Spirulina Fanaticism

by Courtney on December 25, 2007


Christmas here in southern Arizona is a rather interesting one – I’ve always lived places that most definitely have snow this time of year, always the ideal postcard ‘Winter Wonderland’. This year, as well as last year, I’ve gotten to experience a desert winter, and I must say I am falling more and more in love with it. I ate my spirulina salad lunch on the sundeck today in my skirt and tshirt and the sun was oh so warm and the weather oh so perfect. Sometimes I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to live in a place that gets cold and/or cloudy….

I’ve been doing the parasite cleanse from HealthForce Nutritionals. It’s about an 18 day cleanse and today is only day 5. Haven’t noticed anything substantial yet, but we’ll see. Who knows, maybe I don’t have parasites :P Unlikely, considering my dietary history.

I just love spirulina. It has become an absolute staple for me, and I just can’t get enough of it – my taste buds are bonkers for it. You don’t even know how many times I’ve turned down raw chocolate over the opportunity to have spirulina and sprouts. Maybe a craving for protein? Chlorphyll? I don’t know, but I’m loving it. Sea veggies feel phenomenal as well.

I’ve maintained exercise and definitely feel like the juice feast has somehow awakened both my desire and ability to gain a lot from physical activity. Flexibility is an important priority for me right now as well.

A few questions from readers:

I notice a lot of raw foodists mentioning they find it’s best to eat fruit separately from other foods, however, I also notice that the same people juice fruits and veggies together. Is it different in juice or they’re not noticing the contradiction? I’m not as hung up on the ‘rules’ as I might sound, but just happy to have somewhere to ask these questions as I get further into raw.

Hi there. You know, I’m actually laughing in response to this question becuase I’m bewildered at the fact that I’ve never thought about that before you asked :) Truly, I’m not sure why I feel this way, but for me, there is something about the juice of greens and the juice of fruit that seems to be less mild when digested in combination than when the whole foods are combined. That’s as far as I can really explain it – just do what feels right for your body.

What has your sleep schedule been like lately? Some people give me crap for sleeping so little…thinking that we need more. They just dont know though.

I slept less during the juice feast and am continuing to sleep less now. I would say I sleep on average 7 hours per night, which seems to be a good set point for me. I have never had sleeping trouble – I can fall asleep very easily and quickly whether I go to bed at 8:30 pm or I go to bed at 11:30 pm. Interestingly, despite my ability to easily fall asleep, I am not necessarily tired in the way people talk about being fatigued or wiped out – I am just a bit sleepy. Fatigue is truly not a part of my life experience anymore.

Merry Christmas to all, happy celebrations to those who do! My gratitude and love with you always.

Courtney

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Kristen's Raw January 7, 2008 at 7:18 pm

I love Arizona :)

I’m enjoying your blog so much. It’s filled with such great information!

Cheers!
Kristen’s Raw

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Jarred Tedino February 19, 2014 at 7:22 am

Hello Courtney! I came across your info through one of my recently very numerous Google searches. I am starting day 5 of becoming what some may classify as a vegan (I have a different class for it) and day 3 of supplementing my diet with spirulina. I have not been able to locate chlorella as of yet (I am currently out of country) but I believe it will also become a staple as soon as I do. I have been learning and experimenting (evolving) with nutrition for nearly 16 years and this is where I led myself. I was a devout meat eater up until 5 days ago when I had a fairly momentous epiphany and decided to simply stop that. Now I am searching for any info regarding spirulina and/our chlorella that I can find since I am now fairly confident they will be my main food sources from here on out. I may even have figured out a clever “dosage” (gram/kg) and ratio of spirulina/chlorella after reading and consciously considering much information. Anyway, I would love to hear any information you might be willing to share in regards to your experience with the aforementioned as a food source because there is very limited information pertaining to the subject as such. Most of what I’m finding only associates spirulina as a “supplement” if you will and discusses very small dosages.
Thank you for your time. -Jarred

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Courtney February 24, 2014 at 11:56 am

Congrats on giving up meat! Spirulina is totally a food. I eat at least 1 TBS per day. I even have an ebook on it! –> http://www.courtneypool.com/the-spirulina-recipes-ebook

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