Papaya Breakfast Bowl

papaya bowlYou know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right?:)
What you consume in the few hours after you wake up regulates a bunch of your bodily functions so you can help boost your metabolism, increase your stamina, promote a good hormonal balance, strengthen your immune system, etc, etc by making the right choices… or complicate stuff by making the not-so-right ones.

Today I’m having a papaya bowl, it reminds me of having breakfast with Tina in Mysore, India, after an intense yoga class. We all end up so tired that passing the jaggery across the table feels like such an effort! All happy to be there, making friends, deepening our practice, but Oh-My-God!! you end up tired!! Much more the reason for breakfast being so important=] in circumstances like that, after a hard workout your body is really depending on some good fuel for replenishing and rebuilding.

2 cups fresh ripe papaya in cubes
1 heaping teaspoon Vitamineral Green
2 teaspoons bee pollen
2 teaspoons hemp seeds
1 handfull Goji berries

It’s that simple!! Fresh fruit is always good. Some people worry about the sugar content in fruits and limit their intake for this reason. If you have any medical condition like diabetes, some hormonal unbalances, etc, you might need to regulate your diet and learn about some fruits being better than others for you to eat and which quantities, but if everything is good, you’re healthy and stuff, then go for it!! Fruits are HEALTHY, filled with tons of nutrients. And for the sugar, just try to eat them whole or in a smoothie so you keep their fiber giving time for your body to digest them and absorb the sugar little by little. Avoid drinking fruit juices, without the fiber the sugar goes straight to your blood stream and that’s when you could be submitting your body to an unnecessary and not so healthy effort.

Plus, if you add some more fiber and some protein like seeds and green powders like on this papaya bowl to your plate you transform healthy fruit into a SUPER healthy food=] Today I used Vitamineral Green from Health Force Nutritionals.. we have written about them in the past, they are THE PEOPLE when it comes to raw, vegan, super nutrition. I love their stuff and as far as I know there’s nothing better out there, but you can use any other green powder in hand or sprinkle some spirulina.

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Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries and Nuts…

roasted brussel sproutsBrussel sprouts are one of the healthiest veggies you can eat. I love green food and if it has leaves even more!
Rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, brussel sprouts belong to the same family as cabbage, broccoli and kale, all of which are veggies that are low-glycemic, highly nutritious and because of their high antioxidant content can offer protection from colon, prostate and endometrial cancer. Plus, they are so versatile and easy to prepare, like this recipe that can be done in 10 minutes!

To prepare about four servings…
About 16 brussel sprouts, little more, little less depend how much you eat=]
1/2 cup pecan nuts chopped in rough chunks
1/2 cup dried cranberries, you can also use other berries if you like
2 tablespoons homemade pesto (you can use your own or try the one below!)

Simple…
Cut the brussel sprouts in half and marinate with the pesto for about two hours… if you’re in a hurry you can skip the marinating and go straight to the roasting, but if you have the time it definitely makes a difference. Roast on the grill or in a roasting pan placing the open half down first until slightly golden, turn to the other side and add the pecans and cranberries to roast with the sprouts just for a few seconds. You want the flavors to blend but don’t over cook the berries and nuts for they can taste bitter! and that’s it! serve them as a side with other roasted veggies, maybe some quinoa or what ever or by themselves, they are that nutritious and tasty can be a meal on it’s own!

For the pesto I usually keep it simple and fast by filling about half of the blender with basil, four to six garlic cloves, little sea salt, little pepper and about two cups of virgin olive oil. Once blended you may add more basil or oil until you get the consistency you like… mine is always thick and super green!! if you want to vary a bit you can always add cilantro, parsley or other herbs and get creative=]

Fundamentals of my fast – How, Why, etc.

PARASITE CLEANSE TEA USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH FAST – HERE – like you should click on the word here…=]

