I’ll have to go back and post more about my 40 day fast… I realized that the last few days were completely neglected here. I have made some interesting discoveries about my body, but those are for another post. It all amounted to my decision that sticking to juicing daily – just for breakfast time, or for brekky and snack – is absolutely a habit I don’t want to let go of. At least not for the foreseeable future.
So I was scrounging around for something to make a smoothie with this morning before Mass and came up with this one, which we are going to call Green Silk. It is absolutely fabulous. I promise. It’s loaded with potassium, which is perfect for days when you’re planning to be working hard or in the heat.
The Green-Eyed Girl juice is something I whipped up yesterday morning, while getting ready to take the tribe out for our family birthday celebration in Boston. I gave Brian a glass of it to try and he is a fan. It’s amazing!
Gorgeous. That is all.
Green Silk Smoothie
3 Granny Smith apples
2” chunk ginger
2 ripe avocados, pitted and scooped
1 banana, peeled
1 lime, squeezed
1.5 c seltzer
Run your apples and ginger through the juicer. Pour the juice and all of the other ingredients into your blender and whiz until liquified. You’ll have a beautiful pale green, creamy, sweet and filling smoothie. It is gorgeous in every way. Enjoy! Makes two really generous smoothies.
Green-Eyed Girl Juice
10 oz spinach
4 Granny Smith apples
1 bunch mint
2” chunk ginger
water or seltzer
Run all of the fruits and veggies through the juicer and add water. The carrots make this juice a little more substantial, almost creamy tasting. And I’ve discovered that they hold the juice together, too – no separation as with watery juices. Marvelous! Makes enough for two grown-ups.
Dinner:: Salad with leftover marinated chicken or steak
Got a late start today, so I wound up combining breakfast and lunch. I am the fullest I’ve been in weeks. It is a very unpleasant sensation. Two significant changes for me since the beginning are that I know really understand eating to satisfaction v. eating to fullness. I prefer the former. The other thing that I have noticed is that I am much more sensitive to flavours maning that I am really appreciating and enjoying even the most subtle tastes. It’s wonderful!
This weekend, we celebrated Catherine’s twentieth birthday. Twenty years. Two decades since the day I saw her sweet baby face looking up at me after a very long night of labour. In fact, 28 hours of labour. So worth it – every minute.
Her birthday was actually the Friday before Brian’s ordination. With all of the hustle-bustle, we decided to postpone so that we could have a proper family celebration. And it turned out to be a beautiful day for another picnic:
A woodland glade picnic
Luminaria hanging from the trees.
A trug full of sweet gems.
A bouquet of white clover for the birthday girl, from her little brother (and godson) James.
More leather-bound classics for her collection!
We have been blessed with glorious weather this summer. Every picnic we’ve planned has come on a lovely, sunshine-y day.
Pat 1/2 of the almond crust mixture into a pie plate. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, until set and golden brown. In a large saucepan, combine cornstarch, sugar, and salt. Add lemon juice and cold water and stir until smooth. Stir in egg yolks, and butter. Slowly pour in boiling water, stirring constantly. Place over medium heat and continue stirring gently until it comes to a full boil. Reduce heat and simmer for one minute. Remove from heat and add lemon zest. Pour into the baked pie shell, and top with remaining almond crust mixture. Place in the oven and continue to bake for 1-15 minutes, until topping is lightly browned.
Lunch:: Hopefully some lovely green juice (new juicer is due today!)
Dinner:: Homemade soup and a small salad
I thought I’d answer some questions that I have been getting on FB, through email, and on searches to this blog.
Are you following a plan?
Yes and no. I am following my own plan. I am not following an established “diet”. I have studied holistic health and nutrition for eight years – since the last time I did a major fast/cleanse/detox. I have taken courses in holistic nutrition and herbal medicine.
Are the recipes yours?
Almost all of them are mine. The only two that I have posted here that are not mine are Mean Green and Gazpacho. Everything else is original.
Are you eating only raw foods/juice?
Nope. I have allowed myself soups made from bone broths, cooked veggies, cultured dairy, and meats (including fish and poultry). Portions of proteins are small, but adequate for my needs. The only thing that I have been actively avoiding are starches – corn, potatoes, grains. I have also nearly eliminated refined sugar.
What is your intention with this fast?
My primary intention is, and has been, to rest my digestive system and reduce inflammation. A fortunate side effect is weight loss. It is important for me to reduce my weight in order to allow me to exercise more easily, and to reduce stress on my joints (and organs!). I have several autoimmune diseases including psoriatic arthritis, which causes painful, itchy plaques on my skin and inflamed joints. The joints have been bad enough at times to force me to use a wheelchair and require me to get help dressing. It is also possible that inflammation is to blame for my miscarriages.
