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30 Day Weight Loss & Healing #1- My Journey Overview

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As a healer, it has always been my goal to be able to help those who have not been able to heal by traditional/mainstream means. Those who have searched and searched, been to countless doctors, spent many thousands of dollars on supplements, tried a variety of diets, etc. and still are not well. I’m interested in helping these people because I am one.
I haven’t written about my experiences very actively over the past 3 years, but once upon a time I was 28 years old and very, very, VERY sick. I was so sick that I knew I would die before age 35 if I didn’t figure out why and how to fix it. I had been to many doctors, they offered me no diagnosis aside from IBS, and no help or hope. I was obese, I was swollen around my joints, which were inflamed and painful. I was fatigued all of the time, it didn’t matter how much I slept. I was in severe pain in my back and neck muscles and had headaches so intense that I would take 3 Ibuprofen upon waking and then lay on the couch for 30 minutes covering my eyes waiting for them to take the edge off the pain. Taking the edge off enabled me to attend to the basic needs of my children. I would take another 3 pills in the afternoon, and another 3 in the evening. That was the only way I could function even a little bit. I started blacking out randomly and having lengthy dizzy spells, often lasing for days at a time, with such intensity I had to hang on to things to move around the house. After my third baby was born was the worst. That was a very dark time in my life. “Luckily” that baby had such horrible colic for 5 months that I changed my diet quiet a bit as I tried to find the offending food. In the end it turned out the culprit was bananas, of all things, but the process got me off of dairy and sugar at least! I lost 20 lbs from those subtle dietary changes by the time he was 6 months old. That’s when I discovered raw vegan diets and read several books on that from our library. I spent the next month reading and doing an Isagenix cleanse (I had done a number of them over several years before but this was the only 30 I had done) to prepare my body for change. If I remember correctly I lost about 12-15 lbs in that month on that cleanse. This was the last Isagenix cleanse I would ever do. My health had improved noticeably. This was June 2009. July 1, 2009 I started my raw journey. I began slow by adding good things into my diet. The first thing I changed was starting my day with a huge green smoothie instead of the whey protein shake I’d relied on for many years. I never had any intention of going vegan, I loved meat and felt I needed it to be healthy, so I had planned on keeping a portion of meat at dinner time with everything else eventually being raw. I had always eaten what the world would consider and healthy balanced dinner; a serving of lean meat, a starch (potato, rice, homemade bread, etc.), and salad and /or steamed vegetables. As I transitioned my salads grew larger and I ate less and less of the starch and steamed vegetables, so I mostly ate salad and meat for dinner. My body changed dramatically over those first 4 months. As my health improved I gained the ability to discern how different food affected me. Every night I would have stomach pain after dinner. This happened for about a month before I accepted that it might be the meat and removed that and put a potato or steamed vegetable back in its place. From the day I made that change I never had a stomach ache after dinner again. I’ve tried eating meat a number of times over the years and it never does go over well with my body or my spirit. I became big into green smoothies and then started juicing, which catapulted my healing in a big way. Eventually I got into colon cleansing with water and that increased the speed of my healing as well. My skin was clear after years of painful face and back acne, I had energy, I lost 73 lbs, I had no need for pain medication because I was no longer in pain, my perspective on the world changed from dark and fearful to light and hopeful, I became an inspiration to others and I started doing Wellness Coaching which eventually led into Detox Counseling, specifically. Detox was my life. I still had some issues with weak digestion (bloating, gas, constipation, hemorrhoids) and low blood sugar, but all else was well and I was still working on those things.
And then I got pregnant with the 4th child. This was autumn of 2012. I had spent the summer rebounding and running and doing The Shred with Jillian Michaels… I was a 5’7″ 120 lb hyped-up-on-life machine of awesomeness… until the 7th week of the pregnancy. I went down. Way, way, waaaay down. As I did with all of my pregnancies, each one worse than the last. I was sure I was going to have the most amazing, fit, life-force infused pregnancy. I was sure I was going to be glowing and still running in my 8th month and tiny all over with a cute round bump. Not so. Whatever it was that caused my pregnancies to be so terrible was still there in force. I was sick the entire pregnancy. I could not eat healthy, I could not get down juice or vegetables. I could eat some fruit. I spent the whole 9 months eating whatever I could get in. It was survival. I was on bedrest almost the entire time with preterm labor. I was anemic. I could breathe but felt like I was suffocating the entire time. I had intense ligament pain on the sides of my tummy if I sat upright for more than a few minutes. I went into labor every time I got up. So I ended up spending the last few months laying down upstairs in my bedroom. We had moved to Arizona during my 6th month and my husband graduated Chiropractic College and went to WA to do his preceptorship for 2 months. I was alone in a new place, with my 3 kids, on bedrest and miserable. I became very depressed and had a lot of anxiety. And it was very lonely being isolated in my bedroom for months.
I was SO relieved when the baby was born. I had a birth that was absolutely awesome and very emotionally healing. That birth erased all the trauma from my second birth (which had also affected my 3rd birth). I felt I could accomplish anything and I was sure that the weight would come right off and within 6-8 weeks I would be a size 2 again and be back out there running and loving life. Well, that baby just turned 3 last week. Today I’m about the same weight I was after his birth. I lost some of the pregnancy weight during the first year but it came back on. I’ve done a handful of cleanses and have juiced all that I can now that I have 4 kids on my hands all hours of the day. Honestly, healthy eating is much more challenging for me with 4 children than it was with 3. I’m exhausted. Life has been very stressful. I went through about 2 years of extreme depression, which brought me through several periods of being suicidal. I never have yet been able to regain the health I was enjoying prior to the last pregnancy. I feel I should go on record here and say I would absolutely do it all over again for the child that came of it! He is amazing and I am as in love with him every moment of every day as I was that first day when I pushed him out of my body and brought him up out of the water with my own hands. He is my little friend who makes every day worth the struggle.
I have been able to identify a few reasons why I’m having these issues. #1 I’ve had Epstein Barr virus since I was about 7 years old. Its activated by hormones (um, pregnancy!). I was not aware of this until recently, and it is very common. #2 I was recently diagnosed with the MTHFR gene mutation. I have 2 copies of the mutation, which means that it comes from both sides of my family and means that I don’t get 70% of the folic acid my body needs to function. It also means that I’ve got massive amounts of homocystine causing a ruckus all over my body, putting me at risk of heart attack, blocking my D3 receptors so that I’m severely D3 deficient. And also my body can’t detox heavy metals very well, so I’ve got heavy metal toxicity in my gut. In addition, I have a mutation of the SUOX gene. #3 These gene mutations cause some fun autoimmune disorders which, in myself, have thus far been identified as fibromyalgia, Hashimotos, and lupus. Epstein Barr also contributes to symptoms of Hashimotos. No wonder I’m exhausted and overweight, huh?!! #4  I have an intolerance to just about every food known to man.  #5 I’m holding on to a whole lot of weight and sickness because of many factors in my life that my body has interpreted as “scarcity.” (More on that in the next post).

