Day 11 in Costa Rica

Today was such a fun day.

I woke up at 6 a.m. and felt amazing. I had a crazy dream that I couldn’t find any fruit and so I was eating french fries. When I woke I was so relieved that it was just a dream.

I felt well rested and happy, so I decided to go on a walk. I went up the road a ways and I had brought my Spanish/English dictionary with me. Any signs I came across I looked up all the words to interpret them. It was a very enjoyable walk and lovely watching the sun come up over the mountains.

When I came back a local lady named Sicilia was sweeping the driveway. She is the mother of the lady that owns the resort we are staying at. Every morning she is out taking care of the property and I always say hello to her. Today I stopped and talked to her for a while, practicing my Spanish. I learned that she has 3 daughters Oreana (the owner), Sarai (who helps us out with dinner prep every night) and I can’t remember the name of the third one. It was great talking to her, she is always smiling and cheerful.

BREAKFAST; watermelon

Breakfast conversation, was going over the lecture the day before. Jerome then did a presentation on Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. The RDI recommendation is 4 to 1 or 5 to 1 with omega 6 the higher number. Ideal is a one to one ratio and that is easily reached eating fresh fruits and vegetables. I liked how he pointed out that people usually try to add more omega 3’s to their diet to get a better balance, resulting in just eating more fat, when the ideal is to take away more of the omega 6’s.

After breakfast I monitored my fasters. They are doing great.

I jumped rope and made it to 83 in a row and had to stop. It was all I could do today. Then Jerome, Stephanie and I did our eye exercises. I have been 8 days without my glasses. I don’t notice a difference in my eye sight yet, but I’m sure it will come.

Then I worked in the banana bodega with Drew organizing and sorting the massive amounts of banana’s.

I was on lunch prep with Jerome. Jerome, Drew and I were peeling banana’s and we all starting singing Queen songs. We had a blast in the kitchen together and we got all of lunch prepped early, so when Clarissa showed up she was very happy and surprised.

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

Lunch conversation was a review of how our fasters are doing. Then Stephanie did a presentation on the Endocrine system. She wasn’t able to finish due to running out of time….to be continued tomorrow.

The video after lunch covered the three pioneers of natural hygiene=Isaac Jennings, Sylvester Graham and Russell Trall

Then Doug went over 3 case histories of people that have fasted under his supervision.

I was on dinner prep so I didn’t hear any more of the lecture and went into the kitchen. I was send to juice oranges with Sarai (a local woman and Sicilia’s daughter). I was very happy about this opportunity to work on my Spanish some more. So what I found out about Sarai during our conversation was that she is 44 years old. She has 4 children, two boys and two girls. Sarai also has 2 grandchildren, a girl and a boy, from her oldest son. One of her daughters named Jackie works here cleaning the rooms and I have met her. Also, her birthday is in May but I can’t remember the day. I really enjoyed our conversation.

After the oranges were juiced I cut up some mango to put in the juice. Then Drew and I made papaya caterpillars for decoration on everyone’s plates. It was a complicated process and took a lot of time, but we got it done. Last thing I did was blended up papaya.

DINNER: orange juice blended with mango and blended papaya on the side to add in, minestrone soup (I don’t know what was in it, but it was really good),  romaine lettuce leaves, sliced tomato’s and cucumber noodles.

Dinner conversation was a review of Doug’s book 80/10/10. It was light and fun. Tomorrow night our assignment is to pick a subject to do a seminar on and set up how the seminar would run. I think it will be lots of fun. I already know what I am going to do my topic on, but it’s a surprise 🙂

After dinner a few of us sat in the great room and had a lot of fun together talking, while working on our assignments on our computers. There was a lot of fun and laughter going on. We are such a healthy happy little family here in Costa Rica.


Days 8, 9 and 10 in Costa Rica

Day 8…I was in bed fasting all day. I felt miserable and didn’t leave my room the whole day. Felt useless. Realized that I serve people and give to them to assure myself that they like me. Without being able to serve I was sure everyone was talking bad about me and wishing I wasn’t even there. The crazy things I can come up with in my mind. I finished reading “The Pleasure Trap”, what a good book! I think I want to re-read it, just to make sure I didn’t miss any great information.

