It was a whirlwind weekend of getting dressed up and running from home to church to reception, then to the farm for evening chores. My house is crying out for cleaning. My girls made a mighty effort after Mass yesterday, but there is still so much to do to catch up. And our cupboards are bare except for the lovely baked goods that came home from church yesterday, and a few leftover leftovers from the reception on Saturday.
So I’m off to the grocery for some veggies and fruits this afternoon. In the meantime, I think I might just whiz up a smoothie from what we have here. And if I find nothing, I’ll make a protein shake.
Have you tried the fast yet? How is is going for you?
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 (or goat, depending on who made the yoghurt!)
4 stalks celery
1 large English cucumber
1 bell pepper
1 c. Greek yoghurt
pinch salt, dash hot sauce if desired
Blend the juice and yoghurt together and enjoy! Super yummy.
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.
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.
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’.