Archive for March, 2012

Twist into Spring Detox

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

All students that sign up for the Twist Into Spring workshop are given the option to take part in a 3-10 day detox diet. This diet is fairly specific: select fruits and vegetables, herbal tea, and water. The diet is based on the 5 element theory of Chinese medicine and is meant to cleanse the body for transition to spring.

Detox Day 1

I woke up this morning hungry- so I was immediately skeptical of how my day was going to go. One of the hardest parts of the morning was drinking 2 glasses of water before eating anything. I was able to get down 1 glass of water before leaving, and got the other one down in the car.

After getting to work, I allowed myself to gorge on fruit – we are allowed, after all to eat as much as we want. Two grapefruits and a kiwi later, I felt amazing and completely alive. I had my mid morning snack all prepared – I made my homemade apple sauce the night before. Unfortunately, I put it in a container that apparently last tomato sauce – and I could taste it. Apple sauce incident aside,starting the day with fruit really left me energized and alive.

Before lunch, I took some time alone and meditated for a half an hour. My energy felt so different. Almost like it was flowing backward. I wonder if this is because of the amount of citrus I ate, or perhaps it was that I had not eaten any grains? I felt lighter and more inside of myself. Regardless, I felt a different flow of energy that quickly brought a calmness and a steadiness.

This calmness has followed me through the day. I did however have some serious cravings mid afternoon. I learned this evening that potatoes may be the best way for me to feel satiated in the vegetable arena.

Lessons from day 1:

Perhaps going back to basics with food – fruits and vegetables – can bring the mind back to basics.
I can do this. All of my fears: not being feeling satiated enough or not having enough energy have proven to be only in my mind.
Do not put apple sauce in a container that last held tomato sauce. Garlic, tomato, and apple do not taste good together.

Detox Diet – Day 2

Part of the reason I decided to take on this detox was because my mood has taken a major shift. I wake up irritated, I have lost interest in what typically keeps me going. While I am not looking at this detox as a cure, I am hoping that it can help to give me a new outlook – that fresh start that I spoke of in previous posts.

It’s day 2 and I woke up the same way, irritated, not wanting to get out of bed or go to work. After getting everything taken care of and on the road, I drank my two glasses of water and everything started to change. There is something so simple and soothing about water. I know that our bodies react very well to cool water. It is easy for Americans to get water – we have sinks, and bottled water at every turn. Our bodies, however, can go into survival mode when we do not drink liquids, causing us to get irritated or panicky. It is instinctual – we are programmed to hunt for water. I wonder if I have pushed myself into survival mode? Who knows.

One thing I am missing today – caffeine. I gave up coffee, for the most part, months ago. I do still enjoy a glass of green or black tea most days. Today would be one of those days. I am not craving caffeine, as a matter of fact I am not really craving anything today, but I do feel the affects of having no caffeine – sluggishness, heavy eyes. I am sure this is more a side effect of not having caffeine, not a side affect of actually being tired – but we shall see in the next 8 days.

My day ended beautifully with Karuna’s Thursday night class. We worked closely with Pratyahara, or a softening of the senses to bring the focus inside. This theme is perfect for this detox. Getting the chance to go inside and be with myself was amazing. I would have to say that I had the most quiet savasana ever.

Points from the day:
· The detox gets easier. I was scared that this was going to be impossible. I do miss certain foods, but have gained a new perspective.
· Caffeine plays a greater part in my life than I thought
· Grapefruit rocks my world

Detox Diet – Day 3

I decided to take the day off of work to take time and reflect. I had quite a wonderful morning sitting on my back porch. Not doing much, just looking at the river and buds on the trees. Some of our perennials are coming up. I am glad that I took the time to notice. So much goes on under our noses – things that we take for granted or things that may not seem important in our regular hustle and bustle.

The river also rose this week, new meltings from the north, here to sweep away what the winter left on its shores.

All of these spring happenings got me thinking about humans and how/if we bloom and flower in the spring. Do we go through as large of a change? I feel blessed this week to have the sun and warm weather to spread my leaves and grow.

I am really settling into the food. When I need a little something sweet, I drink a bit of organic apple juice. I have not used any salt, pepper, or any other spices. Anyone who knows me understands that is very unlike me. I already have a feeling that I will be eating much more simply when this diet is done. I feel so clean and alert. I picked up the tea mixture from the herbalist today. It is steeping as I type. I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow.

What I learned today:

– I can eat simple food

– Everything seems clearer

– Tea mixtures from herbalists look illegal

20120331-082415.jpg Paul Menard, Yoga teacher and 500KATT student.

Chia Cashew Tapioca Pudding with Fresh Fruit Garnish

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Chia Cashew Tapioca Pudding with Fresh Fruit Garnish

  • ½ Cup Raw cashews (let soak for 30 minutes)
  • 1 ½ Cups Water
  • 1 TSP vanilla extract
  • 1/8 cup maple syrup
  • a pinch of salt

Blend ingredients together for a minute or two until well blended.

  • Add 4 ½ TBSP of chia seeds

Mix well & let sit for a few hours or overnight. Chill and serve with fresh fruit.

* Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber, fatty acids, all essential amino acids, vitamins, antioxidants and are a complete protein. They are the richest source of vegetarian omega 3’s and fatty acids.

Cashews are a good source of minerals such as copper, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc. They are also a good source of protein and monosaturated fats



Jamie Tancredi, Karuna Yoga teacher, vegan chef extraordinaire!

For Contemplation

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

The “here” is everywhere, and the now always. Go beyond the “I-am-the-body” idea and you will find that space and time are in you and not you in space and time. Once you have understood this, the main obstacle to realization is removed.

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj