Raw Girl in Japan

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As I write this I am sat at the Spa Samui, second night in a row actually. Great raw food on the menu, and I am taking advantage of having the opportunity to ‘eat out’. Something that I can rarely do in Tokyo.

Am in my paradise, and am sampling as many juices as I can (even though only day 2). Have been out all day and have had juices throughout at various places. And of course there have been coconuts.

I am in my paradise for a month, but as of Saturday will be studying yoga, so am using my ‘free time’ to head out before the studies begin.

I have raw pizza on the way and am drinking a Wheatgrass Pina Colada, and I have to say it is going down rather smoothly. I may to treat myself to another one.

Seems strange not to be on a schedule. I am not used to it, but am learning not to be checking the time constantly. I love this pace of life. Yes, next week  will have commitments, and times I need to be in class, but will less people, less external things over-stimulating your senses, everything is so much easier.

So, I am wanting to get back on track with this blog. Informing readers of my daily eating habits, new recipes, food knowledge and more about my new role as a Holistic Health Counselor.

For now, I need to get back to my pizza. I know a lady can multitask, but I do not believe in doing anything while eating. Simply sit and enjoy your food.

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At 11.00am today I could still be found in bed. Had a deep sleep (occasionally disturbances from Kitten), but awoke with no headache and feeling really good.

What I did find today was a growling stomach. Continuous growls. I apologize to those who may have heard it far, far away. Hubby wanted to know what was going on in there. I wish I could have explained, as the odd thing was I simply was not hungry. No cravings for anything (bananas, mangoes, salads, smoothies). I simply have not wanted to eat a thing all day. This mat be seen as a good thing, but this is a FEAST and not a FAST.

What is the difference between a juice feast and a juice fast?

A fast lowers your juice consumption, decreasing nutrition and calorie intake. In a feast you are aiming to still consume the nutrition and calories your body requires to function as it should do. Due to this reason, you can stay on a feast longer than you can a fast, while reaping from the cleansing benefits, which I will discuss in later blog entries.

During a fast your metabolism slows down, therefore leading to energy slumps, which I do not want to experience. Maybe I just need to drink the juice regardless of my not wanting any.

Considering little juice inside of me I feel really good.

Today’s menu

  • MSM and water
  • 1 quart kale, apple, carrot and ginger
  • 2 tbsp Coconut oil

Below are some photos of the this evenings juice that really was most yummy.

The ingredients

The Glorious Juice

The Aftermath

So not to waste the pulp we used it as compost for our outdoor plant. No waste in this household!!

Back tomorrow

x

So, let me be blatantly honest here, today has been a tough day. I’m not feeling hungry. In fact trying to get all this juice inside me is proving to be a struggle. I awoke with a headache, despite having a blissful sleep. Throughout the day I started to feel weak and the usual ‘zest for life’ that I usually have was amiss. Tight, tight shoulders. Painful neck. I wanted my hot water and to hibernate. I wasn’t expecting to feel so…what’s the word I’m looking for?….mmmmm….CRAP!!!! Then at 6.00pm while teaching, low and behold, TURN AWAY BOYS – I got my period. I think the combination of the start of the feast and this so-called ‘ladies holiday’, had stunned my body somewhat.

Questions have started to come my way as to why am I doing this? Why so long? What can and can not be consumed?  I ask that you read in the coming days to get the answers in full. I intend to cover as much as possible in the days to come.

What I will add here is trying to fit all in in the morning is a challenge. I’m out most of the day, so everything needs to be prepared in the morning. This morning I didn’t get my pranayama or asana practice in at all, as one, I felt so grotty and two, I simply don’t have the routine down in the morning. But hey, it’s just my second day. What I have learned is the need to plan my juices and buy the ingredients the day before.  Doing this has given me the idea to also note how much this is costing (starting tomorrow).

So today’s menu:

  • MsM and water (this will be a regular)
  • 2 quarts kale, apple and ginger with hemp oil
  • 1 quart celery and cucumber
  • Copious amounts of water
  • one tea

I drank all the celery and cucumber which was most refreshing and will be making regular appearances, but I just couldn’t get through all the juice. It’s not a case of my body rebelling, I simply am not hungry. Hopefully things will shift in the next couple of days.

The most shocking thing is though, I had no coconut!!!! Although, I did give a lesson on how to open a young coconut with a not so good knife. I have a friend who ‘slaughters’ these wonderful nuts and he really needed to learn how to control his frustration….

