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90 Day Juice Feast. Day 54. Juicing Herbs and “The Fires of Transformation”

The days currently seem to be just creeping by. The other day I posted something on Instagram with the hashtag “day 56″…It was day 52. Oops. I’m not trying to rush it by, really! Although I often think about how 60 days would be a lovely stopping point. But then I get curious…what might I miss if I stopped that soon? I think about days 60-90 on my last juice feast and some of the biggest breakthroughs (and toughest days…) happened then. So I’ll probably get to 90 but there’s a part of me that’s not going without a fight 😉

There was a yoga class on Youtube recently where the teacher said something that has really stuck with me. We were moving through some tough poses and she reminded her “at home viewers” that the heat and discomfort and (potentially) resistance building in our bodies were just the “fires of transformation”. That shift in perspective made the discomfort more bearable and I’ve found myself using that thought a lot. Moments where I want to tense up and resist where I’m at or eat a bottle of spirulina or guzzle juice until my stomach aches because I’m frustrated or stressed…these uncomfortable feelings are the fires of transformation. I find myself breathing more and tuning out (a little) less. I think it might be a life-long practice but it’s an idea that’s helping me enjoy the current journey more.

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Juicing Herbs. My little Breville juicer does not take to it well. We had a stash of rosemary that was bordering going bad but I’d never had luck throwing it in the juicer so I thought, why I can’t I use the same trick I use for bananas and dates? So I juiced up my produce and threw it in the blender with a sprig of rosemary, strained out the pulp and had an incredibly fragrant mid-morning treat!

Red Rosemary Citrus Juice

Red Rosemary Citrus

5 oranges

4 beets

1 sprig rosemary

Juice produce and pour into blender with rosemary. Blend thoroughly and strain fiber through a cheesecloth or nut milk bag.

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90 Day Juice Feast. Day 52. Spicy Vanilla Ginger Coconut Water.

It’s beet quite a week here in juice feasting land! I mentioned on my last post that I was in the middle of an 11 day stretch of work days- thankfully that’s now coming to an end! I did start to go a little crazy this week and my body wasn’t feeling so good. I backed off on the super cleansing/awakening stuff (beet and wheatgrass juice) and had a little spirulina and chlorella. The “treat” unfortunately did not help me feel any better and I was in pretty bad shape the day before yesterday. Soooo yesterday I had a short shift in the morning and took the day to water fast. I was pretty miserable and slept as much as I possibly could. This morning I woke up feeling sparkly and rejuvenated! I broke 36 hours on water with a diluted carrot juice spiced up with some DoTERRA ginger essential oil and a sprinkling of cinnamon.

Carrot Juice with Ginger Essential Oil and Cinnamon

I’m not sure why I keep trying all these pills and potions- I never really feel anything when I take them. Today I finished a jar of Healthforce Nutritionals SCRAM parasite cleanse. I’ve heard from people who have taken this before that it was intense. You’re supposed to take 10 pills a day so I was braced for something crazy! I felt nothing. Maybe I don’t have parasites or maybe since my system is so calm with no food going in there wasn’t a lot for the SCRAM to run in to. Alas, I can be a sucker for marketing. As the jar says: IT’S YOU OR THEM! Move them out!!- how could I resist?? I’ve heard a million times that we all have undesirable parasites in our bodies so why not take the chance to get them out? Well, I have no idea if I had them or if it did anything but I currently feel no better or worse off.

SCRAM parasite cleanse

I’ll leave this little update with the most delectable coconut water concoction I’ve had yet:

Spicy Vanilla Ginger Coconut Water

Spicy Vanilla Ginger Coconut Water

32 oz coconut water

pinch of vanilla bean

pinch of cayenne

2 drops DoTERRA ginger essential oil

Stir.

Attempting some pre-work relaxation in the sunshine on day 50.

Attempting some pre-work relaxation in the sunshine on day 50.

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2014 Winter Juice Feast. Days 44 and 45. CinnaBeet Love Juice and How to “Juice” a Banana.

Today marks the HALF WAY point in this juice feast. Someone asked me the other day what day I was on and when I said 43 they were like “whoah, not even halfway yet!”…and I was sitting there thinking “it’s all going too fast!”.  It actually feels a little bittersweet to be halfway through. I’m just enjoying this process so much. High days, low days, and everything in between. Yesterday was a mish mash, I didn’t sleep well the night before (my one major complaint on this juice fast) and had some work stress on top of that. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that the highlight of my day was pure vanity. A dress that I bought last Fall that never really fit slipped on easily. Also a jacket that I’ve owned for years but never been able to shut buttoned up with no problems. I was asked recently if I knew how much weight I’d lost and I had to admit that I have no idea! It doesn’t feel like a ton, just like things have tightened up and my clothes fit differently.

