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!
Lunch:: Marinated chicken tenders on a deep bed of greens and herbs and lots of veggies
I have one week to go. I’m going to try to do this as well during the last week, and with as much enthusiasm, as I did the first. I’m still feeling a little wonky, on and off tummy trouble, weepy. But this morning my brain fog seems to be gone. In fact, the whole way through this, with a handful of execptions, I have had no brain fog. That is a major improvement for me. I am the queen of brain fog. Like that Caterpillar in Alice, “Whooooo are youuuuu?”
And I seem to recover/heal a lot faster since the juice fast. I slipped down the stairs yesterday – just a couple – but the effort to stop myself twisted me up like a pretzel and it hurt. Normally, I’d be aching for a day or two afterward. I felt good as new within an hour or so. Awesome!
A word of warning about the Freckle Face juice that I posted yesterday… It may make you pee. A lot. Like all day.
Here’s a new and fabulous recipe for you. AND you can have it as a juice, or finish it as a smoothie. Actually, you can do that with any of the juices, but this one is phenomenal either way.
Cool Granny Juice/Smoothie::
Cool Granny Smoothie
5 Granny Smith apples
4 stalks celery
1 large English cucumber
equal parts water or seltzer (if you’re just doing juice)
1 c. plain yoghurt – regular or Greek (if you’re doing the smoothie)
Juice your apples and veggies. Add the water for juice, or put everything into a blender with yoghurt and give it a whiz for a smoothie.
Cool Granny juice in the blender waiting to be made into a smoothie. Isn't it gloriously green?
Lunch:: Marinated steaks, steamed broccoli, roasted beets and carrots
Dinner:: Salad while the kiddywinks have pizza night.
Geez. I feel like I’m living in an alternate reality these last few days. And like this new reality includes something akin to a nervous breakdown… a quiet one. I am unpredictable and weepy. It is an “I want my mommy” kind of feeling. Yes, I know what this could be. It could also be PMS. I wonder if PMS could be amplified by something I’m doing?
No walking has happened and I’m just over a week from the end of the fast. I’ve been running around like a madwoman though. Hither and thither. And that could be contributing to some fatigue and the attending emotional swings. I’m getting plenty fo Magnesium (supplements). But I’m not getting enough fresh air, sunshine, and exercise… Perhaps I should take a hint already, eh?
How are you feeling so far?
Freckle Face... in the sunshine.
1 honeydew melon (or watermelon, or cantaloupe)
2 mangoes, pitted and peeled
1 pt. strawberries, topped
equal parts water
Run the fruits through the juicer and add water. Tip:: Adding seltzer is a fun way to change things up a little. 😉
I feel miserable today. I am so sick at my stomach. I ate two pieces of candied ginger – no dice. Still not feeling better. Making juice this morning was causing my tummy to flip-flop. Ugh. I really don’t like being nauseous. I’m not a good vomiter. It takes an awful lot for me to actually vomit. First I shake and perspire, get dizzy… Horrible.
I was good about not over-indulging in sweets this weekend, kept it to smaller tastes. However, I wasn’t so good about keeping up juicing (or taking much of anything) in between. Our weekend schedule has begun to change dramatically. We have been on the go like never before. Perhaps that will settle down, but I have got to learn how to manage eating mindfully even when things get hectic.
How do you prepare for the inevitably busy week/weekend?
1 cantaloupe, seeded and peeled
5 oz spinach
1 ‘ piece ginger, peeled
2 lemons, peeled
equal parts water
Pass everything but the water through the juicer. It turns out to be olive drab, not very pretty, but it tastes nice!
So we had a change in plans. By the time everyone got done running around to their various activities, it was 3 PM, leaving me almost no time to get back from the grocery with my supplies, make dinner, set the table, serve, and still get to the movie on time. So we just went to the movie, then picked up soup and sandwich wrap supplies. The trick with sandwich wraps is to A. buy the lovely flavour-y wraps (tomato basil, rosemary, etc). and to B. load it with a variety of veggies. You don’t need much (or any!) meat and/or cheese to make it taste beautiful. Dress the veggies with a favourite dressing. It’s like having a salad in a wrap and makes a change from a plate and fork. It sort of tricks your brain a little. And the wrap isn’t nearly as bulky in your tummy as two slabs of bread.
Today is going to be a challenge – a reception after Mass is expected to be a feast of sweet baked goodies. I’m going to stake out a bottle of water, and hopefully my morning smoothie will make me too full to be tempted. And on the bright side, it gives me more of a chance to socialize!