Addiction

What a fabulous post title, right?!? 😉

I decided to keep it nice and simple.  No frills.  No cutesy talk.  I’m feeling blah right now.  I would like to attribute my blah feelings (general malaise, really) to the high pollen count and my allergies, but really…truth be told…I am coming off of chocolate.  And not very gracefully.  I am imagining a drug addict in my mind right now–someone so desperate for a hit of their favorite X,Y,Z…

My latest “fix” has been Lindt Milk Chocolate.  It is soooooo creamy, smooth, and satisfying.  A very dear, well-meaning friend gifted me with a bar for V-Day, and well…since I have been wallowing in my single hood and not dealing with my recent break-up adequately, I inhaled the bar in two days.  A bar has about 24 small rectangles?  I  never actually stopped, unwrapped, and counted…but it is a good estimate.

Oh lordy.  This stuff IS classic!  Yummmmo!

Oh lordy. This stuff IS classic! Yummmmo!

Today after work, I sat in my “office” 🙂 and thought about chocolate.  I thought about it soothing me and comforting me.  I thought about a few mini Lindt rectangles melting on my tongue and fully inhaling the flavor of the chocolate.  Mmm.  I digress.  I told myself YESTERDAY that I am going to quit cold turkey this time and there would be no “weaning myself off of” the creamy decadence.  *sigh*   I have battled chocolate addiction in my past and have conquered it.  (It’s odd that I’m drawn to the milk varieties lately–I’m usually a 70% dark chocolate kind-of-gal…)  I know many people have chocolate daily, but for me—at this point in time, I have realized that I am wanting to use it as a crutch and an emotional comfort.  No bueno.  So, the solution is to remove it from my diet for a while, deal with my emotions, and then…re-introduce it in the future. 🙂

This, too, shall pass.  Alleluiaaaa.

I WANT CHOCOLATE!~!~!~ 😕

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” –Charles M. Schulz

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February 24, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , . 2014, Health. 1 comment.

Miessence and Me

Well, you know I am always doing my best to incorporate healthy foods into my diet and treat my body right.  Welllll, okay.  Not all the time. 😉

I have been feeling kind of blah and haven’t been fueling my body with the best foods available to me.  Stress= CHOCOLATE!  Loneliness=COOKIES!   Occasional boredom=MORE CHOCOLATE!   I know that I need to get my eating habits cleaned-up once again. Sometimes my diet is so pure and I feel like a rockstar, other times I let my diet sink into a trash-can-sort-of-state and I feel like a roly poly.

I, as many people know, used to be (key words there…) a raw foodist.  Even though I am not a hardcore raw foodist these days, I still keep up with certain websites and friendships I’ve developed.  Anyway, I have a great friend (whom I’ve never met) 😉 in the Philippines and she always sends me information about new products/retreats/etc. that she hears about through her work if she thinks I might be interested.

So, to make this long blog shorter…she got me in contact with a woman here in the states who sells certified organic health supplements from Australia. Oh, the world is so small now! http://kvorganics.mionegroup.com/products/productDetail.jsf?item=15101

I contacted the woman, Lacey Swartz and she sent me three samples.  After using InLiven and Deep Green (two of the products) for a month, I noticed a few things:

1)  I do feel better.  Who knows if this is the placebo effect or not.  I am fine with it being either way, since how I feel is most important       to me.

2)  After using InLiven, I would have to go to the bathroom a lot.  I honestly think it’s because it has organic spirulina in it and I know spirulina always makes me go to the bathroom a lot.  (I’m talking every 20 minutes…)  Haha.  It’s supposed to be really healthy for people and regulates body fluid levels by removing excess fluid.  I guess I am just soooo full of excess body fluid whenever I consume it.

3)  Deep Green has a strong “green” taste, so I found that when I mixed it with cacao or carob it was muuuch better! 😀 It is alkalizing for the body because it has a bunch of different greens in it and I found that I felt really clean after I consumed it.

