Sunday, March 29, 2009

Banana Island Challenge ... ready, set ...... ?

HA!!!! *rubs hands together*

Day One!! And I found my "safe food" it's banana split!

I'm a little delirious pardon my exhileration and self-involved giddiness. LOL

B: Banana split = 4 frozen bananas put in Vitamix spooned on top of 2-3 sliced fresh bananas.

L: Same

D: Same

Only organic green tea in the morning none of that nasty black coffee stuff!!

Woot I made it I made it jumps up and down screaming banana like. He he. :D

Oh, I did 15 minutes on the elliptical and weighted 131.

Note: Resources 30BaD, Rawfu.com 80-10-10 group discussions

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

From Cindy Seeking Recovery


When you find as much pleasure in not eating as you do eating, you have overcome the addiction.” --Fred Bisci

I just returned from a very nice five days in Portland, Oregon, staying with my children at the Oxford Suites. They serve breakfast and a dinner appetizer menu which is free, included with the room. It was very convenient and had I been very disciplined I could have stayed fairly pure. As it was, I did have large platters of raw veggies and salads almost exclusively for dinner and several days I managed to stick with just bananas and apple sauce for breakfast. I also worked out faithfully each morning in the gym provided.

However, there were huge opportunities for discrepancies. :-)

LOL

And those opportunities were seized upon on several occasions. Things I noticed: waking up with extremely puffy eyes and a very sour taste in my very dry mouth. Gut aches.

Other than that, it's back to the races now that I'm home in downstate New York. It's bright and sunny and we are about to shop for fresh produce. In the morning I have my standing appointment for a professional colonic. Needless to say, I need several servings of unfiltered apple juice with psyllium and an early afternoon cessation of my imbibement activities. (word?) Today, knowing I was entering territory of the raw and juice feast variety, had several goodies in that futile attempt to "satisfy" a mental obsession for sugar or chocolate.

Yes, it is futile. That temporary giving in only leads to a temporary change in mood sometimes if you're lucky. In my case I got a little pumped and got some paperwork done--this time. But most times, giving into a craving doesn't bring such luck. Usually disappointment followed by depression is all a big slice of chocolate cheesecake can promise.

On the upside of my trip, I did see progress from way back in my early teenage years when I first got entangled in overeating. Progress since that time has been varied. One aspect is I no longer eat secretly. I don't hide food. *smiles* and my quantities are quite significantly smaller so that a "binge" today more resembles a normal size portion with seconds. :-) But! The blow to one's morale for not following a rational food plan can still hit quite hard.

Today's economic times being trying as they are, I've begun an anti-aging, anti-cancer regime in earnest. A desire to "show up" for my family and be totally available mean sticking to a modest and simple food plan. Along the way, when I notice the difficulty in staying consistent without falling off the wagon, I become more interested than ever in the concepts of emotional eating and how to find freedom in an unfree world.

The quote from Paul Nison, below, hits home. Additionally, I haven't read it yet but have heard great things about Angela Stoke's book "Raw Emotions". I've heard it's been quite helpful for many. Meanwhile, many a time when I've eaten poorly during the day but managed to stop eating by 4, 5 or 6pm, I've helped reverse and recover from a poorly chosen day plan.

Calling it the Daylight Diet (formerly I think it was called the No-Dinner Diet) Paul Nison and Fred Bisci have wisdom to share. I don't take sides in the Raw Foods movement and I don't feel I judge anyone. We are all struggling souls and have to pick and choose what we are capable of coping with NOW, TODAY. Some can't make it without a good dehydrated kale chip and others only need an apple.

:-)

Myself? Several cups of chamomile tea at the moment. And a long walk ...




From Paul Nison's e-newsletter:

I understand gluttony well. For most of my life, prior to my revelation, I too was a glutton. However, unlike the majority, I became wise, obedient and disciplined. I stepped back from feeding that addiction. I remember Fred Bisci revealing to me a long time ago that one of the keys to eating healthy was to eat very little and not focus on the temporary pleasure food brings. I’ll never forget what he said, “When you find as much pleasure in not eating as you do eating, you have overcome the addiction.” I know some people who force themselves to not overindulge and they are not happy. They miss the pleasure of food too much. They would rather live with that pain from overindulgence instead of taking away the temporary pleasure. Once you understand how eating less is better for your health, it makes it more enjoyable to not consume as much.

