Photo Cred Lisa What a weekend! Lots of friends and lots of food, it was a good one but today I'm feeling not so fresh. Rather than beat myself up about what I did or didn't eat, I'll take the day to clean up with a 24 hour juice fast. Fasting can be very healing, it gives your digestive system a rest, clears out some unwanted junk, and provides a rich boost of nutrients. The longest I've fasted on juice is five days, it's intense and not something I recommend anyone do their first time without experienced support and guidance.  I have friends who have gone as long as 90 days, for the purpose of healing. It has profound effects on all aspects of self: mind, body and spirit. If you're curious check out Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, a great doc which chronicles an extensive juice fast and it's transformative results. Here are instructions for making a days worth of juice, you can add some extra veggies if you like or check out what celeb Jen Aniston drinks one day a week. Give it a try, it's empowering to take control of your "hunger".  

Photo Cred Lisa Had a few friends for dinner this evening, one of them is on WW... for those of you unfamiliar we're talkin Weight Watchers. I know a lot of of chicks who've had "weight loss" good fortune with WW, myself included. I'm not up to date on their new point system, but from what I understand the points have been lowered for plant food, and increased for processed, which is a good improvement. So ANYWAY my goal was to make a seasonal dinner that would be low points, which meant easy on the oil, nuts, or seeds. With the local produce in high gear I chose these three recipes, Corn & Blueberry Salad with Creamy Cilantro Soup and Fresh Picked Strawberry Sorbet. Pulled from the Matthew Kenney's July 4 Newsletter: Corn, Blueberry, Cucumber Salad - 6 servings, 4 WW points a serving 5 ears fresh sweet corn, husked & shaved 1 pint fresh blueberries 1 cucumber, sliced 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 1 jalapeno, seeded & minced 1 lime, juiced 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1 tbsp agave 1/2 tsp sea salt In a serving bowl combine shaved corn, blueberries, cucumber, cilantro, and jalapeno. In a separate bowl, combine lime juice, oil, agave, cumin, and salt. Stir well to combine. Add to salad & toss.  Serve and enjoy! The cilantro soup, by Elaina Love: Creamy Cilantro Soup - 4 servings, 3 WW points 2 cups zucchini, chopped 2 cups cilantro leaves 1 pepper, red OR yellow OR orange 1/2 apple, chopped 1 tbsp tamari 1 tsp Himalayan salt 1/2 tsp cumin powder 1 tsp onion powder 1/8 tsp cayenne 1 cup avocado, scooped Blend everything, but the avocado, until nice and smooth. Drop in the avocado and finish blending. Add water if needed, but it should be thick and smooth. Strawberry Sorbet - 4 servings, 0 WW points 1 pint fresh picked strawberries, 3/4 frozen Wash strawberries, remove tops, freeze. Blend unfrozen 1/4 pint until smooth, add remaining 3/4 frozen one at a time until strawberries are incorporated and frozen. If you're using a Vitamix when hear the motor sound change, your sorbet is ready!

Photo Cred Lisa The Schnauzer Brothers are on 4 week of their transition to a bones and raw food (BARF) diet, something I've been wanting to do for ages. I tried several years ago with Sanchez but he ended up with a bout of panreatitis and I panicked and put him back on his kibble. Part of the panic was due to not having a vet I could turn to for guidance. No one seemed clear on the diet requirements of the breed, some telling me Schnauzers can't process high fat and/or high protein diets, others saying they don't have special diet needs at all. Regardless I was very uncomfortable with making the switch. As time passed the more I learned about the effects cooked and process foods have on the body, both human and canine, the more unhappy I was feeding my boys kibble. Finally I found my way to East York Animal Clinic , there I spoke with Dr. Anya and we came to the decision to switch The Brothers to a raw diet including lots of fresh veggies, fruit, quality oils, flax, eggs, chicken and bones. I'm also including mineral supplements and enzymes for Sanchez who is 8, Clyde is 3 and made an easy switch without supplements. They are loving it, Sanchez can't get his meal down fast enough and usually tries to dig into Clyde's. And while Clydey had been hesitant about the veg only, he was an enthusiastic eater once I added the meats. For the first three weeks I was making all their meals, but quickly became bored with the amount of effort required and decided it wasn't sustainable. I started with Tollden Farms this week, the guys are even more eager for meal time, and it's as easy as feeding them kibble. Tollden was highly recommended by my GF worked in the BARF business. I'm so happy we've made the change, I will keep posting on their progress and improvements .

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.