Fit in 40 juice fast

Juice Fast:: Breaking the Fast

No regular post today.  Taking a break fromt he fast this weekend.  Off to the Cathedral for ordination!  God bless you, dear reader, today and always!

Juice Fast:: Day 17

Scale says:: -19lb.
Body says:: I want chocolate…  LOTS of chocolate
Breakfast:: Flaming June smoothie *recipe below
Lunch:: Not sure I’ll need much of anything at lunch after the breakfast smoothie (yum!)
Dinner:: Fish and Chips (as promised)
Today is the first day of a scheduled weekend break in the fast.  I’m feeling so well, and I still have more I want to try, more I want to do.  So Monday, I resume the fast for at least another 23 days (making this a 40 day juice fast).  But I may continue through summer.  I want to add in daily exercise and I have a wonderful 1.5 mile route mapped out from the farm.  Ideally, I would work up to making that walk night and morning.  Throw in farm work and I should be fit and strong before October, which is when I usually begin flaring.  Less weight on my joints, stronger muscles, and a PH balanced body would make a flare a lot less severe.  And with  some luck, I won’t flare at all.
Here is the delicious smoothie  I wound up having last night::
Dancing Cow | Fit in 40™
Dancing Cow (or goat, depending on who made the yoghurt!)
  • 5 tomatoes
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 1 large English cucumber
  • 4 carrots
  • 1/2 shallot
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 c. Greek yoghurt
  • pinch salt, dash hot sauce if desired

Blend the juice and yoghurt together and enjoy!  Super yummy.

 

Flaming June 

  • 1 cantaloupe
  • 2 mangoes, puréed
  • 5-6 nectarines, pitted
  • 2″ pice of ginger
  • 1 c. vanilla yoghurt
  • 2 T. tahini

Juice the cantaloupe, nectarines and ginger.  Add to the mango puree and blend with yoghurt and tahini.  Makes enough for two grown-ups.

Juice Fast:: Day 16

Scale says:: -18 lb

Body says:: strong and flexible!

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::

Fit in 40 | Chef Salad

Mixed greens, grape tomatoes, marinated artichoke hearts, salmon, and farmer's cheese... oh, and avocado.

Juice Fast:: Day 15

Scale says:: -17lb

Body says:: I like feeling lighter

Breakfast:: Johnny Watermelonseed

Lunch:: Chef’s Salad

Dinner:: Green Hornet smoothie (add plain or Greek yoghurt to the juice and give it a whiz)

The girls and I spent nine hours out shopping yesterday.  That sounds like Heaven to some of you, I’m sure.  And if it does, please submit your name for the next time that needs doing.  NOT my idea of a good time.  My back is still whining at me.  I’d rather be pottering around the farm, or playing with my sewing or knitting projects, or learning with my children.  But it was necessary to get everything yesterday done because Brian returned to work out near Boston this morning.

However, I found out that I have a whole lot more stamina than I used to.  That is a great thing!  And I’m a lot stronger than I thought.  When the arthritis flares, I have a hard time lugging stuff around, including small people.  When the pain and inflammation disappear, I am surprised at how much I really can do.  It’s amazing to feel ‘normal’.

 

Juice Fast:: Day 14

Scale says:: -17

Body Says:: Oh yes, I remember this

Breakfast:: Mango banana smoothie

Lunch:: Homemade tomato soup, perhaps?

Dinner:: Greek Smoothie (yummy!)

 

Fit in 40 | Banana Mango Smoothie

Banana Mango Smoothie

Two weeks!  They say (whomever ‘they’ are) that it takes two weeks to form a habit.  And I think this juice fasting could become a habit, a way of life rather than a one-off event.  What I mean is that making periodic, shorter fasts could be a good thing to plan for.  I had intended to do that the last time around and somehow let it fall by the wayside… Perhaps because I fell pregnant with Sophie and felt it was unwise to do during my pregnancy.  I no longer feel that way… at least not for myself.  It certainly could be unwise for some women.

And speaking of things womanly, I have fairly certainly worked out what caused the headaches…  My first cycle since last December arrived yesterday.  This morning I’m very tired, but otherwise feeling well.  I’m increasing my caloric intake just slightly by having two smoothies today.  I’ll also likely add a bit of chlorophyl to one of my waters, too.

I’m trying to relax as the week marches ever more quickly toward Saturday’s ordination.  So, I’m going to work on curriculum (perhaps I’ll post more about that later today).  Yes, it really, truly does relax me.  It focuses my mind on something pleasant.  Any type of creative endeavour seems to do that for me.

If you’ve begun fasting along, how are things going for you?

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