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Day 39: After the juice settles...

Apple pear juice sounds good. Heck it tastes good.  It doesn't, however, look real good. By the time I rode to work, the yummy of the juice turned into brown with flecks of ick. No matter. I am used to juice settling, oxidizing, and generally funktifying over the course of an hour or more. That strange separation between church and state happening in a bottle is very odd, but a shake and a straw are all I need to get by.

I am in the middle of a bottle of gherkin spinach apple romaine lettuce celery juice. It is surprisingly sweet, especially because I only put 1 granny smith into it. (I think my taste buds are freaking out.)

In other news....I am happy that the days are counting down till summer. I am tired of surprise cold days. Today it looks promising, and tomorrow should be in the mid 80s (or 28C for you others). I want to soak up the sun....(and yes, I am singing that Sheryl Crow song right now.)

Catch you later with something more interesting (maybe).

Day 38: Evening Folks.

I had squash cucumber asparagus bokchoy juice for lunch, it was a touch bitter, but I think that was residual OJ taste from breakfast. In all I feel great, but wish I could have a salad. For dinner I had young coconut water.  I was thinking about juicing the hot dog and fries Leo had for dinner (OK, not really).

My headache is gone (thank god). I went to the optometrist to get my eyes looked at. Apparently I am near and far sighted. Haha. I think this may be one thing that juicing can't make better. Ah well. I hear there are exercises to help strengthen your vision. Maybe I will try that....well, maybe one day. I just ordered glasses and contacts so I'd like to get my moneys worth.

I hear they are screening the film that started it all for me, Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, in Nutley May 10th, and in Manhattan May 12th. I will post details when I get them.

Day 38: Morning Kids!

This goes out to Michelle, because she was nice enough to ask...

One thing I miss besides eating, is cooking. I miss cooking a lot sooo much.  I love making concoctions and recipes and hodge-podge creations for dinner, and I miss making tomato sauce and pot roast and all those weekend cooking things.  It doesn't make sense to make a pot roast for my husband, nor can I take making a pot roast for people at all. I have gone other places where there is food, but it is 100 times harder at home because when I cook, I taste. I cook, I hunger, I taste, I really hunger, and I eat the masterpiece. It is hard times when you are fasting. However, I can do dinner for one often enough because I have been cooking for him for 12 years and I know what he will eat and what he won't. I know how to whip up a quick sauce and make pasta well enough that I don't need to taste it.  It is not my favorite meal, so no harm. I love the smell of the long-simmered sauce, so I haven't made that yet…

Day 37: Headaches ache

I have had a mild headache since yesterday. I guess it is either a symptom of detox or the lack of glasses (that are already 4 years old) at work. I am sure it is a combination of the two. So tomorrow, I have an eye exam to get some fancy new specs.

I juiced a whole bunch of giant red globe grapes for breakfast (a first) and they were so good, but so sweet. It was sweeter than soda. I really took until noon to finish breakfast. For lunch (around 3:30) I had young coconut water (again) and this one was especially delicious. I got the lid off in such a way that the meat was still intact and only the shell peeled off the top. It was cool, but I didn't have the camera to take a photo. Ah well.

I came home and made the hubby ravioli, a quick tomato sauce, and then decided it would behoove me to make a juice for myself. I know it was late (after 8:30), but I needed to start getting in the juicing dinner habit again.  I made asparagus celery cucumber, and boy was it green. It tasted very…

Day 36: Do I go for broke?

When I started researching fasting, juicing, and the like, I came across this thing (I mentioned on my resources page) called Juice Feasting. Basically it is drinking lots of green juices (like 1500 calories worth) a day for 92 days.  There is a daily course that goes along with it, and I am not sure about the finer points (as I did not pay for membership to read the tons of articles), but it seems like an interesting idea.  I have watched many YouTube video blogs about this and became very inspired by other people's processes. 

In watching them, I began to think that 92 days was crazy long and I would never be able to do it.  Now that I am on day 36 myself, it seems far more doable.  92 days.  Hmm. I am not convinced that my body wants that, but I will make my decision around day 50. For now I am all in for 60 days.

