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!

 

 

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It’s chilly, it’s Christmas, it’s lazy time!… 5 Easy steps to stay Healthy during Holidays=]

One more week to go of Holidays with the family. I love it, but it’s also easy to get unbalanced when it comes to work and health. Feel like getting all cozy in bed watching movies or by the fire with hot cocoa! And let’s not even talk about going to bed late, the extra alcohol and food on dinners! On one hand, I do want to fully enjoy the days I choose to do that, but on the other hand I don’t want to get off the wagon and overindulge on an unhealthy way.

My plan that so far is kinda working=]

1 One liter of warm water first thing in the morning.
2 One vegetable juice for breakfast.
3 One fruit smoothie at mid morning
4 One big salad a day.
5 Minimum of 45 minutes workout everyday and cardio at least every other day.

It’s really SIMPLE and EASY, that is, if you want to do it and if you care about staying healthy even in challenging times like Christmas in a chilly place!

Ayurveda on a daily dose… Rise and shine!!

With a background in yoga it has always made sense to me following Ayurveda as a great health guidance. Specially in times like today when we have so much available information, sometimes is hard to know what to do, how to best take care of our health. My advice is: do your research! Read, learn, investigate, ask, but most than all, experiment. Discover what your body needs and wants, how it works. Your body is different than mine, different than any other, so it has very individual and personal needs, only YOU can know what YOU need to be healthy…

That being said, Ayurveda works for me precisely because it relies on understanding each entity as unique, each living creature as one of a kind and in constant transformation. So not only you are different from anyone else, you are also different today, this morning, than you were yesterday or will be by this evening. Then it becomes obvious, you need to pay attention, to be here right now and live this moment. For taking care of your health, you must pay attention to how you are feeling moment by moment and act accordingly. Then, Ayurveda relies on habits, on the daily life; what a better way to prevent instead of fixing, even more, to make sure we’re allowing our body to express itself fully, letting our life energy flow freely.

Here’s an easy basic morning routine that will help balance your body and promote self awareness…

Wake up early, before sunrise!

From 2 am to 6 am it’s vata time in terms of energy in the atmosphere. Everything around and inside us begin to wake, to move and it’s a good idea filling yourself with this refreshing energy. Go out, breathe the morning air, fill up your lungs, your eyes with the peaceful dawn.

Drink 2 to 4 cups of luke warm water with a little bit of lime or lemon.
This will not only hydrate your body but also stimulate your internal organs, flush your kidneys and promote cleansing of the bowels. Lime juice is highly alkaline and filled with vitamins and minerals too.

Splash your face with fresh water to rehydrate the skin, remove accumulated heat from the eyes and stimulate your nervous system. Move your eyes around, from side to side, up and down, gentle circles and so forth.

Brush your teeth with natural toothpaste, avoid chemicals and harsh ingredients and scrape your tongue to remove toxins and stimulate your digestive tract and taste buds. The tongue is a good indicator of your whole digestive tract, pay attention to the appearance your tongue, any accumulations on the surface, any weird colors or shapes. You can find tongue scrapers in most health stores or you can use a spoon, scrape about ten times from back to front until you have removed any thick yucky stuff. Then rinse your mouth with warm olive or sesame oil, swish the oil around for two, three minutes and spit, don’t swallow! With your index finger gently massage your gums to stimulate and lubricate the tissues.

Now massage your ears and keep on massaging the rest of your face. You can do a dry massage but if you have the time is a good idea using a little oil that will nourish your skin and lubricate the tissues to a cellular level. For the face light oils like almond, sunflower or camelia are great. Then move on to the scalp, coconut oil is great for the hair. In Ayurveda there is an oil blend called Brahmi oil that is wonderful for the head and hair and that helps to clear the mind, relax the senses and induce meditation. Then massage the rest of your body. Sesame, coconut, olive and sunflower oils and all very good options. Stay away from mineral oil and artificial fragrances, I like to get my oils on the food section of the supermarket, feed your skin with natural food=]

Finish with a bath or shower and a fresh, whole, healthy breakfast. Remember breakfast is the most important meal of the day so don’t skip it! However keep it light and of easy digestion; a smoothie is always a great idea, a green juice too or if you want something more consistent how about some muesli or granola with almond milk….

Getting back into motion…

I started teaching yoga again this week. After several months of silence I’m slowly getting back in motion, little by little connecting again with the flow… and everything starts to blossom.

It’s silly and simple when you think about it, how we often avoid what we need the most. On the other hand, sometimes we need to pause and change perspective. We need to fall asleep for waking up refreshed.

It’s different for everyone I guess, what we experience on the mat. It is different for sure than other sports, that’s why yoga is a practice, something beyond exercise. I get a lot from running: the power, the freedom, the intensity and meditation… yet, there is a lot I can find only on my mat. There is a special intensity, different from any other, in the rhythm of the breath. A very special intimacy with myself. I get to feel my breath and ride it through my body, my sensations. I get to make love to myself and that way find healing, learning, growth.

