Post Juice Feast Digestion, Lifestyle Integration

by Courtney on December 20, 2007

So I’ve had a bit of sprouts with spirulina and they are SO yummy and fulfilling. I’m having some discomfort due to my digestion being slower than I expected it to, so I’m having to be really careful about what and how much I eat. I’m hoping my digestion will normalize a bit – its slower than it was before I started feasting.

A new philosophy that has entered my life during the Juice Feast is the transition from an all or nothing point of view to a more integrated and balanced point of view. I know that’s sort of vague, so let me explain.

In my perspective of anything from diet to exercise to projects, I’ve always seen them as huge, daunting tasks. Furthermore, I’ve historically had a bit of a competitive, high achiever sort of mentality. In regards to diet, I would eat poorly and then tell myself I’d fast for a week to neutralize the negative effects. Not the healthiest idea ever ;) When it has come to exercise, I remember the 3 hour a day training I used to do for so long, expect myself to do that kind of exercise again, and so never try to do anything at all because I just couldn’t find that kind of time or inspiration to live up to my expectations. When it has come to projects, or things I need to get done, I’ve looked at the thing as a whole, a large, time consuming task, and so I wouldn’t ever start on it.

During the juice feast I recognized this pattern of thinking I had for so many aspects of my life and worked to switch it over, repatterning myself. I was recognizing that I just wasn’t getting anything done at all. So I started asking, ‘What kind of habits and commitments can I make every day that I know I can keep?”, “If I had to follow through with for an entire year, what kind of commitment is reasonable for me?” I let go of judgement of it being too little of a commitment, becuase anything was better than the nothing I was doing. So I decided I could exercise for 15 – 20 minutes every day. Nothing compared to what I used to do, but since removing the pressure, I’ve done this every day for the few weeks ago that I decided to. I have decided to make juice feasting one to two days a week an ongoing thing. Certain projects I’ve decided to take one action step per day, or simply work on that task for 10 mintues a day. The things I’ve listed in the last post as far as diet are also small things I can do every day to make a difference – because that’s where the power is – daily habits, not irregular, ‘kneejerk’ actions that don’t hold over the long term. It’s so much more real, manageable, and productive to think this way and it actually gets results! Less talk, more walk :)

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DailyInfusions December 21, 2007 at 4:14 pm

Hi Courtney..I figured out how to leave a comment here rather than myspace. I don’t know why it wouldn’t work before.

I was wondering what your thoughts are on the toxic effects of sprouts? Many years ago, my husband worked for Steve Meyerwitz “the sprout guy” and at the time sprouts sounded great to me (and I love how they taste) but then I started hearding about a toxic substance on sprouts. What do you know about that? I see that you are enjoying sprouts, so obviously you aren’t worried about it. It’s stuck in my head over the years so Id like to hear what you know.

Still loving your blog!


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