Hello my friends! Only one more update post after this one and then the 21 day cleanse will come to an end. I have to say that it won’t end here for me though. I have learned SO MUCH about myself, eating, foods, life, healing methods, etc. that I will continue to incorporate them into my daily routines. Let’s see how the past few day have gone.
Woke up feeling good this morning saying “Today I choose LOVE, joy, comfort, abundance, prosperity, compassion and miracles.” Set your day this way and it will run better. I had lime cayenne water with a few drops of stevia first followed by a gorgeous beet/carrot/lemon/swiss chard juice. Delicious! Afterwards, I dry skin brushed and went outside to sun bathe for 20 minutes. I have found that by dry skin brushing before sun bathing allows the sun to penetrate skin layer and absorb better due to skin being stimulated/ pores open and dead skin cells removed.
Prepared a HUGE superfood Acai bowl topped with frozen organic cherries, local bee pollen, Superberry Symphony and homemade acai granola. I added some Sunwarrior Vanilla protein to the main recipe with a few other touches and it was PHENOMENAL! Nutrient dense food is the BEST! I wasn’t hungry till dinner.
Scott and I had some errands to run in town. One of them was dropping off some stuff to the local thrift store. Several weeks prior to starting this cleanse, I started to de-clutter the house. I really got into it and still implementing it now throughout this cleanse. Clearing out the clutter in your home will do more than make your space look nice and inviting. According to feng shui philosophy, de-cluttering your home will also help to free up space in your mind and allow for positive energy to flow into your life. It is amazing how getting rid of stuff that has been sitting around collecting dust, not being used, etc. is so empowering, freeing for more good to come into your life. I’ve de-cluttered the kitchen (first place I started), closets, book shelves, everywhere. I am SO MUCH HAPPIER with less. I will write a post about it sometime. It is very interesting and inspiring!
We came home and spent several hours working in our yard while the weather was nice. Got a great sweat on – detoxing, baby! – and a great cardio at the same time. Came inside and drank a large glass of watermelon juice, cleaned up and spent some time at the computer writing. I wanted to share with you the new way I am working at the computer. My lovely friend, Lisa at Healthy Body Now posted on Facebook the other day that she sits on a HUGE exercise ball instead of a chair while working at her computer. It was so brilliant I had to try it. I did and LOVE it! You have to balance so you are working your core and all kinds of muscles at the same time.
That is my dog, Meg, under the table. She likes hang out near me and it’s also cool on the tile floor. While sitting in the ball, I do rotations from side to side and in circles. Bouncing on it is also fun and works your legs/ core too. At any time, you can roll back on it for a good inversion stretch and open chest/ heart center. Thanks, Lisa for the suggestion!
Dinner was Spicy Asian cucumber, avocado, tomato, onion salad followed up by a simple pizza. Pizza is made by using a wrap (I used an organic spelt one), toasting it a few minutes then topping with marinara sauce and toppings of choice (cheese, etc.) then putting back in toaster oven for a few more minutes. Pull out, top with fresh chopped basil leaves and EAT! (I went simple with just a sauce and fresh basil leaves).
Scott’s side has goat cheese on it. It was delicious and quick. I prepared in toaster oven because I didn’t want to turn on the oven. Pizza is thin and crispy. It’s a hot one here today!
We’ve got some work scheduled tomorrow, so I made up several smoothies after dinner so that I wouldn’t have to do it in the morning. *Time saving tip! Prepare snacks, smoothies or meals the night before to save time the next morning if need be. It makes a huge difference. I’d rather get that little bit of extra sleep instead of getting up early prepping food.
Woke up early and it was a beautiful morning. Went out to the garden for fresh swiss chard for juicing – they’re HUGE! I could cover parts of my body with it easily. I had my lemon cayenne water followed by a hot cup of yerba mate tea while checking emails.
Afterwards, juiced 2 swiss chard leaves/beets/carrots/lemon – LOVE this combination! Got the coolers packed with LOTS of water, smoothies, guacamole and jicama fries. Out the door we went to work.
Worked for 2.5 hours at customers house and got a serious sweat going on – more cleansing/detoxing this way. Drank protein smoothie after and then lots of water. Afterwards, we stopped off at the “blueberry man’s” house that I mentioned from the other day and talked with him about picking blueberries and he said “Help yourself, hon”. So, we did!
Me picking blueberries and loving it!
Scott picking blueberries.
We spent an hour and a half picking blueberries (organic) and I was in pure delight! It is easiest to take an old milk jug (got from neighbor) and cut part of the top off and run a belt or tie thru the handle and strap on waist so that you have both hands free to pick berries and you can move along faster. Ate a bunch and came home with two 1 gallon jugs (3/4 full) for $9. WOW! Had a great time!
Two full trays of blueberries from one of the gallon jugs.
In this hot weather, I don’t feel like eating much, just drinking a lot of water and having smoothies. I made a Banana Coconut Cream Pie Green Smoothie from Healthy Blender Recipes blog.
I made a few changes (used hemp seeds instead of cashews, stevia in place of dates and vanilla powder in place of extract) – and topped with coconut macaroon flakes – it was wonderful! Scott said it smelled like coconut icing and tasted just as good. You must try it! It hit the spot and I got my GREENS on.
