The Zenful Blogger Gets Juicy: Days 3 and 4 of 10 On the Juice (Cleanse that is)

Hey Zenful Dancers!

Apologies for skipping a post! I crashed before I could reach the laptop last night.

So, today’s day 4 and there really seems to be something to this juicing stuff! 🙂

I’ve created some good (and a couple of not-so-good) recipes.  Try one or try them all and let me know what you think!  PLEASE NOTE:  In a previous life, I believe was someone important who sat around the boardroom table thinking up fabulous names for nail polish colors.  This is me (re?)living my past life regression through juice.  If you don’t enjoy the juice, at least enjoy the titles!!!

***Catching up from Day 3***

GO AHEAD, MAKE MY DAY – makes 2 servings*, 549.5 calories per serving

Cashew Nut Milk, raw whole cashews, soaked in filtered water for 1 hour, then drained and rinsed

Sea Salt, 2 pinches

3 cups of fresh, filtered water

Raw Honey, 1/2 tsp

Combine everything in a blender and add water.  Blend for 1 minute.  Enjoy!

2 APPLES A DAY MAKES THE DOCTOR STAY AWAY FOR GOOD! – makes 2 servings, 183 calories per serving

Romaine lettuce, 6 leaves

Fuji apples, 2

Lime, 1 whole

Carrots, 5 large

Wash well and juice.  Enjoy!

STR8 UP BEETS YO! – makes 1 serving, 140 calories

Beets, 1 bunch, medium

Juice and enjoy str8 up! 🙂

LET’S GO SALSA! – makes 1 serving, 142 calories per serving

Cherry tomatoes, 1/2 small container

Garlic, 2 cloves

Hot House/English cucumber, 1

Lemon, 1 whole

Wash, juice and enjoy!

****Day 4****

CABBAGE…POOPOODADOOP OOP! 🙂 – makes 2 servings, 116 calories per serving

Green cabbage, 1 head, large

Apple, 1 fuji, medium

Wash well, cut, juice and enjoy!

ALMONDS ARE A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND – makes 2 servings, 275 calories each serving

Raw almonds, pre-soaked in water overnight, 1 container

Water, 3 cups

Sea salt, a pinch

Raw honey, 1 tsp

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend for 2-3 minutes.  Strain into a glass.  Garnish with a cinnamon stick.  Enjoy!

ORANGE YOU GLAD I DIDN’T USE A BANANA? – makes 2.5 servings, 248 calories per serving

Pink grapefruit, 1 medium

Navel oranges, 4 medium

Baby carrots, 15oz or 1 regular-sized bag

Wash, cut and combine everything in the juicer.  Enjoy!

DON’T DO IT, – makes 2 servings, 100 calories per serving

SERIOUSLY DON’T.  IT’S DISGUSTING.  I’M PUTTING IT DOWN BECAUSE I SAID I’D TRACK IT HERE BUT YOU’D BE MAKING A BIG MISTAKE IF YOU DRANK THIS ONE.  NOT GOOD.  NOT GOOD AT ALL.

Avocado, 1/2 large

Swiss chard, 3 leaves

Juice the swiss chard and add juice to blender with avocado.  Blend well.  Don’t drink it.  It sucks.  You’ve been warned.

I believe that should bring us up to speed!  I was a bit headachey yesterday and today but that seems to have dissipated this evening leaving me plenty of time to knit, watch 4 episodes of Parenthood Season 5 and get my laundry together.  I worked out both yesterday and today; normal high-energy aerobic workouts and I nailed them.  I think overall I’ve done a pretty good job of keeping my calorie intake up.  Still, I’m preparing for a detox day where I’ll be feeling gross and curled up in a small ball crying in the corner of my bathtub wishing I could eat something- anything- a blade of grass or some baby food.  That day has not yet come, but it could be just around the corner.  And when it comes please be on the lookout for an EVITE:

The Zenful Blogger Cordially Invites You… TO HER PITY PARTY!!!

But seriously, I feel pretty darn ok!  My skin is actually purging today and I feel clean.  It’s like just getting out of a shower for your insides!

Onto the next one, woo hoo!

Keep it real baby.  Keep it raw and juicy.

-Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

TZB Project 365 (Day 61) – A Meditation…

Sit in a comfortable position with your back straight and spine long. Gently soften your gaze and allow your eyelids to become heavy. Relax your jaw, mouth and tongue.

Sit very still.

Watch your breath come and go without attempting to control it in any way.

Sense the air of the room and how it feels on your skin.

