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2014 Winter Juice Feast. Day 31. How do you want to feel?

Desire Map

I’ve owned this book for less than two weeks and it’s already covered in fingerprints, green juice splashes, dog-eared pages, and pen marked moments. The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul is already one of my most dearly loved reads. I’ve been a sucker for “self-helpy” type books for as long as I can remember but there are just a handful that I would actually consider life changing. What was really special about this one was the unconventional approach to setting goals. In fact, it’s hardly really about setting goals at all. The basic idea is to figure out first how it is that you want to feel and then go about building your goals, setting up your life and making decisions with those feelings in mind. The book was largely inspiring writing with a journaling section loaded with questions in the back. The questions were intensive and in support of discovering your “Core Desired Feelings”.  I didn’t expect the reaction I would have to doing this work but it felt so liberating! No longer will I make goals that just sound impressive or do things that I feel like I “should” want to do. I will really sit back and look at the feelings and experience I’m wanting to have and make my choices from there. It feels a bit vulnerable to share these here but I’ve so enjoyed reading the conclusions and Core Desired Feelings that other’s have discovered and I trust that this is a safe space. After much writing, question answering, and tweaking, the feelings I’ve realized I most want from life (at this time) are:

Core Desired Feelings

This juice feast is fully supporting all of these.

Another angle on this is to use how you want to feel when you go about making the little day to day decisions, not just the big life changing ones. For example, I had a really rough moment with a customer today. It was the very end of my shift and as we were trying to communicate, I could feel my body tensing up, and every defensive thought imaginable entering my mind. I was polite and professional but also short and clearly frustrated. I went home and cried (being yelled at is never something I’ve handled well). What was really bugging me was, why did I react this way? Why did I get so tense and so angry? I’ve been getting so much better at loosening up when I feel myself tensing but I didn’t do it in this case. When I was home I took a long, hot bath and pulled out my journal. It took about one minute to realize something: In the frustrating work situation I was technically “right”…but it didn’t matter. Tense and frustrated, “cordially” trying to prove my point, did not leave me feeling how I wanted to feel. I didn’t feel “free”, I felt trapped- trying to justify my “rightness” in the situation. I walked through the situation in my head again and in my imaginary version I was extra kind and patient, whether the other person “deserved” that or not. It felt like freedom. It felt light. It felt good and it felt how I wanted to feel.

How Do You Want to Feel?

In other juice feasting news, here we are at the end of the first month! I’m excited to dive into some other spiritual type work next month as well as play with some other supplements, herbs, and oils. As far as juices, I’ve found myself strangely off-put by onions and garlic but loving ginger and cayenne for heat. I also suddenly think light juices based in cucumber and celery are pretty gross, which is weird as that’s all I used to drink. My favorite oranges have been replaced by pineapples and beet juice cannot be drunk in too much abundance. That’s all for now, see you in February!

Today’s Juice Feast: 32 oz Green Peppermint Crisp (recipe to come), 32 oz Lemon Pie Coconut Water (recipe to come), 32 oz mish-mash juice, 2 oz wheatgrass, 32 oz carrot/chard, 40 oz orange/beet/apple/chard with cayenne.

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2014 Winter Juice Feast. Day 30. Detoxing with Essential Oils.

“The route of cleansing: clear the bowels, clean the blood/lymph, rebuild. Look to essential oils, herbs, and diet.”  -Julia Holt

Detoxifying with Essential Oils

In my opinion, there is nothing more effective for detoxing than juicing and colon cleansing. If you aren’t awakening old waste and releasing it in copious quantities then no amount of herbs, superfoods, or essential oils will “detox” you. They may make a dent but nothing truly substantial. However, in my experience, if you do the hard work of truly cleansing first, then a lot of these other things can be added in as support and will actually be more effective than they would have been when your body was clogged up. I love therapeutic grade essential oils- after discovering DoTERRA  there was no way I could ever get a run of the mill bottle of essential oil again! Not all essential oil brands can be taken internally so make sure to do your research first. Here are a handful of my favorite oils to support cleansing:

Oregano:  Antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, and antiviral.

Lemon:  Antidepressant, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, antioxidant, refreshing, astringent.

On Guard: Antibacterial, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, antidepressant, anti-carcinogen, anti parasitic,immune system booster.

Zendocrine:  Assists in releasing toxins from the liver and skin, a combination of clove, grapefruit, geranium and rosemary. 

These are just a few. I’ve been taking a drop or two of oregano every morning this month and it is potent. I wouldn’t recommend taking it like this if you’re at all sensitive, it goes down much more easily if you put a few drops in a capsule! I’ll be switching over to the Zendocrine next month just to change it up a bit. I love the lemon in my water and the OnGuard is great once in a while in a carrot juice! I usually find one drop to be plenty.

