a journey from the heart

Juice Fast Day 4

I will admit I am so grateful I only have one more day of juicing. This is a great experience, and I feel fabulous. But I am feeling a bit juiced-out. I have not been hungry and I have not had any cravings. Well, except to actually bite into something solid. It doesn’t matter what, fruit, vegetables, something….

So, today’s line-up:

Carrot Apple Lemon

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Garden Variety (romaine added)

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Un-Beet-able (Loving the beets!)

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Green Lemonade

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Purple Passion (minty and refreshing)

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Four down, one to go! Happy Juicing

Juice Fast Day 3

So, day 3 has been great! I woke up with no headache and with quite a bit of energy. Each morning the reboot starts with 2 cups hot water, ginger simmered with it. Hot water in hand (or jar anyway), I took a stroll to the grocery store because I realized I hadn’t bought enough oranges. Came home, made my breakfast juice, and finished reading a fantastic book, The Memory Garden, by Mary Rickert.

Mid-morning drink is 16 oz unsweetened coconut water. Then green juice for lunch. Took my mid-afternoon juice with me to a game-con and played Lewis and Clark. Then back home for supper juice, and after-supper juice while watching
Searching for Sugar Man.

Today’s menu:

Sunrise (I love these beet juices!!!)

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Joe’s Mean Green (with parsley and romaine added)

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Watermelon Crush (yummy)

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Garden Variety (romaine added)

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Peach Pie Delight (Spectacular! I had no idea sweet potatoes were so good raw. Just like a milkshake!))

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Now that I have made all the juices, I am adding other ingredients to some of them. I had lots of extra romaine from pre-juicing, so it’s now in all the green juices.

That’s it for today. Three days down, two to go. Spent all day just wanting to sink my teeth into the fruits and veggies. The cherries at the market looked sooooooo good. Soon!

Happy Juicing!

Juice Fast Day 2

Day 2 of my juice fast has been pretty good. I woke up with a bit of a headache this morning, not sure if it is due to the fast or to hormones. Both are equally likely options. Perhaps it’s a bit of both.

I went for a casual swim that was refreshing. I would have stayed in the water longer, but alas, the biggest issue with juicing this much…having to pee every 20-30 minutes. Seriously!

Spent much if the day curled up with a good book and the cats. We took multiple cat-naps together, quite relaxing. Oh, and I splurged with a bubble bath while drinking my mid-afternoon, red juice. Decadent!

My headache continues, a bit worse for the wear this evening. Otherwise, I feel great. I have not been hungry, only thirsty. Again, nearly 3.5 liters of water so far today.

Without further ado, here are some pictures to tantalize.

Carrot Apple Ginger

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Green Lemonade (with a few extra ingredients)

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Sporty Spice (by far my favorite so far!)

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Joe’s Mean Green (zesty)

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Red, White, Blue (& Green!) – yup, that’s it’s full name (this one is odd and my least favorite thus far)

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So, I am going to finish this final (odd) juice and then curl up with another book until I drift off to sleep. More tomorrow.

Happy Juicing!

Juice Fast Day 1

This is my very first juice fast. Beginning today, I will be on a 5-day fast. I am following Joe Cross’ 5-day Reboot. If you haven’t seen “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” I highly recommend you do.

Now, I am not fat, sick or nearly dead. However, I can always be a bit healthier. So, enjoy the pictures; I am currently enjoying the juices.

Carrot Apple Lemon

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Garden Variety

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Un-Beet-able (forgot to add the ginger before I started blending, so it’s not in the photo, oops)

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Green Lemonade

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Purple Passion

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Finally, this is what the fridge looked like prior to beginning.

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Poor boyfriend, no room for much of his food. Good thing it’s only a five-day fast!

So, I have just the purple passion left to drink tonight. I feel great, haven’t been hungry all day, which is surprising because I went to my 5:30 a.m. Jazzercise class before I started this morning. And, no trouble drinking enough water…I’ve nearly put 4 liters away today. Will update again tomorrow evening. I have the next three days off from work, perfect to be gentle with myself.

Here’s to your health! Happy Juicing.

Snow then ice

What started as a mild snow storm Thursday, the 6th is now an ice storm. Tomorrow we are supposed to reach 47F. We shall see…. Currently 29F.

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20140208-112416.jpg Day 2 – Heavy Snow. Broke the record for Feb 7th with 6.8″.

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Blanketed in white below the mindfulness bell.

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Day 3 (today) – Total snow 9.3″. Now the ice storm.

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Orion (on left) and Thor watching the freezing rain. BTW, the snowstorm is named Orion. Guess he got his fifteen seconds of fame!

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Icicles on the mindfulness bell. Lovely, indeed.

Holiday Tree

I love this time if year. There is something about the season that warms my spirit, especially with snow on the ground and in the boughs. I love the baking, the friends and family, the time spent curled up in warm blankets with a cup of tea and a good read. And while I love the scent of a holiday tree I do not put one up.

But if I did, I would have to choose the second of these two.

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I really do have a soft spot for a Charlie Brown holiday tree. The simple beauty, the tenderness of spirt, the feeling of acceptance.

How about you? What’s your preference? Why?

Powder

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7 a.m. Leaving the pool after swimming my first mile.

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Orion watching the flakes swirl and the neighborhood kids play.

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Limbs dressed in long white gloves.

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Contemplating flurries.

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A good day to read a book.

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Yuletide

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Snow Angels

What a glorious day! The quiet hush of the world wrapped in a blanket. The gentle glow when day turns to night. I love the snow.

Especially when it comes as a surprise, and only rare occasion.

Pleasant dreams.