Both of these powders do have their own “green”  flavor, so I enjoyed them a lot more when I added them to my banana/green  smoothies.  They go really well with bananas.  I got three samples:  InLiven, Berry Radical, and Deep Green.  I will write about Berry Radical next time.  ^-^  So far, so good.  I really like the products because they make me feel healthy.  Lately, my diet hasn’t been where I would necessarily *like* it to be, so these powders are a super easy way for me to get heaps of nutrients into my diet while eating less clean than desired.  Oh yah!

Here’s an oldie, but goodie:

“The wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings. Let food be your medicine.” –Hippocrates

June 7, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . 2012, Health, RAW!!!!, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Laryngitis? Me? Never! Well… now, I guess. :-?

I started my Student Teaching seminar in late August and since then I have been sick four times.  UGH.  What is UP  (or should I say down?) with my immune system??!   I have had three sinus infections (gee…am I experiencing deja vu???)  and now, I have laryngitis. 😮 Seriously?  I have never had laryngitis before.  It’s kind of a tricky illness.  My body isn’t achy…I *am* tired…but the main trouble of this illness is my very sore *sore* =ouch=pain=discomfort=tightness=no bueno throat and lots of pain when I swallow…a pesky cough that is often phlegmy when it wants to be (Oh, I know…TMI)…and well, a raspy voice that cuts in and out.  Reeeaaaaalllly weird.  You know?  I will start to talk (which, I KNOW I’m not supposed to be talking) and I will feel as though I’m speaking normally but not a whole lot comes out. 😦 Boo hoo hooooo.  I can’t talk!~!~!~!~  What a frightening experience.  I mean, Imma be a teacherrrrr.  Teachers need to do quite a bit of talking…Ay yie yie. 😦

Then of course I am thinking paranoid thoughts and am caught up on this girl I encountered while I was working as a Site Coordinator for a Parks and Recreation office years ago.  She and her fiance were getting married at one of my park sites in town.  Well.  I had never talked with her, only her mother.  Her mother, however, informed me that her daughter had a vocal cord disorder and couldn’t speak normally.  I was on-site during their marriage ceremony and could hear the girl talking into a microphone and it sounded like she had laryngitis!!! But,  laryngitis every day of your life?!?!?!?  How frightening.  It sounded as though she was fighting to get words out.  Lord.  Please don’t let that happen to me.  Amen.  <–Quick little prayer.  Say it with me–Amen!  Oh my goodness.

Oh, this poor woman from the '40s suffered just like I am. I feel ya sista'.

I need to kick this laryngitis stuff in the tushy.  Acute laryngitis lasts for three days or less.  This is Day Two for me.  Cross your fingers that the constant, nonstop warm ginger-lemon-honey tea I’m drinking will cure me.  Today is Sunday.  Lemme break my laryngitis experience down for y’all in case you’re ever in a similar situation:

Tuesday night:  TERRIBLE throat pain when I laid down in bed to go to sleep.

Wednesday: Woke up in total body pain (very flu-like feeling ) and a sore throat…body pain subsided after I was up for 1 hour.  Sucked on cough drops throughout the day and took DayQuil.

Thursday: Major throat pain when I swallowed…cough drops did NOT help the pain.

Friday afternoon, I came home from work and discovered I had a “sexy” hoarseness…raspy but,  my voice was still steady and fluid.

Friday night, my voice continued to get worse and worse, raspier and raspier…

Saturday: Tada!  I woke up with laryngitis!!! :-/   Very raspy, broken cough, too. Pain in throat=no bueno and I felt tired and weak.   I was home alone and so ended up making myself some chicken broth, vegetable porridge. Very healing. xoxo  However, I had to go to the dreaded Win-Co grocery store for ingredients and that probably stressed my body out so much that I backslid…just sayin’…that place is especially kuh-ray-zee because Thanksgiving is coming up.

Sunday: (*Today…)  It continues…and ooh~~today I am soooo phlegmy…icky icky icky.

Gots ta stay healthy!

