Friday, February 1, 2008

Day 5

Photo by Pureen on Flickr

Juices, Supplements etc. in order of consumption

1. 1 quart Water with lemon

2. Bok Choy, Swiss chard, celery, lemon, mint, apple, spirulina, chlorella

2 large bok choy stalks, 2 large swiss chard stalks, 4 stalks celery, 1/2 lemon, 4-5 sprigs mint, 1 apple, 2 spirulina and 1 chlorella capsules.

This was very tasty. It was really nice and light. I love mint so much. It is so refreshing.

3. 1 quart of water

4. Swiss chard, spinach, celery, lemon, ginger, pear, spirulina, chlorella, kelp

2 large bok choy stalks, 2 handfuls spinach, 4 stalks celery, 1 lemon, 1 1/2- 2 inch piece ginger, 1 pear, 2 spirulina and 1 chlorella capsules.

Oooh, zippy and zingy. The additional lemon and ginger that I put in made this so fun. It was like a party in my mouth. I was thinking I could have used only 1/2 the pear next time.

5. 1 quart water

6. Spinach, carrot, cucumber, tomato, garlic, alfalfa sprouts, cayenne, turmeric, spirulina, chlorella

1/2 lb spinach, 4 oz. carrots, 1 cucumber, handful grape tomatoes, 1 clove garlic, 2 oz. alfalfa sprouts, sprinkle of spices, 2 spirulina and 1 chlorella capsules.

It was nice to drink something that actually tasted like food...and kind of weird at the same time. As usual my first sip was less than enjoyable but I quickly got used to it and for the most part enjoyed it.

I normally just take the spirulina and chlorella pills but this time I mixed it in with the juice. I don't know if I did something wrong but it all globbed up and didn't mix well with the liquid so I had these small globs of green slime that I got in my mouth every once in a while. I can't imagine what I could have done wrong but this can't be right.

7. Swiss chard, spinach, pear, blueberry, mint

3 large stalks Swiss chard, rest of spinach (?) 1 pear, 1 pint blueberries, few sprigs mint.

I added the mint at the last minute because I knew it was going to be bad tomorrow and I ended up wishing I hadn't. It tasted better without it. It was still good, just not as good.

I ended up taking 2 cascara Sagrada tablets today. I also forgot to take the hemp oil. I don't know how.

Starting 173.5
Today 168

My body is too busy rebuilding to worry about weight loss. :o)

7 hours

None, I don't have any good reason. I just forgot. I guess the kids being home for a snow day threw me off a bit.


My headache is gone. I still have many of the same symptoms, they are just getting less extreme.

  • Detox
    My skin seems really dry, my lips are chapping and I am always thirsty.
    Coated tongue
    Heavy chest and coughing up phlegm
    Underlying heartburn that is bugging me
    Heavy Limbs
    Tummy Rumblings

  • Positive changes
    My eyes seem to be brighter (no one has noticed so it may just be me but that's OK, cuz I am all that really matters.)
    Smooth skin

Emotional Symptoms

I was a bit more angry today than normal and I think it may be because the kids were home for school and it threw off my rhythm a bit. I was planning on doing a Journey process on myself today. I really need to be alone and uninterrupted for it so that ended up being impossible. I will have to wait til next week. Other than that I was fine.


My kids were eating honey mustard pretzels and I got this quick craving for them. It went away FAST because I don't even like those. Weird.

I listened to The Healthiest Year of Your Life podcast with Byron Katie tonight. It was really interesting to see her take on things. I have heard of The Work and I have never really explored it. I went to her website and downloaded the worksheets and completed The One Belief at a Time Worksheet. I put "I am sick and tired of being sick and tired" in there and it is pretty amazing what came up for me.

I have had an inkling that I have some secondary gains revolving around this issue. I already knew that I used food as a comfort and a substitute for love; loving myself. Now I can see that I am getting more out of it than just that. I am getting attention and having the opportunity to be unusual. It is definitely time to do a Journey process around this. I have been wanting to do it for a very long time and I just haven't been able to do it. There can be no more delay. I will do it next week.

The other thing I got was how "my thinking" has hurt me. My thinking tends to dwell on the negative instead of the positive. When my husband calls and asks me how I am feeling I usually will give him the standard "fine" and then I launch into everything that is wrong with me even if it isn't that big of a deal. Why do I always look for the bad? If I truly wanted to be healthy I would look for the good.