Oh, and to end with I had a regular bowel movement. I said I would be honest and share. You can expect this info daily. I can highlight it in a certain color if you wish not to read about it, so you know to skip to the next heading. Or write a heading ‘Poop talk’, as a warning? Which one?

I’m going to end on that note.

See you on Saturday

xxx

Dear, dear blog- I have neglected you for so long. How will you ever forgive me?  Maybe if I promise to write for the next two months solidly, describing in full honesty what happens as I venture on the longest cleanse I have ever done?? And there will be pictures as well to make you look pretty.

Forgiven….yes…thank you!!

So, yes here I am. Why did I take so long to return? Many, many reasons all of which will be revealed. For now let’s come to the present, I am here and committed to sharing  and as I write I have a killer detox headache. Tiger balm has been applied and am hoping lavender and sesame oil on my feet will soon have me in a deep slumber.

I initially thought of doing this feast for 45 days, but then I’m not one for odd numbers (?).  Inspired by the ever so gorgeous Philip McCluskey , I thought I would go for the full 60. Thanks Philip. Will be off the feast in time for my birthday, so fingers crossed I can get hubby to buy me a sexy dress and I will look fabulous for a night out on the town. Oh, so vain!!

Here we are at Day 1. An odd number (aarrgghh)!! Not much to report unless you wish me to drone on about killer headache?!? No? Didn’t think so.

  • MSM and lemon in water.
  • 2 quarts kale, apple and ginger
  • 1 quart carrot and ginger
  • Coconut and spirulina
  • Wheatgrass powder in water
  • Tablespoon coconut oil (melted in front of heater)

The tough part of this was not adding the coconut meat in with the water and spirulina combo. Will use it for raw desserts for hubby I suppose.

Loving the kale, hard to find here, so it really is a treat.

I’m meant to be drink up to 4 quarts of juice a day, but I know I will find this a struggle.

So that is it for the first day. I need to sign off and get to bed. Daily reports to come. Juice recipes, enema talk (oh the joy), yoga chat and information of  an upcoming raw vegan potluck in Tokyo.

See you tomorrow.

x

xxx

So here I am in Ubud in Bali. I planned the trip back in April and booked to attend an ashtanga week with Sharath. Been looking forward to it for ages, but alas last week I was struck down with a nasty chest infection which triggered an asthma attack. So made the decision to back of ashtanga for a couple of weeks, but came to Bali anyway to heal with raw food and gentle yoga.

While here I have been eating at KAFE and it’s sister eatery Little K. Have taken some photos which will be posted later this week. I also have two private raw food classes booked, so am excited about being a student and learning.

I really do want to keep on top of this blog now as so much is happening. Am now training to become a Health Counsellor and am also part of karen Knowler’s Living Magically on Raw coaching. Although am raw, thought it would be a great way to see what Karen does and meet some like minded people.

This blog will return to the daily munchings of AvocadoGirl as of tomorrow and more about raw in Japan. Also my yoga.

This blog lost direction for a long while, simply because I didn’t know where I was going with my yoga and diet,  but it’s getting back on track as I living life to it’s fullest and want to share.

Check back tomorrow.

Oh, and although I am in Bali it doesn’t mean I have lost my love for Thailand.

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Yes, I am loving the lemony potion, but as I write that hubby is eating spinach and tomato next to me and the tomato smells LU-VER-LY. Ah well, this time tomorrow he’ll be cleansing his gut too.

Had a lovely sleep and woke up with lots of energy. I haven’t felt this good in the mornings for a long time. Usually, I’m not wanting to shift from the pit but today the sun was shining, and I was raring to glug down the salt water. I had been advised from my yoga friend to try and drink more salt water than recommended and wait till I felt full. This morning I struggled finishing the regular four cups. After filling my belly I started doing some yogic twists to help shift all through the colon. I did Uddiyana Bandha and massaged by stomach and……..yes there was movement. Several, short, but today I can actually say I actually went to the loo within the hour. Round of applause for me.

Eliminations were watery with brown bits. 

Hubby and I were out for the day – movie theater. The last 45 minutes I was crossing my legs as I was desperately needing to pee. I’d taken my potion out with me and was drinking water. I was eliminating throughout the day. Nothing traumatic. Nothing embarrassing in the public toilets. Phew!!

My legs started to feel a little heavy throughout the day, and now I am ready for bed. Not exhausted, but ready to lie down and await day 5 to dawn. 

love, love

End of July and I haven’t blogged in a very long time. The last few weeks have flown by in a haze. I had to go back to the UK – family emergency. It sure does suck living so far away at times. My father was suffering with his heart again. The good news is after more angioplasty, regular exercise and keeping to a healthy diet he is thriving. He’s lost quite a lot of weight, maybe too much, but he feels strong and healthy and returned to work the week after the procedure. 

