As I mentioned, I’ve been taking milk thistle with dandelion root three times a day to assist my body’s detox process. I think it’s working. My skin broke out a little, and I experienced a night sweat two nights ago. I also had a nightmare. I’m feeling a little tired, especially in the afternoon, although I’ve been keeping up with my 60 minute walk twice daily, as well as drinking probably 15 cups of water+ each day. As much as these are rather unpleasant symptoms, I’m actually really grateful to be experiencing them. I can tell my body is changing, healing. Expelling all the icky heavy metals and toxins and pharmaceuticals, even if through my skin isn’t the prettiest conduit.
I have to admit I had been probably overdoing it with my fat intake (I’m looking at YOU, almond butter). Nutridiary was making this rather clear, and I was forced to confront it when I decided to consciously detox. Because years’ and years’ worth of toxins from our SAD eating lifestyle, as well as from our water and environment, are stored in our fat cells, eating excessive amounts of nuts and seeds wasn’t exactly helping me to alkalize and eliminate them quickly. At the beginning of the journey, I was trying to be gentle with myself, kind of like, if it’s raw and you’re hungry, fine. Eat whatever, although I have really mainly stuck with ripe fruit. Looking at all the varieties of raw nuts and seeds at the market was so exciting, though, and I wanted to try them all! And so I did. Realizing I could step it up a bit, though, and eat more consistently in-line with Dr. Doug Graham’s recommendation of 80/10/10 (aka: 811), or 80% of calories coming from carbs (fruit), 10% fat, 10% protein. This 10%, or preferably less, fat recommendation is also embraced by mainstream nutritionists, although Americans are definitely in a 40%-ish range. I feel much better when I eat in this 811 ratio, even though cravings might make me desire to do otherwise. Looking at Nutridiary, I can see a couple of days when my percentage of calories from fat was 22% (damn you, almond butter). Yes, it tastes DELICIOUS. But it doesn’t feel so delicious, really. I end up feeling heavy, sluggish, tired, and usually wake up the next AM with a blemish. HATE.
More TMI has been the bloating. Even though I love what I’m eating, and feel very confident that I’m on my best personal path, the pregnant belly isn’t so exciting (NO MOM IT’S JUST AN EXPRESSION). I’m exaggerating a little. After really, a lifetime of insoluble fiber and cooked food, my digestive system is a little WTF at the serious introduction of healthy soluble fibers (fruit, veggies). As a result, by the evening, my tummy is pretty round. Like I said, I am being gentle on myself, however, and realizing this is all part of my body’s transitional process. I just wear looser, softer clothing (which I’m really beginning to prefer to my more mainstream “stylish” wardrobe) and am dealing with it. No makeup really either. That should really blow some of you away who know me well. I’ve read that it should all reconcile within two months. If not, I’m confident it will all be worth the inconvenience. I haven’t gained or lost any weight, even though I’ve seriously kicked up my caloric intake, and regardless of how the bloating makes me feel. Really, I’ve stopped weighing myself completely, seeing as I begin the day with 64 oz of water. I wouldn’t be able to tell what I was weighing! My water, meals, muscle, or fat. So there’s really no point. My days have been revolving around green smoothies, ripe bananas, ripe mangos, and different savory raw soup recipes from the lovely Victoria Boutenko. Been avoiding nuts, seeds, other overt fats like avocado, and dried fruits.
My yoga teacher told me that not all pain is bad; that we try so hard, go so far out of our way to avoid feeling it at all, when really, we should be embracing healthy pain. I think this detox is a healthy pain. I’ll be glad when it’s over, though.
In other news, I started my day with an early morning walk, followed with a green smoothie:
- 4 ripe bananas
- 10 leaves red lettuce
- handful baby spinach
- 1 cup water
It was delicious. Now I’m off to the low cost vaccination clinic to have teh Mitten’s shots updated. Getting him in his carrier is always a nightmare, and we’re bringing his BFF Timber to hold his paw through it all.