Checked out my first Toronto Underground Market over the weekend, it was an impressive turnout and the Brickworks is a stunning venue. Having just finished my cleanse the day before I wanted to stick to eating easy vegan, so nothing fried or with refined sugar and flour. I started with a booth serving a Korean soba noodle dish with a bit of lime and cilantro. It was good but I wanted more! After roaming through the crowd, there tucked in the back between a long, long line for lobster and another line for pig was Animal Liberation Kitchen, and I hollered hallelujah! They were offering salad rolls in rice paper with a peanut and a chili sauce as well as an aromatic coconut curry soup. I had one of everything. And felt good afterward which speaks to the quality of ingredients. I was so excited to go to a mainstream event and find good food. While I did think everything was delicious, I am disappointed in our city's veg representation. After having been to Vancouver and Seattle on a bit of a raw restaurant tour this past September, both the Grande Jean and I were stunned at how amazing the food options were. I recognize Toronto is a bit late to adapt the whole foods, veg lifestyle so hopefully as the movement gains strength so will the food offerings in the city. Or maybe I just haven't found the hidden gems? A few of our favs in Van were The Naam, Rooted on the Drive, and Nuba on 3rd. As for Seattle they had the best raw over all, with Thrive and Chaco Canyon.

I'm sad to say I missed the entire event! My weekend was packed, I rushed over to the festival after teaching an Intro to Real Foods on Sunday and walked up as everyone was packing up. So disapointing, this is the second year in a row I missed out. Next year I'll be there when the doors open. I heard good things from BlogTO though.

All doneski! Wow what a week and well worth it. I finished my last delightful epson water at 8:30, had a quick organic coffee enema, indulged in the most delicious, perfectly ripened pear of my life... and now I'm raring to go! I must admit this juice fast and liver cleanse was more challenging than the last, though I know there are a host of reasons for that. Last time I was in Bali not Toronto, someone else made all my juices, I was basking in the sun, swimming, getting massages and lounging around with fellow cleaners. While this time I was walking my dogs three times a day, working, buying my groceries, making my juice and spending time with some of my fav people while they ate food I couldn't. I do believe the benefits of this cleanse will far outweigh the last, as I had my first healing crisis. For those of you not familiar with this "phenomenon" it's when you experience symptoms of past dis-ease while detoxing or fasting. In this case it's your body repairing the damage done. They typically happen in reverse order of their appearance in your life. Mine had to do with my stomach, before adopting a raw lifestyle I suffered from tremendous stomach pain and ulcers. Debilitating at times. During this week I was experiencing that old pain, off and on with it peaking last night. It was VERY uncomfortable but I worked through it with my breath and a castor pack. Only time will tell if it was a true healing crisis but I believe it to be so. Now I'm looking forward to my raw gazpacho for lunch, with a side of quinoa! Yeeees.

Day three is well underway and I'm feeling good. Had some emotional struggles yesterday with the whole concept of detoxing and I'd convinced myself by about 9:30 in the evening that it wasn't for me and this was the last one. I then woke up feeling like the total pits and decided rather than fight I needed to give myself a break and recommit to the cleanse. So I walked my boys, drank my juice and ACV, went back to bed for two hours and woke up feeling fantastic. I've had lots of mental energy since and been able to finish up all kinds of work. I'm on fire! While I'm at it, I want to show my appreciation for the constant inspiration from the people around me, friends and clients who are spreading the good food word and getting great results. It brings tears to my eyes every time someone tells me about their mother eating one of my salad recipes everyday and feeling lost without it, or a partner who regularly asks for green juice in the morning, the list goes on. It's so exciting to see how rapid good food influence spreads. And not only that, the results people are seeing just from adapting a two living meals a day rule, which is how I start all new clients. Regular bathroom movements, sense of smell and taste returning, extra weight disappearing, heaps of energy, glowing skin, sex drive! I know it to be true first hand, but it never ceases to excite me! One final item, a client sent me this phenomenal article by Mark Hyman, MD, I don't think I've read anything so well written in support of the real food movement, it's definitely worth a read... though I warn you it's just a bunch of commonsense.

Ugh... morning number two sucks on this liver cleanse. Was hoping it would get better since I should be less toxic than last time but no such luck. I'm not terribly hungry, I'm just really dragging. I do wonder if it would be better if I was in an office setting with all the distraction. Like yesterday one of my clients came by for a lunch session, I showed her how to juice with a blender and we made a big, soup full of all kinds of lively organic goods and I was feeling totally great. Now mind you it was day one. I guess I'll see, my gf is coming by for a hangout and a veggie bevy this evening. A little trick that works for me when fasting, other than distracting yourself with sleep or people, is remembering the difference between being hungry and wanting to eat. They are not the same thing. I am not hungry, I just really would love to dive into something delicious. And also know if I do break and eat something not only am I cheating yourself (lame) but it'll hurt like hell in 30 minutes.