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Oh My!  I did 108 days on juice, exceeding the 92!

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

DAY 90!

Wow! Two days away from the official end of THE GLOBAL JUICE FEAST...and I believe that I will likely continue past that date, as my ideal would be 108 days...however there are some indicators that it would be more intelligent to quit now: my cough is hanging in, along with a newly developed voice, as i've mentioned already. This experience should more accurately be described as my JUICE FAST, rather than my juice feast...these days I average about 2 litres a day, even having dipped down a few days to one per day. Not good, not good!

Today's discovery: pineapple and pear! The pear softens the edges of the pineapple! Lovely.

I'm going to post the latest photo of me -- hello! cheekbones!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Day 88 and sipping on pineapple!

Day 88! Only 20 days left to go!

I've just juiced up some pineapple, goji berry, celery juices for the evening!

Really the only things I'll include, are a bit I copied from about the significance of the number 108, and following that a bit about the correlation between fruits, veggies and your body.


In mathematics

One hundred [and] eight (or nine dozen) is an abundant number and a semiperfect number. It is a tetranacci number.
It is the hyperfactorial of 3 since it is of the form .
108 is a number that is divisible by the value of its φ function, which is 36. 108 is also divisible by the total number of its divisors (12), hence it is a refactorable number.
In normal space, the interior angles of an equilateral pentagon measure 108 degrees each.
There are 108 free polyominoes of order 7.
In base 10, it is a Harshad number and a self number.
[edit]Religion and the arts

[edit]In Eastern religions & traditions

Japa Mala, or Japa beads, made from Tulasi wood. Comprising of 108 beads in total + the head bead.
Sacred within Hinduism, Buddhism and connected yoga and dharma based practices.
A mala usually has beads for 108 repetitions of a mantra.
Hindu deities have 108 names. Recital of these names, often accompanied by counting of 108-beaded Mala, is considered sacred and often done during religious ceremonies. The recital is called namajapa.
It is described in the Srimad Bhagavatam that Krishna dances with 108 'Gopis' (cow-herd girls) in His Vrindavan pastimes, and later marries 16,108 wives in His city of Dwarka. Hare Krishna devotees thus hold 108 as a number of great significance.
Siva Nataraja dances his cosmic dance in 108 poses.
The total of all digits of 108 (1+0+8) is 9, which in Hinduism is said to represent the 9 tattvas[citation needed]. If you divide 108 by 2 or multiply by 2 the total of all digits again equals 9.
2^2 * 3^3 = 108 ( (2 * 2) * (3 * 3 * 3) )
The number of sins in Tibetan Buddhism.
In the temple Angkor Wat area there are numerous references to the number 108, which plays a significant role in the symbolism of the structure.
Ananda Coomaraswamy holds that the numerology of the decimal numeric system was key to its inception. 108 is therefore founded in Dharmic metaphysical numerology. One for bindu; zero for shunyata and eight for ananta.
In Japan, at the end of the year, a bell is chimed 108 times to finish the old year and welcome the new one. Each ring represents one of 108 earthly temptations a person must overcome to achieve nirvana.
Zen priests wear juzu (a ring of prayer beads) around their wrists, which consists of 108 beads.[1]
Many Buddhist temples have 108 steps.[1]
Hindu Kshatriya Dhangars have 108 clans. The lineage of these clans is from solar and lunar dynasties. It should be noted that the diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. The distance from the Sun to the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Sun. The average distance of the Moon from the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Moon.
The Eklingji temple complex includes 108 temples within its walls.
There are 108 holy temples of Vishnu.
The Lankavatara Sutra repeatedly refers to the 108 steps.[2]
[edit]Martial arts

Marma Adi has 108 pressure points.[3]
The Chinese school of martial arts agrees with the South Indian school of martial arts on the principle of 108 pressure points.[4][5]
108 number also figures prominently in the symbolism associated with Karate, particularly the Goju Ryu discipline. The ultimate Goju-ryu kata, Suparinpei, literally translates to 108. Suparinpei is the Chinese pronunciation of the number 108, while gojushi of gojushiho is the Japanese pronunciation of the number 54. The other Goju-ryu kata, Sanseru (meaning "36") and Seipai ("18") are factors of the number 108.[1]
The 108 of the Yang long form and Wing Chun, taught by Yip Man having 108 movements are noted in this regard.[2]
Several different Taijiquan long forms consist of 108 moves.
Paek Pal Ki Hyung, the 7th form taught in the art of Kuk Sool Won, translates literally to "108 technique" form. It is also frequently referred to as the "eliminate 108 torments" form. Each motion corresponds with one of the 108 Buddhist torments or defilements.
[edit]In literature

