Friday, November 18, 2011

Cleanse Days 2 and 3 Recap. Cooked Food Addiction


Yesterday was crazy and I was unable to get a post up. I did wrap the day up with some meditation and deep journaling.

Here is what the day looks like:
  • Rise without alarm (always did) around 6:30-7am.
  • 16oz water
  • Hot water with lemon
  • Juice (yesterday green today grapefruit)
  • Huge smoothie (1/2 lb spinach, about 3-4 bananas, chia seeds, froz blueberries, and 2 dates
  • Water
  • Another smoothie
  • Another smoothie
  • Tea
  • Water
Daily I have been:
  • Skin brushing/exfoliating
  • Tongue scraping
  • Stretching
  • Journaling
  • Meditating
Okay so today I wanted to eat. Having the normal cleanse thoughts like, "It's not normal NOT to eat. I mean I AM vegan veteran. Geez, whole foods are good for me. I should just end right now and have some of this GF V pizza."

Speaking of which, Kennedy is having a sleepover tonite and I just made a huge batch of homemade GF pizza...oohhhhhhhhh myyyyyyyyy goddess! Anywho, I realize that the cleanse will have to be shorter than 7 days because I have to actually cook the Thanksgiving dinner before Thursday and will be tasting it, but I am adamant about using December 1-15th for mainly juice (but also smoothies)

So, when will I end this cleanse? Not sure. I thought about ending it today, but I feel too hungry and am afraid I will just overeat because I feel hungry. I need to sit with this feeling of hunger as I think about the famine going on in other parts of the world. When I position my consciousness globally I realize how utterly American and ridiculous my raw vs cooked thoughts can become.

Some civilizations are thriving on rice and beans while working outdoors 10-12 hours a day. And here I am in my centrally heated home with a smoothie snaps me back into reality quickly.

Watch this youtube clip about the Somali Refugees Famine HERE.

The Raw vs Cooked debate comes on strong. I have been a part of the raw movement for 7 years now. I have been vegan for over ten. No one led me to the soul searched it out. Read about it my vegan story---> My comp is tripping and won't let me add the link right now :( Sorry!

I am a 100% proponent of a 95% whole foods diet. I know that as I age, I will change that to 100% whole vegan plant-based foods. Cooked or raw to me doesn't truly matter. Let me preface this by saying after years and years of personal research (and watching the lives of many friends) this is what resonates as true for me... I will never eat an animal or their secretions again.

This I know. I will always:
  •  juice
  • do massive green smoothies
  • crazy massive salads
I will NOT do:
  • lots of nuts unless in a raw food gourmet meal every now and then
  • processed vegan convenience foods
  • no soy other than tofu every now and again (love the stuff)
  • be so obsessed with %ages that I forget to savor and enjoy my food
For me food is meant to delicious and wonderful..sometimes sensual. Assigning "good" or "bad" to the food is useless in my mind. The only BAD is animal products for a host of reasons.

I like making my eating time ritualistic (duh..I love rituals- must be the Catholic upbringing :) ). I set my place mat, my centerpiece, my incense, and a candle and give thanks. Then I slowly enjoy the meal. Whether I am alone or dining with Kay or friends.

Gotta love it... Are you raw or cooked? Both? What do you think about cooked food? Cravings?

Off to plan the sleepover! Girls are arriving!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Cleanse Day 1 Recap

I am starving. OMG. I am thinking about all kinds of things. But I made it through. Thought I wouldnt around 5 pm, but I hung strung.

At 9:00am I had tons of water before downing a huge green smoothie (spinach-bananas- orange)

Later I had FOUR huge green smoothies. All spinach-banana-date-froz blueberry. Thus was soooo goodd. I love dates!!!

I did venture out to the store and snagged some chia seeds. Oh yea I added em to my afternoon smoothies.

Awwww I wanted to chew these apples. But not that fake orange. Things haven't gotten that badly yet!!

Sorry about the poor picture quality. No flash was on. Here are some Costco grapefruit that I picked up for a few days of juice. Grapefruit juice is my favorite juice.

Here is my pantry. Plenty bananas to ripen for this 7 day cleanse.

Best thing about it is that my cleanup is simple!!

Here is princess telling me that I can do it!

It is only 8 pm and I am exhausted. Have been for hours. I am showered and in pajamas. I am going to read the girlie novel I picked up at the library today.

Zero excercise today. No yoga. No journaling. I did meditate but my brain is so foggy, I may need a day or two to adjust. Let me tell you...I am seriously regretting that cheeseburger dinner.

