Weeding and More Weeding in an Alabama Garden

I am rising earlier each morning and establishing a routine. Because we’re closer to the equator than we were before, 8 o’clock in the morning feels like noon, so waking earlier comes naturally. This morning I rose, made a pot or yerba mate, did my morning yoga asana, and headed to the hoop house in the garden to weed.

Uzuri working in the hoop house

Most of our work this week has been weeding. I know we’re making progress, though, because the children in the neighborhood say the inside of the hoop house doesn’t look like a forest any more.

Yesterday Yawah, her daughter Uzuri, Little Lotus, and myself headed to the hoop house together for a day of work. We all wore straw hats and smiles. I got to use a hoe for the first time, and, I swear, my arms are going to be well-defined by the time our garden starts to produce. We got so hot while we worked that we drenched ourselves in water and worked some more. We got dirty and muddy and worked some more. I loved it. By the end of our work day about 15 people from the neighborhood had joined us in the garden. Some helped work, some just had conversations, one little lady played piano, and lots of children ran around playing. It was amazing,

Our garden fresh lunch

Today we made a delicious pate from sunflower seeds and wrapped it in romaine leaves fresh from the garden. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.

In love, beauty, and light,
Asante George
http://www.LivingOurBliss.net

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Juice & Water Fast Days No.9 & 10

I’m on day number 1o of my 10 day fast! This has been a really amazing experience. We scheduled to have some work done on our house early this morning, so I didn’t get enough rest last night. What a difference that made. This is my first time fasting this long, so I should have scheduled the work for another day so I could focus on rest and self-care on the last day of my fast. Several times today the thought has crossed my mind to make this a 9 1/2 day fast rather than a 10 day fast…lol.

This fast has been a wonderful cleanse and a great exercise of will power. Here is a picture of my shining face after fasting for 6 days. I feel so much lighter and on purpose. My face is shinier, my body is leaner, my mind is clearer, my skin is smoother, I have even been more patient with my little girl. Over the last 10 days I’ve realized just how much I think of food each day and how many times I eat almost mindlessly. There were several times when I was getting bowls of good things for my little girl that I would have, at any other time, taken a few bites out of habit. That was an interesting observation. Another observation, which was quite funny, is that my stomach growled yesterday for the first time during my fast. Yesterday I began thinking about my first meal after my fast and all the wonderful raw foods I want to eat over the weekend, and my stomach growled!

Completing this fast made me think about the first time I fasted. It has been a slow and gradual growth. I thought back to a 2 day fast I did in my early twenties with a friend. After our fast we went to Whole Foods and gorged ourselves on vegan food…lol. Not the best way to break a fast, but it was a good beginning. But that was not the first time I fasted. I can remember a couple of 2 and 3 day fasts in my earlier twenties, but as I thought back even further I was able to remember my first experience with fasting. I was about 18 and I had just purchased a copy of  The Master Cleanse by Stanley Burroughs at a new age store for around $5. I read through it and immediately wanted to try this spicy lemonade cleanse. Several days after buying the book I developed a cold and I decided to try The Master Cleanse to release the cold. By noon of that day my cold was gone and my lemonade fast was over! My first fast was 1/2 day long. That is a great beginning.

Over the last 10 days several people have asked how to begin fasting if you are a beginner. I am still a beginner, and I’m very happy to share what I’ve learned. Here are three great ways to begin fasting:

1. Start juicing everyday. Get in a routine of juicing and get familiar with juice combinations you like, and add lots of greens to your juices.

2. Begin with a 1/2 day fast or a 1 day fast. In comfortable baby steps you can become comfortable with the discipline fasting requires.

3. Join a fast or cleanse group. Many fasting groups are available through raw food forums and on Facebook. The moral support is very helpful.

Here are some tips I’ve learned over this fast that will increase the ease of my next fast:

  • Make rest a priority.
  • Shop the day before my fast for loads of produce.
  • Drink juice before I begin feeling hungry.
  • Don’t schedule a major event during a fast.

For others that are more experienced with fasting, these tips my not apply, but for someone new to lengthy fasting like me, these tips may be helpful.

As an added bonus, I feel very clear about the direction of my business right now. This makes so much sense to me, as everything about this time period seems cosmically aligned. For example, I did not plan my fast to begin on the day after the solstice and end on the last day of 2011, it really just happened that way. To honor the new year my book Living Our Bliss: An Introduction to Sun Food (the ebook version) is on sale for $8. I also have plans for lots of freebies to give away on my website, the first of which I made available last night. Visit my site linked below if you’d like a free gift.

Wishing you abundant joy and vibrant love,

Asante

www.LivingOurBliss.net

Juice and Water Fast Day No.8

I’m coasting through my last few days of my 10 day fast. That’s really how it feels. At this point it doesn’t take a lot of effort to maintain. On my 8th day of fasting, this is officially the longest fast I’ve done so far. Up to this point my longest fast was 7 days.

