Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Global Juice Feast Day 33!

I Love Cayenne!
Juice Feast Day 33

The Daily Juice Journal:

This morning we got up and made 5.5 quarts of GVJ with parsley, cucumber, celery, romaine, red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, spinach, carrot, and yam. We also made two quarts of orange and pineapple, and one quart of orange, carrot and yam, and one quart of grapefruit and garlic.







Added to juices: MSM, bee pollen, Vitamineral Green, Hemp Oil, Flax/DHA oil, spirulina, maca, cayenne, and Kelp Granules.

Also taken: NCD, Vitalzym, MSM, Antioxidant Extreme, and water.

Your Questions:

Greetings David and Katrina,
Thank you for being on this journey with us. I am so looking forward to the book The Four Means To Get Your Greens. Eating post Juice Feasting is important to me. I had a rough time limiting the nuts seeds and avocados on my 100% raw lifestyle before the Juice Feast. I was wondering about making spinach flax crackers. Will they present a bread addiction problem as you mentioned in the video on carbohydrates? I had just purchased a dehydrator to make my own green powders and I wanted to make green crackers with the powders also.


We Say:

Thank YOU!! The most common thing for people new to a raw food diet is exactly what you experienced, difficulty with not over-eating the fats!

Until we become re-nourished by all the amazing live foods, and get used to the lighter feelings of live food, we often crave the heavy, cooked food feelings that nuts and avocados will give us if we over eat them. Lots of greens will be very important.

In my experience as a recovered bread addict, flax crackers do not present any problem. It is the wheat that is really the cause of the addictive nature of bread, and as long as you stay away from wheat products, you won’t find yourself falling back in to bread chaos! Remember that wheat contains 17 different opiates!

My testimony of overcoming bread with raw foods:

Before going raw I was working part time in a Viennese Bakery and Cafe, where the most amazing baked goods were all too easy to come by. Not only did I snack at work, but I was sent home at the end of the day with some of the un-sold wares, Mille-Filles, baguettes, sourdough bread, white cloud fluffy you feel high when you eat it bread with a chewy crust and creamy body, multigrain bread, croissants, brownies, hedgehog buns, cinnamon shenekes (like a cinnamon bun but made with croissant dough), lemon tarts, lemon Coppenhagens, seven layer cream cakes, fruit pies, YOU NAME IT!! Not only was my boss a true artist of Viennese fine baking, but she used only butter from New Zealand which has 50% more fat than Canadian butter, because it made the food taste better. The daily soup was made with not just cream, but whipping cream! You can imagine the taste sensations that that place created.

I learned a lot while working there about the addictive nature of un-healthy foods. I was my own best test subject, but I also witnessed people throwing fits when we ran out of their favorite bread, or slumping with depression when we didn’t have cinnamon shenekes left at the end of the day. I also saw people go into strange fits of ecstasy with their first bite of a chocolate hazelnut cream cake, women claimed that the Mille-Fille was better than sex, and people literally squirmed with delight over the baguettes, saying that their toes curled in pleasure!! Wow. People would look at me, even in the state I was in, and ask “how do you manage to stay so slim and work here? I would be 300 lbs if I worked here!” And indeed many of the customers were close to that weight! Talk about food porn!

Needless to say, this is also when many of my worst health issues came to life. I became a sugar/carb addict! I was also working seven hour shifts there as a waitress, serving lunch, and did not get a break to sit down to lunch. I would ride my bike to work too, so you can imagine by the middle of my shift I would be crazy hungry, serving and smelling all that food, running around on my feet, grabbing a bite here and there titillating my taste buds to want even more. I also became so hypoglycemic that I would feel dizzy, shaky, and pissy around 3:00 until I ate a brownie, and then I would feel good again. To make a long, boring story short (sorry if it has gotten too long already), health wise things got worse and worse for me when I finally decided the only way to go for me was RAW!! I managed to go 3 months raw while still working there! (pat myself on the back)

It took me about a year of mostly raw foods to get over bread, to the point where I didn’t think about it constantly, crave it, and have it annoy me. The funny thing was that bread also made me feel sick, leading me to believe I am actually allergic to wheat. I grew up with a mother who made all the family’s bread with hand ground, whole wheat, and I never had a problem with bread before I started eating the white stuff. I have now been bread craving free for over a year, and I can honestly say that I don’t miss it for one second, it was not a nice friendship. I will do my best to never eat wheat again!! Phew.