It helps me as an immediate reflection of what I’m doing. Am I helping myself or not in my choices. What I had for dinner last night is making my body feel light and strong or heavy and dull? What I choose to tell my body is a message of gratitude and love or disapproval and rejection? What am I creating: healing or disease? For it takes the exact same amount of effort. There is no time for over analyzing, every exhale and every inhale come with so much information I have to stop thinking, controlling and start experiencing, observing, feeling. And eventually, make smarter choices.

I get to experience my magic, my perfection. I am awe of myself.
Spiritual practice? I think so.
And many times, that’s what makes it so hard. It is a tool for exploring yourself and I can’t think of anything scarier than diving into my own universe. It is work. It’s up to you to decide if it’s worth it.

The End of Days… making choices and seeing different sides to things and of course, my laptop is now 2 weeks old and imbued with its own will…

Making choices has been for me the cornerstone of whatever the Mayans are trying to peddle. Of course, this is only one layer of a vast sea of things that I am sure I am working on and could be working on if only I were aware. Which is why I am so expectant for manana, who knows, maybe Ill wake up and be wise, what a joy that would be!
But you aren’t reading to hear of my potential joy..
Choices. I have had to “Dig Deep”, and I put it in quotes as it is all relative. Me deciding to stay here in Ensenada with Dianas’ wonderful family is an example of me having to make a choice between staying and going. This same example of staying and going is being carried out, perhaps at the very moment you are reading this in some country where a young boy has to decided between the growing pain in his throat and fever of his baby sister and the guns of the rebel forces near the watering hole where he may be able to slip in unseen and get a bucket of dirty water.
To be sure, the irony of where I am in life does not escape me. That things are relative and that I am most fortunate for what that relativity has brought to me is not lost on me nor will it ever be. For once you realize things like this you can only drink them away for a few hours. That is even now lost to me as, if you have been following along, I get a very very nasty case of zombie lips. They crack and bleed, swell like Botox gone wrong and essentially keep me from drinking. I will write more about this in another post as it is most interesting, but will only serve as a distraction here. I see how most websites only want a maximum of 700 words, so I know where you are at dear reader and I shall not let you down by filling this precious space with tedium, like I am doing right now…sigh.

A few things have happened that you may or may not know of…
The Romantic side of my relationship with Diana has retreated, not the love, that has only grown, I speak to the passion of devouring the other in the bedroom. Why it has happened, I have no idea. Truly, I wish i did so I could work it out as Diana, in my humble estimation is perhaps one of the best “Catches” so to speak a person would be able to find them selves with. I needn’t tarry on this account as it is only one part of my overall aim.

So, what started as a couple week sojourn, has expanded into a multi month epic which is now encompassing the holidays and was, until two days ago, causing much friction.

I was literally on the fence, so much so that I could not make any decision about what I wanted as I was so torn.

I have finally made the choice to stay through Christmas and have let New Years be up in the air.

Now, comes the primary aim of all my finger wagging.

To be in limbo is one of the greatest hells a man can visit upon himself. To put oneself into a purgatory, imagine with me, purgatory is the space between, you are not damned nor are you flitting with the angels, you are in betwixt heaven and hell which I propose is a hell of its own.

Nothing could be more troublesome than not knowing, all of us experience it at points in our lives, but how deeply do you get to truly experience not knowing due to ones own choice?

If, like me, you have given yourself a healthy swath of time and space in which to figure things out, it can be most enlightening, much as the reentry of the Apollo Space Module must have been for those first few astronauts.

Many things happen, the mind unravels and begins tossing your variegated choices around like ping pong balls at a Communist Olympic Ping Pong training facility, the was kinda lame, lets forget that allusion [loosely acceptable word here, comparison may be better but doesnt sound as cool].

Everything for me became a question of whats worse, everything became a symbol of my own personal failing, all thoughts led to demise and I lost my mojo. Most amazing is the spiral effect that occurs, how quickly the half full glass goes to empty, and then to shards of glass from the cup lodged in my throat.

Thankfully, I was making these decisions with a yogi who loves me on one hand, and her family who loves me as well and is full of ridiculously intelligent people. Not a bad safety net for unraveling the snakes in ones head.

What made it difficult was projecting my thoughts onto what could have been had I only gone with the windsurfing guys to Baja Sur, or if I would have left in order to meet an acquaintance of a friend of mine and ride with said person, Ginger, you know who you are=]

A few things have to be looked at in the unraveling of my personal madness.

A. Looking at past or future events and seeing how they could go is an absolute exercise in futility for we know that the past is done, it happened, hence the name, yes, of course you may speak all day of alternate timelines and et cetera, and I would say to you, well, that may be, but for this particular timeline, the past is set.
Now, as to the future, this is almost as pointless a game to play with oneself, EXCEPT for the fact that if you can wrangle positive overall images of a future trajectory, that will help you better live in the present.

Of course, thinking negatively about the inadequacy of your ability to live life and ergo your doom regarding any future plan, will of course result in mediocrity at best and actual failure, fiery meteors from the sky and worse if not checked in time.

