Saturday, 12 April 2014

LIQUID FEAST: DAY ONE


So my partner and I are beginning our liquid feast today, and ending on 4/20 (heh heh heeeeh). What the HECK is a liquid feast, one might inquire? We're only gonna consume liquids for the next seven days; in the form of juices, smoothies, puddings, nut mylks, teas and water. Okay, but WHY the heck would you do this, another person might ask? Because it's fun and makes us feel great! Well... he's never done this before so I shouldn't assume... but I can confidently say it makes ME feel great. My diet is mostly smoothies and juice anyways, supplemented with steamed veggies, grains, beans and raw desserts; so this isn't a crazy change for me. Instead of having steamed potatoes and brown rice for dinner, we will be enjoying savoury smoothies or banana mylkshakes! Or both! Yep. Both. 

Now, I am choosing to call this a liquid FEAST, because I am not going to be restricting calories. I'm not into that. 

I do not believe in restricting calories temporarily as a way to lose weight. Long-term health is only achieved through permanent lifestyle changes, not a week of juice fasting or starving yourself. In fact, when you restrict your caloric intake for a short time then go back to your regular diet (that apparently made you "overweight" in the first place) - you will probably gain back more than you lost. This is because the body goes into starvation mode and quickly packs on the weight it can, as soon as it gets some extra calories. When you transition to a whole foods, plant-based diet, your body will naturally find it's ideal weight - maybe you're already there! Maybe you were actually underweight before! Don't worry about social norms dictating what an attractive weight is. To me, a healthy body is a beautiful body. Let's take a second to remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and changes with the ever-pulsing culture of the time, so no matter how we look we are all deserving of love. Back in the day, cellulite was the epitome of sexy

My point is: if you want to find your ideal weight, make lifestyle changes and switch to a whole foods, plant-based diet. Your body will do the rest... it's smart like that. Do not think that just because you are above the average number for what is considered "normal", that you are overweight. I say: screw the system! Calculating the mean of a populations weight gives you a number that reflects none of the diversity you had in the original data. The fact is we are all unique and beautiful and pushing our identities through an equation then telling us that that resulting number is what we should all strive for just makes everybody get bummed and feel inadequate. Don't try to be the norm! Be YOU. But of course, like I was saying a second ago, I personally think you can be the BEST you, when you feed yourself right. That means lots of fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, beans and grains. Mmm... healthy is sexy. 

Okay! Enough of that. I'm gonna talk a little bit about our day. We woke up and went to the farmers market. Great start. We bought a HUGE bag of carrots, a couple bags of beets, bell peppers, garlic, apples, spinach, parsley, tomatoes, and I think that's it. To be frank, I was feeling super sore and tired because I got my period today, but we got back to my house and made a smoothie and almost immediately I did a 180 in my mood. Honestly, the previous night and during our grocery shopping I had been moaning and groaning about my feminine-induced discomfort for hours, but the second we sat down in the sun and sipped this drink I said "I feel so good right now!" and meant it 100%. Amazing what a little cucumber and pineapple can do, huh? I also made some cashew milk with dates and cinnamon, and some tomato garlic soup with cilantro for dinner. I can't share the smoothie recipe with you because it's going to be exclusive for my next book, but I will share our soup recipe and the cashew mylk! I'm not totally evil, right? (Please someone say "right"...)


SPICED CASHEW & DATE MYLK

1 1/2 cups cashews
5 dates
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla powder
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
8 cups water

Blend everything until smooth, letting the blender buzz for about a minute so it gets uber smooth. Strain through a mylk bag, cheesecloth or sieve, and enjoy! This will last sealed in the fridge for around a week (but I bet it'll disappear much sooner than that.) 


TOMATO GARLIC SOUP with BELL PEPPERS, ONION, AVOCADO & SPICES 

2 cups tomatoes
1 garlic clove
1/6 cup onion 
1 red bell pepper
1 avocado
Pinch Himalayan salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1-2 cups water or vegetable broth

Blend everything until smooth. Serve with cilantro if ya want. 

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20 comments:

Lucie Steiner said...

This is an awesome idea Em - I do not have the willpower to do an all-juice cleanse, plus my period is due too! Gonna try and get my boyfriend to do this too.
Hope you're feeling goood now :)
All the best for your next book xx

Caetano said...