In juice today - Pineapple sickle pear (yum) and the water from one young coconut.  I know. Not enough. I am not drinking enough juice. I have to do more. I am getti…

Day 35: Pink Coconut Water?

I opened a fresh young coconut to this lovely shade of pink lemonade this afternoon. The "meat" was jelly like and pinkish. It was so young there was little by way of flesh. I was hesitant to drink it, but it was not the first time it has happened. I of course went to the great Google Matrix and looked to see if it was bad, and all I got was conflicting information. I went with the it didn't taste bad or look bad, so I would have it.  I feel good still so I doubt it was bad.  It was not grey or yellow or cloudy, but it was a bit rosy.  Ah well, it was pretty good still.

I am hungry like a wild animal today. Not sure why, but there it is.  I am having a 3rd juice today. I really want pizza with mushrooms and onions and garlic and maybe sausage.  Yum. Or not.

Anyway, this tomato parsley romain lettuce bell pepper celery juice is totally rad. Not. Ah well.

Days 33 & 34: Weekend Update.

I did not post Saturday because I was tired and went to lay down and fell asleep, waking up Sunday morning and realizing I forgot to blog somewhere around dinner time tonight. Oops.

Not much of note.  Saturday we took the bikes out and went over to the H Mart in Hackensack/Little Ferry. It is a Korean/Asian Market. I found the mother load of Young Coconuts there.  We took home 6 and they were inexpensive....$1.50 each as compared to $2.50 in Whole Foods and $3.99 in Delicious Orchards.  Now I have one a day for the week for under ten bucks. Woo Hoo.

The juices this weekend have been good as usual.  We went to two movies today and I brought my juice in with me.  It was nice having something, but as my husband had hot dogs and popcorn and Reece's Pieces I was wanting the popcorn in a bad way.  I didn't have any, but boy was the temptation there.  I miss chewing  a lot today.  I want to eat just to feel the food in my mouth.  I made Tomato fennel garlic basil parsley and all I wa…

Day 32: Friday

Ugh. I feel great and I worked from home today, but I am so blah tonight. I am tried and it is 10:30pm and I haven't blogged and I am fighting to think of some brilliance to write. Aurgh.

Ok. I drank watermelon pineapple mango juice for breakfast, great as always. Then I went out at lunch for a ride on my motorcycle to the Indian Grocery to look for green coconuts. I found them, and they are about $1.50 less than they were at Delicious Orchards, but they are still in the green husk and I have no idea of the quality of the water.  I will try it tomorrow.  I had the last husked one for lunch when I got home and it was super good.

What I am thinking about today is not eating the junk food in the house.  When we had people over last week we had chips and snacks for them, but the leftover bags are sitting out. I tossed them today when I found myself looking at them. I thought maybe my husband would want them and that is why they sat all week, but when it was clear he wasn't interes…

Day 31: I am greener already...

Happy Earth Day! Green Juice Power! Photo-heavy post!

This is me right now with lunch. The right is my super delicious watermelon pineapple mango juice.

Today marks the first day of the second half of my fast.  Up until now I have been juicing, doing a little walking and stretching, and a few instances of ballet/pilates. Today I am revving up for mild toning exercises, body resistance mostly, and am logging my steps for the pedometer challenge at work.  I got off the scale after my shower this morning and I am down 35lbs (about 16kg or 2.5 stone) and I feel great.  I did not want to get out of bed this morning, but after I was up, showered, dressed, juiced and frantic, running around looking for my lost car keys and found them inside the Vitamin Water case under the kitchen table, I was pumped for the day (and late to work).

I realized today that my status updates on Facebook may sound like I am on a clean living program, otherwise known as a 12-step, or AA, or maybe some drug rehab p…

DAY 30: And the envelope please....

