Dinner:: Herbs and greens salad topped with marinated steak tips (delish!)
So it’s time to start adding in some consistent exercise. My joints are feeling great – and seem pretty stable. I’ve been out and about, doing more work around the house that requires bending and turning… This seems like an OK time to walk regularly. I’ll be increasing daily calories slightly to prevent nasty low blood sugar, but I’ll let the stored stuff around my middle and elsewhere fuel the increase in caloric consumption.
When you’re exercising, it is important to ensure that you are getting enough water. Same old saw, but it is critical to give your body enough juice to operate properly, and allow your body to flush toxins. You also want to make sure you’re getting enough B vitamins, iron, and protein. All of those are needed to repair and build your cells back. It is especially important if you’re not used to exercising because you are likely to have more injuries (those aches and pains afterward!) that need to heal so that you can continue.
Also, although your body is pretty alkaline on a juice fast because of all of the veggies, you might also want to consider something a little bit stronger, like ginger tea. Make a great big quart of it by grating 1T. into a jar and covering with boiling water. Let it steep for 15 minutes, strain and chill. You can add something sweet to it if you want – how about some apple juice from your juicer? You can also add mint leaves to the brew. Tastes yummy! Take that tea after exercising.
Blue Banana Smoothie::
1 pt blueberries
1 cantaloupe, peeled and juiced
1 c. plain yoghurt
Whiz everything together in your blender and enjoy. Makes enough for two grown-ups. NOTE: this does solidify as it stands. You could eat it with a spoon after about 10 minutes, if you want!
6 -8 roma or paste tomatoes
1/4 – 1/2 bunch basil leaves
1 english cucumber
1 c. plain yoghurt (Greek is perfect)
drizzle of EVOO
Put the veggies through the juicer. Transfer juice to your blender and add yoghurt and EVOO. Peppery and delish!
5 oz spinach
1 c. whole kumquats
1 pt. strawberries
3 Granny Smith apples
1 English cucumber
1″ piece ginger, peeled
Put everything through the juicer, beginning with the spinach. Leave those kumquat skins on, that’s actually where the sweetness is! Makes enough for 2 grown ups.
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
I am really NOT liking being without my juicer. I just found out this morning that my parts won’t be in for 2-3 weeks, so I went ahead and ordered a whole new juicer. That will be here tomorrow. Thank goodness.
I’ve been thinking that I should really be putting “recipes” for the salads I’m eating. Because generic salad sounds boring. And my salads are anything but boring. I like to load up with lots of veggies (and sometimes fruits), and I add nuts, cheese, meat or fish, eggs… They’re pretty to look at and delicious. I’m going to experiment with dressings as well. It seems to me that there are endless possibilities for dressings that don’t include mayonnaise… or cream, or modified starches. I wonder if one can make a dressing from the juice of fruits and veggies? Most certainly! I am armed with herbs, garlic, and tahini besides.
Last night I had steamed veggies and a small portion of spaghetti and sauce. Instant tummy ache. I am convinced that I’m having a problem digesting starch. It could be a gluten thing. I’m sure I will get comments somewhere – here, email, FB – about how it is certainly gluten. All I can say for sure from this experience is that my tummy is not digesting things made from flour at all well. Maybe it’s just out of practice with all of the easy-to-digest veggies and fruits?
Dinner:: Hopefully a nice green juice (if my parts arrive), otherwise a smoothie of some description.
So this is pretty difficult without the juicer… I’m trying to stick to fresh produce, cultured dairy, and a small amount of meat. I had a half sandwich wrap yesterday with a little deli meat. Big mistake. Bloat-o-rama. I think that my sodium intake has been much lower since the juicing began. And sodium is really high in deli meats. Yummy, but lethal.
I’m on the hunt for GF sandwich wraps. I prefer wraps for sandwiches, I’m finding. Regular bread is too heavy for me. I discovered this before the juicing. I like to taste the filling. I like to load up with veggies. Basically, I like a salad with a little bit of meat, fish, or poultry wrapped up. Delish.
I think I would miss bread if I decided to give it up altogether. I like a nice crunchy toast with tea. I like a good bread with soup… or croutons. I bread things sometimes. I hope that I can find a way to incorporate it back into my diet without making myself miserable. I’m going to start with sprouted grain flours made at home and see how we do… but not until I’m at least 40 days out.
How’s your juicing going? Any good recipes to share?
I have no appetite. Zero. I spent the weekend nibbling at small portions of “real food” and I feel awful. And emotional. And cranky. Bleh. Clearly, my body is craving more veggie juice. Sugar and starch seem to be the most likely culprits. I can tolerate meat and fish well (I’ve been having small portions with my salads), and dairy doesn’t seem to be giving me any trouble. But bread, pasta, etc. is just not working. I thought I would be bummed about that, but I’m not. It makes me feel so awful that I’m just not interested. Maybe after a longer healing, I’ll be able to tolerate that sort of thing better… or not.
What really has me bummed is that our juicer broke down. I had to order a new strainer basket. Ours blew a hole in itself. :/ I’m pretty sure it was ninja nectarines.
So for now, I’m blending what I can in my new Cuisinart blender. Go ahead… ask me if ice blends in my expensive almost-as-new Blendtec. Answer:: Nope. It died on New Year’s Day, after only it’s second use. Apparently the ice broke the blade shaft. Seriously.
Did I mention that I’m cranky?
How are you getting along today?
Banana Split Smoothie
1 c. milk (raw if you can get it!)
6 large strawberries
2 scoops chocolate protein powder (whey)
1 c. vanilla yoghurt
1/4 c. pineapple juice (we didn’t have any this morn)
Whiz it around until it’s smooth and enjoy! Makes enough for two grown ups.