Today’s Observations
I had a serious date with the commode this afternoon.  I’m not sure if it was something I ate, or if i had a bug, or if I’m experiencing another round of detox, but in any case, it took me by surprise.  Don’t get me wrong… I’m actually kind of grateful for it.  It was like getting a colonic without paying the 75 bucks.  And I feel lighter in my loafers to boot.

So as long as we’re going there, is it possible for us to have an honest conversation about this without giggling or being grossed out?  One of the advantages of eating raw is, what is sometimes referred to as, “quick transit time”.  That’s a fancy way of saying, you put something in your mouth and it comes out the other end pretty quickly.  The reason for this is the high water and fiber content of the food.  The advantage is that the waste stuff that is toxic to our bodies, has less time to hang out and do bad things (can you tell from my scientific explanation that I was a Bio major?)  The ideal, according to Ayur Vedic medicine, is that we visit the commode after every meal.  It gives you somethin’ to shoot for doesn’t it?  In any case, let me just say by way of personal observation, that all of the above is true. And in fact, it gives one a sense of… well, accomplishment in a funny way, to know that your body is working as it was designed.  I have a personal motto that has inspired me along this raw journey, and on this lucky day 13,  I offer it to you with great affection.

If it comes out green, you know you’re clean.

Today’s Menu
Avocolada and mango for breakfast
Salad with Creamy Thai Dressing for lunch
Snacks – apple, guacamole with cucumbers for dipping, pecans
Sarma Melngailis’ “Favorite Green Shake” for dinner

Today’s New Recipe
A green smoothie seemed like the right thing to have tonight after my afternoon experience.  This comes from Sarma Melngailis’ new book, Living Raw Food.  I am sharing with you my modified version.  Rather than adding the agave or Stevia as she suggests, I’d rather add a pear or apple balance all the citris in this shake.

Favorite Green Shake (3 Yums)
1 grapefruit, peel cut away
2 lemons, peel cut away
2 limes, peel cut away
2 cucumbers, chopped (I left the skin on)
1 big bunch parsley or ciliantro (I used half of both)
Handful of other greens – Kale, spinach, collard, chard
1-2 pears or apples
Optional – Vanilla extract, stevia and/or agave to taste.

Blend all citrus and cucumber, and fruit into a liquid.  Then add greens and blend on high until bright green. Add vanilla and sweeteners if you’d like. Enjoy!

Today’s Affirmation

I honor my body’s remarkable ability to cleanse, heal, and restore itself to a state of perfect health.