It is all downhill from here baby. If I wasn't pumped before today, today is a reason to celebrate. Who knew I would make 30 days? Not me.  Especially not the way I was a month ago. I read on the 92-day juice feasting website that for every day you fast, your body goes back in time 120 days. If this is true, 30 days of fasting equals 3600 days, or almost 10 years! Happy 21st birthday to me. At this rate, on day 60 I am going back to being a pre-teen (oh I hope I don't get that awkward phase thing with the weird fuzzy 80s hair)!

Anyway, This morning blog is sponsored by my pineapple watermelon strawberry juice because, well, just because. I could be a fruititarian. Ok, maybe not that drastic, but now is the time when I need to think about what my diet is going to consist of when this fast is over.  I feel really great. I think I am looking better than I have in years (as my best friend said, I am less puffy).  So what to do?

Logic says there is something to raw foodism, that is…

Day 29: Great Day.

I rode my motorcycle to work today without incident. It was a beautiful day for a ride.  At work they were having a carpool event so if you came in a car with more than one person, by bus, bike, or, in my case, bad ass chopper, you got a free breakfast pass to the cafe. Now, I am not eating, but I'll use it someday.
I had pineapple strawberry juice for breakfast. Yum. I really need to mix things up a bit, eat when I get home...but I haven't. It has become usual to not have dinner juice. I can't face it because it is so late when I get around to making dinner that I don't want to eat. I don't want to eat after 8pm, it is just not good.
Anyway, I had a nice green juice for lunch...celery cucumber lemon parsley. I rode over to Nyack Main Essentials again and got a small. When I was outside having my juice a guy rolled up on his Hover-Round chair and started talking to me about my ride.  It was funny. Then another biker pulled over to look at my bike and when I went to t…

Day 28: As if I need a reason to go on with this...

You know, it is amazing how supportive the people in your life are, no matter how far removed, how much time has past since your last in-person meeting, how deep the friendship.  It really is.  When you put yourself out there for the world, laying naked (if you will), so that your journey or process or trial is exposed, your network will functionally support you and give you the feedback you need to not feel quite so, um, nude.

That is what I am feeling today. Pineapple mango orange apple juice is glorious on a Monday - better than coffee ever was. The positivity and the love and the confirmation are so important for me in this fast. I sometimes feel the urge to cheat and am reminded by one kind word, a simple "like" on FB, that it I am so much the better for being strong.  And boy do I feel strong today. I am on fire, ready to make this world my bitch. Okay, well, maybe not THAT strong, but I am going to kick some Green Juice ass tonight when I get home.  Then maybe when I …

Day 27: Shortest Blog Ever!

Felt better.  Went for a long walk in Colts Neck with Hubby and the dog. Went food shopping at Delicious Orchards. Drank Water with Lemon and had water from one young coconut. Discovered sugar cane sticks and chewed on them for the day. Work in the morning, rats. Night All.

Day 26: Lazy lazy lazy

We entertained friends today, having an indoor picnic since it was threatening rain all day. They guys all had sandwiches and I make tuna pasta salad for them. It looked great. I had pineapple mango apple juice for breakfast and while they were eating, I had tomato sweet potato celery jalepenio shallot dandalion basil juice. It sounds like a crazu mix (and looks a bit like mud) but it was delicious. For the most part.

I also found myself in that pretzel licking mood and de-salted 3 pretzels and washed it down with another almond chocolate nut milk. I am hearby saying that having that nut milk yesterday has been my downfall for the weekend. All my cravings are back, they are going full-force. I am like crazy hungry. I want to eat everything.

Needless to say that it I wish I would not have listened to that one blog that said they used nut milk when they were feeling like they needed to lose slower. It has made me nuts. Either my metabolism or digestive system or something is burning hig…

Day 25: Nut Milk just sounds dirty...

Hahaha....

Today I had mango pineapple apple orange juice for breakfast (again, totally yummy).  I nursed it all day though.  Aroung lunch I had a small organic Almond chocolate milk. It was verry yummy, very very yummy, and I think all so wrong.  I read about using nut milk if you are losing weight too fast, to try to slow it down, so I tried one to try and slow my loss as I lost 30 lbs so far.  It was something dangerous. I had another serving for dinner.  I think that is the last I have it as it tasted like chocolate heaven. I have OD'd on it today and I feel a bit zingy. I have 2 more single servings left in the fridge. I think I will give them away if I can't resist (but they are good till November, if I want to save them.)