What a great step in the right direction for me. I will continue to contemplate these things and meditate on them so that I may bring them to light and get them out.

I will put a clip of Byron Katie doing The Work on a woman in regards to her body at the bottom of this post. There are several things here that stuck a cord for me.

Just to let you know, I am notoriously bad about being on the computer over the weekend. I usually like to spend the time with my husband so if I do post it will be brief.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Day 4

Picture by Aleksandra Radonic on Flickr
Juices, Supplements etc. in order of consumption

1. 1 quart of water with lemon 1 MSM cap

I really think the MSM is contributing to my heartburn. I posted on the Juice Feasting website to ask about my heartburn issue and am waiting to hear if there is any info for me. Until then I will NOT be taking any more MSM.

2. Kale, cilantro, cucumber, lime, apple, celery, hemp oil, 1 cap Casara Sagrada
2 leaves kale, ½ bunch cilantro, 2 limes, 1 apple, 4 stalks celery

This was pretty good. I would have liked it to have a bit more zip to it. Probably more lime. The limes were tiny. It is definitely the hemp oil that is ruining the taste of my juice for me. I put it in a small juice cup with a little of my juice and choked it down. That left me with quite a lot of juice that tasted good.

2. 1 quart water

3. 1 quart kale, celery, bok choy, alfalfa sprouts, lemon, apple, mint, pear with kelp
2 leaves kale, 6 stalks celery, 2 big leaves bok choy, 2 oz. alfalfa sprouts, 1/2 lemon, 1 apple, 1 pear, few springs mint

The first sip I took was yuck but then it tasted good. The taste of the sprouts was so strong but then it was fine and actually tasted really good.

4. 1 quart water

5. 1 quart Spinach, pear, celery, lemon, cucumber
½ lb. spinach, 1 pear, rest of bunch celery, ½ lemon, 1 cucumber

Good. Seems like I keep making the same old juice. I like it though

6. 1 pint water

7. 1 quart Spinach, orange
1/2 lb spinach, 4 oranges

Very tasty. Almost too sweet though. I first made it with 3 oranges and I didn’t like it so I added another one and then about halfway through I thought it was too sweet.

Starting 173.5
Today 168

You knew it was going to have to slow down at some point right?

8 hours. I went right to sleep at 10:00 last night. I could barely keep my eyes open. So tired.


I walked outside today while it was snowing with my dogs!!!! I know you don’t understand why there are all of those exclamation points so let me tell you that I do not like the cold at all and would never in a million years choose to go on a walk in the winter. I have lived in the cold my whole life and never did it before. But I did it today! Yay for me!

I woke up feeling awful today. I think I had too much sugar yesterday and it really affected me. I had that foggy feeling where I can’t barely open my eyes. I couldn’t do my Five Tibetans and I really had to force myself up and out of bed to get into my morning routine but once I did I was OK.

Coated tongue
Slight headache
Heavy chest and coughing up phlem
Underlying heartburn that is bugging me
Heavy Limbs
Tummy Rumblings

Positive changes
Smooth skin

Bring on the emotions! Today while reading Day 4’s information on the Juice Feasting site I became a bit overwhelmed. I was learning about the digestive process of the body and this is a big problem area for me. I realized how out of balance I am in this area and how much work needs to be done to get back to health. My husband called in the middle of this and I broke down crying when I started telling him about it.

Like a good proactive man he told me to call a chiropractor right away and set up and appointment and get whatever I need to so I can get going with it. I am very fortunate to have him.

The emotions that came up were a mixture of feeling sorry for myself, fear at how sick I really am, feeling like I don’t have the money to spend to do what I need to do and feeling overwhelmed – like what do I do next. One thing that came up for me that I don’t quite understand is this reluctance to go to someone else for help. When my husband said I should make an appointment right away to see the chiropractor I felt this immediate resistance. Where is that coming from and why is it there? I will explore this further.

I feel like I am inside of a great mystery novel and I am uncovering clues around each corner that will ultimately allow me to solve the crime, that being the crime of physical abuse to my own body. (I forgive myself :o) I am going to watch my movie.

