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Breaking the Fast April 2, 2012

Filed under: Discovering Health and Fun — lovepaintingrainbows @ 7:07 pm

So this is incredibly late. I was supposed to post this over two weeks ago, but a lot of things have happened in that time and there will probably be a post about that soon as well. I apologize if you were anxiously awaiting the conclusion to our juice “feast” experience.

This fast was more than just a physical cleanse for us. We kind of took a reboot to our home, spiritual journey, and re-organized our thoughts towards health, food, and living. It was a wonderful experience. It was the longest I have ever fasted and it is really awesome knowing that I am strong enough to do it!

Coming off of a fast is the most important part of the entire thing. How gently you break your fast determines how well your digestive system will respond and work from that point forward. Since the body has been mostly cleansing and not digesting, you need to be gentle with your digestive tract. The best way to break a fast is with some fruit. Citrus is usually the best fruit to start with. Just eat one orange or grapefruit in the morning. Take it slow and easy. Don’t forget to keep drinking water! Juice some fruits and veggies once or twice while eating fruit throughout the day as well.

The following days kind of depend on how long your fast was. If it was only between 1 and 3 days, it will be a little easier to add more back into your diet. Proteins like nuts and seeds can be added in next, along with heartier plants like squash and sweet potatoes. Healthy fats (like avocado, coconut oil, yogurt, raw milk, and other nutritious oils) are next, and carbohydrates should be added last. Make sure to keep getting enough water each day for the rest of your life. 🙂 I should for a gallon a day, or a minimum of 2 quarts (half a gallon).

I will post some links at the end that are some of my favorite sources for this information.

Remember that every body is at a different point in its health and you may or may not need to do a fast now. There is SO much information out there on fasting and cleansing. Just be sure to do your research and seek for what your body needs. The most important thing for our bodies that we have learned recently is to LOVE your body and your mind. You can’t love anyone else fully until you love yourself. You are awesome.

Love, Alisha


“Juice Feast”: Day 5 March 6, 2012

Filed under: Discovering Health and Fun — lovepaintingrainbows @ 4:48 am

Well, I have been feeling pretty great, but today has been difficult as far as cravings go. I have been wanting weird things that I haven’t eaten in years, and didn’t even necessarily like either. Like, school lunch chicken nuggets and mashed potatoes. Gross. I did some research on this because I am a curious cat and want to know what this means. Your body stores toxins in fat, so while you fast you are burning fat and the toxins are released into the bloodstream. The toxins could be from addictive substances that are found in food we used to eat and we associate the feeling of the substance with a food we ate containing the substance. Amazing, huh?

My yummy apple blueberry juice!

We also decided to do this “juice feast” for more than just our physical health, but for our mental and spiritual health too. We have done 1 to 3 day fasts before, and something we always gain from it is appreciation and gratitude for our food. It is so easy to forget that we are blessed to have such easy access to so much food and that we can eat as soon as we are hungry. We get used to expecting food and relying on it for our emotional well-being.

I love having dinner with family and friends and enjoying really wonderful food with people. That always makes me “feel better” no matter what mood I start out in, and I think that is a great thing. But, I also think there is a balance between eating to “feel better” and enjoying food for what it is and being grateful. I, too, am guilty of almost always rushing to get the food done and then eating while doing other things (especially as a mom). This week has been a time to realize that food is a blessing to our bodies and minds and to not take it for granted.

We are learning so many other things too, like being present, and being strong in our minds. Like tonight, we have a friend staying a couple of nights with us and I made him the yummiest smelling italian food and an incredible dessert that I’ve never done before. Every time I got something on my fingers from preparing the food it was all I could do not to lick it off my hands. I just held my face over the sauteing onions, garlic, and mushrooms and inhaled the glorious aroma. We watched him eat it as we drank our juice. It was rough and challenging, but so awesome because we grew a little stronger in our self-control.

Our minds are also growing in our thoughts towards health and food and we are really excited about it, but I will save all of that for another post.

Another bonus of a fast is how incredibly amazing good food tastes after a time of not eating. I can’t wait for that moment! 🙂

Love, Alisha


A Time of Cleansing March 4, 2012

Filed under: Discovering Health and Fun — lovepaintingrainbows @ 1:37 am

Isn’t this a beautiful sight?

