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.

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.

I just purchased my first Vitamix so I've been experimenting up a storm, which comes in handy when you're procrastinating... anyhoo here is an insanely simple ice cream recipe and since it's sooo good for you, unlike that stuff sold by the junky big box grocer up the street, you can eat it for breakfast! 1 pint of frozen organic strawberries OR peaches OR bananas 1/4 cup of organic raw macadamia nuts (no soaking needed. Yeeess!) 1-2 tbsp sweetener** i.e. honey, maple syrup (tsk, tsk rethink the white sugar) 1 cups of filtered water Blend mac nuts and water until smooth and milky, add frozen strawberries and blend on high until you hear the sound of the blender change, you'll know it when you hear it. At that point you should have a frozen ice cream. If not toss it in the freezer for a bit, you don't want to over blend as it will just melt. Alternatively you can just blend up strawberries with a touch of water (to get things started), they're one fruit like bananas that have a creamy texture and can be blended or juiced frozen with sorbet like results! *okay it's not reeealy ice cream but think of some of the products sold that are called "dairy", gross **in Ontario strawberries are in season in from June to early September, you may not need added sweetener in these months

Did you know you can juice with your blender?! I shared this information with the Raw Food Toronto Meetup group a couple weeks back and a few were very surprised. I must admit when I first found out I was super excited too, it meant I could juice wheat grass at home!! I don't juice enough to justify buying a fancy juicer and I'd much rather spend the money on a good blender as it's way more versatile for a living foods lifestyle. Loose instructions for a day's worth of juice, about 2L 1 head of celery 8 leaves of kale 1 cucumber 1 beet 1 lemon apple (optional) pinch of high mineral salt (add after juiced) stevia to taste (add after juiced) Depending on the power of your blender you might need to chop everything into pretty small pieces, or even add a bit of water to get started. With my old blender (pictured above) I could get away with no water if I started with cucumber diced pretty small and then add the remaining ingredients from there. Once everything is blended up like a smoothie, pour the entire blender contents into a nut milk bag and squeeze out all that nutritious veggie juice into a bowl. Season with the salt and stevia. I keep the pulp in the freezer until I have enough for a batch of doggie cookies or raw crackers. Make sure you store the juice in an air tight glass container for no more than 12 hours. Once the pulp is removed the juice loses nutrients pretty quickly. This is why all those juice products sold in stores are mostly just sugar and preservatives. Do you have any idea how good that is for you!!!! Soooo good!