This week’s delivery of organic deliciousness.
Spring has arrived with gusto! I can practically watch the leaves growing on the huge fig tree outside my home office window. I’ve taken to having a little siesta most days in a sunny spot in the living room, for some reason I sleep deeply with the sun shining on my head.
It doesn´t get fresher than this!
I’ve been doing 2 fruit meals (and snacks) and 1 veggie meal and it’s going VERY well. I tried all fruit one day, but by night time I really needed to have a salad for that saltiness.
Most days I have my orange juice for breakfast, a banana mid morning and then a fruit smoothie for lunch. Afternoons I snack on fruit and tthen our evening meal is mostly 50% raw and 50% cooked I imagine I’ll be able to eat raw evening meals as the weather gets warmer and set aside those gorgeous curries for autumn/ winter. We’ve been having loads of ginger, chili and fresh turmeric over the past months, but now the weather calls for more ying foods. If I feel peckish I have fruit in between, being careful not to mix with any other food groups.
Beet, celery & parsley juice
Yesterday our organic veggie/fruit delivery arrived and so I decided to juice beetroot, parsley and celery for lunch today. It was the first time I’ve ever juiced beetroot (always been a little suspicious of them) – that and my childhood memories of revolting bottled beetroot…… AND celery – another vegetable I’ve taken too, despite knowing how good it is for me. The verdict – all in all not too bad – I might try celery with carrot another day. LOVE the gorgeous pink colour!!
I’ve slipped up a couple times and had some coffee when out, but at home I’m only drinking organic Green Rooibos, filtered water and an occassional glass of sparkling Veri.
Getting loads of sleep and rest, meditating, dry skin-brushing and exercising every day.
Weight loss since 01/01/2015: 7,5kg / 16 lbs
Life has taken over a little in the past few weeks, and bit by bit I have gone off the detox road. A couple of cups of coffee here, a sandwich there, some pasta, less water and more cava (champagne) and wine on a romantic getaway…. and all of this has added up to me NOT feeling well. In fact I can say without a doubt that my body DOES NOT like any of it! I’ve been feeling lethargic, irritable and just not quite right. I have also been feeling a little dizzy for over 2 weeks now (and even though this might very well be related to the CMT) and need to get it checked. My blood pressure may be too low. It’s a little worrying. Then again the timetline ties in with me going off my super healthy habits…… so it could be anything.
Anyway, it’s done and I have learned an incredible amount about myself, so it’s time to dust myself off and get back on Detox Road!
I´ve come to the end of week 1 and am pleased with how things are going so far. I haven´t suffered from withdrawl symptoms, which I thought I would, then again I wasn´t overindulging in the things I’ve now eliminated. I have a bit of a headache today, but I think that’s due to how I slept. I added a little soy sauce to my stirfry last night and didn´t need to the loo at all during the night (water retention?), so I literally didn´t move the entire night, which I’ve discovered is not good for me. I get better quality sleep if I get up at night and change positions.
So, where I am right now;
- much more energetic (I haven´t been having my daily siesta)
- my leg muscles feel stronger
- less appetite, not counting calories at all – just eating when I’m hungry, as much as I want
- lost 2,6 kg (around 5lbs)
- more positive
- besides eating 100% vegan, also completely avoiding; coffee, tea, alcohol, bread, pasta, all wheat products and sucrose
- small pimples on chest (a good sign)
I’ve got into a morning routine: gentle exercise when I wake (currently only 11 minutes on bike – this is going to increase every week by 1 minute), while sipping lemon water, then dry-skin brushing and shower. Breakfast: fresh fruit juice. Mid morning I find a sunny spot to sit in and relax with a bit of meditation. Routines are important for me. They keep me centred.
Plan for week 2;
- cut the soy sauce altogether (it’s acidic-forming anyway and not good for detoxing)
- watch the salt (reduce amount)
- juice apples every day. Yes, cleaning the darn machine is a schlepp, but the GI detox tabs work much better with it.
- try 1 day with fruit only – juicing and whole fruit. Perhaps Saturday?
- continue with Detox 2 tabs until Sunday
- continue with Magic Tea – 1 or 2 cups a day
- avoid almonds until week 3
I’m on day 5 of the detox and feeling remarkably good. I have A LOT more energy and have been skipping my afternoon siestas. My appetite seems to have diminished somewhat, my body feels stronger and my face doesn´t look as bloated as usual.
I’ve established a routine; exercising as soon as I wake up, sipping water with lemon, then dry skin-brushing, showering and having breakfast. Mid-morning (when possible) I find a sunny spot to sit in and meditate for about 10 minutes.
