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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Colonics- Feeling Light

Last night was my second round of colonics.  My Saturday appointment was canceled because they lost power due to high winds.  Last night I got the dirty details about the "colon high" I experienced after my first session.  Colon high is a normal experience that happens as you become more and more clean.  Colon Master Flash said that because my diet is high raw and very clean, that I experienced the high much sooner than most people (score one for me!)  The feeling is so cool!!!  It feels very light and very light. Physically, you feel like you just shit out 30 years of waste, so your body feels light.  Mentally you feel clear, blissful, and like you are radiating light.  I also noticed after the first session, my skin looked very nice.  My skin is really nice to begin with, but I kept looking in the mirror and noticing that I looked kind of glowy.  Not Pauly D glowy, but a really nice, fairy princess glowy.  Like J-lo.  My third session is next Saturday.  I asked Colon Master Flash how often you should do a cleanse.  She recommended 3-5 sessions with the change of the seasons. 

Another strange thing that I forgot to talk about with her was my cravings for two things- young coconuts and greens.  I ate three young coconuts in the past five days when I normally eat them once a month because they are such a pain in the ass to open!   As far as greens go, I know they are good for me and I eat them, but they are certainly not something I crave.  Oh yeah, and those meat cravings???  Kicked to the curb!  So I am concluding there are some serious, positive changes going on in my body right now.  I am not attributing all of them to colonics, but I think the sessions are helping me get through the cleansing process more quickly and more easily.  Yay!!! 

Friday, February 18, 2011

AWWWWW Shit!!! Colonics- Round 1

I made it through my first of three colonic sessions last night.  Believe it or not, I'm looking forward to my appointment tomorrow morning.  I was really worried about it being a painful experience- given the whole sticking a foreign object up your heinie.  It was very pleasant.  Seriously.

The appointment started off with my colon lady explaining to me how everything would work, going over my health history/issues, and we discussed my diet.  She was great and made me feel completely at ease.

After the initial discussion, I disrobed, and put on a hospital gown and socks.  Then I laid on a table and was asked to come up with something I was letting go of and something I was letting in.  My mantra was letting go of insecurities and unhealthy habits and welcoming radiant health. Then the fun began.

First I inserted a plastic thing that looks like one of the So Big Crayons up "there" and colonic master flash guided me so that I didn't hurt myself.  Again, my fear of a foreign object up there was great, but the pain/discomfort was non existent.  Then she attached a tube to the big crayon thing and started a series of fills and releases.  None of this was uncomfortable.  As the session progresses, some buddies start to exit my system.  It's pretty cool to watch the buddies, but I'm "a looker."  I look at poops, snotty tissues, loogies.  Sick, maybe.  But I always know what color things are when health care practicinors ask. 

After the whole thing was over, I went to the bathroom, exercised some more buddies, and the process was finished.  I was STARVING afterward, but what else is new?

So the weird thing happened when I was driving home.  No- I did not shit myself.  That would have made for a much funnier blog.  I felt a little like I was intoxicated.  I was driving fast and felt carefree, almost high.  I was vibing like crazy!  I went home, grabbed a cup of warm lemon water and snuggled in for some Jersey Shore.  I slept amazingly well and woke up feeling fantastic. 

Now, most of you who know me well know that I cannot STAND being told what to do.  Its a real complex that needs to be addressed in therapy at some point.  Anyway, I am supposed to be taking it easy over the series of colonics-no workouts except yoga/light walking.  I totally went to Crossfit this a.m.  I felt great through the work out except when we had to do some ab lifting stuff.  I felt a bit crampy through that, BUT, I managed to get my work out in and again, felt fabulous.  The beautiful sunshine is only helping today! 

So, would I recommend colonics- so far- yes.  Absofreakinglutely.  But, I still have two rounds to go and as you well know, shit happens and I could totally change my mind ;0)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hungry Like the Wolf

So yesterday was better.  I managed breakfast and lunch as green smoothies.  I did a protein shake before class and then 2 Lara bars and an avocado for dinner.  Again, all raw, but still not completely adhering to the "cleanse" I wanted to do before my colonic today.  I am really thankful that I reread the instructions for the colonic.  It said that eating raw foods was considered a cleanse in and of itself and that "some" choose to do a green smoothie/green juice cleanse, but its not necessary.  THANK GOD!!!!  That "some" is totally not me.  Doing a heavy work out regime and chasing around my two girls is A LOT of work that needs serious fuel. 

So in celebration of food, I am going to share a couple of recipes.

Green Starter Smoothie- This is one of my favorites.  It is one of the most palatable for those of you who are not really into greens.  Start off with 1 cup of greens- probably spinach is your mildest choice.  This is also a great one for kids to start out on.  Lilah started drinking these bad boys when she was just over a year.  