 My favorite juice today was fresh honeydew juice. It was so delicious, frothy, sweet, rich, creamy… I could go on! Only 1/2 of my honeydew filled a very large glass. I’m about to juice the other half after writing this. I look amazing, if I do say so myself. My skin is bright and smooth, my body is leaner, and my eyes are brighter. I find myself pulling my hair back and just looking at my pretty face in the mirror.

A fellow faster described fasting as a gift we give to ourselves. I wholeheartedly agree. It is a wonderful gift. Before fasting I was craving, and at times indulging in, cooked foods that I knew were not good for me. Throughout my fast I’ve observed that the only foods I think about are high vitality raw foods. I love this!

The honeydew melon in the fridge is calling my name, and I must answer.

Wishing you inner peace and beauty,

Asante

www.LivingOurBliss.net

Juice and Water Fast Day No.7

Day 7 of my 10 day juice fast has been great. I have been so inspired lately, and I’m really excited about growing my business. Today the fact that I’m fasting hasn’t been foremost on my mind. I’ve been able to go about the day pretty much as usual. I feel aware of the fact that I’d like to eat, but it’s not as overwhelming as in the first few days.

I feel great in my body! My little one told me today that i was look prettier…lol. She sees my increased shine. Everything about my body in leaner and smoother. I developed a little headache today, but it was nothing serious. I’m still detoxing, although the symptoms are very mild. My husband suggested that I include bentonite clay in my fast. Bentonite clay absorbs impurities and toxins and helps the body express them more rapidly. I chose to do this fast with juice and water, but next time I may include bentonite clay.

Today I enjoyed a huge cucumber, celery, dandelion green, and apple juice. I also enjoyed water and coconut water. Little one always asks for some of my juice and sneaks pieces of whatever I’m juicing. She thinks she being sneaky when she takes pieces of orange or apple that I’ve prepared to juice. It’s so cute.

In anticipation of eating solid food again I ordered the book Sweet Gratitude: A New World of Raw Desserts. It’s a raw dessert recipe book created by my favorite raw restaurant Cafe Gratitude. I’m in love with Cafe Gratitude and I can’t wait to make their yummy desserts!

Wishing you love, peace, and joy on your phenomenal journey,

Asante

www.LivingOurBliss.net

Beautiful Day!

It’s a beautiful day! I’m off to play in the park with my Little Lotus, and enjoying the 7th day of my 10 day juice and water fast. Yesterday I enjoyed lots of fresh fruit juice. It was wonderful, but I could feel the difference from the days that I enjoyed lots of green juice. So today I am juicing mustard greens, celery, cilantro, and dandelion greens. Green juices makes me electric!

I am so excited about 2011. I have a feeling that I’m approaching a fabulous breakthrough. I have so many wonderful ideas for my business, that I can’t wait to implement. For example, I’m writing an ebook to offer for free on my website. It is the first of many gifts that will be available. Life is good and the sky is the limit.

Wishing you a day full of bliss,

Asante

www.LivingOurBliss.net

Juice and Water Fast Day No.6

I’ve made it over the hump and I feel really good. I do not feel hungry at all, and my energy levels are really high. I love this because I know the energy is truly my vitality and not a stimulant.

Today I bought a case of Thai coconuts. I enjoyed the water from two coconuts, and it was delicious. Along with my Thai coconut water I loved a couple of glasses of orange/apple juice and lots of water. When I say glasses I really mean large Mason jars. What is it about being in a Mason jar that makes a drink taste better? I didn’t drink any green juice, however. Tomorrow I will make it a point to drink green juice; it gives me instant vitality.

Wishing you bliss, bliss, and more bliss,

Asante a.k.a. Luvli Lotus

www.LivingOurBliss.net

Juice & Water Fast Day No.5

I’m half way to there! The 5th day of my 10 day fast has gone wonderfully. I have enjoyed copious amounts of orange juice, and I experimented with a juice that was something like a soup using Napa cabbage, cucumber, tomato, lime, and jalapeno pepper. It was really good, although it was a very strong juice. My detox symptoms have almost stopped, except for my runny nose, and I feel wonderful.

Yesterday I was invited to join the Sexy Vegan 5 Day Juice Feast on Facebook, so I’ll get to do another juice feast beginning January 3rd. I’m really excited! Fasting and juice feasting (another name for a juice fast) are such simple and powerful tools for radiant health. This quote was passed on to me today from juice feast friend Drew, and I’ll pass it on to you,

“… fasting is not a cure of any disease or ailment. The purpose of the fast is to allow the body full range and scope to fulfill its self-healing, self-repairing, self-rejuvenating functions to the best advantage. Fasting is probably the fastest and safest way or means of regaining health ever conceived by the human man. … Fasting puts the body in a condition where all the Vital Force of the body is used to flush out the causes of body miseries” -Dr. Paul Bragg. 

Wishing you phenomenal joy,

Asante

www.LivingOurBliss.net

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