Today began that start of my one day a week juice fast. To help ‘detox’ my body and give me fresh boost of energy, i decided to try and do one day out of my whole week as a juice fast. I choose one day as it would let me dedicate a whole day but I will also try in the future supplementing one meal, for example breakfast into a juice or smoothie meal. Try and pick a day that you wont be too busy on, or be doing too much exercise. You can still go about your normal day but the change in diet may be a bit new to your body and take a while to get used to.
Now, detox is a word that is thrown around too literally these days. All around the internet and womens magazines there are so called detoxes you can do to help you slim down, give you energy, etc etc! What I’m trying to see is whether particular juices (fruit and vegetable) are able to give you natural sources of energy and revitalise you without the need to add supplements.
I was given a blender when I left my previous job and I’ll be honest I never really had the chance to use it until three weeks ago. All of a sudden my life changed and quick healthy drinks on the go is now almost too easy. Not to mention being able to make soup!! So now both me and my partner are looking at using smoothies and juices as a way of both detoxing my body (again a term I use loosely), and on his part - to help absorb calories due to the amount of exercise and cardio he does at work and on a regular basis.
This morning was an experiment. So far we had tried a typical yummy sounding concoction of banana, porridge oats, honey, peanut butter and goats milk (we have to use goats milk as cows milk results in producing noxious gases for both of us, so in theory we’re just trying to reduce our carbon footprint). This had produced great results and tasted lovely but it wasn’t really giving us the nutrition that we were looking for. In my opinion, this was a great smoothie for him to have regularly as it piled on the calories but, for me it would only have to supplement a breakfast.
So, yesterday i went to Tescos and got a punnet of fresh raspberries (80p) and Strawberries (£1.16 both at reduced prices due to the limited shelf life) and a tub of greek yoghurt. I halved the punnets, washed and cut the fruit and popped it all into a blender. I added two tbsps of greek yoghurt and about a tbsp of oats to give it a thicker consistency. Sadly, I added water instead of milk and the consistency was a bit too runny for a smoothie - mental note for next time use milk!!! But the taste was there! Slightly bitter and quite rich because of the raspberries but very tasty!
Definitely trying that one again, next time maybe some blueberries to make a sort of mixed berry smoothie…
So having been in the Philippines for a few months now I’ve learnt that you can not eat out for meals. Except for the odd pizza, we always cook at home, and that’s where the best food is.
Georgie is coming to join me in less than two weeks and told me today that his friends keep telling him that Filipino food is rubbish.
Let me tell you know. The best food is in the home. If you have native friends or are invited in then join them. Don’t go to the shopping malls or cheap side carts selling ‘sisig’ because it’s not the nicest thing to eat.
What you want to do is go the market with a local and get all the meat, fish and vegetables fresh so you can cook it all later.
I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing it feels when I sit down at the table with my family and see lovingly prepared home cooked food. Much better than sitting in a noisy and crowded restaurant.
I can only wait for him to see. although, he has spent time at my home in England so he knows that not all Filipino food is bad. My mum is a great cook! I can’t wait for him to see what good living really is about. Watch this space. Loves x
The White Buffalo | “Sleepy Little Town” (The Living Room Sessions: Bonus Session) (by Ryan Truettner)
Card 1 (The World) : How you feel about yourself now »
You are about to reach, or are already enjoying, a period of total fulfilment, wholeness and satisfaction - the arrival of your hearts desires. You feel satisfied with what you have achieved and are enjoying the rewards of past efforts. A time of happy outcomes, material wealth and greater spiritual awareness.
Card 2 (The Tower) : What you most want at this moment »
The cards suggest that what you most want at this time is an easy solution to a problem. However in life, turmoil and upheaval often brings about change - just not quite as we would like it. Seize this opportunity of change as a chance for a new beginning. You may want to move home but will be experiencing setbacks.
Card 3 (Temperance) : Your fears »
You are afraid that this period of harmony in your relationship or life in general is not going to last. Perhaps you are afraid a rival is going to cause conflict or already is and threatens to upset the peace and tranquillity you are enjoying. Any quarrels will be short lived so just try and enjoy the moment for what it is. If life is not joyful and tranquil at the moment you may fear that it never will be, take heart and be patient and life will soon have a sense of normality again.
Card 4 (Death) : What is going for you »
A time of absolute endings and brand new beginnings, your life is going through a period of great transformation. Whilst it may be difficult or even painful you will pull through. You will be free for a brand new phase in your life.
