Juicing: 1 Week Update

  
Well, I have survived 8 days of juice fasting! Only 52 more to go!!! 

As I enter into day 9, I felt lead to give an update. I have learned a Bachelor’s degree’s worth of knowledge in these last eight days when it comes to my body, eating, and moving forward post fast. I have also tried and failed on some juice recipes, and then tried and succeeded! I am going to share some highs and lows in the following list. I have been journaling every day in the hopes that what I discover will help others who want to take control of their health and their eating in the future. 
1. I have lost 12.4 pounds

2. Most of that came off in the first 3-5 days (which is why I think everyone should consider a 3-5 day juice fast!)

3. Most of that is water and compacted fecal matter that lives in our intestines our whole lives. Seriously. When people say “you’re full of crap”, it’s true! 5-7 lbs of feces lives in your body, and if you’re not regularly cleansing, it’s just be reintroduced into your system! YIKES!

4. I have had extra energy and awareness this past week. 

5. I feel great. I found some nights I went to bed without drinking dinner. I have to be careful to make sure I get at least 64 oz of juice each day for proper nutrients and to avoid my body going into starvation mode. This was unexpected: I thought I would be famished. 

6. My biggest challenge was Saturday at a picnic/camping setting where I was surrounded by hot dogs, brownies, chips, and all the good tasting foods. I just had my green juice. I had to remember WHY I was doing this, and I made it through the event with more ease than expected. 

7. People are so concerned with how I am getting protein. It’s funny: we have been convinced only meat products contain protein and that is not truth. I have started adding Pea Protein to my morning juices and that has proven satisfactory. 

8. Checking the grocery store weekly ads is genius! I found out Kroger was having a huge sale on veggies and so I did all of my shopping there this past weekend. Previously, I was just blindly shopping and that broke my bank last week. 

9. I have SAVED money while juicing. Honestly. The amount of food I used to eat out is embarrassing. Since I am not doing that while juicing, I am saving a lot of money! Also, grocery shopping was easier yesterday because I was in one central location the whole trip! 

10. When this fast is over, I will be sticking to a mostly plant-based diet. Animal products hurt our bodies more than we understand, and though I love living in a world where burgers and steaks exist for my pleasure, I will be greatly limiting the intake of ALL animal products. 

11. I have watched some great documentaries on Netflix that I recommend if you’re interesting in anything I am talking about: Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, Forks over Knives, Hungry for Change, Food Matters, Vegucated. 

12. You will note I am doing all of this with a tiny fridge (see image above).

That’s all I have for right now!This week I am adding heavy cardio back into my routine. The plan is 4-5 hours of cardio a week. Can you hold me accountable? Ask me how it’s going if you see me in public!

I would love for you to send questions my way at DanniTabor@outlook.com. I feel a strong desire to help people who want to get started, or who have questions. I am doing a large amount of research on this to take back my life and ensure my children don’t have to experience the same unhealthy eating habits that I have wrestled with my whole life. 

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60 Days: No Food

I have a problem.

Somewhere, in the midst of a world filled with bacon-wrapped cinnamon rolls and 1 pound Reese’s cups, I have become obsessed with food. I no longer find myself eating to live, but I live to eat. I methodically plan my meals hours ahead of time, sometimes thinking about dinner WHILE I am consuming lunch. In short, food has become an idol for me.

Food is good. Period. No way around it: God created it for good, and it is good. Food looses its goodness when people (me!) put it in a position in which it never belonged: on a pedestal (a batter and deep fried pedestal).

Most of the health issues that plague modern Americans can be prevented by the slimming of waist lines. But how in the world can we even begin to get smaller when everywhere, our portions and our hungers are  getting much, much bigger. For me, something has to change, and I am not foolish enough to think the world will be the one changes. So that means it’s up to me.

I have researched, consulted professionals, and prayed about this venture. After a lot of processing, planning, and thinking, I have decided to embark on a 60 day juicing fast. I started today, weighing in at a weight I vowed never to see again. (not yet ready to publish my current weight. Maybe in a few weeks…when it’s no longer true). =)

You see, here is the problem: I have an image in my head of what I think I look like, and when I look in the mirror I realize other people don’t see that same image. Because it only (as of now) exists in my head. I am walking around in an unhealthy fat suit that is blocking the me I see from the world. I have a history of weight issues, mainly, I like food, and that’s an issue. So my  goal for this fasting journey is to reclaim my control over what goes in my body, to examine how to live a balanced life style where french fries can get eaten without guilt of major consequence on occasion, and to loose excess weight by hitting reset on my metabolism.

I am nervous, but I am going to be honest with you: I know I will succeed. I am a warrior, and my will is stronger than any fear or doubt that will certainly come. I mean, right now, as I type this, I am lethargic and my head hurts badly. But you know what hurts worse? Losing a limb to diabetes like several members of my family. I can handle this  temporary pain if it means keeping my health.

