Friday, February 01, 2013

And So It Begins . . .

 I packed my car with brand new Breville juicers.  I drove to church.  And realized that I'd forgotten my keys.

Luckily someone was there so I was able to get in and set up for tonight's showing of Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead and the launch of both the month-long juice fast and the Health and Wholeness Initiative.  I was excited.  I was nervous.

I was also hungry.  I'd started my own fast this morning.  I'd had some "Carrot/Apple/Ginger," some "Mean Green."  Also a leftover's mix of apples, blueberry, strawberries, and kale.  All that wonderful juice had me feeling pretty good, but hungry.

Eight people came to tonight's program.  I'd been hoping for 25 or 30, but I'd been afraid of 2 or 3, so this was good.  I was really looking forward to sharing Joe and Phil's stories, but technical problems got in the way of our watching the film -- again and again and again, in fact.  (Thanks goodness that it's so readily available on Netflix and that we'll be showing it again on Tuesday the 5th and Wednesday the 13th.)  But I think that the juicing demonstration went pretty well and we had some really good conversations.  Three people went home with juicers, and several of us said that we were planning to give this a go.

Tonight's is going to be a short entry.  More tomorrow.

In Gassho,


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Anonymous said...

All I can say is that you are seriously hard core committed if you are going to do a month long fast before the dandelions have come up...and when it is below freezing outside. Wow.

Margaret said...

I watched "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" on Netflix last Thursday. It is inspiring. My brother has these juices every morning. Like Joe and Phil, he glows with good health.

Natalie said...

I am one of the three who took home a juicer, not to go on a juice fast, but to supplement my diet with healthy, living juices as part of an effort to remedy a digestive problem in a natural way instead of tossing pharmaceuticals at the symptoms. So far I've made two juices, both delicious: one green; the other, brilliant ruby red. I've had a juice glass of each today.

I appreciate the opportunity to have a conversation about how and what we eat. Clearly it is a subject we often avoid out of shame or embarrassment. The fast food and processed food industries have hooked us on pseudo foods, often without our realizing it until we suffer physically for our guilty pleasures.
Another book we might add to the reading list is Mindless Eating - Why We Eat More Than We Think by Brian Wansink. It makes us aware of how out of control we are and how we are manipulated.

Again, thank you, Erik, for this opportunity to support each other on our individual journeys to better health.