So I went with my dad and family to Chipolte tonight for dinner. I would have picked anywhere but there because I LOVE it there. Before the juice feast I was only eating 2 raw meals a day so I could still partake in Chipooooolteeeeee. But now I had to go in there and smell the smells and see the food and not eat it.

I brought 2 quarts of juice with me and I drank one on the way. I ordered a glass of water with no ice and that’s it. The smells were a bit hard to deal with when I first got there but it wasn’t that bad. Once I started talking then I barely thought about it.

It’s funny though because on the way home I was starving Marvin! I haven’t been hungry since I started this and I guess the smell of a piping hot burrito turned on my hunger. I drank my second quart of juice on the way home (I was driving in a blizzard so it took a long time).

I went to the store today so I thought I would add what I got and how much it costs in case anyone is interested. I went to Caputo’s which is a produce market. Most of what I get is not organic because they simply don’t carry it. I do the best that I can.

For Three Days (although I bought extra apples and pears for my kids)
10 Michigan apples
6 lemons
6 pears
1 pineapple
2 pomegranates
3 heads celery
1 pint blueberries
1 lg. head bok choy
1 lg. head romaine
1 lg. head Swiss chard
1 sm. bunch mint
6 inches ginger

I will add 3 lbs. of spinach that I get from Costco that will cost about $10.

Total $36.80


I am still not have any success in the bathroom area on my own (part of the reason for the emotional dump today). I am hoping that cascara Sagrada starts working. I am also going to look into getting a colonic. I may need some extra help in this area.

It has become apparent to me that my colon is not where it is supposed to be. When I fill up with water every morning I can feel my colon so low in my abdomen that it freaks me out. I am not sure if it is a prolapsed colon or what but it certainly would explain a lot of things that are going on with me. Notice the fish hook stomach in the picture with the acid pool. Hmmm maybe that would explain the constant heartburn I have had since beginning this feast.

I purchased the psyllium husks and the betonite clay so I can begin that to help aid in repairing it and I need to find out where to get a slant board. I never dreamed I would be spending so much time focusing on my colon. You gotta do what you gotta do right? And I am going to whatever it takes to get healthy!

That’s all for tonight. I am going to dream time.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Day 3

Photo by Archanasr on Flickr
Juices, Supplements etc. in order of consumption
1. 1 quart of water

2. Bok Choy, swiss chard, lemon, cucumber, celery, ginger, apple

1 bunch bok choy, 1/2 bunch swiss chard, 1/2 lemon, 1 cucumber, 1/4 bunch celery, 1 inch ginger, 1 apple
This was very tasty. Nice, light and refreshing. I put in quite a bit of ginger and that really gave it that freshness.

2. 1 pint water

3. 1 quart kale, celery cucumber lemon apple with hemp oil

1 bunch kale, 1/4 bunch celery, 1 cucumber, 1/2 lemon, 1 apple, 1 T hemp oil
Um, yuck. I think it might be the hemp oil that is making me not like this. I used to love this juice and now its not so good. I think tomorrow I might try putting the oil in a smaller amount of juice and then drinking it fast so I can still enjoy the rest of my juice. It's a lot of juice to have to drink when you don't enjoy it.

4. 1 quart water
5. 1/4 quart blood orange and pomegranate

2 oranges, 1 pomegranate

This was delicious! I was looking for something that was a different color besides green. I am a color freak and my favorite color is red so why not. It was just a little and I liked it so much!!!

6. 1 quart Spinach, apple, celery, lemon, apple, cucumber
1/2 lb spinach, 2 apples, 1/2 bunch celery, 1/2 lemon, 1 cucumber

So this is the downside to having a sweet juice like above. I had to add a second apple to this juice because it didn't taste sweet enough. If I had skipped #6 I probably wouldn't have needed the extra apple here.

Isn't it amazing how quickly our taste buds change. I mean really!

7. 1 quart water

8. 3/4 quart Spinach, pineapple, pomegranate

1/2 lb spinach, 1/2 pineapple, 1/2 pomegranate
Oh my goodness. Delish!! I loved this. My honey even tried it and liked it. Yum!

Starting 173.5
Today 168
So since had so much weight loss yesterday I thought it must be because of the enema so I decided to weigh myself before and after the enema today. No change.