The fundamentals of my fast are pretty simple and will save those of you not interested in details of my life.  This initial part is just to give you an overview of what I am doing and a basic understanding of why.  As the fast progresses, I will be adding pictures, my daily intakes and general experiences.  Please enjoy and drop me a line with any questions!  Aloha! For starters, when fasting, we have to look at the long term effect, in a fast you will be purposely denying your body nutrients and intake of energy in the form of food.  By doing this, your body will begin to cannibalize itself for the necessary “stuff”, to go about its daily business. This “digging deep”, into ones own personal body allows for release of many accumulated toxins as these are most easily found in our fats, just as with the animals you eat should your dietary flow take you in that direction, toxins are in fat. So by burning through this layer and many others, we release long held toxins, as you can imagine the results are usually beneficial – after a time. If you are detoxing, then you must realize that your body must now get rid of said toxic material, this will be through the skin, lungs [breath], and eliminatory orifices or the male and female respectively. As the toxins are removed, they will travel through the various organs to be separated and moved on various courses.  This will in turn give you a variety of symptoms or perhaps none at all. You may feel chills, dizzy, dis oriented, flu like, ill tempered, foul, angry, sad, etc. You will also at times feel great. Just know that this is normal and if you never allow yourself to go through it, the cleansing, at some point there will be problems, it is simply how the body works. After having taken myself down to the essence, I will then begin to rebuild.  This is a very exciting part as you essentially get to choose how you will re shape yourself.  Thankfully I have landed at an extremely organic and very well thought out/led farm by the former creator of Seeds of Change, Gabriel Howearth, he didn’t sell out, I heard the story. To be here when I emerge from my fast will be to take in some of the most nutrient dense foods available in the Baja peninsula and perhaps this region of Mexico. I will be as strong as I was, but now stronger as what I rebuild all the muscle and bone with will be high quality ingredients, this will be my new basis.  As I continue riding my bike and accumulate “layers” or “strata” or non organic and in many cases toxic material, the very same I seek to lose now by fasting, the effects will not be so detrimental as my new base layer will be ninja. Forty days is a heckuva time though, poco a poco, to the last. It is always necessary to plan the rebuild phase of any fast to be commensurate with what was churned up and discarded.  One must also be careful to not harbor cravings lest a binge happen and the whole process be thrown for a loop, simple consideration of ones actions will do, that and a modicum of responsibility. There are many fasts to choose from.  Master Cleanse, tea cleanses, mono food cleanses, parasite, liver, all kinds of cleanses. Do your research and plan accordingly.  For the first few days you will be feeling pretty sketchy, but hey, its to be expected, you are doing an epic detox right=]

13-2-13

The date is written in the traditional style of the rest of the world, day, month, year.

The only thing separating me from what I truly wish to be is me, that much I get…

How to stop myself from being myself is a whole different issue, I may not even be wording it right.

Today marks the first day of my fast.  My intention with this si to go for a full forty days as this seems to be the requisite number of days as put forth in many places as many people have used this number of days.

I had a grapefruit for breakfast, I chewed gingerly as my back right molar was still a bit sensitive from the cavaton, my cavity mas grande and drank a tea from Pau DÁrco, Nashishia, lemon grass, a little Tulsi – Indian Holy Basil, and some Nettle.

I restarted the fire from the night before, am writing, have tea, have the Natural Home and Garden magazine that contains my sketch of the garden and the list of all that is planted there.  I got through the alphabet and then switched to A1, A2, A3… and so on all the way to A34.  I honestly dfo not know if aI am any closer to the completion than when I started or by some chance if I have started in a way that will now require twice as much work as I must simply start again lest trying to understand the confusion I set down to paper as I wondered round the Labyrinth deciphering my own handwriting and that of three others, included in the mix is Gabriel who’s own handwriting, understandable and regrettably leaves a bit, for me, to be desired, that and his frequent deviations from what he said is his required way of denoting a tag…

I love it!

Howearth is his name, Mr. Gabriel Howearth, and howfitting for a man who knows so much that he could easily be considered a gentleman who has forgotten more than we shall ever know, sort of thing, and yet he, somehow manages to retain and recall such a vast trove of knowledge that it begs the question, “How?”.

Gabriel just recently informed that today is Ash Wednesday, to atone for the sin accrued in the time since Fat Tuesday.

The day of fasting.

How convenient and telling.

The fast is for a few reasons which I originally set out to record here, for my own clarification an aid in intention and vision setting, after all, I am on what would be described by some as a profound quest for vision.  I have not endeavored on a greater journey in my life, and I say this after quite a time of endeavoring on many different jounries, some, at the start, I had no idea how I was going to simply get from Point A to Point B.  And now I do not even truly know what to do about starting and yet I am in Day 1 right now.

Absolutely amazing…. I watched Deadman in parts… again.

Every night and every morn, some to misery are born

Every morn and every night, some are born to sweet delight

Some are born to sweet delight

Some are born to endless night

Hokahey Willaim Blake, it suits you.

I have been thinking that I royally screwed up with Diana, that I lost something that is irreplaceable, ever.  I know that there are things like that, Love is one fo them, no matter what happens, I find I don’t give this enough thought when I am in its thralls and even less when I find that the flame is now a guttering spark.

Its only later when I realize, if I only wold have done this, that, and the other, and all would have been in acordanced to the vision I have for myself.

