Each day brings with it an opportunity for a fresh start; and today was definitely a better day than yesterday.

Drank lots and lots of water throughout the day. I always begin my day with 2 – 3 large glasses of water, and then throughout the day I drink glass after glass of water. I prefer spring water. I have tried filtered water and reverse osmosis water, but my preference is still spring water. I would love to drink spring water straight from the source one day soon. One just like this one. Who would like to go with me for an adventure to a natural water spring and sample pure water from the source?

I still don’t have a blender, so even though I would LOVE to have smoothies I can’t right now. Smoothies, and specifically Green Smoothies (meaning smoothies with some sort of greens in them, i.e. spinach, romaine lettuce, parsley, etc) are suggested throughout this detox, but it is difficult – actually quite impossible – to make smoothies without a blender, so no smoothies for me during this detox.

Breakfast was 2 gala apples.

Lunch was the above photo. I made “mayonaise” spread by mashing up a really ripe avocado and then mixing some wasabi powder in with it, I also mixed in some zesty lentil sprouts. I spread this onto a nori (seaweed) sheet, then I put some julienned carrots and pieces of avocado onto that and sprinkled it with black and white sesame seeds and some kelp granules. Roll it up and enjoy.

It was another gorgeous sunny day today (I think that it has been 4 or 5 days of sun in a row now) so Jayla and I spent some time outside in the backyard. I walked around barefoot, connecting with the earth as I tidied up the yard, while Jayla made mud pies and dug around in the sandbox.

In the afternoon I had a handful of dried organic prunes for a snack.

Supper was a gigantic salad made with romaine lettuce, carrots, and celery. The dressing was olive oil, balsamic vinegar, stone ground mustard, salt and pepper. Oils, avocados and even sesame seeds (actually dried fruit isn’t either) are not on the list for this detox, but I continue to consume them anyway, because if I didn’t I know I would for sure break down and eat cooked foods instead.

So, yes, I am following the detox, but not exactly. That is just my personality. I don’t really like being told what to do, so even if I voluntarily do something like a detox, I’m still going to break some (if not all) of the rules. I guess I’m just a rebel to the core…ha ha ha…and who am I rebelling against in this case? Just myself.

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Began the day with water as usual. 3 large glasses.

I had 1 gala apple for my breakfast.

Then it goes downhill from here.

Jayla and I went out today. Yes, we left the house.

Our first stop was to a health food store. I bought and drank 1 container of vita coco coconut water with pineapple, and 1 container of zico coconut water. The pineapple flavoured one was supposed to be for Jayla, but she took one sip and didn’t like it, so I drank it.

We arrived at the mall and our first stop was Chapters. And guess what they have in Chapters? Yup, Starbucks. So, I had a chai tea latte with soy milk, and I didn’t even get it half sweet like I usually do. Bad, bad, bad. I didn’t get any dessert treat. Jayla got a hot chocolate and double chocolate chip cookie. I did not have one bite of her cookie. I’m pretty proud of myself for that. I guess I felt guilty enough drinking the chai latte. Then I remembered that they do smoothies there. Duh?! I had never tried one, so I went back and ordered up a fruit smoothie — orange mango. Now, they do have an orange mango vivanno smoothie at starbucks, but I asked them to leave out the other ingredients and just put in the orange mango and ice for mine.

Lunch was sushi. Avocado and cucumber maki rolls. Rice is not exactly on the detox menu. I ate half of it for my lunch and saved the other half for my supper. I must say that my stomach must have shrunk or something because half the container was enough and I usually have no problem eating the whole thing. I also had a bottle of water with lunch.

On the way home I had 2 little bites of a vega whole food vibrancy bar, chocolate decadence flavour of course. This is a raw food product, but again, it is not on the detox menu. The weird thing is that I had a couple little bites of the bar and then I stopped. I was satisfied with that. Definitely a change for me.

No exercise today, although I did scope out ankle and wrist weights today at the mall — does that count?? Maybe if I had bought some instead of just looking at them?

Supper was the other half of my container of sushi (maki rolls) and the rest of the fruit smoothie from starbucks.

All I can say is, I hope tomorrow is a better day.

I thought I would wake up ravenous this morning, but I didn’t. I was really surprised.

I began the day with 3 large glasses of water.

My morning meal was 1 banana.

More water later in the morning. I think it was 2 glasses. I don’t really keep track. I suppose I should, but I just drink until I’m not thirsty anymore.

Lunch was the lovely large glass of juice I am holding in the photo. Carrot, spinach and apple juice. I would have loved a smoothie drink, but my blender broke, or I should say “I” broke my blender while I was washing it — the bowl was glass. As it dropped into the sink I hoped that it had broken whatever it had fallen on, but no, the blender broke instead. I had decided in my mind that once this blender was no longer working I would buy a high speed blender. Maybe I willed it to happen subconsciously? I really wasn’t consciously ready to buy a new one yet, but now here I am without a blender. It might not seem like such a huge deal, but it is actually the one appliance that I was using every single day, so I really do miss it.

For lunch I also had a few carrot sticks and celery sticks.

