Day 12 in Costa Rica

I woke up at 6a.m. I went to the great room and worked on my homework for a couple of hours until breakfast.

BREAKFAST: watermelon and papaya

I didn’t eat the papaya. Just mono watermelon.

I don’t remember what the morning meeting was about…oops 🙂

After breakfast I monitored my fasters. They are still doing great…no symptoms that seemed worrisome.

It was 2 hours until lunch and I really needed some time to myself. I went down to the pool and swam 25 laps. It felt so good and a great workout for my injured shoulder. Then I stretched for a while and sunbathed nude. The sun on my body felt so good. I was warm and happy. I sunbathed about 15 minutes on each side, I wanted to make sure I didn’t get burned. All that sunbathing made me hot, so I went to the river. Doug and Grant were there working out with rocks. I jumped in the water…it was much colder than the pool, but was so refreshing. I played in the water for a while until it was time for lunch.

LUNCH: blended banana’s, banana’s and romaine lettuce

Lunch meeting was reviewing what was happening with the fasters and a presentation by Stephanie about the endocrine system.

One of the interns wasn’t there for lunch and had told some people that he wasn’t feeling good. So when lunch was over I went and lightly knocked on his door. I didn’t get a response so I found his roommate to check on him before dinner  and let me know what was up.

The video was a great one, and one that I had seen before. It was Rozi, Doug’s wife talking about food, emotions, compassion and taking care of the Earth. It brought a lot of us to tears and was really meaningful to me, right in line my love of nature and my desire to constantly be lowering my carbon footprint. In discussion afterwards we talked about how this diet and lifestyle connects us to nature rather than disconnects us. Imagine what the world would be like if we were all eating fruit and having love and compassion for all plants and animals. Fruit is so beautiful because it’s a gift to us from trees. Trees want us to take their gift, eat it and spread the seeds.

Then I was on kitchen duty. Sarai wasn’t here today. She was sick, so her daughter Jackie filled in for her. Jackie and I juiced oranges together. We has so much fun. She is working on her English and I am working on my Spanish so we were a great team. It was funny when she accidentally said “shit” when she spilled some juice. She was horrified and kept apologizing. I assured her that it was not a big deal. It was a little bit of a bad word, but not a major thing. We were laughing about it and started teaching each other all the bad words in each others language. We found that quite hilarious.

After the oranges my job was to re-arrange the tables in a new way that hadn’t been done yet. The hard part of this task is that there are pillars that I had to work around. I came up with a sideways set up that I thought was way cool. Then Clarissa sent me off to gets plants and flowers for decoration. This was a great task. I ended up walking quite a ways through the cloud forest, just enjoying nature and searching for pretty plants and flowers.

DINNER: pineapple, tomato, celery soup; fresh squeezed oj blended with mango; dehydrated zucchini with mango and tomato on top.

Dinner meeting we did our presentations on what we would do for a seminar and our bio’s. I did my seminar on sustainable living. It would be a weekend workshop with 6 guest speakers.  I had to do bio’s on all my speakers as well, which made a lot more work for me, but it was fun. Tomorrow we have to present our 80/10/10 bio’s which will be easy for me since it’s already on this website.

Doug presented us with the question. “A fifty year old man who follows 80/10/10 is concerned because his wounds are taking a really long time to heal….why would this be”. We finally came to the answer, which was, he wasn’t getting adequate sleep. Doug said once he started sleeping more then his wounds went back to healing like they always had. Before we figured it out, we went through many senarios….his age, not eating enough, etc. I again found this exercise frustrating and thought Doug was acting all pompous and rude. I was cold as well, the meeting was running late and I was mad…so I just got up from the table and started jumping to get warm and release some anger. It worked really well actually.

After dinner I went back to my room right away to work on homework and write my blog. Instead I got sidetracked talking to a friend on facebook. It was great talking to him though. I have always thought he was a pretty amazing person and he is going to come visit me in Boise in late spring or early summer! Yay! We will have so much fun together 🙂

I went to bed at around 9p.m.