And then I think of all the times I did do this that and the other and yet, still, my vision was not in accordance with my life.

So I began to wonder, and then at times, it does work out when I seemingly am not trying and other times it will work out when I try my hardest.

And then there are those times when…

So here is my life, it’s fairly sprawled out before anyone who bothers to look, of which I know of a very few, assuredly in this world and day there must be a few more, I like it, my life.  I say this in retrospect, and of course with the afore mentioned filter of shoulda coulda woulda, the story of how it all woulda been bettah, and yet, I love it all the same.

I suppose this is as close as I can feel to being a parent without having had a child, loving my life for all it has been when I think of it, though I imagine there are parents who when they think of their children they are filled with regret anger, perhaps, shame for some, who knows, I know I have felt all those things about myself, and do still on a near continual basis.

Which is why I’m fasting.

I don’t recommend this for everyone or anyone, afterall, Im me, so I really don’t recommend as who am I?  I come off many tmes, I think, in other peoples estimation as a pushy character, I assure myself I am not, but then, isn’t it all relative and in the eye of the beholder.

Hmmm, maybe I am an asshat afterall=]

Well, I know that this will help me see many things, I will burn down to layers of being, I’m speaking literally and figuratively here, that have not been looked at since birth.  I will literally shed through a process of self imposed cannibalism of sort on my own body, I will burn in the ovens of my cells grasping for more shit to burn for energy, the Krebs cycle, more ATP, I will go on a cellular level to the very core of who I am physically.  I hope youre following me so far, this is just the science of the corpeal body, next we have mental and spiritual, all of which are going to be whapnoodled.

So, there I am burning on a physical level that which I had been, that which I consumed made me, now I burn it, literally albeit on a microscopic level, I burn that which I was and from the ashes, a Phoenix of my choosing will arise.

A 40 day fast is just the beginning, I don’t plan, on the physical sense to simply tear down my physical body without a very solid rebuild plan!  Look where I am, as a vegan I am in the Halcyon fields of Glory.  I have organic everything all day, in 40 of them.

So my physical rebuild will be a grapefruit on day 40, a couple on 41, 42 gets some water mix greens, aloe and limon and slowly but surely I will tunr on my digestive system.

Now, as my digestive system came to an essential shut down, all the chemical process and machinations which make us, us, it freed up many essential amino acids, it freed up a whole lot of energy in essence for some serious healing work, as I continue to drink water, the body will go into an ever increasing conservation mode and this process will slow but never end as mentioned earlier, something[s] will be found to burn for keeping me alive on cellular levels, un needed things, my dna will literally register this event and adapt, as will it register the subsequent influx of organic raw ingredients and do a massive rebuild, making, hopefully a more, hmmm, perfect, kinda works, me.

Fasting as it seems to me is about taking care of the one doing the juggling and not that which is being juggled.

Im by no means a fast fanatic, my longest being 6 and half to seven days, more like 6.  I may never fast again, who knows, but for now, this is the plan.

The point of the fast is to go very slow, this will serve as my first full scale halt and re-evaluation of my round the world ride.  My funds are quite low from what they were at starting, I have made progress and yet, not as much as I had reckoned on making, I have not felt that time was wasted anywhere, and yet, perhaps, it was not so wisely used either?

Now is the time to run the tale of tape, all the way back to adolescence, see what the grand design has come to be, see what is me.

Many things need to be re-arranged in order for me to be at my most, I guess that’s it, to be at my most.

It is very much my intention to cycle the planet, though I will admit that I have had some strong leanings towards making this a pedaling and sailing adventure.

It is after all my life first and foremost, whatever has been made real to the world via the website is a fraction of what is me.

I have intent, both near, mid and long term.  My near term goal is most always some vague notion of personal growth, long term is an orphanage where the children are taught everything and anything, from Kung fu and Ninjitsu to advanced Euclidean Geometry and trans rational thought in a parallel shift axis universe with fundamental expulsion creativity theory.

Mid term goal is to have an epic adventure around the world by bike and boat where I help wherever I find myself, ending with finding a spot to settle grow good organic food, surf warm waters all year, or most of the year and be surrounded by a small community of good people and god willing, a wife to help me run the orphanage.

Now I am learning what needs to be taught to change the world, but I guess I started that at birth=]

Yup=]

Day 1, ash Wednesday – three grapefruits, lots of water and tea.

Day 2 – again, lots of water, Pau Dárco tea, later Chamomile tea.  Did Qi Gong in the a.m, planted lots of seeds and practiced acupuncture on Gabriel.

Now its 3am and I cannot sleep even a little bit, heart broken, I thought it would go away after midnight of the 14th, but, still here, just bummed out, heartbroken on my own shortcomings really…  Jeez, and I still have 38 days to go…=]  And I just saw a mosquito fly in front of the aquarium glow of my computer screen, sigh…  Al Green time…

Day 3 – Energy is returning in a major way, when I am weeding and stand however I get to ride the wave of some extreme dizziness, maybe coke flashbacks or something…  Potted up 30 rare types of Aloe and did some Bamboo transplants, totally beat.  Planted the rest of the Labyrinth garden and am now looking forward to some nice chill nothing time=]

Lots of water and still teas, not that I am tired of water, it’s just that we go through drinking water so quick that I use the tap to make the teas and help keep the peace.

One of the teas I like is simple Neem with Himalayan Basil, you can feel it doing things inside.  Neem is a cure all plant and is widely used in India as a tea along with cinnamon.

Day 4 – My sleeplessness continues, I am so tired and sluggish and yet as soon as I lay down, my eyes pop open and I stare at the ceiling until just before the sun rises when I really start to get sleepy and then, the sun rises.

Day 5 – Tea of the day was Neem, Episote, Nashia, and Cassia [the seed pod looking thing], had an overall chill day, Katia blew up big time in the a.m., a lot of very heavy stuff going on, but hey, that’s life and I am finally, surprisingly in a place to control it!  Never woulda thought…  Anyway, it looks as though I can be of service here while I am service to myself, so why not, this is a very rare place, it needs help, perfect!

I made a lot of chopsticks out of rare bamboos today to give to the visitors as gifts.

I feel energy in my body a lot better, my acupuncture sessions with Gabriel are getting more intense as I seem to be able to feel more whats happening inside him.  I definitely feel the energy, just not the physical strength, getting skinnier as well, Im going to look like Gandhi soon=]

Day 6 – typing, looking forward to meeting the creators of Maca Magic, Im supposed to be moving a mature palm tree, gonna use the fasting card on that one, still not sleeping, I even did a sitting meditation for over an hour last night prior to bed to get myself in that super chill zone, hit the pillow and eyes sprung open, I don’t know what it is, further I don’t know where I get the energy to go through the day, maybe Im sleeping somehow in there, no clue.

Day 7 – had a Green Juice, made sure to run it through a coffee filter so it was pure, still kicked off my digestive system, so no more of that.  Had a bit of Maca tincture, holy cow, that hit me like a rocket, wait for that until I am eating again=]  Passed out while peeing, one minute I was watering a tree, the next I was bouncing off it and finding myself on the ground wondering what the F?

Later that night while adjusting the fire I was stung by a Scorpion, so I got to get some of the medicine from the magic creatures=]

Day 8 – 0 energy, like none.  Too tired to even walk, what does this mean, I am DETOXING, which is great.  I have decided to only do a 14 day fast so that I do not lose all my muscle tone.  I spoke with Mr. Howearth and he totally agrees, he said that should I do a 20 to 40 day fast, I would be looking at 3-4 months of recovery time, not into that at this point, I have some cycling to do and a world to save!

Day 9 and 10 will be written about when I have my notebook with me, they were pretty tame and included not a whole lot and tea.

All in all the fast was a success, the only part that wasn’t successful and that should be looked at by YOU is how I came off the fast.  You didn’t think you just start drinking mocha fraps and eating burgers did you, goodness, you need to take time!

The first day I had a grapefruit.

The second day a green drink and a grapefruit and then at night one too many bananas.

Now, on the second day I am already overboard.  You need to go slow and steady when you come back into this.  A few days of just green drinks made from organic greens, by the fourth day you are now adding in some miso soup WITHOUT SOY, soy is kind of bad news and we will discuss this later in some other article, for now trust me, if it isn’t a naturally fermented soy product, like organic soy sauce or Tempeh, you don’t really need it and are better off without it.

You want to give yourself a slow ramping up of at least as many days as you actually fasted, so if you fasted for 5 days, you would come back to regular food over five days.

I was eating hot sauce and bean by day 5, I fasted for 10, I am a bad boy indeed!

Seriously, the results and benefits from the fast come from the total package, both the fast and the slow return, you return to quickly as I did, you will be lucky to achieve good results.  Lucky for me I’m lucky=]  Next time I will adhere strictly to this regimen.

