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SamCyn’s Juicing Adventure: Day Three

07/25/2011 1 comment

When I woke up on day three, I was feeling pretty good.  I had energy, despite not eating for over two days (60 hours as of 8:00am) and just like the morning before, my tongue had the white fuzz, which proves the process is working.

I did have a slight headache, so for breakfast (and lunch) I made juice #5.  I gotta say, I’m liking this juice the best.

This blend of fruits and veggies makes a great combination and the little kick you get from the ginger is a perfect eye-opener.

After breakfast, Sam and I went for a walk on the beach, and let me tell you, it was glorious.

(This is an old photo of us, but on the same beach)

We walked along the shore and let the waves crash on our feet, as our leg muscles got a workout.  The best part was when it started to drizzle on us…what a great feeling it was to have the raindrops cool us off, as they fell on our skin.  Each time we do this (which is not often enough) it reminds us why and how lucky we are to live near the beach.

Another thing that I’m reminded of on this journey, is how grateful I am for what we have.  The fact that I can say I haven’t eaten in over two days, all because of a choice and not because I have no other alternative, is truly a blessing.

As of the night before, Sam has asked when would I be eating something.  Despite the fact that I’m not passing out, or having any major issues (thank God), it would make him feel a lot more comfortable if I ate.   Therefore, I promised him I would eat a salad when we went over to my mother’s.

As soon as we walked in, the smell of garlic and spices from the chicken and beans wafted all throughout my mom’s place.

MMMMMMMMMM! Can you say T-O-R-T-U-R-E?

I’ve got to pat myself on the back, because as good as it smelled and yes, I was hungry.  I stuck to my juicing/fruits and veggies only commitment, and ate the awesome salad I made, while everyone else feasted on roasted chicken with rice and beans (and salad).

Normally, we would have had some type of dessert.  I certainly would have made something like this carrot-pineapple cake.

Instead, we talked about healthy eating (amongst other things), and the future cake that my mom’s friend would like me to bake for her (I was flattered).  Honestly, as delicious as it would have been to end the meal with a piece of cake.  I didn’t miss it.  My prayer and goal is to be able to resist these types of desserts on a daily basis and just enjoy them (a small portion) on occasion.

When we got home I unwinded with a cup of sleepytime tea, Sam had an apple and then we happily went to sleep.

Sugar is a type of bodily fuel, yes, but your body runs about as well on it as a car would. – V.L. Allineare

Juice #5

Yields approximately 2 quarts

4 apples

5-6 medium carrots

ginger (approx. thumb size)

1/2 a papaya

To prepare:

Wash all fruits and veggies, peel skin from papaya and cut in pieces, cut up apples, insert into your juicer.  Enjoy!

Day Three Salad

No measurements, I just tossed in the following into a large salad bowl:

arugula

1 cucumber

mixed greens

2 Haas avocados

1/4 red onion

spinach

2 tomatoes

I drizzled just a little bit of olive oil on my plate, did not add any salt or pepper and it was delicious.

As I’ve mentioned before, I am journaling and sharing this experience just to make myself accountable.  I am not a doctor, or a professional in the field of nutrition.  Therefore, I DO NOT, I REPEAT, I DO NOT RECOMMEND ANYONE TO FOLLOW WHAT I’M DOING.  If you’re interested in fasting, detoxing, juicing, etc., please consult your doctor.

Thank you!

Cherry Chocolate Love Cake

06/20/2011 7 comments

This weekend Sam and I celebrated our two-year Wedding Anniversary 🙂

As I look back to that magical night we met (at a party, which I almost did not attend), up until now, I can’t help but smile (from ear to ear) and thank God for answering my prayers and blessing me with such a devoted, loving, hard-working husband, friend and lover.  The past couple of years have been filled with lots of love, laughter and joy.  We have our good days and sometimes not so good days, but all in all, we love each other very much and as each day goes by, we keep learning and growing as a couple and appreciating one another more and more.

So on this special occasion, I was inspired to make what I’d like to refer to as, the Cherry Chocolate Love Cake…reason being, despite the obvious cherries on top, cherry filling and dark chocolate…

It was made out of love, for the love of my life and his love of cherries.

Now that cherries are in season and considered the new antioxidant “super fruit”, I have the opportunity to make all kinds of goodies for my husband, like pies, cakes, smoothies, ice-cream, etc.

I tried my hand at decorating this cake with swiss meringue buttercream (a first for me) and further practice my decorating skills.

I think I did okay for a newbie…don’t you think?

Well, at least my husband was impressed, which automatically makes it a success in my book.

This cake is dense (without being heavy) with a delightfully, rich chocolate taste, that matches perfectly with the fresh cherry filling and silky, smooth buttercream. 

Needless to say, we both thoroughly enjoyed the “love” cake and look forward to sharing it with family and friends.

Here’s to love, joy, patience, kindness, health, happiness and many, many more anniversaries.

You can find the recipe for the dark chocolate cake and swiss meringue buttercream from Rosie at Sweetapolita.  I just happened to stumble across her site one day and really like the beautiful pictures she posts of not only her confections, but of her family too.

As for the cherry filling, I roasted about a cup (next time I’ll use two cups) of pitted and chopped cherries mixed with a tablespoon of sugar and a tablespoon of melted butter in the oven set at 400° for about 10 minutes.  Allowed the cherries to cool, strained out most of the juice (there was a bit too much liquid) and then added (by mistake) a capful of orange extract, in lieu of vanilla extract.  Luckily orange and chocolate goes well together ;-).

“Life is just a bowl of cherries, don’t take it serious, its mysterious. Life is just a bowl of cherries, so live and laugh and laugh at love, love a laugh, laugh and love”.  – Bob Fosse