I Ended The Detox

When I got to day 4 I was so sick of smoothies that I could not even drink another one after I forced the breakfast one down. Plus…I woke up at 4 AM and nearly lost my mind that I had another bad night of little sleep. I felt delusional all day and disoriented and dizzy. Finally at some point in the late morning I decided I had enough! This was way too insane for me. I basically blew the whole week without accomplishing anything. So I ordered Chinese food delivered and scarfed down sesame chicken, pork fried rice, steamed dumplings and two spring rolls. It tasted good.

The Bullet got packed up and I took it back to Kohl’s the following day. I actually had a sense of relief once I made the decision to stop the insanity. This sort of detox is not for everyone. I was told that many succeeded and that others dropped out. I just could not stand to drink another smoothie no matter what the promise. They were awful and I hated the texture of them. Blech! I think also the combination of a vegetable with a lot of fruits was a bit much for my system. I did not lose an ounce during that time but was told that if I stuck it out the weight would have come off and great things would have happened. I can’t even explain adequately how awful I felt. There are other ways of detoxing that does not put one in a warp speed downward spiral.

So now back to my normal life.

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Detox Day 3

I was going to combine 3 and 4 but felt I needed to deal with this day separately. When I went to sleep on Tuesday night I had no idea what I was in store for. I had trouble falling asleep. When I finally did sometime after 10:30 but can’t remember exactly, I was asleep a short time and woke up at 1:45. From that point forward it was hell. I had severe detox symptoms. I could not fall asleep again. I had wild, irrational thoughts flying around in my head that I couldn’t stop. I was hungry. All I could think about was food and the smoothies were not among that. I finally got up and went downstairs and ate about a tablespoon of peanut butter because I could not stand it anymore. This wild delirium state of mind was akin to severe withdrawal. I came back upstairs and had a little wine hoping to fall asleep. I didn’t.

The sun came up and finally I got up and did my laundry. I was still out of it but made another smoothie. I started hated smoothies. I did manage to sleep a little after I put the second load in the dryer and that was around 7:30. I woke up at 9:30. Two hours. That was it. I was still messed up and could not function. I wanted to just return the Bullet to Kohl’s and stop the insanity but kept going. Haley encouraged and prayed for me that I would hang in there.

I still have not slept and it is 10:10. I am going to go to bed soon. What I discovered was that I am not the type of person who can eat or drink one type of meal all week long. After awhile I had to force myself to drink another smoothie. I highly doubt that I will have another smoothie for the rest of my life.

On top of which, I had things I had to get done this week and it all got shoved to the wayside because I was too out of sorts to do anything. I could not concentrate on anything nor could I read anything of any length. Zero attention span. Just totally muddled and foggy mind.

As of right now, I feel like crap and nothing has changed. But I was told that this will change soon. We’ll see.

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Detox Day 1 and 2

Day one was not so bad. I had smoothies that consisted of spinach plus different fruits. Bananas are used a lot to make the smoothie thick and smooth. Dinner smoothie consisted of tomatoes, spinach, garlic, half an avocado and water to blend it all. I did start to get a headache and took some generic Excedrin migraine after putting up with it for a couple of hours. I started having aches and pains by late afternoon and it was so bad that I found it difficult to walk into the grocery store.

Haley emailed me to see how I was doing and I gave her updates and she gave me lots of encouragement.

Day two: Well, I had slept for 11 hours and woke up still tired! Here is where it got rough. Still had some aches and pains but I was soooooo tired, I ended up falling asleep during the day. This was after I had gone to the doctor for a blood test (thyroid) and stopped at Sprouts Marketplace for more veg and some fruit for the smoothies since our fridge is small. The cravings are intense. All I could think of was pizza and could I put it in the Bullet Rx and have a smoothie that way. Pizza occupied my mind. A nice cheese and pepperoni pizza with a slice of white pizza on the side. Yum! I think it was just solid food that I wanted but pizza was on the top of the list. And I still have FIVE more days to go! Hot dogs and Chinese food came in second on the craving list.

I hope it gets better soon as I have too much invested in this.

