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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Third Cycle of 50 Day Cleanse

Today begins our third cycle through the 50 Day Cleanse. My husband and I are so eager to do this one just like we were from that first day back in April. I can’t believe it’s been that long. I haven’t turned on my oven since then either. I’ve made several tweaks to the cleanse as is always when doing something with participation input. I think this time it will be easier to maintain as well as continue on as a lifestyle change.

Days 1 – 5: Water Fasting 

This can include:

  • Organic Green and Herbal Teas and organic coffee no sweetener and no cream.
  • Himalayan Sole Water (Refer to the link)
  • Reverse Osmosis, Ionized, Kangen, Electrolyte and Spring water
  • If you take medications and supplements, continue taking them. If you need to take with food, eat 1/3 cup organic raw cashews or almonds and drink plenty of water.

How much water should you drink? Most experts say half your body weight in ounces of water. If you weigh 200 pounds then you should drink 100 ounces of water.

Hint: Green and herbal teas count toward your ounces of water. Coffee doesn’t since 1 cup of coffee eats away 2 cups of fluid from your cells.

Why Water Fast? 

Ever take your car for an oil change? Does the technician just pour fresh oil into the reservoir without draining the old oil out? No, that would be defeating the purpose of an oil change. Well, the same is true for our bodies. If we treat our bodies like a finely tuned sports car and clean out the old residue from our previous eating habits we’ll be able to absorb more of the nutrients of the new foods we’ll be adding to our diets (rebooting). Water fasting has also been shown to help combat diseases and aids in weight loss. It’s also being used by different oncologists in the treatment of cancer (Dr. Thomas Seyfried).

Days 6 – 50: Intermittent Fasting with Raw Alkaline High Fat Vegan Foods

What does this look like?

On Day 6 it’s a good idea to end your fast with a raw alkaline veggie smoothie or juice. Never, Never, Never end an extended fast with a full meal. (Unless, of course, you like puking!) Find a 4-hour window where you’ll have an alkaline veggie juice, an alkaline veggie high fat smoothie, and a nice big salad again with raw alkaline veggies and lemon/avocado oil dressing. (For me that 4-hour window is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Going forward, your meals will change and you may want to skip the juice and add a more hearty vegan meal, that will be your choice. I will be sharing more recipes with you as we move toward that goal.

Many people have asked, “Why Raw?”  “Why Alkaline?” and “Why high fat”

Raw because when we cook veggies we kill the natural enzymes a.k.a. proteins in the veggies and fruits. We need those enzymes to digest the food itself but when it’s the enzymes are killed. Now granted there are those individuals who for health reasons by their doctors will only eat cooked veggies because it kills the enzymes but cooking also kills the nutrients. If you think you still need to cook your veggies, steam them lightly after the cleanse when we transition to an alkaline keto vegan plan for the fall and winter months.

Alkaline because our bodies are under an extreme amount of stress which creates an acidic environment in our guts and digestive tract. When we eat alkaline foods we help our bodies stave off diseases as well as helping our bodies heal from within.

High Fat The right kind of fat will help you stay mentally focused because our brain is 60% fat. Our bodies love running on fat better than carbs. Fat is also great for the elasticity of our skin, it has an important role in the production of hormones, and it fills us up and keeps us full for hours which makes intermittent fasting easier. A high fat (good fats: coconut oil, MCT oil, nuts, avocados, olive oil, coconut oil, seeds, and avocado oil) helps stave off the maladies of aging.

You’re probably wondering what exactly can you eat now? Below is an infographic I put together to help you understand what’s allowable and what’s not on this 50 Day Cleanse.

Alkaline Food Plan

One last note: Please keep track of your gains and losses with a notebook. If not for yourself, then for me. I am interested in how this is working for all of you. If you’d like to join our 50 Day Cleanse group on Facebook for some group therapy, you’re more than welcome to.

To your health!

References:

Dr. Jason Fung on Intermittent Fasting for weight loss and health

Dr. Thomas Seyfried using water fasting as another tool for cancer treatments

Dr. Alan Goldhamer, DC: Water Fasting – The Clinical Effectiveness of Rebooting Your Body

A chemo free cancer survivor tells how he beat cancer using a Raw Vegan Diet 

Dr. Edward Group Understanding An Alkaline Diet and Its Benefits

Protecting your brain from aging

 

Disclaimer:  The information listed here is based on my own experience. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of trained medical or mental health professionals. The participant should regularly consult a physician, therapist or counselor in matters relating to his/ her physical or mental health and particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention. In the event, you use any of the information listed here the author and blogger assume no responsibility for your actions.