Card 5 (Wheel Of Fortune) : What is going against you »
A run of bad luck here, perhaps already evident or certainly signs that things are not going your way. The responsibility of important decisions weigh heavy with you where there are choices to make. Trust your intuition, and even if you have to make the painful decision to give up something in order to move on, then have the courage to do it. Trust that The Wheel of Fortune constantly turns and whilst it may be against you at the moment it will in time turn and bring you good fortune.
Card 6 (The Fool) : Outcome » This is your Personal Court Card ( - what’s this? - )
Open your mind and soul to new possibilities this is a time to realise your full potential, follow your instincts and act on your hunches. A time for spontaneity, fun and surprises. However, be mindful of being too impulsive - your decisions should be based on experience and knowledge of self.
Today, I did a tarot card reading as I have been trying to get out of this little funk I’ve been in… slowly I’ve gotten back into the swing of things and am feeling like myself again. So here we go:
The Hierophant - The Past
The Hierophant Tarot card indicates that you may feel compelled to join some sort of group or institution. It may be as significant as joining a new church or religious group, or as simple as joining a gym. This Tarot card is about identifying with a group and a way of thinking that will have benefit for you and will prompt further learning. The Hierophant Tarot card represents an institutionalised means for accessing the sacred and is the carrier and transmitter of ancient wisdom and religious teaching. He represents a link between us and the Divine and, for this reason, he is often referred to as the Pope. The role of the Pope is traditionally that of the mediator between God and mankind. As such, the Hierophant represents the spiritual teacher who helps us come into contact with the Divine. In Tarot readings, the Hierophant card often stands for institutions and their values. The Hierophant is a symbol of the need to conform to rules or fixed situations. His appearance can show that you are dealing with a force that is not innovative, free-spirited or individual but is instead fixated on the ‘way we have always done things around here’. Groups can be enriching or stifling depending on circumstances. Sometimes we need to follow a program or embrace tradition, while at other times we need to trust ourselves.
The Fool - The Present
The Fool is shown at the beginning of his journey with unlimited potential. The sun rising up behind him represents the beginning of his journey. He is facing north-west, the direction of the unknown. He is looking upwards, toward the sky, or Spirit. He is about to step off a cliff into the material world but is he prepared? He has all the tools and resources he needs in the bag on his staff but he has not opened the bag yet. The white rose in his left hand represents purity and innocence. He has a guardian in the little white dog who will protect him throughout his journey but who will also push him to learn the lessons the Fool came here to learn. The mountains behind the Fool represent the realms of Spirit that he has just left and will spend his life trying to regain.
Justice - The Future
The Justice card also indicates a time when decision-making is required. Something in your life needs attention, mediation or a solution. Look to the two cards lying on either side of the Justice card to understand what it is that you are weighing up in your decision-making. As you contemplate your decision, are you the person to pass judgment, or is your role to accept the decision that is made? How can you remain as objective as possible, whilst searching for the truth of the matter? It is an important time for your ‘inner umpire’ (i.e. your conscience) to make the ‘right’ decision. Balanced judgement exists.
Justice represents a conscious awareness that your decisions and actions have long-term consequences and your present and future circumstances are most likely a result of these decisions and actions. At the same time, Justice shows that your actions in the future can be changed by a lesson learned in the present situation. You cannot become honest without extending that honesty to yourself and others.
Justice reflects the search for truth. You need to know and speak the truth and perceive it in the words and deeds of others. Be fair and just with all and you will soon be able to detect dishonesty in yourself and others. Learn the rules that govern what you are involved with. This is a time to remain objective and to base your judgement on fact and not on heresay.
I had a really deep and intense meditation over the weekend. I was disturbed during it which sent a sharp and painful shot through my arm that I was unable to shake off for several hours. Since then, I have been feeling very low and exhausted. My sleep has been confusing and disturbed but the most significant change was my mental state. Now usually I am a very calm and quite positive person, very few things affect me deeply. but this week, I have been left in a very complicated ‘funk’!! All I can say is that my stress levels are all over the place and I find myself in situations that usually I wouldn’t let affect me but recently it has been very disorientating and left me feeling anxious and agitated. Now there are other contributing factors as it is a stressful time at work and there is a lot going on in my personal life - so these have put more pressure on me. However, it has only been this evening where I have felt more myself. I seem to have snapped out of it and I find talking to people they have noticed a change in me. I can feel myself slowing down again and during my past couple of meditations I can feel how much my body had sped up both physically and mentally. we’ll see how it plays out in the next few days but I’m exhausted from the tension my body has had to endure and I seem to have become increasingly sensitive to temperature. If anyone has any advice or information then please let me know :) In the mean time, this song has helped boost a smile on my face!!
Michael Franti - “Nobody Right Nobody Wrong” Live at WTMD (by WTMD897)