And on the 4th morning, there was darkness… So with the first few days being so fabulous, I wasn’t expecting any drama, but then again, that was too easy! So in an effort to tell you honestly everything… this morning I felt like I was barely able to get out of bed before I flopped back over onto the other side. I dragged myself into clothes feeling weak, nauseous and sweaty. It’s been so long (now that I’m off those nasty birth-preventing fake hormones) that I’ve felt nausea, I could barely place it. The only way to describe the combination of feelings was a hangover. I haven’t had a drink in months save maybe a sip of wine. I’ve had nothing but fresh-pressed vegetable juice for three days. So why the terrible feelings? Even in my haze I knew: this is low blood sugar, or low or imbalanced electrolytes. So I asked Joel to make me a juice of carrots, tangerines, celery and crack open a coconut for the water. It was just as gross as it sounds, but I knew this would have a good variety of sugars, nutrients, water and electrolytes. [Later when I reviewed the symptoms of dehydration vs. hypoglycemia, I realized they are indeed very similar. One thing however confirmed for me hypoglycemia- when dehydrated you don't sweat much or at all; when blood sugar is low you get clammy and sweat a lot. I was sweating a lot.] I sipped it but still felt yucky and laid on the couch for a few hours sipping juices as I could pick up my head. He also made me a carrot, citrus juice but I didn’t like the combination. I drank it anyway and eventually came back to life. But not before…
I had the most incredible lucid waking dream state going on. Visions and hallucinations were flowing. They started right away. First it was little bits of information flying everywhere- like the matrix binary green and black numbers, but all sorts of characters so small as to not be readable, but directly understood by the brain, and in all colors, like shimmering, translucent, infinite sheets of braille overlapping from every direction. So small it was like the static on a tv screen when the channel is out, and every once in a while certain ones glimmer extra bright, and more colorful and light-filled. I can describe this so well because I had about 15 minutes to think about it while it was happening. Then the sound from the juicer registered in my mind as a trash collector outside, but in the future. Each house had a covered trash pit in front of it. When the collector came, the lid of the pit popped up automatically and a machine scooped up the trash, condensed it powerfully into a super-dense little box of waste, weighed it, and deposited it in the truck into a little logistics puzzle of bricks. Then each house was electronically billed for their waste by weight. There was more, but you get the drift. I was not only out of it, but into some deep stuff.
And then I was fine. Luckily I had my husband/shaman to lead me out of the desert with the medicine of the right juices. I know why it happened- we’ve been drinking a huge amount, constant juice. Then the night before, we juiced mainly arugula and not enough fruit. Not only was it lacking in sugars, it was bitter and hard to drink, so we probably didn’t even get enough down at all.
Also we were using the Vitamix which requires some water in order to blend the ingredients and might have taken the place of some of the powerful phytonutrients. Now we are using the Norwalk to press out the juice without added water- just the vital, living water of the plants. It is amazing, you feel so alive, aware, vital and energetic right after drinking the juice. We felt good with juice from the blender, but it just isn’t as potent or tasty.
So I’m getting lazy about recording the juices right away, but you don’t really need the gross recipes we make anyway. We had a good green juice for dinner and a second course of a vegetable juice with our friend Aaron, the Mystic Merman. The green juice was really a nice, sweet one- kale, chard, apple, carrot. The second juice was yummy and creative- red bell pepper, greens, and ginger, cucumber, half a lemon, kale and carrot.