My 71 year old father continues to be a huge inspiration. 

So, after a few weeks that were rather unsettling you can imagine I didn’t keep to the fruit fast. i simply couldn’t. My body was craving comfort foods in large doses; nuts, nuts and more nuts. Fortunately, raw cashews can be found here in Japan and my hand could constantly be found diving into the the nut bowl every few minutes. I gained some weight. I wasn’t sleeping at all well and also could be found in the line at Starbucks ordering a soy latte and feeling guilty afterwards. 

So there it is. Have been honest. A fell off (just a little) my raw track. Ah well!!

So when I got back to Japan, I needed something to ground me. I was still exhausted with recent events and my mind wasn’t  finding a place of calm through meditation. I realized I needed to fast/cleanse. Clear my body, feel lighter and hopefully find some clarity.

I’m doing something I vowed never to do. THE MASTER CLEANSE . In celebrityville it may be known as the Beyonce Diet. Am on Day 3…..yes, Day 3. I started with nerves and now I’m loving it.

So let me back track and fill you in shall I. I warn you some of the details may a bit yukky. So maybe you don’t wish to read any further. If you do breathe deep and try and feel the joy that I feel.

Night before (Tuesday) – I ate light. I decided to not use the tea opting for psyllium instead. Yes, always one to go against the rules. 

Day 1 (Wednesday) – Got up bright and early to do the salt water flush. Now I am prepared for downing a load of salt water as I practice one of the yogic kriyas which involves this frequently. The difference is I usually purge, but for this I have to allow my water to work through the colon and work it’s wonders….You know what I am talking about!

From reading all documented on this cleanse, I should racing to and from the toilet within 15-20 minutes. Not me, no. My belly quite happily held the water in as I waddled around with a huge Buddha belly. Two hours after downing the water I was off to work, just hoping that a nappy (diaper) wasn’t required.

I was thinking of raw lasagne and raw pizza. I craved bananas – all this at 9am!

Taught some yoga, drank lots of water and downed the ‘potion’ ( as I like to call it). The potion being lemons, maple syrup, cayenne pepper and water. Very easy to make and I made it while stomach was growing to the size of a Japanese watermelon. 

During the afternoon I had a few visits to the toilet, but honestly I was disappointed. I was hoping for several mighty explosions, what I produced I felt was rather pathetic. I leave it at that.

Early evening, I had a headache. Had some more psyllium and was fast asleep by 9.30pm And there I stayed for 14 hours.

Day 2 (Thursday)……yes, 14 hours. After weeks of insomnia I awoke feeling magic. I literally bounced out of bed, rather like Tiger, downed the salt water and waited, fed the cats, and waited, prepared my potion for the day , and waited, vacuumed, and waited. NOTHING. Not even a trickle. I could pee, oh yes, no problem there….but again I was left disappointed. I drank my potion and occasionally nature called. 

Other than that I felt wonderful. Productive day. Clearing (attempting to) out my system and ventured into the front room to gut that out. I bounced to the station early evening to head into town. A few rumbling going on, a bit of action. 

I bed a little later than the previous day and boy did I feel it the next morning.

Day 3 (today/Friday): Little sleep, although I had done a relaxing meditation.  Woke up feeling like I’d been dancing all night, been on the drink and needed sleep. I managed to roll out of bed and make it into the kitchen and make the salt water flush. Now I had been thinking of some yogic techniques I might want to use to help with this flush. The wonderful uddiyana Bandha. For those who aren’t familiar with this, take a look 

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Not as painful as it looks, but does require a teacher to fully explain and guide you through it when you first start to practice, so I ask please do not practice this at home. I’ve been doing this a couple of years (mine still looks nothing as magnificent as his). It is to stimulate the colon, it is a kriya. Anyone I gave this a go this morning and it deep help a little.

Spent the day drinking, the potion, drinking water and teaching. Came home to receive a mail from a dear yogi friend who offered more advice which I will follow tomorrow.

Now I feel good. Lots of energy. I do feel lighter and I noticed there is less fogginess around me. It’s clarity I am after and I think I am finding some. 

Hubby is so impressed he is going to start it on Sunday. 

No hunger pangs. No rumbling stomach. No more headaches. This time next week it’ll be my last day. Tomorrow I am going to get back into my yoga practice. I haven’t one much since Wednesday as I wanted my body to adjust and I now feel it has.

Roll on Day 4…..

See you tomorrow.

x