In a perfect world…our food supply would all be organic and natural. In a perfect world…no reason would exist to remember all the horrific tragedies that have occurred. In a perfect world …stress would be non-existent. That perfect world hasn’t arrived yet…but it will soon! So we trudge through the minefield of our food supply, we deal with tragedies, and we put up with the stress only to make it through to tomorrow. We live in a stress filled world, but how we handle all that stress says much about the character we’ve built.
While I’ve been detoxing, I’ve had my fair share of stress that I’ve had to deal with. Some of the stress weighs heavily on my mind and heart. But I know that it will all work out in the end. Going through a detox has it’s own stress associated with it. Having to deal with the healing crisis my body is going through is stressful enough but when you pile on deadlines, tests, and just the normal stress of living in this anxiety filled world the process is as fun as getting your teeth pulled.
This whole situation reminded me of a book I had to read for one of my college classes on stress. “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers”by Robert Sapolsky. In going through the book and my assignments for my Stress class I found an assignment that really helped me and is continuing to help me today get through the stress that I’m experiencing both from the detox and from life itself.
The assignment had six sections that all deal with how I can be an eraser of my own stress. Today I am only focusing on one tip in one section that still stands out in my life, even as I write this. In this assignment that I did three years ago, I wrote down how I love to color in a children’s coloring book, and how peaceful it made me feel because it took me back to simpler times. So yesterday I bought a new box of crayons (who doesn’t love that smell of a new box of crayons) and a coloring book and I colored a picture. While coloring I was remember how I used to color with my grandfather, and how I used to get so mad at him for coloring each leg of a horse a different color. I know he did this on purpose to teach me a really big life lesson, but when you’re eight you just know there’s no such things as rainbow horses. I also remembered how I used to come home from school as a teenager and if I had a bad day at school I would go in my bedroom and take out my secret stash of coloring books and crayons that I hid under my bed and color away my stress. Then after an hour of coloring I was calm and could talk about the feelings I had inside about what happened that day.
The simple act of coloring helps me remember happy times, times of abundance, times of simplicity when it didn’t matter how much money you had, or how many trinkets you accumulated. What mattered was that you were connecting with the people in your life, and making happy memories. Why not grab a coloring book and a new box of crayons, sit on the floor for 15 minutes and color away your stress. Remember the good times you had.
Color your stress away!
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.
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.
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.
Gets rid of mucus
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
So yesterday was day 3 of this detox and just as usual the third day of a detox is one of the toughest, at least it is for me. Yesterday I managed okay but I also had special church services to celebrate the Feast of Trumpets. I also sang in the choir and it was interesting because my husband loves sitting in the front row. But I had that out-of-body experience I always get on the third day. If you’ve ever done a cleanse, you know that feeling; a little dizzy, a little light headed, and just an out of sorts feeling, where you keep repeating “This too shall pass!”
After taking my ASEA, I started the day off with a cucumber, banana breakfast smoothie and drank 60 ounces of my Lemonlic Aide from day 1.
I also followed my 1000 calories a day diet. The only thing I didn’t do is any working out.
Just Add Water
Cucumber Banana Smoothie
Whirl in blender
- 7 pureed cucumber ice cubes (I pureed organic cucumbers from the garden and froze them in my ice cube trays)
- 7 pureed strawberry ice cubes
- 1 banana
- 8 ounces water
- 1 Tablespoon ground flax seed
- 1 scoop Amazing Grass Amazing Trio Barley, Wheat, & Alfalfa Grass
I take ASEA first thing every morning. This morning I had a so much energy after taking it that I just made my smoothie and then I felt like the Energizer Bunny on a pot of espresso. I moved my entire living room around, and did another hour of exercising, then went to spend time with the little senior group that meets in my complex.
Today’s detox tip is something I did this morning while cleaning out my living space. There is something freeing about getting rid of unwanted stuff. As I’m cleaning out my body, I’m also cleaning out the stuff in my life. Anything that doesn’t resemble the new life I have, I am getting rid of. If I haven’t used an item in the last two years, I’m probably not going to use it. I’ve got three boxes going right now: Toss, Give, Sell. Items that still have some usefulness in them, I’m giving away. Those items that have seen better days, I’m tossing. And items that I know are of value I am selling.
Cleansing our environment both inside and out is a continuous job for most people. Cleansing our inside environment also means being aware of our thought process. Negative thoughts are as poisonous to our bodies as processed foods and chemicals. If health is important to you, you’ll control your thoughts, too. “This too shall pass!”
Today I woke up with a headache and a stuffy nose, something I am used to when going through a detox. The cleansing effect of the detox drink and limited calories has made me understand that the poisons are coming out one way or another. Yesterday I drank the 60 ounces of the detox aide, 40 ounces of herb tea, and 60 ounces of water. The importance of hydration when detoxing cannot be stressed enough. Water helps the poisons break free from your body.
Today’s detox is the same as yesterday, Starting my day off with 2 ounces of ASEA, following between 900 and 1000 calories a day, and drinking the Spicy Lemonlic Aide. Exercising is the same as well.
The only addition today is that I’m adding a ginger, turmeric, clove, cinnamon, and black pepper tea instead of the herbal tea. Each one of these spices carry an abundance of nutrients which when combined with the detox I think it will help my body regain a more balanced atmosphere. Plus, I love these spices when mixed together and sweetened with some stevia. The black pepper enhances the absorption of the curcumin in the turmeric.
Black Spice Tea
- 1/4 teaspoon each ground ginger, turmeric, clove, and cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
Place in a paper tea filter. Pour boiling water over tea filter in large mug. Cover and let steep for 4 minutes. Enjoy with a drop or two of liquid stevia (plain is great, too). It has a warming sensation, and also soothes away sore throats. It took care of my stuffy nose instantly.
With every passing season I find myself doing a detox cleanse that helps clean out my body and gets me revved up for the next season. So for the next 14 days I will be posting a detox cleansing drink or technique that is helping me to clean out the old and make way for the new.
Today’s detox drink is:
Spicy Lemonlic Aide
I followed the recipe in the link above but I substituted a 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper for the cinnamon bark. I’ve also added Vitamin B Complex drops (3 dropper fulls) I’m drinking 60 ounces of this today.
I’m also a sparse diet today, nothing over 900 calories. Since the calorie restriction is in full swing, my food choices are extremely important. My food choices are good organic proteins: poultry and fish, and organic veggies and fruits. Lot’s of salads and fresh fruits. My drinking choices are as follows: Tea, water, and Spicy Lemonic Aide. This calorie restriction is only for today and tomorrow, to help jump start the detox. Trust me I know you’re all thinking that severe calorie restriction isn’t healthy. But it is healthy if it’s short term for a couple of days not weeks on end. I wouldn’t do anything dangerous for my body since I only have one kidney.
Before Breakfast: 2 ounces ASEA
- 1 egg (cooked anyway without oil or dairy)
- 1 apple
- 20 ounces of tea sweetened with stevia
- 20 ounces Spicy Lemonic Aide
- 1 cup berries
- 3 ounces cooked chicken breast
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 Tablespoon ground flax meal
- 20 ounces tea with stevia
- 20 ounces Spicy Lemonlic Aide
- 3 ounce turkey burger
- 1/2 sauteed green beans with 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
- spinach salad with no oil lime vinaigrette
- 1/2 cup black berries
- 20 ounces of Spicy Lemonlic Aide
For my snacks today: WATER, WATER, WATER.
My workout routine is as follows.
- 1 hour of cardio
- 45 minutes of weights