Chaga Challenge – Day 1

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When I heard about their 30 day Instant product challenge, I was inspired and asked the company if I could participate.
They were excited as well, and sent me a care package with 4 boxes of Instant Chaga mix, what I will consume 3 times a day for the next 30 days.

I started my day with a makeshift Chaga tea, basically the instant packet with hot water. I took it with me to my yoga class, which I had to teach and though I drank half on the way there, I finished the mug sporadically while teaching. I taught a hot BikYasa class, and between active savasana when I opened the door, I snuck some sips.
The earth warm taste had a musky sweet taste to it, and left me feeling rather nourished.

After my second class of the day, the noon flow class, I came home and decided to make a juice. I blended greens, carrots, apple, pear and ginger, mix a small portion of chaga with hot ater for a quick dissolve and poured it in the juice mix. The result was a scrumptious liquid lunch. It was so good that I decided to make it my dinner as well, this time only mixing carrot, apple and ginger with my chaga addition.

At the end of day one I feel rather amazed, lucid, clear and elated. Managed to teach 3 classes, two meetings, clean the house and enjoy the day.

Looking forward to what the day will bring tomorrow!


Living Foods Matzoh

Matzoh is the mainstay of the Passover holiday. Without it, Passover just would not be the same. But we Living Foods enthusiasts need our own matzoh recipe. Dorleen Tong, one of the creators of SF LiFE (San Francisco Living Foods Enthusiasts) created the following recipe years before it became matzoh!

This recipe makes so much, you’d do well to have a 9-tray Excalibur dehydrator. If you want to make less, just half or third all of the ingredients.

15 pounds organic carrots (equals 22 cups of carrot pulp) (Note: You can substitute winter squash for the carrots. I like Kabocha because it tastes just like pumpkin.)
1 to 1 ½ pounds flax seed, unsoaked
Note: Each 8-cups of carrot pulp requires 8 ounces of flax seed. If you are making the entire recipe, 1 to 1½ pounds of flaxseed is sufficient. More

Watermelon Cleanse Day 3

Gotta love the third day, first of all, if you can make it 3 days without solid food, you will wake up on the 4th day wondering if you really need it.

I’m not preaching ‘breathterian’ here, where you live on breath alone, or the power of the sun, just sharing a reality I learned over 10 years ago when I did my very first 3 and then 10 day fast. The first 3 days are the hardest. And if you have been following me in the last few weeks you have noticed that even starting one can be a challenge on that very first day.

Well, on this 3rd day, I practiced in the morning, taught and then surfed for about an hour, followed by a lunch meeting, where I had a carrot, apple and ginger juice due to the fact that they did not serve any watermelon drinks. I figured I was getting good nutrients with the choice I had made and that I was probably good for the cleanse.

I had not planned on the surf being so nice and calm after teaching and was thrown off schedule a little, though I had plenty of watermelon juice and water when I came home.

I did suffer from intense cravings toward sunset, probably watching my wife and son indulge in some gluten free chocolate cookies. Upon arriving home, Bibiana made me a banana, coconut milk, chia seed, cacao powder and other super food ingredients smoothie to sooth my craving, which did the trick pretty well, so well in fact that I asked her to make another one two hours later before we watched the latest episode of True Blood.

It might not have been pure watermelon and water for 3 days, but it sure came close to it.

How am I feeling? pretty good, outside of the intense cravings at the end of the day I was feeling pretty good.

I did notice I was a little tired and almost fatigued around sunset time, and found it hard to think about going back out to the beach, though the pending storm and lack of good surf could have been other reasons.

I plan on attempting my fall 30 day liquid fast which I do every year (though lats year I was unable to sustain more than a 7 day fast for some reason, though that is a topic for a different blog).

Stay tuned for recipes, insights and explorations.

I have been doing fall and spring 30 day liquid fasts for 7 years (excluding last year), as a Pitta-Kapha body type I do not loose that much weight and the idea that you loose tons of weight disappears after day 10, at which point the experience of not eating is closer to spiritual practice rather than an ego (weight loosing is about an image and thus fueled by the ego) booster.

Somewhat like Yin Yoga, where the first 10 minutes are about getting used to the posture and the connective tissue opens up, where the time between 10-20 minutes (according to Dr. Motoyama energy cycles in the body in 20 minutes segments) is purely meditative.