Archives for: September 2006
Woke up with a migraine. This could be due to being at the end of my menses but it could also be from the cleansing process. I actually have nausea with it this time (unusual for me!) and have decided not to go into work until it clears up.
Yesterday went very well with the cleanse. My hunger is very well under control now as I've mastered the pre-preparation of juice to the point where my sugar levels seem pretty stable. Matters of the heart were a different story. I had a Meredith Grey moment but not exactly a pleasant one. It was more like an XY/XY interaction. I'm not trying to break anyone's heart. It's just very complicated.
Anyway, at this point, I've decided to schedule end-dermology at Litespa later this week to coincide with the cleansing process. I'm debating whether I should go in for a colonic though. The master cleanse booklet says a strict NO to the colonic process and recommends the salt water "baths" as a safe alternative but I just don't know if I'm getting the same results with it as I would something the washes the colon from a different direction and gets the plaques out. Hmmm....any thoughts from the BTD community on this one??
That's all for now!
Thought of the day:
Blind faith is no faith at all. Believe that anything is the sacred truth with out questioning why is losing a good oppurtunity to define the world for yourself and discover your own truth. This is true for any principle, idea, value, or diet.
Truth only becomes true when it is validated by experience.
Always wonder why and if. That is the only way to connect your own dots.
Sorry for the cheesy rhyme.
OK, so the day started out OK. I tried a little bentonite between pints of salt water this morning. The despite the senna tea last night.... NO HEADACHE!
I did about half an hour on the eliptical after work to get the lymph moving. Still, the biggest challenge with this fast is combating the hunger factor. Staying ahead of the hunger is the toughest thing to do.
My tongue is still very coated white and I'm hoping that goes away soon. I'm watching Thursday night TV on ABC while I'm drinking my drink.
I have nothing very inspiring to say right now as I'm getting inspiration elsewhere. Meredith Grey's life is much like mine right now. That's all I will say for now.
OK, sports fans, thanks for joining us once again on the Master Cleanse channel sponsored by California Organic Lemons!
Last night I ended up sleeping at the sig. other's house. I had a glass of the lemonade at his place followed by a nice cup of spearmint tea. I did NOT have the senna tea so surprise surprise I did not end up with a nasty headache all day like yesterday.
I think the key for me really has to be getting enough calories. I use quite a bit each day for my size so while I obviously need less calories than I would if I were eating (because the digestive process itself burns calories!), I don't want to slow down that metabolism since I'm sure it's not getting any faster with age, haha.
People ask me how I'm able to do this or how anyone is able to do this...I remind them that in 3rd world countries, people do this everyday but without the yummy lemonade drink!
The one thing I've noticed is that I'm peeing quite a bit. I'm incredibly happy about that because I'm sure my kidneys are about as excited about this cleanse as my intestines and liver are!
I'm actually quite curious as to how my mental and emotional well-being will change at the end of this. Will I become a vegan like our Hall of Fame Blogger James Garland? I don't know but I have a feeling that my body will be better at telling me what it needs at the end of the cleanse.
So, back to the day.....this morning I took a look at my tongue in the mirror and it was very coated. One thing I forgot to mention yesterday was that I also had some dermographism on my arm (mini-hives). According to many MC forums, many people experience all sorts of skin reactions while cleansing. I'm hoping that my extensive use of sea salt and epsom salt soaks in the tub will prevent that from occuring. I've been an avid bath taker since owning a home. I used to take baths a lot but not like I do now. I really don't take many showers at all unless I'm at the gym and need to rinse off. I just don't feel as clean as I do with baths. There is something about osmosis that really keeps me feeling better.
Besides the coated tongue, some slight itchiness in the back of my throat occurs from time to time but it's not severe by any means.
I did the salt water "bath" again. I tried to only use one pint of water this time but found that nothing was really getting my colon moving until I took the second glass. In the morning I go from bath to toilet to bath to toilet to bath to toilet. The warm epsom salt water on my belly as I soak in the tub helps move things along with less irritating contractions. Plus it keeps my poor bum from getting sore as was the case yesterday As a good friend would say, "TMI, dude, TMI"
I've kind of felt a little foggy all day. I'm still able to do my job (thank goodness for those under my pharmaceutical care!!), but if I look off into the distance things look kind of weird. Hmmm.. not quite sure what to make of that.
I started to get a migraine for about half an hour which also coincided with the localized pain in my lower right quadrant which I've concluded is either my appendix or ileocaeccal valve. Dr. D was once telling me that migraine patients tend to benefit from colonics so I'm starting to wonder if my migraines are at all related to this issue. Migraines are so tricky but I just think allopathic medicine is more interested in treating the symptoms than actually solving the problem for patients.
