Friday, March 23, 2012
WOWZA! Six years with SparkPeople and still going strong!!!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
What else did I do in my 21-day detox?
Vapor Bath – Every day, I sat on a towel on a slatted chair covered with a large vinyl cover while a large pot of water filled with various aromatic herbs boiled beneath me. After 10 minutes, I got up and quickly had a cold shower, then returned to repeat the process. Very relaxing.
Scalding Feet Soak – Every day, I sat on a long bench with many others. We were each given two large buckets, one with cold water, and the other with HOT water. For 20 minutes, we soaked 1 minute in the cold and 4 in the hot. Many times, I had to go back and forth several times unable to hold my feet in the hot. It became easier each day.
Reflexology – I have delved into this via a book and some online info and was surprised; this was not what I expected! For 15 minutes every day, I walked beside lovely plants on a path of beautiful white rounded stones, each oblong stone about 2 x 1 inches. This was extremely painful the first several days and I had to move slowly. It became easier and easier. This works to adjust internal organs and equilibrium.
Trunk Bath – Every day, for this 20-minute bath, I sat in a BIG tub lined with plastic filled with cold water and ice. My feet were in a basin of hot water. I noted that some of the ladies did not like doing this. For me, it was wonderful.
Inhalation – Once each week, I placed a towel on my head and a sheet over that so I could quietly breathe in the wonderful mixture coming from the near boiling water filled with herbal leaves for 20 minutes. Helped a LOT with clearing the sinuses and the phlegm I’ve carried in my chest for years.
Clay treatment – mud from the nearby riverbed is rich in minerals helps with various ailments and as a detoxification treatment. I felt like a kid playing in the mud! Every day, we were s’posed to rest for two hours, but I got antsy after one and a half!
Therapeutic Massage – I had 1 massage each week. It hurt and went deep into my muscles. I wept a few times. I needed it and it was a tremendous benefit! I hope to return for a few more, if possible. We talked as the therapist worked. I was helped to deal with some of the deep emotions that I have not released before.
Meditation – we gathered almost every day as a group and shared some of our concerns, sang simple songs, prayed, and listened to our leader’s thoughts on our emotional, spiritual, physical living.
Phytotherapy – Every day, we started with 1/3 to ½ cup of straight, fresh limejuice on an empty stomach. One hour later, we had a green drink; mine was fresh alfalfa blended with water. In the afternoon, we were given a pitcher of about 4 cups of unsweetened herbal tea to drink, specific for each one’s needs.
It was an amazing experience and I will not easily give up what I have gained.
After all, This is MY Life!
Doctor Cornelius said to Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia): "Everything I told you, everything I didn’t, it was only because I believe in you. You have a chance to become the most noble contradiction in history…”
John Denver - Eagles and Horses
Sunday, March 04, 2012
In recent blogs, I have been sharing some of the aspects of self-care that I have investigated and implemented. In today’s, I will begin sharing about the detox program in which I participated.
Several health complaints had brought me to this point in my Healthy Choices Journey. When I joined SparkPeople nearly 6 years ago, I was the heaviest I have ever been and determined to find a way to improve my health without spending money (which is limited in our line of work), without starving myself (which never worked in the past), and by moving more, yet slowly making informed decisions and steady progress. I lost almost 40 lbs in the first year and was thrilled, only to gain back almost 20 and struggle to move down the scale again. I tried everything that seemed logical (won’t go into that right now) and was able to lose close to 10 of that 20. Very frustrating; determined not to give up!
Late December, I found a homeopathic clinic and visited to pick up some fresh alfalfa from their organic garden. After accompanying the gardener, I decided to get more info from the receptionist. I realized that the expense involved was out of our budget, but wanted an evaluation figuring I could implement some of the program at home. Because I had the time that morning, I waited just over an hour for the homeopath (therapist/iridologist) that had an unexpected delay. As I waited, some of the others gave up their wait and left, putting me 2nd in line for a consultation. When it was my turn, the therapist interviewed me, took a good long look into my irises, and did a bio-energetic evaluation of my alimentation (food). All the while, she took notes, making few comments. I was given a prescription for several homeopathic meds that I purchased from the receptionist.