What does it feel like?
What does it smell like?
What does it taste like?

Gently bring your attention back to your breath for approximately another minute.

Listen. Notice any sounds in the room but don’t allow them to pull your attention away from your breath. Just notice and then bring your attention back to your breath.

Continue to watch your breath come and go for the remaining time of your practice.

The Zenful Blogger

Counting Down to Day 62 (out of 129) of The Middle Path Makeover – Tea Time, Part II

I am so very excited to share the following tea spots with you! Firstly, we’ll start in NYC with McNulty’s, since it’s closest to where we live and I visit this place frequently (stalk, more like). My friend Lisa turned me onto this quaint little room of a tea and coffee shop in the Village where they sell everything in bulk. The teas are literally piled in jars and bags from ground to ceiling and surrounded by coffee beans from around the world. It smells so delicious when you first walk in that it makes you just want to open up your billfold and hand over all your cash. http://www.mcnultys.com

Designed for the World’s Fair in San Francisco, the Japanese Tea Garden inside the historic and beautiful Golden Gate Park is one of my favorite places on the planet. The tea house is serene and magical and I’ve been going there ever since I was a little girl (which was just a few years ago 😉 In over 30 years, I’ve never known them to change their teas or snacks and I hope they never do! http://japaneseteagardensf.com/

I find this spot to be so cute and thoughtful in design and menu. Very European. Although I’ve been there only 2 times when in Boston for business, the set up and the service is sweet and memorable. If you like eye candy, this place is dripping with eatables and adorable decor and the Chai is perfect. http://www.laromacafe.com/index.html

This is the Husband’s and my favorite tea house in Old Montreal, Canada. They have possibly the most beautiful and unique collection of teapots for sale I’ve ever set eyes on, and they’re all set up in glass cases like a museum. The staff serves their tea ceremoniously which is really fun to experience, and their dim sum-type snacks are delish! They even tell you exactly how many minutes to brew your specific tea so as not to burn the leaves and avoid bitterness. It is family owned and the owners are very charming: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/ming-tao-xuan-tea-house-montreal

If you want to buy some GORGEOUS tasting teas (African Nectar is my favorite) that come in bulk but also the option to purchase in these lovely silk bags, you’ve got to try Mighty Leaf. I’ve been ordering from them online for years. http://www.mightyleaf.com

San Francisco Herb Company sells both wholesale and retail tea n’ spices (and their supplies) in bulk. Although I’ve never actually visited their store, I trust their high quality, food-grade herbs as they’ve been around forever and have been more than satisfied with every shipment I’ve ever gotten (in a previous lifetime, I used to manufacture herbal soaps and candles). I find their prices to be extremely reasonable and their online store very easy to navigate. http://www.sfherb.com/

So there’s a few places for you to try out! If you’ve ever been or are planning to go, let me know!

Keep on keepin’ on and keep it teaful!

-Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger
P.S. In case you’re wondering, none of these lovely places have paid me to say these lovely things about them. It’s just how I feel! 🙂 Enjoy!!

Counting Down to Day 63 (out of 129) of The Middle Path Makeover – Tea Time, Part I

Tea. I am a bit of a freak when it comes to tea. Some people reserve it for when they’re feeling sick. Not me. I like it for all sorts of reasons. Here are my top 10 reasons for drinking tea:

1. Hot lemon tea to get things moving when I wake up. (too much information?)
2. Green tea anytime before 6pm for a pick me up and a serious dose of antioxidants.
3. Jasmine or Genmaicha with any Asian cuisine is delicious!
4. Ginger or peppermint teas settle my stomach after a big meal.
5. Chamomile tea helps me sleep.
6. Matcha green tea when I’m feeling fancy and want to drink out of a ceramic bowl instead of a mug.
7. Iced berry tea with mint leaves and a bit of sugar or Stevia on a hot day.
8. Lavender tea with honey for relaxing (obviously). The aromatherapy alone is fantastic!
9. Orange Spice is more than nice by itself, but so yummy with honey as well.
10. Earl Grey with a bit of raw brown sugar and a splash of milk (usually soy or almond for me) is dessert as far as I’m concerned. It’s even more of a treat with a few lavender petals mixed in.

There’s a lot more where that came from but these are my favorites. And now that I’ve gone “rogue” off coffee (my third attempt in this lifetime), thank goodness there’s such a diverse and appealing selection of teas to fall back on.

Tomorrow I’m excited to talk about a few of my favorite tea companies and tea houses, so stay tuned!

Tea anyone?

-Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger