Day 120. One hundred and twenty days. A number I never imagined when I blindly set forth on this journey. Along the way I have stumbled, slumped, bumbled, fallen, stood up, sown, flown, and soared. Through it all I've remained steadfast in my dedication and commitment. For some, the crash and burn leads to the "F" word which is most associated with negativity or vulgarity. In any instance, it is use as an expression or explicative to garner attention and it usually works. During this experience, I have a discovered few "F" words of my own all attributed to the Rescuers.
Perhaps the most rewarding opportunity over these past three months has been the new relationships and support that have come by way of the vegan community. Through these kind souls, each of whom I affectionately re-named the Rescuers, I have learned to appreciate my "F" words: first, friendship, fighters, frustration, fasting, failure, forging, forward, future. Each of these words have contributed to my growth, especially this last month.
F Words Group 1 - Fasting, Failure, Frustration:
Despite the fact that I did not possess a juice extractor, I was ready to participate in the juice fast. I happily shopped for the juice ingredients and was ecstatic as I chopped, diced and squeezes juices by hand. I came up with creative ways to utilize the pulp without throwing it away and I logged on to update my progress as well as read the feedback of the other participants which were close to 30.
|Juice 1: kale, celery, grapefruit, green granny smith apples|
and the ingredients for Juice 2:
spinach, carrots, tomato, ginger, lemon, basil
√ chew your juice
√ drink slowly each glass should take
30 - 40 minutes to consume
√ drink 9 glasses of water
√ consume green tea w/ ginger & lemon
in between drinks as needed
√ start the day with yoga & meditation
I was so tickled with my results! The deep rich colors and the taste of the raw juice was so intoxicating! I actually did very well my first day and did not experience any hunger pangs. The cravings for food did hit about
The rich colors of hand-squeezed juice.
By the end of the second day I was feeling ill. My body went into protection mode and it was all over! Alas, I had to depart from the fast and I sure wasn't feeling too sexy.
After informing my fellow juicers of my frustration, and failure, Yogini, Valerie Devi (see below), blogged about becoming ill during your first fast (http://wildyogini.wordpress.com/2010/12/12/wild-fast-day-four-feeling-ill/ ) . Wow, I was normal!!!
F Words Group 2 - First, Friendship, Fighters:
After failing and fighting, an amazing thing occurred. I was introduced to many, new, wonderful vegans. It was a first for me. Prior to becoming vegan, there were only known two vegans in my small, intimate circle. It is an awestruck realization to experience the expansion of this circle. I have met some amazing people. I've discovered that there are varying levels of veganism which overlap from raw foodists to educators, to activists. The interaction with these warm souls have "expanded my horizons" and have opened my eyes to many new possibilities. While I value our new budding friendships, I appreciate the lessons of first experiences with them, and I admire their fighting spirit to educate, teach, and reach as many as they possibly can with their messages. Allow me to introduce a few of these wonderful folks, the Rescuers to you:
Yogini Valerie Devi, http://wildyogini.wordpress.com, master yoga instructor, natural health consultant, raw vegan, yoga massage therapist, author, "Wild Yogini", a blog full of helpful information and healthy eating tips, linking mind, body, and soul, expounding upon the relationship between yoga and veganism.
Ayinde Howell, http://www.ieatgrass.com/ , executive vegan chef , actor, musician, yoga instructor, food coach, author, "I Eat Grass", a vegan lifestyle website and blog. Full of human interest stories, advice, helpful tips, vegan recipes, pop culture commentary.
Oli Dillon Squire, http://www.actionforourplanet.com, animal rights activist, blogger, and author, "Action for Our Planet", website dedicated to educating, informing, and documenting atrocities and activities against animal around the world.
Asante George, http://livingourbliss.net/default.aspx , raw vegan educator, chef, artist, poet, author, "Living Our Bliss", a book, website, and blog about raw living food and organic lifestyle.
Drew McCall Burke, http://veganreality.com/, raw vegan foodist, personal fitness trainer, my unofficial vegan mentor, coach, cheerleader, and creator of the 5-Day Sexy Vegan Juicy Fast. Full of energy, positive encouragement and healthy advice, her mantra is "The Power of ONE to change a few, the Power of a few to change many, and the Power of many to change Nations always begins with the Power of ONE - you."
I have had the pleasure of conversing with each of these first friends, some briefly, others at length. The one common thread is their dedication to (what another first friend said to me), "vegan is a mindset, more than a lifestyle or diet".
F Words Group 3 - Forward, Forging, Future
After re-enforcing and feeling rescued, I feel ready to forge forward. I am re-energized with the prospect of my new future. How apropos that this revelation is on the eve of the new year. I look forward with eagerness of what is to come and excited about all that I have yet to learn. Remembering that I possess the ability to fight and forge with friends to move into new realms will empower me. It will allow me the opportunity to "pay it forward", to develop the strength to rescue someone, in my stead, who is first faltering, frustrated and feeling failure.
If at first you don't succeed.....try again. With memories of failure fading, I will once again, join the next "5 Day Sexy Vegan Juicy Fast", confident of a different result.
Yoga: Boat Pose (again) - re-enforces your core strength and is just the rescue you need when you are drowning in a sea of frustration and failure.