Saturday, January 31, 2009

One Day before Kick Off

Tomorrow, February 1st, I will start my "Lemonade" fast, otherwise known as the Master Cleanse. I enjoyed my last cup of delicious organic Cafe Mocha for a while. For the next ten days, I will consume between 6-12 glasses per day of the following lemonade recipe:

2 tbsp fresh organic lemon or lime juice (1/2 lemon)
2 tbsp of pure organic grade B maple syrup
1/10 tsp cayenne pepper (red) or to taste
12 oz of purified water (very warm)

The only other liquid that can be consumed in addition to the lemonade is pure water or mint tea with nothing added, but I won't have to worry about that, because it will be all I can do to consume the minimum 6 glasses. I'm just not much of a drinker, which is kind of ironic since the majority of my raw food diet consisted of juice, water and smoothies.

Does 10 days of nothing but lemon flavored water sound overwhelming to you? I have a friend who has fasted for 75 days!! She is writing a book about fasting and when it's complete, I will post a link to it on this blog. To some, this may sound a bit extreme, but to cleanse the body leaves you feeling so ALIVE, so FRESH, so FULL OF LIFE! That's the purpose of this fast ... to cleanse the liver and bloodstream and eliminate toxins from vital organs and deep tissue while stimulating healthy tissue growth.

Lemons are an antiseptic, as well as a rich source of vitamins and minerals. They also help to loosen and break down mucus from the body. The maple syrup contains a variety of vitamins and minerals, such as: potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper, phosphorus, sulfur, chlorine and silicon. Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, C, nicotinic acid and pantothenic acid are also present; thereby providing the necessary energy. The cayenne pepper raises the body temperature thereby cleansing the circulatory system and building the blood; it also breaks up mucus thereby cleansing the respiratory system, and acts as a cleanser for the digestive system.

Research shows that the following benefits have been achieved through the master cleanser program:
~ dissolves CELLULITE!!!
~ helps restore youth and vitality regardless of age
~ helps restore healthy skin as the internal systems are cleansed, thereby alleviating if not eliminating abscesses, boils, carbuncles, and pimples.
~ purifies the glands and cells throughout the entire body
~ completely cleanses the kidneys and the digestive system
~ dissolves/eliminates toxins and congestion that have formed in any part of the body
~ eliminates unusable waste and hardened material in the joints and muscles
~ helps build a healthy blood stream
~ helps relieve pressure and irritation in the nerves, arteries and blood vessels
~ as mucus is dissolved and eliminated from the body, respiratory diseases such as colds, flu, asthma, hay fever, sinus and bronchial troubles are greatly reduced if not eliminated, leaving the body free from allergies

It really helps that the lemonade tastes GREAT! I started this fast in December but succumbed to the smorgasbord of tempting holiday treats. Although I ended the fast, I continued to drink the lemonade because it was so tasty.

Another positive aspect is the benefit of weight loss. It dissolves and eliminates all types of fatty tissue. Fat melts away at the rate of about two pounds a day for most persons - and without any harmful side effects! Yeah baby!

My experience from consuming a cooked food diet has been living with asthma, allergies, susceptibility to colds and flu’s, etc. Conversely, consuming a diet of raw fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds resulted in AMAZING health. I thought I ate healthy prior to eating raw. I ate a lot of veggie pasta salads, fish, chicken, turkey, rice. I love fruits and veggies, which I incorporated into my cooked food diet ... and I really thought I was healthy! HA! I had no idea how much better I could feel ... it's so hard to describe the feeling of ultimate health. I felt so light and "springy", like I could do cartwheels (which I've never been brave enough to do). When I jumped off my deck, I felt like I bounced. Now, if I were to jump off that same deck, I would probably break my legs because I feel like a lead weight. When I walk I feel like I'm dragging a barge, but when I was raw, I had a bounce in my step. I had tons of energy and wanted to RUN everywhere. I would actually dream of running. I couldn't sit still - I just had to be moving all the time. Words cannot express the feeling of being high raw. The best way I can describe it is you feel so ALIVE!

Tomorrow, I start on my journey back to LIFE! Stay tuned...

Friday, January 30, 2009

A New Year ... A New Beginning

Okay, I've procrastinated long enough. The holidays are over and it is now time to get myself back in shape. I turned 50 in January and I look and feel every bit of it, whereas, two years ago, no one believed I was even in my 30's!! I've come a long way baby ... and not in a good way. This photo was taken 2-16-2007. I weighed somewhere around 110# and was still very active. >>>>>>

Since reverting back to "SAD" (Standard American Diet), I really feel sad. Here are just some of the negative aspects that have accompanied my shift back to eating cooked food:

Weight gain of 45 pounds
Feel heavy, weighed down like lead
Eye sight deteriorated
Eyes dull
Hair lackluster, dried out, doesn’t shine
Skin looks awful (lumpy, sallow)
Facial wrinkles increasing (Aging rapidly!)
Nails split and skin around nails peel
Need lots more sleep – still groggy after 8 hours of sleep
Cellulite abounds
Hot flashes started
Muscle mass and strength gone
Memory is not what is used to be (have to write everything down)
Low self-esteem
Trouble swallowing – when starchy foods get to esophagus, it feels like it gets stuck and I experience extreme pain as the food very slowly makes it way down. If I try to drink something, it makes it worse.
Acid reflux
Skin thinning out with a Crepe-like appearance
Irritated gums
Senses dulled (hearing, smell, taste)
Thinking muddled
Joint pain
Always hungry – constantly craving more cooked food.

This is just a partial list and as you can see, none of it is good.

I dread adding the pictures of what I look like now, because I’m so ashamed that I allowed myself to fall into such poor condition, especially since I know better! I weigh more now that I ever have in my life, even while carrying my first son who was a 10 pound baby! But, if nothing else, this will show how detrimental cooked food and lack of exercise can be. The following photos and measurement were taken 01-30-2009

Below is a timeline of full-body shots from way before cooked food to raw to now.

Below is a timeline of facial shots showing how my face changes between SAD and RAW.