I found this one quote on laryngitis… why not?  I prolly DO need to do some more listening…BUT it’s not my fault that I talk a lot!~!~!  I HAVE TO!!! I’m a kindergarten student teacher.

“Skillful listening is the best remedy for loneliness, loquaciousness, and laryngitis.” —William Arthur Ward

November 20, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , . Health, High Desert Life, Uncategorized. 2 comments.

…Back to the Gym :-o

I have finally taken it upon myself to go BACK TO THE GYM!!!! YAYAYAY! ((insert hoorahs and clapping sounds here)) :mrgreen:

I decided to go to the 24 Hour Fitness near my home since they have a special deal for students and well, that’d be me! Plus, it’s close (5 minute drive). Plus plus, they have a pool, etc., etc. (It’s very ooh la la).

My first time was yesterday. Now, *usually* the way it works is a fitness center will offer a person a “Free 7-day Pass,” right? 24 Hour was so packed yesterday when I went in at 10:30 a.m. that all five of its Membership Reps were helping other people. But, the girl at the front desk was really cool about it and said, “Well, go workout first and then come back and you can talk with someone.” 🙂 So, that’s what I did. However, when I was finished, all five of them were still swamped and talking with people AND there were more people waiting in line to speak with a Rep! ❗ I guess everyone else in the High Desert had the same thought as me, The time to start working out is: NOW! <—I suppose. 😕 So, instead of waiting around, I just walked out. 😆

Take Two: I went back today, earlier–a whole 30 minutes earlier. 😀 And well, there was only one Membership Rep and she was helping someone else so a different yet equally cool Front Desk gal told me to workout first and then go and talk with the Rep. Welllll, after my workout the Rep was on the phone and then started helping people who were waiting before me. Soooo, I said to the gal, “Welll, I’ll just come back tomorrow and talk with someone.” She smiled and said, “Sure!” while waving me on my merry way. So, off I went.

I am figuring that this scenario could potentially continue for a good month. HAHAHAHAHA 😆

Actually, I’m figuring that if I hadn’t even told the gals that I was there to speak with a Membership Rep, I could have just “slid by” between the people I was walking in with both times. 😆 Not that *I* would DO SUCH A THING!*!*!*!* Just sayin’.

On a more informative note…this 24 Hour has all the newest, fancy schmancy gym equipment around! I should take some pics…everything is very sleek and very 22nd Century! 😆

Being back in a co-ed, HUGE gym has brought on a slight feeling of culture shock, though. I had forgotten about all of the “buff dudes” who pump iron for hours and waddle around the gym with their duck gaits. Before going to Korea I’d had a membership at Total Women Gym and Day Spa for years…so being around so many guys while working out is kind of trippy. Just different, I s’pose. And my gyms in Korea were always really old, (but cheap!) dilapidated places where only elderly people and I would work out. 😆

I shall see. I suppose I’ll go back tomorrow and see what happens.

“I think I might skip the gym membership and buy a Bosu Ball.” –Yours Truly *^_^*

June 21, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . Health, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Going Within

My mother used to tell me, “Stop chasing after an answer and go within.”

You see…I used to be quite the Guru-(cough, cough) chaser. Yah. I am not proud of it, but that’s how I USED TO be…

My obsession with gurus, and seeking and finding my *truth* began in college. Sophomore year. I don’t know what it was…I suppose the planets aligned “just so…” to make me start feeling a longing…a deep question from within that I felt I needed major answers to.

Golly gee, there’s been so many gurus (and one cult) that I followed, read books by, and attended seminars with that I probably couldn’t recount them all in a tidy laundry list here and now. Perhaps that should be my goal for my next blog? 🙂

Anyhoo, what has gotten me thinking about all of them and how I USED TO be (key wordssss) 😀 are all of the email newsletter lists I still subscribe to from so many people touting ideas for X, Y, and Z. And ya know, I don’t think I need any more ideas about X, Y, or Z, let alone P, Q or R nowadays. I am hunky dory about going along life’s meandering trail without their help, ideas, musings, etc.