Eres la mejor.

Not So Nanna said...

Thanks Em...was trying to figure out what to have for lunch and you've just given me the answer!

The Vegan Cookie Fairy said...

I adore cashew milk, I'm sure spiced cashew milk must be delicious. Not sure I could do cold tomato soup (not at all a fan of gazpacho) but maybe warmed up just a wee bit...

vientecillo-90 said...

"I'm not totally evil, right? (Please someone say "right"...)"
Right=) Thank you for this post. It so beatiful and truly! Though I am not a totally vegan, I am wathching for my way of harmony eating and living. And it can't be in restrictions. Harmony - is about permission to be YOU and to your choice. When you listen to you, you come (too many you, by the way:)) closer to nature. Too many words, sorry:)

Izzy @ Veganizzm said...

Hey lady lady,
Kudos on kickin' off the feast with a bang! Everything sounds lovely. I'm excited to see how the rest of it unravels.
xox
Izzy

Joy // For the Love of Leaves said...

I did something very similar a couple months ago and felt absolutely fantastic. Like you, I didn't limit calories or intake, only consumed things that were easy to digest to give my body a little vacation. Man, oh man did I feel good. I'm about ready to do it again! Can't wait to see what else you're "cooking" up!

Heather McClees said...

I do feasts like this all the time and just love how it makes my body feel- thank you for sharing it!:) You know,I was just thinking I need to make some tomato soup soon. I love blending it all up in the blender. It's SO satisfying. I've found my favorite addition to tomato soup is raw pumpkin- I know it sounds crazy, but when you blend them together, it's the perfect marriage of sweet meets savory. I just can't get enough:) I can't wait to read your smoothie book! Oh, I hope that's what it is anyway:) I'm buying your baking book this week and can't wait:) YOU ROCK EMILY!:)

Hippy mom said...

Hippy Mom,Right:::)I prefer a light diet as well. People will ask me how I take care of myself, Veggies, seeds, nuts, fruit, jasmine rice, grains, beans all the good stuff.

Emily von Euw said...

@The Vegan Cookie Fairy - use hot water :D

coconutandberries said...

Love your attitude Emily! I always leave your blog with a smile on my face :D You definitely make a liquid feast sound like fun. I'm away for a few weeks atm so don't really have the equipment to do this but I'd love to give my body a little break and just consume liquids for a while when I get home.

Anonymous said...

Right on; I never count calories either. Do you take any supplements? It seems like most vegans are opposed to them, but I don't know why. I have a b12 spray and vitamin d (for winter especially). I'm also considering dha-epa.

Lisa | Je suis alimentageuse said...

I totally agree! Drastic diet changes only make your weight yo-yo. Long term and sustainable life changes and exercise are the way to go! Enjoy the feast, hope your partner likes it, and I hope your "feminine-induced" pains let up soon =)

Emily von Euw said...

@Anonymous - I take a B-complex and a vitamin D supplement every couple weeks :)

Summer Bates said...

Em thanks so much for the inspiring post. I love your site.... and I love reading your blog! I tell all my friends about you and your hilarious vegan jokes. I know you're going to have an awesome rest of your cleanse, sounds like you're having a blast already! Can't wait to check out your new juice book :) -Summer <3

Ötso said...

Guuurl dat soup is outa this world. Just made it & can't wait to make more!

Anonymous said...

Hey Em, what's the delish-looking green juice pictured here?
Also, do you ever worry/feel bad effects from sugar content in certain foods, ie, dates, bananas etc? Know they're natural but sugar is sugar..?

Emily von Euw said...

@Anonymous - the green juice will be in my next book :) I never worry about those sugars! We are meant to run on carbs from fruits and veggies :D

val said...

i have to ask. i've seen you use vanilla powder a lot but i'm not sure what it is or where to buy it. whole foods?

thanks so much. and i love your book so much by the way. i've already made a ton of recipes from it! thank you for being such an inspiration!

Anonymous said...

In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that my diabetic (the type where you don't need to inject) mum has tried a bunch of the recipes and many of them have wreaked havoc with her blood sugar. I know that most people are able to regulate their insulin levels and control this, but the natural sugars in lots of the recipes can still get quite high and need to be well managed.

- Anon 2

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