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Today I’m moving a little more slowly and grateful that I only had to work a few hours this morning. My mood is very good, I feel very happy and excited to be enmeshed in this world of juice feasting but my energy is a little on the low side. Really, a lot of these days are just like any other days. There are high energy days and low energy days, challenging days and relaxing days, moments where I want to respond with frustration or stress and moments of laughter and connection. The difference is the way I’m experiencing everything. It all feels very close, there is no food to buffer me from the world. I’m more easily able to slow down and watch my reactions. Choose my reactions. It’s not automatically that way- it’s because I’m intending it to be that way. I could busily buzz through the juice feast and do very little other than juice and come out on the other side physically cleaner and that’s it. I’m having fun exploring the options beyond just the juice 🙂

Arnold Ehret

Today’s Juice Feast: sweet tea, 30 oz celery/apple/pear, 1 oz E3Live, 32 oz Green Peppermint Crisp (recipe to come), 24 oz tomato/lime/shallot juice with cilantro essential oil, 30 oz carrot/chard with OnGuard essential oil, 2 oz wheatgrass, 32 oz cucumber/cilantro with coconut water, 32 oz pineapple/apple/beet/ginger with cayenne.

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2014 Winter Juice Feast. Day 29. Anti-Inflammatory Pink Love Juice

I’ve realized I’m just about 1/3 of the way through and I feel as if I’m just getting started. I don’t know for certain that I will get to 90 days or that I will stop at 90 days, it’s just a rough estimate, but if the next two months fly by as quickly as January, this will all be finished before I know it! I don’t want to think about that, it actually makes me sad. Even though it’s a rare day that I don’t want to sink my teeth into something, I don’t feel anywhere near done yet with what I want to accomplish and experience.

Today was nice, I felt good, so good that mid-day I was running up and down the flights of stairs in our apartment while taking out the trash. Work went smoothly,  I’m always working on my resistance to being in the moment with things and I really enjoyed a lot of today.  The only downside was I tried several new recipes that I wasn’t really a fan of but I was stuck with them. My new favorite ritual is waking up to my sweet tea and journaling and then coming home to sweet tea and blogging.

Here’s a juice I made awhile back, I was going to save it for Valentines because it seemed appropriate but I had no other topic for today so here we are 🙂 Turmeric is known for being anti-inflammatory as well as a beautiful bright color and chiogga beets are almost too beautiful to resist. You can use any sweet apple but I though the opal was nice in keeping with the pale color of this juice.

Anti-Inflammatory Pink Love Juice

Anti-Inflammatory Pink Love Juice

 1 inch turmeric

1 chiogga beet

2 oranges, peeled

1 opal apple

pinch of cayenne pinch of cinnamon

Juice produce and stir or blend in cinnamon and cayenne. 

Today’s Juice Feast:
34 oz celery/bok choy/apple, 28 oz pineapple/pear/lime/watercress, 32 oz cucumber/red bell pepper/mint/jalapeño/lime, 32 oz beet/apple/ginger/lime, 32 oz carrot/chard, 2 oz wheatgrass, 24 oz blood orange juice, sweet tea

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2014 Winter Juice Feast. Day 28. How to “Juice” a Date.

Ok so you can’t actually “juice” a date- even the freshest dates right off the tree don’t have a lot to offer in the way of juice. That being said, I was craving their sweet caramel flavor and decided to experiment! The following recipes will let you in on my little secret…

Caramel Nut Carrot %22Coffee%22

Caramel Nut Carrot “Coffee”

1 pound carrots

4 medjool dates, pitted

1 cup water

1 bag Dandelion Caramel Nut Teeceeno

Place teabag and water in a small pot and bring to a boil. Let tea steep for around ten minutes while you juice carrots. Remove teabag and pour tea and carrot juice into the blender with the dates. Once thoroughly blended, strain through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth.

How to %22Juice%22 a Date

Juice Feast Sweet Tea

2 cups water

your favorite teabags or loose leaf tea (this morning I used Dandelion Dark Roast Teeceeno, gotu kola, and chaga mushroom and later on this evening I brewed a blend of chicory, carob, and more chaga.

6-8 medjool dates, pitted

Brew tea and allow to steep for around ten minutes. Remove teabags or strain leaves and blend with the dates in the blender. Strain the dates pulp out through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth.

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Today was alright, I woke up with a headache and a craving for packaged, processed, cheese product. Nope, not even good cheese, the fake stuff. I was going to save any necessary colon cleansing for later in the day, it was my one day off this week and I really wasn’t feeling up for it. My headache however got the best of me so I got it over with and my headache is now nonexistent. Journaling this morning was great, revealing a couple things I hadn’t been wanting to look at and my yoga practice was the strongest it’s been since I’ve started. All of that and I’m feeling a bit “blah”- I don’t know if it’s because Britney’s been out of town and we really need some time to reconnect or if I’ve been busy, busy, busy working all week and it’s weird to have a day at home. In any case, it’s just one day, I was able to cook for Brit (freshly steamed artichokes and avocado aioli!) without any major cravings and we’re catching up on a couple of our favorite shows. This, on top of a good night’s sleep, and I’m sure I’ll feel much brighter in the morning!

