Willpower Begins the Journey But Discipline Helps You Stay on the Path!

It’s been some time since my last post and the many reasons fill my head now as just excuses. But time is of the essence, it’s fleeting, and there are just 24 hours in a day. The business is flourishing, and I’m writing curriculum which takes the place of writing about my health challenges…practices. Time is incremental when I look at the health of both us…myself and my husband. My health is like a rollercoaster lately running the gamut of hills and valleys – sunny days and cloudy disparity. While my husband turned his willpower into the discipline he needed to stay on the path.

Willpower, is it a power of wills? Is it a will of power? Do you have control of your will? Dictionary. com says willpower is the control of one’s impulses and will. Well, what it doesn’t say is that my husband has an abundance of it when he finally makes up his mind to do or not do something. Dictionary.com says this about discipline. It’s a training, activity or a regimen that develops or improves a skill. Well, this explains a lot of why the two nouns go together. You have to possess the willpower to discipline yourself so you can improve your life or a part of your life.

Starting Point

So what’s the point of talking about willpower and discipline?  You see, back in January of 2017 my husband had bilateral pulmonary embolisms, his left leg had a blood clot from his ankle to his groin. The doctors at the hospital told us how lucky he was because normally they don’t give this diagnoses to men over 50 – they find it in an autopsy. So, yes, he was lucky,  but I liked to think that he was blessed.

Over the last year and a half, we changed diets, we changed lifestyle and we changed our health outlook. My husband spent only 6 months on the meds and with my research help and finding the right naturopath he transitioned to supplements. But he had a strange inflammation issue in his left leg that would worsen if he moved or sat still. Nothing would work long term. Diuretics (prescription and natural) only work when you’re taking them, they don’t address the cause of the inflammation. So back to the research I went.

About three months ago, my research took me to a place I never thought about, but wow it’s changed our lives. Health research more precise alternative health research is my forte, in being a holistic life coach. I had exhausted every avenue I knew but I was coming up short on answers. I remember it was about 2 a.m. one morning back in March,  I laid it all out on my desk before God and asked God to direct me. I got an answer three days later when my husband was talking to our friend who’s a doctor. “Have you looked into the lymph system?” I had never thought about that. I was thinking food allergies, side effects of the meds, scar tissue from the damaged veins,  wrong exercises, not enough exercising, etc.

The lymph system

We have more lymph fluid in our bodies than we do blood. And the lymph nodes in our abdomen area control the lymph movement in our legs. The lymph nodes in our neck control the lymph movement in our chest and arms. (Organic Lifestyle Magazine) This is fascinating stuff to me, and I’m talking about it constantly to my husband but, as is his usual,  he just wants the cliff notes. To make a long story shorter, I found a lymph cleanse for my husband to do. I used my knowledge of intermittent fasting and combined a raw, plant-based, high-fat, low-carb, low protein, alkaline plan to help my husband lose the inflammation.

First Three Week Regimen

A gallon of Cranberry Cayenne Flush

He also ate one huge salad every day made with alkaline veggies especially the red ones: beets, red cabbage, red carrots (nightshades excluded because they cause inflammation). I make salad dressings for him with avocado oil, garlic, cucumbers, ginger, blackberries, lemon juice, avocados and Himalayan salt.

The calorie count during this the first two weeks was 300 and 400 calories every day.

During the third week, we added a veggie smoothie to his huge salad. It was filled with full-fat coconut milk (no gums added), kale, carrots, beets, celery, avocado, cucumbers, cherries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries (I would alternate the fruit for him), maca powder, our favorite raw vegan protein powder (Sunwarrior’s Warrior Blend has no sugar, soy, or grains in it, it’s raw and it’s our favorite) and some water.

Fourth week and Onward

We added raw organic nuts but only the high fat, low carb, and low protein varieties: macadamias, pecans, and walnuts. We also added coconut oil fat bombs. I make my own with coconut oil, coconut butter, sunflower butter, maca powder, and carob (recipe below) which my husband calls fudge chunks because of their texture. Coconut Mama has a pretty good recipe that I started with and then started tweaking to make my own recipe with ingredients we can eat.

And he continues this plan now at the 8-week mark.

As you can see he doesn’t eat much only about 600 – 800 calories a day. He cut out all sugar even high sugar fruits and veggies. He doesn’t eat any grains. He eats all raw veggies, nothing steamed. He drinks a gallon of lemon water daily. He walks about 3 miles a day and does about 50 squats a day (squats are great at getting our lymph fluid moving). He also spends time on his spinning bike when it’s raining out.

2-month stats:

  • 50 pounds lost
  • Down 4 pant sizes
  • Lost 6 inches off his waist
  • Demeanor changed, he’s calmer and happier
  • Tons more energy
  • He’s got laser focus now
  • He doesn’t get overheated anymore. He had an issue since he was a teenager (he was a runner and very fit then) where he would overheat when the temps rose above 70. It was 87 degrees a couple of weeks ago and he was fine, even had on a long sleeve shirt.
  • His recovery time from hikes and workouts is getting shorter and shorter. As a landscape photographer, he hikes all over the place on different types of terrain. His first hike of the season was last week where the grade was steep at 19%. Yes, he was sore and what used to take 3 – 4 days to recover only took 24 hours.

