My sponsor called me a couple of weeks ago to tell me some shocking news….after 11 years in the 12 step group we were in for our eating disorder she needed to leave for her health. The structure was too confining for how she now needed to take care of herself…..it’s perfectly understandable. At that moment, I had a decision to make….get another sponsor or try it on my own. It didn’t take much thought. I have been very into the raw food lifestyle for several years now and that with my food plan worked somewhat well together but it was still pretty rigid and restrictive….which is what I needed 7 years ago and for the years following….I had gotten so far off….well….never truly on….a healthy living plan. The first couple of days were odd…exciting but scary. I ate my fruit between meals….it’s better to eat fruit alone on an empty stomach anyway….I ate 1/2 of an avocado on my salad…..I ate vegan chili without measuring every ingredient….I ate some raw oatmeal cookies…..I’ve been living like a normal….no, not normal….but healthy person. Sugar and flour are no doubt not things I want to go back to…or other harmful substances like pork or aspartame….I’m doing a cleanse right now so everything is vegan…..and I feel amazing! My energy level is great, my mood….there are no going to the bathroom problems….everything is working better than it ever has….I feel so free! What is really interesting to me is that I found this program after going on a Daniel Fast…which is what the cleanse is too….and I’m exiting it on one as well….it’s like God is leading me out. I really needed the intense structure to get on the right track….and I will definitely go back if I need to….but life is changing, Brett is moving to California, Alexis is going to school 9 1/2 hours from here….Eric and I are going to travel and we are on the next phase of our lives….I don’t want to be strapped to the food plan….but I do want to stay abstinent, healthy and at my ideal weight…..so far so good….I’m putting it….just like everything else….in God’s hands….and it always works out better than I imagined and in just the right way, form and timing.
I’m feeling really good. The plan was to go 21 days, then vegan for another 19…but I’m happy raw…and it’s January in Michigan! The cleansing group that I have been privileged to lead is doing so well, pounds have been dropping, but the best part is that people are feeling so good and are wanting to continue eating this way….they’re doing cooked and raw. Eric gave up his coffee again and could have had it back as of yesterday but chose not to : ) He looks good…his skin has a plumpness and glow to it that it didn’t before. Others have given up coffee too and you can see it in their faces. Alexis has been doing this with us from the beginning of the year and is still with it too…she completed her 21 days and took her real milk back and had a little chicken…but nothing processed…she likes how she feels too. One of the best parts with her was an answer to a prayer, actually two. She has been undecided on what direction to go in for college….major and school….about 2 weeks ago she was panicking about it, I asked her if she had been saying her prayers and did Reiki….no kidding, within 30 minutes she came running down the stairs all excited because she found a major that incorporated everything that she wanted to do and one of the schools that she was already accepted by had a top program in that area, she has been strong on that ever since. We haven’t actually visited this college yet because it’s 9 hours away : O….but she has read everything about it and has done every virtual tour available…. now instead of going somewhere warm and sunny for spring break, we will be going deeper into the heart of winter….another : O…but she loves snow.
It’s so heartwarming and motivating to see how cleansing with prayer and purpose impacts people. Someone following the blog, (Tif : ) even decided to give it a try.
I’ve had the same juices all 3 days so I didn’t re-post it. So far, so good. Yesterday was the most detoxifying….the second day usually is, I took another shower before I went to bed and felt so much better. I know I seem to say this every time I go on a cleanse…..but….that corn that shows up on my foot all the time was there again, and painful, it’s been painful for at least a month and I’ve been aware of it for longer….it’s gone! I feel like continuing the juicing for a while longer, the next couple of days are pretty busy and it feels easier to do that than to figure out what to eat, I feel like more will be released if I continue too….and I really don’t feel like eating yet….which is very strange for me so I want to honor what my body is telling me. Alexis has been doing this with me, I’m so impressed! She is going on a medical mission trip to Nicaragua with our church in February and also needs to pick her college, so praying and fasting are a really good thing for her right now. I’m also praying for her, I feel that God is leading her to the trip, and leading me to let her go….this is her 3rd one….but the first out of the country. There are 3 adults that we know well going and the leader has taken this trip over 20 times, she’s my baby and sometimes I can’t believe that I’m letting her do this, but then a calm will come over me…I’m really hoping that it’s God saying that everything will be okay….of course that is on the top of my prayer list too….along with both kids getting into the right colleges for them and other things. Eric started today. I have a group starting Friday and Monday….this is a great start to the year I must say : )
Here’s what I’m having today:
Breakfast: Green Magma Plus. 1 scoop Sun Warrior Raw Protein Powder, (vanilla), 8 oz blueberries and banana, 1 T maca powder, 1 T stevia, 1 T c hia seeds blended in about 16 oz water….oh, and a scoop of Irish Moss. (it’s a sea weed that you work with to make a gel….I tried it yesterday and it seemed to give me extra energy….I’ll see if I feel the same today).
