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Catching up Post-NYC

Hello from the airport again! I really did not expect to get this behind in posting, I fully intended to update every day! Unfortunately the place I was staying had a suuuuuper slow internet connection and well, a post without pictures is a little boring.

Hopefully my updates aren’t boring but on my end It’s just been the most inspiring week and I might explode if I don’t share bits of it! I’ll try to throw recipes in between New York updates to break it up.

Day one was Sunday! Class wouldn’t start until Monday so I drug my baggage up to my new temporary residence (airbnb for the win, we paid almost nothing to stay 5 days in the city). Shortly after I arrived, Lola joined me and we hunted the city, unsuccessfully, for comfy yoga class attire. This was the first time I’d met Lola and our connection was instant! By the end of the day it felt like I’d known her my whole life.

Our wanderings led us to a meet up at Organic Avenue with Ana who had taken Natalia’s course previously and whom I was also meeting for the first time (again with the insta-connection). Seriously folks, this girl is amazing. We had an inspired afternoon chatting about future blog collaborations and even recording one of our conversations with the intention of sharing it here 🙂

Later on in the evening we made a stop at One Lucky Duck for more green juice and enthusiastic (read: too loud for this tiny cafe) chat about colon cleansing and detox life.

This day alone would have been worth the trip to NYC- how often to you meet three friends who immediately feel like sisters and who you gladly deprive yourself of sleep to stay up with and chat about everything from dramatic energy healing sessions to bowel movements 😉

It may also have been worth the trip for a meal at Pure Food and Wine. Renae joined us for an evening of decadence at this famed raw food restaurant, little did I know it would be my first of three meals at this extraordinary place!

I’ll leave this post with a few pictures, next go-round I’ll chat about our first day of class with Natalia!

Outside of Pure Food and Wine

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Ana and her Caesar Salad.

Renae with the Raw Taco Salad.

Lola turns a Caesar Salad shot adorable.

Outside with full bellies. Don’t let the mat fool you, we never quite it made it to yoga 😉

After three hours of sleep the night before we all should have crashed but I think we were lucky to get more than five hours on any given night. We may have finally come close to running out of things to talk about by that last day!

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Ginger Chocolate Milk Juice

This is a bit of a twist on the Mexican Chocolate Milk Juice. I recently tried some dark chocolate covered crystalized ginger and when I was making my juice yesterday that was what popped into my head and here is what came of it!

Ingredients:

1 cucumber
2 pounds carrots
1 head romaine
1 knob ginger
1 Tbsp. raw cacao powder
2 droppers NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia

Run veggies through your juicer, add to blender with cacao and stevia and blend until frothy.

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Juice Fast Day 3 and Wasabi Spiced Veggie Juice

I’m about to finish three days on just juice! I have to admit, today felt slow, I was hungry, and I felt like I needed a TON of juice (as you’ll see below). I’m looking forward to breaking the fast tomorrow with some Pumpkin Pie in a Bowl. I’m also very aware of how easy it can be to break a fast poorly, binge, or eat less than ideal foods and I’m prepared for those sorts of feelings to pop up. Here what was on today’s menu:

28 oz jicima/romaine/kale/lemon juice

34 oz cucumber/turmeric/fennel/mint juice with coconut water with vanilla stevia, bee pollen, and cayenne pepper

40 oz Wasabi Spiced Veggie Juice*

24 oz Gena’s Nourishing Veggie Broth

32 oz carrot/kale/fennel juice with spring water and bee pollen

32 oz parsnip/romaine/carrot juice with spring water

*Wasabi Spiced Veggie Juice

Ingredients:

8 roma tomatoes
10 carrots
1 cucumber
1-2 lemons
4 cloves garlic
1 tsp wasabi powder
big pinch black pepper and sea salt (optional)

Juice all veggies and add spices. I didn’t include any sea salt but it would have been delicious.

This was such a fun departure from my normal juice routine and I’m excited to try out some more tomato-based juices! I’ll keep you posted on how the break-fast goes, have a good night!

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Cinnamon Licorice Veggie Juice

I am not a fan of licorice. I have, however, fallen head-over-heels for a little vegetable called fennel which is strangely reminiscent of it in flavor (imagine licorice as a crunchy veggie if you can ;)). Along with juicing it and thinly slicing it into salads I absolutely love my Sweet-and-Salty Fennel Fries and frequently return to Lauren’s Iced Carrot No-Cappuccino. Today I’d like to bring to you that cappuccino’s cacao-free cousin:

Ingredients:

2 lbs carrots
2 heads romaine
1-2 bulbs fennel
liquid stevia (I use 4-5 droppers, it ends up pretty sweet)
a hearty dose of cinnamon

Juice the fennel, romaine, and carrots and pour into a blender. Add stevia and cinnamon to your liking and blend. You can also just stir in the cinnamon and stevia but I like mine frothy.