Well, this stock of fruit isn’t just because we love fruit so much (although we do). We (Ben and I) have decided that our bodies need a reboot, a cleanse, a “spring cleaning”. And, we’re doing it through a juice fast (and juicing our own fruit with a juicer). There is a TON of research, theories, and opinions out there on this subject. We have read a lot of stuff, and are lucky enough to have a couple of new, inspiring friends who are very experienced with juice fasting. They are currently on day 20 something and 30 something of their fasts! And the “stuff” their bodies have eliminated is definitely something to make you want to crawl out of your skin!

No, we are not going for that many days. I don’t think our bodies could handle that at this point. They have been raw and vegan for a while and are used to such things more than we are. We actually had a friend muscle test to see how long would be optimal for our bodies without hurting us. I am doing it for 6 days and Ben is doing it for 9. Sounds like random numbers, but most cleanses naturally happen in threes and sevens. The cells in your intestines are new every 3 days!

My first juice of the cleanse. Apple, orange, and grapefruit. Yum!

If you know us, you might be thinking, “You guys talk about your lives as if you eat so well and are so healthy, why would you need to do a cleanse?”.

First of all, we have not been living the way we do for our whole lives, nor have we eaten “perfectly” during our health discovering days. There are SO many elements that contribute to “health problems”. The main one being our diet. Everything we eat has an effect on our body, and it is the primary way we gain nutrients. Emotional and environmental well-being also plays a role, as well as the things we put on our bodies, and the list goes on. All of this, even from the time we are in the womb, can be stored in our bodies if we don’t give them the chance to come out. We have done some cleansing before, but we are feeling like it is time to do it again.

Why a juice fast? There are so very many forms of cleansing, but after talking to our friends and reading things, as well as watching the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (click on this to watch it free on Hulu, or visit their website). At this point in our journey we are trying to clear out our digestive tract and give our organs the opportunity to flush out toxins. This can only happen by giving the digestive tract a break from digesting and allowing it to absorb only nutrients so that the body can push out the toxins and any waste that may be stuck in the GI tract. When you juice, your body can skip all the intestinal work and just absorb, and the saved energy goes to the cleanse. We are only juicing fruit right now because it is a “cleanser” and vegetables are more “bulk” building. However, every body is at a different point in its health and needs to approach cleansing in most beneficial way for them. We are still learning so much, so as we go on this fast I will keep sharing what I learn, and hopefully I will get to post a “guest post” from one of our friends. You can check out one of their (Ken’s) blogs called Sambodha Life and Wellness here

Remember, when cleansing you will experience some not-so-pleasant side effects because the toxins are trying to leave your body. So far, I have experienced rashes, tight muscles, sleepiness, and both Ben and I have sneezed off and on and had really runny noses. Many people will experience diarrhea as well. It’s not awful because we know our bodies are getting clean and that’s really encouraging.

There is a ton to get into with juicing, but I am going to try to stretch it out in a few blogs through the fast. We are on day 3 and doing pretty great! Every time we’re hungry we just juice a bunch of fruit and it’s very satisfying. Our friend, Ken, said to think of it as a “Juice Feast” which is awesome and has helped our mentality tons!

Remember to always educate yourself on something before jumping right in and doing something because someone else is doing it. It might be the right time for you to do exactly what we’re doing, or you might need to try something a little different.

Also remember, you and your mind are SO strong and you are capable of amazing things! The human body is so awesome! Hopefully the rest of my posts are this positive 🙂

Love, Alisha


The Mother God: a moment of enlightenment February 14, 2012

Filed under: Mamahood — lovepaintingrainbows @ 10:06 pm

If you read my last post you know I have been struggling with my mama responsibility lately due to my son’s long sickness and now turning even longer with the chicken pox! So, in my adventures of mamahood the last few weeks, I have been given the opportunity to reflect on my views of motherhood and divinity, and an aspect of God I think is forgotten too often, or maybe even deemed ‘not as significant’. A part that I have not recognized fully until, well, a few days ago. The Mother part of God.

Yes, I am talking about God’s feminine side (you know, we women were also made in “the image”). Our culture speaks so heavily of the Father side of God (which I love, don’t get me wrong), but I think that speaking in terms of the “She” side of God could bring a lot of healing to people. At least, it did for me recently.

After almost 3 weeks of only getting to sleep in increments of between one and three hours (four on a good night) at a time because of a screaming, sick, unhappy child, I was slightly struggling to keep my emotions under control and my perspective positive. And not only was he sick, but he had three molars trying to come in at the same time which was giving him slight fevers and a grotesque looking butt rash that would bleed after he pooped. (sorry if that was too graphic…). I would be up with him for an hour before he would go back to sleep, even after letting him sleep in our bed (while Ben slept on the living room floor with ear plugs). Then, naps would never go more than an hour at a time. I have always had a hard time being ok with a night of sleep consisting of less than eight hours. I love to sleep (notice the bold and italics both). I would be worried that I was going to get super behind on sleep and get sick and have to take a nap when Mathias napped. I’m going to stop there before I start feeling pathetic about myself.

