Wednesday, April 25

self portrait challenge ~ body parts

my face today, canon digital rebel xt

I felt so wonderful today that I put on a white dress and went outside to play in the grass.

I haven't been outside in too long. I sort of holed myself up in my home during this cleanse. My sense of smell was so heightened that I could smell food from miles away. ; ) I know I am fortunate to work from home. I need to bow down to all the people that do this cleanse at work when surrounded by their colleagues eating. My husband was so strong at work this past week. I have seen a level of discipline in him that just rocks my world. All his students would walk up to him with pizza and nachos and try to lure him away from the cleanse. He was brilliant and has been not only a good example to me but to all of his students and the teachers he works with.

I still have traces of lung issues. I'm coughing a lot and my chest feels a bit tight but everything else feels amazing. It's hard to explain but I honestly feel toxic free. I feel so clean that I don't want to put anything in my body that will harm it. My husband and I picked up a few things for our kitchen that will help us eat more raw foods. This book has some fabulous gourmet raw food recipes. This website is a great resource for raw food recipe ingredients as well. We now have a food processor, dehydrator, vita-mix blender and a mandolin slicer...we are READY. I love that we are learning this way of living together.

We want to be balanced about it all with eating the blood type diet, as well as raw food about 3 times a week. Raw foods take a lot of preparation (soaking for sprouting) and it is not realistic for us to do it 100%. Perhaps we'll end up wanting to eventually but for now, we'll chill about it to prevent burn out.

I just want to reward my body for taking such good care of me the way it has. I want to love and honor it...the way I love and honor the earth. We are all one with nature and if I am so careful and reverent with the nature that surrounds me, why shouldn't I be with my own body?

Today as I laid myself on the grass, I could feel the heart beat of Mother Earth...or perhaps it was mine and Hers combined. It reminded me of that deep connection I feel and I want to cherish it in all ways possible. This includes taking care of me and my family.

This cleanse has made me think about such things. I am so grateful for this experience.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

will you please tell us about how you feel when you introduce OJ or fruits back into your diet? Also, do you see any reason why doing the cleanse for only 9 days would be a huge disadvantage? Based on the fact that I need 3 days before I can eat whole/solid foods again, I need to stop one day early for a dinner party thang I need to attend on day three post fast. Any feedback would be appreciated. And congrats on your success. Your latest post is inspiring and lovely.

April 25, 2007 at 2:24:00 PM PDT  
Blogger boho girl said...

dear anon,
i have been drinking orange juice all day. it is a welcomed flavor from drinking lemon juice for so long. it is important that you also take a probiotic to help your body get used to digesting food again. i will be taking 1 - 3 of these pills a day depending on what i eat.

since the OJ is not quite filling me up, i might do some veggie broth.

my tongue is bright pink...which tells me the toxins are gone!

i think if you need to attend a party at that time, it would be okay to start drinking orange juice the 9th day! you're still fasting. as long as you don't eat solid foods...you're still fasting, really. i mean...it might mean you're off the "lemonade diet" on that 9th day but you still would be fasting. you know?

my opinion.

good luck anon!!!

April 25, 2007 at 2:32:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Wanda said...

The photo is beautiful...I see some ((Darlene)) in your eyes and mouth..You are both lovely women that I treasure.

April 25, 2007 at 3:09:00 PM PDT  
Blogger bee said...

oh, boho~ you look so beautiful.

i love what you said about taking care of and being reverent with your own body as well as mother earth's...it's something i've been thinking of, too. (been reading a lot about lovingkindness lately.)

i am so glad you had such a wonderful experience.

April 25, 2007 at 3:18:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


What a beautiful photo! You look so relaxed and on with the earth.

This was a very inspiring post to read. I'm not going to do the cleanse (yet) but am making an effort to eating more healthy. Am going to check out that website now :)


April 25, 2007 at 3:32:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Stacy said...

Hi gorgeous ~

oo la la.... I just get lost in that picture of you.

You know I am taking a raw foods class after the gluten/dairy free one we are taking next month. I will definitely forward you all the info I get in that class.

I know what you mean about being connected to Mother Earth in this way. I haven't done the cleanse but just since I have been taking these classes and learning more about eating this way has made me feel so much more connected to the foods we eat and where they come from.

We literally create ourselves each day by the things we put into our bodies.

Enjoy all your new kitchen toys.


April 25, 2007 at 3:57:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have been following yours & thea's posts about doing this cleanse and it has me all inspired. too much recently i have been neglecting my body and since we are changing everything else in our lives, it feels right to do this at the same time. you are so beautiful and a real inspiration. thank-you.

oh, and we are moving to the usa for three months for work and i'm in great need of some gorgeously feminine clothes. care to share some favourites with me? your wardrobe looks so dreamy. if you do, could you please email me? (there's an email link on my blog)

thank-you again!!