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Red Velvet Juice and Rose Cleanse Complete

The cleanse is officially over! I plan on doing a re-cap in the next few days but I have something a little bit different today that I’m only comfortable sharing because I feel like the moment I’ll be describing below was a little “turning point” for me. I’ve had a lot of turning points in my life, this one just happened to be journaled.

This post is quite a vulnerable one and I really debated whether or not I should post it. But alas, here we are. Over the holidays I had a great time making beautiful veggie-centric dishes for myself and whoever I was cooking for. It was, overall, the best holiday season I’ve had yet but I didn’t make it through without a handful of tumultuous days and anxiety-fueled, food “extravaganzas”. I was finding it extremely frustrating that after all of the physical cleansing and emotional work I’d done I would still find myself in a painful situation because of my poor or very excessive food choices. I journaled this late one night, not able to sleep because I’d eaten poorly and heavily while stressed out before bed. Natalia Rose often quotes spiritual teacher Almine saying “Pain is a call for change.” and this is what was running through my head when I sat down to write.

…Please forgive me if it seems a bit dramatic, I’m not always such a drama queen but it’s what I was feeling in the moment.

“”Pain is a call for change.”? Well its time for a change. This emotional eating shit is getting in the way of my life and I will have it no more. I get in these frantic states where I’m bored or stressed and I feel like I might be “missing out” on anything delicious that might be available in my world at that moment…It’s not true. The supposed “deliciousness” of whatever edible thing is in my face at the moment is getting in the way of my living. It’s getting in the way of my creativity and my energy. I will have no more of it. I want vibrancy and lightness, not scrambled eggs at 10 p.m. I want real energy stemming from a clear body and mind, not a large americano at noon. I want real excitement, not stimulation. If I so happen to wake up at 4 a.m. (ahem…) I want to be filled with gratitude for my warm cozy bed, a few more hours of sleep, the fresh air blowing in from my window, and the rain outside…not filled with midnights macaroons…even if they were for “ebook testing purposes” (amazingly, they don’t digest any better, even with the “best intentions”)…I don’t want to feel angry with myself anymore, to feel like I can’t trust myself. There was a time when this was about weight. I’ve pretty much got that under control these days. I’ve carefully practiced loving myself no matter what I look like and while I’m not always perfect at it, it’s a habit I’ve pretty well got down. Not to mention I take care of myself to a degree most of the time now that my weight stays in a pretty happy range. This is beyond that. This is about not wanting to use food as a crutch to get through a difficult workday (I’m reading the book “Positive Energy” and “emotional empath” describes me to a “T” making airplane work incredibly overstimulating) or a tool to get through a boring evening. Come on, I’m more creative than that!! I can be bigger than this. I love food. I. love. food. Like, a lot. I write a freaking food blog!! But at the moment…the way I’m using it…it’s blocking me from living as myself completely. Not all food of course, just food at inappropriate times, when it’s being used for something other that nourishment and is hardly even pleasurable because I’m not even hungry, just avoiding something. It’s all too often used as a drug, masking whatever awesome self is under that layer of fullness. No more nonsense. I am strong enough for this now. I’ve been in this place before and I know how to get out. I trust that I can learn not to hurt myself physically or emotionally this way anymore.

…I remember writing this and feeling a lot of peace. I’ve felt it all the way through the Rose Cleanse and, despite ups and downs emotionally I have been able to use the tools that I’ve learned over the last year or so to use food in a way that serves me (and I manage to enjoy it immensely 😉 ) instead of leaving me feeling defeated or obsessive in any way. It’s felt very balanced and I’ve felt very confident that this is the right thing for me right now.

Now that the month is officially over, I’d love to hear your experiences! Did you have any turning points or moments worth sharing?

Below is a delectable crimson treat that is almost entirely veggie based. It was the one day on the cleanse when I had a little cacao in one of my juices and for this one, it was totally worth it 🙂


1 lb carrots
1 bunch spinach
1 large or 2 small beets
1/4 cup water or homemade nut milk
1 tbsp cocoa
1 tbsp carob
vanilla stevia to taste

Juice spinach, carrots and beets. Pour into a blender with remaining ingredients and blend until frothy. Sweeten to taste.

On a final note, if you haven’t already, you have to watch a video entitled “Stuff a Rose Cleanser Says” by Lola York. I’m pretty sure I’ve said every one of these things at some point!

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