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.

It is eff-word about time! New, actually good for you, takeout just popped up in the West Queen West hood. Feel Good Guru opened this week, I have yet to try it as I'm a lazy mess on this cleanse but I may do so this week for a juice. Regardless I'll let you know how it is the minute I've formed my opinion. Gawd it's just so great to have actual healthy takeout close by.

Photo Creds to Lisa I've been using tea tree oil like a mad woman since it saved me from infection after bailing a scooter and almost running a stake through my head... a story for another day. Anyway it's awesome, perfect for blemishes, cuts and scrapes. BUT, big big but, it is VERY TOXIC to ANIMALS in amounts as little as 6 drops of pure tea tree oil the animal can lose muscle control, become lethargic, have muscle tremors all of which can progress to liver failure or worse death. I learned this the hard way, fortunately for me my little guy is okay, he had a large scrape on his side with a possible infection brewing so I thought tea tree oil would do the trick. Promptly after applying, that little voice in my head started nagging to check online. AND it is not safe for pets! Thankfully I'm in the habit of listening to that little voice, I promptly called the SPCA Poison Control hotline 1-800-548-2423, there is a $65 charge but their help proved to be invaluable. After confirming it indeed was very dangerous their advice was to bathe him with dish soap to get the oil off his coat and to stop it from absorbing into his system. I was instructed to keep a close eye on him for 24 hours for signs of any of the above symptoms. It was a terrifying morning, but he's a real trouper and pulled though. God love that schnauzer. Phew.

I've been prepping all afternoon for my week of juice fasting and liver detoxification. I'm doing this one solo since Grande Jean is out of town on business. I chose to plan the hell out of this fast, as last time I didn't have enough produce and had to drag my ass out of the house on day three and it was less than fun. Just finishing up my apple cider and oxy to get things started this evening and tomorrow the juicing will begin and just in time for the full moon. I'm pretty happy this one is falling on a full moon, ideally I would have started two days prior as it's said your consciousness peaks with the full moon as it does after a few days of juice fasting and detoxing, regardless starting with the moon will be perfect for me. I'm looking forward to giving my digestive system a break, and cleaning out my liver and gallbladder. I had such amazing results on the last go I'm hoping to improve upon those same results this time around. Better skin, more energy and vibrancy. And great digestive flow. It was very rejuvenating.