The migraine went away and I had a one hour massage at the former Urban Retreat in the Uptown area, now under new ownership and called LouLou's. Moving lymph was so important to me tonight since I skipped my workout. Speaking of which, don't worry; I won't be doing anything insanely difficult while cleansing except maybe some hot yoga to help ring out the sweat with impurities. But no running or tough cardio whatsoever. Just walking, biking, eliptical machine, and all keeping my heart rate under 130 for toxin-moving purposes.
Well it's 10 pm and I should be getting off the computer and getting to bed! Quick bath with the senna tea (a second try) and time for some shuteye!
Stay tuned for the next episode, hopefully NOT called, "Erika passed out in the pharmacy from starvation." Nah, it's all good. But you know what would also be good right now? Solid food. Yeah.
Discipline, Erika. Discipline.
If you have been following since last night's blog, you know that I have decided to do the Master Cleanse. So, last night I got home from Whole Foods to brew some herbal laxative tea. The book does not specify brand or even which blend of herbs but I decided to go for what I'd seen mentioned: Smooth Move by Traditional Medicinals. I also picked up a similar tea by Yogi Tea but have not opened this yet. I have done a lot of research into the forums to try to find out some other details but it's hard to know if there is truly a "right way" of doing this besides following the basic rules.
I woke up this morning with a nasty headache. Last time I took a senna product, I remember this same type of headache. It's not a migraine but it sucks nonetheless. I also had stomach cramps but did not have to go right away. Finally I did and then I decided to do the sea salt water "bath". The book calls for two tsp of sea salt in one quart of water. I brought about a cup of water to a boil and then added room temp water to the rest of this mixture to get to one quart. Just like the sodium phosphate used as colonoscopy preps (think Fleet phospho-soda), it works incredibly quickly. What I found out quite quickly was that one quart is probably excessive for my little body. I think I'm going to reduce down to one pint tomorrow. I mean, I didn't get nauseated and it actually went down without too much resistance but have to spend an hour running to the toilet to only see things come out as clear as they went in (repetitively) seems pointless. I know that eventually some good plaque and mucus should be coming out but at this point I'm not seeing it so why put myself through the trouble of an entire QUART every morning?
OK, so I had a glass of the infamous lemonade before work and since I work across the hall from a bakery cafe, you can only imagine how hungry I felt with those aromas. I also still had that damn headache. Oh, I really hope that goes away soon!!! I had a glass during work but forgot the friggin cayenne pepper so my body started to feel a little cool. I also had a glass after work and before working out (at work since I joined the company gym). I did a 15 minute core conditioning class followed by 20 minutes on the recumbent bike and 45 minutes of the Muscle Madness class.
Coming out of the gym down the hall, I felt hungry and hypnotized by the scent of yummy food in an orientation class. I came home and had a two serving glass of the lemonade, this time with the cayenne, and this has so far help the hunger pangs. I think the key to this cleanse is to stay ahead of the hunger and perhaps for me, add more maple syrup since I have a fairly high metabolism that I really don't want to lose.
So far that's all; I'll keep you posted with more details!!
guten Abend meine Liebchens,
heute nur kurz eine Beobachtung:
wie Ihr ja wisst, so bin ich gerade in einer Form von chronischen,beruflichen,physischen Veränderung :-)
die da aufzeigt, dass ich aufgrund der formaljuristischen Situation, dass wir nichts mehr *rübergeben* dürfen, sondern nurnoch Empfehlungen ausprechen dürfen (welch ein Witz),dran, diverse Firmen abzuklappern welche *einigermasssen* tolerierbare Supplemente versuchen auf den Markt zu werfen.
Fast alle reiten zur Zeit auf "Wirksamkeit en O Komma nix" durch Wärmegefühl, Prickeln etc. nach dem Motto der Kunde is ja blöd, weiss nicht Bescheid (leider ein Transponat der eigenen Unwissenheit auf sein Gegenüber) und dann auchnoch bitte ein Gemisch mit Guarana; zum Energiespenden, fitbleiben, nich schlappeln während des Tages etc. Wenn dann eine bescheidene Frage meinerseits kommt, ob denn die usur auf Dauer nicht schädlich sei, da es doch ein winzig bizzele die Nebennierenrinde ausdrainiere...dann kommem Kuhaugengegucke und häääää???!
Bein Letzen verwies ich darauf (Gott sei Lob habe ich den Packungsinhalt vorab gelesen) auch Guarana drinne und non-flushfree Niacin...super lecker...und dann grossartig damit prahlen der absoluten superoberaffengeilen *Sofort-fit-wirkung* von diesem Rotz. Haaaalllloooo aufwachen ich habe gesagt ich bin allergisch auf das Zeug!!! Antwort seinerseits:ha dann nämmet Sie hald äs bizzele weniger.. !!!
