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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 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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Winter Juice Feast. Day 13. “If I were just drinking juice I would be the grumpiest person on earth!”

“I could never just NOT eat for 90 days!!”

“Why would you DO that??”

“If I were just drinking juice I would be the grumpiest person on earth”

Here’s the thing…if I were JUST drinking juice I would likely be really grumpy too. These are some of the things I’ve heard lately when people find out about the fast and I just thought I’d take a moment to address them. The majority of the people who I’ve seen do a “juice cleanse” are usually doing it for one reason only: to lose weight. Not that there is anything wrong with that but I do tend to encourage having well established, good eating habits in place first before embarking on something like this. It’s very likely that if you jump from your regular diet, into a long juice fast, you’ll go right back to your old habits (or worse) when it’s all over. It’s important that you’re doing more than just drinking juice and it’s important that you know what you’re getting in to.

What do I mean when I say “more” than just drinking juice? Well, if I decided to embark on all of this and change nothing in my life but what I’m consuming then really, that’s all I’m doing. If you’re not actively removing the old waste that’s being awakened through colon cleansing (and other methods that I’ll get in to another time) then it’s almost impossible not to run into fatigue, breakouts, headaches, bloating, and all manner of signs that the old waste in your body isn’t leaving. If your bowels are strong (more common in men like you see in “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead”) you’ll do alright for awhile but for most of us, this isn’t the case. I’ve read a lot from people who are skeptical about this whole cleansing journey but I have tried fasting with and without colon cleansing and I can tell you that I’ve seen headaches, tiredness, grumpiness, and all manner of uncomfortable symptoms leave within the space of time that it takes to have a colonic (usually an hour-ish) and that trying to go without turns into a situation where I’m hardly functioning optimally.

So. You can go on a juice fast. Drink all the juice you like. But know that all you’re doing is drinking juice and very little substantial change is happening in your body. I’ll be discussing what exactly a colonic is and more about their  benefits in future posts. By the way, I know most of you are well into this lifestyle but this is largely for the people I know who have been attempting juice fasts and struggling or who have had a lot of questions about how to do one properly 🙂

Finally, why would I keep doing this? Am I crazy? Do I have an eating disorder? Do I really think my body isn’t clean enough yet? I can say with certainty that this is the most sane I have ever felt. Every time I fast or clean up my diet a little bit more I understand my body and myself better. I shed things that were never meant to be there or that have kept me from being the most “me” I can be (cheesy but true). I feel more alive. I go into dark spaces, shed old waste, old belief systems, old fears, old ways of thinking and come out a little lighter and a little freer every time.

juice feast

Today’s Juice Feast: 32 oz orange/apple/kale/jalapeño, 32 oz cucumber/celery/dill/lime, 32 oz cucumber/apple/kale/lime, 16 oz Flu Shot Carrot Juice, 34 oz orange, 2 Tbsp bee pollen, 16 oz coconut water.

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Conversation with Gil Jacobs

About a year ago I went to New York city to take Natalia Rose’s Advanced Training course. While I was there I had a colonic session with the extraordinary Gil Jacobs. We (yes there were several of us hanging out during each others sessions soaking up every bit of knowledge we could!) recorded our time with him and I’ve finally gotten a copy of that recording! It was a bit of a mish mash, lots of conversation between the four of us, not really gilinterview style but I’d like to do several posts with snippets from our time with Gil. I’d also really encourage checking out this channel so you can get a sense for what he’s like when he talks. A bit eccentric, often hilarious, but just jam packed with wisdom.

“I believe if you cleanse enough and that’s all you do, you will become as spiritual and high vibration as a human being can, having never taken a yoga class or retreat or meditated in your life. Because clean cells, like truly clean cells, really spiffy cells, do nothing but benefit themselves and the planet. Clean bodies do not harm, at that’s all spirituality is, it’s living in the absence of that which is harmful. To me, you do all of this, and do it properly, and everyone’s nice. I mean, how do you feel getting off the colonic table? People could give you the finger and you’re like “thank you!”. So if you multiply that by a thousand, that’s the human potential. It doesn’t need all of this “I’m doing a silent retreat in Vermont with “Guru Schmadhinanda” – you know all that shit? It’s just nonsense!”

