My fast starts tomorrow!
Date: 9/12/2007 5:58:49 AM ( 13 y ) ... viewed 1423 times
So I thought my fast would start Friday, which probably would have been better, but it actually starts tomorrow. Guess I got the first day of Ramadan wrong. Perhaps wishful thinking? I can get away with slacking on the weekends if I need to, but I don't know about this.
I really haven't gotten my butt in gear AT ALL about this thing. I was so much more prepared for a three day fast than I am for this one. I was doing a ton of liquids and mostly just one meal for a week. It was easier because it was so hot then, and I didn't really want to eat, and when I did want to eat it was where are the salads and smoothies at! I eat really well when I'm at home, and then I go to work and I'm surrounded by kids eatting all this junk. I don't understand why they buy all that crap for them. I understand they're kids, and need to have a few snacky things around. I can even understand why there's stuff in boxes, so that they can participate in making it. Still, I'm the only person in there who cooks stuff that isn't out of a box. Last night we had brown rice, catfish, and vegetables. That was at least one healthy meal out of the way. Also, the day before yesterday I ate more and differently than I usually do, and my stomach was practically growling off and on from 10. I don't even usually eat until I get home from school or go to work, which isn't till 1, and that's a good day. I have alot of fluids in the morning, and I'm usually fine.
A friend of mine that I haven't heard from in awhile called up yesterday to wish me a happy almost birthday (its today!). I feel so bad for her, her life is just not in a good place right now. She's got a drug problem, and her boyfriend just told her they need a break because of it. She is SO amazingly smart, and she hasn't been able to keep her act together for long enough to stay in school. I really do feel for her, but then there's this other little part of my mind that says What are you doing just get your act together and GO! Do it! I see that same problem at school all the time. I see kids who don't even have to work, worry about bills, the car breaking down, anything. I'm sure alot of them have their acts together, but alot don't. This girl's got alot of support, and could do so much with her life. She actually told me I'm so tough, which was kind of cool to hear, because I've never thought of myself as that way. I just decide what I want most, or what is the least sucky of the very sucky options, and go. Maybe being tough will help me get through this fast with 0 prep!
Today I'll go to classes, then a friend of mine is taking me out to lunch, then I need to do some grocery shopping! I'll write down my grocery list. Then tonight I think I'll make veggie broth, and hold off on the fruit soup for tomorrow. I'll post the recipes for those too, especially my fruit soup which is delicious. Actually, during my 3day fast by the end of the 2nd day it was too strong for me, and I had to waaay water it down. But the first few cups were awesome. =) And my vegetable broth, which is amazing. I highly recommend investing in a crockpot for broths. Whenever I make mine I throw a bunch of veggies in, whatever is in my fridge or whatever I like (I never follow recipes, its why my first MC drink turned out so disasterous) with a bunch of seasoning (garlic, rosemary, sage, cumin) with lots of water (the longer you cook it the more water you can put in it, if you don't cook it long enough it will be watery) with a little bit of olive oil, and put it on high for a few hours. Then I let it simmer on low all night, and in the morning strain off the veggies! Fruit soup I do just about the same thing, except well fruit. First though I get some sweet potatoes, cut them and peel them, and bake them in the oven with molasses and nutmeg on them. Then I throw them in the pot with whatever fruits are there and in season (apples and butternut squash make an awesome combo for the fall, plums too if you can get them fresh)and put the potatoes in after they're soft. Cook it the same way as the veggie broth, and strain in the morning! Makes some very very yummy soup. A little bit of lime can be added for a bit of a sweet/tart flavor, but usually I leave it just the way it is. I'm also going to include nice warm teas. I guess this won't be just a juice fast, but also tea, MC, and broth fast. Something warm is just necessary when you're out the door most mornings by 5:30.
Writing about cooking has made me more excited, which is good. I really love to cook. I didn't mind cooking at all before, or cooking things I couldn't eat during other fasts. I am a major snacker while I cook, which is the toughest part. Giving up meat for lent last year just about cured me of that, since my boy is majorly carnivorous, and I still cooked for him. Still, I could do with a little more curing. =)
I still want to start my fasting tonight, but no guarantees if my boy wants to take me out to dinner!
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