This week’s delivery of organic deliciousness.
Spring has arrived with gusto! I can practically watch the leaves growing on the huge fig tree outside my home office window. I’ve taken to having a little siesta most days in a sunny spot in the living room, for some reason I sleep deeply with the sun shining on my head.
It doesn´t get fresher than this!
I’ve been doing 2 fruit meals (and snacks) and 1 veggie meal and it’s going VERY well. I tried all fruit one day, but by night time I really needed to have a salad for that saltiness.
Most days I have my orange juice for breakfast, a banana mid morning and then a fruit smoothie for lunch. Afternoons I snack on fruit and tthen our evening meal is mostly 50% raw and 50% cooked I imagine I’ll be able to eat raw evening meals as the weather gets warmer and set aside those gorgeous curries for autumn/ winter. We’ve been having loads of ginger, chili and fresh turmeric over the past months, but now the weather calls for more ying foods. If I feel peckish I have fruit in between, being careful not to mix with any other food groups.
Beet, celery & parsley juice
Yesterday our organic veggie/fruit delivery arrived and so I decided to juice beetroot, parsley and celery for lunch today. It was the first time I’ve ever juiced beetroot (always been a little suspicious of them) – that and my childhood memories of revolting bottled beetroot…… AND celery – another vegetable I’ve taken too, despite knowing how good it is for me. The verdict – all in all not too bad – I might try celery with carrot another day. LOVE the gorgeous pink colour!!
I’ve slipped up a couple times and had some coffee when out, but at home I’m only drinking organic Green Rooibos, filtered water and an occassional glass of sparkling Veri.
Getting loads of sleep and rest, meditating, dry skin-brushing and exercising every day.
Weight loss since 01/01/2015: 7,5kg / 16 lbs
Well, I went off my strict (alkaline) fruit / veg detox diet this last week and had some heavy (vegan) bean, chickpea and lentil dishes. In my defence, the weather has literally been FREEZING (it actually snowed for 20 minutes this morning), and quiet honestly, there is only so much raw veg you can face in depths of an icy winter. That said, I didn´t feel all that great afterwards and my tum was not happy – so, there’s definitely something in it!
I´ve come to the end of week 1 and am pleased with how things are going so far. I haven´t suffered from withdrawl symptoms, which I thought I would, then again I wasn´t overindulging in the things I’ve now eliminated. I have a bit of a headache today, but I think that’s due to how I slept. I added a little soy sauce to my stirfry last night and didn´t need to the loo at all during the night (water retention?), so I literally didn´t move the entire night, which I’ve discovered is not good for me. I get better quality sleep if I get up at night and change positions.
So, where I am right now;
- much more energetic (I haven´t been having my daily siesta)
- my leg muscles feel stronger
- less appetite, not counting calories at all – just eating when I’m hungry, as much as I want
- lost 2,6 kg (around 5lbs)
- more positive
- besides eating 100% vegan, also completely avoiding; coffee, tea, alcohol, bread, pasta, all wheat products and sucrose
- small pimples on chest (a good sign)
I’ve got into a morning routine: gentle exercise when I wake (currently only 11 minutes on bike – this is going to increase every week by 1 minute), while sipping lemon water, then dry-skin brushing and shower. Breakfast: fresh fruit juice. Mid morning I find a sunny spot to sit in and relax with a bit of meditation. Routines are important for me. They keep me centred.
Plan for week 2;
- cut the soy sauce altogether (it’s acidic-forming anyway and not good for detoxing)
- watch the salt (reduce amount)
- juice apples every day. Yes, cleaning the darn machine is a schlepp, but the GI detox tabs work much better with it.
- try 1 day with fruit only – juicing and whole fruit. Perhaps Saturday?
- continue with Detox 2 tabs until Sunday
- continue with Magic Tea – 1 or 2 cups a day
- avoid almonds until week 3
I’m on day 5 of the detox and feeling remarkably good. I have A LOT more energy and have been skipping my afternoon siestas. My appetite seems to have diminished somewhat, my body feels stronger and my face doesn´t look as bloated as usual.
I’ve established a routine; exercising as soon as I wake up, sipping water with lemon, then dry skin-brushing, showering and having breakfast. Mid-morning (when possible) I find a sunny spot to sit in and meditate for about 10 minutes.
My menu plan is really simple; mostly fruit for breakfast, salad with seeds & fresh sprouts for lunch and lightly cooked veg at night, sometimes with an alkaline grain like quinoa or millet. Tonight I’m making s imple veggie soup. I’ve been drinking my ‘magic’ tea, rooibos and water and snacking on fruit I love the simplicity of it all.
What’s interesting is that I’ve discovered what looks like an intolerance to almonds. At first we thought it was the GI detox capsules that were too strong. On day 1 and day 3 I had a smoothie that included almonds (which had been soaked) for breakfast and my tummy was REALLY unsettled a couple hours afterwards on both days. Since I stopped eating almonds, I’ve had no problems – so I reckon it must be an intolerance. Just to be sure I’ll experiment again in a week or so.
It’s now 3pm, I had 2 huge glasses of fresh orange juice for breakfast, some green tea when we went shopping and a banana around 2 pm and I’m actually NOT hungry, although I will have a little salad now. I need to get about 1500 calories a day (trying to lose weight) which is still A LOT of fruit and veg. No chance of going hungry! Tonight I’ll be making a simple veggie soup supper and then we’re off to the movies!
The new year is here and with it a refreshed sense of hope. Hope that I will see my goals through to fruition. And to be honest, I believe that I will, because I have a real PLAN, not a wishy-washy idea.
THE BIG PICTURE: IMPROVED HEALTH
First of all, I’m taking it 3 months at a time. My overall goal for this year is to dramatically improve my health and the first step to that is to CLEAN my body out.
So – today my detox started. This detox will last until the end of March – possibly longer, I’ll reevaluate that when I get there. I’ve packed away anything in the kitchen that is not ‘allowed’.
- Foods allowed
apples, bananas, grapes, grapefruit, oranges, papayas, pears, mandarines, pineapple, asparagus, avocadoes, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, green beans, lettuce, pumpkin, radishes, cabbage, bell peppers, spinach, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, quinoa, buckwheat, millet, amararanth, almonds, sprouts, herbal infusions, lemons, olive oil, coconut oil, herbs, spices, apple cider vinegar, Himalayan salt, Goji berries, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, vegan protein powder, fresh garlic, fresh turmeric, pomegranate seeds, seaweed. It’s heavy on the veg as I need time to transition (I’m not a big fruit eater in general) and am thinking of 2 fruit meals + veg meal (plus a possible grain) in the evening – either raw or stir-fried / steamed. I know Dr Morse would recommend going raw on fruits only, but I really want to make this a lifestyle and not just a detox. So, my way of thinking is to ease into it and as winter turns to spring, ease off on the cooked and have more raw. I’m giving up: coffee, alchohol, wheat, sugar and the odd processsed vegan meal.
I’m taking herbs to work on my GI tract, lymphatic system, etc… Been on a GI detox programme (bought from another supplier some time ago) and also drink an infusion of Horsetail, Alfalfa, Marshmallow Root, Dandelion Burdock, Goldenrod every day. From next week including another infusion with; Gotu-Kola, Ginkgo Biloba, Skullcap, Mullein, Fenugreek, Bladderwrack (low dose), Bugleweed, Irish Moss and Saw Palmetto
Cycling & stretching – 6-7 times a week.
Every morning before showering – trying to make that a habit, but forget sometimes
I started meditating about 23 years ago. I need to make sure I take enough time out every day to reconnect to Source.
- Environment detox
This is a biggie. I work part-time online and spend far too much time on the computer. Need to cut back on Facebook (a lot).
- Skin / home products
We pretty much use all vegan, bio products, so I just need to tweak the odd thing.