A Week of Cleansing in Preparation for Spring

Spring is almost upon us! Hurray! To mark the seasonal change, we’re doing a smoothie fast. Four days of smoothies, bookended by vegetarian meals.

Here’s the plan for the smoothie fast:

Day 1

Breakfast: Fennel Top Strawberry Orange Green Smoothie

Lunch: Pear Cilantro Detox Smoothie

Dinner: Mint, Parsley, Arugula, and Fruit Smoothie

Day 2

Breakfast: Apple, Orange, Strawberry, Arugula Smoothie

Lunch: Kiwi Avocado Smoothie Lime and Honey

Dinner: Cleansing Green Smoothie

Day 3

Breakfast: Pineapple Blueberry Parsley Green Smoothie

Lunch: Orange Berry Smoothie

Dinner: Green Smoothie

Day 4

Breakfast: Fennel Lime Strawberry Smoothie

Lunch: Lemon Ginger Zing Smoothie

Dinner: Beet and Carrot Smoothie

Merry Christmas!

The holiday season is in full swing now. I love Christmas time – singing the songs, decorating everything, making special foods, time spent with family and friends. This will be my 2nd Christmas as a non-Christian. I still find Christmas to be a wondrous time, and yes, I still call it Christmas. The Nativity Story is still very beautiful to me. It’s also not unique to Christianity (son of a god is born, will save the world by sacrificing himself); it’s a very common theme running through a lot of other mythologies. It’s a story that’s been told for thousands of years, all over the world, and it’s still captivating people today. The Christian additions of singing angels, a stable filled with animals and hay, and wise men journeying from afar all make the story even more special to people, I think. It’s a cozy, heart warming story that makes people smile and open their hearts with love and joy.

I view Christianity’s stories as mythology, the same as the rest of the world’s mythologies. They are all works of humanity that we can learn from. So I will teach my children about Jesus and why Christmas has the name it does, right along with the other great stories of the world.

May you have a merry Christmas and happy holidays, friend!