Saturday, March 8, 2008

My Journal - Day Eight

I really enjoy keeping a journal. Although I do record a lot here on my blog, I also keep a little book that is just for me. My latest subject matter has been about the real reason I chose to accept the call to this juice feast. Being clear about the why of it all is important to me. If, in future days, I start to waver or become discouraged for some unforeseen reason, I want to have a resource to go for encouragement and strength. In other words, I don't want to forget why I am doing this.

I've been a believer in the power of fresh juice for many years. I was around 20 years old when I purchased my first Champion juicer. I've gone through multiple periods of juicing and then I lose my thunder and forget about it for long stretches of time. Since I started a raw food diet a couple of years ago, I have been back in a love affair with juicing. After all, freshly extracted fruit and vegetable juice is the richest available food source of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. I believe juicing is especially helpful in today's world, when a person desperately needs extra nutrients to help the body detoxify the large amount of environmental and dietary toxins to which we've all been exposed. Unfortunately, most people are unable to eat enough raw fruits and vegetables in a day to nourish the body properly. That's why juicing offers a concentration of nutritional power packaged in the best proportions so that you can get benefit from the synergistic effect of all the nutrients working together to deeply nourish your body and enhance your health.

So, back to my original point....I am on this juice feast as a personal journey of healing, regenerating, nourishing, and educating. In just eight days I've seen that participating in the global juice feast is helping to create a better me. And no, I don't see it as restrictive, but rather as an indulgence, in that I am flooding my body with revitalizing and rich nutrients. In just this short time, I'm seeing the benefits when I wake up and look in the mirror every morning and when I step onto the scale. I am also taking this time to pamper myself in a deeply internal way. And these are just the physical reasons. Emotionally, I am aware of a shift and my family can even see a difference in my overall demeanor, which is helpful as it causes them to be even more supportive of my efforts. Spiritually, there are a number of important factors why this feast is meaningful to me, but I shall save that topic for tomorrow, since that will be my Sunday post, it just seems fitting. So before I sign off on day 8...

Saturday's daily juice:
olive leaf tea & passionfruit tea
1.5 qt. romaine & cantaloupe (this was a real treat!)
1.5 qt. celery, carrot, purple cabbage, cucumber, beet, garlic, radish, onion, spinach, oregano, basil, lemon & a pinch of Celtic sea salt.
2 oz. shot of wheat grass
.5 qt. apple, pear, cucumber, lemon, spinach
1 qt. grapefruit, tangerine, Crystal Manna Flakes

Weekly Weigh In:
Day 1 - 165
Day 8 - 159 (6 lbs. lost)


Allison said...

I read the article about you at the Tulsa World site. How exciting!! And motivating, too. :-) I wish you continued success in your quest for improved health. You are doing great! I put a link to the article on my blog so more people can find it and be inspired. Have a great day!

Ben Kaelan said...

Whoo hoo for journals. You're a brave soul; I couldn't handle that juice with onions and stuff! My body would hate me! :P For whatever reason, I can't handle juices with too many ingredients. Oh well! :)

Did I ever answer those questions about acupeds and the zapper? I have a feeling I may have forgot! :( Sorry!!

You can start using acupeds now (they have their own website, you can order directly from the manufacturer or you can look for them in health food stores). I'd wait until day 60 to start using the zapper. I started a week early on that... but honestly, your body is detoxing so much right now, the last thing you want to do is start zapping worms which release even more toxins after being zapped. Wait until most of your detox symptoms have gone before you start doing parasite cleanses. This is the reason why the parasite cleanse only starts on day 60. Let's focus on detoxing, cleansing and rebuilding the colon too; what if you have leaky gut and you start zapping worms? You don't want those toxins in your lymphatic system! :)

Hope that helps!

- Ben

Penni said...

Thanks Allison! You inspire and motivate me too!

David and Katrina Rainoshek said...

Hello Penni!

I loved reading your thoughts on how this Juice Feast is an indulgence rather than deprivation. I feel the same way! So lucky to be doing this!!

Congratulations on the article! You shine on!

With love to you on Day 9,


The Melting Pot Kitchen said...

found you across twitter....okay~ you've got me totally inspired to get back to regular juicing with your updates....luv your website too ;)