Here is my tip: Time is passing whether you are doing things or not. May as well have time on your side and be doing things you KNOW can help you.

When I wanted to eat veggie chips I said to myself, " 10 mins after they are gone I will feel like shit."

I am ready to be back on the path I have been on for so many years without stress or brain surgery slowing me down. I am ready to be the me that I have alwayd envisioned being. Don't YOU want that???? The only oerson standing in your way is YOU. So join me for the next six days. You can do:

•juice/smoothies til dinner
•1 day cleanse
•go ovaries to the wall (hate the balls to the wall statement) and go 100% like me

Come on!!!!

Time to Cleanse

Good morning Goddesses!!

I wanted to post last nite, but was so exhausted after 5 hours at the GRE test center (I'm done!!!!!!) and then going out in the rain to the library at Penn State. I was late to see the play I wanted to go to, but hung around to chat with my mentor and new students.

I didn't get to shop for the cleanse, but it doesn't matter. Today is the day! I did eat a GF V cheeseburger and chips last nite however. Because I ate the food so late I didn't wake up hungry. I did wake up rushed however. I was so tired from reading a novel until 1:30 am (good books captivate me like that!)...

Here are my plans for the cleanse:
  • Upon waking tongue scrape
  • Drink 16oz-1L of water
  • I cup of hot water with lemon (if I have any) or cayenne
  • Green juice (using whatever I have on hand). Prob romaine/apple/lemon????
  • Green smoothie (banana, spinach, apple, or orange)
  • Short light workout (some walking on the treadmill maybe {the weather sucks}; yoga daily; very light weights)
  • Hot teas (Traditional Medicinals; Yogi Tea)
  • More smoothies
  • I'll do blended soups if I have the money for the ingredients
  • Lots of meditation and journaling
  • Limited to NO television and lots of reading girlie novels!

The purpose of this cleanse is majorly spiritual. I took time and got into the mindframe of cleansing. I actually came home after dropping Kennedy off an hour ago and started cleaning up. My house is a kinda disorganized mess because I have been so busy with school and such I've been "tidying"
it over. But, today I wanted to just get started on putting things in order.

If you are following the cleanse or starting your own...what is your purpose for doing it? Do you just want a jump start to a clean system? Wanna get rid of some negative emotions? Feel closer to god/goddess?

For me, it's all of the above.

My Cleanse list:
  • Journal
  • Fav Penn State Penn
  • Girlie novels (for when I feel food cravings to escape to)
  • Spinach and lots of it
  • Bananas and lots of em
  • May buy some chia seeds to bulk up the smoothies???
  • Oranges
  • Apples
  • Romaine
  • Lemons
  • Celery
  • Frozen Blueberries
  • Dry skin brush
  • Tongue scraper
  • Organic bubble bath
I am off in the rainy gloom of this Wednesday to clean up a little, balance my checkbook and see how much vegetation I can afford, hop on over to the grocery store and then to Costco for the frozen blueberries and celery and to make my first green smoothie of the day.

I am excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Test Prep and Cleanse Prep

The day is near. gasp. My GRE is on Tuesday. I have cold feet. I detest the fact that I must take this monstrous exam again..but am eager to get it over with.

News on the cleanse. I am going to do it from Wednesday November 16th to Wednesday November 23rd. I know that is only 7 days, but I would be lying if I didn't intend to eat "faux turkey" on T-giving day. Kay and I are going to a huge vegan Thanksgiving and I am in charge of GF dessert/menu items.

I do intend on doing another cleanse on Dec. 1-15th as well. I have been mentally preparing for the cleanse. I can't afford to do only juice, but will be doing juice and green smoothies for both. Wednesday morning I will list everything that I will be using for cleanse and my daily intake and exercise.

I plan on easing back into my workouts...very slow and steady. Yoga...some jump rope...light weights (lots of reps)...few exercises.

So here is my bed- covered in GRE materials! (I spared you and only showed you a glimpse) :-)

As usual...Halo is obliviously napping

Green smoothie and notes

Banana and dates...a mid-afternoon snack

GRE prep tests. OUCH. My score SUCKED today. You would swear that I wasn't studying at all.

What are you doing today to make for a better tomorrow? I'm studying for the GRE and going to drink some tea and journal before bed. What will you do?????

Websites to visit:

Zen Habits

Crazy Sexy Life

Vegan Action

Lovingly added by Jayna'

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Preoccupation to Motivation

Good morning! It's a dreary East Coast morning. I am a bit preoccupied with thoughts about my lovely VW Beetle :( I'll tell ya more at another time. It literally has me in tears. Moving on...