Today was lovely, lovely, lovely. I went for a walk in the park afterwork and it was completely dreamy…I kind of just wanted to hug everyone…and I’m not really much of a hugger! I haven’t talked a lot about colon cleansing on this fast but I’d really be nowhere without all the waste that’s leaving my body. The past couple of days it has truly just smelled awful for the first time that I can recall. Yesterday I also had a really horrible taste in my mouth. Thank goodness for tongue scrapers! Alright. Enough of the gross. Here is a vibrant pink juice in honor of Valentines day (which I have to admit, we don’t actually celebrate) that includes the sweetness of fresh banana! The trick to “juicing” a banana is just to blend it with your juice and strain the pulp through a cheesecloth or nut milk bag. I don’t do it often but it’s a great treat!

CinnaBeet Love Juice

CinnaBeet Love Juice

4 oranges, peeled

4 beets

1 very ripe banana, peeled

cinnamon

Juice oranges and beets and pour juice into a blender with the banana. Blend until completely smooth and strain through a nut milk bag or a cheesecloth. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

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2014 Winter Juice Feast. Day 42. Post Water Fast Recovery and Orange Creamsicle Coconut Water.

I am quite exhausted today. I think I was expecting, after a full day of serious rest, that I’d have tons of energy today! Instead I felt like I was in recovery mode, my muscles weren’t quite up to speed and I just felt tired. I also felt a bit of anxiety after introducing fruit juice back into my system like it might have just been too much sugar all at once. I  had some long periods of feeling nauseous and it took my headache awhile to leave this morning. It’s interesting, after so long on juice, to be experiencing some sort of detox-y effects again!

I felt pretty resistant to being at work today. My mood was good and I always enjoy the people I work with but my body felt tense and I just wanted to go home. I kept trying to coax myself into relaxing but my body wasn’t having it. Finally, towards the end of my shift I realized that I  wasn’t breathing and that even if I couldn’t force relaxation I could get myself to breathe. It felt pretty forced at first but after a few long, deep breaths, I felt my tension start to release and it felt like a soothing balm on my insides. Note to self: BREATHE.

I did have some pretty major cravings today for comfort food! Things I don’t usually crave at all: cake, bread, pizza, etc. As my shift was over I had the thought that maybe I would buy something as a sort of comforting treat. Then I realized that I’d just be trading one compulsive, temporary pleasure for another! I didn’t need anything, and nothing was going to really make me feel as good as going home, unwinding, reconnecting with myself and hanging out with my wife.

The other thing I noticed today was that my body shrunk a bit after a day on water and it kinda freaked me out a bit. Water fasting is not at all about weight loss for me but I found myself in a mild panic. What if I put weight back on and I’m never this tiny again??- and other such thoughts poured out of my brain. The truth is, I don’t expect to stay at my fasting size and my non-fasting size is just fine! My old patterns still crop up though and I have to remind myself that it’s ok to drink  as much juice as I need today and that the juice nourishes me so I can be and experience and LIVE regardless of my jeans size. So here I am tonight, drinking my warm, date sweetened (and strained) tea, with sleepy time herbs and enjoying every bit!

Orange Creamsicle Coconut Water

Orange Creamsicle Coconut Water

32 oz coconut water

1/2 tsp vanilla bean

2 drops DoTerra Wild Orange essential oil

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2014 Winter Juice Feast. Day 37. Carrot Comfort Juice.

Today felt like the opposite of yesterday. I decided not to stress about my “to-do” list- I stayed relaxed and present…and still pretty much got my to-do list done (but enjoyed it a lot more). I finished a book on fasting that I wasn’t particularly impressed with. The author gave a list of “signs” that you should break a fast…like wanting to chew...I’ve wanted to chew almost every day since I started and if I took  that advice I wouldn’t have made any breakthroughs! It  was one of the odd days where food hardly bothered me. I made Britney a pot of chili and while it smelled good, it didn’t really smell like food. The texture and smell just seemed strange. It smelled good, I just didn’t want to eat it. I’m really missing crunchy lettuce still but it’s not an unbearable craving. I made the following juice yesterday when I was really struggling with cravings and it was delightful. Maybe not true comfort food but the best I can do for now!

Carrot Comfort Juice

Carrot Comfort Juice

4 lbs carrots

1 drop organic almond extract

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Juice carrots and stir in remaining ingredients.

Today’s Juice Feast: herbal tea with raw honey, 32 oz Green Peppermint Crisp, 1 oz E3Live, 3 oz wheatgrass, 32 oz Cherry Pie Coconut Water (recipe to come), 28 oz Herbed Jicama Juice (recipe to come), 34 oz orange/beet/dill with cayenne, 34 oz carrot/beet greens with pumpkin pie spice and stevia.