G'd evening all dearles :-)
as you know, I am at this moment in bigger changements of physical, psychical patterns of my daily workcircumstances, because our *superman* of healthminister tries to destroy completely all kind of complementary medicine. So far so well, I am looking for different firms which are also on the market but lesser effective but because of their non-medical statements of *being* just mas ou menos to recommend (better not to take :-) )....so far some firms believe that because of their own incompetence, that others are similar and don't know or understand the ingredient of their products: means that they are allmost storytellers about how their products work amazingly (on and with what??)huh...so they think ya a bit mad in you head...and they try to make ya believe that the mixup from nonflushfree Niacin & Guarana on longterm-intake can't hurt....
then, nice and sweet as I might be sometimes, I ask with a holy smile on my face; but isn't' that draining your adrenal glands on long terms?? Biiiiig coweyes and huuuuuuh???
The last - one said to me, after I told him that I won't try any of his goodies....because of the guaranareaction of mine.....hey Mame...just take a bit lesser than normal......omG....omG.....
Sorry I've been sans blog for so long. It has been an incredibly topsy turvy late summer for me. Lots of changes in my life. Mostly good. I'm experiencing many things new but haven't quite learned to let go of the old. That's incredibly difficult for me. However, read on as you shall see how I plan to deal with such dilemmas....
OK, as I've concluded that there is something chronically adverse going on in my ileocaeccal region (overgrowth of unhealthy bacteria based on symptoms), I'm bound and determined to go through the Master Cleanse. I think I'm ready now. Today I was not so ready. I was incredibly hungry and tired today after a long wedding weekend back in Iowa for a childhood friend. Now that the party is over, I'm ready to get serious.
As a disclaimer, please realize I have no "weight" to lose per se. I am at my ideal body weight or perhaps no more than five pounds over this. However, I feel both a physical and a spiritual need to cleanse. We shall see how this goes. Any words of encouragement are welcomed here. I will be checking in more often to report my progress. I will also be checking into the forum whenever possible.
Wish me luck!!
PS-I have created a myspace page so anyone in the BTD realm who is already a member is welcome to look me up and add me as a friend. There is a special celebrity with me in the default photo that I'm certain many of you have grown to know and love over the years. He and I are both proud owners of big black labs.
I am really enjoying this nutritional chat room that I’ve been spending so much time visiting. I also have sent many of the other visitors to the Blood Type Diet website. People that are interested in improving their health are much more inclined to listen than family or friends. That has been a nice experience.
Another website to which I send people who want to improve their health is the one for the EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) that I’ve mentioned several times in the past. There is an incredible web page that should really help explain what Dr. D’Adamo means when he is talking about lectins and agglutination. It focuses on the effects of emotions on our blood, but the person whose blood was being used for this experiment had just eaten some chicken and an avocado. She is a B blood type and those foods are avoids for her to eat. Well, the first slide shows her blood in a mess of stuck together cells. That I believe is what Dr. D says is agglutination. I don’t want my blood doing that! The other photos of blood on a dark field are also striking and demonstrate the emotions of sadness, love, fear, and peace. If you are interested in seeing these photos, please visit this site at
www.emofree.com/Research/Emotions-Blood.htm . If you want to learn more about EFT and how it can assist you in becoming healthier, go to www.emofree.com/a/?1981/1<br />
Well, it looks as though it is going to freeze good and hard tonight. We have taken from the garden about as much as we will be able to for the year. I still have some of the kohlrabi out there and if it doesn’t freeze too hard it might still be able to grow for another few days. My husband did manage to pick some more peas today and a couple days ago we gathered the rest of the zucchini, broccoli, and three kohlrabi. The Brussels sprouts are in pots and I will bring them into the solarium soon. My husband did cover everything tonight, and unless it gets into the 20’s, the plants should be okay another night or two or three. Winter is definitely coming fast and the garden can’t last too much longer regardless what we do.
Yesterday we went to my brothers for a pig party. My twins had built a brick pit for him to roast a suckling pig upon. There was quite the gathering and many people brought goodies to eat. Fortunately, my sister-in-law also bought and barbecued some chicken so I was able to eat that instead of the pork. My contribution was pumpkin bars that were very tasty but more like cake. I used spelt, kamut, millet, and oat flours, used xylitol instead of sugar, allspice instead of nutmeg, and whole eggs instead of whites and a whole egg. My recipe didn’t use many of the same ingredients, but was still very good and blood type friendly. That is just the way it is done in my kitchen. I revise a lot of recipes and they almost always turn out great.
Tonight’s dinner was a kamut and quinoa twist pasta with a tomato based sauce, lots of onions and garlic, and ground lamb for the meat. It was also quite good.