In Homer's Odyssey, the number of suitors coveting Penelope, wife of Odysseus.
There are 108 outlaws in the Chinese classic Water Margin/Outlaws of the Marsh.
The number of surat al-Kawthar in the Qur'an, the smallest one of the Book.
There are 108 love sonnets in Astrophil and Stella, the first English sonnet sequence by Sir Philip Sidney.
Sonnet 108 by William Shakespeare
[edit]In astronomy

108 Aquarii is a star in the constellation Aquarius
108 Hecuba is a large and bright main belt asteroid. Hecuba orbits within the Hygiea family of asteroids
Messier 108 is an edge-on spiral galaxy in the constellation Ursa Major, discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1781 or 1782
[edit]In other fields

The year AD 108 or 108 BC
108 AH is a year in the Islamic calendar that corresponds to 726 – 727 CE
108 is the emergency number in India; and the Coast Guard emergency intervention number in Greece
Traditionally the Angelus Bell is rung 108 times.
The atomic number of hassium.
Ben Turpin's schtick for taking a fall (similar to Chevy Chase's) was known as a “one-oh-eight" or a "hundred and eight".
Chinese astrology and Tao philosophy holds that there are 108 sacred stars.
There are 540 (108 * 5) doors to the Great Hall of Valhalla in Nordic mythology.
108 Stars is also the name of a group of space pirates who use Tao magic in the anime Outlaw Star.
The number of stitches on a baseball and also the name of a popular baseball magazine.
The number of minutes that cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin orbited the earth during the first manned space flight.
Squaresoft's Final Fantasy Tactics has an accessory called 108 Gems, which cancels various status effects and enhances elemental magic spells.
The number of Mbit/s of a non-standard extension of IEEE 802.11g wireless network using channel bonding.
108 is the name of a community of and for open source developers, created by Red Hat.[6]
The Pokémon Spiritomb seems to be intricately linked to the number 108.
The sum of "The Numbers" in the American TV show Lost (4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42). It is also the number of minutes within which these numbers must be entered into the computer and the button must be pushed.
The TV series Cheyenne aired for 108 episodes on ABC from 1955 to 1962
It is part of the Mythology in the videogame The Legend of Dragoon
Konami's Suikoden series always has 108 characters to recruit, called "Stars of Destiny".
108 is the ten code for officer down or officer in danger.
108 (b. 1978) is an Italian artist who uses numbers instead of letters for his name
In Tokko (manga) 108 demons had to be killed in order obtain 108 fragments which could be used to close the demon's portal.
The Stinson 108 was a popular general aviation aircraft
The 108 Mile Ranch Airport or South Cariboo Regional Airport located in British Columbia, Canada
STS-108 was a Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS) flown by Space Shuttle Endeavour on December 5, 2001
108 is a band formed in 1991, notable for playing hardcore music infused with the beliefs of the Hare Krishna religion
Radio stations such as Kiss 108 WXKS-FM, Boston, and Rock 108 KEYJ-FM, Abilene, Texas
The 108 Hospital is a hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam
The 108th Division was a formation of the United States Army Reserve following the conclusion of World War II
The meridian 108° west of Greenwich is a line of longitude that extends from the North Pole across the Arctic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Southern Ocean, and Antarctica to the South Pole
The 108th United States Congress met from January 3, 2003 to January 3, 2005, during the last two years of the first administration of U.S. President George W. Bush
The British Rail Class 108 diesel multiple units were built by BR Derby from 1958 to 1961, with a final production quantity of 333 vehicles
The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 108 (FMVSS 108) regulates all automotive lighting, signalling and reflective devices in the United States
The London Buses Route 108 is a Transport for London contracted London bus route
The Lotus 108 was specially engineered superbike by Lotus engineering for the British cyclist Chris Boardman for the 1992 Summer Olympics
There are 108 cards in an Uno deck.
The numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42 appear in the "Impossible Quiz." The sum of these numbers is 108. In the test, they serve as a distraction. Test-takers do not need these numbers in order to pass the "Impossible Quiz."


