Thursday – moon day and runny nose!!

Both full and new moon days are observed as yoga holidays in the Ashtanga Yoga tradition. What is the reasoning behind this?

Like all things of a watery nature (human beings are about 70% water), we are affected by the phases of the moon. The phases of the moon are determined by the moon’s relative position to the sun. Full moons occur when they are in opposition and new moons when they are in conjunction. Both sun and moon exert a gravitational pull on the earth. Their relative positions create different energetic experiences that can be compared to the breath cycle. The full moon energy corresponds to the end of inhalation when the force of prana is greatest. This is an expansive, upward moving force that makes us feel energetic and emotional, but not well grounded. The Upanishads state that the main prana lives in the head. During the full moon we tend to be more headstrong.

The new moon energy corresponds to the end of exhalation when the force of apana is greatest. Apana is a contracting, downward moving force that makes us feel calm and grounded, but dense and disinclined towards physical exertion.

Practicing Ashtanga Yoga over time makes us more attuned to natural cycles. Observing moon days is one way to recognize and honor the rhythms of nature so we can live in greater harmony with it.

So as today is a full moon day there will be no yoga practice for me which I am actually quite relieved about as I have had a constantly runny nose and have been sneezing solidly for the last 24 hours. I very rarely suffer from colds so I am assuming that this is just a detox symptom from all the juicing I have been doing over the last few weeks. I feel ok otherwise but am heeding my bodies attempts to clean house and staying relatively inactive today. As I have a tonne of work to do getting my ‘sizzling, sexy and healthy summer’ challenge up and running it is an opportune time to sit and work at the PC. This mornings’ clients cancelled and I don’t have to go out until this evening so I am sat sniffing and sneezing in the office!!

Today’s food and juices have/will be:-

Orange, grapefruit, celery and spinach juice

Orange, grapefruit and apple

1/2 honeydew melon

1/2 pineapple

small bowl of strawberries

Orange, grapefruit and japanese mustard greens juice – (not sure what this one will be like but a client gave me a bunch of japanese mustard greens last night. They are hot, hot, hot and no-one in her house will eat them. I love them as they have a real kick and I am hoping that they may be just what my runny nose needs to push it all out – sorry if that is too much information!!)

Today’s exercise:-

Zippo………..

I am hoping that my runny nose situation will be gone tomorrow as I need to start putting together the workouts for my ‘sizzling, sexy and healthy summer’ challenge and that means not only going through all the workouts to make sure they are appropriate but also photographing all the exercises, which could potentially be a long job if I am constantly blowing my nose!!!

Thanks for reading……..

Wednesday – juices, dates and summer madness

Still mainly juicing but am now eating a little fruit as well…..and also some dates. I think I may have mentioned in the past how yummy medjool dates are. I am convinced that they are mother natures answer to confectionary as they taste like soft toffee to me. So, so scrummy. I went to get some flour out of a cupboard to make hubby a pie for lunch and there were four lonely little dates sitting there looking at me. What could I do???

Now those observant ones of you would have noticed that I just said that I made hubby a pie for his lunch. He doesn’t share my dietary choices and that is fine by me. He doesn’t eat processed foods, bread, pasta, pre-prepared foods – you get the picture, so although he has his grub cooked he still eats a really healthy diet  – it just isn’t raw like mine.

Although the sun has now retired back to wherever it goes to when it isn’t shining here, I am still living in hope that it will make a grand return and stick around for the rest of the summer. Over at my website The Fit Option we are gearing up to make the most of the summer sun when it does dane to reappear and will be kicking of a ‘sizzling, sexy and healthy summer challenge‘ in the next few weeks. I’ll be posting regular updates as it takes shape but it should be fun and have us all looking our best in time for our summer hols.

Today’s food/juices have been:-

Orange, grapefruit, celery and spinach juice

Orange, apple and grapefruit juice

1/2 pineapple and some strawberries

4 medjool dates

1/2 honeydew melon

Today’s exercise has been:-

90 min ashtanga yoga class

Thanks for reading………………

Monday – Camping and cloud gazing……

The weekend was glorious with back to back sunshine. Camping was good fun and we came back feeling as though we had been away for longer than just a night – result. I spent the rest of sunday laying in the garden indulging in a spot of cloud gazing. Bliss.

Back to juicing today with some fruit as well and I think I will continue this way for the next week or so maybe two and see how it goes.

Weight this morning was 129lbs – total lost so far 8lbs

Todays juice/fruit has been:-

Orange, grapefruit, celery and spinach

Orange, apple and grapefruit

Carrot, cucumber, apple, spinach and lime

1/2 pineapple

handful of strawberries

Exercise today has been:-

1 hour interval training with client

45 minute ashtanga yoga self practice (outside – whoo hoo…..)

I didn’t do very much exercise at the weekend, only a short yoga practice on saturday so hope to make up for it this week.

Thanks for reading………………….

Friday – Juice feasting day 12

Yippee…….its friday and I have now finished up for the weekend. I am planning on breaking my juice feast for this weekend as we are off camping tomorrow to make the most of the glorious weather and I don’t want to be dragging my juicer along for the trip as well. So, I will be eating lightly – mainly salads and fruit and then hopefully get back on the juice feast wagon when we get home on sunday.

Juices today have been/will be:-

Orange, grapefruit, celery and spinach.

Orange, grapefruit and apple.

Orange, apple and blueberry.

Carrot, apple, cucumber, spinach and lime

Exercise today has been:-

90 min self practice ashtanga yoga.

How I feel today:-

Tired, my yoga practice was a little half hearted as a result!! All my energy has upped and left me today but I plan on having a relaxing weekend recupperating and generally chilling so I’m sure it will be back……

Thanks for reading, happy juicing……………

Wednesday – Juice feasting day 10 and sun….

Hey, hey the sun has finally made its way to my part of the world and the next week or so looks set to be full of glorious sunny weather, so I am in my element. I love, love, love the sun and can’t get enough of it so sitting here at the computer is not so good as I would much rather be outside. Warm weather also makes it incredibly easy to be juice feasting or to eat a raw diet. I never crave heavy foods when the sun is out and am quite content to eat lots of fruit and greens and pretty much nothing else when the weather is so good – really do need to move somewhere hotter again and then my life as a raw foodie would be sooooo easy…….

Juices today have/will be:-

Orange, grapefruit, celery and spinach.

Orange, grapefruit and apple.

Orange, grapefruit, cucumber, spinach and wild garlic (4 oranges, 1 red grapefruit, 1/2 cucumber, 2 big handfuls of spinach from the garden, 6 wild garlic leaves) – this was really refreshing with just a hint of garlic. I drunk it whilst we sat and ate luch al fresco. Perfect.

Pineapple, mango and blueberries.

Exercise today has been:-

90 ashtanga yoga class

How I feel today:-

Its getting boring keep saying how great I feel but I really do feel good. Loads of energy, lots of positive vibes and just generally zinning (is that a word???)…….

Thanks for reading, happy juicing………………………

Tuesday – Juice feasting day 9

Day 9 already and it is surprising how my cravings have now changed from food to juice. I can’t get enough of pineapple juice at the moment and it is all I am thinking about. I am trying to limit it as it is important to drink enough vegetable juices and especially green juices as well. I save my pineapple juice for the last one of the day and so it feels like a reward and is even more delicious than I had imagined……..

Juices today have been/will be:-

Orange, grapefruit, celery and spinach

Orange, grapefruit and apple

Carrot, apple, cucumber, spinach and lime

Pineapple, mango and blueberry

I received my veggie box today with a load of wild garlic leaves. I am going to juice these with some grapefruit tomorrow and see how that tastes.

Exercise today has been:-

Ashtanga yoga self practice x 90 minutes

Gardening x 2 hours

How I feel today:-

Feeling good, lots of energy, light and happy. Feel like I am in ‘the groove’ with the feasting, it feels very easy. Am also glad that the sun has finally made an appearance and it is almost, quite possibly, if you shut one eye and squint, feeling like summer…….

Thanks for reading and happy juicing……..

Monday – Juice feasting day 8

The weekend went well and the juice feast continues. Basically my juices seem to have fallen into a set pattern and I am having the same everyday with the odd variation here and there. I had more orange based ones on Sunday as we were out for much of the day and they travel better than the others and last for longer.

Exercise over the weekend was :- gardening on saturday – digging over a new flower bed so pretty strenuous!! and a bike ride and yoga on Sunday.

Weight this morning was 132lbs – total lost so far 5lbs

Juices today have/will be:-

Orange, grapefruit, celery and spinach (4 oranges, 1 pink grapefruit, 6 sticks celery and 200g spinach)

Orange, apple and grapefruit (4 oranges, 1 pink grapefruit and 2 apples)

Carrot, apple, cucumber, spinach and lime (3 carrots, 3 apples, 100g spinach, 1/2 cucumber and 1 lime)

Pineapple, mango, kiwi and blueberry (1 pineapple, 1 mango, 2 kiwis handful blueberries)

Exercise today has been:-

Interval training with client x 1 hour

Full ashtanga yoga self practice x 90 mins

How I feel today:-

Really pleased to be on day 8 of a juice feast – something of a first for me. Also pleased that some of my ‘winter weight’ is finally coming off. Still have lots of energy and a lovely calm and mellow feeling.

Thanks for reading, happy juicing…………….

Friday – day 5 and juicing on the run…..

Busy day today so I had to make sure I was well prepared which meant making 3 juices up first thing. One to drink for breakfast and the other two to take with me. I made orange based ones to take with me as I find these last best. I should have taken a cool bag as it was quite warm today and so the juices were in danger of fermenting in the heat of the car but luckily I just about got away with it.

The dreaded ‘cravings’ appeared for the first time today. I think they may have been triggered by the fact that it is Friday – end of the week and so thoughts and emotions stray into the ‘I need a treat because its the weekend’ territory. Thankfully I stayed focused and my trip to Tesco to stock up for the weekend was very short and quick – head down and don’t anyone get in my way type shop!!

Back home now and I think I have them under control and I am now winding down and thinking about the two glorious days ahead with no work and the promise of perhaps a little sun…..

A quick duck update – our pair have definately given up all pretence of hatching out any ducklings this year and can now be found generally mooching around the garden, snoozing or waiting to be fed. They are getting braver and one had obviously been in the conservatory today as when I got back there was a duck poo on the window ledge and hubbies walking boots. I know it was a duck as they had stepped in said poo and left a very distinguishing foot print all over the floor. Oh the joys of country life…….

Juices today have/will be:-

Orange, grapefruit, celery and spinach (4 oranges, 1 grapefruit, 5 sticks celery, 200g spinach)

Orange, grapefruit and apple (4 oranges, 1 grapefruit and 2 apples)

Orange, apple and raspberry (4 oranges, 2 apples, 125g raspberries)

Carrot, apple, cucumber, spinach and lime (3 carrots, 3 apples, 1/3 cucumber, 100g spinach and 1 lime)

Exercise today has been:-

90 min ashtanga yoga self practice

How I am feeling today:-

Woke up feeling ok, bit of a runny nose but oil pulling sorted that out. Still got bags of energy and feeling mellow and chilled. Yoga practice is benefitting from all the juices as I feel more flexible and am getting deeper into postures. Its all good…..

Thanks for reading and happy juicing…….

Thursday – Juice feasting day 4 and cravings

Day 4 and so far so good as far as cravings for solid food go. It’s always been my downfall on past attempts to juice feast that by this many days in even the sight of a stick of celery will have me a salivating wreak and holding up my arms in defeat. Not so this time though, which I will take as a sign that the stars, moon and sun are all aligned in my favour that now is the right time for me to be doing this!!

I am gradually increasing my intake of juices and haven’t felt hungry at all yet so all is good in my juice world.

Juices today have/will be:-

Orange, grapefruit, celery and spinach (4 oranges, 1 grapefruit, 5 sticks of celery and 200g spinach)

Orange, apple and grapefruit (4 oranges, 1 grapefruit and 2 apples)

Apple, carrot, cucumber, spinach and lime (3 apples, 3 carrots, 1/3 cucumber, 100g spinach and 1 lime)

Pineapple, mango, kiwi and blueberry ( 1 pineapple, 1 mango, 2 kiwis and a handful of blueberries)

Exercise today has been:-

90 min ashtanga yoga self practice with 2 friends

How I am feeling today:-

I woke feeling a bit sick and very tired but within 1/2 hour I was feeling fine and like yesterday am now experiencing a lot of energy, which helped with a very focussed yoga class today!! Feeling very positive and have lots of happy hormones rushing around!!

Thanks for reading and happy juicing………

Wednesday – Juice feast day 3 and weight!!!!

One of the reasons I wanted to do a juice feast was to……..dare I say it……..but to lose weight. I find that over the winter months I tend to be on the heavier side and certainly this winter I seem to have put on more weight than usual.

I don’t think that there is any problem with laying down a little extra weight over the colder months of the year especially when you live in more northern climates and even more especially when the winter you have just experienced has been exceptionally cold, snowy and long…….but, I think that in my determination to stay raw this winter I have turned towards denser, heavier, more nut based foods and that has had an effect on my waist line for sure.

So, no more nut based breads, pizzas and cakes for a while until I get back to my slimmer, lighter and more clothes friendly weight!!!!!

I guess that is the next question – what is this weight???? Well, when I am eating a good, clean raw diet (i.e. low on the nuts!!) then my weight naturally falls around 125lbs. At the start of this juice feast I weighed in at 137lbs so I have about 12lbs to drop to be back at my preferred weight. I say preferred weight as this is my own personal view point and I don’t really go by the charts and general recommendations as I think we are all different. I function well at 125lbs and I look ok at that weight, I certainly don’t look too skinny.

I have included the quantities that I have used in each juice today so you can get an idea of how much produce I am juicing.

Juices today have/will be:-

Orange, grapefruit, celery and spinach (4 oranges, 1 red grapefruit, 5 large sticks of celery and 200g spinach)

Orange, grapefruit and apple (4 oranges, 1 red grapefruit and 2 apples)

Carrot, apple, cucumber and lime (2 carrots, 2 apples, 1/4 cucumber and 1 lime) x 2 – this was a really yummy juice and so I went back for seconds. (Annie you will like this one!!)

Blueberries, mango, kiwi and pineapple (1 pineapple, 1 mango, 1 kiwi fruit and a handful of blueberries)

Exercise today has been:-

90 min ashtanga yoga class

How I am feeling today:-

I woke up with a bit of a headache and a runny nose but both were gone after being up for about 1/2 an hour. I have a big amount of energy today (positively bouncing – like Tigger in Winnie the Pooh!!) which is really good and am feeling very happy and positive. The ‘feel good’ factor that I always get when I really strip my diet back to the basics is definately kicking in whoo hoo…….

Thanks for reading and happy juicing…….