My juices today (I am trying to vary the recipes slightly from day to day, so I don’t get sick of them.)
All ingredients below make 2 juices, approximately 16-20 ounces each.
1. 3 beets, 1 POM juice (split between 2 juices), 1 bunch of kale, 1 lemon, 2 tablespoons of spirulina
2. 3 cups of probiotic coconut water, 1 pound of blueberries, himalayan pink salt
3. 1 pineapple, 2 yellow bell peppers, 1 bunch of celery, 1 inch of ginger and 1 lemon, 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
4. 3 beets, 8 carrots, 2 green apples, 1 inch of ginger and 1 lemon
Other drinks consumed:
Apple cider vinegar, lemon and cayenne water & Skin detox yogi tea, first thing in the morning. Egyptian licorice mint in the afternoon and another kombucha, when I felt I needed a treat.
Today was pretty hectic and I did not drink my first drink until 10:30 AM! Big mistake. I was down on our school’s football field all morning for graduation practice, again. Tomorrow night is graduation and this a busy time of year. My school district arranges for the district’s current kindergartners to attend the second day of graduation practice and march in with a current senior. It’s a nice idea, but it made for a very busy morning. By the time I finally drank a juice, a headache had already set in.
The headache and craziness of the day continued to increase. This is the last week of school and filled with tasks to wrap up and unexpected issues. I did my best to focus on being positive and not think about comforting myself with food. I cannot say I ever felt actual hunger, just the psychological desire to eat, when I felt stress.
I knew the headache would be helped by the chiropractor. My wonderful husband made me an appointment for right after work. I made my commute home (while chugging a juice), quickly showered and changed, then went off to the chiropractor before teaching my Beginner’s yoga class.
The chiropractic adjustment and treatment really helped my headache, and with added hydration (lots and lots of water), it finally started to ease up.
I was happy to arrive early for my class, so I could spend some time in my favorite pose, legs up the wall. This always seems to help when I have a headache or lower back pain.
After staying in this pose for about ten minutes (no joke), I felt remarkably better and more energized. I was excited to teach my class.
I am ending off the evening with a delicious smoothie: 2 bananas, 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons of flax seed meal, 1/2 cup of cashews, 3 cups of coconut water.
Additional detox of the day: Eliminate negative self-talk
I can be pretty hard on myself. I am definitely my own worst enemy and am prone to put lots of unnecessary stress on myself. I tried to be more aware of this today and catch myself before it happened.
When I woke up this morning, I had an email from Oprah. Oh, and Deepak Chopra. I did their 21 day meditation about a month ago, and they (I am sure it was Oprah, herself. I need to believe this, anyway) sent out a free meditation this morning on intention setting. It seemed perfect for the intention I wanted to set, so I started the day with mindfulness in regards to my negative self-talk.
I think setting up the intention really helped because I did not catch myself falling into those patterns that I normally do. I did catch myself “shoulding” a few times. I will “should” myself to death, if I am not careful and “shoulding” seems to be my gateway to more negativity. I often think, “I should go run” “I should have woken up earlier” “I should have said something more intelligent” and on and on and on. This is a negative pattern for me that I want to continue to be mindful of, so I do not head down an unhealthy road.
Day 2 was not as bad as I was expecting, even with the headache that I had for a few hours. The chiropractor, yoga and plenty of water helped me move through those tough times. I am currently feeling pretty good and surprisingly energetic, for this time of night. I am generally half-way asleep and barely forming coherent sentences.
I am still cautious about day 3 and feel slightly overwhelmed that there are 5 days to go!
PS, Cheezy Pizza, I love you, probably a little too much, and had a mini melt down when I received this text today. All is still well, but it definitely made me miss vegan jalapeno poppers!