This plan is a cleanse that will clean up your lymph system and your whole body. It will balance your hormones. It will reset you on a health journey by cleaning out the toxins that not only clogged your arteries but your life. This plan is not for the faint of heart. If you don’t have the willpower to start and the discipline to say “NO” to food that’s sitting right in front of you or all around you at your office and social gatherings then it’s not for you. It’s not for everyone. But, if you are at the end of your rope, and you need to make a change that’s going to save the quality of your life, then you may want to take a look at some of the links I’ve posted above.

My husband’s willpower led him to say yes to this journey but it’s his discipline that keeps getting stronger every time he says “NO” to food that’s not right for him.

He can say yes to these!

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Carob Fat Fudge

  • 1/2 cup each coconut oil, coconut butter, and sunbutter (no sugar or salt)
  • 1/4 cup carob powder or raw cacao (cocoa and cacao have caffeine)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 10 drops liquid stevia
  • 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1 Tablespoon organic maca powder

Melt the coconut oil and butters in a small saucepan over very low heat. You only want to melt it without boiling it. Stirring till melted. When totally melted, immediately remove from heat. Let it sit for a couple of minutes to cool. Then add the vanilla, almond extract, and stevia. Whisk till blended. While whisking, add in the carob powder, salt, and maca powder. Whisk until smooth and incorporated. Pour into a 2-cup glass measuring cup for easy pouring. Pour into small candy molds or a mini muffin pan with paper liners. Only pour to about 1/4 to 1/3 full. Refrigerate about two hours to set. Remove from molds or pan (I removed the paper liners.) These can be stored on the counter or in the fridge. Makes 20 pieces of fudge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Recipe Dreaming

I have only met a couple of people so far in my 54 years here on earth who are like me and dream in recipes. Sometimes it’s a curse and sometimes it’s a blessing. I always find it fascinating to have the different flavors running around in my dreams colliding and becoming the “best thing you’ve made” dinners, cakes, muffins, and ice cream.

With every dream, I am awakened from a deep sleep only to find myself writing down the ingredients and formulating the steps as I saw in the dream. And so it goes with this one particular raw vegan meal. It has many stages something I am definitely not accustomed to. These flavors come alive together and compliment each other well.

I just wish I could share them all with you, oh wait I can. The 50-Day Cleanse has a Facebook group. We’ll be sharing our experiences and triumphs here. We’ll also be open to comments and questions. If you want to learn about this cleanse or have started the journey with me please join, we gain so much more when we’re helping each other.

The meal in my dreams

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Vibrant Veggie Tostada with a Radish Cucumber Salsa

Tostada

  • 1  16-ounce package Trader Joe’s organic cauliflower rice (or you can use a cauliflower and rice on a cheese grated to resemble rice)
  • 3 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 6 ounces sundried tomatoes (soaked in good water overnight)
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 small shallot, sliced
  • 2 Flax Eggs (2 Tablespoons ground golden flax seeds mixed with 4 T good water, let sit 15 minutes)

Whirl it together in a food processor.

Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out a portion and flatten in your hands. Place it on the rack of a food dehydrator and dehydrate at 115 degrees (the maximum for being considered raw) for 5 to six hours depending on how thick each “tostada” is.

Remove and assemble for tostada’s or let them sit out on the counter overnight for a pliable tortilla shell.

Makes 12.

Lettuce Filling

  • 4 large lettuce leaves
  • 1 carrot shredded
  • 1 green onion, thin sliced
  • 1 red, orange, or yellow pepper, fine diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro for topping

Mix together in a bowl. Set aside until ready to use

Avocado Spread

  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1/8 – 1/2 teaspoon Habanero pepper flakes

Whirl together in a Nutri bullet or ninja. Set aside.

Radish Cucumber Salsa

  • 1 English Cucumber, thinly sliced and quartered
  • 1 bunch radishes, shredded
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas, ends removed sliced
  • 1/8 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • Juice of half a lemon

Mix all together in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to eat.

Mango Mint Topping

  • 1 mango, chunked
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • 1/4 cup good water
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup cold pressed Spanish green olive oil

Whirl it together in a Nutri bullet or blender.

Plating

  1. Place Cauliflower Tostada on a plate.
  2. Spread Tostada with Avocado Spread
  3. Top with Lettuce Filling
  4. Top with another layer of Cauliflower Tostada
  5. More Lettuce Filling
  6. Drizzle Mango Mint Topping
  7. Garnish with Cilantro
  8. Scoop a side of Radish Cucumber Salsa
  9. ENJOY!

Makes 3 servings (2 Tostada stacks each).