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7 Day Intense Detox

The Detox

Genesis 1:29- Then God said, “I give you ever seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”

Starting July 13th and ending July 19th I will be on a nutritional cleansing detox. I get newsletters from a website called Living Raw by Grace. The blogger on that site, Haley Cloud, has totally transformed herself and her health by going raw vegan. She started out in her young life besieged by illnesses and weight gain. She was taking a lot of medications. She managed to free herself of all the medications and lost a lot of weight by changing her diet drastically. She read this book by Victoria Boutenko which was a 12 step program to going raw. She said she went through the most difficult detox in her life by going raw overnight. But she succeeded. Now she offers help to others. P Here is the link to her site: http://www.livingrawbygrace.com/

Periodically she has week long detoxes in which the participants drink nothing but green based smoothies all week long and no solid food. I had seen this over and over again during the course of a year or more. Suddenly, I wanted to do this. I think because I had tried everything else and have been sick and tired of being sick. I had been vegetarian and vegan for three years but it never improved my health. I could not understand why others felt better but I never did. Well something was missing. Through reading up on Boutenko I discovered some of my mistakes. I can’t tolerate gluten or dairy and will start coughing, sneezing like crazy until I take an over the counter allergy pill to stop it. So I switched to gluten free products. The only thing with those products is they will cause you to gain weight because they are often made of flours from high glucemic sources like rice and potato starch.

I decided to see if there was anything to this week long detox. So I jumped in and signed up. I began to try making green based smoothies on my own while corresponding with Haley to prep my body for the detox. I would put green leafy vegetables into the blender along with two cups of water and fruit. What I discovered is that my little Black and Decker cheap blender could not break down the greens and I still had to chew. Going on Haley’s advice, I put the greens and water in first, then blended the daylights out of the greens and then added the fruit. It worked better but not 100% broken down. Anyway, on Saturday morning I had it with the blender. It would not lock into the base and in one instance water came pouring out of the blender jar. ARRGGG! I had only 1 hour of sleep the night before because of a bad pain in my left leg. I had no patience for the blender. I could not afford the Cadillac of all blenders, the Vitamix, because the cost is stratospheric for me right now. SO…seeing that Kohl’s had the Bullet Rx blender on sale for $179.99 from $249.99 and I had two Kohl’s coupons I could use, I decided to put a Bullet on my Kohl’s charge even though I have a small credit line. I had read reviews on the Bullet and there were some complaints like one person said that the gasket ended up inside the blender jar and he had bits of gasket in his smoothie. Well, when I got the Bullet home and read the instructions, I discovered that the customer did not follow the instructions accurately and messed up his blender. So I put the Bullet together and after washing the parts I was going to use, I tried it out. NO problem whatsoever. The 2.3 HP motor whipped those greens and anything else i put in there to a nice smoothie with no particles in it. Now I have a blender that worked and I saved a total of $110 in the process. Yay!

Even though I am not on the full blown detox until tomorrow morning, I have already experienced improvements in a short time and even though I was eating cooked foods and meat. Yes I stopped being vegan about two years ago but still tried to take care of myself by juicing. And if it was not for the pain in my leg this weekend, I’d be in better shape and not feeling like death. I got a total of 4 hours sleep this weekend. I did take naps but my body needs some serious recovery time.

Anyway, I am going to chronicle the detox here as I progress in it starting tomorrow morning. I am looking forward to some amazing results. Like more energy for starters.

I do have Victoria Boutenko’s book which I am reading and I was stunned by the improvements in her family’s health. Her son who had diabetes no longer has it. He had it so bad, that he was told he was going to go blind. But that never happened thanks to Victoria’s relentless persistence in finding a way to help her son and her husband, daughter and herself.

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So I Asked God To Make Me More Loving….

Because the rest of the people on the planet need to see it with all of us. And it is not that I am not loving now. I am. But need to be more so. I am not perfect. No Christian is. We are all a work in progress but we are willing to be molded into the image of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

No one sees the good works Christians do because the anti-Christ news media does not report it. No one saw a group of us rolling 500 burritos in the wee hours of June 20, 2015 to go out and feed the homeless. We loaded up a van with a big cooler that housed the burritos and with cases of water, clothing and Bibles we set out to find the homeless. Two other biker church ministries joined us and they rounded up the homeless and sent them to the parking lot in various places we stopped to get fed. We don’t ask what the politics are of the homeless, nor their background nor if they are straight or gay. We were there to feed them and give them water and let them pick out clothes to wear and a Bible to read. One of our group took her socks off and gave it to a homeless man who had no shoes. We didn’t have shoes among the boxes of things to give out. So she gave her socks to him. So we were out there in the blistering heat to do what Jesus wanted us to do; care for the poor. This is what we do. No one else sees us but God sees us. We gave away all those burritos. This was not the first time we did it and it won’t be the last.