So, what did I do this beautifully HOT morning up in California’s High Desert?? I UN-subscribed to a dozen (at least) email newsletters!!! And what a HUGE weight I released off of my shoulders! It’s amazing how E-junk can weigh me down just as easily as REAL, PHYSICAL, ACTUAL Junk in the Real World (JRW) . Ya know?

I’m glad something hit me this morning and made me understand that everything I need *IS* within me. Just think…all these years…mom WAS right. *sigh*

And if you DO want to know more, feel more, be more, see more (OK, I’ll stop being so sibyllic…) then GO WITHIN and start meditating/praying/staring at candles<–not joking…those practices will all help you get to a higher state of mind. 😀

“Because our entire universe is made up of consciousness, we never really experience the universe directly we just experience our consciousness of the universe, our perception of it, so right, our only universe is perception.” –Alan Moore

June 14, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Health, High Desert Life, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Gluten-Free Folly…

So hooray for me I was introduced to a health food store in the High Desert that sells TONS of gluten-free options! YAYAY. I was sooooo excited when I saw it. A beacon in the night. Oh, my heart skipped a beat. It was love. And it was SO much bigger and nicer inside than I thought it would be! I mean, where I’m living now…there’s no Trader Joe’s. There’s no Whole
Foods. 😦 But! We have BJ’s!!! 🙂 I’ll write the contact info for this place in Victorville at the bottom of this post. Hey–I’m here to help.

I was greeted by a very friendly employee named Eric who was terribly HELPFUL! He gave me a tour of the store’s gluten-free products! How sweet! And the store has everything gluten-free very clearly marked, which made my shopping über-easy.

This is what I bought:

So disappointing. :*(

Yah, so I bought these and ripped into them right when I got into my car since I was sooooo excited to be eating GLUTEN-FREE cookies. WELL, my excitement was quickly extinguished when I bit into one. BLECH. BARF. BLAH. This company missed the mark. Like, they were aiming for ___here____  but they ended up landing

all

the………………..way………………….

over……………………………………………………..______here______.

They used SORGHUM FLOUR (aka, Milo flour) which is *supposed to* have NO FLAVOR/TASTE…so I’m figuring the cookies’ sweetness tasted “off” to me because they used grape, apple and pear juice concentrates as well as date paste and brown sugar puree. That’s a lot of different “sweet stuff,” isn’t it? They also put in some rosemary extract…for what? I didn’t taste that in the cookies but the sweetness was not normal. It tasted kind of chemically, actually. Not normal. Not like normal sugary sweet. It could be from all of those fruit juice concentrates. Who knows? This brand is ICK. PASS!!!!! I’ll pass, thank yew ver-y much.

Here it is next to a Burt's Bees container. ^-^ They're small cookies...but thick and ICK anyway!

BJ’s HEALTH FOODS
12125 Balsam Road (at the corner of Bear Valley)
Victorville, CA 92395
760-955-6789  <—call them ’cause I know they have more locations. 😀

I definitely recommend BJ’s to ANYONE who is interested in Health Products, though. They have RAW stuff…good, organic produce…and a great staff. ^-^ Cheers!

“Why bother eating pre-packaged, ‘gluten-free’ breads and desserts that taste like toxic poison when I can make my own stellar, RAW breads and desserts? It’s a no-brainer!!!” —CT…who else?!

