Still going strong! Day ??? of My Raw Food Cleanse

Still going strong! Day ??? of My Raw Food Cleanse

Honestly I cannot remember which day this is of my cleanse. I have done really well food wise, however, I had to break down and drink a cup of coffee. I had a three day headache and I couldn’t take it any longer. After 3 ounces the clouds in my head immediately began to lift.

Most mornings I am still having fruit, but I am introducing rice or potatoes a little earlier than the first couple days. I have been picking up my veggies at the new Asian Market store near Kobe and Big Lots over on Sawdust Road. They have baby bok choy that is delicious! I typically get bean sprouts and onions there are well, and they have some really good, fresh kimchee.

Needless to say, I have been cooking up lots of dishes with an Asian flare. Yesterday and today we had these stir-fries packed with healthy veggies!

Baby bok choy
Carrots
Zucchini
Onions
Garlic
Bean Sprouts
Mushrooms

Tonight, I wanted a new flavor, so I picked up some noodles at the Asian market. I made up an Italian veggie blend to put on top. It has:

Fresh garden tomatoes
zucchini
squash
onions
carrots
and fresh herbs from the garden (basil, thyme, and oregano)

Carrots Tomatoes Squash Zucchini Onions Fresh herbs Over Asian noodles

Carrots
Tomatoes
Squash
Zucchini
Onions
Fresh herbs
Over Asian noodles

I am tempted to weigh myself, but I will hold off and only do it once a week. I am already feeling better just after four or so days. One of the main reasons I am doing this cleanse is because I suffer from candida. Breads and sugars, as well as humidity and other factors can make your life miserable with candida. I think most the people I know most likely suffer from it. Anyway, I am removing everything in my diet which causes it to flare and my body will become balanced.

All in all, everything is going wonderfully. I really enjoy my veggie meals and haven’t craved meat or chicken since I began. I don’t know if I’ll ever go back! I was thinking of adding in plain greek yogurt just to get the good pro-biotics they contain.

I will be checking back in soon! I wonder if any of you have been inspired to eat healthy and cleanse your bodies?

Baby Bok Choy Bean Sprouts Carrots Mushrooms Onions Kimchee Sesame seeds

Baby Bok Choy
Bean Sprouts
Carrots
Mushrooms
Onions
Kimchee
Sesame seeds

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Day Two – Danielle’s Raw Food Cleanse

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Ok. So, today was a bit harder than yesterday – at first. I woke up and I still had that headache I picked up last night. I had to wake up early to work at the books store, so I made myself six cups of green tea and poured it into my thermos for the day. And yes, I drank all six cups throughout the day. I can’t say my headache was excruciating, but it was dull and bothersome.

I woke up and had bananas and green tea. I have really had a hard time getting these bananas down in the morning. In fact, I bought peaches for tomorrow. I snacked on bananas raisins, almonds and walnuts whilst I worked. For lunch I had white rice, avocado and cucumbers.

I did pretty well snacking all day. I think that is the key. You cannot let yourself get hungry. Otherwise, you will eat whatever you can get your hands onto. I DO know tomorrow morning I am going to New York Smoothies to get a fresh squeezed veggie/fruit juice, and yes, it will have beets in it. :)

This evening I went to the Asian market and picked up one of my favorites, baby bok choi. I stir-fried that with onions, zucchini, kimchee, and bean sprouts and ate it over rice. Twice. That is another thing… always cook extra people! In case you get hungry, you can just go get some food to eat!

I am most likely eating one more time tonight…. veggies and rice, of course. I am working again at the bookstore tomorrow, so I think I shouldn’t have a problem. I get to eat anytime I want and keep snacks about 16 inches from me, so I eat constantly..

I am tempted to weigh myself, but I WON’T! Many of us (you) get in the habit of weighing everyday. This is the worst thing. Once a week MAX! OK! I will check in again tomorrow!

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A Little Harder Than I Thought…

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Ok. So I was doing well when I posted last. After I posted I decided to venture to the mall to spend a gift card. I had plan to go straight to yoga afterwards. After searching through the store racks, I started getting a mild headache. Lack of caffeine maybe? Need more food? I certainly could eat again! I grabbed three ounces of raw almonds and gobbled them down. It was not very much, but it would have to get me by. Now I realize I must ALWAYS have food on hand – just in case!

I must say, I got very focused and relaxed in yoga tonight. I think everyone in class must have felt it too. We all got very deep and restful. On the way home I grabbed some more raw nuts and mushrooms from the store. By this point, I am ravenous!

