Sunday, October 14, 2012

Peace Feast Challenge

It is time! For my first monthly Peace Feast! This time I am going to do a 10 day Peace Feast. I am still feeling super stressed out and I am definitely not getting enough sleep so I think that this contributes to weight gain and of course the loss of sleep contributes to more stress which makes me want to eat and it is just a vicious cycle. So 10 Day Peace Feast!

So what is a Peace Feast? Well it is basically a juice fast with a twist. The last time I fasted I realized how wonderful and peaceful I felt at the end of my fast. And actually (I am addicted to food shopping) I didn't want to stop by Natural Grocers on my way home everyday. Other areas of my life began to become more in balance while I was fasting. So a Peace Feast is when you only drink freshly made fruit and vegetable juice (I may add in some cocoa powder in the evening or some Stevia for extra sweetness) for, in this instance 10 days. During your juicing you make one pledge to make your life more in balance in another way too, like "I will do 10 minutes of abdominal exercises or yoga every day." Stick to it and see how you feel at the end of the 10 days, I guarantee your life will feel more in balance than when you began! 

I am going to start next Sunday. I am writing this now so that you can join me! I will try to post what I will be eating the next day on my Facebook page, I make three juices at night so I can eat them through-out the next  day while I teach. I usually make about 4 juices per day. Sometimes I drink all 4 and sometimes I only drink 3, it all depends on how I am feeling that day.

Fasting Tips for Beginners 

Some things I have noticed by watching other people try to do a juice fast. When you juice you are letting your body cleanse the toxins that you have been putting into your body through food and other various ways.  THIS CAN BE PAINFUL, usually people feel awful about day three. I have seen people have really bad headaches and become lightheaded. You have to get through that horrible, detoxing day and I promise you will begin to feel wonderful, awake, peaceful, and light. So if you are doing this for the first time please make sure you let me know so I can support you and I will start on Friday with you instead of Sunday so you have the weekend to detox and the week to feel amazing!

10 Day Peace Feast Challenge begins next Sunday the 21st!

Leave a comment if you want to Feast for Peace with me and during the challenge you can post on my Facebook page and we can support each other and let me know how you are doing!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Wheatgrass Comfort Drink

Well, I am sick. My husband and I thought it would be a really great idea to go to Debate Fest at the University of Denver on Wednesday night. It could have been fun, except the temperature dropped 20 degrees in about an hour. Besides that we decided to splurge and got ice cream before the temperature dropped. So I think a combination of watching the debate for an hour and a half in the freezing cold and eating a ton of sugar in that ice cream made my sickness, which was leaving, come back full swing and once again I cannot talk! But fortunately we have Friday and Monday off so I am sitting in my bed doing all the homework I was suppose to do this week.

So because I am sick and it is freezing outside I have been drinking hot drinks, that will hopefully heal my throat. I also wanted to make a green drink, but my kitchen is a mess and I am not in the mood to clean up just yet so I didn't want to get my juicer dirty. I made a wheatgrass shot compliments of The Vegetable Centric Kitchen earlier and had an amazing idea!

This idea comes from a drink which my daddy used to make us when we were sick. I still make it every time my throat hurts! (There was no ginger or wheatgrass in the version my dad would make us ;)

Wheatgrass Comfort Drink 

1 1/2 - 2 cups warm water
1 large lime
1 1/2 TBS Honey
1/2 inch piece ginger, cut into small, thin strips
2 cubes frozen wheatgrass

Place the ginger in a mug add lime and hot water, then stir in the honey till melted. Place cup in the refrigerator for a few minutes until cooled enough so the heat does not damage the wheatgrass. Add wheatgrass cubes and stir. Then be blessed with the bliss of comfort foods!

On a side note, I know that this month is vegan month and honey is not vegan. I don't know if we could ever give up honey, I like the taste too much and haven't heard a convincing argument against it (except the sugar content). If you would like to try this drink and make it vegan I would suggest try agave nectar or coconut nectar. You will have to put more in to get the sweetness. If you try this veganized, tell me how it tastes.