Well, it is late and I’m going to have a glass of wine and relax before I head to bed. Take care and have a good night or day as the case may be. Till next time…
Wow, was it 1500 responses Peter got in 11 days. I think I'll stay in my somewhat hidden world and be happy to help a few here and there. Is that part of my AB constitution vs Peter's heartier A blood type. I keep remembering that Ab's are supposed to be more like O's in their physical endurance. I keep hoping but physical exercise tends to stress me out. Everytime I get on my stairmaster for 30 minutes(would you believe on number 1) where my heart rate goes up to only 104, I start getting that gastro stuff. The exercise seems to be the last straw. It's probably my AB hyper activity and my partially gemini influence that pushes me over the edge. Look at me now at almost 2AM. The good stuff always comes after 11PM. Oh who cares anyway. I've never been more creative in my life and I am thrilled and grateful to be able to blog blog blog my way to fullfillment.
Listen, yep listen...I was at a small workshop with this awesome woman from Israel, Eliana Gilad whose voice was so beautifully moving. Dr Emoto, who did the water experiments in What the Bleep produced a stunning 'snow flake' crystal using Eliana's music. Check out more at Myrna's Mind in the post, Peace, Voices of Eden & Water Crystals.
Sunday night is sort of like a ceremony, a ritual. Separating the recycling, flatting out the boxes, gathering up everything in the house that could even be considered as trash, just to get it out, to start new. Sometimes, if it has been a particularly hard or stressful week, I will put the trash out first thing on Sunday morning, (I’m sure this doesn’t make the neighbors happy) it is just too much to deal with for one more day.
Once it is all out on the curb, out of my house, almost out of my life, I feel at peace. I know that it will be gone it the morning and I can start out the week anew.
Of course I’ll build up more trash as soon as that is picked up. Little slips of paper here and there or even bigger items that just have to go, but at least I know if I can make it through the week…………………
Last night I was thinking about it and I realized that in some of the most difficult times in my life I developed this almost obsessive habit of taking the trash out to the can every night, no matter how empty or full the bag was. It was like I was trying to get rid of something, but at the time I just didn’t know what.
Thinking about it now I realize I was so caught up in trying to throw away this mysterious rotten thing hidden somewhere in my house that I started just frantically throwing out everything, until pretty soon the only thing that was left was the rotten core. I had found it, but at that point I had nothing else.
There is something very meditative about trash day. I get better with it each year. Knowing what to throw out and what to keep is the hardest part of the chore, I know I have lost a lot that I now regret and kept a lot that I soon realized was trash.
I guess that is life. Sometimes a weed looks like a flower, sometimes lead looks like gold and sometimes trash looks like treasure.
There is something very meditative about trash day.
Shortly I will be heading outside to the garden to cover up the remaining vegetables. Their time is short, but the Brussels sprouts, kohl rabi, and broccoli are still a bit short of maturing. My husband brought in what was probably the last of this year’s peas this morning and then shucked them so they would be part of dinner tonight. The temperatures are dropping and it is expected to get down to 34 degrees tonight. Our little microclimate is a few degrees cooler than most, so it will most likely freeze. We cover the garden with a large sheet of opaque plastic wrap. That should protect the plants until we get a really hard freeze. The daytime temperatures are still in the 50’s so the plants will continue to grow.
Tonight’s dinner was so good and tasty. We had salmon steaks, steamed carrots, zucchini, fresh peas, and fresh, sliced tomatoes. On top of that we enjoyed a glass of raw milk. Everything was organic, tender, and delicious. I know that milk is an avoid for us O’s, but I needed to buy at least a gallon of milk to get the organic and non-homogenized, non-pasteurized, chemical free cream I needed to make butter. So, we are enjoying the milk that was left over. It tastes wonderful and it has been very much a rarity for several years.
Yesterday I made butter from the milk’s cream and when I was finished, I added some herbs, and garlic and onion powders. It will taste wonderful on the vegetables this week. I did put some on my carrots. Heavenly!!!
The trees have really turned colors this week. As our area is filled with aspens and cottonwoods, the trees turn a lovely shade of yellow. We also have some birch, but they also turn yellow. When the sunlight hits the trees they shine like gold! It is so pretty. But, almost every year, about two weeks after the trees turn to gold, a big wind and/or rain comes and the leaves are scattered on the ground. I’m never in a hurry for that to happen. Winter will be here within a month, possibly the first week of October.
The ravens and crows have returned. That is another sure sign of winter. We counted 16 crows at an intersection a few days ago. Crows are becoming a common sight now. For the first 15 or so years that we lived here, we never saw a crow. Ravens, yes, but no crows. Ravens are delightful and I’ve enjoyed watching them ‘dance’ in the air during windy and very cold days. They were delighting in it. I, however, was bundled up trying to stay warm.