This is interesting info... 

You are what you eat, so eat well. A stupendous insight of civilizations past has now been confirmed by today's investigative, nutritional sciences. They have shown that what was once called 'The Doctrine  of Signatures' was astoundingly correct. It now contends that every whole food has a pattern that resembles a body organ or physiological function and that this pattern acts as a signal or sign as to the benefit the food provides the eater. Here is just a short list of examples of Whole Food Signatures.  
A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye...and science shows that carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes  

A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart is red and has four chambers. All of the research shows tomatoes are indeed pure heart and blood food.  

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows that grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.  

A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds are on the nut just like the neo-cortex. We now know that walnuts help develop over 3 dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.  

Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.  

Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don't have enough sodium in your diet the body pulls it ! From the bones, making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.  

Eggplant, Avocadoes and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female - they look just like these organs. Today's research shows that when a woman eats 1 avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? .... It takes exactly 9 months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).  

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the motility of male sperm and increase the numbers  of sperm as well to overcome male sterility. 

Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.  

Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries. 

Grapefruits, Oranges, and other citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.  

Onions look like body cells. Today's research shows that onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes.  

'The news isn't that  fruits and vegetables are good for you, it's that they are so good for you, they can save your life.'

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Victoria JuiceLuck on DAY 86!!!

So, just a small correction, I got a bit ahead of myself, the day I listed as being day 85 was in fact 84, the JuiceLuck yesterday was on Day 85 and so today, Sunday is Day 86!

Yesterday the sun was shining amazingly bright. Simi and I headed to the Moss Street Market -- where everything was booming! The vegetables were plentiful, the arts & craft stalls were busy, the children's art table and playground were overflowing! It was just truly wonderful, with Simi and I spending 2 hours there.

The afternoon Simi spent playing with friends in our backyard, while I juiced for the JuiceLuck. My offering this week: watermelon, beet, carrots, spinach, mint and ginger. I've also rediscovered my love of grapefruits. I was really turned off them at the beginning of the feast, but have seen their refreshing light.

I was really amazed by one of my fellow juicefeasters last night, Constanze. As you will notice in the video, she looks so unbelievably clear! Inspiring...

After the JuiceLuck last night, Constanze and I went to a spoken word poetry performance by Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long -- absolutely mindblowingly fabulous!

njoy the video:

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Day 85!

I'm rethinking my notion to do 108 days of feasting...I likely will stop on day 92, since my cough is still hanging in, my chi is apparently low and logistically, it's a matter of going to June 16th or May 31st...when I have three days of meetings I must attend on Galiano Island from June 11th...and I don't want another juicing disaster. I'm going to feel it out. I really am not prepared to stop in 6 days! What a terrifying idea.

The day contained its fair share of ups and downs -- on the up side I finally got my moon flow! This was of great relief, since during the feast my moon flow dissapeared. I'm feeling really awesome in my skin. I've downed about 36 pounds, my skin is clear, clear, clear and I'm fitting in some of my old clothes! I bought myself one of those tiny ipod shuffles today so that I can listen to it, while going for walks. Plus, Paddy managed to score $2500 worth of the most gorgeous wooden windows that were incorrectly ordered for a job he's working on for $700 dollars. We will gather bits and pieces for our place as we find gems! And on top of it, we were quoted a wonderful price for our lumber list. So good moods were abound.

Then the day took a major pitfall with a letter from Student Loans that was saying they were going to begin to debit my bank account for an amount they're charging me interest amount that I am not to pay due to my permanent disability status. I never loose my cool on the phone...but I ended up being sent through the roof, ending with me saying "See you in court." My blood pressure went soaring, and I couldn't stop shaking for quite a while. Stress is the major thing that will prevent my healing from Wilson's Disease...this is not good!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Chi low!