Fasting is one of the oldest known ways to cure disease both of the body and the mind, of course, with fasting, it must be done on purpose, NEVER IMPOSE THIS ON ANYONE.The fundamentals of my fast are pretty simple and will save those of you not interested in details of my life.  This initial part is just to give you an overview of what I am doing and a basic understanding of why.  As the fast progresses, I will be adding pictures, my daily intakes and general experiences.  Please enjoy and drop me a line with any questions!  Aloha! For starters, when fasting, we have to look at the long term effect, in a fast you will be purposely denying your body nutrients and intake of energy in the form of food.  By doing this, your body will begin to cannibalize itself for the necessary “stuff”, to go about its daily business. This “digging deep”, into ones own personal body allows for release of many accumulated toxins as these are most easily found in our fats, just as with the animals you eat should your dietary flow take you in that direction, toxins are in fat. So by burning through this layer and many others, we release long held toxins, as you can imagine the results are usually beneficial – after a time. If you are detoxing, then you must realize that your body must now get rid of said toxic material, this will be through the skin, lungs [breath], and eliminatory orifices or the male and female respectively. As the toxins are removed, they will travel through the various organs to be separated and moved on various courses.  This will in turn give you a variety of symptoms or perhaps none at all. You may feel chills, dizzy, dis oriented, flu like, ill tempered, foul, angry, sad, etc. You will also at times feel great. Just know that this is normal and if you never allow yourself to go through it, the cleansing, at some point there will be problems, it is simply how the body works. After having taken myself down to the essence, I will then begin to rebuild.  This is a very exciting part as you essentially get to choose how you will re shape yourself.  Thankfully I have landed at an extremely organic and very well thought out/led farm by the former creator of Seeds of Change, Gabriel Howearth, he didn’t sell out, I heard the story. To be here when I emerge from my fast will be to take in some of the most nutrient dense foods available in the Baja peninsula and perhaps this region of Mexico. I will be as strong as I was, but now stronger as what I rebuild all the muscle and bone with will be high quality ingredients, this will be my new basis.  As I continue riding my bike and accumulate “layers” or “strata” or non organic and in many cases toxic material, the very same I seek to lose now by fasting, the effects will not be so detrimental as my new base layer will be ninja. Forty days is a heckuva time though, poco a poco, to the last. It is always necessary to plan the rebuild phase of any fast to be commensurate with what was churned up and discarded.  One must also be careful to not harbor cravings lest a binge happen and the whole process be thrown for a loop, simple consideration of ones actions will do, that and a modicum of responsibility. There are many fasts to choose from.  Master Cleanse, tea cleanses, mono food cleanses, parasite, liver, all kinds of cleanses. Do your research and plan accordingly.  For the first few days you will be feeling pretty sketchy, but hey, its to be expected, you are doing an epic detox right=]

13-2-13

The date is written in the traditional style of the rest of the world, day, month, year.

The only thing separating me from what I truly wish to be is me, that much I get…

How to stop myself from being myself is a whole different issue, I may not even be wording it right.

Today marks the first day of my fast.  My intention with this si to go for a full forty days as this seems to be the requisite number of days as put forth in many places as many people have used this number of days.

I had a grapefruit for breakfast, I chewed gingerly as my back right molar was still a bit sensitive from the cavaton, my cavity mas grande and drank a tea from Pau DÁrco, Nashishia, lemon grass, a little Tulsi – Indian Holy Basil, and some Nettle.

 

I restarted the fire from the night before, am writing, have tea, have the Natural Home and Garden magazine that contains my sketch of the garden and the list of all that is planted there.  I got through the alphabet and then switched to A1, A2, A3… and so on all the way to A34.  I honestly dfo not know if aI am any closer to the completion than when I started or by some chance if I have started in a way that will now require twice as much work as I must simply start again lest trying to understand the confusion I set down to paper as I wondered round the Labyrinth deciphering my own handwriting and that of three others, included in the mix is Gabriel who’s own handwriting, understandable and regrettably leaves a bit, for me, to be desired, that and his frequent deviations from what he said is his required way of denoting a tag…

I love it!

Howearth is his name, Mr. Gabriel Howearth, and howfitting for a man who knows so much that he could easily be considered a gentleman who has forgotten more than we shall ever know, sort of thing, and yet he, somehow manages to retain and recall such a vast trove of knowledge that it begs the question, “How?”.

Gabriel just recently informed that today is Ash Wednesday, to atone for the sin accrued in the time since Fat Tuesday.

The day of fasting.

How convenient and telling.

The fast is for a few reasons which I originally set out to record here, for my own clarification an aid in intention and vision setting, after all, I am on what would be described by some as a profound quest for vision.  I have not endeavored on a greater journey in my life, and I say this after quite a time of endeavoring on many different jounries, some, at the start, I had no idea how I was going to simply get from Point A to Point B.  And now I do not even truly know what to do about starting and yet I am in Day 1 right now.

Absolutely amazing…. I watched Deadman in parts… again.

Every night and every morn, some to misery are born

Every morn and every night, some are born to sweet delight

Some are born to sweet delight

Some are born to endless night

Hokahey Willaim Blake, it suits you.

I have been thinking that I royally screwed up with Diana, that I lost something that is irreplaceable, ever.  I know that there are things like that, Love is one fo them, no matter what happens, I find I don’t give this enough thought when I am in its thralls and even less when I find that the flame is now a guttering spark.

Its only later when I realize, if I only wold have done this, that, and the other, and all would have been in acordanced to the vision I have for myself.

And then I think of all the times I did do this that and the other and yet, still, my vision was not in accordance with my life.

So I began to wonder, and then at times, it does work out when I seemingly am not trying and other times it will work out when I try my hardest.

And then there are those times when…

So here is my life, it’s fairly sprawled out before anyone who bothers to look, of which I know of a very few, assuredly in this world and day there must be a few more, I like it, my life.  I say this in retrospect, and of course with the afore mentioned filter of shoulda coulda woulda, the story of how it all woulda been bettah, and yet, I love it all the same.

I suppose this is as close as I can feel to being a parent without having had a child, loving my life for all it has been when I think of it, though I imagine there are parents who when they think of their children they are filled with regret anger, perhaps, shame for some, who knows, I know I have felt all those things about myself, and do still on a near continual basis.

Which is why I’m fasting.

I don’t recommend this for everyone or anyone, afterall, Im me, so I really don’t recommend as who am I?  I come off many tmes, I think, in other peoples estimation as a pushy character, I assure myself I am not, but then, isn’t it all relative and in the eye of the beholder.

Hmmm, maybe I am an asshat afterall=]

Well, I know that this will help me see many things, I will burn down to layers of being, I’m speaking literally and figuratively here, that have not been looked at since birth.  I will literally shed through a process of self imposed cannibalism of sort on my own body, I will burn in the ovens of my cells grasping for more shit to burn for energy, the Krebs cycle, more ATP, I will go on a cellular level to the very core of who I am physically.  I hope youre following me so far, this is just the science of the corpeal body, next we have mental and spiritual, all of which are going to be whapnoodled.

 

So, there I am burning on a physical level that which I had been, that which I consumed made me, now I burn it, literally albeit on a microscopic level, I burn that which I was and from the ashes, a Phoenix of my choosing will arise.

A 40 day fast is just the beginning, I don’t plan, on the physical sense to simply tear down my physical body without a very solid rebuild plan!  Look where I am, as a vegan I am in the Halcyon fields of Glory.  I have organic everything all day, in 40 of them.

So my physical rebuild will be a grapefruit on day 40, a couple on 41, 42 gets some water mix greens, aloe and limon and slowly but surely I will tunr on my digestive system.

Now, as my digestive system came to an essential shut down, all the chemical process and machinations which make us, us, it freed up many essential amino acids, it freed up a whole lot of energy in essence for some serious healing work, as I continue to drink water, the body will go into an ever increasing conservation mode and this process will slow but never end as mentioned earlier, something[s] will be found to burn for keeping me alive on cellular levels, un needed things, my dna will literally register this event and adapt, as will it register the subsequent influx of organic raw ingredients and do a massive rebuild, making, hopefully a more, hmmm, perfect, kinda works, me.

Fasting as it seems to me is about taking care of the one doing the juggling and not that which is being juggled.

Im by no means a fast fanatic, my longest being 6 and half to seven days, more like 6.  I may never fast again, who knows, but for now, this is the plan.

The point of the fast is to go very slow, this will serve as my first full scale halt and re-evaluation of my round the world ride.  My funds are quite low from what they were at starting, I have made progress and yet, not as much as I had reckoned on making, I have not felt that time was wasted anywhere, and yet, perhaps, it was not so wisely used either?

Now is the time to run the tale of tape, all the way back to adolescence, see what the grand design has come to be, see what is me.

Many things need to be re-arranged in order for me to be at my most, I guess that’s it, to be at my most.

It is very much my intention to cycle the planet, though I will admit that I have had some strong leanings towards making this a pedaling and sailing adventure.

It is after all my life first and foremost, whatever has been made real to the world via the website is a fraction of what is me.

I have intent, both near, mid and long term.  My near term goal is most always some vague notion of personal growth, long term is an orphanage where the children are taught everything and anything, from Kung fu and Ninjitsu to advanced Euclidean Geometry and trans rational thought in a parallel shift axis universe with fundamental expulsion creativity theory.