The only person I saw all day was my roommate and she was great. She brought me a warm towel to put on my stomach a couple of times. That night when it was bed time I realized that I hadn’t touched another human all day. After thinking about it, I realized that I tend to get a lot of human touch on a regular basis. I am always hugging people and touching them.

Day 9…I was starting to feel better. Got up a couple of times to get water, other wise I stayed in bed the whole day. Was still light headed and shaky. Danielle came in and talked to me and touched me. She was there for two hours, I was so grateful for her company. When she left I was exhausted. I slept for 2 and a half hours. Felt super hungry in the afternoon, but then I drank a bunch of water and the hunger went away. Made me think that I mistake hunger for thirst a lot of times. In the evening my lightheaded feeling and shakiness went away. I felt really clean, healthy and strong.

Day 10

Woke up ready to break my fast. I got up and weighed myself 143.2 lbs. Down nine lbs. from when I got here. I went and talked to Doug about breaking my fast and he felt I was ready as well.

I was really excited to eat again!

BREAKFAST: watermelon

I ate a modest amount of watermelon at breakfast. I was amazed and how intense my sense of smell had become. The watermelon smelled so incredible and tasted amazing.

Christie and I did a breakfast presentation about soluble and insoluble fibers. It went good and of course we need both fibers. Grains have only insoluble fibers and scratch the colon. Fruits and vegetables all have both fibers. It is really easy to get enough fiber from fruits and vegetables. 5 apples, 5 oranges, 5 cups of lettuce and a handful of blackberries is enough fiber for men. I could easily eat that in a day..or a single meal even.

After breakfast I monitored my fasters. I had 2 today. They both look great. The first one I monitored has been fasting for 8 days and he is so happy and pleasant. I don’t know how he does it. I wasn’t happy and pleasant on my short little fast, let alone a long one. My other faster just got here last night and was on his first day. He is deaf, but we had very little problems communicating. I know the alphabet in sign language and just pointed or wrote things down. He speaks very well and I could understand all of his responses.

After I finished monitoring I went to my room and worked on my Spanish for a while. It was nice to have a break from assignments and be able to work on some of my own goals.

I was feeling a little bit tired and thought maybe I was over doing it after fasting for 60 hours. I was on lunch duty though and I managed to stumble my way through that.

LUNCH: blended banana’s and romaine lettuce

I wasn’t able to get much down. I thought I would be able to eat more, but was just going along with my bodies signals. After lunch I went down to warm up the hot tub. Then came back up and lied down in the great room and slept through most of the lecture. I was sooo tired.

When I woke up I felt so amazing. I was full of energy and happiness. The hot tub would be warm by now, so I went down to soak a little bit. The water was not that warm, but still felt nice. There are shower rooms down by the pool and I decided that a nice hot shower would get me nice and toasty warm. In the shower one side is the door and the other side is open and you can see the beautiful jungle. There are shutters you can close, but I just left them open and enjoyed the beauty. I can’t believe how gorgeous it is here and the fact that I am here in Costa Rica finally hit me. I wanted to squeal with happiness. My health was back and I was in paradise! Yay!

DINNER: orange juice blended with mango and pineapple, papaya’s, tomato, red pepper, cucumber stew, sliced tomato’s, romaine lettuce and a slaw of cucumber, mango and red pepper

I had a little bit of everything but still couldn’t eat very much.

Dinner discussion was about potassium. Doug gave up a scenario of a healthy, athletic woman, who eats 80/10/10 goes in and gets blood tests and comes up with a very low number in potassium. Why would this be? We came up with a couple of reasons, but Doug said there was one more. We couldn’t figure it out and I was getting very frustrated. I wanted to kick Doug…I restrained myself of course…lol. We finally figured it out and Doug asked what we thought of the process. I said that I didn’t like it one bit and it was very frustrating for me. Doug took that well and I felt better after venting 🙂

After dinner I wrote my blog and plan on being in bed by 9 p.m.