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
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.
I woke up this morning feeling intensely grateful. Grateful to be alive and grateful to be in this body. My energy has been fantastic all day, no food cravings, and actually now that I think about it, I don’t think I’ve really thought about food once! I’ve been taking care of Britney who is home sick and even the delightful smell of the hot, comfort soups I’ve made haven’t tempted me. I don’t expect it to last…I’m sure there are challenging days ahead so I’m soaking up the ease and effortless good feelings while I have them.
I’ve been making an effort to get a variety of produce, it’s way too easy to slip into my favorites and stick with them. I first heard of burdock root when I got the book Eating for Beauty by David Wolfe. It was my initial introduction to raw foods almost ten years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since! Burdock root basically looks like a stick but you do get a bit of juice out of it. Although slightly bitter and very earthy, you can hide the taste easily enough if you find it off putting. It is best known as an excellent blood purifier, is wonderful for the liver and kidneys and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits as well.
Sweet Roots Juice
3 lbs carrots
4 inches burdock root
Today’s Juice Feast: 40 oz coconut water with E3Live, spirulina, and Vitamineral Green, 8 oz apple/celery/ginger/basil/lime/cilantro, 2 oz wheatgrass, 52 oz FullyRaw Kristina’s Juice 4 Beauty, 32 oz Sweet Roots Juice, 18 oz cucumber/zucchini/dill/lemon, 20 oz Anti-Inflammatory Pink Love Juice (recipe to come).
I was about at this duration in my last juice feast when I started to feel symptomatic. My throat swelled up and my nose dripped for at least a week if not longer. I feel like I may be headed towards that very situation again (despite keeping up with removing as much awakened waste as possible through colon cleansing, sweating, dry brushing, etc). I’ve woken up the past few mornings with a sore throat, my nose has been drip, drip, drip all day and I don’t have much of an appetite. I don’t think I’ve EVER gone below a gallon in my daily juice drinking but I didn’t make the mark today! I just felt completely disinterested. Despite all that, I enjoyed work and didn’t feel any less focused and energetic. Now that I’m home I’m ready to get as much sleep as I possibly can so I can get through this cleansing reaction as gracefully as possible.
Curried Carrot Juice
4 lbs carrots
small knob ginger
2-4 cloves garlic
1 tsp curry powder
big pinch cayenne powder
4 drops NuNaturals Lemon Stevia
black pepper or DoTerra black pepper essential oil, to taste
Juice carrots, garlic, and ginger. Add remaining ingredients and stir or blend.
Today’s Juice Feast: 16 oz “Carrot Coffee” (recipe to come!), 24 oz orange/apple/kale, 2 Tbsp bee pollen, 28 oz carrot/banana with ginger essential oil and nutmeg, 32 oz pear/romaine.
Alright, so this isn’t exactly a flu shot but it is an excellent support to healthy immune function as we get into some chillier weather. Ultimately I believe that keeping your insides clean is the best way to stay well but it doesn’t hurt to have a little extra help! As I mentioned a few posts back, I’m head over heels for good quality essential oils. Not only do the oils in this particular blend have strong abilities to kill bad bacteria, mold and viruses but they add a wonderful sweet spiciness to fresh carrot juice. After I finished half of my concoction I topped off my glass with the juice of several kale leaves which created a gorgeous, colorful, chlorophyl-rich treat.
2 lbs carrots
2-3 drops DoTerra On Guard essential oil
a bunch of kale (or less, optional)
Run carrots through juicer, add 2-3 drops of On Guard essential oil and stir. For an extra boost, juice in some kale.
Green Carrot Lime-ade– romaine/lime/carrot juice diluted with spring water and lemon stevia.
Banana Berry Cocoa Green Smoothie – banana/mixed berries/romaine/cocoa/vanilla stevia.
Warm Avocado Miso Soup with chopped mushrooms.
Not pictured here are the dish of homemade cultured veggies and glass of red wine I had pre-dinner. Dinner itself was INCREDIBLE- Green Vegetable Curry from The Fresh Energy Cookbook and a packet of Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter for dessert.
4 grapefruits and half a banana chopped up with vanilla stevia. Sorry for the lack of a real picture- I gobbled it all up before I remembered to snap a shot!
a smoothie of carrot juice, romaine leaves, avocado, cocoa, carob and vanilla stevia
Zucchini noodles with marinara and Spiced Sweet Potatoes from The Fresh Energy Cookbook
I’ve noticed when I eat more fruit during the day I don’t have a much of desire to put away half to a whole big bar of chocolate during the evening. Tonight this little nibble of raw chocolate was just right.
Alright so it’s not exactly green- the greens are hidden among the delicious flavors of carob and pumpkin pie!
2 cups carrot juice
1 handful baby spinach
2 droppers NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia
2 Tbsp carob powder
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Blend until creamy.