I haven’t done this for a while, but we had a total daylight today of 12 hours 44 minutes and 36 seconds which is a loss of 5 minutes 31 seconds since yesterday. Sunrise was at 7:36 a.m. and sunset is shortly at 8:21. The state’s extremes were 64 degrees at Annette and Klawock for the high and a low of 27 degrees at Gustavus.
Well, this is all for tonight. I’m really tired and am going to relax for a while on my new massage chair before bed. Take care. Till next time……
Ok, so I think we all think wish we had at least one more hour in the day. I know I do (perhaps if I did I would write this blog more often). Well............I was just reading a study that I think we all might find very interesting (not to mention a good excuse for when we can't get everything done).
Subjects were put in experimental chambers that completely isolated them from their usual external environment, including knowledge of time of day. For the first few days, they were exposed to a 24 hour rest/activity cycle in which the room lights were turned on and off at the same time each day. Under these conditions, their sleep/wake cycles were 24 hours long.
Then, all environmental time cues were eliminated, and the subjects were allowed to control the lights themselves. Immediately, their sleep/wake patterns began to change. On average, bedtime began 30 min. later each day, and so did wake-up time. Thus a sleep wake cycle persisted in the complete absence of environmental cues.
They were creating 25 hour days. This indicates that cues are required to entrain a circadian rhythm to 24 hours!!!
So next time you are late for work or don't do the laundry...........don't worry it is not your fault, it is just your body, it thinks it has one more hour in the day!
Guten Abend Ihr Liebchens :-)
nachdem ich mich einigermassen wieder einbekommen habe, dachte ich mir, typisch NT (5in Risos') keiner kann mir auf's Käppchen seichen...mach mal.... aber eben dann andersrum...auch gut.... nun bestelle ich direkt auf den Namen der Clienten und nach mir die Sintflut.... für Eigenbedarf dürfen wir....:-) hier in der Schweiz.....aber scheinbar nicht nach oder in Teutonien und Frankreich....oo je...die Armen...was man da alles wissen muss...huh?? Und ausserdem sind WIR die CH-Leute angelehnt an den *grossen Kanton* named BRD und das heisst, sobald gewisse Produkte das EU-Zeichen drauf haben, können wir tonnenweise das Zeugs rüberschleppen...ist das denn nix?? Auch werden scheinbar nächstens Paralell-Importe ganz gross in Mode kommen-dann gehts' noch einfacher hier im Stäätle.
Wiiedaaseehn :-) Codex...A...genau da mich auch :-).....
G'd evening all dearles :-)
after having calmed down after those bloody events and customs-events...I thought by myselve, typically NT, that nobody should get on my nerves anymore , so ok...here we go but in a different way; now I am ordering directly on the client's name, this is allowed to do the import of goods on their own address....and after all...the Flood after me :-)..... That seems is not the case for Germany nor France,
supplements are forbidden to enter the frontiers into those countries. (but...huh...who cares-really??)
We, the swiss-peoples are alied to the *big Canton* named Teutonia, this means when having got the EU-sign on the bottles, we might get them tonwise into Switzerland... doesn't that seems good??
It is soon permitted to go for parallel-importations here, so that means all will be much easier here in this little country .
Byeeee:-) Codex A....I wish you the same...you'd for me :-)))
We’ve had some sunlight this week for a change. So far, we have not had a frost and the garden is continuing go to grow and produce. There a just tiny little Brussels sprouts on all six plants, the broccoli has small florets, the kohl rabi is beginning to thicken, and the peas have pods slowly filling with growing peas. If it doesn’t cloud over soon, we may get a frost tonight. Clouds act as a blanket and keeps warmer temperatures around us.
I added many quart sized bags of greens to the freezer again this week. First, we did put up some peas, and then beets and beet greens. My husband found a site on the internet that said parsnip greens are edible, so I put up just one package to give it a try. If we like them, then next year I’ll know to put some up. In the meantime, the chickens had a feast. Because is has been so cool this summer, the parsnips were very small. We had them with dinner last night.
The raspberry bushes have continued to produce and raspberries have gone into smoothies, on cereal, and sometimes just eaten. Even the strawberries are still trying to produce. See, it just isn’t time for winter, yet. But, the trees are beginning to turn to golden and that says winter is coming soon. The freeze won’t hold off very much longer.
Last night’s dinner was so good. I roasted a turkey and steamed some sweet potatoes. Then I parboiled the parsnips in turkey broth. I know that is a lot of starch for one meal, but I really needed to use up the parsnips and because they were so small, we didn’t have enough of them for a meal. In addition, I fixed a salad with a variety of our homegrown, organic lettuces and spinach. To those I added some onion, tomatoes, and celery. It was a good meal.