 

 

 

 

50 Day Cleanse Week 3: Intermittent Fasting Revisited

Two years ago I wrote about intermittent fasting and had great results with it. But like most things, if you’re going it alone it’s difficult to maintain. This time around it’s different. Both my husband and I have had wonderful results thus far with the 50-Day Cleanse that we’re motivated to keep going. Last week he revisited intermittent fasting all on his own, realizing he felt better if he only ate one meal a day and drank water and herbal tea until he had his salad.

It’s interesting to see how both of us are having wonderful benefits from doing this program. My husband has lost almost 28 pounds and myself 16, now mind you it’s only been 14 days. My husband’s always lost weight quickly and it really makes me peeved but this time is different. I am so thankful I was able to take all the knowledge I’ve learned from all the health summits I’ve attended, books I’ve read, notes from the conversations with doctors, and podcasts I’ve listened to and put them altogether into a plan that works for us and now for others who are also participating in this 50-Day Cleanse

Timing is important!

Clock Face

One thing we all need to figure out is when to begin our first meal/veg smoothie and when to end our 4-hour window with a salad. Try not to have anything 3 hours before you retire in the evening and at least 3 hours after waking. Try to pare yourself down to a four-hour window. You’ll have your veggie smoothie at the start of the four-hour window and am an alkaline salad at the end.

For instance, My husband gets up for work at 4 a.m. he has his morning water with his supplements then drinks water and herbal teas until 12 noon when he has his first meal (wheat grass smoothie). At 4 p.m. he a huge salad with an olive oil lemon juice vinaigrette takes another round of supplements and his medication. Then nothing but water the rest of the evening.  He also walks three miles 3 times a day.

I wake up at 4:30, exercise (mostly Pilates and some light weight training), Then I have my Himalayan Sole Water followed by my cup of lemon coconut oil water (Juice of 1/2 lemon and 1 T coconut oil and almost boiling water). Then water and herbal teas until I get hungry for my veggie smoothie which isn’t until 2 pm. Most days I am not hungry the rest of the day. but will have a small salad with my husband to make sure I get my alkaline greens. Then it’s water the rest of the day. I also go for two walks totaling about 7 miles a day.

Because you’ve already done the water fasting for 5 days and a juicing for seven more, adjusting your timing of when you take in your first veggie smoothie should be easy at this point. You’ll also be seeing results by now which will make you want to keep going and the intermittent fasting will help you get to where you want to go both nutritionally, mentally, and physically. You can experiment with the timing of your first meal (veggie smoothie) to match your schedule. Not all are the same, find out what works for you and stick to it you’re future self will thank you!

The importance of intermittent fasting

Like all my other posts, I’m not a regurgitator of info. Here’s where you’ll always find my list of resources to help you make an informed decision about this plan and your wellness.

The combined effects of intermittent fasting and eating an alkaline diet can have life changing benefits if you are open to doing the cleanse and following the simple and somewhat easy guidelines. Revisiting intermittent fasting was one of the best things we have done for our lives.

 

DETOX DAYS 4, 5, & 6: Headaches, Dizziness, & Chills

It’s always important to listen to people who have gone through detoxes and cleanses, they are a wealth of first-hand information. The healing crisis that my body is going through right now is something I’ve experienced before but not to this extent, and I’m wondering why. In the detoxes I’ve done before I was just happy to get through them and not concern myself with the whys. This detox is different because I want to know why, “Why am I having the headache behind my ears, or the back of my head?” “Why am I so dizzy all of a sudden?” and “Why am I getting the chills again?” These are just three questions that I’ll address today, but this detox is proving to me that the longer I stay on it the more questions I will have and the healthier I will become.

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Calming

Day 4

Question #1: Why am I having headaches behind my head and in the back of my head? These headaches are caused by giving up caffeine. Caffeine affects the vascular and nervous systems. My body is trying to compensate for the lack of this poison by rebooting itself to function without that poison. Another sign of my headaches is where they are occurring. When I blow my nose in the morning I hear mucus breaking up around my ears. This is probably another reason why I have the headaches. I’m allergic to dairy, especially milk, but I will occasionally have a piece of cheese without any problem. But we all know that if we eat something we are allergic to, the poisons build up in our bodies and manifest themselves as colds, sniffles, runny noses, and coughs.

Day 5

Question #2: Why am I so dizzy?  The dizziness is caused by the fact that the Lemonlic Aide and my herbs such as Milk Thistle are helping my liver to detoxify. It is also caused by the fact that I’m only eating 900 to 1000 calories a day and trying to work out at the same time. I am only walking 3 miles a day. The dizziness is just one of the symptoms that my body is returning to a balanced state once again.

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Gets rid of mucus

Day 6

Questions #3: Why am I getting the chills again? The chills are associated with getting all the poisons out of my body. Just like a drug addict that hasn’t had their drug of choice  goes through similar symptoms as going through a cleanse. In this detox I’ve eliminated caffeine, sugar, beef, all grains. While I’ve been without them before, this is the first time I’ve done this all at the same time. I look at it this way, these chills are just my body’s way of getting used to it’s new programming material.

Nothing in the programming has changed except I added a couple more cups of herbal tea. This time it’s chamomile and fenugreek seed tea