I began the oil pulling, first thing in the morning, waited an hour. Then, the parasitic cleanse: a handful of spearmint blended with some water first thing in the morning, waiting an hour before ingesting anything else. Next, about a half cup of straight lime juice, wait another hour. After that, the alfalfa green drink. Another hour, then the homeopathic meds, one at a time, waiting a half hour between each one. Then, lunch or a fruit snack and repeat meds in the afternoon, another fruit snack, and supper. I have not felt hunger except at mealtime when I am preparing my meal! I did that for 21 days before revisiting the clinic.
That is when I spoke to the receptionist, telling her about our financial situation and asking her if she could tell me what was priority so that I could continue with the most important things at home. She told me that I could see the homeopath and plan to return early in February for the 21-day detox plan at the clinic, paying whatever we can afford. I was absolutely overwhelmed and nearly cried right then and there! We also talked about me doing a little volunteering at the clinic to cover the remainder of my costs. I was re-evaluated and spoke to the homeopath again. I discovered that I was to wait 7 days on the lime juice and spearmint, then repeat for another 21 days. The next evaluation, I was free of parasites. I have been evaluated for food three times and each time it changes slightly. I am thrilled that Friday’s evaluation (my last day at the clinic) gave the go on eating whole wheat bread again.
I will share more about the program in following blogs. My energy has increased, chest congestion is nearly gone, and my head is clear; I am waking most days by 4:30 a.m. and going to bed earlier. My exercise pretty much consists of working in my yard, walking, and some strength exercises/yoga/Pilates at home. My emotions are stable; I am handling stress better. And, I am losing again – lost 6 lbs this past month so I fit in some things that I haven’t worn in 6 years!
After all, This is MY Life!
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Miley Cyrus- The Climb (With Lyrics)
Sunday, February 19, 2012
I was amazed last year when my dentist told me that I could grow back my receding gums, and I did not believe her! Also, nearly every time I visited her (and I have many times this past year!), she complained that I was not getting my teeth clean. This was frustrating because I thought I was. I brushed the way another dentist had taught me years ago. I flossed every night. I had begun repeating brushing after the flossing. And, I rinsed with a solution of hydrogen peroxide in water, which kills germs.
I realize that some situations are very different from my own and that someone's gums may be far too damaged and possibly need other solutions. I did read about gum grafting (taking gum from another area of the mouth). At this point in my life, I have come to believe that prevention is far better and costs less in the long run.
On one of the visits, I'd had enough! I couldn’t stand hearing the reprimand again and told her so. So she told me to bring my toothbrush to the next visit. When she saw it, she said that it was not soft enough! I told her the packaging said “soft”. She told me to get a different brand. I did. At that visit, she also cleaned and brushed my teeth for me. Well, it was many years ago that the other dentist showed me how to brush. She used a motion from top to bottom, and vice versa on the bottom teeth. Then she explained how to brush my gums so they would grow back! Carefully pull the gum (with the toothbrush) toward the tooth a few times.
Next shopping trip, I saw the children’s soft toothbrushes and decided to try one of those. Sure enough, it is much softer and, with the smaller head, I am able to do even better cleaning each tooth. Then I read about dry brushing teeth BEFORE brushing with toothpaste to remove the slimy build up that becomes plaque.
So, this is how I have been cleaning my teeth, using a child’s toothbrush and mild toothpaste, usually for sensitive teeth because I still have exposed roots:
1. dry brush
2. rinse with water
3. scrape tongue (do you have a tongue scraper to get rid of even more bacteria?)