Mid term goal is to have an epic adventure around the world by bike and boat where I help wherever I find myself, ending with finding a spot to settle grow good organic food, surf warm waters all year, or most of the year and be surrounded by a small community of good people and god willing, a wife to help me run the orphanage.

Now I am learning what needs to be taught to change the world, but I guess I started that at birth=]

Yup=]

Day 1, ash Wednesday – three grapefruits, lots of water and tea.

Day 2 – again, lots of water, Pau Dárco tea, later Chamomile tea.  Did Qi Gong in the a.m, planted lots of seeds and practiced acupuncture on Gabriel.

Now its 3am and I cannot sleep even a little bit, heart broken, I thought it would go away after midnight of the 14th, but, still here, just bummed out, heartbroken on my own shortcomings really…  Jeez, and I still have 38 days to go…=]  And I just saw a mosquito fly in front of the aquarium glow of my computer screen, sigh…  Al Green time…

Day 3 – Energy is returning in a major way, when I am weeding and stand however I get to ride the wave of some extreme dizziness, maybe coke flashbacks or something…  Potted up 30 rare types of Aloe and did some Bamboo transplants, totally beat.  Planted the rest of the Labyrinth garden and am now looking forward to some nice chill nothing time=]

Lots of water and still teas, not that I am tired of water, it’s just that we go through drinking water so quick that I use the tap to make the teas and help keep the peace.

One of the teas I like is simple Neem with Himalayan Basil, you can feel it doing things inside.  Neem is a cure all plant and is widely used in India as a tea along with cinnamon.

Day 4 – My sleeplessness continues, I am so tired and sluggish and yet as soon as I lay down, my eyes pop open and I stare at the ceiling until just before the sun rises when I really start to get sleepy and then, the sun rises.

Day 5 – Tea of the day was Neem, Episote, Nashia, and Cassia [the seed pod looking thing], had an overall chill day, Katia blew up big time in the a.m., a lot of very heavy stuff going on, but hey, that’s life and I am finally, surprisingly in a place to control it!  Never woulda thought…  Anyway, it looks as though I can be of service here while I am service to myself, so why not, this is a very rare place, it needs help, perfect!

I made a lot of chopsticks out of rare bamboos today to give to the visitors as gifts.

I feel energy in my body a lot better, my acupuncture sessions with Gabriel are getting more intense as I seem to be able to feel more whats happening inside him.  I definitely feel the energy, just not the physical strength, getting skinnier as well, Im going to look like Gandhi soon=]

Day 6 – typing, looking forward to meeting the creators of Maca Magic, Im supposed to be moving a mature palm tree, gonna use the fasting card on that one, still not sleeping, I even did a sitting meditation for over an hour last night prior to bed to get myself in that super chill zone, hit the pillow and eyes sprung open, I don’t know what it is, further I don’t know where I get the energy to go through the day, maybe Im sleeping somehow in there, no clue.

Day 7 – had a Green Juice, made sure to run it through a coffee filter so it was pure, still kicked off my digestive system, so no more of that.  Had a bit of Maca tincture, holy cow, that hit me like a rocket, wait for that until I am eating again=]  Pased out while peeing, one minute I was watering a tree, the next I was bouncing off it and finding myself on the ground wondering what the F?

Later that night while adjusting the fire I was stung by a Scorpion, so I got to get some of the medicine from the magic creatures=]

Day 8 – 0 energy, like none.  Too tired to even walk, what does this mean, I am DETOXING, which is great.  I have decided to only do a 14 day fast so that I do not lose all my muscle tone.  I spoke with Mr. Howearth and he totally agrees, he said that should I do a 20 to 40 day fast, I would be looking at 3-4 months of recovery time, not into that at this point, I have some cycling to do and a world to save!

 

 

Caribbean Ceviche for all mankind

Just back from the West Coast from what turned out to be a mini food tour. Having been raised in Puerto Rico into my young adulthood you can safely assume I’m not a natural lover of winter. I was even surprised at how smitten I was by the snow covered hills and massive icicles in Lake Tahoe. For that moment it felt like I was home in paradise. We ventured from Lake Tahoe to Napa, Sonoma and ended in San Francisco where we visited chef friends, vineyards and many restaurants along the way. And like my unforgettable trip last year to Buenos Aires and Uruguay, this too was a priceless experience to start the year with!