Well my cough is back! I think it sunk in when I was so low -- but it is having a depleting effect on me. My accupuncturist today told me to be careful with it, since my chi was low (checked through pulses) -- he noted that it was evident how good the cleanse had been for me, but to make sure that I don't let it begin having a depleting effect on me. I sais that these kind of comments will aid me with determining the length I juice feast for. My partner is feeling the same way, hoping I'll stop at 92 days. Truthfully, 92 days would be much more practical for me, as I have to be at a series of 3-day long meetings on Galiano in mid-June, and it would be wonderful if I could eat salad. So we'll see. However, I'm now off to juice...!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Lasqueti weekend and juicing gone-wrong!

I left off with my mass juicing production I was undertaking in order to spend the weekend on Lasqueti Island. I spent hours juicing...juicing until my back ached. My original plan had been to juice mainly pineapple, and add E3 Live to each juice right before intake. However, I veered away from that idea when I developed a wee minor yeast-like infection and was wondering if it had to do with my intake of sugary pineapple; and secondly, I had such a plethora of greens I needed to juice them. So, the result was a cooler full of ice and juice (it's impossible to bring the juicer with, since solar panels can't sustain powering it, without draining the battery bank!)

UNFORTUNATELY, my juices broke down really quickly and began tasting FOWL! I therefore began drinking less than a litre a day, until yesterday where I just couldn't stomach them and drank herbal detox tea instead. I wasn't doing so well...feeling kind of sluggish and weak. However, today I went downtown and had 4 litres juiced for me at Green Cuisine. I just needed something that tasted vastly different from my vile concoctions!

My weekend was phenomenal down on my land. I saw my coop landpartners, my cabin, and our future housesite. It was such a rejuvinating, inspiring weekend! I'm attaching some photos of the cabin and views.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Accupuncture and mass-juice production! Day 75!

I went for a lovely 2 hour accupuncture session today, were I fell into a deep sleep while lying there in the Lazy-Boy! Total bliss! I mentioned to my accupuncturist that we're going to build a new house on Lasqueti over the next couple of years, and he immediately offered to come up and help us build for a week! Generosity abounds....

Tomorrow evening we're heading to Lasqueti for the long-weekend, equipped with building laser and rock drill, along with photocopies of our house plans. To prepare, Paddy and Simi juiced me some pineapple, but tomorrow will be my maddening juice day of making multiple, mulitiple juices. My plan is to have a litre or two of just straight green juice that I can divie up between the fruit ones. I'm also bringing a whole jar of E-3 Live to add to my juices!

Monday, May 12, 2008

GREAT BOOK NEWS on this Day 73!

Today has been a terrific day: from heading downtown to buy some pants with a gift certificate I'd been given at Christmas (now only finally did I feel good/comfortable enough to try some on!), to helping Simi with her grade one research project on Orca whales, to receiving an out-of-the-blue e-mail from the publisher of Simply Read Books. About three years ago I had a book accepted by them for publication: A Gulf Islands Alphabet. It was a non-traditional alphabet book those wove stories about the islands around here (the northern half of the San Juan Islands for my American readers!). Then for the past year-and-a-half, communication ceased. I was not receiving responses to my e-mails or anything...until tonight. I received a two-line note that said that they had found a suitable illustrator, and that they were extremely excited. Part of my wanting to get the book out there in a timely fashion was that in 2010, the Winter Olympics are coming here, which will mean a big tourist influx, plus there has also been the recent creation of the Gulf Islands National Park (more people!). So I'm thrilled!

Other news: I'M DOWN 30 POUNDS!

And...I've decided I'll do my feast for 108 days. At this point, I want to stop on a number that has some significance to, 108 beads on a Bhuddhist mala.

I'm trying to encourage Ayrie of our Victoria Juice Luck group to design a small tattoo for the four of commenmorate this extraordinary life-altering journey!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Victoria JuiceLuck! and Day 72: Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers today!

Last night, we had our weekly Victoria JuiceLuck...check out the video below:

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Yesterday also involved a brief, chilly trip down to the Moss Street Market, where i bought greens from the same people's stall (photo included)...a lovely braising mix assortment.

This morning I started bright and early, since I had a friend coming to visit at 7:00 am -- fitting a visit in between her train trips up and down island.

So, the sun is shining this morning and the wind is also blowing, and I'm off to tackle some pineapples!

Friday, May 9, 2008

DAY 70!

I've reached the 70 day mark!

