Monthly Archives: June 2009

Sad About Farrah

Just a quick mention of how very sad I am that Farrah Fawcett lost her fight with cancer. She was a great advocate of alternative treatments (actually complimentary treatments, which utilize both alternative and conventional approaches). I’m sad for her family and friends and for the movement toward alternative healing, which needs more high profile success stories. She was doing so well, and managed at least to prolong her life with the treatment she received in Germany.  That treatment isn’t available in the states, and many cancer patients are unaware of all their alternatives.

Brett Hudson, who received treatment at the Klinik in Germany at the same time as Farrah, is making a documentary about it. Click here to check out his web site and blog.

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Ending the Cleanse- the Last Day (woo hoo!)

It occured to me today that so much of my time right now is being spent cleaning up the messes left in the wake of past bad choices. I’m cleansing the toxins from my body that resulted from a lifetime of SAD (the Standard American Diet). We’re making a big push to get rid of our debt and clean up our finances. We’ve got a mountain of “stuff” that I can never seem to get to the bottom of, try as I might. I live with that constant sense of being a day late and a dollar short, not accounting for inflation.

I’m thinking about this today in terms of how much time and energy I would free up if a big cosmic Hoover would swoosh over my life and give me a clean slate.

Looking at my life from this perspective, I realize how incapable I am of doing this on my own. I only have finite time and strength, but with God all things are possible.

I probably won’t be posting for a week or so, because we’re going out of town. That’s right, I’m off the cleanse and on the road. Wish me luck. I’m pulling together healthy road food and making a plan.

I forgot to mention that I’ve reached my ‘happy weight’. It feels good, but I don’t expect to maintain it without some effort. Again, luck needed.

On a sad note, I just read about Michael Jackson’s death. I’m really sad he didn’t manage to get his act together, and I don’t mean the one he was preparing for London. He had so much talent, all the money in the world, and a very unhealthy life, from the look of it. Such a shame.

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Ending the Master Cleanse

I just talked to the acupuncturist that my husband met the other day. I told him that I’m feeling tired and a bit down today. I know it’s partially from the disappointment that the cleanse didn’t “fix” my pain and my fatigue. He assured me that coming off the cleanse is the hardest part “by a long shot”, which I found oddly soothing. I’m sharing this because I think it’s good to be prepared for that.

I’m hoping to feel better, physically and emotionally, in the coming days.

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Hello Veggie Broth

Soup's on!

Soup's on!

Making Veggie Broth
Making Veggie Broth

I really want to share with you how beautiful my lunch looked as I was making it. I thoroughly enjoyed chopping up the veggies for my broth, knowing that finally I was actually making something that I’d be able to eat. Well, part of it at any rate.

While the soup was cooking, my girls even commented on how good it smelled. They were right.

Since today is a ‘broth only’ day, I had to set aside all the veggies (I got to eat just a little- yum!). I put a bit of sea salt and a dash of cayenne into the broth, and had two bowlfuls. Boy, was that ever good. I get to have more tonight, and I’m looking forward to it already.

I’m trying to use this experience to focus on things other than the physical. The trouble is when I pray, my mind wanders more than usual. The good news is that I haven’t thought about nachos once today. Oops. Ok, maybe once.

One more day and I’m back to normal eating. Then it will be time to talk about pH and how it affects our diet. Brace yourselves.

 

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Ending the Master Cleanse- or Hello, OJ!

Oranges, Poranges

Oranges, Poranges

The picture at left is pretty much what my kitchen looked like today.

This was my day of nothing but fresh squeezed orange juice, although I did opt to do the salt water rinse one more time. I went through two big bags of organic oranges, which cost a small fortune, and boy was that juice delicious.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the day. I’m hungrier than on the lemonade days, but not as much as I’d expected. I’ve been a bit bearish this evening, but I blame it on the fact that my girls made chocolate mints after dinner. I’m entitled to a little crankiness, don’t you agree? Well, don’t you?

Two good things happened in my writing career today, although I seem to be the only one who sees them as significant. First, I got accepted to write about Natural Health in Seattle for an online news journal. I’m excited about it, and it actually pays. Ok, it probably won’t put the kids through college, but it’s another line in the water.

The second thing, speaking of ‘pay’ is that I got my first money as a writer today. It’s for one of my e-How articles and I’m very pleased. So, it’s only $.14 and I don’t actually get it till it’s up to $10, but it’s a start and that’s what matters.

Speaking of e-How, here’s the link to my article “How to End the Master Cleanse”.  

Tomorrow I get vegetable broth, and those veggies are on my counter staring at me right now. I can only imagine how that broth is going to taste. I’m focusing on that to cleanse my brain of the one image that’s been sitting in it all day: Nachos.  Yes, I put that in bold letters to emphasis its power over my psyche all day. I’m not talking your cheap 7-Eleven middle-of-the-night-process-cheese-food snack. No, my friend. I’m talking organic tortilla chips topped with home cooked pinto beans and an extra sharp antibiotic-free cheddar (made from happy cows). That’s just the base. Top that off with crispy organic shredded lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shredded carrot, and my own personal favorite, fresh jalapenos. Add a dollop of fresh sour cream and we’re ready for dinner.

I’m happier just for having written that. Sorry if I made your stomach growl.

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Master Cleanse- Day 12; Farewell (for Now) to Lemonade

Today is the last lemonade day of my first cleanse. There are a few things I’ll miss about it. I like not having to think about what to eat (even though I’ve been feeding my family throughout this process, so I haven’t gotten a true reprieve). I’ll miss the “clean” feeling, and the sense of my energy going toward things other than digesting. I’ve enjoyed the weight loss, and I hope to maintain that.

I had what I would call a God thing happen today. Last night I had a bit of a dispute with my hubby when I told him I wanted to do another cleanse in a week or so. He questioned the value, since my results aren’t yet visible. I tried to explain that it’s going to take time, and that I know it’s been doing me a lot of good even though I’m still in pain. The bottom line is that he’s concerned about the cost (darn organic lemons). It’s symptomatic of a bigger issue we have regarding food- I want to think long term and he tends to focus primarily on cost. Now, you would think our strengths would blend well together, but we had a heated discussion and neither of us felt appeased.

Here comes the God intervention. My hubby came home from work today enthusiastic about the cleanse and its benefits. He’d met an accupuncturist at his job who knows about the cleanse and gave it credibility. He was able to answer questions about the health aspects of it that I couldn’t in my defensiveness.

One thing the accupuncturist told him was that joint pain tends to get worse on the cleanse. I’m hoping I feel better in the next few days.

Now my husband even wants to do a cleanse with me. Ah, togetherness.

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Master Cleanse- Day 11

Taco Night

Taco Night

Sorry if this makes you hungry, but I wanted to add a visual to lure you into my experience.

Today is Father’s Day, and my husband spared me the pain of sitting in a restaurant sipping my lemonade while everyone else munched on tortilla chips and salsa. Instead, he asked for taco night at home. I didn’t mind cooking, and I really haven’t minded it all week, but it was a little sad sitting at the table watching everyone enjoy their crunchy, messy meal.

Five more days till I can eat real food.  I’ll take mine with an extra dollop of sour cream, please. Hormone-free, of course.

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