Trust me, you don't want to see a picture of Day 4. Although, I'm very proud of it.
This morning I woke up at 5:15am and lazed in bed until almost six. At which time I changed into my workout clothes and did 20 minutes of interval training. It wasn't pretty, but I feel GREAT!
Two weeks ago I was so fatigued and depressed I all I wanted to do was sleep. All the time.
Well, I had a few good conversations with a counselor who reminded me that I needed to guard myself against being defined by my circumstances. Our lives can begin to take over our 'me', if you know what I mean. Mine certainly was.
So I started praying. 'God, please help me.'
I didn't have the energy to pray anything deeper.
Words the therapist had spoken to me echoed in my head. 'Most people's problems can be solved with three things: sleep, nutrition, and exercise. The medical industry has gotten us so used to magic pills and quick fixes. But all we really need are those three things.'
I resolved for one week to get more sleep. No more staying up until midnight. The next week I realized that I was calmer, more patient, had a sense of humor and didn't feel so drained.
Then I ran across an article that talked about cleanses, and creating a fresh start for our bodies. I read about how our livers get so overworked with all the sugars and flours we eat. I began to make a list of 'cleansing' foods. I smiled when I noticed that my garden was LOADED with the foods most suggested - dark greens.
An article that I read caught my eye. It stated that if you knew you'd lose weight, feel great and have your energy back, would you follow a program for 2 weeks? My mind flashed back to the 9 months of life-rest I'd chosen in order to have a successful pregnancy with Trey (after two back-to-back miscarriages).
So I resolved to try, for 2 weeks, to cut out sugars, flours, grains, dairy, eggs, meat, animal fats - anything that would make my liver 'work' so hard. I decided it was time to give my liver a rest and my body a boost.
And then I thought - if I don't tell anyone I'm doing this, I'll just quit after day one.
So here we are. It's the beginning of Day 4 (actually, it's day 5, but day 1 was only half a day) of my self-designed liver rest, life boost. Some folks have been asking me - 'What exactly are you doing?', to which I say - let your liver rest. Add energy via live foods. Get your protein via fish, beans and soy-free tempeh (a fermented grain product).
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