February 1, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Health, High Desert Life, RAW!!!!, Reviews of Stuff!, Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Self-torture

It’s 2011.  I know you know this.  And I have made many a resolution, OF COURSE! Because I am CT and that’s what I DO. I make resolutions and lots of ’em. Heh Heh. Usually at least 14 or so. No. Just jokin’.  Seven is my average. And I usually end up keeping about four or five of them. Not bad, eh?  🙂 I say, the more I make, the more I’ll keep. It’s an interesting strategy. Give it a go for yourself and let me know how it works out for you. 😀

So, I learned that I have a wheat allergy three years ago. WOW. Time freakin’ flies when I’m getting health diagnoses… I spent hundreds of dollars for all of this fancy allergy testing (blood/skin pricking/urine/breath/hair/cell) I’m just being a dork about half of the tests…but my point is that it was very in-depth testing. 🙂 And expensive and performed at an actual hospital. Because I *thought* I had an ALMOND allergy (when I nearly went into anaphylactic shock one night in Korea…all I could peg it to were some almonds I’d eaten). Well, to my dismay…sort of…I was informed that no, I didn’t (don’t) have an almond allergy but rather I’m allergic to PEANUTS and WHEAT. Sighhhhhhh. I don’t think any person (EVER) wants to be told s/he’s allergic to wheat. What does that mean for lil’ ol’ me?

I CANNOT EAT ANY OF THESE FOODS ANYMORE.  Please::::call in 1,000,000,000,000,000 people to sit and cry with me for a very long time.

  • Bagels
  • Biscuits
  • Bread
  • Bread crumbs
  • Breaded anything
  • Bread pudding
  • Cake
  • Cereal
  • Croissants
  • Cookies
  • Crackers
  • Croutons
  • Doughnuts
  • Dumplings
  • Flour
  • Flour tortillas
  • Fried vegetables
  • Graham crackers
  • Veggie burger buns
  • Smart Dogs!!! Whaaaa? Sucks. They use wheat gluten to make fake hot dogs…  😦
  • Ice cream cones
  • Macaroni
  • Melba toast
  • Muffins
  • Noodles
  • Pancakes ❗
  • Pasta
  • Pastries
  • Pie crusts
  • Pizza crust
  • Pretzels
  • Rolls
  • Spaghetti
  • Stuffing
  • Tabbouleh
  • Waffles ❗
  • …and now for some shockers…
  • Beer
  • Beverage mixes
  • Candy (but many candies are gluten-free, so I need to read labels)
  • Canned baked beans
  • Packaged cereals, even corn cereals
  • Commercially prepared broth
  • Commercially prepared chocolate milk
  • Commercially prepared soup
  • Custard
  • Fruit fillings
  • Gravy
  • Gum:!:
  • Ice cream
  • Non-dairy creamer
  • Potato chips
  • Pudding
  • Root beer
  • Syrups
  • Salad dressing
  • Soy sauce
  • Vegetables with commercially prepared sauces

What am I to do? I don’t like this one bit. I KNOW that I am passionate about living on LIVE foods and eating a large amount of RAW foods anyway but just KNOWING that all of those foods cause me harm makes me mad. And I feel deprived when I see certain things (e.g., cooookieeesss) that I can’t eat without lousy consequences.  And what happens to most people when they feel deprived?? Exactly. It makes people want __fill in the blank___ even more. Sooo, I need to do something about these deprivation feelings. I KNOW that I am blessed enough to live in the United States where there are soooo many wheat/gluten-free options for most if not all of those above-listed items but jeeeezzzz….I just wanna be normal. 😦

“There is only one real deprivation… and that is not to be able to give one’s gifts to those one loves most.”–Mary Sarton

:*(   Oh, that’s so moving, Mary. Brings tears to my eyes.

January 14, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . Health, Uncategorized. 3 comments.

Bug Bites! Somebody Help Me!!#$%^&*

I have been working on another blog for a few days now. It’s my “Miss List Korea” blog and it will be finished soon. I was just typing out some things I’ll miss about Korea…and then…my bloody bug bites started itching me like mad crazy again. Now…here’s the deal: I got these bug bites back in August.

YES.

August.

Yes.

I know.

August 2010.

Right? I know. It’s nearly January 2011. Yes.

Bit in August.

And

they

are

still

tormenting

me.

Seriously.

WTH!?