7 1/2 hours

I forgot to mention this yesterday so I remembered today. I have been sleeping 7 1/2 hours every night since I started this feast.


Five Tibetans this morning.

I woke up feeling so good today. I was thrilled. I had great energy and was missing my usual sluggishness. About 1:00 I started to feel a bit pooped. My head felt a little heavy and I was tired. It picked up but my stomach is a bit upset so I decided to go lie down in bed around7:00. I am just going to rest tonight.

  • Detox
    Coated tongue
    Slight headache
    Heavy chest and coughing up phlem
    Underlying heartburn that is bugging me
    Heavy Limbs - Walking up the stairs makes my legs feel like the weigh 200 lbs each!
    Ridiculously loud gurglings in my stomach. It sounds like a monster is in there
  • Positive changes
    The skin on my face seems to look better and it is definitely very smooth. I made my 14 year old rub my face this morning and I said "Look at that baby, it's smoother than yours!" His reply in his bored 14 year old way was, "I don't want smooth skin ma." Oh yeah, your a guy. Silly me.

Emotional Symptoms
I have not had any emotional things coming up. I really feel powerful and I have this sense of knowing that this is right where I need to be and there is nothing negative coming up. I am a bit surprised by this.

I really think watching the movie is helping me. I find myself quoting parts of it throughout the day when something comes up. For instance there is this one picture of a drop of water falling on water and making a water ring and I have this affirmation on it, "Nothing can irritate me."

So the other night I was in my car waiting to pick up my 10 year old from Tae Kwan Do and this car whips up in front of me almost hitting my car and then backs up and blocks me in. Now, my normal response would have gone something like this; "What the hell, you a**hole? Are you f-ing kidding me? What is your problem?" Of course this is a complete waste because I would have simply said it to myself and only managed to get myself upset.

Instead of that I immediately saw the serene picture and said to myself, "nothing can irritate me." and then I saw the next picture in my mind and said, "I am calm." It worked! It was amazing! And that is just one example of how it's working. I love it.

Still no cravings to report. I know, I am shocked!

What a day. First, I want to thank everyone for all the nice comments and emails on my inspirational movie. I am so glad that you enjoy it and I am so honored to have you make it a part of your day too. It is simply amazing how we can connect her on the web when we live a world apart. I love it!

I wanted to share Hanlie's blog with you. She is about to begin her Juice Feast in a couple of days and her blog has some great stuff in it already. I relate to so much of what she has to say. So check it out.

I joined the online edcational program from A day late maybe, but I have caught up. I am so glad I did this because there is a wealth of information and I have already learned so much. I should have joined a bit sooner and really looked through all the information on there before embarking on the juice feast. It would have helped. So if you are thinking about doing a juice feast I encourage you to check it out.

I haven't been having the bowel movements that I should (how about none except for with the enema) so I have started taking the Cascara Sagrada. I took one pill tonight so hopefully that will help move things along.

I am going to bed. Goodnight!

Dummies Guide to Vitamix Juicing

Oh, I mean Michelle's Guide. Hee hee

So I had my first experience using my Vitamix to make my juice instead of my trusty juicer. It worked great and I thought I would post some tips I picked up.

1. Wash your hands- I know, duh. I told you it was the Dummies' guide. But I had to get it in there. You will be using your hands A LOT so get them nice and clean before beginning.

2. Follow the instructions on -OK, I know this is also obvious but the first time I tried it I didn't follow the instructions and it didn't work so well. You have to do the celery first just like it says. Trust me.

3. Wear short sleeves- I had on a sweater and I pushed the sleeves up. They kept falling down, I kept pushing up. What a pain especially when your hands are green.

4. Wear an apron - Yes, I had my trusty kitchen apron on and I am so glad because when I finished I was able to admire the green splotches that were all over it and not on my clothes.

5. Put on some happy music - anything that uplifts you and makes you feel good will be so fun.

6. Stop the blender when pushing down the ingredients if you don't have the proper plunger - Ha, mine is broken so I decided to use my wooden spatula that I have. I kept opening up the lid and pushing my greens down while it was running. Big mistake. MY VITAMIX ATE MY SPATULA! Not fun. I had to sacrifice my nutmilk bag to get the juice out. I couldn't throw it away so I strained it but the big chunks of wood kind of ruined my bag. So there you go. Stop the blender to push your food down.