Today’s Juice Feast: Herbal tea blended with dates and strained, 2 oz wheatgrass,  24 oz Juicy Bok Choy in a Glass, 32 oz pineapple/cucumber/carrot/lemon/lime with cayenne, 34 oz carrot/chard, 34 oz beet/strawberry/apple/lime, 16 oz tomato/celery/lemon/garlic juice mixed with Broccoli Cilantro tea, 32 oz pineapple/apple/beet/basil, herbal tea blended with dates and strained plus a scoop of chlorella.

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2014 Winter Juice Feast. Day 27. Cinnamon Ginger “Heartbeet” Juice

There were a couple of weeks there where my juice feasting partner-in-crime, Miss Wellah Farzan, was all like “I’m loving this juice feast, I’m so grateful, blah, blah, blah”* and I was like “ummmm…I want to eat everything.”

I didn’t know if I’d get over it. Would I spend three months craving burritos and being complacent?

Thankfully, the answer was “no”.

I can honestly say that I am currently deeply and intensely grateful to be juice fasting right now. Most “foods” smell weird to me, my only cravings are figs, fresh corn, avocados, and lettuce. I saw a gorgeous head of red leaf lettuce today that I wanted to dive face first into. I feel so different in my body than I did a month ago. My journaling this morning was incredible and I find I’m shifting a lot more easily when I come up against something that I might have previously struggled with. That being said, I am pretty darn exhausted. It’s the end of my work week and I could not be more happy to have a day off tomorrow.

The only other thing I have to report is the blood orange juice amazing.

Oh, and here’s how I’ve been enjoying my beet juice:

Cinnamon Ginger %22Heartbeet%22 Juice

Cinnamon Ginger “Heartbeet” Juice

4 beets

6 apples

1 inch ginger

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Juice produce and stir in cinnamon.

Today’s Juice Feast: 34 oz Juicy Bok Choy in a Glass, 32 oz Cinnamon Ginger “Heartbeet” Juice, 2 oz wheatgrass, 24 oz blood orange, 32 oz carrot/mint/chard, 32 oz carrot/chard, 36 oz tomato/onion/lemon with black pepper essential oil.

*not a direct quote

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2014 Winter Juice Feast. Day 26. Morning Pages.

I’ve been feeling generally very good since yesterday though today I did have a little heartburn and nausea early on. The heartburn after a juice with apples (this happens to me once in a while though less and less) and the nausea after wheatgrass (it was very mild, nothing like it used to be). I’ve been working a lot but still having enough quiet time to myself to be making subtle breakthroughs.

Today one of my favorite yoga teachers, Ali Kamenova, posted a video about a 30 day “morning pages” challenge. Morning pages is a practice from the Artist’s Way that I found to be really powerful when I did it a couple years back. So powerful actually that I’ve kind of shied away from journaling out of fear of what else I might discover about myself! It’s basically just a stream of consciousness writing to fill three pages right when you get up in the morning. It sounds simple but it was shockingly effective in helping me answer questions I was struggling with and get to know myself on a deeper level. Since I’m clearly not in a place to be shying away from anything like this, I of course decided the timing was perfect and I’ll be starting tomorrow.

juice feast

Today’s Juice Feast: 34 oz Juicy Bok Choy in a Glass with mangosteen extract, 32 oz carrot/chard, 32 oz carrot/chard, 32 oz tomato/lemon/onion, 32 oz apple/beet/mint, 2 oz wheatgrass.

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2014 Winter Juice Feast. Day 25. Unusual Juiceables: Bok Choy

Today was easily my best day yet. I’ve felt a huge emotional release from finally giving up the spirulina habit- no more wondering “should I or shouldn’t I?”. It feels like a real juice feast now.  Additionally, amping up the amount of beet juice I’ve been drinking (from occasionally to 4 beets in a juice) has really reminded me what powerful awakeners beets are. I released so much awakened waste today and my body was left feeling so light, I noticed how easy it was to stand up perfectly straight and my constant head chatter seemed to have eased significantly. I’m quite tired after a late shift at work but I feel so much satisfaction when I think back over how today felt.

Unusual Juiceables- Bok Choy

I’m pretty sure the only way I’ve ever had bok choy in the past was in a greasy stir fry. Yum. This morning I thought I would try something new and throw them in the juicer! If I remain this adventurous, I’ll probably have tried juicing everything in the Whole Foods produce department and have to move on to more exotic stores 🙂 Yay for a big range of nutrients, a variety of tastes, and exploring new stores in Seattle!

Bok choy turned out to be sweeter than I’d realized and not quite as cabbage-y. In addition, it’s high in calcium and a great support in detoxifying the liver! Here is how I had it this morning:

Juicy Bok Choy in a Glass

3-4 bunches of bok choy

5 medium apples

Juice

Today’s Juice Feast: 34 oz Juicy Bok Choy in a Glass, 32 oz pineapple/apple/beet, 32 oz carrot/kale,  32 oz pineapple/apple/pomello/zucchini, 2 oz wheatgrass, 8 oz Whole Foods sample juices, 32 oz carrot/kale.

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