I am focusing on one goal a month. This month my goal is keeping my eating window at 8 hours. I start eating a noon and end at 8. I started doing this more than a year ago but was not 100% consistent so I am working on it. You can read more about the benefits of Intermittent Fasting and find out why I think it is awesome. When I took my course through the School of Natural Healing I learned about how the body digests and assimilates food and I was taught that eating nothing, or just fruit until noon is optimal. That was years ago and now scientists are catching on to it. Interesting how that happens.
I started this blog in 2010 by journaling what I was eating. I have decided to continue on with that for a while. It will help me to keep honest in walking the walk that I teach and maybe it will give you some ideas on how to get more whole foods into your diet too!
Noon: my daily protein shake after exercising It has 1 cup water, 1/2 cup mixed berries, 1 T. flax, 1 T. hemp seed, 1/2 teaspoon Moringa powder, 1 scoop Amazing Grass greens, and 1 scoop Sun Warrior blend protein powder. I blend it in my Magic Bullet.
Today’s raw veggies were cucumbers and carrots. I made hummus to dip them in. The recipe was 1 undrained can of chickpeas, 1/4 cup tahini, 2 Tablespoons olive oil, the juice from 1 lemon, 1 teaspoon salt and a small garlic clove. I tossed it all in the food processor. It is a bit runny because of not draining the chickpeas which means it mixes well and dips well. I think I’ll make it thicker next time.
Dinner was Veggie Pot Pie with whole grain bisquit topping. Yum. I also cooked up some frozen peas and broccoli with some onion and a bit of butter.
That’s it for today. Actually, maybe I should log what exercise I am doing too. Today was an off day for exercise. I take Wednesday and Sunday off but I did work on my planking goal and did 30 seconds. I also did the Tabata method of High Intensity Interval Training with my Hula Hoop ! 🙂 Fun.
Every morning before I have eaten or drank anything, I partake in an easy but effective liver cleanse. I take a break when I have been doing it for a month or so, then get back on it again to keep up the cleansing. Nothing in it is hard on my body. It only does good.
First I use my handy dandy lemon squeezer. It is so nice to use. In one motion, half of a lemon is sqeezed into my cup. I do the other half into my husband’s cup, or if he isn’t there I let a kid try it out. Then I add 1 drop of lemon essential oil and 1 drop of peppermint essential oil. I used to use Forever Green oils because I had researched and found their quality to be very high but that was a few years ago and things have changed. I have switched over to the company that the resourcer for the oils went to from Forever Green(she got a new contract Green Organics International when her contract with Forever Green was void because of a change in quality). I have met her in person and trust her integrity. She has promised to not be with a company who does not have the very best quality which includes being organic, wildcrafted as much as possible and having absolutely NO fillers. I should write a post on that separately! Back to the recipe….
1/2 squeezed lemon 1 drop lemon e.o. Get Your Essential Oils HERE 1 drop peppermint e.o. 1/2 to 1 cup of water I mix these all up and while it still swirling in the cup I drink it. The reason I drink it while it is still swirling is because the oils tend to rise to the top when the drink is let to sit for even a few seconds! Then you get a whole bunch of lemon and then a surprise of peppermint at the end and a whole lot of it gets left on the cup!
If you have any allergies, liver spots, red moles, sluggish bowel, weight gain, chills, constipation,gallbladder attacks, headaches, lower back aches, skin problems, weakened eye sight, depression, the list could go on and on, a liver cleanse would do you good. Even if you have ever had antibiotics in you life, a liver cleanse would do you good. Your liver is filtering and filtering all day long every day and needs help to stay clean. This is the way I do it. You could do more extreme ways like I have tried where in the middle of the night you are propped up by the toilet hoping the night will pass quickly. I don’t recommend it!
Go get yourself some lemons andessential oils and do your body a huge favor, possibly even skip out on the allergy season that is looming ahead of us!
I am so busy. So busy. I get myself into it I know. It is nobody else’s fault. Though I am busy, I am happy. Great things are happening and I have hope in even greater things. I would never have imagined that I would be where I am today.
I have acid reflux right now because of a valve I was born with that does not shut and allows stomach acids to come up into my esophogus and mouth, burning as it goes. I have learned how to keep it at bay but sometimes in the midst of stress it is triggered. This time it was triggered by lemons in my liver cleanse recipe. I am learning about acid/alkaline foods to support my body with what it needs. I am also re-learning what herbs and natural remedies help. Ginger, cayenne, slippery elm, chamomile tea, food combining correctly, staying away from citrus and acid forming foods, eliminating chocolate, peppermint, sugar, meat, and fatty foods are some of the things that will help my acid reflux (actually I have GERD which is gastroesophogeal reflux disease).
I will keep learning how to control this and pass my learning on. My next step is to write a short paper on acid vs. alkaline and offer recipes that support the research. It will happen as I have time. Right now I don’t but soon…..very soon. 🙂
UPDATE: It has almost been 2 years since I wrote this post. I have learned that lemons DO NOT cause reflux which has been a major breakthrough for me. I did a cleanse for 10 days which consisted of lemons, cayenne and maple syrup. Far from causing reflux, it cured it! I did not have reflux while on the cleanse. Oranges and grapefruit are still on my avoid list sadly.