After church today, my husband and I went to our favorite restaurant. It has been closed for a couple weeks while grandparents came to visit. We felt as though we’ve been on withdrawal. So, today I had halibut and a salad. My husband, an A, ate a turkey sandwich and a salad. It was good and I did not have to make any of it.
Our twins will be 21 in just a couple days. Time has flown by. These are our babies. Now, they are grown men. It really wasn’t all that long ago that they were chasing bugs all over the neighborhood or fishing in a big mud puddle. Raising twins was an up and down experience; quite different from raising just one baby at a time. But, we have all made it to this point in our lives.
I noticed tonight that the ravens have returned. That is another sure sign that winter is on the way. The days are noticeably shorter now than just a month ago. And, when we left this morning the unmistakable feeling of fall was in the air.
The past couple weeks I’ve spent time on a chat room visiting with some really nice people who are all interested in health matters. I have really enjoyed that. Several years ago I went to a chat room and everybody was just rude and catty. It is so nice to find a place to express opinions and give helpful information. I know I’ve told many about the blood type diet and how helpful it has been to me. My husband is now following it, too. AND, my son-in-law is going to get his blood typed so he can follow it, too. That is just wonderful!
Also, I’ve been studying my new EFT (emotional freedom techniques) DVD’s and learning much more about how our emotions affect our health. Nutrition is paramount. But, our emotional issues and fears from the past have such an impact on our general health and many people just don’t realize it.
Well, this is about all for this week. Hope yours is a good one. Take care. Till later……
Was up till 3AM trying to correct some html stuff on one of my personal blogs and I am sure mighty tired but just read Peter's entry and chuckled.
You said "Wouldn't the patient have been better off getting a new sweater or some slacks rather than to be left with a photostat of some normal lab values". What a wonderful memory of your last conference in Tempe, Arizona almost 2 yrs ago when I mentioned that Jeffrey Bland suggested that I take the Great Smokey's Test for the folic acid SNP(I was worried as 3 of the listed points for the folic acid SNP were ME) and you said, 'Hey Myrna, get the foic acid supplement for $8, and go buy yourself a sweater for $192". Not sure exactly about the exact amount in dollars but you get the point.
It was funny to hear you say it here again but it sure made me grin. I took your advice and restricted my addiction to know every detail of the what and why of Myrna.
Tonight I went to a 3 hour homeopathy lecture. Dr A.U Ramakrishnan spoke about the homeopathic approach to cancer. Difficult to keep me away but I only lasted for half of it. It took such concentration as I was in the back row and had to strain to hear the speaker who didn't project his voice on top of having a thick accent.
But, what brilliance. I kept daydreaming in between focusing on every word thinking how wonderful it would have been if Peter D had been there brainstorming and debating the subject. Up the ante is my mantra. After all, cancer is Peter's specialty. What stuck out most is how Dr Ramakrishnan stated boldly, atleast 5 times, that he always suggests that if a patient has a breast tumor in stage 1 or 2, they must have surgery before he treats them with homeopathy.
There seems to be a concensus to get rid of the cancer first and then work to change the patient's inner and outer environment.
Ramakrishnan also said that it is not as clear cut as some people think. Healthy people get cancer. People who are not stressed get cancer. Country people get cancer. Non smokers get lung cancer and the examples went on to show that no matter how 'well' peoole live or state of mind they are in, many still get cancer.
Am I trying to make a point here? It certainly is thought provoking.
Connecting you to your healthier self
I am having more than a few problems trying to find the balance of a mom who works fulltime, volunteers, studies (or tries), and a daughter of an elderly mother who needs more care. Ugh, it makes me tired just reading it.
After much soul searching I decided to leave my husband's business in July. I was feeling stressed working with my husband for more than 16 years and totally bored with my duties. My husband and I have totally different points of view in how to run businesses. My husband wants growth for the sake of growth, I want businesses in which I participate to have controlled growth with the best use of personal talents. When my husband starting going in 14 different directions and not using his skills and talents to their best advantages, I decided it was time to hang up my hat.
I had quite a bit of fallout, but I was able to get a new job as a VP Operations with a polyurethane factory. The upside is the hours are incredibly flexible, the downside is I am dealing with employees who need quite a bit of "fixing." Because the whole factory needs to be fixed from the foundation up, I end up forgetting to eat at lunch, with the end result being a horrible, ugly, cortisol belly that is growing by the day.
Theoretically speaking, as the reductionist/diet gurus would say it is simple, lower calories should equal less weight.
Not in my case!!!! The more I stress myself (SNPS from an a Father), the rounder the belly. I keep thinking I was born in the wrong century, I would have been perfect in a time and place where feasting and famine were the norm. I would have survived the famines with no problem!!!!
