by diana on April 12, 2010

in All the other good stuff


When I am feeling stressed, the best thing I can do is go out for a walk. Luckily I live by some beautiful trails, lakes, rivers, streams and ocean. That is why I LOVE living here!!

I did not bring my camera today but I did another time and here are just a couple of pictures of a place that is really close to my home called Westwood Lake.

Those are ferns above – there are tons of them! I come from Alberta so this was so new to me when I first moved here 9 years ago.

Being around water takes away negative emotion. It does! I end up feeling calm, relaxed, centered and it is a time when I can just be in the moment.

I have been on sort of a juice fast the last few days. Lets say, juices and a bit of fruit and some light veggies. Mostly juices. My digestive system was off and I was not feeling that well so…..I ended up having fruit puddings and juices and smoothies.

Below is what my regular green smothie looks like every day. It is usually:
Romaine Lettuce
1 Apple
Dash of cinnamon
1 Date (sometimes)
Squeezes of lemon and or lime
Some mango chunks (not always)
The juice I made this morning consisted of:
1/4 of a beet
1 1/2 carrots
2 stalks celery
1/4 cucumber
5 lettuce leaves
1/2 apple
3/4 – 1 C water

I put it in my Blentec Blender – which is so great and high speed – just love it! I blended it up and then put it through a straining bag. I usually just drink smoothies with some fruit, greens and maybe some cucumber so never use strainer. The strainer bag is actually also a sprouting bag but works well.

It was very refreshing and full of nutrients. This is what I have been drinking. I made a fresh batch this afternon.

I have done a fast before and it was unplanned like this one. I did not feel very good yesterday but today – just amazing!!! I am so clear, I have energy, the fog has totally lifted and my vision is incredible. During my beautiful walk it was like all my senses were hightened!

When I was young I did drugs – yes, that was the 70′s and I can kind of compare this to when I took acid or mushrooms. Where your vision seems to expand and your senses are alive and you just feel so great!!! So glad it is without the chemicals this time.

It is a high feeling and I am going to continue on the juice fast as long as I feel is right. I do not stress myself out about how long I should or NEED to do this. It just happened and it feels right, right now.

The walk calmed me and gave me focus. I realized also that I do not “feel” hungry. I love chewing and eating, I really do. I love snacking and always have. I tend to bring way too much food to work and constantly carry it in my car so being on a juice fast is a nice break. Just need to make juices!! It frees you. It is 6:30 p.m. and I don’t have to prepare dinner, I didn’t have to prepare lunch, etc.

I hear about people who plan when they are going to go on a fast – whether juice or just water or even just strickly raw food. I have never been much of a planner so doing it spontaneously works for me.


If you are not prepared yet to do a juice or water fast try one complete day with just raw food, then when you get to the next day, try that day, on and on. Just live day by day and you will notice cravings and emotional things coming up but realize they are trying to clear themselves from you. They can seem to control you, they really do. But, it is your choice – does not mean it is easy.

Take steps – one day try just juice and or water for 1/2 a day. Then another time try a full day, etc.

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