Today I've been living on juice for 80 days. Whew.....that's a long darn time, people. And in my humanness, I've grown rather bored with juice, if you must know the truth. But it's no secret that I've been feeling this way for sometime now, yet I am not SO terribly bored that I've decided to call it quits. I've come much too far with all of this to throw in the towel. Now don't get me wrong, if I had legitimate symptoms that indicated I should stop this juice train, I would, but I don't feel starved, too thin (in my dreams) or anything else that worries me. It's just that my old human flesh is thinking.....FOOD, give me the good stuff, baby!! I realize that everybody else goes through these thoughts and feelings at this stage, so I am just hanging tight. I am enjoying my raw food books more than ever and I'm lusting for the meals that I will make when my juice feast has fully commenced. But I wouldn't mind if you'd remember me in your bedtimes prayers either :- )
I have thought a lot about how seductive food is over the past 80 days. There's no doubt that we eat so often for reasons other than genuine hunger. So little of what, how, when and why we eat is actually about real hunger. I am so eager to read the latest ebook by Angela Stokes, Raw Emotions. Angela covers this very topic expertly in her book and I've been told it isn't a light read but more of a therapeutic study guide. It is interesting that I read her first ebook, A Juice Feaster's Handbook, when I first started this feast and now I'll be reading her second work as my juice feast comes to a close. Angela....thanks for being there as a trail blazer and for intimately sharing your own personal journey with us.
Today I met a good friend whom I've known for many years at Te Kei's for lunch/juice. Karen Wicker is a dear friend and an amazing lady who I admire so much. Believe it or not, Karen once weighed well over 200 pounds. When we had lunch today, we discussed her story and how she has kept her weight off for the last 20 years. Although Karen doesn't consider herself to be a raw foodist, she does eat a high percentage of raw foods and she is also very mindful of everything she eats in general. She also runs and works out regularly, which she says is key for maintaining long term weight goals. Spending time with Karen today was really motivational and very helpful as I am currently working on my post juice feasting plans/progam. Going back into the world of solids isn't something I will take lightly and I want to be fully prepared for the "re-entry." A big shot out to Karen for sharing her wisdom and super good energy with me today!