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Spicy Mango Green Juice and My Post-Juice Feast Diet

While on the one hand I would consider the juice feast officially “broken”, on the other I still feel like I’m navigating dietary life cautiously as I continue to be surprised at how different this feast breaking process is. The first time I did this I went back to food with gratitude…and fear. I was afraid of gaining weight before my wedding and I was afraid of what I might eat if given the chance and I spent too much time restricting and feeling the rebound effect of that. This go-round I feel so much more at peace, what and when to eat feels fairly simple. I still love food, I still think about it maybe a little more than is healthy (but wow has that part improved!) and I still have a hearty appetite, even if it’s just for gorgeous salads. Something I love about this particular feast breaking is how much I’m just enjoying the process. The months following the first juice feast saw a lot of dietary experimentation. Everything from a super restrictive diet of green juice and salads to a free-for-all, “I’m going to eat whatever I want” phase, to a super high fruit, high starch, high volume of food in general plan. I tried things I hadn’t eaten in years since getting into cleansing and I’m so grateful for all of it! Even though I put on some weight, even though I went through periods of my skin looking worse than it had ever looked (my body was so clean after the juice feast that it just didn’t tolerate much), and even though I felt like I was floundering and all I wanted to do was juice feast again, I am grateful. So here’s what feels so different this time: I’m still experimenting a little but I’m doing it without fear and with my eyes wide open. I’m present to all the little quirks of what’s working and what’s not and I find that I’m letting go of things that don’t work a lot more quickly. If I spend a night feeling physically miserable because I ate something that my body doesn’t like anymore (mass quantities of anything dry: dates and seaweed specifically), it doesn’t really get me down. I’m just like “oh hey! there’s a new thing that doesn’t work!”. And I move on. So what does my diet look like at the moment? I’m currently loving just having juice during the day (carrot, orange, and jicama based juices with greens are my favorites) with a fairly giant (though not as giant as they once were) salad in the evening. I spent several years juicing, or trying to juice until dinner and I’ve never found it as effortless or enjoyable as I do now. Including fruits is heavenly and great for my state of mind and energy. I’m much more balanced than I was on just green juices and I’m also drinking more (2-3 quarts). The other thing I’m paying attention to is keeping the fats in my diet pretty low- I know there is plenty of controversy around this but I’ve experimented in just about every direction and this really feels best to me. At the moment that’s looking like a half an avocado on my salad at night though I imagine I’ll play with nuts, seeds and coconut as time goes on. I also really thought I’d stay 100% raw  for awhile but I was craving cooked veggies and find I do really well as long as they are the smaller part of a giant, juicy salad. I’ve taken a lot from my experimentation with the 80/10/10 diet, I love my simple fruit and veggie based meals, no salt, no oil, really clean. That being said, I just don’t feel as much of a need for that volume of food, I love juicing, I can’t get enough sprouting, and I’ve even got a batch of cultured vegetables happening atop the fridge.

I got a comment once asking why I’m always changing my diet. Can’t I ever just eat and be happy with it? Well here’s the thing…looking back over all my years of experimenting, I wouldn’t change it! I rather love it, it’s kind of a hobby! Since I was a kid I’ve been fascinated by the connection between food and how we look and feel and I’m still going with it. I love reading diet books, getting other perspectives, trying them on for myself and usually moving on while keeping some things and tossing the rest. I don’t pretend that my diet now will be my diet for the rest of my life but it feels really great for right now.

Here’s a recipe from my juice feasting days (all of about 10 days ago), you can juice the mango but I found I got a lot more out of it by blending it with the juice and straining it through a nut milk bag.

 

Spicy Mango Green Juice

 

Spicy Mango Green Juice 

 6 oranges, peeled

1 jalapeño (with or without seeds)

1 bunch parsley

1 mango, peeled

Juice oranges, jalapeño, and parsley and blend with the mango. Strain in a cheesecloth or nut milk bag.

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90 Day Juice Feast. Day 48. Lazy Blogger.

So I’ve noticed that the less I blog, the less I feel a need to blog. During my first juice feast I felt like I really needed it to keep myself accountable. This time I’m not really worried about that. I do have a variety of topics I want to address and a stash of recipes I’d like to post but the daily “I’m feeling this way or that” doesn’t feel as necessary.

I will give a quick update as to the last few days and probably continue on from here with updates a few times a week. The last couple of days were really wonderful, I felt intensely relaxed and content and was really enjoying just about everything. Today I feel tight and tired and a little bit sad. I’ve gone from “90 days won’t be nearly enough!!!” to “90 days can’t come fast enough…how about 60?” I’m allowing myself to feel this way, trying not to escape it, just feeling it, asking myself questions to figure out why I might be feeling this way etc. I kind of feel like it might just be because I’m in the middle of an eleven day stretch of working with no days off and it just feels kind of depressing. I love time to myself, I love quiet, and I am truly an introvert extraordinaire. I’m feeling a pretty strong need to just crawl into my shell and stay there but it’s not an option at the moment. The really good news is I will soon be going from two jobs to just one and the thought of more than one day off a week with lots of time for long walks, sunshine, books, baths and some more water fasting sounds unbelievably appealing.

Cravings and cleansing. I’ve been releasing just heaps and heaps of mucus and at the same time craving cheese like crazy. I’m looking forward to the upswing of this low time for sure, it’s definitely feeling challenging. Rainbow Juices

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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 43. Unusual Juiceables: Jicama

I’m definitely in a weird place with my body the last couple days. On the one hand, I had the best night of sleep I’ve had in a while and woke up feeling really positive. I also went out of the house with *no* makeup and felt pretty great about the way my skin looked. On the other hand, I’m getting nauseous more often and not feeling super strong. I’m really craving *texture*. I was looking at the carrot pulp from my juicer and thinking about how it would make a delicious mock tuna salad 🙂 Anyways, lows like today seem to be always followed by really great highs so I’m riding it out. I would love to be able to ride it out at home but I’ll be working late tonight, thus the early post.

Jicama juice! Wow. Milky, creamy, and sweet, it’s a perfect base for any vegetable juice combo and it’s really replaced cucumber for me at the moment! Everyone I’ve shared this with has absolutely loved it and lately I just can’t get enough.

Jicama Surprise Juice

Jicama Surprise Juice

2 large jicama

1 bunch cilantro

1 lime, peeled

1/2 a jalapeño, seeded

Today’s Juice Feast: 32 oz carrot/chard, 3 oz wheatgrass, 32 oz CinnaBeet Love Juice (recipe to come), 32 oz Jicama Surprise Juice, 32 oz celery/apple, 32 oz carrot/kale.

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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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