For dinner, I made us guacamole salads with a side of salsa and organic blue corn chips. The guacamole salad is from Natalia Rose’s book The Raw Food Detox Diet ( I Highly recommend this book!!) This salad is addictive! It has been awhile since I’ve made it and forgot how delicious it was. More greens, baby!! Forgot to get pictures. I was hungry.
Makes 2 servings
- 1 Avocado – finely chopped
- tomatoes – finely chopped
- 1 to 2 cloves of garlic – finely chopped
- 1 handful cilantro – chopped
- Greens of choice ( I used organic romaine lettuce)
- Juice of 1 lime
- A few drops of stevia or 1 TB. of maple syrup/ coconut nectar/ yacon syrup
- sea salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together and ENJOY! We sure did!
Slept a bit later this morning than usual ( I guess I needed it). After my lemon cayenne water, I went out to the garden for greens and produce for juicing. I found a cucumber, swiss chard, and parsley for the juice and gathered some stevia leaves and dandelion greens for the smoothie. Juice was a swiss chard/ lemon/ ginger/ carrots/ cucumber/ parsley combination. It was tasty!! Then I prepared a smoothie to go with us consisting of water/ dandelion leaves/ stevia leaves/ spirulina/ beet greens (LOTS)/ hemp seeds/ chia gel/ frozen mango/ frozen banana/ half a kiwi blended till smooth and creamy and topped with raw cacao nibs and local bee pollen. YUMMERS! I took some of the kiwi peel and rubbed all over my face for a purely natural enzymatic facial while I prepared smoothies. 15 or so minutes later, I washed the kiwi off my face and it glowed and felt so good. This is great to do with avocado, mango, lemon, orange, peach, strawberry, etc. Fruit acids and flesh are GREAT for the skin and are much BETTER than most skin care products on the market. Beauty Food for inside and outside!!!
We took a bunch of books (4 boxes) to a local used book store to see if they would buy. We had to leave the boxes for a few days so that they could go thru and see what they wanted. This was a big deal for Scott! He LOVES his books. I do too! He has so many though. I guess I would rather him have a book addiction than any other type of addiction. Last week, he built new book shelves for the library and prompted him (when moving off the old shelves) to go thru and really assess what he wanted, and were most important to him and what to let go and donate. I was so impressed and proud that he “let go” of A LOT. He buys books at thrift stores for CHEAP! He finds the best and coolest books. However, more were coming in than going out and it had to be dealt with. Now, with the new book shelves (which look amazing – he is so freaking talented!), the books looks nice, neat and easier to see and choose.
I also, had some lessons for myself today too. I had some great cook books from my baking days that I finally came to a point today to “let them go”. This was a big step for me. I was trying to sell them and they wouldn’t go at our yard sale in the Spring. I wasn’t charging much, but I feel that I still had some type of connection and wouldn’t let them go on some level. Today, I looked in the box and those old feelings came up saying “I could get more money for these than the $2 the book store is offering. They are so nice, etc., etc..” I stopped the chatter in my head and said “Let it go, Kibby. It’s OK to let it go. You are not using them and they will benefit someone else and they would be happy to get a deal. RELEASE. SURRENDER. IT’S OK AND ALL IS WELL.” I took the books into the store and left them. I was fine. An hour later, I thought about the experience again, and I felt at peace and good about the decision. No stress about it. It was actually a relief. This was poignant for me, especially during this cleanse. To let things go that do not support me anymore or my lifestyle or serve my highest good. Letting go and surrendering is so empowering and stress reducing. The more I do it, the more I like it.
When we came home, I fixed two huge superfood Acai bowls topped with those fresh blueberries we picked yesterday with homemade granola, dried superfruit berries and local bee pollen. PURE BLISS!
We had some last minute work come up, so we changed into work clothes and headed out the door. It was some work for a neighbor, so we only had to go up the hill (convenience!) Took us an hour and we were done, back home, cleaned up and relaxing.
Started food prep for dinner by soaking some arame and wakame seaweed. I woke up this morning craving a seaweed dish. Guess there is something in it that my body needs nutritionally.
Cucumber – Arame Seaweed Salad:
- 1 oz. of arame seaweed (I added a handful of wakame too)
- 1 cucumber – sliced thinly
- sea salt – 1 tsp.
- 1 red pepper – diced
- 1/2 small red onion – diced
- Raw apple cider vinegar – 1/4 cup
- Coconut aminos – 2 TB.
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- 1 TB. unrefined sesame seed oil
- pickled ginger slices – chopped (optional) I used some I made. Nice addition!
- Greens of choice (I used organic romaine lettuce)
Soak arame and wakame seaweed for 15 minutes in water. Sprinkle cucumber slices with some sea salt and let sit for several minutes to release juices. Discard soaking water from seaweed and rinse well in a fine mesh colander. Squeeze the seaweed by hand to get excess water out. Put seaweed in a bowl. Take a pair of kitchen scissors (I keep a pair in the kitchen for misc. chores) and cut seaweed into small chunks and add to cucumbers. Add all other ingredients and toss. Season to taste. Marinate for about an hour to infuse all the flavors. When ready to serve, place on top of greens of choice and ENJOY!
The salad was absolutely scrumptious!
Took dogs for their walk in the evening and finished the night with neti pot, dry skin brushing and some reading. Good day! Good food, good company, good lessons and I LOVE my life!
Have a great weekend, my friends! A wonderful, lovely Weekend Treat is coming your way tomorrow!
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