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Time to Detox

Ok, I’m back. I haven’t put any time into blogging since school started (in addition to being a writer with novel #2 in the works, I homeschool my kids). I’m a little amazed that I’ve had visiters to my blog even while I’ve been off focusing on other things.

Welcome to the first Monday of the new year-two distinctions that officially designate this as a great day to begin my new quest for health. I’m starting a new eating program (I hate the word “diet”, and my aim here isn’t on weight loss anyway). I’m using a wonderful book I discovered called “The Raw Detox Diet” (there’s that “D” word again. I guess I’ll have to get over it) by Natalia Rose. I’ll tell you more about the program as I progress, but today I’ll give a quick rundown of my reasons for doing it:

  • It’s time to start taking care of myself. Really. 2010 is the year of Extreme Self-Care.
  • Unless I make some changes, the arthritis in my hips is going to put me in a wheelchair.
  • I’m sick of daily pain (again with the hips).
  • I’m sick of always feeling tired.

I started off today, as per the plan, by eating a banana. Some of the raw diets I’ve read tell you not to eat fruit. What? You mean I’m supposed to be content eating nothing but raw veggies and sprouted grains for the rest of my days? I think not. God created a variety of enjoyable foods for us (and no, I don’t include HoHos in that statement).  Anyway, that’s one thing I love about this plan-fruit in abundance. I can live with that.

In about half and hour, I’ll have sprouted toast with avocado. I’ve never been a huge fan of the avocado, so we’ll see how that goes. Oh, by the way, this diet isn’t entirely raw-another plus in my book.

More about all the reasons for the menu choices later. Suffice to say, it’s all about digestion.

Happy New Year!

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Reversing Diabetes?

Raw Vegan Sushi

Raw Vegan Sushi

I have no problem believing that our diet has a significant impact on our health. I can even buy that a vegetarian diet might be ideal. But Raw? My personal jury is still out on that one. I confess my apprehension has a lot to do with my emotional attachment to food. Cooked food. Old habits die hard, and they do get in the way of my desire for change.

Still, my aching joints tell me my old ways are no longer serving me. How much evidence do I need that a raw diet is at least beneficial, if not all out optimal? I just heard about a new documentary called Simply Raw. It depicts the journey of six diabetics who go on a strict raw diet for a month. By the end of the 30 days…. well, don’t they say that type 2 diabetes is irreversible?

Don’t they say the same thing about arthritis?

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Playing at Going Green

LettuceI know what I need to do.

Like lots of people my age and older, it’s getting harder for me to move. Arthritis has robbed me of my once-cherished ability to spring from the floor to a standing position free from pain. Sure, I can still manage to help an actor with a 30-second quick change that involves both shoes and hat, but it’s not as much fun as it used to be.

It’s ok. I know what I need to do.

I’ve been researching cures for arthritis and joint pain for years, and I know why I keep looking. It’s because I’m not particularly wild about the answer I keep coming back to. A Raw Diet? Really? Maybe if I keep looking, I’ll uncover scientific evidence that the real cure is fettucine alfredo and dark chocolate.

So, I’ve been dabbling for weeks with improving my diet- adding more vegetables, particularly raw greens; eliminating or at least cutting back on things I know are acidifying. No, I haven’t given up my beloved coffee yet, but I have been combining it with my alkalinizing substitute. I talk a good game, but I’m really only playing at going green.

It’s time to crack down and focus on feeling better. It’s either that or start searching eBay for a used walker.

I’m serious.

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Arthritis Drugs Could Increase Cancer Risk in Children

Surprise…. A group of drugs that have already been on the market for a number of years is suspected of contributing to cancer in children.  I guess we should consider ourselves fortunate that the FDA is acknowledging this with a black box warning; “Careful. Use of this drug could kill your kids”.

Arthritis is no small matter, especially when it strikes a child. For my article about natural alternatives for treating this disease, click here.

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Green- My New Favorite Color

Glorious Green

Glorious Green

Actually, green has always been my favorite color, but that wouldn’t make for much of an analogy.

As I delve further into the idea of eating for pH balance, I get more confused. I know this is just a phase that I’m passing through enroute to culinary enlightenment, but it’s difficult to shift your thinking so far from the norm. It really isn’t a new concept to me that our Standard American Diet doesn’t do us any favors, but there’s so much emotion, tradition, and habit wrapped up in the way we eat. How do I gently transition my family and myself into a healthier way of being that’s so far from what most everyone else is doing? How do I feed them normal-seeming, guilt-free meals that they’ll eat and enjoy?