2 bananas
1c pineapple
blend with 8oz freshly squeezed orange juice (NOT the stuff in the carton.  It has been pasturized and is not as nutrient rich as the freshly squeezed kind- your sexy body deserves better!)
while your blender is blending, add 1-2 cups of your favorite green- spinach, kale, whatever you've got ;0)

*Sun Warrior Raw Protein Powder is the SHIT!!!  It tastes great, blends beautifully, is raw and makes you feel like a million bucks!  I have tried numerous protein powders and this is by far my favorite.  Some whey protein powders made me feel like I had just swallowed a brick.  Sun Warrior leaves you brick free and feeling fabulous! www.sunwarrior.com

Jane's Protein Bomb
16oz water
2 scoops Sun Warrior Protein Powder- I like vanilla the best for this one
1/4 c. hempseeds
1-2 c. frozen strawberries, cherries, or blueberries (pick your yummy poison)
1 tsp Maca powder (listen up sexy beasts- this is great for sexual potency)

Chocolate Cherry Protein Bomb
16 oz water
1 frozen banana
1 c. frozen cherries
2 scoops Sun Warrior Chocolate Protein Powder
1 tbsp raw cacoa
1 tsp Maca (yep, I'm a pervert and I add it to everything hahahahaha)

Wish me luck tonight!  I will let you know how shit turns out tomorrow.  Literally.
Love ya!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Cleansing Diet=Epic Fail

My green smoothie/green juice cleanse came to an abrupt halt yesterday afternoon.  After dropping the girls off at school and doing my 6 mile run, I got home, hit the shower, and was STARVING!!!!  Imagine that.  So the hunger beast got the best of me.  I did still eat raw and Paleo, but I totally hit up some solids. 

Yesterday's food:
8oz green juice
2 apples
2 bananas
Post run feeding frenzy
Sun Warrior (2 scoops) with frozen blueberries and banana
1 Lara Bar
Avocado and bell pepper salad
And a very enjoyable late evening meal with Nate, Mary, and Dave at Station Taproom.  HERE is the EPIC WIN:  I DID NOT EAT WINGS.  BLUE CHEESE DID NOT TOUCH MY LIPS. 
It was a miracle I tell you!  A miracle!   I have now discovered my new favorite raw vegan Station Taproom meal:  A house salad without croutons and guacamole instead of dressing.  OH HELL TO THE YES, Whitney!!!  I did it!  I found a food substitution that works!!!  Now Nate can enjoy his Cuban and wings and I don't feel like a deprived model the week before fashion week sipping on water and lemon taking frequent cocaine breaks (for all of my friends who are models, you know I don't mean YOU). 

I'm going to try to get through today with green smoothies.  This morning was 1 grapefruit, 1 orange, 1 banana, and 2 cups of kale.  That smoothie kept me sustained through a really good Crossfit workout today.  The key is going to be getting the blender going and catching myself right before I go into Sally Struthers mode. 

Wish me luck bitches (and I say bitches with the utmost respect and love)!!!!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Getting your "shit" straightened out

Sorry about the lack of posting lately.  It has been an incredibly busy week.

Nate is doing pretty well living his new gluten free lifestyle.  He isn't really doing the Paleo thing, but I guess baby steps are in order here ;0)  I'm really proud of him!

As for me, I am embarking on something new and exciting:  Colonics.  Most normal ladies ask for jewelery or a massage for their birthdays.  Not me, bitches.  I want my colon cleansed.  Thank the Lord I have a husband who gets me. 

Yes.  Colonics.  And yes, I am blogging about it.  Because God knows very few others will.

Why on earth would I do this?  I keep reading about the importance of doing periodic colon cleansing when on a raw food diet to make the detoxifying process easier.  As you begin cleaning up your diet, your body tries to get rid of the trash.  Colon cleansing allows you to get the trash out more quickly so that your detox symptoms aren't as severe.  For any of you who have done a cleanse or cut a lot of processed foods out of your diet all at once, you feel like ass warmed over.  But, once you get over the hump, you feel so incredible, that you couldn't imagine going back to eating things that do so much harm to your body.  And eventually, processed food makes you sick.  Its like you body working in reverse.  You should be unable to tolerate processed foods, but your body becomes so addicted to them that they can't function without them.  When you start eating healthy, you detox.  Then, when your body starts to thrive on healthy, living foods, it beings to be intolerant to shit.  I'm all about being intolerant to shit and getting my shit together. For me personally, doing this is like a final farewell to foods that are not healthy for me.  Once you do something as hardcore as a colonic, you would really be cheating yourself to go out and eat a plate of wings. 