April 25, 2007 at 4:02:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your experience. It's very inspiring! It's true that it is important to pay attention to the food we eat. In Germany, there's a saying 'you are what you eat'. I think it holds a lot of truth. Only recently I began to buy more and more organic food and I'm feeling so much healthier! I will definitely proceed. Last but not least, if we take care of ourselves, we almost automatically take care of the Earth as well and vice versa.

Oh, and this ist the first time I hear somebody else speaking about feeling Mother Earth's heartbeat.... sometimes, it makes me feel unsure about my own experiences if there's no one who shares. Learning that people actually do gives some confidence to one's experiences of life's wonders.

April 25, 2007 at 4:41:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops! no email address on my blog (blush). my email address is leonie at verdandi dot co dot nz.


April 25, 2007 at 4:47:00 PM PDT  
Blogger EllyJane said...

beautiful photo.
beautiful you.

April 25, 2007 at 5:47:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Kirsten said...

beautiful boho,
your amazing energy radiates from this photo and you look just like an angel :-)
your post today was food for my soul and as usual your words resonated deep within me. i picked up my raw food detox manual friday and spent the weekend reading through it...the words "what were you thinking!!!" kept playing over in my mind last week, inspired by you and thea and all my spring cleaning it seemed like the perfect time. but as i read through the program, i was overwelmed by it all and how much work it would be and how much time it would take over the next 4 weeks. i wrestled with it the whole weekend and most of monday before i had to make a choice... to let it go for now. in some ways i feel like a failure, but i am the homeschooling mother to two amazing children and that's a full-time job...it's the only one i'm up for right now.
reading here today, i see it's not all so black and white...that i can pace myself...easy into...give myself the time it takes to get there from here...balance and moderation.
so i thank you once again for your words, your photo and for sharing some much of yourself,

April 25, 2007 at 6:05:00 PM PDT  
Blogger *the mama said...

amazing photo...at one with nature....sigh, the very best way to be.

April 25, 2007 at 6:23:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Amanda said...

beautiful picture:)
love amanda

April 25, 2007 at 6:55:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What gorgeous photography sweet you. I am so so proud of you for finishing this cleanse and for embracing all of the lovely lessons that came along with it. You are beautiful inside and out and that light shines forth from you.

Thank you so much for the link, as I know that I will be investigating that very soon myself.

Love you,

April 25, 2007 at 7:23:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

u look amazing! ur bod is def rewarding u for ur discipline. i feel good things comin for u... and this was just the start u needed!!! xoxo bradee

April 25, 2007 at 8:31:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, congrats on making it to day 10. That's amazing. Enjoy your new journey into raw foods. It's been great following your story.

April 25, 2007 at 8:57:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Intrepidflame said...

Great shot. You look great.I am happy for you, that you were able to go through this...

April 26, 2007 at 4:05:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Mindy said...

just stumbled upon this website for raw juicing...thought you might find it interesting. www.americanyogini.com

xo, mindy

April 26, 2007 at 6:02:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My friends recently started a raw food catering company and I was fortunate enough to spend 6 weeks with them, eating only raw food, doing yoga and Pilates and soaking up their wonderful spirits. I'm not 100% raw because I can't (choose not to) live without pizza & wine but raw food feels like it vibrates with energy and I love it. If you're ever looking for great recipes, let me know. I have a few I'd love to share with you.

April 26, 2007 at 1:10:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are such a beauty.


April 26, 2007 at 6:42:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Jon said...

Ok, so you and Boho Boy are now officially my heroes. Congrats on persevering and on all of your discoveries along the way!

April 26, 2007 at 8:00:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello dear one, you look just beautiful in this picture.

April 26, 2007 at 8:34:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You look ravishing in that picture! Being more in sync with Nature is something that's been on my mind a lot lately, and your experience with the cleanse is making me want to make some changes to my way of life.


April 27, 2007 at 12:53:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Regina said...

Wow- you are such an inspiration... I am grateful that you could share your experiences with us!

April 27, 2007 at 6:23:00 AM PDT  
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April 27, 2007 at 9:45:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Scarlett said...

Hi there. uuumm. sorry, but i have a stupid question... are you wearing lipstick in that photo? and if so, what is it? i'm asking cuz i'm looking for a new line of matte - earth toned lipstick and matte is really hard to find and i like the naturalness of the color. ? sorry for the nosey question! i just thought i'd ask! thanks! :)
you really do look lovely in the picture!
have a wonderful day!

May 10, 2007 at 12:03:00 PM PDT  

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