Lunch: 2 C carrot and celery juice, 1/2 sweet potato juiced, 1 apple juiced, 1 lemon juiced….peel and all. 1 scoop Sun Warrior Raw Protein Powder, chocolate, 1 T chia seeds, 1 T Irish Moss.
Dinner: 3 C carrot, celery, beet and tomato juice, (I will heat it just to warm on the stove and add garlic, 1 t miso paste, 1/2 t raw honey, 1/2 T raw apple cider vinegar, sea salt, cayenne pepper), 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1 T chia, 1 T Irish Moss.
I’m starting with a 3 day juice fast, it re-boots the system and makes it easier to transition. There are buckwheat groats, sunflower seeds and a spicy seed mixture sprouting in my laundry room to be ready for Wednesday. There is also a jar of quinoa “rejuvelac” fermenting on my counter. See you tomorrow, have a great day!
I LOVE New Years. Not for the parties or the dresses….and certainly not for the drinks or the food…..I love New Years resolutions. This year will mark 19 years of no alcohol, 12 years of no cigarettes, with a few exceptions, about 8 without the gum, 7 years of no sugar/no flour, coffee is out of the picture….and so much more. They didn’t all go right at New Years…alcohol did and the other things on many occasions, but may not have stuck until later in the year…but so what? I love to improve, I love to be free of addictions, I love to make lists of goals and check them at the end of the year and now it’s that time again : ) We have a group doing a 21 day cleanse that will begin on the 9th. I’m going to start on the 1sth though since I’m the leader and want to be at my best for the other people….a good leader : ) This year I’m going to crank it up a notch. I’m going totally raw for the 21 days, maybe for more, but definitely the 3 weeks, and I’m jazzed. What I really enjoy about the New Years cleanse, or Daniel fast is the clarity I get, the surrender and closeness to God. I’m not sure why what I eat or don’t eat has such an impact on my emotions, mental state and spiritual state, but it really does. Earlier today I realized that I don’t think that I could have stuck to the no sugar/no flour eating without a guide….that way of living was foreign to me and would have been temporary….just like raw food has been, I get to my goal, then go back to the way I was eating before, so does that mean that I need to stay raw? I don’t know, but I’m going to ask for clarity during this cleanse. I have gotten to a higher level of trust with God and if I feel that He is guiding me to do it, then He will show me the way and I will. It seems so radical….but so did living without sugar and flour. I always feel so good when I do the cleanses, a heightened awareness, more energy, a calmness and security that is deeper than normal….so it does make me wonder. For now, I’m committing to 3 weeks…and looking forward to it….of course I will let you know how it’s going : ) What are your goals for the year? Are you as excited as I am? Oh, I almost forgot! Last year, I was so hooked on Pepsi Max that I didn’t let go of it for the cleanse/fast, but I put it on my list asking God to remove it from me…..Thank you God, I haven’t had any in several months : )
David Wolfe came to Royal Oak Michigan this week…..what a treat! I’m still buzzing. I feel so renewed and inspired! He really amazes me. The event went from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. with breaks….but he didn’t take any…..and his stories about the day started with him driving the wrong way down a one way street in Detroit at 6 a.m…..and he had already been here going strong for 2 days. What really amazed me other than his energy was that even though he didn’t get a break….for about 8 hours, he treated everyone that came up to see him with such warmth and genuine interest. They are having another session today….I’m really bummed to miss it….but excited to be going to see the American Idols tonight : ) It was such an amazing day, I got to sit right in the front row….about 20 feet away from him most of the day…..and this guys energy is so awesome! This is going to sound corny….but you can just feel the love : ) You can also feel the vibrancy, the enthusiasm….the honesty. I’ve read his books….and bought 2 more….watched the Longevity Conference…..I don’t know how many hours that is…..read much of his information on the web, watched You Tube and of course saw exerts from him in raw food movies…..but to be there in the energy…..priceless. This conference too was filled with healthy, beautiful vibrant people….what I would expect people to be like following this life style……and I don’t mean beautiful in the superficial sense…..although many of them were…..this is going to sound corny too….but the inner beauty really radiated from them. It was intoxicating, inspiring and motivating. I ate the most wonderful food….just simple raw food, but put together in such a way that it was a privilege to eat it. I am trying to recreate both of them today. The first was a simple cole slaw but it was served on lettuce with tomato and onions….(I still needed to have “special” food even at this : ) Other people were eating sprouted veggie burgers, fluffy tonic drinks, cookies, dehydrated crackers, parfaits with granola and fruit….yummy looking stuff. I also had a kale salad with wasabi dressing….I’m making a trip out to the health food store this morning for the wasabi…..I really need to figure this recipe out!
