Happy Monday Gorgeous People!
I hope everyone is starting their week off with a bang. I’m dragging a little bit today. The traveling & being in a new space has me a lil’ out of whack. Today is the day I said we were going to kick-off a juice feast however, over the weekend I had a change of heart. After writing pt. 3 of my juice feasting posts, a couple of things occurred to me: 1) I’m not sure that I really titled the series appropriately. 😦 I’m thinking it should have been more along the lines of “plant-based eating 101” since it really is more about changing the ways we are eating as a whole & incorporating more plant-based foods (including green juices & smoothies). 2) I am starting to get a solid grasp on where everyone is in terms of dietary knowledge, objectives & goals. In now having a better understanding of that, I think it’s really important that we build a great informational foundation so when we are ready to start the juice feast, folks aren’t just jumping into it. I would much rather see people transition & then try a 7-10 day juice feast to help in the detox process versus jumping into a juice feast, possibly be successful at detoxing & then crashing and burning because you don’t have enough information on how to make a successful transition & a lasting lifestyle change. I don’t want this to be a lose-10lbs-quick-detox-and-gain-back-20 kind of event. I want this to be a place you can come for information on making positive changes for your health & in the process share some of your own knowledge, struggles, and successes. Many of you are still eating meat 2-3 times daily & I think it is a lot to ask of anyone still in that mind-space to start a juice feast before incorporating some of the practices we have talked about here for a little while. For those of you who have in fact let dairy go, minimized your meat intake & are juicing/blending almost daily, give eating light to heavy over the next few days a try & see how it works for you. I’d love to hear! Once you get to this point, I am totally open to devising a juice feast for you based on your personal goals & current diet.
The inherent downside of a blog vs. a website is that a blog is not comprehensive whereas, a website is set up to have most of the information readily available to you. This is a blog. My blog is a space where we can make this journey together…each day’s knowledge builds on the previous information shared. It morphs as I go based on questions & comments I receive from my lovely readers. Well, right now it’s morphing based on the enthusiasm I am seeing from so many of you who want to make the changes & get right but just don’t know where to start. I’ve had questions about the benefits of flavonoids for reducing joint pain, food- combining, etc. and I want to address those thoughtfully rather than just directing you to a link because I’m too busy staying on an auto-piloted course. Many of you are looking to me to be your tour guide. I am honored, flattered & honestly, a lil’ scared to have you put so much trust in me. I haven’t done anything special outside of sharing what I have learned over the last 4 years reading enough books to write a whole ‘nother dissertation, conducting extensive (possibly obsessive) web-searches & documenting my own trial & error. But what I’m realizing is that is kind of special because so many health guru’s present themselves as these “experts” levitating above the rest of us, making us feel as if we are weak if we cannot subscribe to every dietary change they suggest. I decided that this is what I want this blog to be: a place for those of you with little to no previous knowledge to come & be part of a collaborative, intimidation-free, learning environment. I’m human & I may have a head start on many of you because I’ve been on this path for a while but as you all have already witnessed I slip up too. In the beginning I slipped up a lot and I would beat myself up over it. Over time the slip ups have gotten less & less and the changes have become easier & easier. It took me a while to realize that this is totally normal. Much more normal than making a statement like, “One day I decided to become vegan & I never looked back.” Really? I cannot relate. I’m assuming most of you cannot relate to this either. Not really sure where I’m going with this since I have a tendency to ramble…I’m just thinking aloud. At any rate, like I mentioned before, pt. 4 of the series will cover the different levels of clean, plant-based eating I’ve been talking about. I will post this in the next couple of days. In the meantime click on beautiful foods <–here or above in the menu bar. I’ve added some food lists to help you wrap your mind around what sorts of foods we are striving to make 75% of our diets. This is not as detailed or comprehensive as I would like but I will continue to add to it. Thank you for hanging in there & being patient with me!
love & light,