The Juice Diaries: Day 2

Today’s notes:

One of the benefits of this juice cleanse was said to be more restful sleep. Well, they knew what they were saying… By bedtime last night, I was relaxed as a cat. And I slept very well! So well, in fact, that I slept right through my alarm that I forgot to turn on last night. Wait… Never mind.

Another side benefit was that I had lost a few pounds by this morning.

My first green juice was actually pretty tasty, and they only got better after that. I’m starting to see why people crave them.

Church was a nice diversion. Wait. That came out wrong. Church was nice. There. That’s better.

I’m struggling with not eating. I’ve discovered that I am way too attached to food! Even though I’m getting all the nutrients I need, I just want the experience of eating something. It’s so unnecessary. I think this experience will help me in the future when I’m only eating because I’m feeling “glushtich”. (what’s the English word for glushtich?) But right now, I want some pasta so badly. Or even some chicken broth would be good. I’m not ravenous, but I am hungry.

Juice 4 with the cayenne was the hardest to get down so far today.

My stomach is making noises I’ve never heard it make before.

I only felt violent a few times this afternoon.

I’m looking forward to my next green juice, and then I get to have the delish cashew one!

And then… Sleep! Work tomorrow should be interesting.

I’m already thinking about what I’m going to eat on Tuesday. I’m thinking a nice salad and some organic chicken broth should start me out quite nicely.

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The Juice Diaries: Day 1

I am up, and excited for the next 3 days!

Sidebar: On Wednesday, I called Ritual Cleanse to see if I could change my shipping address from home to work. It wasn’t a huge deal, I just didn’t want my landlord to have to deal with the delivery. They changed it, and I was expecting the box at work all morning, until I got a notice that it had been delivered at home. My landlord texted me and said she had put the box in the café’s walk-in refrigerator, so I went home for lunch and put it in my own refrigerator. It all worked out great, and I just figured I had called in too late to actually have the address change go through. No problem! (It was my fault anyway for not choosing the correct address in the first place.) Last night, someone from Ritual Cleanse called me because they had noticed that the shipping address had not been changed, and they wanted to apologize for that. Wow. I was not at all upset about the situation, but that was awesome! Thanks, Ritual Cleanse, for the wonderful customer service!

And now, on to the Reset Cleanse…

9:00 a.m. First juice of the day is a green one with spinach, kale, romaine, celery, cucumber, green apple, and lemon. I eat spinach and kale in salads and smoothies. I make kale chips sometimes. I eat cucumbers. This won’t be too… Dear Lord, what did I just taste? Grab a straw and drink like the wind, Sarah. There’s no turning back now.

9:10 a.m. Hey, this doesn’t taste bad once you get used to it. It’s just a new flavor is all. I can do this juice cleanse thing.

10:30 a.m. I WANT SOUP.

11:00 a.m. Juice 2. Green like the first one, but no lemon. Flavor not as surprising.

11:20 a.m. On Pinterest. So many cookies. GET OFF OF THE PINTEREST, SARAH. You can’t have the cookies. Ever again.

11:30 a.m. Peed for the 80th time this morning. Drinking lots of water between the juices, as recommended. Although the recommendation wouldn’t be totally necessary in my case, because I have been super thirsty all morning. Is this normal for everyone on this cleanse? Oop, gotta pee again.

1:00 p.m. Juice 3. Green like the first, but with ginger instead of lemon. Dear God, why? What have I done to deserve this? I… I love food. (I love lamp.)

1:10 p.m. Mother calls to invite me over for dinner tonight because my sister’s family is bringing pizza. (See 1:00 p.m. commentary.)

2:30 p.m. Just took a hot shower. Hungry, but in a way that kind of feels good, you know? You know what I mean, right? No? So that’s just me then? Okay, moving on. Going to sit on my shiatsu massage chair thing for a while. I’m sure there’s lots of toxins in my back that need to be worked loose. Oh! I should hula hoop next! My 5 pound hoop does great at massaging my insides.

3:00 p.m. Juice 4. Lemon, alkaline & ionized water, raw agave, cayenne. If I drink anything else, I might drown. This one is taking longer than the others to get down. Also, it’s a tiny bit spiceh. Because, you know, cayenne. Not bad, though. A nice little change from the 3 green ones.