I have made a discovery about my thyroid and coffee. I have had a love affair with coffee since I was 4 years old and gave up milk. I found out on a trip to my German grandparents house that milk made my throw up but the coffee my Oma gave to me settled my stomach made me feel calm and happy. From the age of 4 until I was around 26, I self medicated with coffee to keep me happy. When I was 26, I was diagnosed with severe migraines and the first cut was coffee, but coffee seems to reenter my life when I get stressed out.
Hence, this summer I started up with my drug of choice and made the shocking discovery that coffee made my thyroid hurt and bulge slightly and my ear canals would swell and hurt!!!! The minute I stop the half cup in the morning is the minute my thyroid stops aching...who would have thought!!! I am painfully letting go of the caffeine habit and replacing it with green tea. Not quite as satisfying at coffee but an absolutely necessary choice.
When I started the Blood Type Diet last October, I soon found that it’s tricky to find fully-BTD-compliant prepared foods in the store (and next to impossible if I’m careful to avoid my personal allergens as well), so I’ve been doing a lot more cooking from scratch. Fortunately, I have also found that many recipes can be used for more than one purpose.
Pasta sauce can also be used on a pizza, for example. And any basic bread-dough recipe can be used to make the crust for that pizza – or dinner rolls, burger buns, bread sticks – you name it. All it takes is a little experimentation, so despite what your mother told you, do play with your food!
When Hubby and I make bread (using the recipe in my August 10 entry), we often earmark one loaf’s worth of the dough for pizza. That amount is perfect for a jellyroll pan (about 10 x 15” or 25 x 38 cm), oiled the same as for loaf pans. We shape the dough into a rough oblong a couple of inches (about 5 cm) thick, then let it “rest” on the pan for 10 or 15 minutes so the gluten will relax. The dough can then be patted out thin enough to cover the pan and form a raised edge. We let it rise for 20 or 30 minutes afterward (though I suspect it would still be good with a shorter rise time – just different). This makes a thick crust, a little bit puffy and a little bit chewy. We put the sauce and whatever toppings we want on the raw dough, then bake the whole thing for about an hour at 325 degrees F (160 C) – it needs to bake a bit longer with dense, heavy toppings and a bit less time with skimpy toppings.
Back in pre-BTD days, we would sometimes make dinner rolls from whole-wheat bread dough, and I see no reason why this wouldn’t also work with spelt dough. We just shaped the dough into balls, set them on an oiled cookie sheet, and let them rise till their bulk had about doubled (which means that if each ball started out as a quarter-cup of dough, for example, it had grown to about half a cup). Then we popped them into the oven and kept a very close eye on them, because they were done in something like 20 minutes. Someday I’m going to try the same thing with spelt dough, though I probably won’t let the rolls rise quite so much, because they’d be likely to fall somewhat in the oven. (Of course, I could just cut my fallen rolls in half around their equators and show everyone what beautiful burger buns I made – on my very first try!)
Or I could make bread sticks. I would divide my dough into small pieces, let them rest 10 or 15 minutes, then roll them between the palms of my hands until they were about the thickness of a pencil. Put them on an oiled cookie sheet, sprinkle them with salt, garlic salt, herbs, cheese, nutritional yeast, or whatever – even (maple) sugar & spice! Let them rise a little, then bake, which should take even less time than for rolls. Hey, I could even loop those dough pencils around to make soft pretzels! In that case, I might want to brush the tops with a beaten egg, for that shiny pretzel crust.
The main idea is to try some new things and have some fun.
Wow. It has been a long time since I blogged. When I started again, I made a mental promise to myself to try not to blog less than 1 time per week. This was a commitment that I sort of made to myself, and to you, when I started blogging again. It was an theoretical “line” that I drew for myself in my mental sand so to speak.
I think that I am always drawing these lines. I wonder if there are ever any that I don’t, eventually, cross….
I received a comment that read:
“Hello, Are you still doing the 'no starch diet'? I haven't followed your blogs in a while and I wanted to know if you have been successful. I truly appreciated you 04/04/2004: "the line" blog.”
I couldn’t even remember “The Line” blog so I went back and read it.
It was another attempt by me to get starches out of my life. I was drawing the line: I would never eat starches again
I think that sometimes my drawing of these “lines” is an attempt by me to reel my life in. Because of my basic artistic nature, I tend to feel like I am always sort of spread out and going in a million different directions. I think that I try to counter this feeling by trying to become narrower in one way or another.
It never works, and, unfortunately it didn’t work that time either.