I believe my next step for myself has to be several weeks of pretty much nothing but green juices, raw veggies and soups. I’m wondering though how people do that. With everything I have to do, I need more energy than I get from nibbling on raw broccoli.  

I’m enjoying reading “The pH Miracle”, but it does throw me into a bit of a panic. I’m at a point in the book where it just seems like the authors’ aim is to zap the fun out of everything. No meat? No fruit? Are these people insane?

On the other hand, the thought of pain-free joints and renewed vitality is pretty motivating. I could drink a lot of spinach juice on the promise of that.

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The Upside of Bunny Food

My Faux-ka

My Faux-ka

I’m happy to report that I’m wearing my very skinny jeans- the ones that I’ve kept in my closet just-in-case. I’m wearing them, and breathing too.

Also, my hip pain is waning. It’s still there, but it’s much gentler than it’s been in weeks. I’m not sure if this is due to my diet, but hope springs eternal.

I’m re-reading “The pH Miracle” by Robert. O. Young, PhD. I read it last year and while it got me thinking, it was a bit too overwhelming to act on at the time. It’ s funny how your perspective changes when a health issue shows its flair. Now as I read, I’m encouraged by all the stories of people bringing their bodies back from serious illness and restoring their vitality just through diet changes. It makes me wonder how people can think of this as “nonsense” in the face of so much positive evidence. Actually, I know how. People get downright angry when you try to take away their Big Mac. I don’t blame them. I feel the same way about my double tall soy mocha.

Speaking of that, I found a coffee substitute that’s actually alkalinizing and tastes great. My personal barista, aka my daughter, just made me a “faux-ka” with almond milk. It’s an alkalinizing treat that I can almost believe is the real thing when I have it in my Starbuck’s mug. All that and no caffeine.

If you want to check out the “coffee” for yourself, click here to go to their website.

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Goodbye to Acidity

Going Green

Going Green

Today is Day one of a new cleanse of sorts. As I was coming off the Master Cleanse, I read Christopher Vasey’s book “The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimal Health”. There are a lot of books out now about eating green and balancing your body’s pH. They basically state that if you eat more foods that are alkalinizing than foods that are acidifying, your pH will be in balance. According to the theory, no disease can exist in an alkaline environment. It makes sense if you think about it. The alkalinizing foods are the foods we know we should be eating more of, and the acidifying foods… well, let’s just say it’s not hard to guess which list Twinkies are on.

There’s a pretty substantial list of ailments that can be a direct result of too much acid in the system, including my personal favorites- joint pain and fatigue. Could my answer be at hand?

I’ve been intrigued by the pH balanced diet as a way of preventing disease and maintaining health, but this book really set me on a different path. Dr. Vasey classifies foods as “acidifying”, “alkalinizing”, or “weak-acid”. According to him, the foods in the third catagory can be acidifying or alkalinizing depending on the ability of the individual to metabolize acids. This really got me thinking, because the foods in that catagory do seem to be a problem for me. I get really tired after I eat sometimes, and that would seem to explain it.

The problem is that two of the foods on that list are the foods that were my mainstay on the Cleanse- lemons and oranges.

So, if the source of my achiness and fatigue is too much acid in my body, did I spend the two weeks on the Cleanse actually intensifying my problem rather than solving it? Hmmm….

Fortunately, Dr. Vasey gives an easy plan for reducing the acids in your system. He states that if you eat only alkalinizing foods and take an alkaline supplement, you should be able to tell fairly quickly if your symptoms are the result of too much acid. It might take awhile to entirely correct the problem, but it seems worthwhile to test it.

Some sources will tell you that there’s nothing to the pH theory. In his book “An Apple a Day”, for example, Joseph Schwarcz calls it “nonsense”. What are we to believe? I need to have hope that there’s a solution for my health issues, and I’m certainly willing to give eating more greens a try.

I do want to add that I’m still a big fan of the Master Cleanse, and I do believe it did me some good. I’m holding out hope that not only will my pain go away, but that my ability to metabolize acids will correct itself and I’ll be able to do the cleanse again as I had planned. So, for the coming week (if I can stand it, that is) I’m going to stick to Dr. Vacey’s recommended alkalinizing diet and see what happens. He doesn’t advise sticking to this diet for more than a week, since it is pretty restrictive. I’m really anxious to see what happens. If I don’t pass out from hunger.

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