Whats my point with all this? The same that you have been hearing and reading from countless other sources. Let go of the best as best you can, picking up little bits of knowledge if you can see clearly enough and apply that to the future.

I’m now a happy camper, here till Christmas day and then off to my bike and beyond. I want to be riding or at least actively back on the ride come the New Year as I seem to be remembering or have read somewhere, that whatever it is you find yourself doing on the New year, that is an underlining flow for the rest of the year to come.

In other really important and earthshattering news, my laptop, which I traded for the Ipad that I won in a contest, now has its own personality and after only 3 weeks! hat of course is not a good thing really, but hey, it is what it is and after tomorrow may not matter anyhooo!

Aloha!

Quick Chocolate Mousse…Sounds just about right!

I like to go with what feels good and this feels just about right to me!  This highly popularized EASY to make raw vegan chocolate mousse is made with avocado which means it contains 18 of the standard 20 essential amino acids.  In this version I use maple syrup, and while not considered a raw food, it is packed with antioxidants*.  It is my practice to choose ingredients that may not stick to the norm if it means that it is more nutrient dense (raw or cooked).  Typically made with heavy cream, eggs and sugar and with many great interpretations out there, some healthier than others, who am I to judge?  I just love it and love is a beautiful thing ♥

Click here for a quick and fun video tutorial (our hijacking attempts to load my videos have not been successful…yet!).

No guilt!  Try it and let me know how it goes!

Ingredients

2 avocados, Hass variety, ripe
3/4 cup maple syrup, or more to taste
1/2 cup brazil nut milk (click for recipe) or use water
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coffee extract, optional
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cups raw cacao powder, unsweetened cocoa powder works as well
Top with cacao nibs and berries, optional
Organic peanut butter or almond butter, optional

Directions
Blend ingredients until completely smooth. To adjust consistency, add more nut milk or water. Serve in a small bowl or ramekin, with a thin layer of organic peanut butter on the bottom of, followed by a generous layer of mousse. Top with cacao nibs and berries, and enjoy!

Tip: Store in airtight container with a layer of cling wrap on top of mousse, then cover with lid. This will help prevent quick oxidation of the avocado and preserve flavor. This will keep for up to 3 days and up to 5 days with a mild change in flavor.

References

http://www.uri.edu/news/releases/?id=5256

http://www.naturalnews.com/034370_avocado_nutrition_facts_health.html#ixzz2FNnLbb73

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Ready for next stage?

I remember the cold sensation of concrete in my fingers as I tried to hold on to the walls around me. Holding on or pushing I’m not sure, they seemed to be closing around me, trapping me, suffocating me. I couldn’t breathe as the instinctive reaction of escaping flooded my muscles, still I couldn’t move. “You’re shaking! Tiny pants?! What’s happening?” I hear Chris calling but I was far away putting everything I had in keeping my knees from giving in. What am I doing? What are we doing? This is not OK… What am I doing?

We had just reached Los Barriles, almost at the tip of the Baja. At some point, many miles before, I promised myself I would continue on the ride until I felt comfortable in my bike, at least comfortable enough. After that, I changed the deal, I would continue at least until Los Cabos. We were almost there but I was falling apart. Tendonitis on my left arm, confused, heart broken, exhausted, depleted… and for what? When Chris and I met it all made sense, both him and Pedaling for Peace seemed like the perfect piece in the puzzle, when did the practice became to very different from the theory?

At the same time it was to be expected, you don’t get to spend all day everyday with a person without facing some challenges, you don’t get to cross the desert during summer without pushing your limits… also, you don’t get to be intimate with someone without testing yourself. As if learning to ride by jumping head in to long distance touring wasn’t challenge enough, and in a project like this with no timeline, many ideals but no guarantees. Oh Diana, what have you gotten yourself into?…  shaking as a leaf, crying like a little child, he hugged me, took me to the room and helped me pack to get in the road again. “Trust me in this, I know it doesn’t makes sense, I know everything inside you is telling you not to do it, but trust me. Right now just pack, let’s go, just trust me and do it.”

Sometimes I feel I’m still in that bathroom. I came to Ensenada not just to make wine but to recover… I am used to betting all in what I believe is right. I believe without hesitation that my heart will guide me even higher than my wildest dreams… but sometimes is not easy listening to the heart when the mind is spinning out of control.

Life is messy, everything is relative and figuring out each step of the way has been an adventure. More than a few times I decided to quit the ride. Or quit Chris. Or quit everything and start over. Process of transformation? What a revolution! In a personal level this whole thing has been too, jumping head first into uncertainty. Chris and I met and two weeks later we were living together. And not as in “he is riding and stays in my home for a while” living together, no, I mean living together as in moving in a new place, having our bed, cooking in our kitchen living together. In love, excited, hopeful… crazy. Having huge fogatas several times a week, creating salsas and cookies like mad wizards in the kitchen, growing plants, having good doses of panic attacks, the whole thing.

One thing is for sure, I’m getting to know myself a whole lot more. I keep growing, in constant change and have no idea where I’m going but somehow that’s OK. I don’t need to know the destination, or the path for that matter. Just the right now. And right now is time to get on the road again.