Determining What Works

A result of doing a cleanse is the ability to find out what works and what doesn’t when it comes to eating certain foods. I’m still on a natural cleanse with high fiber, but not on the veggie, fruit raw cleanse. Yesterday, I made a Shrimp Scampi. Within a few minutes I felt muscle soreness and a tightening in my throat. I had never felt this before. It showed that shrimp is probablhy a problem.

I’ve never like shell fish too much. What surprises me is that it is possible to be eating foods that cause problems in the body on a regular basis. Because we get accustomed to being a bit under the weather on a regular basis, the feelings of being sick don’t strike us so much. When a food is isolated and results in a reaction, it becomes more apparent.

Today, I had my first meal around 11:00. I ended up at a new restaurant in my city that was rather like a deli. I ordered a Cobb salad, feeling it wouldn’t be too bad. It was my first taste of chicken since coming off the fasts. The salad was alright; I had it with balsamic dressing.

Today, I created another chicken salad. I think habit came in; to make two chicken meals in one day. It’s a habit to think we have to have animal protein at each meal. It is not sitting well on my stomach late at night. In fact, sitting on my stomach is the problem. I really am seeing that focusing on a more vegetable based diet is what is going to work for me.

Day 7 – Coffee Detox and Cleanse

CI can hardly believe a week has passed since I decided to make a drastic change in my life. Finally, I’m reaching the goals I’ve always wanted to reach by just saying “Yes” to my desire to be healthier and to help other reach their desires to be healthier.

Today, Day 7, I finally, finally, have relief in this coffee detox experience. My body is “sore” as if I’ve been on a long climb that used every muscle. But for the internal pain, it’s essentially gone. I guess it was so bad that this relief is something that I am just thrilled to experience now.

I still realize that I’m a bit dehydrated. I always thought I was drinking a lot of water, but now I realize that the caffeine masked a lot of dehydration in the body. That certainly had a lot to do with the cramps. Also, I’m going to look for a high quality vitamin mineral supplement. Magnesium, calcium and zinc are three essential minerals that are depleted with high level caffeine intake.

As for the Raw Foods Cleanse, I’m happy to say that I really enjoyed going through that process too. I don’t think I’ll go completely raw in my life but I’m definitely adding more raw foods to my diet on a regular basis. I’ve learned that it’s possible to exist with uncooked foods and feel satisfied. I missed hot foods. I know that foods can be heated to around 140 degrees without destroying their enzymes and all. But I really enjoy really hot foods; probably from my Peace Corps years in Africa where hot foods were all I knew.

Either way, my intention is to stay more vegetarian in my diet. I don’t think this is best for everyone.

In fact, I have a client at this time that is studying to be a Personal Trainer and he is very interested in a high protein, meat based diet. Every body requires a different diet. That’s the point of working with a professionally trained nutrition and health counselor. I certainly would love to be your health counselor and will continue to let you in my adventure this year as I become healthier.

High Cholestral Problems

I finally found out why I’m always feeling sluggish and tired.

My cholestral has always been a problem, but another issue sent me to the doctor yesterday. Was I surprised at the status of my body! Okay, I’m not one to share this type of personal thing but haven’t we all wondered about how to feel better. As Boomer years come around, don’t you start to worry about each little ache and pain?

I’ve always been healthy. When others were falling victim to the latest flu or other epdemic, I walked around being healthy. My problem was feeling lagged out at times. The first time I just couldn’t get up and going I was pretty young (relative, young – around 30 something). A full physical showed high cholestral. I didn’t even know what that was.

I started exercising and watching my weight finally getting the problem under control. Over the years, the problem has returned no matter what.

Of course, gaining weigth didn’t help. But I’m also one of those peole that could have a hereditary issue with cholestral meaning the liver produces too much cholestral. Bringing the levels under control becomes an uphill battle.

But I’m determined to get healthy. Are you on a cholestral control journey too?