Howdy Hey Y'all, Just finished the most delicious bowl of raw soup, and I am pretty sure it was the first time I've ever had raw soup. Today the book tells us to focus on gratitude. So I'll start with that and make my way on over to what I've eaten, how I feel.
How can you choose gratitude today, even though you may not feel it? Choose gratitude, and start to notice how your body feels. And remember, your challenges always bear gifts.
Then they asked us to make a gratitude list. What's working? What's going really well? Who do you love? Who loves you?
- As far as the cleanse is going, I think having the online community of health coaches and former CC'ers providing guidance has been incredibly effective and that has totally been working. When I make a mistake with a recipe or food-pairing error, it's nice to know they have my back and are there with a solution. The coaches aren't going to let things slide, but they don't want cleansers to get discouraged either, and I've really been getting better at noticing as a result.
- Of course I love my family, yes you Mom, I know you're reading and wondering. I am grateful for my family's sense of humor, no matter what we're going through or how mad we are at one another, someone will crack some joke and it lightens the moment. I'm grateful for who they each are as individuals, each of my family members is inspiring, kind, and faithful; and are constantly trying to be better.
- I love my friends, they bring such a positive light to my life, and give me hope. They cheer me up when I am sad, help me get out of ruts when I'm being too negative, offer important life insights. They are generous, hilarious, and good people.
- I also love our new puppy Zuzu. She's the sweetest little nugget and I already miss her so much.
- The list of that goes on, of course, but I'm grateful for is this program. I cannot believe how lucky I am to be able to participate in it in the first place thanks to Jules and Jo, and I have really enjoyed reflecting each night on my day. I don't usually give myself the time to reflect as I am constantly forward thinking, but there's no better time than now for me to do so. As a graduating senior at a jesuit university, reflection is the core value that means the most right now. And I'm so grateful that this program is encouraging me to make that a priority.
After having gone grocery shopping, school has been going really well. I know it's only my second day back, but being able to invent recipes and try the ones from the book has been a blessing. I feel so much better today because I'm varying my nutrients and actually enjoying my food better. My mood has been great all day, just in good spirits in general from seeing friends again and eating more regularly. Having snacks to take with me on the go has also helped immensely and I've been drinking more water. Physical changes include that I am breaking out on my face! According to the book, that's a sign of detox as well, hoping it goes away soon. Nothing drastic though, so thank goodness for foundation.
Tomorrow is day 1 of my internship, which I am soooo excited for, so in the spirit of preparation, I have already packed my lunch and some snacks for the road. I may also add some Two Moms in the Raw crackers to my bag for the train back as well and of course a reusable water bottle. All I have to do is plop some freezer packs in the containers and they're good for my voyage.
Today I ate the following:
- 1 quart warm lemon water-- yeahhh babbyy I got it down
- Peach/apple puree pouch and a little later 2 Nutty Nutrishus balls as I raced out the door for my first class of the semester
- 1/2 avocado with Two Moms in the Raw crackers
- Couple carrots, two frozen grapes
- Two slices herbed turkey
- I also made homemade almond milk and had some sips of that!
- 1/2 avocado with Two Moms in the Raw crackers
- Raw Carrot Soup (now this was DELICIOUS) I didn't have cumin or cilantro, and don't particularly like those two ingredients anyway, so I didn't add them. I also didn't add cayenne, which I do like, cause I didn't have any. I added snow pea sprouts to the top to make it pretty!
- Warm lemon water before bed
- Here's the recipe-- it is so quick and simple-- definitely a new favorite:
RAW CARROT SOUP
- 3 cups filtered water
- 3 medium carrots
- 1 medium Fuji apple
- 1 (1- or 2- in.) piece fresh ginger, peeled
- 1 avocado, halved and pitted
- 1 large handful fresh cilantro
- 1 or 2 TB. freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 date, pitted
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- pinch cayenne
In a high-speed blender (I used my Nutribullet) blend filtered water, carrots, Fuji apple, ginger, avocado, cilantro, lemon juice, date, cumin, sea salt, black pepper, and cayenne until creamy. To warm soup more, blend for up to 5 minutes.
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Bon appétit et bonne santé,