I went for another session with my colonic lady today.  She loves my Vibram Five Finger toe shoes. Aside from our lengthy conversations about my shoes, she chatted my up about how the fast is going...I think really well.  She had once done a fast for t…

Day 24: You put the Lime in the Coconut (water)

What a beautiful day! Even though I have been struggling these past 2 days with some major Feed-Me cravings, I am happy to report yet another on-fast day.  Twenty four days strong.

This morning I juiced up 1/2 a mango, 1/3 a pineapple and 1 red delicious apple for the most wonderfully delicious breakfast juice.  If I had to only juice these kinds of liquid nirvana this fast would be the best.  Unfortunately, that is not the case. Too many sweet juices upset your body balance, not to mention your insulin levels. So one a day, not more, of pure fruit goodness.

For lunch, I had the water from one young coconut. A young coconut looks like this in the store:

they are usually in the husk, a cone shaped top and a flat bottom. You have to use a knife and cut the huck off the top 1/3 of the coconut, shaving it off down to the outside of the shell, then stick a heavy knife in and ease the top off so it ends up like this:
Then you stick a straw in and enjoy. If you were eating solids, you can eat …

Day 23: My Lucky Number

I am crazy tempted by food today. I am hungry for meat, for fried food, for seafood... just after lunch till right as I type this I am freaking obsessed with those images. I don't know if it is some mental purging on my part, but I am all sorts of nutty tonight. I also went to Rita's Italian Ice to get some lemon ice for the hubby, and I almost got a coffee custard. No really, I almost got it.

I was in line at the window and was thinking "Hey, I don't have to report it to my blog" and "If I just get the kids size, it'd be like nothing..." WTF?! I couldn't believe those thoughts were going through my head.  I would never really sabotage 23 days like that, but I didn't know I wasn't going to order till the woman asked "Is that all?" I was going to order the kids cone until she gave me the total and I shook myself.  It is so stupid, but I am going to learn from this and maybe by tracking these thoughts I can look back at the end o…

Day 22: Workin' from home

Good day. This photo-heavy post comes courteously from me to you as I am working from home in order to have the trim and moldings stained at the house. Here I am working on the secretary in our front room (with our media behind me). I was on a conference call, pardon the headset. Oh, and if your didn't realize, no make-up goes on when it is just me and the laptop at home. Though, I think you can really see how nice my skin is (she says as she rubs her cheek); touch it...you know you want to. :) This morning, though I was home, I didn't have time for a mixed juice, so here are the remnants of the beautiful pink lady apples I juiced for breakfast. After working for the morning away, I decided to take a stab at using the Kitchen-Aid juicer attachment for my mixer. It is a screw-type juicer, perfect for greens. It took me about 30 minutes to make one damn glass of juice! It was messy, slow, and annoying.  I have spinach all over the place.  When I was finally done, I seemed to hav…

Day 21: Habit formation

I thought today would be a good day to talk about this little goal I had. Remember my earlier post about that mentor from college?  Well, Dr. Rob Gilbert also said "If you do something everyday for 21 days straight, you will form a habit." Now, I am not sure how true that is, but I have had that little gem in my mind for some time now, waiting for day 21 to say -- I did it. I think this is the first thing I have consistently done that wasn't go to work/go to school/shower etc. Haha. If feels good. With this in mind I begin the next third of this fast.