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2014 Winter Juice Feast. Day 36. Juicing Without Fruit.

There is so much I want to say about the last 24 hours but it’s so late, I’ll try and get to most of it. Last night I cried myself to sleep…for no apparent reason. I didn’t feel sad, or overjoyed, I just felt like crying. Every time I tried to figure out why I was crying it brought on a new wave of tears. It felt like I was crying for every time that I’ve wanted to cry and wasn’t able to. I have no answer as to where it was coming from but I’ve always felt like tears were very cleansing and I feel strangely grateful.

Today I tried to do a day without fruit juice. When I did short fasts in the past few years (3-10 days) I always did them on vegetable juice alone. I never had any momentous experiences or felt any different during or after the fasts. This was also during the few years when I’d cut sugar almost completely from my diet. I never realized how terribly restrictive that felt until I introduced fruit back into my life. I love fruit. I thrive on fruit. I love living on mostly fruit! I don’t know if this would have been the case if I hadn’t gone through several years of intense yeast/candida type cleansing but once I brought it back into my life there was no going back. After the last juice feast I made an effort to go on an extremely low sugar lifestyle and it brought me back to the tight, restrictive, diet-y, emotional place that I thought I’d left behind. It really threw me off and I had such a hard time getting back to a place of feeling really good and balanced again. That being said, I attempted a day of all veggie juices (just to see what the experience would be like) last month and as soon as I woke up that day all of those awful feelings came rushing back and I couldn’t do it. Today I made it ’til evening and after nearly gagging on my last juice, gave in and juiced some tangelos. Fruit makes me feel alive. Am I addicted to it? I don’t think so. That feels like saying I’m addicted to air or water or life. I feel so light and free on fruit sugar. I know that’s not everyones experience but it is currently mine.

On the positive side of the veggie spectrum, I got a sprouting tray today! I’m thrilled to begin sprouting and juicing my own wheatgrass!

Wheatgrass Sprouter

It was a rough day. Emotional. Crave-y. Cooking and being around food was challenging. I realized that sometimes I try too hard. I have such a to-do list in my brain of things that I think are really important to get done in a day (journal, yoga, meditate, get some sunshine, hot/cold shower, body brush, colon cleanse, read great books, oh yeah and go to work, make sure my juices are made, and sleep 8-9 hours) and sometimes I find myself doing this things just for the sake of doing them when what I really need is to tune into my body and figure out what it wants. Today it wanted to lie in bed and read. I did as much of that as I could and tried to let go of the mind chatter telling me I wasn’t being “productive enough”.

Britney and I went out to dinner at the only place we can enjoy together. I got  carrot juice and some tea and she enjoyed a smorgasbord of vegan goodness:

Chaco Canyon

The recipe of the day really hits the spot for savory cravings. Salty, creamy, and spicy, even if I won’t give up fruit sugar I’ll definitely be doing this one again!

Spiced Cream of Celery Juice

Spiced Cream of Celery Juice

1 bunch celery

4 zucchini

1 lemon, peeled

1 jalapeño, with or without seeds

4 green onions

4 drops DoTERRA cilantro essential oil (optional)

Juice.

Today’s Juice Feast: 34 oz Spicy Cream of Celery Juice, 3 oz wheatgrass, 32 oz Carrot Comfort Juice (recipe to come), 36 oz The Real V8 Juice, 32 oz jicama/dill/lime/jalapeño, 16 oz carrot juice with cinnamon, 16 oz tangelo juice with cayenne, 32 oz tangelo juice blended with dates and strained.

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2014 Winter Juice Feast. Day 32. Green Peppermint Crisp.

The first day of my second month was really great energy wise. Zero cravings, excellent mood, lots of flow. I amped up my wheatgrass to three shots which was pretty intense! I got a mild headache shortly afterwards but felt very strong and wanted less juice than usual for the rest of the day. Wellah and I were texting back and forth today about how much much more quickly things are moving during this fast and how much more aware we feel. I feel like things are moving quickly and slowly at the same time. I feel very conscious of what I’m doing and am so enjoying being in the thick of things. I will say however that things fluctuate and tomorrow I could easily be lamenting 60 something more days without food! We shall see, I’m feeling ready for anything 🙂

Green Peppermint Crisp

Green Peppermint Crisp

32 oz coconut water

1-2 Tbsp Vitamineral Green

1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder

1 drop DoTERRA peppermint essential oil

Stir or blend until frothy.

Today’s Juice Feast: sweet tea, 32 oz carrot/chard,  34 oz celery/apple, 32 oz apple/beet/parsley, 3 oz wheatgrass, 24 oz blood orange.

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