The Journey Continues… Post Fast Ice Cream Goodness

As told in all the fasting books, the fast is the easy part - it's breaking the fast that's usually the challenge. The mind likes to get ahead of what the body can handle at this point... and I have to admit this did happen to me. It all started with the best intentions!

As you know, the fast wrapped up with the juiciness of melons. The following morning (day 2), we enjoyed some more cantaloupe for breaky and proceeded to much here and there throughout the day on grapefruit, celery, and ginger kombucha. By dinner we enjoyed an amazing papaya, sprinkled with spirulina and bee pollen. It was heavenly! I could definitely tell my stomach had shrunk, so small amounts of food at a time were in order... it was so nice to be eating again! This was the first full day of eating, and all went well - I felt good which was my indicator.

On day 3 post-fast we had green juice, and more fruit. I felt really good! Then something interesting happened... We met up with Eva that evening for a Bikram yoga class and I have to say it was one of the best in my life - by that I mean it was absolutely effortless! There was a period a few years ago when I did Bikram every day because I lived near a studio, but since then I've had to settle for sporadic classes while visiting a city that offers it. The last time I took classes was in May when I went every day for a week while in Vancouver. I do yoga almost every day (I am a kripalu yoga instructor), but Bikram is a whole other game in some ways, so I wasn't sure how rusty I'd be. I attribute the fast to my amazing practice that night. The heat didn't bother me once, my bow pose was better than ever (no doubt due to my clean bowels), I felt strong and flexible (the instructor even commented on my poses), and the class zoomed by faster than anything and I felt almost high throughout it! Why would I want to eat again, I thought?!... until we got home and had a durian waiting for dinner. Yummm... we dipped it in vanilla bean seeds and freshly grated nutmeg. Heaven!
Day 4 post fast I thought I was ready for a choccie shake similar to the one from my Summer Sippers post only using cashews and hemp seeds in place of the walnuts and coconut. Perhaps not the best idea. I drank it late morning, after green juice for breaky. It was fine at first, but then I guess it all hit my stomach and I felt full... this feeling stayed with me all day, like a little brick in my stomach. Despite not requiring any food, by the time dinner rolled around, I proceeded to eat a romaine/tomato/celery/nori salad with creamy nut dressing... and for goodness sakes, needed a little something sweet after that. I had brought a moon pie from One Lucky Duck all the way down here and kept it in the freezer for a post-fast treat - well we devoured it that evening, dipped in a vanilla sauce. Oh boy! Not a good idea. I have since carried on with normal eating - but I haven't felt the best, because I believe my digestive system didn't have the proper chance to get used to eating again. As a result of my burning passion to get back in the kitchie to create and eat raw desserts, I have been overly ambitious in this regard. As I write, it's been a week since finishing the fast - I will be much more careful about coming off the fast next time and actually treat it as a 12 day fast even if I am on juice for 7 days... then my mind doesn't get into the mode of thinking it's time to eat.
On that dessert note, here's an ice cream I came up with a few days ago... it started out with a plan to make the Vanilla Cardamom Ice Cream from my book and the funniest things happened: both young coconuts we bought had zero pulp inside, and then we couldn't find the cardamom anywhere in the house (of course, we found it the next day - darn it, those little fairies must have hidden it)! It was a sign from the universe that I had to create a new delightfully delicious treat.
Vanilla Candy Crunch Ice Cream

2 cups water

1 1/2 cups cashews

1/3 cup hemp seeds

1/8 cup vanilla coconut cream

1/2 cup agave

1 Tablespoon lucuma

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon Himalayan salt

Seeds of 1 vanilla bean

2 Pinches of nutmeg

Blend all ingredients together until smooth.

Chill for a few hours in the fridge.

Process in an ice cream maker or freeze in ice cube trays.

After mixing in the maker, transfer to a bowl and stir in:

Cacao nibs

Goji berries

Chopped walnuts

Any other goodies your heart desires!

It'll be like soft serve ice cream at this point so you'll now have to re-freeze the whole mixture for a few hours for perfect ice cream eating consistency 🙂

Yumm, this didn't last very long around here! It's highly addictive!

I've been conjuring up other goodies to share, but that will have to wait for another day.

On that note, I'm heading out for more Bikram and then to the beach!

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  1. November 8, 2009 at 23:02

    I totally understand about how hard it is to come off a cleanse. I always look forward in eating again, and sometimes over due it to soon. But I love to eat, especially raw desserts! The ice cream looks yummy!

  2. November 9, 2009 at 14:20

    Heathy, that looks so good as usual..he he!<br /><br />Enjoy!<br /><br />Glad your having a fun trip!<br /><br />Hi Eva!<br /><br />Take good care!<br /><br />Hugs,<br /><br />Pam (Pansy...RFC)

  3. November 9, 2009 at 15:00

    Hi girlie girl!<br /><br />Yay, I've been looking for a good simple vanilla ice cream. Mmmmmmmm<br /><br />Tell me, do you think that the Coconut Cream could be subbed with Coconut butter? <br /><br />Huggies and wishing you a fab time on the rest of your travels!<br /><br />Muah muah<br /><br />Carmi

  4. November 9, 2009 at 15:06

    Thanks Twins... ah yes, its most challenging - I'll be more mentally prepared next time - all good learning lessons I suppose... <br /><br />Pam! Thanks so much, I'll pass the hello to Eva! <br /><br />Lovey - heeey!!! Maybe I'll see you down here afterall! Yes, you could totally sub for coconut butter! And just add an extra little shot of vanilla bean or extract. Where are you guys now? <br />Big Huggies to you!

  5. November 10, 2009 at 04:24

    oh my yum, all of these ice creams sound soo good! <br />I'm amazed by everything you guys can make raw, it all looks so delicious! (I'll admit I didn't think that was possible a few months ago but now i'm totally convinced. Raw is an awesome way to go!)

  6. November 10, 2009 at 06:41

    Oh boy, when you break a fast you go big ; ) Just teasing! That food does look delicious though!<br /><br />That Bikram yoga sounds great! I have a studio nearby and have been wanting to try it. You are just giving me all kinds of ideas : )

  7. November 10, 2009 at 17:26

    Thanks Sweetie Pie!<br /><br />Can't wait to try it!<br /><br />We'll be leaving in a few minutes for DC where we'll be giving 2 classes, including a dessert one!!! Woo hoo Wish you were there with me though; it would be such a hoot!<br /><br />We'll then be continuing on to NC where we'll spend a couple of days, and Florida for Thanksgiving week.<br /><br />How long are you staying? Methought you were gone to NY by now.<br /><br />Hope our paths do get to cross!<br /><br />Muah muah<br />Carmi

  8. November 11, 2009 at 14:31

    Haylee - yes! Totally possible... if nothing else proves it, dessert does! <br /><br />Fitness - you naughty girl! ;)<br />Yes you totally have to try Bikram, its the best - u'll sweat your brains out and feel amazing after!<br /><br />Carmi - OMG, ill be thinking of you giving those classes in DC - so exciting, wish I were there! Im staying a bit longer here in Florida... so I just might see you when you come - still coming to Jax? love ya!

  9. November 24, 2009 at 17:02

    words can not describe how good this looks. Making my sweet tooth go out of control. Great read for Thanksgiving!!<br />-Sylvia<br /><a href="" rel="follow" rel="nofollow">Padron</a>

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  11. Kathy
    December 1, 2009 at 20:45

    My children are begging to buy an ice cream maker. Could you please recommend one. I see the one you have in your picture. Wondering if this would be a good one to purchase. Thank you for any advice.<br />Kathy

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