I did some strength work with my hand weights. Not a lot, I just wanted to do a bit of exercise today.

More water in the afternoon.

Jayla and I went for a little walk to the mail and back. It only took a few moments, but it was still nice to get out into the sunshine and fresh air.

Today I had the girls help me prepare supper. It was a challenge to cook, knowing that I wasn’t going to eat any of it, so having them do some of the preparation really helped. Turkey sausages, roasted cauliflower, roasted asparagus, sauteed spinach, and sauteed onions and mushrooms.

For MY supper I prepared a large salad with cauliflower pieces, romaine lettuce, spinach, carrot slices, tomatoes and zesty lentil sprouts. The dressing was made using avocado and lemon juice. On this detox I am not supposed to have any fats (avocado), but I cannot, or I should say, I will not eat a salad without some kind of delicious dressing on it. I just couldn’t see myself eating a salad with just lemon juice on it. Yuck.

These are the zesty lentil sprouts that I began sprouting last friday. I used the instructions in the Raw Divas 7 day detox ebook and they worked out perfectly. I wondered why they were called “zesty” lentils seeds and now I know, they have a peppery taste that really does give them a zesty flavour.

My headache is gone today thankfully. I don’t feel overly energetic, but I don’t feel drained of energy either, so I am pleased with that. I am also pleased with the fact that I completed day 2 of my detox. Only 5 more to go.

A friend told me about this free 7 day diva detox. At first I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to do this. I wasn’t sure if it was in keeping with my “gradual” transition. But in the end I decided that it felt right to me at this time and I wanted to do it.

The detox consists of 5 days of preparation and 7 days of the actual detox. Each day I receive an email of encouragement, support & information and access to a forum where I can connect with other detoxing divas.

So last night I began my water fast after my evening meal.

This morning I went for a walk – 3 kilometers (1.86 miles); it was a beautiful sunny day, even though it was quite cool, I had to wear a few layers, a scarf and fingerless mittens to keep warm enough. Along my walking route I walk a steady incline and at the top of the hill it can get quite chilly because of the wind up there, so I always need to remember this when I head out for my walks. I decided not to walk my full 5 kilometer walk today because I wanted to conserve some energy, I knew this water fast might be a bit draining on me physically.

I spent a lot of time today resting, relaxing, reading and napping. I began a new book. I really love her writing style.

I didn’t keep track of the amount of water that I consumed today, but it was definitely more than normal.

I broke my fast at 6 pm this evening and had a bowl of fresh fruit. 2 apples, 2 kiwis, 1 banana. Chopped up. A fruit salad. I don’t think a fruit salad has ever tasted so good.

I started getting a headache late in the afternoon and it is continuing now into the evening. I’m not sure what this means, so for now I am just observing this discomfort. If it doesn’t go away soon I will have to take medication for it; very seldom do my headaches go away on their own. Thankfully, I rarely get them anymore.

I am still feeling quite hungry right now. Thoughts about certain foods (cravings) are coming up. That box of Girl Guide cookies that I know is in Jean’s briefcase would taste really good right now. No, no, no, I am not going to do it. Don’t worry.

I think I will make myself a cup of Bengal Spice tea. I know tea is not on the menu for tonight, but I know it is better than the alternative.

I think it will be an early night for me tonight. I wonder what I will dream about? Girl Guide cookies perhaps??

I am soaking some lentil seeds for sprouting. I tried sprouting alfalfa seeds years ago, but didn’t have much luck with those. Hopefully these will work out better. This seed mixture is specifically for sprouting and I am following the instructions in the 7 day diva detox ebook.

I am preparing myself for my raw food detox which begins saturday evening at 6pm with a 24 hour water fast. The detox consists of 5 days of preparation and then 7 days of the detox itself. Every day I receive an email filled with information, encouragement and links. And best of all it is free.

Even if you don’t want to become a raw foodist, this is a wonderful thing to do for your body. Check it out for yourself here.

Wish me luck.

What an incredibly gorgeous weekend we had. Sunshine every day and such warm weather, it felt like summer had arrived instead of spring. We spent so much time outdoors in the backyard. I designed a special garden plan for this year and Jean marked it out for me with string and stakes. Next weekend we are renting a rototiller to break up the soil and create my massive garden beds. I am dreaming big these days, and it looks like my garden dreams are going to come true. How exciting.

I spent some time starting more seeds in pots. I worked outside – barefoot. What a lovely feeling; and so healing, connecting with the earth in that way. I have recently been reading about the tremendous healing powers of grounding yourself to the earth in this way – bare skin touching the earth. Here is a better explanation about the importance of grounding yourself.

Our kitty Will spent some time outside too. He was a bit nervous at first, so that is why he is in his crate in the photo above. We opened up the door and after a while he was brave enough to venture out in the open.

What a wonderful feeling, being out in the open air, in our yard, actually spending some quality time together instead of each of us separately in front of one screen or another. All of us were so eager to get outside into the sun after the long cold winter indoors. Our hibernation is officially over. Just in time for Easter (what perfect timing), a time for new beginnings.