7. Love your juice - I am taking a tip from Anthony the Raw Model in this post. Here is an excerpt from the post:
I now make it a point to massage my salads for 5 minutes before I eat them,and while doing so, I say thanks for all the wonderful people Ive been blessed to cross paths with. I think about synchronicities , and how I love to experience each one of excited I get to see little signposts pop up in life.

By doing this, I feel that I'm putting positive energy and love into my food.Maybe this sounds goofy, but let me assure you, its the best way to make a salad.

Try it.
OK, I will. And you can too.

Once you put the pulp in the nutmilk bag and you begin to squeeze it try sending some positive energy into it. Thank it for helping you clean your body and for giving you life. Think positive thoughts and send it into your juice.

When I was doing mine I started singing, "I love juice in the morning, I love juice in the evening." I was dancing around and loving that juice! Then my wedding song At Last by Etta James came on and wow, bring on the love! I was really loving that juice then.

I am telling you that not only will this change the structure of you juice just like it did in The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto but it will uplift you and make you feel good. Remember, this is the day I was feeling horrible and the only time I felt good for the whole day was when I was loving my juice.

8. Be prepared for some splatters - I was wiping up the walls, the cabinets, the sink, counters and later I noticed green spots on my windows. It kind of reminded me of the Cat in The Hat by Dr. Seuss where the spot just keeps getting bigger and bigger and takes over the whole house and into the yard and... Oh, sorry, I got carried away. Well anyway, there might be splatters. :o)

9. Make sure you have extra nutmilk bags at all times. I don't know what I would have done with my little disaster I told you about in number 6 if I didn't have another bag. Trust me, these bags are not that . You will get holes so stock up.

Speaking of these bags. I get mine at the hardware store. I get paint straining bags that cost next to nothing. Cheaper, easier and no shipping. You might want to try it.

10. OK, my last tip. While you are making your juice take the opportunity to drink some water. Fill up and help your body with its cleansing job.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Day 2

Here is my before picture

So day 2 is going a bit better than day 1. I have had my downs but better yet I had a great period of energy in the middle of the day which felt fantastic! Of course I went to bed at about 6:00 and stayed there. In fact I had my son bring my computer up into the bed so I am typing from there right now. I am not that sick, I am just so tired and weak that I am taking it easy. Since I had that great energy boost earlier I know that more will come and I am just going to be patient and honor my body.

Now that my head is a bit clearer today I have decided that I want to report in a more organized fashion although I do like to just ramble on and on. HOWEVER, I think being more organized will help me gather my thoughts. So here goes:

Juices, Supplements etc. in order of consumption
1. 1 quart of water1
2. Leftover juice from yesterday
2. 1 quart of water
3. 1 quart spinach, cucumber,celery, lemon with kelp
4. 1 quart water
5. 1/2 quart kale, celery, cucumber, lemon, apple with hemp oil
6. 1 quart orange and spinach
7. finished number 6 above

Ha ha, I finished all 4 quarts and managed to drink 3 quarts of water. Yippee for me! You will notice that I didn't take any MSM, spirulina, chlorella or cayenne today. I decided that until I get my heartburn/ reflux under control I am going to hold off on these.

Starting 173.5
Today 170

Ummm, what the heck? I guess you can tell the enema worked today huh?

15 minutes of serious dancing

When I woke up this morning I felt BAD so I didn't do the Five Tibetans but later when I had my happy burst of joy I danced around like a crazy crack mama. It was so fun.

Physical Symptoms overall feeling
I guess my rambling above pretty much summed it up but I guess I can be a bit more specific.

Fatigue and lethargy
Serious mucus in throat and nose
Heavy feeling in chest - coughed and it hurt a couple of times. I am guessing it is mucus trying to work it's way out. I did some deep breathing to try and facilitate.
Heartburn and reflux
Stomach gurgles and holy gas!

Emotional Symptoms
I was feeling a bit of a "poor me" kind of thing going on today. My inner dialog went something like this; "Why does this have to be so hard? It's just not fair. I shouldn't have to suffer like this." See what I mean...poor Michelle.

