2 weeks turned into 4 and 4 turned into 6,,,

Having made peace with the whole getting rid of my food stash issues and now resting in the faithfulness of knowing that God was not going to let me starve, we were now living in a “clean kitchen” and by clean I mean clean food. Our first 2 weeks were met with some of the usual detox symptoms of slight headaches, fatigue, and being irritable.  I must be completely honest the hardest thing to give up was coffee. Just typing the word coffee makes me want a cup. I have always loved coffee. The flavor,,the smell; even when I was only 3 my parents would catch me taking sips out of their cup. To give this up I knew that I was serious in my attempt to rid myself of the health issues that were plaguing me and as the weeks went on my body finally relented to the fact that no amount of screaming from inside was going to get me to cave in and drink the coffee. I did hide the coffee maker in the garage but, hey,,ya gotta do what it takes to save yourself from ..well yourself. When my husband and I returned 2 weeks later to our nutritionist, we were so proud of ourselves so when we were told to go on for another 2 weeks, needless to say we were a bit deflated. When you have your sites set on a certain time frame,,it’s a bit easier to deal with the very limited diet knowing their was a light at the end of the tunnel. Heading into 2 more weeks was not fun, but when we were told after those 2 weeks to go for 2 more weeks due to some issues my husband was having, it almost felt like forever. It’s funny though because when we finally started to reintroduce foods back into our very clean, detoxified bodies we were able to see immediate responses to foods that our bodies had an intolerance to. In case you have never done a detox diet with subsequent reintroduction of the main allergic food groups, in order to see your food intolerances; here is a brief summary of how it goes.

So you start off by doing 2 weeks of a clean diet.  No processed foods. No caffeine. No sugar and of course none of the below listed foods which are the most allergic foods:

Peanut and peanut products
Soy and soy products
Milk and milk products
Wheat and wheat products

Then as you clean or detox your body, you slowly start reintroducing foods from some of these groups to see how your body reacts. Your diet should also be completely organic and only eating clean meats. My next post will be describing in detail what clean meats are and why organic produce is the best thing we could do for our health today.

Ain’t it the truth?

Detoxing can feel like the cold I just had.

So this week I have literally been ‘seeking health’ whilst fighting a cold, and a summer cold at that. Colds are bad at any time, but summer colds just seem exceptionally uncomfortable. Hot weather and a stuffy nose, not good. Do I put the fan on because it’s hot, or turn it off because I just got some chills? Soup?, in the summer? All of that is just not fun and I am glad to say that I am feeling much better.

I am going to pass on a bit of medical advice I received from the Nutritionist that actually had me and my husband do the detox and started us on this journey. He was kind enough, after I had posted a question on his Facebook page about “what was the benefit of gargling with salt water anyway?” He could not give me medical advice on Facebook and I understand the implications to that, all I wanted to know was “why did my mother always tell me to do it?” Was this an old-wives tale or was it the salt water really helping my adrenal glands and the gargling that helped stimulate my vagus nerve? I wanted some logical, hard evidence for doing this vile action since I really didn’t like it. He was kind enough to call and, while I was taking a nap, and give my husband this little advice for a sore throat. He said to get sea-salt, and baking soda (aluminum free), then the hottest water I could possible gargle with and mix them together. He didn’t give exact amounts so I used 1/4 tsp of the salt, 1/4 tsp of the baking soda and 8 oz of water. First you gargle with this concoction and then right after quickly drink some iced water. * I love ice water and my husband had been forbidding me to drink it with my sore throat, but ha, ha, I got my iced-water*. I followed the instructions he gave and TA-DA,,no kidding my throat felt so much better. Almost scary miraculous. He had given the explanation of “something or another canceling out the pH of something”,,but my husband does what most men do, they don’t get DETAILS. I may have to ask for a formal reason later on, but for now this helped immensely and I thought I should pass this on to anyone who might have the need. 

Back to detoxing…”ah do we have to?”,,yes we do because really it’s such a good thing to do for your body. We are inundated with toxins from our foods, air, water, environment etc. Detoxing takes a stress off our internal organs and gives us a chance to clean out and start fresh. My husband and I headed into our detox with hopefulness and a cleaned out kitchen to avoid cheating. Cleaning out my kitchen was harder than I thought. I had stock piled all this food to be a good wife, buying mass quantities of on-sale processed foods that would keep for years and years in cans and boxes, not really thinking that if these foods could keep that long, there must be a ton of preservatives in them and were preservatives really healthy for me? So after jumping over that mental hurdle, I ran into another one. How many of you stock pile to feel a sense of comfort that you will always have food? It wasn’t until I was asked to give up my stock pile that I realized how much dependence I had in it. This, for me, was an ah-ha moment and spiritual question. Did I place my security for the things that I NEED, (food, shelter, clothing) on my “pile” versus a faithful God that had always supplied over and above what I needed? My mind went to those in other countries who live from day to day not knowing if they will eat at all and to my life of never missing a day without food. Now, I have had some lean days when rice was the whole menu, but NEVER,, did I not eat. So with renewed faith in my Father who has never let me down since the day I placed my life in His hands, I got down to business and cleared out my kitchen of food-like products that were doing more damage than good. It feel like a relief, because I am always asking for Jesus to show me anything that I need to let go of in the flesh in order to cling more tightly to Him and He did and it was all wrapped up in me seeking health at any cost.  Image

The first step in a long trip.