Self-inflicted culinary adventures and childhood is where I draw most of my inspiration. Where ceviche originated is debatable but it is nonetheless a very popular dish across Latin America. It is raw fish or seafood that has been marinated in citrus such as lemon, lime and orange. The acid in the citrus is what “cooks” the fish. So technically it is a raw food, just not vegan. I created this vegan version based on the local tropical flavors of Puerto Rico. The texture and flavor is very close to the “real” thing. Great meal when you feel you want to eat something different and exotic.

I like to use shiitake mushrooms but you can mix it up with your favorite mushroom, although some work better than others. You’ll be amazed at how delicious it is! This dish is also great for those concerned with protein intake on a vegan diet. According to a study done at the University of Maryland, shiitake mushrooms contain all eight essential amino acids better than any other protein source, including red meat and eggs. That sounds like pretty good stuff!

Ingredients
1-2 oranges for juicing
2 lemons, freshly squeezed
2 limes, freshly squeezed
1/4 red onions, fine diced
2 cups wild mushroom mix or favorite type, cleaned and diced
1 avocado, hass varietal, diced
1 mango, medium, diced
1/4 cup cilantro, finely minced
Gray sea salt, to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions
In a medium size bowl, mix the orange, lemon, and lime juices. Add the red onions and let soak for a couple of minutes to allow the citrus acid to break down the onion and make it easier to digest.

Meanwhile, clean mushrooms by placing them in a bowl of cold water and massage with your hands to remove any dirt. Using a kitchen or paper towel, lay the mushrooms out and pat dry.

Add the mushrooms to the bowl, mix well and let them sit for up to 30 minutes.

While mushrooms marinade, chop mango, avocado and cilantro.

Strain the mushrooms and onions from mixture and squeeze gently to release some liquid. Discard the liquid. In a separate bowl, mix well the mushroom, onion, mango, avocado and cilantro.

Enjoy with baked tostones!

Orange Dark Chocolate Raw Tart… decadence!

This is one of the most delicious cakes I have prepared so far, by sure!
The consistency is lighter and softer than other vegan pies I have tried, so smooth you’ll feel it melting in your mouth…. delicious!! Hope you enjoy=]

1 ½ cup coconut oil, melted
½ cup raw cacao powder
½ cup raw carob powder
1 cup water
1 cup raw agave nectar
½ cup raw almond butter
3 avocado
2 ½ tablespoons orange zest
½ cup raw walnuts
½ cup raw pecans
½ cup raw almonds
5 dates

1.Crust preparation:: In the food processor process the almonds, pecans, walnuts and dates. Place in a brownie pan and mix in 1/2 cup of melted coconut oil. Press firmly until it becomes a compact crust.

2.Filling preparation:: Now process the avocados, agave nectar, water, cacao powder, carob powder and orange zest in the food processor. Once fully incorporated, add the rest of the coconut oil and almond butter and process until velvety.

3.Assembling:: Place the chocolate paste into the nut crust and even with a spatula. Dust a bit of carob powder on top or decorate with candied orange zest.

4.Setting:: Chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours, it’s even better over night! Enjoy and nom nom…

Orange Cranberry Muffins!!… nom nom zest!

1 cup rice flour
2 cups oat flour
⅔ cup sucanat
4 tablespoons flax seed, grounded
1 ½ banana
1 cup soy milk
1 ½ tablespoonbaking powder
1 ½ teaspoonsbaking soda
1 pinch salt
2 tablespoons orange zest
½ cup orange juice
⅔ cup dried cranberries
4 tablespoonscoconut oil, melted

Preheat oven at 420F. Blend together the bananas and soymilk and mix with the rest of the ingredients adding the cranberries last. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden and enjoy!! Maybe with some almond butter on top? =]

Nom, nom, nom…

Vegan Homemade Irish Cream… cheers!

Keeping up with Holiday recipes here is a very easy to make, super tasty Irish Cream recipe! Vegan or not, this will be a hit at your table, plus you’ll skip on all the artificial and yucky ingredients of commercial irish creams. I’ve seen other irish cream recipes out there that call for heavier milk or creamers for achieving a thick decadent consistency; they work for sure, but I prefer to use regular almond milk and thicken it with arrowroot, the consistency is pretty much the same plus you skip the extra fat!

4 cups almond milk
2 shots espresso
1/2 cup sucanat
1 cup whiskey
2 teaspoons arrowroot

Start by placing the almond milk and sucanat in a pan and bring to a boil, let simmer for a few minutes until the volume is reduced to 3 cups. In a separate glass mix the arrowroot with about two tablespoons fresh water until fully incorporated, add to the almond milk and allow to simmer for another three minutes or so. Remove from the heat, add the espresso and let cool at room temperature. Add the whiskey of your choice and serve!

Cheers! For healthy Holidays!