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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Day 31

Thoughts: Do you think about what you are putting in your mouth? Do you wonder what it took to get it to you? How it was made? Processed? Developed?

Challenges: Watching my Polish film maker friend Arthur by a can of red bull and drink it. Because I care about him and his health and Red Bull is not good for us! Arthur is a fan of red bull and he says it is very healthy and helpful. "It keeps me in a good mood all the time and gives me very good thoughts about life and that speed of life and I want to thank God and my family and the producer and second producer and director...." ok he was joking a little then!Haaa! So summary Arthur says "Red Bull changed my life".

Facts about Red Bull:
1. People get addicted to the rush, to the high of the drink and refer to the product as "liquid cocaine."
2. Red Bull tested positive for cocaine. It was asserted the each liter of the famed energy booster contains 0.4 micrograms of the narcotic.
3. Red Bull contains a lot of caffeine - about a coffee's cup worth.
4. Many of the deaths related to Red Bull have been said to be Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.
5. So far, Red Bull has been labeled as safe for the United States and a number of other countries. It has been banned in France because they feel it is too risky for consumers.
6. Red Bull originated from an energy drink from Thailand called Krating Daeng
7. Red Bull contains taurine, glucuronolactone, caffeine, B vitamins, sucrose, and glucose.

Why I won't drink Red Bull:
It's an illusion that thinking Red Bull or any sugar products will give us energy. The sugar and chemicals in Red Bull and other "energy" drinks like it actually weaken our muscles as soon as it hits our blood stream. We may feel high for a short while and then we drop feeling more tired, and more weak, and then reaching for another sugar hit to bring us back up again. The more sugar in your system, the weaker and more tired you will be. Its a vicious cycle. Check out my sugar test in my earlier blogs (if you can't find it and want it send me an email) and you will see how quickly sugar weakens your muscles! Once you get that sugar actually makes you tired rather than alive and awake you will opt for natural sugars in fruits or carrots or goji berries!

So Red Bull aside, Arthur is a great guy and an awesome film maker and is travelling the world filming a doco check out his blog

Triumphs: My two amazing friends Carolyn and Mike commented on my blog yesterday acknowledging that I made it to day 30! So I got present to how cool that is! Woooo! And 32 days ago before I started this Earth Diet challenge, I had no idea that I would ever be able to go without processed foods, chemicals, preservatives, chocolates, lollies and breads for even 8 days let alone 31 days! We really are powerful beings when we want to be hey!

What I Ate Today:

Beakfast: beetroot, apple, carrot, celery, ginger juice. fresh Pineapple. Macadamia nuts, walnuts and goji berries.

Lunch: Buckwheat crepes with eggs and maple syrup! Recipe in blog Day 27.

Dinner: Honey garlic rosemary chicken with advocado and brocoli salad! MMMM! Recipe in blog Day 30!

Dessert: green apple

Snacks: macadamia nuts, waltnuts, goji berries, cehrries

Cost: Dinenr cost: Organic free range chicken fillets $10, brocolli $2, lettuce $2, advocado $1.50, purple onion 40 cents, rosemary $2, garlic 10 cents, total cost for 2 people = $18 so $9 per person!!!

Recipe: Recipe for buckwheat crepes and eggs on blog Day 27 and recipe for Stephs honey garlic rosemary chicken on yesterdays blog (Day 30)

Exercise: in the morning a long run with Steph the energizer bunny at the Spit beach! And a swim in the ocean! Ahhhh the ultimate reward :) Then at night a hott lil work out with Angelina in the gym, running, and ab work and the sauna! I never feel worse after a workout!

335 days to go!!!


  1. Congratulations on getting to the one month mark Liana. I know how huge this breakthrough is for you and acknowledge you for taking action to create a healthy lifestyle for yourself both physically and emotionally. Way to go.

  2. Congrats and keep going, Liana. While you are on this search for nourishing your body & soul let me challenge you on 2 things you mentioned above.

    (1) doing ab work at gym is perpetuating a myth driven by ads for us to look "slim" with flat tummys. The returns for doing ab work do not justify the time put in and focus on them. Unless you are building your abdominal strength for a particular activity that requires it (Brazilian jiu jitsu fighters who wrestle a lot on their back come to mind as one example). Doing ab work does not make you lose weight, does not make your stomach flatter... it simply builds the muscles in that area and does not affect the fat sitting on top. I know I am making assumptions here re your motivation for ab work, but I have yet to meet a single person who has not been doing them for mis-directed reasons. The time is better spent training large muscle group or cardio.

    (2) saunas are incredibly unhealthy and also perpetuate another myth. A sauna dehydrates the body and there is no natural reason why you would want to dehydrate your body. Many believe they can lose weight using saunas, but we know this is simply body water loss which needs to be replaced. Some people say it feels good, but then again, they say the same about eating chocolate.

    Cheers, and all the best