Tuesday, August 31, 2010


An apple a day...wait,scratch that, apples all day, and nothing else.
Or in my case watermelon, all day.
My husband and I have been wanting to do a cleanse since we got married. He just  finally graduated last week, and I am thrilled!!!
With the Holy Days approaching quickly, we decided that it would be a perfect time to start a cleanse. Preparing our bodies, as we prepare our minds and hearts. However, it was kind of a last minute decision yesterday, as we realized just how quickly they are approaching! So I spent most of last night, after work, freezing and preserving anything that is not allowed,which thankfully, we did not have to throw out much. 
We decided on Jordan Rubin from Garden of Life and The Maker's Diet's 10 day summer cleanse. Reasoning being, that it is, only, 10 days (yay!), my Mother-in-law and Father-in-law do his seasonal cleanses, and sing it praises, also my husband benefited greatly from Jordan's 40 days cleanse when he was severely ill several years ago.

The first day is supposed to be a "mono diet" of one type of fruit, ideally water-based.
My goodness, it is ridiculous what babies we've become. I'd say we did well through the first half of the day, but this evening has been hilarious, all of our talk of food we'd like to eat, and headaches, and hunger. It has also brought up how spoiled we are, and how much we take for granted, how we both want to be people who strive for betterment, and how much we are grateful for one another.

Husband picked apples for his fruit and I picked watermelon, at dinner we seriously contemplated swapping dishes.
I have been feeling very weak and have a headache, part of which, I think, is due to not eating the full 5 servings prescribed, or the amount of water. I don't think it would have been appropriate for me to whip out a bowl of watermelon during my 4 hours of teaching, though...
Looking forward to sleeping, and then tomorrow I can eat different fruit, and salad!
Variety is such a blessing!!!

http://www.gardenoflife.com/ - this gives a pretty good overview of what it will be like

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Love of a Mother

I am sitting in my apartment, listening to my mother breathe, as she sleeps on my couch.What an odd thing. Such a wonderful thing, and yet it feels slightly foreign. To have her here, ( finally) in my new, married life. It is another layer,I suppose, part of the meshing of my life as a daughter, to my life as a wife, and an adult.
 I am so overjoyed to have her here!!! Certainly, I am tiring her out,showing her everything, and talking her ear off. There is just so much to catch her up on! I miss her so much. She ,truly, was my best friend, before Adam came into my life.

It is so nice to pause. I didn't have to work tonight, and for my mother, who works full-time,over-time like a mad woman. She said it felt like Shabbat, and it was, our own precious little rest. We baked some chicken with beets, and sauteed their greens, along with some wine. It was fabulous. 
Much reflecting has gone on today, childhood, marriage, having babies, my Grandfather, travels. I don't know how many times in the past 10 hours I have thanked my mother for raising me,homeschooling me, and pouring herself into me. At this point in my life I cannot imagine having a child, but I know that the love and friendship of a mother, of my mother, is the most brilliant gift there is.