July 2012

I saw this quote and thought it was so perfect for running, yoga or anywhere that we safely push our boundaries to discover more about ourselves and what we’re capable of.

I’m glad to be here right now, poking at my threshold. I want to get more comfortable being uncomfortable. I want to get more confident being uncertain. I don’t want to shrink back just because something isn’t easy. I want to push back, and make more room in the area between I can’t and I can. Maybe that spot is called I will.

Kristin Armstrong, Mile Markers blog, Runner’s World.com

My beloved child,

break your heart no longer.

Each time you judge yourself you break your own heart.

You stop feeding on the love which is the wellspring of your vitality.

The time has come, your time

To live to celebrate and to see the goodness that you are…

Let no one, no thing, no idea or ideal obstruct you

If one comes, even in the name of “Truth”, forgive it for its


Do not fight

Let go

And breathe – into the goodness that you are.


Please Come Home

Please come home. Please come home.
Find the place where your feet know where to walk
And follow your own trail home.
Please come home. Please come home into your own body,
Your own vessel, your own earth.
Please come home into each and every cell,
And fully into the space that surrounds you.
Please come home. Please come home to trusting yourself,
And your instincts and your ways and your knowings,
And even the particular quirks of your personality.
Please come home. Please come home and once you are firmly
Please stay awhile and come to a deep rest within.
Please treasure your home. Please love and embrace your
Please get a deep, deep sense of what it’s like to be truly
Please come home. Please come home.
And when you’re really, really ready,
And there’s a detectable urge on the outbreath, then please
come out.
Please come home and please come forward.
Please express who you are to us, and please trust us
To see you and hear you and touch you
And recognize you as best we can.
Please come home. Please come home and let us know
All the nooks and crannies that are calling to be seen.
Please come home, and let us know the More
That is there that wants to come out.
Please come home. Please come home.
For you belong here now. You belong among us.
Please inhabit your place fully so we can learn from you,
From your voice and your ways and your presence.
Please come home. Please come home.
And when you feel yourself home, please welcome us too,
For we too forget that we belong and are welcome,
And that we are called to express fully who we are.
Please come home. Please come home.
You and you and you and me.
Please come home. Please come home.
Thank you, Earth, for welcoming us.
And thank you touch of eyes and ears and skin,
Touch of love for welcoming us.
May we wake up and remember who we truly are.
Please come home.
Please come home.
Please come home.
Jane Hooper

I did the detox again and noticed some packaging and food guide changes in the kit.  I like them!

The food guide is more clear and concise – easier to understand for someone who is in a Day 2 detoxing haze.  I like how they put millet, quinoa, buckwheat and brown rice all in the 80% category.  Even though i mostly rely on brown rice (a habit) it’s nice to have the other options too.

I like how they clarified that unsweetened almond milk is an 80% food.  The previous “soy milk in moderation” in the small print never felt clear to me (is that one cup or one teaspoon per day?).  And i appreciate the “all oils except peanut” as i’ve become pretty addicted to coconut oil :-)

As i was detoxing, i came across a couple of tricks to keep it easy for myself and want to share them.

  • Make brown rice every other day and take the guesswork out of the process.  I soak mine overnight or during the day in my rice cooker to reduce cooking times.  And don’t forget that when you’re really crunched for time, there are parboiled versions of brown rice, like Uncle Ben’s etc.  They cook up in 20 minutes so you can even do a batch before heading to work.
  • Buy as many veggies as can fit in your grocery cart or shopping bag at the market.  Buy the things that might normally be only “sometimes” veggies.  I bought things like avocados, fresh herbs, raddiccio, radishes – anything to make my salads extra interesting.  Wash everything when you get home so things are ready to be pulled out and chopped.
  • I normally have a real issue with snacks, i’m really hungry between meals and have to find detox-friendly snacks that stay well within the 80% allocation foods, worry-free, so the detox can do its work.  So this time I did up two salad lunches.  One was a nice big green salad with all the salad fixin’s i love with a handful of almonds or a half can of salmon.  I saved space for a small container of dressing (a dribble of oil, squirt of lemon juice, a drizzle of fruit juice, herbs, salt and pepper).  The other salad was a rice or grains-based salad.  Using leftovers from the night before I’d add the chunkier veggies that hadn’t gone in the salad – carrots, celery, broccoli, a sprinkle of herbs & pepper, a handful of chick peas.  I found that by eating two salads (around 11:00 and 2:00), i could make it through a workday without hounding for snacks.
  • The other trick i figured out is that when you make a salad, make 2 or 3.  If you’re making one up for dinner, make two in carry containers for work too.  Or on Sunday evening, make up a couple so you’re good to go on Monday a.m.. Why not, once you’ve pulled all the stuff out of the fridge it doesn’t take that long.  And that way you have something waiting for you when you look in the fridge bleary-eyed in the a.m. wondering what on earth you’ll eat all day.