5:00 p.m. Time for another green juice. Lying on the floor. I have lost my will to live. My attachment to food is stronger than I thought. Have not yet hula hooped. That can wait. Forever. Mom, what does “delirious” feel like?

5:15 p.m. Standing in the kitchen, wrapped in a blanket, drinking green juice. It’s cold in my house. I wish someone would turn up the heat. I should get a roommate so there’s someone to turn up the heat.

5:25 p.m. Tried to change to go to parents’ house. Accidentally put my clean shirt on over the old one. Dressing myself is out; I wonder if I still know how to drive a car.

6:00 p.m. At parents’ house watching the family eat dinner. My family members all look like giant tacos. The delicious kind you get at a taco stand in Mexico. I bet it’s not cold in Mexico.

7:00 p.m. Juice 6. Raw cashew, alkaline & ionized water, cinnamon, nutmeg, raw agave, vanilla. Delicious!! They definitely saved the best juice for the end of the day! This one will go down quite easily. Playing a game with the family, and feeling the best I’ve felt all day!

End of day 1: This day feels like a success! I’m feeling a little hungry, but not miserably so. Actually, I feel pretty well! And I’m pretty sure I can feel the cleanse working. I can definitely do this again tomorrow.

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The Juice Diaries

It’s the night before I begin my first ever juice cleanse. I am exhausted. I left a big pile of work on my desk because I just couldn’t do it. My job is overwhelming right now. I would give anything to quit my job and become a full time sleep study subject. They have those, right? Right? Well, WHY NOT? I come home at night, and I can’t bring myself to clean up the house, so that just keeps getting dirtier. Now my house is a depressing hole.

Do I expect the juice cleanse to fix all this? Of course not. But with the health issues I have, I am hoping that this cleanse will reset my system, and give me the boost I need to come back to work on Monday, focused and ready for a new week. A week when I can get all my work done and feel good about it. A week with no reactions due to weird food intolerances. And since I’ll be hanging out at home with my juices tomorrow, maybe I can end up with a clean house out of the deal, too. Plus, this way there will be no cooking, so maybe I can get the dishes all clean at once.

Stay tuned for first juice impressions.

This makes me strangely excited:

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My 2012 Goals

This past year, I didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions… until February. Then I decided to write down a few goals. Not “resolutions” per se, just some general lifestyle goals to work on throughout the year. I shared my list of goals with two people, and then started working on them. Here is how I did with them:
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1. Adopt healthier eating habits.
Overall, I think I did pretty great at this one. I eat a lot more whole foods than ever. Less processed food. More fruit and veggies. Less junk. More organic things. Not all organic, but some. I still eat tortilla chips, and I eat a few other unhealthy things at times, but I think I rocked the healthy eating this year.
2. Read 20 books.
This one was just going to be “read more”, but I knew I needed a number on it or I wouldn’t do very well. If I counted right, I read 13 books, and I’m in the middle of 3 more. Maybe if I would read only one at a time, I would finish them all? Here are some of my favorites that I finished:
I cannot tell you what this book did to me. It was the first book in years that made me get out my highlighter and pencil for notes in the margins. It turned me upside down in all the best ways.
Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality. I like when a book makes me think, and also when I can understand all of it. I mean, I like to think I’m pretty smart, but some books take a few read-throughs and time for everything to soak in. (I’m looking at you, C.S. Lewis.) This book made me think a lot about the things I believe, and what I believe about them.
Funny. Really funny. I laughed out loud many times. I love when a book does that.
A true story by a friend of a friend. She tells the story of her best friend’s battle with cancer, and of walking through that experience with her. Make sure you have a box of tissues nearby when you read it.  
I want Tina Fey to be my new bff. I found myself wanting to read the entire book to someone, just so we could laugh at it together. Hilarious. 
Another laugh-out-loud book. Stories of David’s life, entertaining to the very end.
I’m sensing a pattern in my book choices here… I love Mindy Kaling, and this book did not disappoint. Funny, smart, and when reading it, I heard everything in Mindy’s voice in my head. Mindy and Tina, can we all be bffs?
3. Exercise consistently.
Meh. Okay, over the spring and summer I rocked this one, because I was training for a bike trip, and going on a bike trip. In July, I held still and recovered. In August, I bought a weighted hula hoop and started using that regularly. Lately I’ve been slacking off again. But I just used my hula hoop a couple of times again, so I’m probably going to be fit as can be in a few weeks.
4. Train for/go on bike trip.
I did this. Oh, did I ever do this. I trained. And then I tripped. The trip with my nephew was supposed to be just over 1,000 miles, from Topeka, Indiana to Sioux Lookout, Ontario, Canada. Because of some bike trouble one day, and getting a ride, I ended up biking a total of 994 miles in two weeks. (My nephew biked a little further to make up for the lost miles.) But I’m calling that close enough to 1,000 for me.
5. Watch fewer movies/TV shows.
This one was touch and go. Right now I’m watching nearly as many as I was at the beginning of the year. Over the summer it was a lot less. And I cancelled my Netflix for now, so that’s helping.
6. Give away 100 things I do not need.
Simplify. We all have more things than we really need, right? Way more. I could have had a garage sale, but this way just felt a lot better. And I crushed this one: I kept track so I would know when I reached 100… the final count written down was 136. I gave some more things away later that I didn’t write down, so I don’t know exactly how many items it was. And it felt great to give things away, and have less in my house! I think I might do this one again in 2013.
7. Attend church regularly.
It seemed like I was gone a lot this year on vacations, weekend trips, biking, etc. But I attended church as much as possible while I was home.
8. Save $5,000.
I did not save $5,000. I went on a bike trip, which meant buying lots of gear, supplies, food, some lodging, taking three weeks off of work… I repeat, I did not save $5,000. But I did save $2,000. I’m okay with that number, considering the year I had.
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There you have it. My goals for the past year, and my wins and losses. Overall I’m pretty happy with what I accomplished here. And once I make a list for 2013, you’ll be the first to know. I also made a list of other things I wanted to do eventually, but they weren’t a “this year” thing, or a change in lifestyle thing. They were places I wanted to see, and little things I wanted to do. But the sharing of those will have to come later.

