Natural disaster has intercepted my online extension. Well, this is a bit of drama. The truth is our family experienced our first, second...and third desert rain (or monsoon to be present with the lingo around here). What a wild feeling to be soaking wet and chilly in the middle of the day. Then to stomp in mud puddles. Our power flickered on and off many times. The computer turned off, our internet was down, and then this site was under maintenance.
All of this has been very convenient for me. I've been assimilating a lot of "food for thought" as well as that what nourishes me. I've received inspiration again from Victoria Boutenko through her DVD Greens Can Save Your Life. Even Coco got into it. Last evening when she was slicing zuchinni, she directed "...got to cut off the enzymes [ends]!" Yes, even our children are taking it in.
Then before bed 2 nights ago, I had a strong pull to open up Boutenko's 12 Steps to Raw Foods. My life is a river of prayers. This answer came at a good time as my prior vegan pizza party and oatmeal escapades caught up with me. I wasn't feeling so hot.
Again I feel energized after reading through the book. I read it over a year ago for the first time and thought it was a great book. For some reason, it all seems new information to me again, though I understand it all much more. One experience Victoria shares is a period when she drank fresh sesame seed milk to satisfy a craving for calcium. It so happens, I am really drawn to sesame seed milk and have had 8 cups of it during the last day!
Today I had lunch at the Tree of Life cafe. The entree was a delicious raw "tortellini" and to it I added sprouts, cucumbers, and garden greens. I took the enzyme supplement about an hour prior to lunch and focused on chewing really well. This afternoon, I had more sesame seed milk. For dinner, I ground up cacao, mixed in coconut butter and spirulina for an appetizer, then made a green smoothie comprised of water & fresh squeezed orange juice [we bought a case of organic Valencia oranges today], a small handful of macadamia nuts, an avocado, 4 large leaves of collard greens, juice of half a lemon, a little sea salt, and a sprinkling of mesquite meal. I taste-tested 3 times to make sure it was just right.
I made a commitment last night to make my last meal at dinner time, 6-7 p.m. Often I'll have a snack just before going to bed. I felt more fresh this morning (even waking naturally at 5:30 a.m.) and didn't have my first food until 9 a.m. though I had lots of water until then. Tonight is the same approach.
Another piece of this puzzle is being in touch with the Rainbow Foods as Gabriel Cousens MD outlines in his books. Many foods I've blended in my smoothies have had high glycemic (sugar) levels [bananas, mangoes, pineapple for example]. I remember being more mellow last June-August 2005 when I consumed more foods with lower glycemic levels.