I was able to shake it off pretty quickly and re-center myself. I am making a note of it so I can address it through a Journey process if nothing else comes up.

I haven't had any cravings. Isn't that weird?

Enjoyment of juice
Surprisingly the leftover juice tasted pretty good in the morning.

I was shocked that I was able to drink a green juice without the addition of any fruit. Of course it was spinach which is sweet but so what, I did it and I kind of liked it.

I was really looking forward to my orange spinach juice but it ended up tasting kind of yucky. It tasted like the pith of the orange. I think it was because I put it all in the Vita-mix. Next time I will use my citrus juicer.

So the weird thing is that when I drank the first half of the kale juice it tasted so gross I could barely choke it down. I was making all kinds of crazy faces as I swallowed each sip like this baby eating her baby food. Later I was dreading having to finish it but to my surprise I liked it! Hey Mikey I liked it! Weird huh?

See I need a spot to ramble so here it is. I guess I don't have too much else to say today since I said it at the top. I can tell you that I had "success" with my enema today. It was quite an experience but not horrible or anything. The worst part is that it took so long to finally finish. It took me an hour and 20 minutes to do the enema, floss, brush, scrape, skin brush, and shower. I woke my kids up late for school cuz I just couldn't get it all done. I don't think I can get up any earlier right now though. I am not a morning person so getting up at 6:00am is a bit rough for me.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Day 1

OK, for those of you looking for a positive and upbeat blog, you may need to stay tuned for another day because I am feeling pretty, pretty, pretty lousy (a little Larry David humor thrown in to make me smile). Day 1 has gotten a bit rough and I can hardly wait for it to end. I am just going to go to bed so I can start fresh again tomorrow.

So I got up in the morning and did all the things I was supposed to do - drank my water with my MSM, did my Five Tibetans, "tried" to do an enema (more on that later), did the skin brushing, hot/cold shower and tongue scraping. It was a good and productive morning.

I made all 4 quarts of juice. I decided to try to use my juicer first and see how it went and then try the vitamix. It took me about an hour to juice it all and then some extra clean up time. It wasn't really that bad.

I was surprised at how little juice I got out of all my produce. I ended up having to juice 3 cucumbers to make enough juice to make the full 4 quarts. My hubby stopped on the way home to get me some more.

One of my goals for the day was to do a complete and thorough cleaning of my bathroom. Clear out the clutter and re-organize. It seemed like the right thing to do since I will be spending quite a bit of time in there. I managed to get it all done and it looks and feels fantastic.

So far everything seems great and it was. I had my second juice for lunch and I noticed I was getting a headache. Not bad, just a bit funny. I felt a bit weird. Later as I was drinking my water I began getting waves of nausea but it passed relatively quickly so no big deal.

I ate my bee pollen (only 1/2 TBL) and I have to say I don't like it. It doesn't taste good and it makes me a little sick just thinking about it. But I finished it. About 4:00 I decided to have 1/2 of my sweet quart of juice. I was really looking forward to it because it tasted so good. It was spinach, orange and pineapple. Yummmy!!!!

Well within moments of completing it I got serious, painful heartburn. Oh my goodness. It is brutal. I figure it could be the bee pollen mixed with the juice or it could be the juice combination. Whatever it is it wiped me out. That was it. No more juice for me. I still have heartburn and some reflux. I only hope I can make it through the night.

Now this is a problem that has plagued me for years. I have had digestion problems eating cooked and raw. When I did a smoothie fast I had the most horrible pain for the duration of it. I just figured that because I was drinking just juice this time that it wouldn't be a problem. I am hoping it is a temporary thing that will pass in time. I will keep my fingers crossed.

So that is it. I only drank 2 1/2 quarts of juice which I don't really care about. The thing that gets me is I made so much juice and I don't know if it will be good to drink tomorrow. What a waste!

As I type this my head feels like it is in a vice, I have a TON of mucus built up in my throat, and my limbs seem so heavy. It's weird, I can't really explain it other than to say they feel heavy. I hope that makes sense. So I am going to go off to bed and wish for a successful enema tomorrow. If it doesn't work again I will go into a bit more detail but for now let's keep it clean shall we? :o)

1 quart parsley, swiss chard, ginger, apple, lemon, celery, cucumber, hemp oil. Took 2 caps spirulina and 1 cap chlorella with this.