It's November mom's bday is tomorrow! 11-11-11 She will be 55. She is really embracing a healthier lifestyle. She proves that it is never too late to start.

I started this morning with hot lemon water. I only have one lemon tomorrow it may be hot cayenne pepper water!

Moved on about 1/2 hour later to green juice: romaine, apple

An hour later I had a quart of green smoothie: 3 froz bananas, TONS of spinach, 1 honeycrisp apple

Here is Halo napping at the foot of my bed this morning.

I sat at my computer. Yes this is my screen saver! I love this photo. Not because I look stunningly gorgeous, but because I took it in Hershey Medical Center when Kennedy got out of ICU. I hadn't had sleep in days or combed my hair, yet I found reason to smile.

I watched a great video that I love by Philip. A few years ago when I traveled to New York quite often Philip and I had a great conversation after listening to Kris Carr speak about the power of meditating, juicing, and kicking canCer's ass... He said a few things that still have a profound impact on me to this day.

Then I swung by Mimi Kirk's site Young on Raw Food and nabbed a cute recipe for Cheezy Cheese Sauce. I will post her recipe and her picture below. I am certainly going to make this as a salad dressing. I will use less olive oil (if any at all).

Here is a picture of Kennedy and one of her best friends going to see Disney's Dare to Dream on Ice. It was a magical and beautiful performance. I love to see that light in her eyes when she is feeling inspired. It reminds me to seek the same feeling.

Speaking of there something you are looking for? Do you hold an image of yourself, but don't know how to "cross over" to embody that image?

The answer is ACTION. Stop thinking about it...planning it...and just DO IT. Seriously, if you always wanted to be a yogi, but don't know how...turn on youtube (hello FREE) and do a five minute session. BAM you are a yogi! Want to dabble in raw foods, but don't know where to start? Eat an apple..BAM you are a raw fooder.

Sounds crazy, but I am dead serious. The only thing stopping you from being who you want to be is to stop thinking and start moving. Maybe you won't be a juice feaster or marathoner overnite, but you will damn sure be closer to one than you were yesterday~

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thanks for all who emailed to join me for the cleanse!!! I am putting together a small budget to do it now. I am thinking of doing it for 10 days in November and 15 in December.

Here are some pix of how my days have been going.

Juice: everything I find in the fridge! Romaine- collard greens- green apples-lemon


Tea. This my fav mug. It says,"Life is all about how you handle Plan B" :-) dont I know it!

Hot lemon water...early cold East Coast morning staple

My beautiful survivor. She is starting to speak to younger kids about how to be strong thru brain surgery. OMG I am so proud of her.

I have been so consumed with stress and my car breaking down that I am waaaay behind on schoolwork. That all changes today!

I am aiming to get in a quick at-home workout at some point today.

Be good to yourself today. Drink some water...plan to go to bed early...take a bubble bath :-)

I plan on doing ALL those.

Lovingly added by Jayna'

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Major Shifts and Deep Thoughts

Lately, I have been going through quite a lot. I am having a difficult time balancing it all sometimes. I am also in the final weeks of applying to graduate school. I am simultaneously overwhelmed, exhausted, hopeful, and happy.

Taking care of Kennedy is always paramount; therefore, there hasn't been much time made for anything else in between applications (long and hard), studying for the GRE (so behind) and cooking/raising her.

It's freezing up here in PA and I am finding myself really wanting soup, tea, and apples. I have probably eaten 20 honey crisp apples in the past week.

My weight/exercise routine isnt' nearly where I want either to be and I am super eager to just get the applying process over with so that I can breathe again.

I have been feeling "stagnant" and feeling a real pull to do a cleanse. Seriously. On a spiritual and physical level. It is really time to "lighten the load". Speaking of which...I have eliminated several family members and friends from my life. This has been no easy feat. One friend I knew for 20 years and the other 14. It was painful, but so necessary.

I am creating space in my life for joy and abundant bliss. I can't remain (anymore) wrapped in patterns of behavior that do not benefit me. So, please send me some good vibes as I go through this trying time. I am so hopeful that plenty of joy will come from this :-)

I'm thinking of doing a 10 day "reboot" in a few weeks. Juices and green smoothies. I simply cannot afford to do all juice.  I would love some company along the way. This won't just be about the juice/smoothies, but also about daily meditation, bubble baths, and yoga. So, if you want a guided self-care plan to help you get geared up for the holidays, I'm your gyrl.

If you wanna get inspired, check this out....I've seen it 3 times :)

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead Trailer 

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.


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