For the past week I've been thinking about extending the juice feast to 100 days or possibly even 120, but now I'm shying away from that thought. Yesterday it felt like a re-visiting of Day 1 -- the day I made myself ill on juice! I crafted some very potent green juices yesterday -- ann added E3 Live to all of them too (quite a bit of it!) -- well, last night I felt off! I didn't want to lay down for fear of throwing up (jeez! this sounds like there cold be nothing worse in the world...not so!) -- I believe my juices were just far too dense. Today, I'll juice a pineapple or two and thin and sweeten them the rest of them remain untouched. Today I'm just drinking wild rose tea, wildcrafted in Alberta -- I'll veer back towards juices later on in the day. Oh! I've also developed this wickedly deep cough -- where it sounds like I'm about to hurl out a lung and bust ribs. This is also one of the reasons I'm tending to think against extending the feast -- perhaps my body is requiring a bit more nourishing energy! We'll see. If this cough doesn't dissipate, I'll concoct a thyme, ginger, lemon tea!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Accupuncture and drafting!

Another morning session of accupunture - 9:30 to 12:00 - really lovely, relaxing...and it's making me feel terrific! I'm scheduling myself in for once a week, as opposed to my initial 2 times, as that is what feels best at the moment -- otherwise it might feel like overkill! I just can't emphasize enough how much I like the philosophy behind the communual accupunture approach of Hemma ( and plus it's just fabulous sessions with Michael Lium-Hall accupuncturist.

Last night, Paddy and I stayed up late, trying to make a floor plan for our projected Lasqueti house, so that we know how much wood and materials we'll need. Yesterday, I called Windsor Plywood in Parksville, who deliver for free to the Lasqueti barges (Lasqueti Island is accessed by passenger-only ferry, by personal boat or by barge). Lumber is cheap right now, due to the weak American economy. This benefits us tremendously! So, today, I went and bought a portable drafting table, and squares and grid paper, so we can sketch it out all to scale! I wonder if the last time I went to Lasqueti, I hadn't been on the juicefeast, if I would still have gotten so inspired to return?! Being so open surely had something to do with it!

(I've attached some photos of Lasqueti)

Monday, May 5, 2008


I have very little to report on the juice front today, except that I've opted not to go for buying a share in a cow to obtain raw milk. This decision I came to after reading Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine by Gabriel Cousens. With his research as a medical doctor, he was studying the make-up of people's blood -- and he noticed the mass difference that occurred when someone who'd been a very clean raw food eater, added raw goat's milk into his diet. This same man was able to reverse these same negative effects by eliminating the diary once again. I was sold!

I've really noticed how inspiring and catchy this cleanse has been with its effect on others. Even my Mum is inquiring about having one juice a day...!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Victoria JuiceLuck!

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Yesterday was Day 64 and was a wonderful day with the opening of Victoria's weekly farm market: Moss Street Market! It was wonderful to go there with a big, empty basket and return with one heaped with fresh, LOCAL, organic greens! My discoveries were LIME MINT -- which I made into a juice combination of pineapple, celery, and the mint! Absolutely splendid! Celery somehow softens the pineapple.

Yesterday was also marked by our weekly JuiceLuck gathering, with the four of us still going strong: Robyn, Constanze, Ayrie and myself. The above video is the recording of yesterday's check-in.

I've still got my runny nose, but it's not diminishing my outlook!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Soaring and Flying High!!! (the understatement)

I have had a week where I've reached a new level of feeling positively:
free, if I'm operating several levels higher than I ever had before! This week has included one hour-long massage, two three hour-long accupuncture sessions, two meals I cooked for guests of ours (in both cases, to rave reviews! - equate it to how much love I'm putting in these dishes!), a great big ramble through the Garry Oak meadows in full bloom with wildflowers with my daughter, and a wonderful walk by the ocean! My partner and I have been getting along better than we ever have before, relating in a wonderfully beautiful fashion. I'm feeling much more comfortable in my body, with my partner saying the other day that "You've really come into your body, babe!" I've shed 27 pounds...feels awesome! I can fit into m old clothes again! Another 7 pounds and I'll be thrilled! Plus, knowing that we've made plans to move back to Lasqueti Island in several years, plus I'm planning an imminent visit back, has given me great focus!
Unfortunately last night I had a a bad night's sleep, due to several distractions, that I have a wee bit of a runny nose! I'm hoping that it's due strictly to the lack of sleep!