Sooooo…I think me needs to go to another doctor and get them checked out. I mean…welllll…they had itched me insanely, insanely crazy to the point where I drew blood, caused scarring and nearly disfigured my ankles…oh yes–the pesky bites are located on my feet and ankles. But the peskiest bites are located on the BACK of my right ankle. I have two bites there. They still act up. Usually they will start itching terribly, terribly awfully every evening. Well, I have had a reprieve from the discomfort for a few days here and there. And each time I have thought…maybe just maybe I was done with the itching and scratching and application of anti-itch steroid creams…but no. They’ve never stopped itching permanently. 😕

Tonight I’ve applied gobs of anti-itch cream and have been scratching at these two particular bites. I seriously am considering doing a mini-home operation and cutting off a thick chunk of my ankle, hoping the bites and the leftover saliva that’s been floating around in there  for four bloody months will be removed along with my flesh. *&@!%@*&!^*(!&*!

Honestly, nobody knows what I’m going through.  Because this is a highly rare case of bug bites where some THING has bitten me and well…this insect was obviously other-worldly. All I know is that I do not (Alleluia) have scabies…whew. Could you imagine? Ick. Ick. Ick. But the bites are so terrible, really. I promised to say 500 (I think that was the number) Hail Marys…that’s how bad the itching was back in September. Ice-cream worked wonders to quell the mad, mad itchiness…but then I felt sticky afterward. So, that was eh~~I was given two different creams by my dermatologist…they have barely given me any relief. 😦 What’s a gal to do? Suffer.

And suffer I have. Probably because I haven’t held up my promise and said 500 Hail Marys yet. I’ve got at least 275 more to go.

Enough is enough!

I must get to the bottom of these bites. ❗

My creams don’t help that much. 😦  Anyone? Thoughts on the matter? 🙂

“Men should stop fighting among themselves and start fighting insects.”–Luther Burbank

(Once again…THE perfect quote…I know…I know!)

December 31, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Health, Uncategorized. 6 comments.

Toilet joys?!

Ahhhhhh.

You know, I’ve realized that I often start out my blogs with “Ahhhhh…”  Heehee.  Hey, at least I’m aware of my habit.

So yes.

Ahhhhh, earlier this past week I suffered ((for 12 torturous hours)) from food poisoning or some random OOBE flu  ((you know…OPEN ON BOTH ENDS)) By far, *THE* worst bout of food poisoning I’ve EVER had in my ENTIRE life on the face of this planet.

It started out right at the strike of 8:00am when I woke-up (naturally, without my alarm…) with the urging/pressing feeling that I was going to throw-up. Mmm. Not my preferred way to start off my  Monday morning. So, yes…I threw-up. And then the OOBE started.

Oh sighhhh.

Fast forward to puking and the Big “D” until 3:00pm-ish…when I was starting to have some relief…but then my boss kept calling me to check on me and encouraging me to EAT SOMETHING. Wellllll, I *was* hungry but ya know…I was still an open faucet every 20 minutes at that point. (Which was a much improved condition from having to “go” every MINUTE.) No joke. No exaggeration.

After he suggested for the umpteenth time that I eat something, I made guacamole since I had an avocado. And anyway I LOVE it (avocado, that is). That was not such a good idea, though.

It started the faucet FULL BLAST AGAIN! Grrrrr. By this point in the day, I was wiped. heh heh. I like that pun.

At this point, I was TRYING to sleep, but I couldn’t because I kept going to the bathroom and I started throwing up again.

It HAD to have been MORE than just plain ol' salmonella though...

Longer story shorter the reason I am sharing all of this with you is because I have mentioned that I am doing a RAW FOOD CLEANSE INITIATIVE recently and wanted to inform you that I had released 10 pounds as of two Fridays ago through this cleanse program. But while I was sick as ever on Monday I figured that I would be down another 10 pounds from my day on the toilet.

And well: Yes. I was right. *^_^*  hahaha. LOL. Not that I should be happy about this because ewwww…what a way to have a weight release. Would I do it again? HELL NO.