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The Juice Feast Chronicles – Day 7 of 90

One week down! I’m quite looking forward to passing the ten day mark as that’s as long as I’ve ever fasted/feasted in the past. This morning I woke up achy with bad breath and gooey stuff in my eyes. I’ve been craving tater tots like a madwoman (along with a bunch of foods from my childhood). As I suspected, a colonic cleared all those issues out. I have to admit though, the rest of the day has been kinda meh. I feel fine but not great, I’m a little overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done plus Britney’s out of town for a few days and I’m feeling kinda sad about it. juice feast

I’ve also been perusing the world of juice feasting blogs on the interwebs and find myself comparing my feast to others. Why do I have such a huge appetite? Do other people really struggle to get a gallon of juice in when I need a gallon minimum and could probably drink two?? Am I drinking too much fruit? I do work out every day but still…And then of course, I let myself get all panicky. Even though this is about so much more than fitting into tiny little jeans I find myself freaking out that I’ll look and feel the same at the end of 90 days as I did when I started. That’s generally been my history with vegetable juice fasting- I really don’t notice much of a difference. On the other hand, my colonics on veggie juices are pretty boring. With fruit juices added into the mix it’s a whole different story! It seems that the fruit is awakening a lot more that plain veg juices were. So. That said, I don’t know how I couldn’t make SOME sort of transformation when all of this stuff is coming out of me on a consistent basis.

Ok. Sorry for the downer of a post, I just didn’t want to pretend that every single day was magical when it appears there are going to be ups and downs.

The good stuff:

a swig of Floridix

16 oz water with Natural calm

40 oz ginger/orange juice

2 Tbsp raw buckwheat honey

32 oz celery/green leaf lettuce/lemon/green onion/tomato juice

1 Tbsp raw honey

32 oz carrot/green leaf lettuce juice with curry powder

40 oz orange/grapefruit juice with 1 Tbsp raw honey

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Intuitive Eating Lessons Learned

I feel like I’ve lived a lifetime since my last post on intuitive eating. Somewhere in the last couple months I decided I was sick of living by rules when it came to eating and decided to throw them out the window. Now I certainly didn’t go off and start wolfing down candy bars and french fries and I remained married to my juicer but I kind of just…stopped caring. I decided to take a conscious pause from my colon cleansing regime. I stopped bringing food with me to events and ate whatever was in front of me. If the group I was with was going out for a heavy brunch or having drinks in the middle of the day or organic-goat-cheese-nachos at midnight, I did too! I was sick of being the odd one out! I was liberated! Sort of…I don’t know when I realized how badly it all was affecting me…how sad and listless I felt. Maybe it was when Britney gently mentioned that I didn’t seem as vibrant and that she missed me, even though I was right there. I forgot how prone I used to be to depression and apathy. I forgot why I got into cleansing. Then I was just angry. Why do I have to be so careful and try so hard? How can my friends live on turkey sandwiches and coffee and seem fine?? There was a post on the Detox the World facebook page the other day that addressed this perfectly:

“Don’t fall into the trap of assuming everyone around you who eats normally and doesn’t cleanse is fine. I hear this all the time: “Everyone else is pretty and thin, happy and heathy and they are living ‘normally’ eating mainstream foods.” You don’t know what their life experience is like on the inside, you only see what they want you to see. I’ve been behind the scenes of countless people’s lives – people who made it look easy to be beautiful, healthy, thin, powerful, stylish (you name it) on the outside but behind closed doors of their homes and hearts they are self-loathing, self-abusive, physically unwell, on medications and otherwise imbalanced in multiple ways. It really is a trap to compare your call-to-cleansing to other people’s life path. If it is time for this work for you, I suggest honoring that!”

I can’t pretend to know what anyone else is feeling or experiencing. I don’t assume that everyone else is miserable just because I struggle when living “normally”. I can only know my experience and I’m remembering why it is so worth it to me to keep my body clean and clear.

This little experiment has impacted me hugely. I don’t feel as burdened by “rules” as I did. I’m still learning to what degree I can eat intuitively and where I need to plan more carefully. When I was in Natalia’s advanced training something that she said really stuck with me: we can’t eat intuitively because we don’t live in an intuitive world. I disagreed a little at the time and even more later but now I see what she means. I live in a very planned and scheduled world full of social expectations that easily keep me from living in the experience that I want. When I “go with the flow” (eating what other people eat, etc) I eventually start to break down. My mental and emotional states are difficult even though I’m trying so desperately to relax and enjoy myself. I just feel “off”. When I’m more cautious, when I take the time to notice what my body really needs (in terms of food, movement, time alone, etc) I feel like I’m myself again. Not to mention colon cleansing, something that I’ve integrated into my life so regularly for the last couple of years that I had no idea how detrimental it would be to remove it.