My friend Barb went with me yesterday and when I brought her home, her wonderful husband met us at the car with two huge bag full of fresh vegetables that he just got out of the garden….including cabbage and onion….so with my added organic carrots that I had….I’m expecting that my cole slaw that I just made to be amazing : ) Another discovery I had this week was chia seeds….you know, the stuff our kids put on those little ceramic animals to grow hair? Well, apparently they are quite the power house when it comes to nutrition….they swell up and form a type of gel that has the consistency of tapioca, they also have no taste of their own but enhance what ever they are added to….so you can expect some chia stuff coming soon : )
Well, I’m going to read some of “Amazing Grace” by David Wolfe….and Nick Good before heading out to the store and back on a higher raw “liveit” : ) That’s what David Wolfe calls it….a liveit instead of a diet (die-it : ) Have your most awesome day ever!
Happy 4th Everyone! I think that this has been the most relaxing 4th of July I’ve ever had and I have with it a deep sense of peace. Brett and Alexis are out having fun with their friends swimming and seeing people, we had a nice family BBQ yesterday, went up north for a half a day and today spent pretty much all of it, (just Eric and me), out on the deck. The weather has been so beautiful!
I have had the book “The Sunfood Diet Success System” by David Wolfe for about 9 years or so. I found out about it from a woman in my meditation group whom I was also working with at the time….I remember reading that I could eat as much as I wanted as long as it was raw and lose weight….I was all for that! I tried it, I didn’t really read the book, just the part that said I could have as many avocados and mangos as I wanted….and I did….I didn’t lose weight. The book has pretty much been on the shelf since. As you know I have done the raw food diet since and have kept to 60-75% raw. I actually never did go 100% raw because I was using kefir and yogurt for protein and they are pasteurized, (cooked), but I still had some amazing results in my few short months of following it. Emotional baggage surfaced and left. Weight just fell off, which meant that I got to eat more. My energy was abundant. My outlook was very positive. I really enjoyed it…so why did I stop? Convenience. I didn’t want my life to be any more restrictive than it was with the no sugar no flour so I slowly started eating more and more cooked foods and more and more animal proteins….mostly eggs, yogurt and cheese…..sometimes chicken, fish or beef….but not much.
For the past few months the thought of doing it again will pop into my head with excitement….but then I think, no, it’s too much work and more restriction….and what I do is fine. I’m healthier than I have ever been, my weight is stable, I look better than I ever have, I’m happy, etc…why fix what isn’t broken? So I haven’t changed. Last week I took “Esoteric Healing II”, it’s more energy work….that really helped make some things really come together for me in so many ways…but that’s not why I’m talking about it. On the last day we did a meditation, and in this meditation where we connected with our Higher Selves and God, we also connected to a group of teachers….when you do energy work, you get spiritual help. In my meditation and in my “group”, I only saw one face, David Wolfe’s. I thought that was odd and really didn’t think much more about it. The next day the image was strong in my thoughts so I asked God if He were directing me to David Wolfe and raw foods….I got the feeling to go and find this book and read it….I usually comb the internet for information like that, he has a lot of You Tube videos, a web site….a couple of them actually….my point is that reading this book was the furthest thing from my mind….I have seen it, didn’t really get it…..and it’s huge….about an inch and a half thick….but I found it and started reading it. This time it has made perfect sense to me….a lot has changed over the past 9 years…..and this book is awesome! It also tied into the spiritual healing and work that I do….it connected more dot’s…..and it gave me the desire to do it again….it gave real meaning to it, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. I also really appreciated how he goes about it in the book….slow but sure rather than and over night complete change then binge because it’s too much…..it just makes sense on all levels, more now than ever. I read the entire book this weekend….it’s actually a very good reading book. Now my intent is to go through it again and actually do the exercises he has at the end of the chapters as well as go more raw again. He says that if you do 95% raw, you get 95% results but if you do 100% raw, you get 1000% results….sounds like a great investment to me! I’m not going to do it over night though, I have more to learn on how I’m going to do it….but I have a good idea, Cea HOW rules are still the top priority.
I just wanted to share that with you and invite you to do this with me….and like always, I will be letting you know how it’s going : )