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The 8 hour diet just wasn’t for me and that’s okay! I have enjoyed coffee and will continue to drink it on occasion- that’s one of the biggest takeaways along with my love for breakfast (I’ve missssssed breakfast!)! I could NOT go until April 30th waiting to eat food everyday at my self induced scheduled time of 11am! And then my Plantfit (crossfit) class was at noon. I was doing and feeling fine for the most part but as the days went on I was simply enjoying the schedule less and less. If life’s not enjoyed you have nothing. Cutting off eating time by 7pm with an 8 year old and a husband with their own schedules and needs added to the challenge.

So there you are 16/8, the 8 hour diet, intermittent fasting – whatever you want to call it is not for me. Weight loss, tightening up (in a good way 😉 ) and all are not worth it. Plus I’ve been on the fence about fasting for awhile. To each their own- I like to do it maybe once a month for 24 hours and I usually do a juice-smoothie-water fast and I feel fantastic.

I’ll always be experimenting and playing with my food, I have yet to write about Ani Phyo’s Fat Blast which was one of my favorites!

Much love, Moving bodies and Mindful eating!

XO

Ami

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After many meals out at restaurants and all the exercise and digesting I put my body through I every so often do 24 hours of just water or a water fast. I've read water fasting is the most effective rest/jump start you can give your body and since I find it comfortable I'm happy to do it. But this is a special case in which I am prepping the day before a little more mindfully then usual. I wanted today's eats/drinks to be quick digesting nutrient rich foods- and keep me going! I have a busy week ahead with Eliot's final week of classes & his 6th birthday party this weekend! I'm even already planning on what I'll break my fast with tomorrow night… hmmmm….but as for today here's what I had:

10 ounces water

B: one cup chocolate yerba mate tea with honey

One hour workout- 30 minutes of weights and body weight exercises followed by treadmill jog, runs and hill climbs for the second half.

S: one cup coconut water (I Love coconut water. It's perfection.)

S: one and a half cups almond milk with SunWarrior protein powder

S: half a bottle of Happy Boost goji berry juice with green tea, pear juice and more yummies see here http://www.evitamins.com/product.asp?pid=14200 (My brother left this in my fridge last month and I think I would buy it- it gave me a great kick of energy and it wasn't overly sweet. Yum!)

S: my amazingly weird chia-almond milk-chocolate-banana-greener grasses chocolate powder pudding with vanilla stevia, maca, cinnamon and probably more I'm forgetting.

10 ounces water

D: steamed asparagus and steamed rapini with fresh squeezed lemon, tumeric, onion powder and black pepper.

DS: one square dark chocolate

Probiotic and water

PS This blog post today by Angela really speaks to me and the way I'm trying to eat. Enjoy! http://rawreform.blogspot.com/2010/05/who-are-you-listening-to.html

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I just finished a 24 hour water fast. This is my third fast. My first I did with juice for 36 hours, the second was like the third. I was wanting to feel some cleansing benefits which I know will probably only occur if I choose to go longer. Although the reflection that takes place in just 24 hours of not eating is so interesting I find myself with a mental block thinking of going further. I'll probably go with my gut on this one- haha. And when I feel the drive to do it again I'll see what happens. Sometimes I picture myself like 20 years from now going on meditation, juice feasting, and or yoga retreats and dragging Andy along when his schedule (and desire) allows.

For now I'm thinking about hunger, growling tummies, elimination, releasing and food. I know after just doing a few fasts that true hunger is something I've never known. My belly and body always has had enough for these short fasts. Growling tummies turning over, kicking up the juices- it passes rather quickly with a glass of water. Elimination and the importance of clearing out the system, giving your body a rest. Releasing expectations, schedules, desires, the need to chew, and finding a peaceful freedom. And lastly food, wonderful life sustaining food how I appreciate and adore all that there is offered to eat especially here and now.

What makes me want to fast? A forced rest from the gym, sweat, protein requirements, nutrition goals, and so much more. I slept for eleven hours last night and that was fabulous. I only started to feel a bit grumpy as the 24 hours were coming to a close. I was getting anxious to eat. Even though I wasn't starving by any means, the simple ritual of eating in the evening came biting me big time. My initial goal was to go 3 days and to resume eating on Sunday night. But I caved and I don't feel bad about it. I just listened to my body say, maybe another time.   

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