I came home and sautéed up my meals for the rest of the night – hopefully I made enough to quench this hunger I have had all day! I cooked up 3 cups of rice, 2 zucchini, 1 squash, 2 cups mushrooms, 1/2 onion, and 2 oz kimchee. I added a sprinkle of salt and pepper and about 2 tsp of Mrs. Braggs’s Liquid Amino’s. I already scarfed down half of what I made and what is showing in the picture. I think I am starting to see how these mono-meal people eat enormous amounts now!

Eating this way reminds me a lot of how I ate getting ready for a competition… sans animal protein. I am finding that I will be eating pretty much all day long just like I did then. I think my plan to start with fruits until 2pm, then raw veggies through to dinner and then rice and veggies at night will work fine. I am as I sit here craving dark chocolate. Now this may be an issue in the next week or so. ;)

I did walk through the grocery store and smelled the aroma of coffee. I almost gave in and got an espresso, but I did not! Another time I was tempted was at the mall. I was at Wet Seal and there is a smoothie/bubble tea place right outside and OOOhhhhhh how I wanted a honeydew tapioca! I had to really struggle and be firm with myself and say NO! You must wait!

So, I am currently full, but I have a feeling in this satisfaction won’t last long. I may be up eating all night!

Oh! And I weighed myself. I am so upset with how far I really have gotten off track. I am 128 pounds and 24.4% body fat!!!!! One fourth of my body is FAT. This is horrible for me! I will be getting back to 15%! It is a must for me – I give myself no other option. All that candy and bread and BLT’s have caught up for sure!

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And so it begins…. Day One of My Raw Food Cleanse

And so it begins.... Day One of My Raw Food Cleanse

For those of you who are friends on FaceBook, you have probably already read my post about my losing control and eating really bad lately. I have pretty much eaten any and everything around me. Whether it be candy, chips, fatty meats, or fried foods, I ate it. It is time to stop, cleanse and get balanced.

I suppose I started letting my healthy eating habits slide after we closed the gym. I started working different jobs, my schedule and habits changed and I unfortunately let them slide in the wrong direction. (I will be weighing myself later and posting)

ANYWAY! Enough of all that. We all do it. Life changes, things happen. Whatever. Drop all of it. Make necessary changes and get it done!

So! I decided to do a raw food cleanse. I will only eat fruit, vegetables and a few grains. I will be eating many mono-meals (If you are new to raw food or mono-meals, I will be sharing as my cleanse goes on).

I woke up and decided it was going to be bananas for the first half of my day, then I would move on to raw veggies and then this evening I will have steamed rice and sautéed squash/zucchini. I ran out and bought about 25 bananas for the next day or two and grabbed a bundle on my way out to work. I made it through TWO before I was feeling full. I do NOT see how these fruitarians and mono people eat so many bananas in one sitting. An hour later, I ate a third banana. I heard that one girl ate 52 bananas one day. I am not sure if I could do that!

After working an hour and a half I ran to my local farmer’s market and grabbed a bunch of fresh veggies. I made a HUGE salad.
I used an entire head of green leaf lettuce, 1 heirloom tomato, 1 avocado, 5 oz thinly sliced onion, 1cucumber, purple basil from our gardens.
I portioned myself out a third of it, and gobbled it down (I added 2 tsp Mrs. Braggs Apple Cider Herb Vinaigrette on top) It was really tasty and I filled right up.

I must say, I really love love love fresh fruits and veggies. I have my entire life. So far this first day is going great and is not too difficult.

An hour and a half after this enormous salad my stomach stated producing a grumbling protest. ::feed me:: ::feed me:: I made some tea.
It did not satisfy my hunger. Luckily there was more salad in the refrigerator! I made another bowl and ate it up.

I can definitely see how someone would get cleansed with eating this way. SO much fiber!
I have had good energy today and I am surprised that I don’t have a headache with my lack of coffee today. Maybe that cup of green tea upon waking did me well?

Now I am heading back to the refrigerator to finish the last third of my salad. That means I ate a whole head of lettuce, a whole tomato, a whole cucumber, half an onion, and purple basil all by myself in a three hour window! I personally think that is a LOT!

I am excited to get my body rebalanced and know that this alkaline, raw food eating is definitely what is going to do the trick. As mentioned above, I am going to weigh myself and check my body fat, and I am tempted to get a blood test to see how healthy/unhealthy I am.

I will be checking back often to share of my adventures of my raw food transformation! I hope you will follow along the next few weeks!

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Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.

Nothing in life is to be feared.  It is only to be understood.

