The crazy shenanigans have returned! After weeks of feeling a little discombobulated being out of the kitchen, the planets aligned and I was effortlessly able to get back in the kitchen and whip up a new, easy and totally delicious dinner tonight that I couldn’t have planned better.
I said I had some ‘serious things and small confessions’ to share this weekend to explain the lack on communication over the last few days of my juicy week (juice fast), and I have been procrastinating. I’m blaming the hurricane… even though I’ve been sitting on this for 5 days and that was only yesterday.
So the serious things are emotional eating and weight loss. The small confessions are that I didn’t have a single day in the last week that was all juice, and I had a few (dairy-free dark) chocolate-covered macadamia nuts… ooops.
try your juice before you take it to work and rely on it for your daily sustenance! Especially if you have never tried it before :) The apple-beet-carrot combination didn’t really work for me. I don’t know what I did wrong – too much ginger or beet maybe? Whatever the case, I couldn’t drink it and I had to have salad for lunch. I kept it ‘clean’ though – vegetables, no nuts, and a little cold-pressed EVOO. I did take 750ml of the cantaloupe juice for breakfast so still got in a lot of juice.
Day 2 and I’m feeling great! Lemon water again to start the day and after an hour I’m still not hungry so going to finish my cantaloupe juice from last night for breakfast on the way in to work. I just made a liter of apple-beet-carrot juice from Reboot Your Life to get me through the rest of the day… here’s hoping it’s enough! I’m not overly excited about this one as it’s like the juice I always make but I’m sticking to my plan of making them all.
“Oh my gosh… I had a very, very naughty nap and woke up soooooo HUNGRY! I am secretly wishing my man will bring me back a portobello burrito from town despite me telling him not too but know he won’t, so I’m going to have to make another juice. Damn ;)”
So that was my facebook status half an hour ago. I was right, no burrito for me so I dragged my sorry bum off the sofa and made juice. After having a very vegetable-tasting juice today I wanted something with more fruit so went with the apple-cantaloupe-kale-swiss chard combo. On the Reboot Your Life site it actually calls for 1/2 cantaloupe and 1/2 honeydew but couldn’t get an organic honeydew yesterday so went with a whole cantaloupe instead.
So today wasn’t the best environment in which to start a juice fast, but that’s life hey?! I was facilitating an offsite for work with a catered lunch and it was difficult for me to be drinking red juice all day so I did my best. I made the first juice on Joe’s list last night (ABCs) in preparation for an early morning. I started the day at 5am with a lemon water, had a glass (250ml) of the 1 liter the recipe made around 6am and took the rest to work. Between my Invisalign retainers and being in front of people all day, I couldn’t have any more juice until 10:30am at which point I was starving!
I’m tempted to explain my falling of the raw (and yes, even vegan) wagon on my Hawaiian vacation but if I’m being entirely honest it started before that and did not stop on my return to Boston last weekend. I have been eating cooked vegan (whole food, plant based) dishes and had a raw fish (sushi and poke) in Hawaii because it was there, it was fresh and it was easier than finding vegetable dishes – they seem a little hard to come by.
Once I started, I found it becomes a downward spiral. I got unorganized with raw foods, cooked food is easier to find when I’m out and suddenly I wasn’t even high raw. But I’m beyond beating myself up for this kind of lapse. In the beginning of my raw journey I would feel guilty for eating something ‘out of scope’ – how could I call myself a raw vegan if I ate cooked food? But at the end of the day I realized I don’t have to answer to anyone except myself. And the amazing thing is, that while it may be ‘easier’ at the time, my body never thanks me for it. I start feeling tired and losing that edge that being raw gives me, so I lose. It’s that easy.
I learnt something new at work yesterday; “calling an audible”. For those of you who don’t follow American football in any detail (I’m trying, but as an Australian I still like rugby union), this means the quarterback (the star of the game and typically the one with the cutest butt – think Tom Brady, or at least I do because I live in Boston and have been programmed to do so) can change a play they are given from the coach if it doesn’t work for them. Overnight (and quite annoyingly), the term has become a part of my managers’ work speak. However, it was interestingly empowering to have a term to explain what I often do to recipes when I was making dinner last night… usually I call it bastardizing, which doesn’t quite have the same ring! Read More