But I must say that I felt compensated when I saw the number on the scale was another three pounds lower than last week. 🙂

Yep. So, now I’m down 13 pounds. Oh yah. Raw food. If anything, I’m more susceptible to getting food poisoning from uncooked foods that are NOT prepared by my clean hands. LOL. hahaha OK. Not funny. It was the FIRST experience I’ve had with this since I started the cleanse two months ago, though.

“Lose weight quickly by eating raw pork or rancid tuna. I found that the subsequent food poisoning/diarrhea enabled me to lose 6 kg in only 2 days.” –Unk to me      HAHAHAH. Love it, though.

“I just grabbed a couple pretzels and sat down at the computer… I bit in to one and realized that not only was it stale, but I wasn’t really all that hungry to begin with. But I was too lazy to get up and toss them in the trash, so I ate them anyway… I wonder just how many of the Seven Deadly Sins that qualifies me for…”   –Unk to me, as well–and not exactly ON TOPIC… buutt LOL!!!

November 28, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Health, RAW!!!!. 1 comment.

My Cleanse

I have been bone dry for ideas for my blog lately. I don’t know why exactly but every time I’ve sat down to write something, I’ve abandoned it in my DRAFT pile…and so there they all sit. Hmm. Perhaps one day they’ll seem publish-worthy. Or maybe not.

So I made a comment about my “writer’s block” to my co-worker who also blogs and he asked me why I haven’t or don’t blog about the cleanse I’m doing. And my immediate response was, “Eh, I don’t want to turn my blog into a ‘follow me on my path to health’ sort of thing.” But really…my blog has always been about writing things that happen to me in my life and things that I do…so really–why not write about my cleanse?  It’s not a bad idea. So…thanks Chris. ^-^

It IS a major part of my life now. It has changed the way I spend my free time (I’m no longer hittin’ the bar after work to join people for a drink…nor going to a coffee shop for a chai tea latte and dessert…nor going out to eat at any ol’ restaurant with friends). Nope. I prepare  my meals the majority of time or I go out to eat at the super expensive salad bar restaurants in Seoul. And of course there’s BOOST Juice that serves up wheat grass. But, doing this cleanse has really changed the way I look at socializing with people. I used to equate socializing with eating out. Well, yes…it IS a social thing but honestly I have found so many other nice things to do with friends that don’t involve eating:

  1. Walking around our lovely town
  2. Inviting friends over to my place for HERBAL tea
  3. Going bowling—-does NOT require drinking a beer like most people think
  4. Going to the movies—-does NOT require buying the bucket of popcorn drenched in chemicals and fat (the fake sugar and liquid butter they use…eww)
  5. Practicing the flute with my flute buddy
  6. Hanging at friends’ places chatting—-does NOT require snacking on chips, etc
  7. Shopping 😀

So that’s plenty to keep me busy during my weeknights. And then on the weekends I stay on my plan by juicing for breakfast and then walking around the city a lot–even if I end up eating cooked vegan I don’t feel badly because it’s still pure food. I stick with basic staples…rice…lentils, fruits and veggies and VOILA! I am fed, healthy and don’t turn my body into a toxic dump which it then must clean-up.

Sorry if I’ve completely skipped over explaining what sort of cleanse I’m doing. Heehee 🙂

Buuuut, I suppose it’s okay for me to share:

I am doing a raw food cleanse. (((I’m imagining half of all readers closing my page’s tab right about now))) LOL.

It’s a common response. It’s an annoying, common response…but nonetheless…common.

I was a raw foodist back in 2002 for half of the year. It was the best time of my life. I was HIGH on LIFE. I was light. I was happy. I was ~~~hot~~~  SIZZLE. Yes…insert the sizzle sound. 😉

Raw fudge. Oh hell yeah. Raw does not mean carrot sticks and lettuce. Educate yourself! (Well, that's what I'm here for, right?)

That’s all for now. I will leave my interested readers longing for more. ‘Til then…dehydrate! blend!  juice!  😉

“Shipping is a terrible thing to do to vegetables.  They probably get jet-lagged, just like people.”  ~Elizabeth Berry

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