Today I made some apple orange juice and it was quite good.  I used 3 granny smiths and 2 oranges and it wasn't quite the full container I am used to, but it was enough.  I did not have time to make a lunchtime juice, so I sent out to DePiero’s Country Farm near my work and got fresh squeezed OJ and a coconut. I also have been having my nutritional supplements, so I feel I am doing everything I can to keep up with my bod…

Day 20: Sunday Funday

We took a ride up to Bear Mountain for a while since the weather wa so nice. The spring is so energizing. I felt better when I woke up this morning, but not wanting to push it, we took the car. If you have never gone, it is a great ride and very scenic. I tried to have the rest of my juice from last night with some flax oil for breakfast, but I couldn't do it.I had a few sips and hit the water for the rest of the day. I guess some days it works, sometimes not.  So I had H2O for most of the day and when dinner rolled around, at his cousins house, I bought a Raw drink (that was not really raw) from Fairway.  It was cucumber pineapple and I had half. It was alright, too sweet, but it was pretty good.  Water was most helpful today. I felt really good all day, but I have a headache now, from wearing my hair in a tight ponytail and hat all day. A hot shower and bed for me.

Overall, I had a great weekend, but I am beat.  I promise to blog more tomorrow. Night!

Day 19: Get on your bike and ride...

Hubby and I took a ride out 17 today into NY. It was fun, but windy. I just wanted to hop on for a bit and have a little blog for now, so I am keeping with my commitment to blog daily. We also went to Nyack Main Essentials, the juice bar I went to the first day of my fast, and had some wheat grass and some Beet Apple juice. On the way home I felt car sick. I think I may have the bug my dear hubby had this week. I feel nauseous at the moment.

Other notes: I had watermelon apple juice for breakfast and lunch, watched my hubby have some really great food from the Mexican Bagel Stop this morning and Bubba's Dogs for Dinner.  Part of me wants cheezy hot dogs for my first meal off fast, the other part of me laughs at how silly that is.  I am also toying with the idea of White Manna in Hackensack, Bella Pizza in Calstadt, Steve's Steaks on RT 17, etc. It is just mind games.  The mind games are just heavy today. I think I need to lay down and maybe I will feel better for a while.

Oh, …

Day 18: Fake it, until you make it

I had a mentor in college. I didn't meet him till my senior year, when I stumbled upon his "yoga" class, trying to get rid of the pesky 1-credit gym class in a manageable manner. He is a sports psychologist and motivational speaker, running a hotline with daily 3 minute messages to motivate and aid your path to success, whatever path that may be for you. It always amazed me how he could commit to leaving these messages every morning, 6742 mornings in a row so far (as of today).  This man has tenacity and a commitment that I look up to. He has always motivated me towards my goals.

When I was in my last semester of college, I really wanted to speak at graduation. Not because I am in anyway a great public speaker, I don't yearn for spotlights and fanfare-- I had a message to deliver. We graduated the May after 9/11, and I mark this as important because I lost one of my best college friends in the attack. She was an English major, like me, a part-time night class taker, …

Day 17: You know those people?

On my mind today are those people. You know those people. We all have our own version of who they are, and why they seem so, I don't know, unreal.  I guess you can take that in both a positive and negative manner, but since I am all about the positive, I'll give you the negative in a small, almost cute form. The people who amaze me with their utter stupidity and rudeness:

The hubby and I were out at Bed, Bath, and Beyond one day a year ago (or maybe more, let's say about 25 pounds ago). We came up to the checkout, got in a line (because you know how those places can be), and proceeded to wait.  We get behind this woman and her very cute little girl who happened to be sitting in the cart facing us. I was talking to my husband, totally having a great day (I mean, who wouldn't at BBB?), and suddenly this little angel (ringlets and all) yells at the top of her darling little lungs "LOOK AT THAT FAT LADY!"  I was startled and looked at her, only to see she was poi…

Day 16: And the Wheel in the sky keeps on turning

Today begins the second quarter of my fast. It is amazing how fast this fast has been going! Well, maybe the first few days felt like an eternity, and maybe the days getting longer has made the days stretch on and on, but to think that I have survived and thrived this long on juice and water is really interesting. What is even more interesting is how easy it has become to juice and how less tempting it is to just chow down.  Go figure.  I could have eaten a million things between here and there, but my desire to stick-to and beat this lard-ass into submission is ever-increasing.

