Day 1: Wednesday, April 29

Well, I’m back, kids. I definitely renewed my love of food after my fast and in the last 2 and a bit months, I’ve gained 30 lbs 😦

I am embarking on another fast. This one is intended for just 40 days, not 100 like the last.

My last day on this fast will be spent flying to Australia for an extended vacay, so timing wise, it’s perfect!

It’s going to be epic.

I plan to do things a little differently this time. I’ll be exercising the whole way through (if I can), and also taking herbs.

Goal is 35 lbs.

It’s going to be epic. Write that down…

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Post Juice Fast – Slamming into Reality

It’s been hard coming back to food. I’ve had issues with going to the bathroom and stomach pains as well as insane back pains. But it’s all been worth it. I’d do it again. So nice to be able to cleanse like this once in a while and clear out all that stored crud.

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The Taste of Food Again

Oh boy. Off the chain. Can’t believe I’m at this point. My first taste of food was tomato with some mustard. I have quickly developed an awareness of how much I have missed salt. It is turning into a crazy craving and all I can do is think about salty foods. Ugh.

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Day 100: Wednesday, February 18

happening now…

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Day 97: Sunday, February 15

Boy oh boy, victory is so sweet.

Today I wore a pair of jeans I haven’t had past my knees in about 18 months. It felt so nice, oh so nice.

I also shopped this weekend, as I have had the intention to deck out my kitchen and make it much more cooking-friendly. I now have many new contraptions like a new air popper popcorn maker, a new dutch oven, a mandolin, and a spiralizer. I also plan to buy a food processor (where on earth will I put it?) but will wait for a sale at Bed Bath & Beyond:)

The whole time during this fast, I’ve been researching food and recipes, trying to understand what is the best way to eat for health as I move forward. As I’ve mentioned before, I plan to mostly eat raw. This isn’t too daunting to me because my palate now feels so cleansed that I yearn to eat vegetables. I haven’t craved sugar at all during my entire fast. I would just love a good zucchini, believe it or not!

My goal is to end up eating fruit during the day (fruit salads, smoothies, pieces of fruit) and salad at night…most days of the week. Obviously there’ll be times I can’t do this but it’s nonetheless my overall goal.

Anyway, I’ve been busy compiling a compendium of raw recipes to draw upon and here are some of my favorites I plan to (un)cook when I am back to solids:

  1. Noodles with Avocado Basil Pesto
  2. Spanish Rice
  3. Puttanesca Sauce over Zucchini Pasta 
  4. Caesar Salad
  5. Creamy Pesto Fettuccine with Tomato Salsa
  6. Vegan Alfredo Sauce
  7. Cauliflower Tabbouleh
  8. Pad Thai
  9. Lasagna
  10. Pasta with Mushroom and Walnut Pesto
  11. Bolognese with Meatballs
  12. Mushroom Taco Lettuce Wraps
  13. Pasta Carbonara
  14. Sushi
  15. Thai Spring Rolls
  16. Green Soup
  17. Spicy Tomato and Red Pepper Soup
  18. Mini Lasagnas
  19. Chili
  20. Sprouted Lentil Chili
  21. Cauliflower Korma
  22. Onion and Dill Croutons
  23. Cheez Its
  24. Green Goddess Dressing
  25. Guacamole
  26. Salsa
  27. Zucchini Hummus
  28. Cheesy Red Capsicum Dip
  29. Olive Tapenade
  30. Babaganoush

It will be important to me to enjoy regular (hot) vegan food at times as well. I am right now dreaming about that vegan wonton soup that is in my future, as well as some Vietnamese Pho, oh and all those potatoes that will make their way into my life.

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Day 94: Thursday, February 12

Wow. 94 days of just juice! I am still in shock I’ve been able to come this far.

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Day 89: Saturday, February 7

If you had told me I was going to last the planned 100 days juice fasting, I doubt I would have believed you. Before this fast, I had many failed starts. I’d wake up full of motivation, and by mid-morning I would be craving coffee or some kind of grain and just couldn’t stay away.

Somehow though, this time is different. And now that I’m on my 12th last day, I really just can’t tell you how fulfilling this is.

I take my hat off to anyone who has done a long juice fast. It isn’t easy. In many ways though too, it’s not nearly as hard as you’d think. The cravings and hunger you experience in the beginning make a long term fast off limits for most. People imagine that they’re going to feel as bad as they do then the whole way through. It’s just not like that at all. After about 10 days the hunger and cravings completely subside.

But like I said, it doesn’t mean it’s a cakewalk. There have been many times when I just would have loved a nice meal. When I could have really done with the nurturing that food naturally brings. But I had to let go of that and continue along anyway.

The greatest defense in those moments for me was to contemplate how quickly time passes. I’d remind myself of how important and pressing my needs felt to me when I was 10 years old, 20 years old, and 30 years old. They felt as important as they do now. But whether or not they were met in those times, I am still alive and fine. So in the same way, this moment is fleeting and this hunger is too. And if I just keep going I will survive.

This is all so true. I’m nearly there now. Can’t wait to cross that finishing line!

Now down 56 lbs!

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