Today’s Observations
I am in the middle of that vortex called Menopause.  One of the well known symptoms of being in this vortex, is hot flashes.  OK, can we just establish right here and now that hot flashes are the weirdest thing I have ever experienced?  When all my friends were having hot flashes and I wasn’t, I thought, “Bring ’em on.” (given that I always tend to be on the cold side).  But when they finally arrived, they weren’t what I imagined at all.  It reminds of the year I spent in Chicago, making my way through the fridged snows of Winter and the chilly, unpredictable Spring thinking – I can’t wait for summer to get here.  Then it arrived and it was nothing like this California girl had ever experienced –  it was a sticky, horridly humid, can’t-get-away-from-it kind of heat that makes you want to take all your clothes off and lay on the floor in front of a fan…. Come to think of it, that is exactly what a hot flash feels like.

What’s my point.  My point is that my hot flashes have diminished significantly.   To be honest, they had started to diminish a little before I started my 30 Day Raw experiment, and then they actually got worse the first few of my 30 days (detox perhaps?).  But last night… last night I slept through the night like a baby.  Let me put this in context.  Just a month ago, I couldn’t get through the night without being awakened 3 – 5 times with hot flashes, throwing the covers off, sweating like a non-Swede, and fanning myself with the nearest issue of Dwell magazine until the internal firestorm passed.  That didn’t happen last night, and I don’t know if it has anything to do with the fact that I have been raw for 12 days now, but I’m just sayin’…. I noticed, and I liked it.

Today’s Menu
Salad with Creamy Thai Dressing
Snacks – apples
Mango for dinner

Today’s New Recipe
I’ve been wanting to try this recipe for a while, just ‘cuz i like how it sounds :)  It comes from one of my favorite raw books, Raw Food Real World.  I’m not sure this is my favorite smoothie ever, but it was definitely good and a fun experiment.

Avocolada (3 Yums)
1 avocado, peeled and pitted
3 cups diced
2 cups coconut water
3 Tablespoons Agave
3 Tablespoons lime juice
Pinch of salt
The recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of coconut butter and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract.  I did not add these, but I did add about half a handful of Cilantro.

Blend in the blender until smooth and enjoy.

Today’s Affirmation

I joyously embrace all of life’s experiences.