Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Week Twelve Update - I'm Back!!!

Well, after almost 4 weeks I'm back!! I still have more healing to do, but am able to type and use my hands again so I am blessed!! Thank you so much for all of the notes and emails of encouragement. They helped more than you'll ever know (:

This past month has been another time set apart and an interesting journey, one that has brought health as the only focus.

I'm a stress/emotional eater. Always have been. Being the caregiver of an adult family member can take a toll if you don't have a support system. Going from caring for Grandmother for 10 years, then Dad and next Mom after Dad's passing...let's just say emotional eating kicked in big time! Over the years I put on a huge amount of weight!!

After Dad died I knew it was time to make a change, but wasn't ready to totally commit to a clean diet. I have wheat and dairy sensitivities so eating gluten free and raw/organic milk and cheeses is the only way to go.

Even though many changes have been made on this simplifying journey, a clean diet has been one of the areas I was putting off. I was eating lots of sugar, wheat, cheese, milk - most of it conventional and by March 7th my body had had enough!!
Both of my hands became swollen three times their normal size, my eyes were almost swollen shut and my lips looked like a collagen injection gone wrong (: Slight movements would cause the skin to crack and bleed...not a fun experience. The pain was almost unbearable at times, but God had a plan...

As I posted, the first week of March most of my time was spent going through paper clutter that had been sitting in bins and boxes for years. This was am emotional process. My system was already out of balance due to the foods consumed and the emotional stress of finally dealing with the clutter sent my body over the edge. I know the mind, body, spirit connection is very powerful, but this experience has shown me how toxic negative thoughts and memories can be if we don't deal with them and learn new ways of processing.

I quickly made a change in diet, eating only vegetables and meat for the first three weeks and took the appropriate cocktail of herbal supplements to help the healing process. After three weeks I added in low sugar fruits. For the first two weeks I could do nothing but take vinegar baths, recite healing scripture over and over and pray. You begin to appreciate the simple things...taking a bath without it causing pain...the simple act of washing your hair...being able to use a fork to eat...going for a walk outside to get fresh air...petting the pups...these things become precious when they disappear.
Most of the journey was about keeping positive and knowing that God was working to heal me. I had to quit looking at the painful cracked and bleeding skin and focused on the internal healing that was taking place. By the end of the second week I was able to use my hands to hold a book and immediately began reading "Who Switched Off My Brain? Controlling Toxic Thoughts and Emotions" by Dr. Caroline Leaf. AMAZING book!! A MUST read. She helps you...
  • Learn how toxic thoughts are like poison and how to identify “The Dirty Dozen,” twelve areas of toxic thinking in our lives.
  • Sweep away “The Dirty Dozen” by breaking the cycle of toxic thinking.
  • Uncover how your thoughts can actually start to improve every area of your life – your relationships, your health and even your success.
87% to 95% of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life. What we think about affects us physically and emotionally. Through an uncontrolled thought life, we create the conditions for illness and we make ourselves sick!
Research shows that fear, all on its own, triggers more than 1,400 known physical and chemical responses and activates more than 30 different hormones. There are INTELLECTUAL and MEDICAL reasons to FORGIVE! Toxic waste generated by toxic thoughts causes the following illnesses: diabetes, cancer, asthma, skin problems and allergies to name just a few.

Medical research increasingly points to the fact that thinking and consciously controlling your thought life is one of the best ways, if not the best way of detoxing your brain. It allows you to get rid of those toxic thoughts and emotions that can consume and control your mind.

So God got my attention and FAST!! Isn't that usually how it happens? We put off the things we know we should do until they become so horrible that they DEMAND our attention. Because of this clean way of eating I've lost 21 pounds in three weeks, removed all sugar and wheat from my diet and only fresh veggies, low sugar fruits, a few nuts, healthy oils (coconut, olive and flaxseed) and meats free of antibiotics and hormones remain.

After a few months I'll add pure maple syrup and honey, the rest of the fruits and raw milk and cheese back into the plan as well. And I have to say, I don't miss the junk! Having your body slap you upside and down again quickly gives perspective! There is no desire to eat in the old way (: Thank you Father!!!!!

So not only is God simplifying my environment, wardrobe, play time and work life, but I had no idea He would make such a dramatic and quick impact on simplifying my health by decluttering my thought life and kitchen pantry (: It's so good to be back!

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  1. So glad to read you're doing better and getting in shape physically, emotionally and spiritually. God is good! Blessings!

  2. Good for you. I'm on vacation and have a cold b/c I didn't stick to important basics I do at home such as my supplements and green smoothies. I even brought all the stuff with me. When we return home my husband is going to do a cleansing fast. I am going on a strictly raw diet.

  3. I understand how stress can take it's toll on a body. I have been helping to care take my Dad who has Alzheimer's. Sometimes I get so stressed out that I just sob. Writing a blog and connecting with others has really helped me so much. We all have problems and it helps to share the burden. You are not alone. Focus on the spiritual, reach out to your friends and life will be easier and your days brighter. Bentley and I wish you a blessed Easter!!

    Lots of love,
    Susan and Bentley

  4. Welcome back friend. What an incredible month you have had - of pain, suffering, determination, faith. WOW! I have to say that I am in a constant circle with stress and often wonder if I will ever just "be". I am going to pick up the book and start reading - and will check back on you often. Hang in there.

  5. Thank you so much for all of your kind words of encouragement (: You are such a blessing!! LOVE my fellow bloggers!!

    Susan, I also helped to care for my grandmother who had dementia for many years and some days my spirit just felt crushed. But I wouldn't have traded those times because of the lessons learned and the blessings received. It may seem endless now...the sleepless nights and long days that blend into constant care, just know I'm here whenever you need a friend to talk who understands what you're going through. Thank you for sharing your story (:

    Sari, I'm so glad the book suggestion was helpful. I tell ya...the art of "being" makes such a huge difference! My Dad and Grandmother had this ability, on the other hand, I'm still learning (: You'll get there, I know it (:

  6. What an inspiring post! I, too, believe that our thoughts are so powerful and can cause all kinds of physical/emotional problems. I loved reading about your journey with eating healthy and whole foods. We are making changes in our lives with eating healthier too. Just like you mentioned, I haven't missed the junk food. I feel so much better!

  7. Wow! How beautiful that you were open to change. Because it could have gone the other way quite easily. I am so inspired by you. I am not as sick but I do believe, a similar detox diet is going to happen for me too! I'm glad you are feeling better! xo Kyndale


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