I am putting this out in the world because I need support. As you will see below, I have lost major amounts of weight before. But I put it all back on when I don’t have support. So, if you want to be a part of my support team, comment on  this post. I need support, I need positive people to remind me why I started when I want to quit. The older I get the more I learn how important community is! I need a community of people to help me through these next 60 days!

So are you in? Want to be on my  team? It’s really hard for me to share this struggle, but I am convinced that transparency breeds healing. So…here I am, being transparent. Expecting healing! And I would love your support in that!

All my love,

Danni

190 pounds 2012
190 pounds 2013
juice sweet 16
Sweet 16 party…probably my thinnest
294 pounds 2006
294 pounds 2006
255 pounds 2012
255 pounds 2012

The Tension of Thinking for Yourself 

When I was in eighth grade, the world-wide web was just starting to become a world wide sensation. I remember gathering around a computer at my friend’s house instant messaging strangers from all over the world. I want to snatch my younger self out of that room for being in such a dangerous situation, but at the time I was completely unaware of the danger the internet exposed me to, so I was joyfully engaged in the activity with my friends. 
Fast forward some twenty years and the internet has quite literally taken over our lives and our way of living. I only “log off” when I am doing missions work in Guatemala, and even then, on my last trip, I caught myself vigorously searching for a connection whenever I went into town or some other location that wasn’t as remote as our compound. Disconnecting from the web is simply difficult, nearly impossible in 2015 America. And to me, that poses a bigger threat to our safety than those little eighth grade girls back in 1996 searching for connection on the blank canvas of the interwebs. 
The danger that exists today is one that we don’t often think about, simply because we are no longer fully thinking for ourselves. And that, dear readers, is the problem. The internet is a living organism that grows and thinks for us, and when so much information is available at my fingertips, why would I effortfully think for myself?
I see this happen in my world all the time. I am watching a movie and I want to know more about the actor. Twenty years ago, I would have called up a friend and carried on a meaningful conversation with him or her about the information I wanted to ascertain. Today, I unlock my iphone, turn to google, and find out every last detail about the actor, his divorce, every movie he has been in, and his dietary needs. I am inundated with information every single day, and in turn, I crave more information daily. Because it is so readily available, I expect to be able to find and know everything I want to find and know. This seems like a flawless system to live in, but I completely disagree. Where do I have the space and time to think for myself?
The greatest disservice we have given to this generation of learners is the lack of necessity to think for themselves. A great example of this happens in my English classes every single year. I assign work based on the reading we are doing in class. I ask the kids to figure out symbols in the novels and short stories, and I send them home hoping above all hopes they will pull the information from their beautifully creative brains. But that doesn’t happen as frequently as it should. And why would it? The internet is FULL of sources that tell and retell of every symbol, simile, and sound device ever used in a work of literature. Why think for myself when I can go to the interwebs and have other people and sources think for me? In truth, don’t blame my students for seeking out information that has been left behind for them to find: I understand the allure. 
Though academic discipline exists and is enacted for such plagiarism, I think the greater damage is the lack of practice these children get in thinking for themselves and creating opportunities to learn in solitude. There is a confidence that comes with figuring out something hard on your own. The great reward of discovery is snatched out of our hands when we are spoon fed everything we ever want to know with minimal effort. 
I love the internet, I really do. But I hate watching personal growth by thinking disappear with every passing keystroke. There has a be a balance in this age of technology where libraries have become museums. We need to consider making personal promises to ourselves and our children to think more, to challenge our brains more. As Oscar Wilde once said, “A man who doesn’t think for himself doesn’t think at all.”
Of course, a quick google search helped me find that quote. Such a beautiful tension we rest in….

Join the discussion below. Why do you think we rely so heavily on the internet? Fear of being wrong or something else?

Much Bigger Than Me

I have been thinking about God’s timing lately, and I am overwhelmed by how PERFECT His order is. He makes no mistakes, even when I do! I have been bursting at the seams about His perfect plans, and I realized that I need to share a piece of the story with my readers, so you can be excited too!

To begin with, let’s go all the way to December. Around Christmas, I realized that I really wanted to have my own website, a place where people could come and see the ministry that I believe God is using me for. The domain http://www.dannitabor.com was purchased by someone close to me, and the plan was to build up the website and get it launched earlier this year. That didn’t happen in the time I expected it to, and when I lost contact with the person who owned the domain name in June, I thought the website was lost too. I didn’t have the courage to reach out and ask for it initially, so I started planning other domain names. Nothing made me excited, so I quit that dream. For about two months I set down the desire to have my own website, and forced myself to think on some other way to streamline my ministry. Nothing made me excited.

Now to back track a little, in May I also reached out a friend of mine who designs t-shirts and I asked him to partner with me to make an “I Am Enough” t-shirt to feature on my website (that wasn’t being built yet). I didn’t hear back from my friend, and I forgot about the t-shirt idea.