The good news: Every one of these things can be corrected. This is not a life sentence.

This is a brief history so you can understand where I am coming from and a bit of what my journey has been like. The next post will be geared toward healing and what I will be doing moving forward, which can also be a massive benefit to you!

P.S. I am 36 years old, I didn’t die at 35! I 100% attribute this to the grace of God as He has led me through my healing journey.
P.S.S. Isn’t it interesting that my healing journey originally began on July 1, 2009 and today is July 1, 2014. Coincidence? I don’t believe in those!

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Spitting in the Earth -or- Growing Your Own Physician

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This evening my 10 year old (just turned 10 today, Happy Birthday Juels!) daughter and I were chatting with a friend about the recent hail storm we had that destroyed cars and homes all over our town.  We got to talking about the garden and how the hail damaged our beet sprouts when my daughter, quite matter-of-factly says, “Yeah, what a waste of good spit!”  I didn’t quite know what to say.  How do you explain to someone that you spit in your garden?  Or do you just gloss over it and leave them to wonder?  I did the latter.  Its too much to explain in casual conversation and to someone who isn’t necessarily looking for the information.  But, for those who are curious, here is the explaination.

If you haven’t yet read The Ringing Cedars series by Vladimir Megre, you’re really missing out!  These books chronicle the teachings the author received from his interactions with a woman, Anastasia, who was raised in the wilderness with not even so much as a shelter.  Anastasia is a pool of innate wisdom.  She knows and accomplishes what is in our own power, yet we have forgotten to the point that many of us may view her insights as “crazy.”  I have to admit, some things she said seemed, initially, a little “out there,” even for me.  But, after thought a study it is always plain to see, Anastasia is right.  Her advice on gardening follows this pattern.

According to Anastasia (we’re pronouncing this the Russian way, by the way, say “ona-STAH-see-ya”) we can plant our gardens in such a way that plants will contain the exact formula of elements to heal our specific body.  The seeds and little plants can actually take information from our bodies, communicate with the universe, and develop healing powers within themselves capable of healing any ailment we may be suffering.

This is how we do it:

1.  Place several of the seeds under your tongue and hold them there for at least 9 minutes, while standing in the area you will be plating them.

Holding the seeds under my tongue

My daughter walking the plot with seeds under her tongue

2.  Meanwhile, prepare the soil, being sure to use your hands and feet (yes, you will need to be barefoot in the garden and your feet will get as dirty as your hands).

3.  Remain standing barefoot where the seeds will be planted.  Remove the seeds from under your tongue, place them between the palms of your hands and hold them there for for about 30 seconds.

4.  Carefully open your palms and blow gently on the seeds.

Offering my breath to the seeds, telling them all that is within me

5.  Keep you palm open for another 30 seconds, presenting the seeds to the sun.

Presenting the seeds to the celestial bodies

6.  Create holes for the seeds with your fingers and spit into the holes.  Place a seed in each hole and cover with soil.  Do not water for several days.

Juels spitting in the holes... for some reason she finds it necessary to put her face right on the hole lol

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To be clear, as it may not be to some, the purpose of using the spit and feet is so that the seeds can read what toxins and dis-ease are in our bodies, and then acquire the elements to combat them.  In this way, our gardens literally become our own personally taliored pharmacies.  Seeds are magical things.  They really are.  Anastasia is right.

She also adds that we should walk the plot barefoot from time to time and suggests standing in different places first thing in the mornings and pouring water over our bodies (before showering).  Also, soaking our feet in the evenings and using the soak water to water the plants.  These may seem strange suggestions to some, but if you’re familiar with the body’s natural cleansing methods, it is actually very practical.  We’re just talking the sweat (which carries toxins from our body) and offering it to the soil for the plants to soak up.  They will use this information to formulate their fruits.  She also gives practical advice on bee keeping, which I’m very excited to try someday when we are in a long term residence.  The earth and all living things in it are our friends, are here to assist us.  All we need is to re-remember how to let them, to communicate with them, to be a friend back.  Life is not this artificial world we have built and allowed to confine us.  Life is in the natural world.  All that matters can be learned and obtained there.

 

 

Anastasia has other great insights into gardening.  See the chapter “Advice from Anastasis:  The Seed as Physician” pages 77-80 in the book Anastasia: The Ringing Cedars Series Book 1