Vegan Cleanse Day 16

Friday, April 16, 2010

Today’s Meal Plan:

  • Breakfast:  Bob’s Red Mill Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, raw coconut cream, and raw Sunflower Seeds
  • Snack: Spinach and Lentil Soup, raw cookies (sesame seeds, coconut, dates)
  • Lunch: Vegan Protein Shake with Maca and greens
  • Snack: Goji Berries
  • Dinner: Lemon Quinoa and sauteed Vegetables, big green salad, Strawberries and Coconut Cream.  Had a friend over for dinner. She is trying to go Gluten Free so I wanted to make some Quinoa for her.

Mostly raw, I would say 60/40.

Well this morning was sheer hell.  It was a dry windy day yesterday and then it rained all night, my sinuses are a mess.  Top that off with getting home last night at midnight after not nearly enough food (Blueberries for dinner) and I was a recipe for a headache from hell.

In the past, coffee would have alleviated some of the pain.  No such luck now, so I had to punt.  I was starving so I ate a great breakfast, but still hungry at 10 meant no shake and a trip to whole foods for some homeopathic pain stuff for the sinuses.  No over the counter drugs allowed, so I hope this is ok.  I got Mezereum, which is good for sinus head pain.  While there I got some great Spinach-Lentil soup and some quinoa to try this weekend with spinach and sweet potatoes in it.  I love their food bar, there are so many vegan and vegetarian options.  Lots are also gluten-free, so I am able to eat well there if need be.  It isn’t as inexpensive as making it myself, but had I had one close last night I could have eaten well anyway, and in a hurry.

I am considering seeking out an acupuncturist for my sinuses.  I use a neti-pot which is great.  I am kicking gluten, which is known to help.  I was kind of hoping I would have an easier spring because of this.  I scheduled an appointment for Monday morning with one to see if it can help.  Based on what I have read and heard this may be a viable alternative and lessen the issues I have in the spring and fall.  Most of today was unbearable pain to the point of my right eye swelling shut so I would love a solution.  Sleep last night would have helped this, too, so I need to plan for a good night sleep tonight.  I think after my friend leaves I will just take an epsom salt bath then crash in bed.  I think I am going to move Yoga to tomorrow, too, and do Yoga in the AM then do Core Synergistics in the afternoon. I hate to double up but I am in some serious pain.  Yoga could help me with it, I know, but the thought of bending over in Downward Facing Dog somehow doesn’t sound pleasant with a throbbing sinus headache.  I will take the night as it comes and see what will work best.


I do not know anyone personally that has ever had acupuncture performed for any reason other than my mother-in-law.  She does it for neck and back pain and swears by it.  She also swears by two scotch and waters a day at 4:00 PM, which I could never do, so we shall see how I react to tiny pins being inserted into my skin.  Who knows, I could probably use an adjustment to my “vital energy” so I am going to give it a try.

I have also been thinking more and more about taking my Raw Foods Certification to the next level.  I have taken the FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods Intensive through Living Light Center but need to next take Associated Chef Training next.  To be honest, I should probably re-take FUNdamentals because I am sure some things have changed since I took it in 2003.  I am especially interested in the Science of Raw Food Nutrition course.  It is only $375, I just need to figure out how to do it.  I was able to take FUNdamentals here in IL but the rest seem to all be in Fort Bragg, CA.  That and it is pricey.  It would cost me about $5K to be certified and that is without travel and lodging.  I would need to be thinking about making a career out of this to go that route, which I used to consider but living in the Midwest I just don’t see a demand for it.  I know of someone doing so in MI, and she is a friend of a friend.  I should seriously consider talking to her sometime about it and do a little soul searching as well.  I really wanted to do it 8 years ago and would have if I could have afforded to… so I still really have the desire, but I know from being a personal chef here in the Midwest, ESPECIALLY in this economy, there isn’t a lot of hope on finding clients.  I’ll mention to our friend when I see her on May 1 that I would like to meet/talk with this MI raw foodie and see where it leads.

It is amazing the changes I have been considering this year.  Sometimes I think I am taking on too much, other times I feel like a slacker because there are things that I want to do and I just let time pass.  I am glad to be spending this time on my health and well being, and focusing more on where I want my life to go and how I want to live it daily.  This cleanse has been more than food related.


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