http://quiktrain.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Intermittent-Fasting1.jpg So I'm not for fasting. It kinda frightens me. Oh sure I see and understand the mechanics and appreciate the good it can do for your body (if done properly) but I'm not ready for it. Or am I? So was chatting to a friend the other day who is back to fighting weight again after a long struggle and when asked about said success, fasting was a huge component. But we're not talking fasting during daylight hours, we're talking about the sleep fast. Huh? Oh yes, the not snacking after dinner bit. Wait a minute, I can do that. There are a lot of benefits from giving your body a break, not to mention cutting back on unnecessary extra calories right? Hey listen, you'll always find an argument for and against anything you try. So listen to your body - it usually knows best.

Photo Cred Lisa Wowy wow! I've been on a juice fast and liver cleanse since Saturday, we broke the fast Wednesday decided to head out for an amazing meal experience last night. And did True Food Kitchen in Scottsdale ever hit the mark. The menu is based on Dr. Weil's anti-inflammatory diet and the food does not disappoint, everything from the edemame dumplings to the panang curry was delectable. I so loved the opportunity to go out and eat such delicious clean food, with vegan, gluten free options there is something for everyone. True Food come to Toronto pleeease! Oh and to my girls, we will be slugging back sparkling grape fruit cinnamon drinks inspired by True Food Kitchen next week. Yay!

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".  

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.