4. rinse with water
5. floss well running floss along each side of every tooth
6. rinse with water
7. carefully brush teeth with toothpaste
8. carefully pull one to two strokes gum to tooth
9. rinse well with water
10. rinse mouth well, making sure to reach every spot in my mouth using hydrogen peroxide in water (about ½ tsp in 2 T water)
11. smile at my reflection
For the past several months, I have also been oil pulling, which simply means that I put about 2 T of oil in my mouth (first thing in the morning for me), swishing it around my mouth between each tooth for 20 minutes. I have been doing this as part of a detox program because it pulls bacteria and toxins out of the body. I just read today that it is also good for growing back your gums (or just to keep them healthy if you don't have receding gums). I have no doubt that it is a part of this process. If you want to know more about oil pulling, check the net for the info. The first month, I used virgin coconut oil, as recommended on several sites. I changed to sunflower oil from a regular grocery store as recommended by the homeopath I am seeing and it is more reasonably priced!
You might be thinking that is a lot of work, especially when you are tired and want to get in bed! Sometimes, it feels like it is. However, I have been checking my teeth throughout this whole process and, believe it or not, my gums ARE growing back! My teeth are whiter and my smile is prettier!
With all of this focus on my teeth, I decided to be more careful about what I drink and eat. I don’t want to stain my teeth with coffee, grape juice, black teas, or whatever.
After all, This is MY Life!
Sunday, February 12, 2012
For years, I have been interested in taking a more natural approach to healing but have not had the time, resources, or direction to go about it. In more recent years, I have been thinking more about it mainly because of disappointment in the normal medical professionals I have consulted. Thankfully, up to this point in my life, the health issues are mainly annoyances of too many colds, flu, muscular pains, and infections. I am grateful for the expertise of my GYN when delivering my two youngest became life-threatening. He is top-notch!
I have not felt comfortable with my own knowledge to self-prescribe, however, I have gotten tired of hearing the blame for what seems to be considered minor health issues tossed aside under the category of “women’s problems”, and, in earlier years, “child-bearing years”, and in my most recent season of “menopausal symptoms”. Once that was said, the doctor seemed relieved and asked me (each time) if I wanted a prescription for an anti-depressant. The 1st few times, I took it, tried it, and threw it away. After those times, I politely said, “No, thank you.” The anti-depressants felt too much like the drugs I took in my teens that left me floating and goofy; I do not want that! They also made the following days difficult to live life.
Anyway, I do not trust doctors any more. Sure, I understand that no professional alive is infallible, as I am not. But, nowadays, I am convinced that I MUST know more than they do about me and my health needs. First off, let me emphasize that I do not believe that everyone is capable of following the path I am following. It has taken me a lifetime of frustration and several undiagnosed illnesses to bring me to this point. I ended up doing my own research because the doctors I consulted could not figure it out; I did.
Thankfully, I found methods and several non-medical professionals who were willing to guide me to solutions. Gratefully, most of them understood that I could not afford their consultations and, out of good will, treated me anyway. I was “cured” in each of these situations of migraines, heel spurs, and candidiasis. On my own, I searched out solutions for long-term depression and extreme fatigue. The depression took many years. I am still battling the fatigue.
Over these past almost 6 years with SparkPeople, I have dabbled in a variety of eating methods and exercise home programs, always maintaining a decent calorie intake. I even removed all gluten from my diet for a couple of months and found it to be helpful. Still, the fatigue lingers.
Lately, I have had the opportunity to try some detox methods and am delighted to say that they are helping with the fatigue, with benefits of improved mood and some weight loss. Also the recent decision to finally take the plunge into vegetarian eating seems to be making a BIG diff. I do not plan to go back to the ways of the past.
After all, This is MY Life.
Last week, I was reminded of that little girl I once was and who is still a part of me. I am taking a look into her needs by remembering a few focused incidents that seem to epitomize what my life was at the time. This song has been rolling around in my heart and mind reminding me of the need to be childlike in my faith in God and in regard to expectations of myself:
Brown Eyed Girl by Billy Ray Cyrus
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