My reasons for this are not totally weight-loss, though it is an added benefit. I want to rid myself of the all-to-prevalent crutch of medication that is becoming such a necessary part of my life that I often panic myself into an asthma attack without it. I have had to rely on these meds, in ever increasing dosages, since I was a pre-teen.  It sort of sucks. No, it really sucks.  I remember a time back when I …

Day 15: Sweet and Sore.

I am black and blue today. Ah well. I feel it. I can only imagine what a high speed fall off my bike would be!  Anyway, I am happy to report that I am 15 days in and feeling good otherwise.

I had to work from home today, because I am so sore I didn't want to get up. I am just now (at 3pm) having my first juice. I had some water in the morning, but was not hungry. I know I should have had something sooner, but I was having a juice procrastination. I am not sure why that is. Maybe it is the removal of my normal routine and the addition of the sore muscles. Well, when I got around to it, I cut myself a very ripe pineapple--so heavy and sweet and yellow--and a 1/4 of a mini watermelon. I juiced it with the rind with a 1/4 of the pineapple. It is not too sweet (because of the rind) but it is delicious. It is a beautiful shade of pink.

I want to say that I really appreciate the support. It is great not hearing naysayers and negativity.  Going into this, I thought people were going to fi…

2 weeks done!

Woo.

Besides the accident this morning, I am happy to be at this 2 week mark. I have really tried to stick to this 100%, even avoiding licking my fingers after I packed the Easter ham away for my mom. It has not been easy, but in many ways it has.

Things that I sense are different:
Senses - I love to smell things, even food. I am delighting in the scents of food, though the not tasting is difficult. We have been riding past this one pizza place in Carlstadt, that neither of us has eaten at, and the smell hit you in the face and smells like heaven. I want it when I am off fast, or not.Weight loss - I am down 22 pounds. My clothes are looser and I already see changes in my face.Energy - I feel lighter in mind, and calm. Besides the adrenaline in my system this morning, I am not excitable usually. I feel good when I get up, sometimes have trouble, but when I am up, I am not crawling towards the coffee pot like I used to,BO - I stopped using antiperspirant a few weeks ago. The link to b…

Day 14: Monday mornings suck.

I was set to have a lovely Monday morning commute to work on my bike, when I dumped it while attempting a left turn. I hit a rut in the road where a valve pipe was and took a spill, right in front of a cop. At least he helped me up and got my bike up. Broke my light in the rear, scraped up the left side, and bent the left peg. I am so pissed off and embarrassed because it was a stupid accident. I swear the roads in Lyndhurst are out to get me! The damage is what annoys me. I have less than 300 miles on the thing and I go and take a spill in front of a cop.

Anyway, after a good weekend, lots of temptation, I juiced and have the day set. Apple-Pear for the morning, again a bit sweet, but I need to go shopping because I have no greens in the house after this weekend. So, with my car on hand today, I have no excuse and going to the market after work or at lunch will be a great way to get my mind off the damage to my bike. Enough about that. I have some other thoughts for a post later, …

Day 13: Easter Greetings!

Brunch today with my husband, sister, brother, sister-in-law, 2 nieces, dad, stepmother, grandmother, uncle, and 2 cousins. We took the motorcycles up there, about 30 minutes from my place to my brothers, on RT 17 and the Parkeay. Boy, that was exillerating. Nothing like wearing your Easter clothes, sans jacket, and doing 70 in the fast lane. We all went out to bar/restaurant in Hillsdale called The Cornerstone. It looked like a cool place to hang out on a weekend. They had a big spread, complete with omelet station. I was worried they would charge me even if I didn't eat, but was happy they didn't make a big deal about it, as if lots of people come to their all-you-can-eat brunch buffet and choose not to. I was less tempted than I thought, though I think it was because the food was in another room and I was busy making balloon animals (for the first time in my life) for my beautiful neice. I brought fresh apple juice and made the waitress bring me a wine glass so I could …

Day 12: I swear I didn't mean to do it!

Oh the horror....