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Home Made Laundry Soap

It used to be that when I heard about those super crafty and thrifty types who were making their own things like laundry soap, body wash, toothpaste… and so on and so forth, that I would be like:

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I mean, seriously. Just buy the soap, people. How is that so difficult? But these days? I’m sort of more the “Just pay the rent, people.” type. And it’s turning out to be fun to make my own things and save money in the process!

The first thing I tried was laundry soap. I got a recipe from a friend who got it from a friend who got it… okay you get it. And then I got another friends recipe to compare, and cross referenced them and sort of used both. This is adjusted a little from the original recipe, but I can’t claim ownership of any of it. I don’t know who came up with it in the beginning, but I’m giving them full credit here: Laundry Soap Recipe Maker, thank you for your contribution to my cleanliness.

I gathered the ingredients and took them to my mom’s house, where we spent… I don’t know, an hour? Less? It was a long time ago, okay? making this soap. We split this batch, and it lasted us for months! Our clothes were clean and smelled nice, and that’s all you can really ask of your laundry soap, isn’t it?

Here is what you will need for the soap:

1 bar FelsNaptha soap (found in the laundry soap section at Kroger)
2 cups Washing Soda (also found in the laundry section)
2 cups Borax

1 five gallon bucket with a lid
1 long spoon for stirring

Heat water in a sauce pan, about a quart or so. Use a cheese grater or your KitchenAid grater or a knife or a hammer or whatever pleases you, to shred the bar of FelsNaptha. Add that to the hot water. Stir occasionally. Do not boil, but get it hot enough to melt the soap. You can now pour this in your bucket. Dissolve the washing soda and borax in hot water and add it to the soapy bucket water. Now fill the rest of the bucket with hot water and stir it up good & proper. Once this is all mixed together, you want to let it set for 24 hours before using it. But don’t ignore it- stir it up every couple of hours to make sure everything is setting up properly. Actually, I don’t know why you stir it. You just do. And keep the lid on the bucket, for Pete’s sake. You don’t want the water evaporating. But loosely- it doesn’t have to be tight.

When we made it, we did a smaller batch in a 3 gallon bucket. You can adjust the water amounts if you want a thicker soap. Or a thinner soap. It’s up to you, man. And if you need more washing soda or borax, by all means, add more! If the soap is getting too thick after you’ve used it for a while, add some hot water and stir it up.

