Ringing in 2010
Happy New Year Everyone! Wishing you a wonderful 2010! How did you celebrate? I rang in the new year like never before. Normally I go out and party until all hours of the night, but on this December 31, Adam and I started a juice fast. We decided on this just days prior, and spent Dec 29 and 30 eating the leftovers from our dinner party. On the 30th, we had what felt like a day long dessert fest to finish the last of it. Lunch consisted of banana & vanilla ice creams, coconut whipped cream, strawberry sauce, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, and celery to round it out...OH and with one young coconut to be used up, I blended it with some caramel sauce to make a yummy pudding. We munched on a few pieces of raw chocolate during the afternoon, ate greens/spirulina/celery for dinner, and for dessert we finished the same of what we ate for lunch in addition to a piece of leftover xmas fruitcake . Whew, talk about going all out. Surprisingly I felt absolutely fine from all this feasting...
As for the duration of this fast, we've debated between 5 and 7 days... I've even considered going longer if I get into the swing of it. Fortunately I learned a few things
from our previous 7 day fast
and will certainly be smarter in the way I come off it this time (I rushed it last time and my digestive system wasn't ready for a cacao superfood shake 4 days after the fast... or vanilla candy crunch ice cream
5 days after...)
*We'll be consuming a large glass of the following 2 juices daily:
*Plenty of hot, herbal tea:
Reishi Mushroom, Pau d'Arco, Chaga, Cat's Claw, Astragalus, Horsetail, Peppermint, Ginger, Sasparilla, Oatstraw, Marshmallow Root, etc...
Day 1 - December 31
We drank a lot of herbal tea throughout the day. I find it's essential in these cold temperatures. It's -18F / -28C this evening, and has been even colder than this during the past few days. By the evening I felt an internal chill so continued drinking hot tea and wrapping myself in layers of clothing.
I also felt fatigued by the evening, but fortunately we laid low and watched a movie while drinking our #2 juice out of martini glasses 🙂 Had to dress it up somehow, I'm used to eating and drinking amazing food on new years eve!
Day 2 - January 1
Slept a lot and woke up with a sore back... I attribute it to some detox and the yoga I did the day before. Felt fatigued all day. We only had 1 juice, plenty of tea, and instead of our second juice, we enjoyed a hot bowl of miso soup: raw miso blended with hot water and garlic. We did some light yoga stretches which felt really great. Had another well needed, long sleep that night!
Day 3 - January 2
Feeling great today.... my energy level is much better, my body feels good, my mind feels good. We had both of our juices today, lots of tea, water, and a bowl of miso soup, just as we did yesterday. It feels so warm and nourishing to be consuming it.
For the first time, I made a batch of sauerkraut today - with Adam's help of course. I buy a great unpasteurized kraut and eat a lot of it, so I figure it's high time I learn to make it for myself.
The recipe is very simple - we used 2 large green cabbages, sliced them thinly, massaged with some Himalayan salt and then added dill, garlic, and onion, and the juice (containing probiotics) from another kraut. The mixture is stuffed into a large jar and then pressed down enough to squeeze all the air out - liquid will start coming the sides and must cover all the cabbage. Large cabbage leaves cover the mixture and a weight (we used the old kraut jar filled with water) is set on top to keep everything compact and bring the liquid level. The jar is set in a dark, dry place and the sauerkraut will be ready in about 7 days. Yumm!
Heading into day 4... I might have grapefruit juice!