I still love the idea of eating intuitively but in order to do that and still feel like I want to I have to be more prepared. I have to care more. The question I’ve started asking myself now in terms of what to eat next is “how do I want to feel?”. Not “what sounds tastiest to me right now?”. I refuse to be dogmatic about juicing until any certain time of day and I insist on enjoying my food and choosing things that align with my cravings. Bingeing is not an option but occasional overeating is not the end of the world. A simple vegetable centric diet supplemented with juices and colon cleansing are where it’s at for me- beyond that, I make the rules. I’m learning how to find the greatest amount of freedom and pleasure in a lifestyle that requires certain boundaries.

I’ve been back on track for about a week now and I couldn’t be more grateful. I feel like myself again, actually alive with the ability to CHOOSE whether I want to react positively or negatively rather than just feeling like a robot who’s default is “apathetic”. Now I’m off to enjoy my lunch: carrot/romaine/fennel juice blended with an avocado, sweet potato, carob powder and stevia. I’ll be savoring every last drop 🙂

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The Before, The After, and The Books That Changed My Life

For as long as I can remember, health and nutrition has been a fascination of mine. As a kid I would imagine those cans of spinach were giving me all the strength they gave Popeye, I munched on carrots like Bugs Bunny with a hearty “What’s up Doc?”, and I joyfully chewed my gummy bear multi vitamin with my oatmeal. My upbringing was entirely vegetarian and Mousercise was my exercise video of choice 😉

I was always pretty small but as a teenager I started filling out like most girls my age. I steadily gained weight throughout high school and while I was probably never considered overweight, I carried more than I was comfortable with. I became more than just interested in health but absolutely obsessed with dieting. I constantly read books, trying the latest diet or “cleanse” an worked out intensely. Outside of not being able to lose the weight I wanted I also struggled with migraines and spurts of depression and bulimia.

After high school I gained even more weight and continued searching for something that would make me look and feel the way I wanted to. I discovered a raw food diet through David Wolfe’s Eating for Beauty. I spent the next couple of years attempting to go “all raw” and succeeding for several months at a time. Despite eating nothing but raw foods I was still not getting the glorious benefits I was hearing touted (perfect skin! weight loss! clear mind! great moods!).

In 2007 I picked up Natalia Rose’s The Raw Food Detox Diet and was introduced to a completely new idea that would change everything…Here is what I learned:

Waste = Weight

Essentially, we’ve all spent a lifetime taking in an abundance of foods that were never meant for the human body and are thereby never fully eliminated. Whatever is left behind builds up in our body over the years and eventually becomes our excess weight, foggy headedness, colds and flus, bad skin, you name it. It may sound overly simplistic or even ridiculous and if I hadn’t experienced it for myself I may not believe it either.

It took me a couple of years to actually start implementing this new way of living (that is, removing the waste buildup or detoxifying) and in the meantime I tried in vain to go raw again and again. Even just playing with the dietary part of the program wasn’t getting me anywhere. I was consuming tons of sugary raw food items and fruits as well as heavy nuts and oils, gaining even more weight despite how hard I was trying.

Three years ago I finally got it right. Natalia put out a new book, Detox 4 Women which was written for people needing a more yeast conscious approach (my current diet was very yeast feeding with all the density and sweets I was taking in). I fully embraced juicing, food combining, a vegetable-centric diet…and colon cleansing. All of that waste had to get out somehow and my body wasn’t doing it on it’s own! I know it seems extreme but I have never, with all of my years of experimenting, found anything as powerful as a highly alkaline, highly water containing diet coupled with colonics. I went from continuously hitting walls, feeling puffy, bloated, heavy, tired, depressed, and achy (especially working on an airplane) to losing nearly 30 pounds, and feeling so much more light, happy, and present in my body. The fun part is, it continues to get better. I’m always tweaking things in my diet, listening to my body, and keeping up with removing the waste that juicing and raw fruits and vegetables awaken. It’s not always easy, I often feel like an oddball, my disordered eating tendencies still act up, and my weight fluctuates slightly. At this point though, I’ve set a high enough bar for how I like to feel most of the time and find it easy enough to get back to that even if I “fall off the wagon”.

It’s become my passion to share what detoxifying the body has done for me and finally getting to take Natalia’s Advanced Detox Training has brought me one step close to being able to work with other people to make a shift in their life experience as well.

Below are some “before and afters”, in the “before” shots on the left I often wore glasses, trying to hide my puffy face and dark under eye circles. These days I can comfortably go without makeup and my wardrobe has doubled now that I can wear Britney’s clothes 😉

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