My menu plan is really simple; mostly fruit for breakfast, salad with seeds & fresh sprouts for lunch and lightly cooked veg at night, sometimes with an alkaline grain like quinoa or millet. Tonight I’m making s imple veggie soup. I’ve been drinking my ‘magic’ tea, rooibos and water and snacking on fruit I love the simplicity of it all.
What’s interesting is that I’ve discovered what looks like an intolerance to almonds. At first we thought it was the GI detox capsules that were too strong. On day 1 and day 3 I had a smoothie that included almonds (which had been soaked) for breakfast and my tummy was REALLY unsettled a couple hours afterwards on both days. Since I stopped eating almonds, I’ve had no problems – so I reckon it must be an intolerance. Just to be sure I’ll experiment again in a week or so.
It’s now 3pm, I had 2 huge glasses of fresh orange juice for breakfast, some green tea when we went shopping and a banana around 2 pm and I’m actually NOT hungry, although I will have a little salad now. I need to get about 1500 calories a day (trying to lose weight) which is still A LOT of fruit and veg. No chance of going hungry! Tonight I’ll be making a simple veggie soup supper and then we’re off to the movies!
I’ve decided to leave Facebook for a while. The world, I’ve been told, won´t stop. Between all the pages and groups I follow, the pages and groups I run and all the notifications from all the animal activism groups I belong to, it’s just getting REALLY overwhelming.
So that’s it – Facebook, has been rendered into the realm of bread, wheat, coffee, alchohol, sugar and vegan junk food, while I detox my mind and look within instead of outside myself.
The new year is here and with it a refreshed sense of hope. Hope that I will see my goals through to fruition. And to be honest, I believe that I will, because I have a real PLAN, not a wishy-washy idea.
THE BIG PICTURE: IMPROVED HEALTH
First of all, I’m taking it 3 months at a time. My overall goal for this year is to dramatically improve my health and the first step to that is to CLEAN my body out.
So – today my detox started. This detox will last until the end of March – possibly longer, I’ll reevaluate that when I get there. I’ve packed away anything in the kitchen that is not ‘allowed’.
- Foods allowed
apples, bananas, grapes, grapefruit, oranges, papayas, pears, mandarines, pineapple, asparagus, avocadoes, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, green beans, lettuce, pumpkin, radishes, cabbage, bell peppers, spinach, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, quinoa, buckwheat, millet, amararanth, almonds, sprouts, herbal infusions, lemons, olive oil, coconut oil, herbs, spices, apple cider vinegar, Himalayan salt, Goji berries, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, vegan protein powder, fresh garlic, fresh turmeric, pomegranate seeds, seaweed. It’s heavy on the veg as I need time to transition (I’m not a big fruit eater in general) and am thinking of 2 fruit meals + veg meal (plus a possible grain) in the evening – either raw or stir-fried / steamed. I know Dr Morse would recommend going raw on fruits only, but I really want to make this a lifestyle and not just a detox. So, my way of thinking is to ease into it and as winter turns to spring, ease off on the cooked and have more raw. I’m giving up: coffee, alchohol, wheat, sugar and the odd processsed vegan meal.
I’m taking herbs to work on my GI tract, lymphatic system, etc… Been on a GI detox programme (bought from another supplier some time ago) and also drink an infusion of Horsetail, Alfalfa, Marshmallow Root, Dandelion Burdock, Goldenrod every day. From next week including another infusion with; Gotu-Kola, Ginkgo Biloba, Skullcap, Mullein, Fenugreek, Bladderwrack (low dose), Bugleweed, Irish Moss and Saw Palmetto
Cycling & stretching – 6-7 times a week.
Every morning before showering – trying to make that a habit, but forget sometimes
I started meditating about 23 years ago. I need to make sure I take enough time out every day to reconnect to Source.
- Environment detox
This is a biggie. I work part-time online and spend far too much time on the computer. Need to cut back on Facebook (a lot).
- Skin / home products
We pretty much use all vegan, bio products, so I just need to tweak the odd thing.
I love sprouts! My sprouter works very hard and I’ve had to buy another to deal with the mung beans. What happens is that I like sprouting them until they grow leaves, and then they push the tray above them and everything starts looking like the Leaning Tower of Pisa!!
So, I bought a new one today for the mung beans and I’ll use the old one for other smaller sprouts. This one is slightly bigger and very reasonably priced. It’s called Being Fare Sprouter and it costs under 10€. Got to order some new seeds, which I will get from here, once I’ve decided which I want.