I have experienced how stepping back makes it much easier to see the full picture. When you are caught in the daily cycle of giving in to addictions, it appears as a matrix. It’s almost impossible to see what’s really happening. I have since discovered that practicing temperance while eating will rid most health issues and rejuvenate your whole body. Your goal should be to reduce the amount of meals you consume and reduce the amount of food in those meals, while making sure you are consuming the highest quality food. But the key to success is you must enjoy eating less! It shouldn’t be a daily struggle. I can attest that it may not be easy at first, but you must change your thinking along with your diet if you want to be successful.

Without changing any food in your diet, stop eating later in the day! You will get better sleep, have better digestion, slow down the aging process, have more energy and feel wonderful. Stop eating at nighttime and experience for yourself the great results.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Today's Menu and Exercise

Day 15 Juice Feast (only one of the days I did modified juice feast with one apple and a smoothie.)Weight 125.4

Apple juice liver flush:

apple juice
lemon juice
ginger root
garlic
cayenne pepper
olive oil

blend and strain

followed by hot green tea.

90 minutes hatha yoga
15 minute walk

Lunch:
16oz. green juice

kale
celery
spinach
chard

carrot
spirulina


Snack: bee pollen

Dinner:

orange juice
Perfect Food green powder

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Global Juice Feast!

I mentioned yesterday that I had an apple and some smoothie.

Today I only wanted juice.

I like that there are so many people doing this global juice feast all together. I like that the feast is well thought-out. It encourages a high level of nutritional intake. Density rich juices, freshly pressed and in quantity. Supplements are utilized to assist a safe detox process.

The length of time is helping my small intestines detox and I imagine what a rest my internal organs are getting.

I had an experience today which I briefly Twittered about where at first I had a sense of anxiety and my old behavior would have been to interpret that feeling as "I need to eat. I need to go to the store, there's nothing to eat. I won't feel better unless I have something to munch on."

I noticed the feeling. I noticed the urges. And I also noticed I was tired. So I went an laid down and rested. During that time I practiced a sort of "practitioner fulcrum" meditation which I learned in depth at Colorado School of Energy Studies during my biodynamic craniosacral practitioner training.

To explain what I experienced today while lying and resting seems daunting at least in any coherent way. As I lay and noticed the weight of my body on the table, I noticed briefly a sense of being shattered halfway through my body. The upper and lower halves of my body seemed fragmented, not connected. Then there was a gentle sort of wave like sensation and my diaphragm area seemed to sink deeper into the table and ease itself into connection from the bottom half to the top. Sort of like smearing watercolors together on a palette.

Then there was a wavey sort of slow spinning motion from my mid-back sort of through my abdomen but centrally focused seeming from my spine. It was shifting in some pleasant way and then settled nicely, smoothing out and I drifted off to sleep as though on a raft in a tropical bay.

When I got up I puttered around the dayspa where I work a bit and then did some core strengthening and stretching exercises called Callanetics. I was surprised how effortless they seemed.

For snacks I had bee pollen.

That afternoon, (today) I went over to Karma Road in New Paltz and had a large fresh green juice made with kale, celery, parsley, collards and cucumber. It seemed to be absorbed every drop by my body.

I went home and cooked an organic beef-tortilla casserole for my family and made myself a fresh squeezed orange juice I am calling the rawprincess orange julius!

It was so delicious!

I'm going to get a good night's sleep so I can be fresh for the Body Pump class and the Hatha Yoga class tomorrow with my fiance. We both have the day off tomorrow. (More on that later.)

Friday, March 13, 2009

A Little Different Today

I don't have nut milk bags for straining juice from my VitaMix blender and the gauzey stuff I'd been using finally was just wearing out.

To today I tried just drinking the green smoothie.

I also had a whole apple.

Other than that, oh, and went to Trader Joe's and got a green smoothie from there. (It's flash pasteurized and I don't think the fruit was entirely ripe so it didn't digest so well.)

I did 20 minutes on the elliptical and almost an hour sweat in a far infrared light blanket at work.

I had some apple juice with psyllium for dinner.

I'm at my "normal" weight again of 125. I am at the best possible place to just focus on toning up.

