy relationship with food, it's not just going to happen (God knows I hoped it would!) and I am grateful that this juice fast can help me to do that. I guess that by limiting oneself to having only  healthy, healing, life-giving juices for a certain amount of time, and restraining oneself from eating whatever & whenever , one develops restraints and new way of looking at and treating food.

    I'm thankful for this insight and I am looking forward to discovering more about myself and my body throughout this journey. I thought this would be just about ridding myself of physical toxins, but it is turning out to be so much more.

    Today is the first day I found myself needing to take a nap, although I'm unsure whether it was because of the detox or because of my lack of sleep - either way, I had a refreshing 45 minute nap!

    That is all for now, I still have some house cleaning left to do, mom comes home tonight and I want the house to be nice and clean when she returns!









    MY 60 DAY JUICE FAST ADVENTURE: DAYS 4 & 5

    I didn't blog during these two days because I suddenly got the urge to cook and blog about it. This took up so much of my time and energy that I ended up not drinking as much juice as I needed to and not sleeping enough.

    It's crazy how being engaged creatively takes away hunger and need for sleep! Only thing is, I am detoxing and the side effects of that don't need the help lack of sleep and drink to come out.

    I found myself jumpy and my emotions seemed to be very superficial - I laughed at the silliest thing, but got angry quickly as well. Safe to say, depriving myself of the rest and nourishment  I needed was not smart. Need to do better in the future.

    On the up side, I did get quite a few recipes up on the blog and I am happy about  that :)


    WHY JUICE?

    THE WAY TO START MY DAY



    If you've never heard of songza, you are totally missing out! It's a website that has music put together in categories based on your mood, time of day or preference. I usually use it to find backround classical or jazz music to study to, but I've also found some really great indie to cook to, and a fabulous playlist of music from the 20's to the 50's (so so good!).

    This morning however I found this playlist, it is beautiful and immediately takes you back to the center of it all, the rock upon which we build our foundation - Jesus. I think this playlist will be on replay for a large part of the day :)

    That is all, have a blessed day!

    TODAY'S JUICES


    Left to right:   1. super-food green blend/celery/pear      2.celery/brussel sprout/pear       3.orange/strawberry

    Today is going to be super busy, so I decided to make all my juices in the morning and get that out of the way. It took me a good chunk of time - I'm a little concerned about how I'm going to be able to do this once I go back to school and work next week...

    Anyhow, gotta run - I have a full day of studying, cleaning and laundry, all fun stuff! haha
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