Madame Curie once said that. “Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” That is an amazing attitude. It is true. And do you know why? Because we are only afraid of things we don’t understand. If we understand this behavior, we can surely change it and make a difference in someone, or something’s life.

About a week or two ago, heavy rains came and decided to bring us a king snake mama and her babies. A king snake is non-venomous. They are actually helpful in keeping away other, poisonous snakes. They are beautiful, too. As many of you know. I do not harm other living things. When I hear “thou shalt not kill”, I do not believe that is meaning only humans. This is nature, and I know that this snake is simply trying to survive like the rest of us.

So, when we first found this snaky, slithering around our pond, we decided we must figure out what kind of snake it is. James found it to be a King snake. They are very normal for this area. They are not poisonous, but they do enjoy frogs and fish, and we have a pond full of just that.

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About eight or nine years ago, James decided to put a pond in our backyard. He hand-dug it. We planted lilies and lotus and the pond has thrived and done wonderfully. BUT! Every once in a while, we get a snake visitor who comes to try to eat all our friends.

Soon after the pond was complete, I went and purchased five koi from a fish store. I had them for years. One by one, year by year, they slowly were killed off, or died. One time a snake was in our pond and had a fish in it’s mouth. We had to hit it on the head to get it to release the fish. A few days later the fish died. We have had fish killed by heron’s coming into the backyard and pecking it with it’s long, sharp beak. Another died from sickness. We have lost all the koi, except this one. The one I pet and love.
The other day, after we found the snake, I was playing with my fishy friend and noticed that the snake had it cornered. I noticed that my fishy’s tail fin was shredded and destroyed – most likely from the snake trying to attack it.

James found more information about king snakes. He showed me a picture of a snake with a koi in it’s mouth. I was so fearful that my fishy would become a dinner for this snake that I knew that I must get this snake out of our pond no matter what.

For three days straight we have been attempting to get this snake. We learned that it was a woman snake – she has babies – and is very protective over them. Damian, James and I decided today was the day. We had to catch her and the babies because they were eating all our frogs and friends and they were going to clean out our pond.

Just yesterday, James and I were outside, and we heard a horrible cry coming from the pond. We knew something was being hurt, or most likely eaten by the snake. We found them. There was a baby snake with a frog hanging out of it’s mouth. The poor thing’s leg was in the snake’s mouth. James hit the snake on the head and it dropped the frog. We knew we had to put a stop to it.

James from the start has been saying that I (Danielle) would catch the snake. He was afraid he might hurt it – he was just too afraid to touch it, I think. :) So, for days, I pumped myself up. I told myself I could do it. I listened to Tony Robbins and he helped build my courage. I am a huge human compared to this little four foot snake. It is not poisonous, so if I did get bit, it would be O.K. and I would have a cool story to tell.

We had a few catch attempts that fell through. But I was studying and learning these snake-ies, and when the time was just right, I grabbed the baby snake and threw it into the garbage can. I shocked myself! It was like I didn’t even think about it. I knew it had to be done, and I did it. THEN came time for mama snake. I never doubted. I kept telling myself I must do it for my fishy friend. Finally, it was the perfect opportunity. She was in the perfect place, and I just grabbed her and screamed at Damian to get me the danged trash can!!!

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I did it!!!! I caught her! And her baby! We went and released them down at the creek and saved our critters, frogs and fish! There was no need to kill. There was no need to be terrified. I would actually do it again! She was as scared as I was and she was so concerned about her baby. We walked she and her baby down a few blocks and let them loose in the creek. She was surprised to say the least. I pray that they do wonderfully in their new home!

 

I am so happy that we were able to transport her and keep her alive! There may be a few more babies in the pond we are unaware of, so stay tuned for more stories!

Here is the mama in her new place:

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Feeling Stuck? Stop Living in the Past!

Stop Living in the Past

We have been working in the yard these past few days, and while working, we’ve been playing Tony Robbin’s ‘Ultimate Edge’. It is a fantastic program to help you change your mental and daily patterns to create the life you want to lead.

These are things I follow and believe in with all my heart, for I’ve lived both worlds. I have lived stuck in the past, regretting the choices I have made and not moving forward, and I have also got my emotions and daily habits under control and created the life I desire (I am still doing this, and doing it everyday!).

Tony says that if you can master your emotional life, you can master your reality.  Emotional mastery is the KEY to a happy life that YOU direct. Whatever you are feeling – it is your choice. Your feelings and emotions are not caused by anyone else around you, but yourself. He says that if we are looking for things to complain about, then we will certainly see them. If we look for things to be gracious and happy about, we will see those.  So, what are you seeing today? How do you feel about your life and direction today? Are you focusing on what is not going well, or are you focusing on making things go right?