I feel strong from the greens. I have been in food "recovery" since I began the juice feast so it really feels good to be in "abstinence". (By abstinence I mean no emo eating and no eating trigger foods.) :-)

I didn't like the smoothie today. I don't feel done as far as cleaning out my inner house. I had a great colonic yesterday and got out tons of sludge again. I was a little tired after, but remember I'm still healing from all the years of coffee and more recently a year of HydroxyCut and other so-called "energy drinks."

Anyway, I ramble.

I think it's good to take things one day at a time. I think the 80-10-10 is really calling me. Yet, I know the juice feast isn't over yet. YET, (one more yet) I don't have my nut milk bags so I'm compromised.

I guess I could place an order. By the way, Matt Monarch is doing a craazy sale in celebration of Angela Stokes returning to the states. I guess it's 17% off through March 14th or something like that. Just a tip.

Editor's Note: The 17% off sale just type in "visa" at check-out.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Freedom, For Now ...

I am on day 10 of juices and it has really helped free me from the wheel of overeating, for now.

I have gotten out tons of sludge from my colon and lost over 5 lbs of bloat. My eyes are sparkling and I'm so relieved!

Can't afford a gallon of green juice a day but have been making sure to get at least 16 ounces of really intense freshest of fresh green juice. (For anyone new this isn't 80-10-10 but everyone is welcome here and this is where I belong.)

I know that when I resume eating I will have to face probably all of the same issues as I did before but for now it is just really really nice to not worry about that and not be too full and not spend all my time eating or wondering what to eat or being mad at myself for eating too much or for choosing inappropriate foods.

Just for today this feels exactly like what I needed and for that I am grateful.

Day 9

Juice feast feels great. I had a massage today and went to New Paltz's Karma Road for a delicious, rich and satisfying medicinal Green Juice, freshly made and sooooo good on the tum tum.

I did 15 minutes on the elliptical today before doing anything else. No 18 minutes.

And I also had a hot bubble bath today. I'm up later than I should be. Nite nite.

Facebook is getting updated a little more often than my blog for some reason maybe it's the time factor. I'm working on some angles in New York here for practicing massage under a temporary license while waiting for my permanent one. I've appealed their decision that I must take an exam in August (the only time to take it!)

Meanwhile working in CT and the fiancee may be getting laid off! What? Yes, there are rumors this week is the week. It's the second wave.

I know that by juicing I'm really there for him. I'm not in addictive food cycles, I'm truly doing something wonderful, balanced and healthy for my body.

I can show up for life and be in the sunlight of the spirit each day, letting go of self-centeredness. Learning to be there for my family. Getting to sleep is part of all that.

I am so grateful for the information and that sooo many people are doing raw foods and juice feasting right now. It truly is beautiful.

I know that raw foods are the way for me. I love superfoods so I won't be a true 80-10-10er after the feast but I will be largely low fat on a daily basis. Yay!

Thanks for all your emails and encouragement.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Day 6 and Building Bridges for Each Other

Today is day 6 of my juice fast/feast.

Here are a few details and a poem to help along someone else, if need be.

I'm cooling the coffee for my coffee enema after doing a liver flush last night. I am going in for a colonic this morning as well.

I lost 5 lbs the first day of my juice feast and a pound each day thereafter. I had put on over ten pounds after stopping caffeine and work-out stimulant tablets and energy drinks.

Withdrawal from these stimulants is real. It is common to feel "depressed" lethargic, "lazy" even overwhelmed, miserable and hopeless! :-) weeeeeeeh!

Yes, hang on it's quite a ride.

Thanks to some help from friends around these here parts, I have hung in there and I must say I feel hopeful today. I am getting some energy back. Yesterday I walked for 50 minutes outdoors. A few days before that I went to an hour class at 24 Hour Fitness in San Marcos, California, and they use weights and did a lot of lunges, squats and so forth. It was awesome!

With my petite frame, although I'm fairly tall (but discovered I'm barely much over 5'6" when in high school I was just under 5'8") a few extra pounds gathered at the hips is really unhealthy. The challenge for me, is to be a vibrant and healthy trim, not too skinny.

As my son Alex has said, this must be done through working out and using weight lifting techniques, particularly for me in my problem areas such as thighs. Otherwise, to diet my way down I become gaunt. Not okay!

Wow, I've really rambled here. Enough about me.

You probably want the coffee enema recipe, right?