Oooh, and I also bought some hemp seeds which are apparently SUPER good for you! And some Goji Berries, which I’ve never tried, but after researching alkaline superfoods and watching this YouTube video am sorry I’ve never tried them before! Wow – awesome stuff! Can´t wait to try them!
Handy sprouting info.
The International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA) states that iridology is “the study of the iris, or colored part, of the eye. This structure has detailed fibers and pigmentation that reflects information about our physical and psychological makeup. It identifies inherited dispositions (how our body reacts to our environment and what symptoms are most likely to occur), risks (what areas or organ systems are more likely to have symptoms) and future challenges (where we are likely to have more problems as we age). Iridology helps identify inherited emotional patterns which can create or maintain physical symptoms, as well as identify lessons or challenges and gifts or talents available to us.”
First Reading : 28 November 2014
I recently had my eyes ‘read’ on moveyourlymph.com This is the first time I have ever had this done and it’s absolutely fascinating! After giving a brief summary of existing medical conditions, I received the following reading;
After reading your list of pretty serious health challenges I was expecting to see a much weaker and heavily congested eye. I am pleased to say I would say you have a pretty good constitution and with relatively pronounced weaknesses so there is definitely plenty of hope!
However what does stand out is the very stagnant and acidic appearance of your GI tract. You really need to open this up and get your bowels moving regularly and to start cleaning the walls of all the mucoid plaque and to start strengthening. As well as plaquing I can see lymphatic constipation actually in the walls of the GI tract so although you are overweight you are definitely not absorbing well. There is also pretty heavy lymphatic congestion showing in your whole head area, including the sinuses and into your throat and inhibiting good thyroid function( check your basal temps to see). the head congestion will be inhibiting the pituitary and pineal gland ( menstrual regularity and heaviness/ height and sleep patterns respectively.
There is also lymphatic congestion building up under your skin inhibiting its ability to eliminate and sweat, again want to open this up (dry skin brushing/ short saunas).Your left side in particular is showing clogged lymph nodes again confirming the ymp system is backed up an stagnant.
With all this acidty and lymphatic congestion (confirmed by all the redness and yellow in your sclera (whites) for sure your kidneys are not filtering out this acid waste which is backing up in you and literally “chewing on your cells” and your adrenals are way down with all the tiredness. However I am surprised to not see more obvious genetic weakness showing in either (what’s your B.P.?).
I can see some genetic weakness in your back area and in your lungs and somewhat in your groin, abdomen and pelvis.
So you really want to focus on hydrating and alkalising your body , this will start to loosen up all the stagnant lymph and to really open up the elimination pathways- your GI tract, Your kidneys, skin and lungs. This way the acidic waste that has accumulated from a stagnant lymph and consumption of acid mucus forming foods can then be removed. Your diet is absolutely fundamental to achieving this so really transition as fast as you can to high raw with as much fruit,berries and melons as poss even through the winter. if you can afford support this with the amazing detox kits or at the very least lots of heal all tea. With your underlying good looking constitution I think you may be surprised, once you start to turn this around, just how well you respond. But there are no short cuts, changing what you consume to living foods that clean and alkalise you internally are essential for success. Patience and persistence are two other essential ingredients.
Many thanks to angelpete for this reading 🙂
Right eye – 28/11/2014
Left eye – 28/11/2014
Well here I am, starting a new blog. Let me warn you from the word go – I’m not the best of bloggers, I’m not the chatty-writer type and tend to lose interest in blogging after a while, so I’m hoping to stick with this one, at least for the next year. The reason I’m starting this blog is that I am about to set off on a self-healing adventure and blogging about it is going to be a great way to stay focused.
My little adventure begins on the 1st January 2015 and involves;
- going to go 80% + raw vegan. The vegan part isn´t what I’m worried about – I been doing that for about a year now, it’s the raw bit I’m a little nervous about. In fact I should be going 100% raw, but I’m going to ease into it a little. It’s the middle of winter and just thinking about cold food gives me the shivers. Nevertheless.
- eliminating EVERYTHING except fruit and vegetables. By that I mean coffee, alcohol, grains, bread, pasta, etc, etc. Let me say it again – EVERYTHING except fruits and vegetables – leaning heavily on the fruits (80%+)
- upping my exercise routine. Long story there – but let’s just say – I need to exercise a lot more than I’ve been doing. I’m aiming at 6 days out of 7.
- other detox-related practices.
Reason for all this apparent craziness is that I am starting a proper detox loosely based on Dr. Robert Morse’s. I have only recently discovered this amazing man’s work and it really resonates with me.
How long am I planning on doing this? Quite frankly, I have absolutely no idea – as long as it takes – I have some serious detoxing to do!!