Anyway, I realized that after almost three weeks of this insane sleeping schedule I was NOT getting sick! Dr. Goltl (a really great kinesiologist here in town) helped us a bunch with keeping our immune systems up as well as encouraging us with the strength of our minds. Then, a great friend of ours, who does kinesiology based treatments that tend to be wonderfully spiritual, came over and did a treatment on me for my body, mind, and spirit. It was so helpful and Ben and I had great conversation with him that was even more helpful. I realized a few things…

First, I realized that I am afraid to fully embrace motherhood. I am afraid to accept the idea that I will forever be a mother. Why?? Being a mom is a really vulnerable role sometimes. You are offering all of yourself to something so fragile; another human life. I am scared of giving all of myself to something only to lose it and be lost.

I am scared of losing myself too. Losing the person I have been learning I am, and who I want to be. Afraid that part of me will die and be lost forever. Afraid that if I fully embrace this motherhood thing, that I will be consumed only by that and never again do or be the things that I love and am passionate about.

Then, reality slapped me in the face and said, “Are you being serious right now??”. Ha, actually it was much more gentle than that. I was given a vision of the Mother God. Her beautiful golden head and bright white nurturing self that spreads across the universe only to care for, love, hold, and nurture all of Her children.

I remember during one of the long, sleepless nights holding my son and thinking, “God, I have been on my knees begging and pleading with you for days. Why are you not fixing this?!”. Then, the other night, I realized God was saying, “Child, love and fully care for your child, and then I will take care of you”. Not that I wasn’t being taken care of, but my “problem” wasn’t being fixed so that I could see my son was also in his hour of need. As much as I wanted God to swoop me up and rock me to sleep and tell me everything was going to be ok, my son was needing the same from me. I needed to give in to the role, lose the heated emotions, and just be for the time because that was what he needed. And seeing that God has been doing that for me my whole life and countless other “children”, I realized what I was doing was just as divine as the servant, the healer, or the wisdom-giver.

And you know what? That night was the best night of sleep in all three of those weeks.

I am now letting myself fully embrace the role of mother, because I know that it is added on to the person I am/ am becoming. And, that I can never lose my child, because I do not own my child. We are all the children who are given opportunities to help another child enter this world to learn to Love, and give, and grow, and become. Loving them isn’t an investment for ourselves, rather, it is an opportunity for us to understand Love and to give and receive it freely. Just as God does for me and all the other children.

This was a really long post, but I hope you were able to make it through and enjoy it. 🙂 This was a really wonderful realization for me, and I felt that I should share it.

I hope today, and all your days are filled with so much Love.

Love, Alisha


The Not so Glamorous Part(s) of Mamahood January 24, 2012

Filed under: Mamahood — lovepaintingrainbows @ 11:14 pm

I am going to expose myself a little bit here. I am stepping out and trusting that you who read this have experienced the same, or at least can relate. I need to do this so that I know I am not the only one who has rough days followed with frustrated thoughts in regards to the responsibilities of being a mama.

The last few days have been a struggle for me, and even Ben, with parenthood. Mathias has been really whiney, grumpy, and waking up screaming in the middle of the night just to be held for a little bit. Wait, I need to back up a bit and say this: I LOVE my son. I wouldn’t want him any other way. Having said that… sometimes (like lately), I get so overwhelmed that I wonder things like, “What the hell am I doing being a mom?! I can’t do this! I don’t even know what I’m doing! I cannot listen to one more whiney cry! Why  is this happening to me right now?!”, and worst of all, “I wanted to wait like three more years!!! God, why??”.

I know, this sounds really selfish, ungrateful, and ridiculous. I have to believe I am not the only [good] mom out there who has thought this! Not that that justifies my thoughts, but to know that other moms have felt this way and survived gives me hope. I know that life is moving on and there are always going to be good and bad days. I know that my son is a precious miracle that I am so blessed to have.

Have you ever felt this way? What a weird, crazy role this parent thing is. So much love and so much frustration felt all at the same time. Sometimes (like two nights ago getting woken up every 30min. four times in a row) I feel like my head is going to explode and I want to yell and cry and flail my body and be held and comforted too. But alas, I have to be the calm one who makes everything ok, even if I have no idea if it will be ok. And besides, I would look really stupid doing all of that.