I got it from Healing With Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford but I've been using coffee enema for many years. I heard that Marilyn Monroe also used them as a beauty secret, weekly, for healthier looking skin and sparkling eyes. They are a great liver cleanse and help cleanse the blood. I use them to dilate the gall bladder duct to let through sludge and stones and gravel.

Most people have a lot of gravel in their gallbladders but might not exhibit any pain or symptoms. In my case, I've had symptoms but nothing really showed on a sonogram. When I do my flushes a lot comes out. Some of it, yes, could just be globs from the olive oil, but I've seen my share of the more dense and hard stone-like substances and feel much better afterward: read, free of that dull ache in the right upper quadrant also known as RUQ.

Take 3 Tablespoons of regular ground coffee and add to one quart boiling water. Simmer for 20 minutes. Strain and cool to room temperature. Lie on right side and take enema, retaining the coffee for at least 15 minutes. Best done just after at least a small water enema to clear the bowels and make it easier to retain the coffee.

Last night I did a gallbladder flush protocol.

It is one I've sort of developed over the years. I just do apple juice for a few days prior to soften the stones. Apple juice has malic acid which has the softening effect. It also happens to soften and loosen any hardened fecal matter which may be lurking or stuck along the intestinal and colon walls. This apple juice feast, then, prepares one for the professional colonic hydrotherapy session as well as the at-home gallbladder flush.

No food the day of the flush.

That night prepare half olive oil and half lemon juice in a glass. Approx 1/2 to 3/4 cup of each. Have yourself all prepared and ready for bed. In my case, I had my hot water bottls and castor oil pack on my abdomen and had taken an enema beforehand.

Hot Castor Oil Pack

Pour or rub castor oil on the abdomen particularly on the right side. Place a piece of wool cloth on the abdomen and wrap waist with saran wrap tightly enough to keep wool in place. Lie down with hot water bottle on right abdomen. Wrap in a towel to keep sheets from getting oil or to keep bottle in place more. Lie on right side.

Drink your olive oil lemon mixture down.

Place a pillow under your hip so it's slightly elevated. Turn out the light and lie very still on your right side with knees pulled up to chest as much as possible. Go to sleep and try not to move the whole night. Think about your liver and it's healing along with the gallbladder.

You may hear a clink clink clink sound in your stomach. That is, my understanding, small stones being ejected out of the gallbladder!

Next morning do the water enema followed by the coffee enema. If possible get a colonic as well.

This is not medical advice. Remember to consult a health professional who is familiar with detoxification and internal hygiene. These are just things I share neighbor to neighbor which have worked for me.

I also suggest reading up on it yourself besides my blog recipes.

I didn't use the epsom salts this time so I will have to report how the colonic actually goes. The epsom salts have never been necessary before over the years but recently I've tried them since they open the ducts so well and are recommended by the Moritz guy who wrote the tome on Amazing Liver Gallbladder Flush stuff.

Best wishes and here is the poem. Remember we are all bridges for other raw foodists or whole foodists or anyone just trying to use nature's wisdom and heal themselves!

THE BRIDGE BUILDER

An old man, going a lone highway,
Came at the evening, cold and gray,
To chasm, vast and deep and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim;
The sullen stream had no fears for him;
But he turned when safe on the other side
And built a bridge to span the tide.

"Old man," said a fellow pilgrim near,
"You are wasting strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day;
You never again must pass this way;
You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide --
Why build you the bridge at the eventide?"

The builder lifted his old gray head:
"Good friend, in the path I have come," he said,
"There followeth after me today
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm that has been naught to me
To that fair-haired youth may a pit-fall be,
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building the bridge for him."

Will Allen Dromgoole

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Day 3

I made it through three days, sort of, when I got home there was a wonderfully very ripe papaya on the table and I had that and two oranges.

Otherwise I've done only juice. And psyllium. And bee pollen.

I got past the huge headache. I lost a lot of water/digestive weight I guess (everyone knows what that means, right?)

I also got some vitamineralgreen from the store which was really good in some carrot juice. Yum.

I'm trying to get on board with the global juice feast for 92 days but can't afford all the supplements and the large quantities of produce. I'm just doing the best I can and supplement some with bottled apple juice and carrot juice if convenient in the bottle.

I figured the main thing is to get enough calories and nutrients as much as possible.

Watching TV at the moment which is very unusual for me. I just want to do a little housework, some stretching and watch a little TV then go to bed.
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