In August, around the middle of the month, I felt unrest about the website and decided to finally reach out and try to get ownership of my domain. I spent my birthday weekend at City of Refuge in Atlanta, and I fell in love with the ministry RATL is doing there. Before I left, I planned to return! There is something happening there that I feel lead to be a part of, and I have to be honest, I NEVER planned to go on that retreat. If circumstances were different, I would have been spending my birthday weekend focused on myself and being celebrated. Instead, I was lead to spend the time serving other people, and I really believe that had God’s hand all over it.

When I got back from City of Refuge, that following Monday, I opened my email and found that http://www.dannitabor.com was officially mine! On Tuesday, I opened my email and the t-shirt designs were there, completed and ready to sell! By the end of the week, I had made a decision to start selling my “I Am Enough” shirts to profit The City of Refuge in Atlanta and launched my website for the first time.

If any of these elements would have worked out differently, I don’t think it would be so beautiful. These shirts, initially desired because I wanted to get the word out about my song, have now turned into something much bigger than me. I now want to get an “I Am Enough” shirt on every woman at City of Refuge, and I also want to be able to hand over thousands of dollars to the organization to support the ministry they are doing.

Can you imagine a young girl coming out of sex trafficking being handed a shirt that reminds her of God’s truth before she may even know WHO God is? Think about a woman, low, sad, scared, looking down at her chest and being reminded that she is fearfully and wonderfully made! And I know a t-shirt cannot solve the issues that might exist in a homeless shelter, but My God is the one who solves problems, I just want to provide some sense of hope. And I believe these shirts can do that.

This is much bigger than me. I look forward to the day I look back at this post and shake my head at how God exceeded my tiny expectations and showed out like only He can.

I am so thankful for His timing. It’s been a painful season for me, but I really see how He is already working it out for GOOD.

All my love,

Danni

P.S.: Below is the link to my original song, “I Am Enough”.

“I Am Enough” by Danni Tabor

Introducing www.DanniTabor.com

To say I am excited in an understatement. I feel like I am literally coming out of my own skin with GLEE and JOY as I type this message.

I have wanted to launch http://www.dannitabor.com for nearly nine months now. The process was slowed down a bit, but then just this week God opened some major doors! I am launching my website AND introducing the world to my I AM ENOUGH t-shirts! So much happening in a very short period of time, but God has been laying foundation for years now.

So, if you have a moment, please stop by my official page, http://www.DanniTabor.com, and see what’s going on. My prayer is that it continues to grow my ministry and bless others!

Thank you for always being a HUGE support of what God is doing in my life.

All my love,

Danni

I Am Enough T-Shirts!!!!!

Finally: I AM ENOUGH t-shirts are available!

Many of you already know this message is dear to my heart and I want people all over the globe to come to a place where we believe in our value and worth as we ARE and not as people say we should be. I know WHOSE I am, and that means I AM ENOUGH!

My amazing friend Kyle Sexton designed these beauties for me and I cannot wait to get them on people’s bodies! This message is TOO GOOD to hide!

So, I am offering a special deal to ANYONE, ANYWHERE who buys a shirt between now and 9/4/15 (next Friday) gets it for $10!!!! I will ship it to you if you’re not local! I don’t care where you live: I want these t-shirts floating around everywhere! Follow the directions and let’s work together to get the word out!

YOU ARE ENOUGH! Have a t-shirt that says it too!

shirts 1 shirts 2 shirts 3

We All Need a Savior 

  
Missions work is not a foreign concept to me. Though I have traveled to foreign lands to serve God, the act of serving for His kingdom is not something that has confused me or given me pause. It seems very simple: show up, do work, save people.
I recently spent the weekend at City of Refuge with women from my church. We all went into this experience completely unaware of what we were going to do, but as I mentioned before, I had some ideas of what I could expect: doing a lot of work in a little period of time. This is not at all what happened when we arrived on campus.

 The RATL model of service is about “being with” the women and children instead of “doing for” (which is what my previous definition looked like). And as I began to just sit and listen to stories from the women in the room, I realized something incredibly humbling: I AM these women. In other words, nothing separates me from them. And when several volunteers mistook me for a resident, it became clear to me that God was at work in my heart, redirecting my image of “broken” to look very similar to the image I see daily in the mirror. As each woman I spoke with shared her own brokenness, it became abundantly clear to me I wasn’t there to save anyone, but to remember that I too am in need of a Savior.
So I didn’t rescue anyone during my time at RATL. I was the one who was worked on, by God, from the inside out. These women know Jesus by name: they have seen Him work miracles in their own lives and they have stories to prove it. Every woman I spoke with ministered the gospel to me by being with me and being transparent. And I walk away realizing that we are all broken, in need of salvation, and as we share our stories and spend time with one another, God’s hand is at work mending our hearts and knitting our tales together for His greater good.