We use around 1/4 to 1/2 cup per load. Use more or less as needed. But you really don’t need more than that. All told, this 5 gallon batch of soap should only cost you a few dollars and last you a long, long time. Unless you have dozens of kids who spend their days rolling around in a barnyard. Then it might only last you half of a long, long time.

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My 100 Things, Part 1

At the beginning of 2011 I was kind of in a rut. I was okay with life, but I was just sort of existing. I love being at home too much to just go out and DO all the time. I like to just be. And I certainly was not living live to the fullest. On January 1, I learned about Jesse Brisendine’s 1 Year 1000 Things Challenge. This fascinated me and I began following his challenges. About two weeks into the new year I had an idea: what if I would do the challenge, too, but on a very small scale? I decided to try to do at least one thing every month that I had never done before. But… what to do? As soon as I grabbed a pen and paper, my mind went completely blank. Then my brother came to see me, and with his help I soon had a nice sized list to get started on. I made plans for Thing Number One: Eat Sushi.

But just as quickly, plans changed. I suddenly needed to go to Mexico to stay with my sister’s two youngest children for a week. This was going to take me into February. Had my adventure derailed before it even began? No! The Go With the Flow plan was set in motion. I would just add new things to my list, incorporating my trip into the challenge!

So without further ado, here is January:

1. Book a flight to go on a trip the same day. I’m a planner. I plan things. Ahead of time. I like to know what’s going on. So this was definitely a new thing. It was kind of fun! The beginning of my New Things adventure.
2. Drive in a foreign country. I had been to Mexico 6 or so times before this, but I had never driven a car there. I don’t speaka Espanish and I wasn’t very familiar with the roads. This time, I didn’t have a choice. I was nervous, but I made it all the way out of town and back to the home! 

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February:

3. Get snowed into Mexico. And don’t panic. This wasn’t really something I could claim as having accomplished it myself. Except for the not panicking part. There was a snow storm at home that resulted in my flight out being cancelled. I kind of needed to get back to work, as I had been gone for a week by this time. But there was nothing that could be done, so I relaxed and enjoyed the extra day with the family. And you know what? Everyone survived and it was just fine. More than fine, it was wonderful.
4. Eat Sushi. It was… okay. Not sure what all the fuss is. I liked my friend’s fried rice much better. But I made a whole meal of my sushi, and it made me happy that I had branched out and tried something new.

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Somewhere along the way, as my list of things accomplished started getting longer, I decided to go big and try to do 100 new things in 2011. I probably won’t share them all here, but you’ll see quite a few of them. (Whoever “you” are.)

p.s. I used to use Blogger and am new to WordPress. I think it hates me. Why can’t I make my photos bigger? Why can’t I find anything? Where did my life go so wrong? Anyway, I’m still learning here, so please be gentle.

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Tofu Stir Fry

This may not be “stir fry” in the strictest sense of the word… words… (Actually, it’s not. I looked it up. In the dictionary.) But it’s sort of like stir fry, and I’m calling it that because I’m not sure what else to call it. Sauteed Tofu and Veggies Over Rice? That’s not a name, it’s just what it is. Anyway, here’s the second of my May food posts.

Saute organic butternut squash, cucumbers, and mushrooms in olive oil.

Add firm tofu, cubed.
Add salt, onion powder, and turmeric. (Who knew turmeric was so healthy? Okay, lots of people probably knew that.)
Let it cook for a few minutes, turning occasionally.

Add some chicken broth and simmer a few minutes longer.

Serve over brown rice that you started cooking before you even chopped this stuff for frying. Unless it’s instant brown rice. Then you could have waited until the veggies were simmering.

A delicious burst of flavors… And healthy to boot. This doesn’t even sound that good to me. I’m not a tofu & veggies kind of girl. Until about 2 1/2 years ago, I went out of my way to avoid anything that sounded healthy. Junk! Give me all the junk! I didn’t mind if other people ate healthy food, I just didn’t want to have anything to do with it as a matter of principle. I’m not proud of it, okay? But now, I have discovered how tasty food can be even if it’s not full of junk!

Try this soon. You won’t be sorry!

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