Tony went on to tell us there is a triad to change and getting the life you want. The triad is made up of your physiology, your language and focus.

Physiology – emotions are directly related to your body and physiology. I learned this in Health Psychology last term, and the mind and body are so connected that even just sitting with slumped shoulders and not smiling can make your day feel blah. SO! First step is to change how you are sitting, standing, moving. This change will immediately produce new feelings inside of you.

Second, language. What type of internal dialogue are you using? Are you speaking and thinking negatively? Are you telling yourself how you screwed up making that last decision? Are you constantly focusing on the past, and things you cannot go back and change? Are you asking questions like “Why does it have to be so hard for me?” Are you allowing only negative thoughts and feelings to enter your mind? If so, the negative will be the only things you can see, and therefore, the only thing that will come to you.

Lastly, he speaks of focus. This goes hand in hand with language and physiology. Where ever your focus goes, that is what you create. So, if you are constantly seeking out the negative in situations or thinking negative thoughts; this is your focus, and again, this is all you will see.

You MUST get out of this pattern. You MUST find new, positive things to focus on. If you start telling yourself something negative – just change your thought immediately. Tell yourself the opposite and say it with conviction. Instead of saying “Oh, man I regret that choice I made, and it will be one of my biggest regrets in life.”, why not turn it around, and say “I made some choices and even though I am unsure if they were the right ones, there is no looking back now! Now, I am focusing all positive energy on my goal, and moving forward to a place that is even more exciting and will continue to create the life I want.”

Tony tells people to make a MASSIVE ACTION PLAN. Write down what you want in life. What goals do you have for yourself? What are the long term goals? What small term goals are required to get you to this long term goal? I think writing these down is a wonderful idea. It gives you a clear plan of action and then when you have choices to make, you can look at your goals, see how it fits in and make the right decision. I have known for many, many years that I wanted to write and teach. I formulated a plan to do this. I have not, nor will not let anything stop me and my dreams. I went back to college, I searched tirelessly for jobs, I struggled, yes, but I never gave up, and I never looked back. I do something everyday to get me towards my ultimate goal.

Remember! Your emotions and mindset are what create your day, and life. If you are always caught up in the has-beens and regrets, then, what kind of life is that? You are still living in your past. Wake up, get focused and don’t let anything stop you! Change your mind, and change your life!

Keep in mind Tony’s triad. Physiology, language and focus. Keep these in mind all day, everyday and make the necessary changes so that you can ultimately reach your goals.

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First Day of My New Job

Day One

Today I began work for the Psychologist, Dr. Barbara Hall. She is a splendid and caring individual, and I am so happy to have stumbled across her job listing! I cannot think of a better fit for a writing job for me. To work with another individual who has such a strong desire to help others is a gift.

We meet with people who have histories of mental illness and interview them so they are able to get Federal financial assistance. She assesses, diagnoses, and offers a prognosis, and I write up a synopsis of the client’s mental health history with the psychologist’s findings.  I was completely humbled after today’s session. I feel very lucky to have found this position. I am able to help people in a different structure and it is very eye-opening to hear these stories of people’s lives.

I am unable to share anything I hear, but I think back to some ‘hard times’ I have been through – and don’t get me wrong – I HAVE been through some really tough times, but just what I got to hear in my first day of work made me really evaluate life, and what we think is a hard time. What some people endure and live with is astonishing, to say the least.

We take so much for granted. Today really made me stop and think. It is so easy to judge people by their looks, how they talk, and the way they carry themselves. But you never really know what has happened to a person. Some people have lived, and endured things others cannot comprehend. So many things we think are ‘big deals’ or ‘horrible’ are happy days in the lives of others.

I am pretty speechless after today. I am also hooked. I love it. It is so weird how things happen and what opportunities present themselves when you are open to seeing them, and going after them. I know that I am being connected to this field and this particular job for a reason. Perhaps take my donation based yoga to an even higher level offering classes to these people who need aide so bad? Who knows? I am just going to keep working and see what the future holds. I am excited about it, though!

Each choice, each opportunity, each new chapter leads us to new adventures and new people to reach and help out in life. I follow where-ever my path leads; making conscious decisions that will only impact the people in my life, and myself positively.

I have a lot to figure out with my new scheduling! I have new things to juggle and I tend to work best if I have everything laid out in my day planner, hour by hour. This week and next will be test weeks so I can see how many hours I need for writing… I am excited to put my beautiful new Christmas writing desk (that James bought me) to good use!!!

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