Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Breakfast on this Journey

I decided to break my fast a little earlier then expected. I felt ready. I have reached a place where I can accomplish the goals I set out to achieve. The main one was to give my body a much needed break from allergenic foods and junk foods. Wheat products in particular I find makes my body react in an unhealthy way. My number two goal was to acquire the taste for green juices and to get in the habit of making them everyday. This process already started about a year ago but I just wanted to give my taste buds a light speed boost. The next goal was to cleanse. We talked a couple of days ago about colon cleansing. I accomplished this through daily enemas and I was able to release plenty of old, backed up "trash" and also some parasites and candida. This feast was a way for me to get back on track with eating exclusively whole foods and include plenty of raw and living foods. The goal for me is to eat mostly live foods with maybe an occasional soup or some quinoa. Another added benefit that I didn't really predict was really feeling true hunger. I mentioned earlier that sometimes our emotions can trigger signals to eat even when we are not really hungery. Well I know what being hungry really feels like after this juice feast and now I can compare it to the times when I am feeling stressed and need food for grounding and security. Then make an intelligent decision and eat when it's good for my body (especially my tummy) and deal with the emotions in a way that will have a lasting effect.

I approached my "breakfast" with intentionality and love. My whole meditation yesterday was balance and harmony. I now resolve to view my body as a partner not an enemy. I now choose to view my health challenges as signals for me to find balance rather than a problem to solve or a battle to fight. We always hear about the "War" on cancer, AIDS, poverty etc. but why not make peace with these things. Why not change our perspective? Can these things indicate that we have veered off course and knocked off balance?

A word on my own personal health challenge

I am coming to these conclusions after years of research and deep consideration into my own personal health challenge. In 2005 I was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) which upsets the balance of the hormones, causes irregular or non-existent cycles, infertility, acne, hirustism and weight gain. At that point I had been suffering from extremely long moon cycles (I'm talking weeks long). The options my doctor gave me were this medication (birth control) or that medication (glucophage, a medicine for diabetics). I wanted neither! And so started a journey of intense learning about the female body, herbs, yoga, meditation, vegan nutrition, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and so forth. I have used many modalities for healing which all contributed to my drastic improvement.

In short, I have found that we are our own healers and that our dis-eases are just words for "imbalance" and we can restore the balance if we are willing.

This is what I intend to do. I used to look at my body as a battle ground but now I'm calling a truce. Cease fire! I intend to continue on my path through holistic healing and this path has lead me time after time to raw and living foods. There are just too many testimonies of people who have turned their lives around by eating fresh, live, whole fruits, veggies, sprouts, nuts and seeds. PCOS is related to diabetes. Many women with PCOS are insulin resistant and this disrupts the hormonal cycle. But Dr. Gabirel Cousens is healing diabetics in 21 days with raw and living foods. So I know it is possible. I know there will be peace! There will more on this subject to come. I'm just taking the opportunity to get a little up close and personal with you so we can heal ourselves and the world together!

With love and an open heart,

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Importance of Colon Cleansing

Many people are uncomfortable with idea of colon cleansing. However, it can not be over looked because it really helps the detox process. The colon is like the trash room of your body, if you don't empty the trash the room gets crowded, stinky and infested with pests. Well the same thing actually happens with the colon. For those of us who don't have at least 2 bowel movements a day we are constipated and that means we have a surplus of "trash" that is backed up in our colon.

Did you know?
If stretched out to their full length, the large and small intestines together would measure 25 feet long.
The total surface area in the intestines (made larger by myriad folds) capable of absorbing nutrients is the size of a tennis court.
The intestines can store a vast amount of partially digested, putrefying matter (as well as drugs and other toxic chemicals) for decades! Some intestines, when autopsied, have weighed up to 40 pounds and were distended to a diameter of 12 inches with only a pencil-thin channel through which the feces could move.
EEK! So we can see now how much the colon and intestines can store!

When we are chronically constipated we can encounter some serious problems.
A Few Symptoms of Colon Dysfunction
Lower back pain
Neck and shoulder pain
Skin problems
Brain fog (hard time concentrating)

Colds and flus
Constipation or diarrhea
Digestive problems
Pain in lower stomach (especially left side)
Crohn's disease
Ulcerative colitis
Colitis/Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Leaky Gut Syndrome
Bad Breath
Depression, irritability
Frequent Infections
Colon and other cancers
I know I have been constipated since I was a child. I grew up eating the standard American diet (SAD) and I barely ever drank water. So now I am paying the price with food sensitivities, allergies, indigestion and possibly irritable bowel disorder. But I am so happy because now that I am taking charge and responsibility for my health I have been reversing these dis-eases easily through a nutritious diet and periodic cleansing like the Juice Feast! YAY!!!

There are many ways to cleanse the colon the most simple way one can start right now is called the "water cure". And it goes like this; upon rising in the a.m. drink a litre of water. That's it! This will flush your system and eliminate the waste from the day before as well as prepare the body for digestion. I personally do this everyday!

There are many herbal cleansing systems, there is colon hydrotherapy, eating raw foods will definitely help because of all the fiber and juicing is very powerful in it's cleansing effect.

If you are serious about taking your health to the next level and healing the body naturally then you must include colon cleansing. Be open minded about the options. A combination of plenty of water, exercise, fresh raw foods combined with periodic colon cleansing using herbs, juicing and colon hydrotherapy will gently ease any issues with constipation and colon dysfunction. Remember the goal is to eliminate every time we eat a meal. This is how our body is designed to function when we are in good health, anything less than that will lead to illness.

Another word on stress:

When we are chronically stressed our digestion is severely impaired. So add some stress relieving techniques to your cleansing regiment. More on this later! :-) Until then......
I am Herbally yours,