1 quart Spinach, tomato, garlic, cilantro, cucumber, lime, red pepper, kelp. Took 2 caps spirulina and 1 cap chlorella with this.

1 quart Spinach, pineapple, orange.
(only drank 1/2 of it)

1 quart celery, cucumber, carrot, apple and lemon

The red is what I consumed today.

P.S. My video worked so good for me. I watched it 3 times today. Whenever I started feeling like "poor me" I just sat down and watched it and it kept me going.

Nighty Night!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

My Inspirational Movie

I plan on watching this movie everyday in the morning while sipping my first juice of the day. It will keep me focused on my intention to create vibrant health.

How I Got Here

Today is the Very First Day of the Rest of my Life

This is the Beginning of a New Day.
I Can Waste It ... or Use It For Good.
But What I Do Today is Important,
Because I am Exchanging a Day of My Life For It.
Leaving in It's Place Something That I Have Traded For It.
I Want It to Be Gain and Not Loss,
Good and Not Evil,
Success and Not Failure,
in Order That I Not Regret the Price I Have Paid For It.
I Will Give 100% of Myself Just For Today,
For You Never Fail Until You Stop Trying.
I Will Be the Kind of Person I have Always Wanted To Be ...
I Have Been Given This Day to Use as I Will.

Welcome to my juice feasting journey. I am excited to be beginning and if I am totally honest I am a little scared too. I know that there are powerful changes coming and I know that they are going to be life changing. I also know that some of what is going to come up and out won't be so pleasant physically, mentally and emotionally. But I know that this is what I need to be doing for myself.

I am embarking on this journey to cleanse my body of built up toxins and fat. To help return it to its natural healthy state that it hasn't known in a VERY long time. I am embarking on this journey to flush out and face my addictions to food that have made me feel out of control. I am embarking on this journey to take control of my life and to clear out any negative beliefs I have and to begin to love myself.

I want to tell you a little bit about myself so you know who I am and what brought me to the decision to begin this juice feast. I am a 38 year old woman who lives in Illinois. I am married to a wonderful and supportive man and we have 5 boys. Dallas 15, Cody 14, Devin 10, Liam 7, and Aidan 5. We also have two dogs in the house, the only other females to be found. Bear is a Schipperke and Snickers is a Chocolate Lab.

Most of my time is spent revolving around my kids' school and sporting activities. They all play several sports so we are kept pretty busy. Up until a few years ago that was all I did. I didn't know the meaning of the word balance. I was severly stressed out and ended up in the hospital for a few days. The medical community could find no source for my symptoms which were racing heart followed by a severe slowing of my heart rate and numbness on my left side. After extensive testing I was left to figure it out for myself.

I began learning all I could about nutrition, stress relief, meditation, yoga, hypnosis, Reiki, cellular healing, and energy work. I went through The Journey Practitioners training and completed it in the summer of last year. It was one of the most powerful things that I have experienced and has changed my life for the better.

On the physical front I am about 40-50 lbs overweight. I have a list of physical symptoms a mile long that I won't burden you with. I know that my body is on a downward spiral to illness and if left to continue without an intervention will end up being something serious that the doctors will be able to diagnose.

Because I have learned so much about nutrition and what I "should" eat and yet I still continue to make poor choices I know that there is something deeper that is keeping me on this path. I feel that I cannot clean out the body without doing the mental and spiritual work to free myself from my addictions. For that reason I will be focusing on this a great deal in this blog along with the actual how to's of juice feasting.

My plan is to begin following positive affirmations from the book You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay. I have also created an inspirational movie with beautiful pictures, a a beautiful song along with affirmations taken out of the book that relate to my issues. I will watch it everyday to pump up the power of my affirmations. You can watch it here.

I also plan on doing Journey processes on a regular basis around whatever issues are coming up for me. The feasting will bring up the negative beliefs and cellular memories, and the Journey will clear them out.

So that is the plan. I haven't commited to a specific time period for this juice feast. I will just play it by ear and see how it goes. My only other experience is with the master cleanse which I did for 14 days. I feel this feast is a healthier way to heal the body and will be easier to stay on for an extended period of time.

I look forward to getting to getting to know all of you and sharing this experience with you. Let the journey begin!