There was another group of us at St. Vincent de Paul who gave out bags filled with personal care items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, socks, soap, etc. They were cleaned out pretty quickly and joined us at one of the parks to help hand out food and water, clothing and Bibles.

No one reported on how the Billy Graham foundation went out with their Rapid Response Team to help those in Ferguson, MO, either. And all the other times that the Rapid Response Team went out to help those in dire need in other disaster-struck regions.

We would like to one day have a “port in the storm” house for them. A place the homeless can go to if the shelters are closed on the weekend. We are trying to raise money for that. We are a very small church. http://www.gofundme.com/redeemed-delivered

It breaks my heart to see so many homeless in a country that is so wealthy. And you’d be surprised to discover that a lot of them are vets. Yes, men and women who have fought for this country and are abandoned by it. Very heart breaking.

So what is to be done? We just continue to plod on and plan for the next outreach and pray that one day we can have a place for them to go that is safe and not on the streets. Compassion for our fellow man is sorely lacking in today’s self indulgent and entitlement society.

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ISIS Needs To Be Physically Eradicated From The Face Of The Earth

And ditto to those who join them from Western nations or any nation. I just read that they are beheading children, selling them as sex slaves (which I already wrote about) with price tags on them in the market place and even BURIED ALIVE!! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/04/isis-crucified-children_n_6613578.html ISIS deserves NO MERCY.

I don’t understand how the countries of the free world, especially the United States, can just stand by and watch this happen and do nothing! Forget sending advisers. What is needed is boots on the ground and planes in the air blowing the crap out of ISIS so that there is not one single soldier left. Beheading children. Burying them alive!! How can anyone not feel something…anything…for them? Traitors that have gone over to fight for ISIS need to be hung for treason.

ISIS is using children who are mentally challenged as suicide bombers when they probably have no idea what is really happening to them. This is beyond demonic. I don’t think there is a word for it other than pure, unrefined evil that needs to be permanently eradicated.

Yes, I am a Christian but God is not beyond terminating His own creation when it is called for, as illustrated in the Old Testament. Those tribes that sacrificed their children to a pagan god were conquered and destroyed by Israel.

I just don’t understand complacency when this is going on. I don’t understand why something is not being done. I guess if there is no money at stake, everyone turns a blind eye? Or are those children not important? Or its not happening to you, so why should you care? How far onto your doorstep does the problem have to come before someone wakes up?

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Never Eating Shrimp Again

Most of our seafood comes from Thailand and Southeast Asia, particularly shrimp. After reading the horrific story of one man who was lured to the fishing industry by the promise of money but ended up being a slave, I have decided against eating certain types of fish. There story is here: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/myanmar-fisherman-goes-home-after-22-years-as-a-slave/ar-AAcp47L

This poor man, Myint, and many like him ended up being slaves on Thai fishing boats where they are beaten, starved, and chained; forced to work long hours and told they will never see home again. This man had not seen his family for 22 years. Myint left home to go find work to help his mother but ended up being kidnapped and used as a slave with many others. He was terrorized by the boat captains who promised certain death to those who tried to escape.

Eventually, he did escape and it was an arduous journey filled with fear that someone would catch him and send him back to being a slave all over again. It did happen once. But when he was finally free he made his way back to his family who were in shock to see him. His little sister was now grown up and his mother was gray-haired. His mother collapsed at one point but was revived by her son.

I went online and did a search to find out where our fish come from. I think I came up with two that are not supplied by Southeast Asia and that would be sockeye salmon from Alaska and pollack which also comes from Alaska. With regards to tuna, I will read the label to see the country of origin. Any place but Thailand would be acceptable. But if it only says Southeast Asia, I won’t buy it just in case. I am leery of my cats’ food, although the oldest one is being fed Blue Wilderness which I trust. Someone needs to do something to stop slavery in Thailand. Or just totally boycott anything coming from Thailand. You really need to read the story of this poor Myanmar man.

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