Hold your applause.
I’m not pregnant.
No, this is the hard work of a life-long weak digestive system, complicated by compulsive eating, stress, and a whole lot of sugar, dairy, meat and grain.
I try to argue with the people who attempt to praise me for my eating habits. “You’re so GOOD!” They say. “I couldn’t never do what you do!” Yeah, but guys, I make no secret about it, I have a tortilla chip addiction.
Stop laughing. It’s a serious problem.
Maybe you’re thinking if an occasional tortilla chip binge is all the defense ammo I’ve got I should just sit down and shut up. But the things is, there’s so much more to it than that. Sure, for the past 3+ years I’ve been eating a whole lot of healthy food. That’s great. Yay me. But what so many people don’t realize is that even after years of eating well, we’re still carrying around all that bad stuff we ate before. Did you know you only eliminate, at best, 60% of most of the foods that you eat? You probably eat about 1,095 meals a year. That’s a lot of build-up. This is why one of the basic principals of health is “waste equals weight.” Clearly, there is excess weight on my abdomen. The rest of my body is a size 2. My abdomen is a size 18. That is not natural. That is a belly full of putrefied food, yeast, and carbonic gas. And let me tell you something, it hurts. There are sharp chronic pains in 2 areas of my colon, the rest is very tender to touch, and I feel like a balloon about to burst. I’ve been bloated like this almost every single day for the past 15 years. My whole life my abdomen has been distended, but 15 years ago is when it really began to be uncomfortable and wouldn’t go down for anything. In my world there exists only 2 clothing ensembles. Yoga pants and pjs.
It started at birth (though probably before that as I’m sure it truly began genetically). By the time I was 2 weeks old my mom gave up trying to relieve me of gas and stomach pain and took me to the doctor. He told her water gave me gas. Gee, doc, it couldn’t have been the baby formula? Lack of even a single drop of breastmilk? Or the water she was feeding me that was actually “sugar water” given to her by the nurses at the hospital? No, water was the culprit. The one thing entering my body that naturally exists in my body. (Eyes roll)
So I grew up rather sickly. Always weak and tired. Prone to depression. I had a panic disorder and OCD. Was always very tense and high strung. I was addicted to sugar and chocolate. By the time I was in my teens I was diagnosed with IBS and had chronic post nasal drip, which resulted in several tonsil infections each year. I had painful periods. At the age of 12 I developed an intense pain in the right side of my neck, at my 2nd cervical vertebrae. This pain was so intense that from that point on, up until 3 years ago, I took ibuprofen upon waking and got to the point where I was taking 9 pills a day just to take the edge off the pain so that I could function enough to take care of the basic needs of my children. The pain was blinding and sickening, not only in my neck but up through my ear, jaw, into my temporalis, and across my eyes. Even daily Chiropractic adjustments have not eased this pain. In my late 20s I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. From about the age of 17 I believed I had a problem with Candida, but all the doctors I saw scoffed at this. No one would help me. Every doctor I went to told me either that is was “all in my head” or that it was caused by stress.
(There are many more afflictions that I suffered, this is just a sampling to give you an idea of where I’m coming from.)
After 3 years high-raw my health has improved quite a bit, and I lost 70 lbs. But I’m still not where I want to be. I’ve tried everything that I know of that I have the means to do. What I desperately need that I’m not able to get is colon hydrotherapy, but I am working on getting a home unit and hope to not only learn to self-administer, but I am also hoping to get certified as a colon hydrotherapist this coming January. It takes a whole lot of cleansing to get out all the garbage we’ve put in our bodies, about 15 colonics per year that we ate heavy cooked foods. I do daily enemas just to keep on top of the bloating pain so that it doesn’t get too out of control, and to avoid constipation, but I really need so much more. I’ve spent 3 years awakening waste and I feel like it’s all just piled up in my colon, stuck like tar. An enema can’t move much of that.
Who knows who Natalia Rose is? She is my mentor, and a beautiful, vibrant, intelligent woman. You really should read her books. Anyway, I asked a question a few weeks ago that she responded to. The question was specifically about my chronic hemorrhoid problem. She explained how hemorrhoids are like that last symptom, the end of the digestive tract. If you’ve got them, you’ve got bigger issues within the rest of the tract. She suggested a 10-day juice fast, followed by 10 days on blended foods, followed by the strictest version of her Detox 4 Women plan. I was pretty much exasperated, anxious, and defeated as I heard this. I mean, it makes perfect sense. Go on digestive rest. Give the tract a chance to heal. Wonderful. I’ve been wanting very much to do a juice fast for several years and have a goal to do a 90-day fast at some point. However, I’m so severely hypoglycemic I can rarely even make it all the way to lunch on just juice. I want to. Really, I do
So, as is typical of me, I pondered. And then I devised a plan. I always have a plan, and a great many lists to go along with it. My name is Holly Wolfley, and I am an obsessive preparation-oholic.
Here’s what I’m thinking. I can start off doing a whole lot of juice, some blended food, and still keep some well cooked veggies in there twice a day for 10-days. I’m really taking my time with this because this will be adhering to the Detox 4 Women systemic plan, which every time I’ve attempted it has left me with dangerous low blood sugar levels. After those 10-days I will do 5 days of just blended foods and juice. Next, I will do 5-10 days of just juice. I may do 5, take a few days back on blended, and do another 5 on just juice. Or, if my body responds well I will just do 10 straight through. During this time I will also work to regenerate my adrenals. I’m hoping to find some friends to help with my children during the fast and plan to lay low, sleep and rest a lot, surround myself with positive energy, and indulge in Kundalini Yoga, detox foot soaks, and castor oil packs. After the 10-days of fasting I will ease out by going back to 5 days of blended food, followed by 5 days of mostly juice and blended but bringing back 1 or 2 soft cooked vegetable meals, and then will move into the systemic Detox 4 Women cleanse until I feel I’m ready to go back to incorporating some fruit in my diet. At which point I will start with 1 piece of low sugar fruit and feel it out. Now, I’m going into this with a very open mind. Although I have it well planned out (lots of lists printed out for my daily reference) I’m basically going to move at the pace my body needs, with the goal of reaching a point where I can juice fast for at least 3 days at some point. My main purpose is just to give my body as much digestive and adrenal rest as it will allow me at all times.
Stay tuned, there will be much more to come on this topic and I will be blogging my journey. Hopefully from the comfort of my cozy bed while breathing deeply and enjoying some quiet, restful moments.