Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Extremely Necessary but Incredibly Difficult.

Today is day 4!
Of what you may ask.
Of something so extreme I am beyond shocked I can say I am at day 4.
Am I intriguing or enticing you to read on?
Truthfully this blog entry is really more for me than you but hey if you're gonna read it and say some nice encouraging things then that works for me.

If you've known me any length of time you know that I have frequent stomach ailments and have seen a couple of docs, endured some not so pleasant tests and have virtually NO answers. You would also know I am OVER IT!

The straw that broke the camels back came last Tuesday when we had family in town and went to eat at Carolina Ale House. By the way, LOVE their food. Knowing how good my choices had been for several weeks in a row and the probiotics I have been taking for about 4+ months I figured a little treat would be harmless. So, I ordered their turkey club wrap which comes with fries.
Do I know anything fried usually makes me sick? Yes. Should I have made this choice? Probably not. Did I take into consideration the good eating/probiotics and think I would be OK? YES!!!
By the time we arrived at Toys R Us to spoil my niece I was in agony. I headed straight to the bathroom where I stayed for a good 10 minutes. Ok fine, right? No. After re-joining my family and the excited 2 and 1/2 year old for a grand total of 1.5 seconds I was headed back to the bathroom where I stayed for the reminder of visit there. Ok, so that was only another 10 minutes but still...
The next morning I made homemade pancakes for everyone and we all enjoyed some mini cadbury eggs.
Well, that was the icing on the cake and I was sick the rest of that day and on into Thursday to the point I could barely eat.
That was it. I was tired, cranky, sick to my stomach and convinced gall bladder issues were part of the equation also.

Something needed to change and it needed to be soon and drastic. As I prayed that morning I remembered my Aunt Holly telling me about a documentary called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and because she had been so inspired by that (among other things) she had just begun a 30 day juice fast.
The guy doing it is Joe Cross and when he began to juice he was 100 pounds overweight and on all kinds of meds for an auto immune disease and his blood work was a mess. By the end of a 60 day juice fast he had lost all his weight, was no longer on medication and all his blood work was normal. It also chronicled another guy named Phil Staples but I'm not going to give that part away but lets just say his transformation is off the charts so go and watch it!
For my Aunt a juice fast is no big deal, she's done a one several times. After watching the documentary I was completely challenged. Challenged for my health and for my future. I don't want to be sick with stomach issues every other day and no my blood tests are not messed up and I don't take lots of meds every day but there's no doubt about it something is wrong and I'm not willing to get to that point.

So, I did something drastic. Joe recommends getting away, if you are able, for the first little while in order to kick start the fast. Something about being away from the norm. So, me, Jack and Jay hopped in the car Friday morning at 5am and made our way to Sarasota, FL to hang with my Aunt while I got this started. Now bear in mind I only saw the documentary Thursday morning. But after really praying and asking God what to do and then talking to B, we both felt it was time to go and really try this thing. No time like the present right? I had to shift some things around but B assured me nothing was more important than my health and at the end of the day I've tried everything else so I know this can't hurt.
So, here's the goal. 10 day juice fast. Possibly extended to 30 and if things are going really well, 60 days. That is what Joe Cross did and it changed his life.

When we arrived Friday evening we were exhausted and I knew sleep was first on my priority list since Saturday morning the fast would begin. I hadn't done much homework up to that point so my Aunt educated me as we sat on the porch to bring me up to speed. Because I am relatively healthy I didn't feel I needed medical approval to do this but, I should state it is recommended.
Also, I didn't tell anyone what I was doing beforehand (not that there was a lot of time anyway) because I don't need a lot of opinions or negativity.

On to the fast. We began juicing Saturday morning bright and early. Carrots, kale, celery, cucumbers, apples, pineapples, pears, ginger, strawberries, grapes, and spinach to name a few. Of course not all at the same time. :0)
I have to tell you, after that first taste I just knew this would be a long 10 days and forget about 30 let alone 60. But the taste grows on you and being the age I am I recognize tastes can change and you can re-train your palate to like anything. Still, I knew it would probably take awhile.

Day one was Ok. We went to the beach for a couple of hours and then just chilled the rest of the day.
Day two was harder. I felt sick and headachy, lethargic and just wanted to lay around.
Day three was better. We went to the beach and I stayed under an umbrella the entire time. I wasn't as tired and began enjoying the fruit juice more. The veggie, not yet. The beach was hard only in that everywhere I turned people were eating all the junk food I craved. Then when we got home I cooked dinner for the boys. Spagetti. One of my favorite dishes. WOW, that was tough. But I managed.
The hunger pains have been rough.
Day four (today) has been ok. The hunger pains aren't as bad but still there. I think I drank too much fruit juice today so that wasn't very fun, if you get my drift. ;0)

I'll be driving home on day six and all the information I've read agrees that by then I should be feeling amazing. Lots of energy and raring to go. I'm not worried about it. God has been part of this since its inception and He won't be leaving anytime soon.

Something cool happened tonight, not that I should really be surprised. He's just that amazing of a God.
I sat playing Bananagrams with the boys in my Aunt's lanai after cooking them one of my and their fave dinners (rave 'n' ravioli). I was trying to be social all the while my body is screaming for the left overs which, may I add would no doubt make me sick. God, in His goodness gave me a revelation.
Doing this juice fast/life style is kind of like believing in God.
I can't see God, I can't see inside my body.
But I see unbelievable results in my life as a result of believing in and serving/seeking God.
I will see unbelievable results if I continue to seek out and choose a healthy life style.

God is at work. I don't know if I'll make it 10 days, 30 or 60 days. But He knows. And knowing He has the answers before I even ask the questions is good enough for me.

Keep checking in because I plan to document how this whole thing goes in effort to encourage myself and hopefully others.
Feel free to leave any encouraging comments.

1 Corinthians 10:13
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.