Just as a long journey begins with the first  step, so did my journey to finding my way back to a healthy life. I know that most people would have went straight to their doctor and run a battery of tests. What does “running a battery of tests” mean anyway? I’ll tell you what it means, you start at your internal medicine doctor and give them your main complaints. In my case it would have been my extreme fatigue and rapid weight gain. The usual CBC (complete blood count) would have been done and maybe the ever present TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test as well. Factoring in my age, over 40 and my sex, female they would have concluded that I needed to get on a heart-healthy diet, exercise more and for heaven’s sake stop smoking and drinking (2 things I don’t do).  Had I mentioned my depression and mood changes, I would have been prescribed an anti-depressant in record time with the promise that if it didn’t work they could add 1 or 2 more anti-depressants to make sure it did.  The reason I know that this is how my doctor encounter would have turned out is because I saw it happening all around me to friends, and family members. No real answers. Not even any real effort to allow the patient to talk about what their body is going through, just a 5 min consultation adding up symptom A with symptom B and prescribing the “most popular” medication C. I also was a Medical Transcriptionist by career and after 9+ years of doing medical reports you already know what the doctors are going to prescribe based on symptoms before you even get to the end of the report.

That was not the road I happened to land on, thank God, and I really do thank God. You see, I had no health insurance at that time, due to the economy and my husband being laid off,,,blah, blah,blah. You have heard the story dozens of times by now either in your own life or people you know so no long explanation is needed. At the time, with how lousy I was feeling and the fact that no amount of healthy eating or exercise was getting me anywhere,,,I was desperate for answers. I felt sorry for myself that I was doomed to the “no insurance” crowd and yet God had a plan in it all.

At this point in my story, I must introduce to you a friend of mine that has walked along side me through this journey. She was not a strong healthy friend that took pity on me and helped me up ; no she was a sick, unhealthy friend that came and crawled along beside me in this journey; at least until we could stand,,and then walk and now as we are both doing much better we appreciate the fact that we had each other to  bounce feelings, ideas and opinions off, and someone who really knew what I was going through because she was living it herself. In fact, I must say that she had it much worse than I did. She had suffered with extreme fibromyalgia for years, to the point of being on multiple medications, anti-depressants,etc, and the whole gamut of pills that conservative medicine throws at you in attempt to make you think you’re healed. Your body knows better though and in the end you are left wearing a medication band-aid on a very painful and chronic illness.  The meds just add to the health problems with their own side-effects, plus the knowledge that you are probably poisoning important vital organs in your body. You know we probably need those organs healthy too.  Gee, ya think? So you see these health issues that had just recently started in me, she had been dealing with for many, many moons. As it happened, my friend found out from another friend,,, (isn’t that just how it happens sometimes) about a doctor that had treated her, and she had great results. Now this doctor was not your average MD, but rather a chiropractor who was studying to be a Certified Nutritionist. Yeah, I know it sounds weird, but weird can be good sometimes and this time it was awesome.

After much prayer and believing she had heard from God on the issue, my friend started seeing this doctor and I knew something was right. In the morning when we would meet to walk, instead of the regular zombie-like appearance, she was glowing and happy and darn-it, she looked like she actually had some good sleep! She began to tell me, with all the excitement of a person who was just struck gold, all about this doctor that she had met and what he was having her do to feel better. Having known her for a while, I could see a remarkable change in her and if he could do this for her, I wanted to see this doctor.  I had to know what he did and what did he give you? (there had to be a wonder pill for this kind of energy) Her answer stunned me. As we walked in the park, she began to share how this doctor changed her diet. What?…diet? Boy what a change too.  This is what he did. He removed all processed foods from her diet-BAM, gone. He removed all sugar-BAM,,(this one is painful). He removed all caffeine.  He put her on an organic food diet. I had heard of organics, but never thought much about them other than that they cost too much.  I expected her to tell me about her pitiful little food supply and how she was starving her way to good health, but her glowing face and pepping step proved different. What she did convey to me was a healthy diet menu, and the doctor encourage her to eat a little something every 2-3 hours. Now what kind of doctor puts you on a diet and then tells you to eat more often?