So my hubby and I were out on our motorcycles today, and if you have never been on a bike, it is just fun. The thing is, I was going through water and water and water to deal with the dryness in my mouth from riding. It was not working and I was out of water, so I popped a piece of gum. I needed the moisture. Anyway, we are riding along and then I swallowed the gum without thinking! Immediately after I did it I realized what I did and freaked. I have been avoiding solids and real food and what passed my lips? Rubberized junk! I am so ashamed. It is amazing how you can just swallow gum without a thought. I am so disappointed in myself. So I am so not ever going to put gum in my mouth again. Next time I will just hold water in my mouth all day.

For the Juice, this morning it was apple Pineapple, always yummy! Then I drank some powered greens I got from Whole Foods. They were kinda blah, but it works. I started taking the supplements the nutritionist gave me. The enzym…

Day 11: TGIF!

You are looking at zucchini, Granny Smith apple, cucumber juice. It is a bit tart, a bit tangy, and thick (surprisingly) from being in the fridge. Not thick like slime, really, but as juices go, this has more of a mouth-feel than others. Now that I wrote "green slime" I feel like I am drinking that slime from Nickelodeon's show You Can't Do That on Television (and this does not make me feel sick as much as nostalgic).

I had pineApple(squared) + Tangelo juice for breakfast and it was just yummy. Fruit juices are yummy, but bad for me, I know. After talking with the nutritional consultant yesterday, I am trying to stick to the alkaline foods to try to get my system a bit more balanced. Lucky me that most of the things I have been eating! I just have to lay off the sweet stuff and take some supplements to kill off the candida that is overrunning my system. I have to lay off those delicious plums! Tragic!

How does one celebrate 10 days fasting?

I celebrated with colonic and live-blood analysis screening! TMI I know, for some, but I have to say I feel really good. I went to Nick at New Beginnings Holistic Center in Suffern. If you wanted to know more, I'll share, but for now, lets leave it at that. I left with some supplements for my digestion and liver, but in all, he says my blood and immune system look real great. He even said that all signs point to a detox of great proportions happening in my system. My white blood cells are really big and healthy, eating whatever bad stuff is in my system.

The protein issue was a topic of conversation. Here's the deal: I am taking in protein in the form of plant protein for now. It is not a lot, and when you are fasting, taking in protein slows down the detoxification process. You can take in a protein powder in a shake, if you are feeling sick and weak, but if you don't and you are doing alright, your body will go after the weakest and most expendable of your tissues, cl…

"What's up, Doc?"

Carrot Ginger juice for lunch. I should have done a green juice, but after yesterday's concoction, I could not stomach the idea.

To answer some questions about Protein and fasting, well the short answer is, I am no doctor. All I know about this is from what I read and how I feel.

From my reading: While fasting, you are taking in all the vitamins, minerals, and whatnot that your body needs, as long as you vary the mixtures. For instance, all fruit is a no-no. Same goes for all root veggies (beet, carrot, turnip, parsnip, potato). I aim for a blend of everything. If it is in the produce section, it is going in the juicer. Yes, even the onions (maybe not eggplant). I am avoiding mushy fruits like banana, papaya, mango, and many berries because they are wasteful if you try to juice them. You can take them and blend them with water and strain them through a nutmilk bag, but the time, calories, and wastefulness of these fruits, for me, is pointless. Other things juice very well, so I …

Day 10: My first celebration point

Good Day! Today marks my first celebration point so far. *does little day ten dance* It is a beautiful day outside, perfect for juicing, and spring is on tap. This morning it is Black Plum and Red Pear juice for breakfast, pictured it is a little oxidized from being out for a while, but it is still yummy! *does little plum/pear juice dance* I am having a great day, will post more juicing bits later (especially about the day 10 celebratory event of the day!) and leave you with some housekeeping and a random over-sharing from last night's events.

I got a few questions over the past day about the fast in general. I have posted a page with specifics about the tools I use. I will be adding the books and sites I have gone to for research and support. In all, it will be laid out in case you ever had more than a passing curiosity to this fasting thing. If you have comments, suggestions, or experiences you would like to share, please do.

In other events, last night we went to a movie screen…