Are you taking only juice? Aren’t you hungry?
No and no. I am eating solid foods at least once each day, usually in the form of salad or soup. I include small amounts of meat, cultured dairy, and nuts. Bread, pasta, potatoes and corn (starches) are not part of my plan. I am actually not hungry while I’m juicing. Each juice recipe makes 2 qts give or take. That is enough for two adults. I take a quart of water between meals which helps with that full-up feeling.
Interestingly, when I have taken breaks from the plan (for celebrations) I have been famished! I’ll have to do a little research about why that is.
Have you had any cravings?
Yes. Twice I craved chocolate – fleetingly. I have also found myself craving greens. That could be my body telling me to take more magnesium (chocolate), protein (also chocolate), B vitamins (greens) and iron (greens again). So I listen to that and find foods to eat or juice that are high in those nutrients in order to satisfy the craving.
Are you taking supplements?
Yep. A regular pre-natal multi (even though I’m not currently pregnant), iodine/iodide (for my thyroid), magnesium (400mg/day), B6 (500mg/day) and B12 (75mg/day), D3 (4000IU/day), E (25-100IU/day). Most all of these are on the recommendation of my doctors. I was on all of these before the fast and have continued.
I’m getting headaches! Is that normal?
Yes, it can be a sign of what is called a healing crisis. Your body is ridding itself of toxins and it feels pretty awful. You might also get stomach upset, diarrhea, constipation. If it lasts more than a couple of days, consider taking magnesium, B vitamins, and iron. Ginger helps settle your stomach, fennel dispels gas, watermelon and prunes help draw water into the bowel so that you can clear debris. Make sure you’re taking enough clear water in addition to everything else you’re drinking – 2 to 3 qt/day.
I’m pregnant/nursing. Can I do this fast?
If you are expecting or are nursing – ask your midwife or OB/GYN if you can do something like this. It is important that you are taking in adequate calories and nutrients to grow your baby and fuel and maintain your own body. I am currently nursing my youngest, who is 18 months old. She takes regular food, and drinks goat’s milk. She’s not so dependent upon my milk for her nourishment. I do hope to become pregnant again, and if I do, I will likely continue as I am (I have a lot of stored calories), but my midwife, docs, and I will be working together to make sure I’m getting plenty of nutrients for both of us. That may require an increase to the above supps.
How are you feeling? Is it working for you?
I’m feeling really well. I’m alert and clear-headed. Overall, I feel very light. By that I mean that I don’t feel bogged down and slow. I think everyone in my family has noticed that I’ve been more active and that I’m moving faster. 🙂 But more than all of that, my joints are feeling great! I haven’t taken an injection in 5 weeks. It is prescribed bi-weekly. I have noticed that some of my skin plaques are creeping back, and that isn’t a surprise. Psoriasis seems to be harder to control than the arthritis. I’m considering a dose this weekend to see if I can knock it out.
Freckled Pink Smoothie
Freckled Pink Smoothie::
1 c. yoghurt
1 c. water
1/2 c. papaya
1/2 c. strawberries
Whiz everything together until pink and smooth… and freckly. Yummy! Serves 2
Breakfast:: A smoothie made from yesterday’s leftover johnny watermelonseed and some mangoes
Lunch:: I have no idea. It’s all go today.
Dinner:: Leftover Green hornet with some beets and carrots thrown in for fun (and creamy goodness) and a shot of chlorophyll.
The ordination stretch here… Lots of running to do today. It’s going to be important to make sure I get as much green stuff tonight as possible. Repair, repair, repair. I’m thinking that a tension tamer tea wouldn’t go amiss either. Last minute shopping, deliveries, and creating a lovely flower arrangement to be dropped off tomorrow at Fr. Jim’s place. I’m going to forget something – probably feeding myself. 🙂
Tomorrow evening begins the start of celebrations with a rehearsal dinner at our favourite pub. I’m having fish and chips. Just putting that out there now. Fish. And. Chips. I will have a tummy ache for the two hour Mass next morning. You can tune in to the live broadcast online (10AM EST on Saturday) for all of the shenanigans in the 3rd and 4th pews back on the left-hand side of the aisle.
Thought you might like a look at the very delicious and filling salad I treated myself to last night::
Mixed greens, grape tomatoes, marinated artichoke hearts, salmon, and farmer's cheese... oh, and avocado.