If I could do it working under such breadish conditions, after growing up with such wonderful bread memories of my beautiful mother leaning over a warm oven, her blond hair lifted by the heat rising out as she removed the tins of fresh, homemade bread to soon be sliced up and spread with butter and homemade blackberry jam, than I think anyone can happily give up bread once they understand what a ill suited food wheat is for our human bodies! I just hope my story will inspire others to have hope for a bread free life, it is possible ☺

Here is some more info on grains:

Grains contain Gluten. According to David Wolfe in his book, Eating for Beauty: "Many cereal grain seeds (such as wheat berries) are so hybridized that they contain too much gluten. Gluten is an irritating inflammatory substance that can actually burn the sensitive lining of the intestines. Products made from wheat seeds (bread, pasta) can actually cause our face to become puffy. These products, like other starchy carbohydrates (baked potato), tend to make our skin pale and pasty in appearance.

Next, we find good information on grains from Dr. Gabriel Cousens in Rainbow Green Live Food Cuisine: "Grains constitute the next class of yeast/fungi/mold-stimulating foods after the high-sugar foods and fruits in particular. Research shows that stored grains ferment in 90 days. Within that time many mycotoxins are produced. In essence, stored grains are a mycotoxic hazard. A correlation was found between 112 patients with esophageal cancer and eating of stored grains (Cancer, 1987). There was a particular risk factor for stomach cancer among Scandinavian and German men eating stored grains reported in The Fungal/Mycotoxin Etiology of Human Disease, vol. 2. Stored potatoes also represent a mycotoxic risk. The black spots on them are caused by the fungi aspergillus and fusarium, which produce the mycotoxins aflatoxin and fumosium.

After the Juice Feast you should be mostly free from thoughts of bread, so try to keep it that way by choosing the best foods possible!!

Another Question:

David and Katrina

My protein levels are sinking really very, very low -- to the point of starting to make my medical caregivers worry (and in turn this is making my white blood cell count and platelet counts go down). None of them asked me to stop juicing to their credit, but they were encouraging me to introduce eggs. As I don't want to, but my health situation is precarious), what do you think of the option of me supplementing with a protein powder -- maybe hemp? This was the compromise I came up with...what are your thoughts and suggestions?

Thanks guys, love Bronwyn

We Say:

Hi Bronwyn!

It is more than likely that your protein looks low because most medical testing is using a society that over eats protein as their baseline for judging protein levels. Most westerners are getting about 60-70 grams of protein a day, which skews the numbers for those of us eating a plant based diet. Just like the weight charts. Our research shows that 20-30 grams of protein is plenty! Our honest opinion is that too much protein is far more of a problem than too little. Please see the Day 28 video if you haven't yet seen it for more info on protein, or Day 28 on!! Loads of info there.

BUT!! If you really want to add in more protein, things to consider rather than eggs (keep it vegan darling!) for your Juice Feast are:

1.More dark, leafy greens
2. bee pollen
3. Chlorella, Spirulina, or E3live (65% protein)
4. Maca root powder
5. Goji berries (blend soaked gojis into your juice, and then strain out the pulp.)
6. If you really want to add protein powder, we would recommend a hemp protein powder. There are some really good ones you can find at Lifestyles Market in Victoria, and possible Thrifty's has them too.

If you add in more of all these things and are still protein deficient, than you may have a HCl (stomach acid) deficiency, leading to poor absorption. Let us know what your next tests look like!

Lots of love!!

Personal Journal:

Happy today. Lots of stuff manifesting in the realm of personal growth. I love Juice Feasting. I got a wonderful amount of exercise yesterday, and am feeling all aglow from it today. I went for two half hour walks, rebounded for 20 minutes, and did the 90 minute Bikram's yoga session. I have the 2 CD audio set of Bikram teaching the class, which you can find on Amazon, and I really enjoy it. I LOVE sweating, and don't know that I have ever sweated so much as I do doing Bikram's yoga. If you are interested in getting the CD and doing it at home, I would recommend going to a few live classes as well to get started and become familiar with the poses. I was doing Bikram before I came to AZ, and WOW did it ever help me in the emotional turmoil of leaving my life "before David" behind! I can remember crying my way silently through some of the most heart opening postures, and then leaving the class feeling so at peace! Yoga truly can be the marriage between body, heart, mind, and spirit.

Love to you all the cosmic 33rd day!!

Katrina and David


Lisa, aka Pixywinks said...

Thanks so much for the bread/wheat info. I have a bread/cheese addiction that I'm hoping to cure with the juice feast. I saw the video you and David did about the bread, and that really helped me to see how addictive it really is. It helps to see that the cravings will eventually go away if one is persistant.
Pixy Lisa

Penni said...

Very informative blog today. Thank you. I found the suggestions of how to get more protein really helpful. I am going to try to be more aware of making sure I am adding those things in on a daily basis.

Peace Love.....Penni