Scale says:: -10 lb.
Body says:: Feeling great. Is it possible that I’m feeling a little more relaxed?
Breakfast:: Johnny Watermelonseed**
Lunch:: a nice big salad
Dinner:: Greek Smoothie **
** Recipe below
Yesterday was Sophie’s birthday, and so a scheduled break from the fast. I didn’t think I could eat a whole burger and dessert… but I did. 🙂 It was lovely. I was concerned that I would feel sick afterward. I actually felt *better* than I normally feel after such a meal. Hmmmm.
This morning I’m starting a RapidCleanse (you can pick up a pack at your local Vitamin Shoppe or health-food store). I still feel like I haven’t moved everything out. It is a seven day whole-food-based regimen. There are herbal supplements for night and morning, as well as a colon cleanse made from acacia fiber. And – bonus for my GF friends – it’s gluten free.
We’re off for a day of walking with the children, at our favourite family hang-out – Old Sturbridge Village. We so rarely take time off. This is a huge treat for all of us. Perhaps that is a part of my overall challenge? I need to take some down time? I have said before that I could whirl a whirling dervish out of whirl. Maybe I should take some advice from one of the great spiritual writers, Thomas Keating:
Silence is God’s first language; everything else is a poor translation. In order to hear that language, we must learn to be still and to rest in God.
I get a little bit (read: a LOT) stressed. And we all know what that does to a body. In my case, it gets my arthritis going at full throttle, causing pain and stiffness (to the point that dressing requires help) which prevents meaningful movement, let alone exercise, which causes more stress… and on, and on. So, I need to chill. LOL.
And so, today, we’re chilling. And we’re taking Pa along for the ride because he’s not a good relaxer either. Being driven is fine, so long as it has a time and place. That’s our take-away from these last few days.
On to the recipes!
5 lb watermelon flesh (about half of a medium-large watermelon)
4 Granny Smith apples (the tartness is really important to this juice, IMO)
- 10 oz spinach, juiced
- 1 large English cucumber, juiced
- 1-2 cloves garlic, juiced
- 1 c. Greek yoghurt
- drizzle of cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
Add an equal amount of water to your juice. Pour the yoghurt and juice into a blender and give it a whiz. You may need to do this in batches. Swirl in some of that beautiful jewel green olive oil for a peppery bite. You could also add some cress or cilantro to the juicing part. About 1/4 bunch – 1/2 bunch should do it.