I just had my first taste of cacao in 21 days!
Ha ha ha! No wonder I am inspired to blog
Yup, not only have I taken a cacao fast, I also took an unplanned break from food for 21 days and jumped on the juice feast wagon once more.
21 days of juice, juice and more juice… oh and for those who know the wee yogi juice feast method… some bee pollen and chlorella thrown in for good measure.
If you’re interested…
Chlorella is a type of algae that grows in fresh water. I take it in a chewable tablet form but you can buy it in caps, powder and liquid extracts too. These extracts contain “chlorella growth factor,” which is described as a water-soluble extract of chlorella containing a lot of good stuff like amino acids, peptides, proteins (up to 88%), vitamins to name a few. Chlorella products vary significantly depending on the way and where it is cultivated, harvested, and processed. As a medicine, chlorella is used for preventing cancer, reducing radiation treatment side effects, stimulating the immune system, improving response to flu vaccine, increasing white blood cell counts (especially in people with HIV infection or cancer), preventing colds and so much more. My favorite benefit is it’s power to protecting the body against toxic metals such as lead and mercury. Chlorella is also used to increase “good” bacteria in the intestine in order to improve digestion; and to help treat ulcers, colitis, Crohn’s disease, and diverticulosis. I don’t suffer from those but it’s these kinds of effect that tell me this stuff is a great all round algae medicine. Some people also use chlorella for the prevention of stress-related ulcers; treatment of constipation, bad breath, and hypertension; as an antioxidant; to reduce cholesterol; to increase energy; to detoxify the body; and as a source of magnesium to promote mental health, relieve premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and reduce asthma attacks. It is also used for fibromyalgia.
Ok, so back to the 21 days and why…
If you follow my blog you may already know I just spent 8 weeks covering for my dear friend and yoga teacher Sarah while she took a short and sweet maternity leave from her Morning Mysore Yoga program at Love Yoga in Aberdeen here in Scotland.
During this time I hosted a group juice feast for the locals.
Although I thought at the start of this year I was done with juice feasting for a while, I felt strongly called to join in.
So, luckily, with my juicer and Vita-Mix beside me I embarked on what I thought would be a wee 7 day juicy journey.
7 days in and I was feeling that wonderful sense of clarity and vision I love so much about high quantity juicing and zero level solids!
But, there was something else happening I couldn’t quite put my finger on.
I sat with this niggling idea that I could continue and delve a little deeper…
I was teaching every morning with workshops at the weekend not to mention my own practice and lots of cycling about… could I mange to keep up the juice only option for 14 more days?
I decided to keep going, what’s the worst that could happen?
Any doubts I had were very quickly dissolved by the daily ‘downloads’ I started to receive.
It became clear very quickly this was not about the detox, more about a way to keep me tuned in and grounded, (yes you read that right I felt *grounded* on the juice!) during these 21 days.
I observed that there was a huge amount of change going on around me… not only in my life but in the lives of so many people around me.
By choosing this method I became able to stand strong and sit still in what felt like a whirlwind.
My mind quietened and I gave my self permission to sit back and observe my process as well as the processes of those around me.
There were times of extreme emotion (both my own and other peoples) and for the first time in a long time I again, allowed my self to observe it with a strong knowing that this would all pass, as it all does, and so I made the very most of it, I learned and grew in it as opposed to covering it up or denying it existed.
As the remaining 14 days unfolded I became increasingly aware of the illusion of *time*.
The days came and went and sometimes 1 hour could feel like a day, other times 1 day like an hour.
Whatever the weather, I sat with it and soaked up as much of the lessons I could see that were so beautifully wrapped up inside the experiences I or those in my life were having.
This emotional and spiritual side to juicing is something I love and connect to easily.
For me, the physical side has always come second…
For whatever reason, I have in the past, doubted or been suspicious of some of the feelings I might be getting in relation to what is going on… it takes me longer with this part, to connect the dots.
This time however, it seemed pretty clear.
I will go into the finer details more in a future post.
In general, the feeling was that this juice feast was an opportunity to ‘clean/clear house’ in order to make way for changes, experimentation and exploration.
In the physical realm I have always remained open and interested in how I fuel, medicate and allow my body to heal.
Indeed, I have learned our bodies are designed to heal… we just have to step out of the way and let that happen.
For 7, nearly 8 years, eating a raw vegan based diet (well actually, not strictly ‘vegan’ really as I includ bee products) I have felt my body go from alive to more alive to more ~ more ~ more ~ more~ more ~ alive!
Raw food has fueled every step I have taken from Scotland to Costa Rica and back again.
Winter, spring, summer…. monsoons, snow storms and tropical heat waves.
Raw fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds have taken me from just living to thriving.
I have experimented with high fruit, high fat, high green, low sugar…
They all had there plus moments as well as there not so great times too.
One thing is for sure, I have used my body as a science lab…
Listening carefully, I offer ideas or methods for what may lead to deep healing and self exploration.
There is no part of me that doubts this ‘lifestyle’ is not one of, if not, *the* best method for detoxification and bringing ourselves back to our true nature.
However, there is *always* more to explore.
We are evolving and changing all the time…
As hard as that may be to accept for some of us…
This will change. Everything changes.
What’s super exciting is that as we change, as we *allow* ourselves to change, we expand and open our hearts to exponential growth on all levels ~ physical, emotional, spiritual, mental and beyond…
So, right now I am feeling very excited about the opportunity to again use my highly adaptable physical body as a place to explore changing and thriving a little further.
The changes I will make will not only come from what I put in my mouth but importantly (if not more importantly) *where* did it come from? And more…
I am really interested in getting as close to the source of my fuel as possible.
For example, if I were a meat eater, could I shoot the deer myself? If I were a milk drinker, could I milk the animal myself? Can I have direct contact with the farmer/grower/animals?
For me a more immediate question is, can I *find* it myself… near to where I am living?
What can I learn from exploring the immediate land around me, what lessons can I take from this earth, this water, the fuel I use to thrive upon it and in tune with it?
And, the list goes on… and on.
As I close this 21 day journey I am blessed with inspiration, motivation, intrigue and wonder.
If this blog post made any sense to you, sparked a question in you or just made you interested in what the scooby doo I am on about, then keep in touch… I hope to share it all with you as I go; honestly and humbly.
I feel I must not close without mentioning that this time on a juicy journey, taking care of myself, getting to know myself even more, has all been a *huge* support for me…
All that juice, chlorella and bee pollen combined with daily skin brushing, self abhyanga, a massively increased meditation practice, chanting and LOTS more napping than usual… I was able to keep trucking through my 8 week city based mission to hold the space while Sarah held her new born baby boy! (named Dash btw & he is gorgeous!)
Even now, after so many juice feasts, I am left stunned by the power of this practice.
I am in so much gratitude for having found this method of detoxification, ‘digestive rest’ and physical/emotional/spiritual ‘resetting’.
To be continued…