So starting today begins an epic green smoothie/green juice cleanse.  Only green juice and green smoothies.  This is going to be very difficult for me, especially given the work out regime I keep.  Then a series of three colonic appointments that start on Thursday evening.  You are going to get the details here people.  These blogs are not going to be for the weak.  Please send me lots of love over the next few weeks!  I am going to need a hell of a lot of it doing this cleanse.  Along with physical cleansing, often comes emotional detox, so I am trying to mentally prepare myself for a potential breakdown.   But I am opening my heart and my colon to this new learning experience. 

a.m.- green juice- carrots, beets, parsley
green smoothie- kale, bananas
green smoothie- spinach, pineapple, banana, orange juice
green smoothie- grapefruit, blood orange, cilantro

*I will probably need another smoothie today to sustain me through a long run, but not sure what that will be yet.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Day 1 Paleo Style

Nate did it!!! He turned down my mom's spaghetti and garlic bread!!!!  Go Nate!!!  I couldn't be more proud!

Here is what Nate's eating day looked like:
breakfast: coffee
lunch: raw Asian cole slaw and beef and pork
dinner: 2 grapefruit

manorexic much? 
But in his defense, he was running late this morning and didn't grab his planned breakfast of a Lara Bar and an apple.  I also have school tonight, so nobody really had dinner except the girls.

Here is my Day:
breakfast- smoothie with 1 grapefruit, 1 blood orange, squeeze of lemon juice, 4 oz water, 1 cup dandelion greens
lunch- Sun Warrior Protein shake (2 scoops of powder) in 8oz almond milk, blended with 3 frozen bananas, 1 tsp maca powder, 1 tbspn raw cacao, 2 tbsp gogi berries
Lara bar

dinner:  another Lara Bar
I would have normally tried to have some kind of salad for dinner, but class nights are a little insane. 

Enjoy and hopefully Kate Moss (Nate) will eat more tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sink or Swim Bitches

So I started a 30 day "Paleo Diet Challenge" with the lovely people at Cross Fit gym in Frasier (www.crossfitinspire.com).  This challenge is a little bit different for me since I am working diligently on cutting out meat, but is allowing me to clean up my raw act by focusing more on fruits and veggies and less on all of grain based raw foods and agave sweetened raw food. 

While cleaning up yesterday's kid mess off the living room floor, Nate found my Paleo packet info.  He didn't leaf through, but he did grunt something in a manly way when he picked it up.  Nate has horrible eczema and I have wanted him to try to go wheat/dairy/soy/sugar free for a long time to find out if he would see improvement.   Nate is a relatively healthy guy, but like all people who breathe, he loves pizza, hoagies, and other yummy fare.  So I posed the challenge to Nate in a very non-invasive psych major way (Grad school is finally paying off!!!).  He agreed to go Paleo for 30 days- fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, meats, and eggs.  I am so excited to see how things go for him!!!

As a selfish, health-conscious spouse, I can't even explain to you how stoked I am to have what little wheat and dairy we have left to phase out of my loved ones bodies and out of my home.  I love my family so much that I die just a little when I see Nate and the girls food that isn't up to my psychotic standards. 
So, here's tonight's dinner menu:
For Nate and the Girls
Organic, grass feed Chuck Steak
2 onions
Organic Beef broth
1/2 tsp Himalayan garlic salt
(in the crock pot for 3-4 hours on high, almost like french onion soup without the cheese and huge ass cruton)

Spinach salads with olive oil, avocado, and a pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt 

For me:
A "beefed" up version of the above salad
Spinach salad with peppers, avocado, onion, and cherry tomato. Mmmmmm...

So here we go.  I am hoping that divorce papers are not in my future and I am going to try to post what we eat to give you guys some ideas of what this lifestyle looks like for a busy family of four. 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

31 and Havin' Fun

Wow.  I am 31 years old today. 

Lucky for me, I embrace aging.  I have met way too many sexy 40-somethings to be afraid. 

I love it actually because I honestly feel that each year I get better.  Each year I improve.  A LOT.  I am WAY less annoying than I was in my teens and 20's and really have gotten my shit together.  I have an amazing husband, beautiful children, and a career path that I am more than passionate about.  I have decided where I want to go, who I want to spend my time/life with, and have an amazing family and support system who are with me along the way.  I have become more spiritual, more healthy, and more happy with age.  And the best part is:  I'M ONLY 31!!!

Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes!  I love each and every one of you and am so thankful for all of the fun and positivity you have brought and still bring to my life.  Not every day is sparkles and rainbows, but with friends and family like you, its pretty damn close. Lots of love to each of you and know you are always in my heart no matter how long its been!  Each person I have encountered has made my life special and added a sparkle that wasn't there before.  Some of you have even helped me bedazzle life turds!  Thanks!