Last year at this time I was just beginning to get up enough energy to go for 10 minute walks. This year I feel so energized and raring to go. What a difference. I am so grateful for this increase in energy. This is what prompted me to step up my garden plans. Last year we did a tiny little garden bed. Just big enough for Jayla to look after, with my help. This year I am not holding back. Jean said he will help me with the initial set up of the gardens, but then it will be up to me to look after them. Hopefully with a bit of help from Jayla.

On thursday — April 1st — we celebrated Lianne’s fifteenth birthday.

So many memories came flooding back to me about that day fifteen years ago and the days leading up to it.

The pregnancy before ended in a miscarriage at 18 weeks. I was devastated. I had never before experienced anything like that. As soon as I was able I became pregnant again. I found out that I was pregnant on the same day that would have been the due date of the miscarried baby. I saw this as a sign. A good sign. I knew in my heart that everything would be okay this time around. This pregnancy was so completely different from the other two. I hardly had any nausea at all. I felt great. I did yoga every day. I started swimming and swam throughout my pregnancy. I walked every day. And I started reading different books. Books about natural childbirth. I wrote up a birth plan. I bought a sling. I planned to do extended breastfeeding. Co-sleeping. Cloth diapering. During this pregnancy I went into a health food store for the very first time. I began learning about alternative health.

Lianne has challenged me in so many ways; right from the very beginning. She was and is my “challenging” child. Always so independent. Never asking for help, just helping herself instead. I remember finding her standing up on the kitchen counter at 2 years old, stretched up on her toes trying to reach a glass for herself, determined to get it herself. Lianne is the one that pushed me to go further, learn more, try to do better, open up my mind to new possibilities. It has been frustrating at times, to say the least, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I really believe that the universe gives us exactly what we need, when we need it. Lianne, my little april fool’s day baby, was exactly the remedy I needed for my broken heart. She mended it many times over. I am grateful for this beautiful gift.

On friday I went walking with a friend in the late afternoon. I wasn’t going to go at first because it was quite cold – with the windchill it was definitely well below zero degrees celcius. On saturday I woke up with very little energy and a pressure in my right lung. I had difficulty climbing the stairs without stopping along the way; I couldn’t take a deep breath. This certainly isn’t the first time I have experienced these symptoms, but I managed to go through this entire winter without feeling this way. I guess I thought I was in the clear now that it was officially spring. Obviously I still need to keep an eye on the temperature and when it is below zero I need to stay indoors and stay warm.

I was very happy that we didn’t really have much planned for this weekend. On saturday we participated in Earth Hour. In our home we always do much more than one hour. The children love having all the power out and so do I. We bought some batteries for our small radio, so we could listen to some music; and batteries for our flashlights too. We had a few candles lit throughout the house and an oil lamp too. I love the warm glow of candlelight. Jean and the two girls played many card games and told stories. I read my book until it was much too dark to see and then I just lay under my comfy quilt and enjoyed the sounds of my family playing games and laughing and enjoying each others’ company. I wish we could have an earth hour each week, or at least once a month. It really brings us together as a family.

The dark and quiet atmosphere allowed me to rest and relax; just what my body needed to mend itself. I consumed only liquids until supper time and then I had a very light supper. Sunday I woke feeling much better. It reminded me of how important it is for me to take a day of rest. Each week. Perhaps it can’t always be for an entire day; but a nice long soak in a warm bath by candlelight with soothing music playing, getting into comfy pyjamas and crawling under the blankets, reading a bit of a good book and then going to bed early. That sounds pretty good to me.

A very happy birthday to our dear friend Barb. May your day and year be filled with happiness and health and many wonderful adventures. Have a wonderful day of indulgences and pampering – just for you!

xox

I bought my pants at lululemon and had them hemmed. They even put the drawstring back in for me. They are so comfortable and I love the bright colour. Perfect for this time of year. They make me want to dance when I wear them.

I absolutely LOVE this song and this one, and this one too. I love all their songs. They are playing in Toronto in June and I have decided I am definitely going. I haven’t been to a live music show in ages.

These are soooooo cute!

I started a new book. My oldest daughter read it and gave it a thumbs up. It has been on my shelf for years and I am just reading it now. I guess it was just time.

I watched this movie. I have to say that I was really pleasantly surprised with this movie. I love the relationship between the mad hatter and alice. Amazing makeup, costumes and special effects too.

I borrowed this book from the library. I am loving it. The author is so beautiful and youthful looking. I want to look like her. This book is so much more than just beauty tips; it is tips for living your whole life in a more healthy and healing way. I highly recommend this book. I will be purchasing my own copy as I am sure I will refer to it often.

I love this etsy artist. I have one of her prints framed and hanging in my upstairs bathroom. I think I’m going to buy this one next. And if you buy a second one of her prints it is half price. Great deal.

Well that is my week of favourites. How about you?

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I'm Colleen. I am a wife and a stay-at-home homeschooling mother of 3 daughters, living in Canada and beginning my journey towards becoming a raw food vegan. My new mantra is "transition slowly and gradually", which is where I got the name for my blog. Thanks so much for visiting and feel free to leave me a comment to let me know you stopped by for a visit.
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