I have decided to start doing things for myself, when I can, to help keep my mind peaceful and strong enough to handle those moments. I am going to go to more yoga classes, take bubble baths, meditate, paint and create during nap-time (if I am not napping myself), and have more dates with only my husband.

Thanks for letting me vent this all out to you (if you made it all the way through). I would love to hear back from you if you have similar experiences, or advice, or anything you want to share.

Ok, I’m going to go make a calendar and watch a movie. 🙂

Love, Alisha


Rainbows in the Rain January 4, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — lovepaintingrainbows @ 5:30 pm

Don’t worry, I’m still alive!! We have finally moved into our new home and it’s actually feeling like a home. I just got the bathroom and kitchen completely finished, the bedrooms are half done, I cannot see my washer and dryer, and the living room is covered in boxes and toys.
Having said that, we absolutely love our new space! We have a lovely sunny house surrounded by windows, lots of storage, two sheds, a laundry/mud room, two decks, and a fenced in backyard with a swing-set!! We also learned that we have entirely too much stuff! It feels good to start shedding unnecessary items. It’s amazing how much you can accumulate in two years and one baby later. The pre-moving time and moving days were stressful to say the least (hence the “Rain” in my title), but there are many, many rainbows as a result. Mathias is loving the new space and yard and I am loving having painted walls!!
We had wonderful family time at Christmas this year, even though Mathias and I got sick for a little of it. We are having a blast making a new home and hanging out with dear friends/family who share so much Love with us. My wonderful husband told me to leave the house this morning with the computer and go to a coffee shop. Needless to say, I said, “YES!”.  I feel like my mind is calm and quiet for the first time in awhile. But, I’m ready to get back to my homemaking and toddler playing.
I will also be starting a little job this month. Keep an eye out for me doing demos for Nature’s Way products at the Wichita health food stores!! It’s only 3-6 hours a week, which is perfect for me!
I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday season and are starting out the new year with hope and light and Love. I will have pictures of the new place soon!

After thinking about rainbows in my life this morning, I looked at the National Geographic photo of the day and look what I found!

Love, Alisha


Monday Madness December 6, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — lovepaintingrainbows @ 4:41 am

Ok, so it has been like almost a month now since I last posted… For all of you out there who follow me (I am assuming there are some of you…) I am so sorry if you have been checking my blog in anticipation for the next inspirational or intriguing post by yours truly. I have no excuse. I’m STILL learning to balance all my crazy wants/needs/desires/coulds/shoulds while being a mama. I think of you often, honestly, I do! Like my husband CONSTANTLY tells me, I need to write a list. Everyday.

So, usually Mondays are supposed to be “Monday Munchies” (as of one other time…) with a new recipe I have tried, but today I am telling you about the “madness” that has been/is my life currently. Not necessarily a “good” or “bad” madness… just aaalllllll the things that I am behind sharing with you.

To start out, we are looking to move. NOT one of my favorite things to do, but I love to rearrange and start fresh. However, we have yet to find a place and that is one of the most stressful parts (for me anyway). We are looking at a house to rent tomorrow morning and I am so hoping it is the one. I am tired of looking and wondering if it should be the one. You know? I am always wondering if I am too picky, or need to be ok with less comfort. I just want the answer to be clear! Maybe it’s like getting married. You know when it’s the right one… I can at least dream of such things.

Mathias is becoming more and more like a little boy and less like a baby. Good and sad. He is so awesome. I love his little personality. He is goofy, quiet, sweet, observant, snuggly, wild, sneaky, and smart. He hates wearing shoes, loves books, loves balls, eats smoothies everyday, loves raisins, loves outside, hates when Poppa leaves, loves dancing, and smiles big, cheesy grins.

I am working on growing my art repertoire (thanks to Pinterest— another technical advancement taking up too much of my time, but full of awesome ideas!). I want to try and sell some paintings and things from home. Let me know if you would like to buy some art for a Christmas present for family or friends! (: Don’t worry, I won’t start self-advertising on here… too much.

We have been having wonderful conversations and fellowshipping with beautiful souls. Friends that are cherished intimately. We are so blessed. There are babies to be born, commitment to be vowed, and food and art to be created!

one of the latest food creations

I have been getting creative with squash lately and that has been fun! I will share some recipes soon. I hope you are all having a wonderful December already and not stressing about any holiday preparations, but enjoying your amazing lives every day. I am going to work on not procrastinating (:

Love, Alisha