So where did the line go? Well, in my usually fashion, I probably followed it for a short while. My guess would be 2 days. Maybe as long as 5 or 6, but 2 days seems about right. That’s about the outside of what I can do when severely limiting my nature. That line, and many others that I have drawn int eh past and continue to draw for myself now, was not realistic for the person that I really am. It was only realistic for the imaginary me.
I get the two confused a lot.
I sometimes think about the entire year that I was a Vegan. How was I able to do that? Well, it is also sort of like the 3 or 4 times in my life where I was able to stick to a severe diet and exercise regime long enough to lose 50 pounds or so. I can do it. For a while. Then I simply can’t anymore, and no amount of mental coercion will change that.
I think that, too, as I get older, I simply no longer want to live a life of extremes.
It feels as if I am not ABLE to live an extreme life anymore.
I have a friend who is married to the most high-powered woman I have ever encountered. She was, just recently, ranked as the top woman money manager in the country by Barron’s. You can figure out what her income is like. She built, owns and runs a top jumping stable in the northeast and one of her horse was in the Olympics last go around. She is a top jumper herself. On top of this, I read an article about her the other day, where she is also a fitness buff who, according to the interviewer, has the best torso he has ever seen. She is 48. In this article she describes her day. She is up at 5 AM and works out for 3 hours. She then works at her office from 10 to 4. She comes home and rides 4 horses, eats dinner and then settles down to work in the evening. She works until midnight.
This is her routine, day in and day out. She has been married for 25 years to the same person, and has 2 daughters. She is self-made, very rich, in perfect shape and succeeds in everything she does.
It’s tough not to be jealous.
But I am not. I’m not because I know that I can do exactly the same thing as she, if I am willing to do so. The thought of doing that kind of schedule doesn’t appeal to me. While the success DOES, the rest does not. I also know that there is a personal and family price that is paid with that sort of life and it is a price that I don’t want to pay.
I’m not willing to live that life, to walk that line. But with that, I have to give up the dream of being in perfect shape, the dream of being enviably thin. I haven’t given up the dream of being rich yet….
Sometimes I think that I am willing to do it all, and that’s when I start thinking about the line. I am not naturally thin. I have to force my body, very hard, to get it to look like that. It takes eating very carefully, and, truthfully, very little. It takes 3 hours of hard exercise each and every day. It takes total and completely commitment. And, unfortunately for me, it takes committing to that for a lifetime.
So, where is my line?
The truth is, is that I just don’t know. Perhaps there is none. Perhaps I just don’t want to live within lines that are too extreme anymore.
I guess I would have to say that I am still figuring it out.
Just read AP about the guy who lived to 112. Read more here
Wonder if this guy was a happy camper through out most of those 11 decades. He probably had great genes or something special about them. They said his organs were like a 50 or 60 year old. Well, I am going to keep doing my thing. People around me just roll their eyes when they see me paying so much attention to the food I eat and the focus I have on staying in tune with my body.
Today I made a little test, eating Ezekial English Muffin with peanut butter. Got the first heartburn I've had since being on that 28-Day Detox/Cleanse last month. Wonder if it was the PB, sprouted grains or the yeast. Well, it was a fun test and delicious as well but tomorrow back to my usual anti-inflammatory foods and blood type diet. Well actually PB is supposed to be beneficial for AB's and also Ezekial bread. What's that about?
Watched a butterfly on a 'butterfly bush' for 30 minutes staring in a state of awe wishing I had a fast lense digital and thinking about how I could get the butterfly to come on my hand or finger. When you watch that long, you kind of feel like a friend to such a beautiful creature. It feels funny calling a butterfly a creature..hmmm
Anyone ever put an image on this blog? Still thinking about that butterfly and digital camera.
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend!
Yesterday my husband brought in a bowl full of peas from the garden. We shelled them and they became a part of our dinner! I was beginning to wonder whether we would harvest any before the first frost of the year. I guess that is one advantage of having rain or very cloudy days in that it acts as a blanket and keeps the temperature a bit warmer. It has already gotten down to 38 degrees a couple times recently.
In addition to having peas with dinner, I also sliced a couple zucchini from the garden and added some onions, organic celery, and crimini mushrooms to the skillet and blended the cooked foods together. It was a bit strange, but it all got eaten anyway. I fixed some small steaks to go with the dinner.
I will be bringing some lettuce pots into the solarium very soon so we can continue eating fresh salads this winter. This is the first year I’ve grown lettuces in pots. It has worked very well. I also grew Chinese cabbages and Brussels sprouts in pots, but the Brussels sprouts didn’t do well. It was just too cold. I’m still waiting for the broccoli and kohlrabi to produce, but they are in the ground. The spinach is doing okay, but the Swiss chard is doing very well, as is the kale.
The tomato plants have quite a few green tomatoes on them and hopefully they will ripen as the lettuces continue to grow. I have full spectrum lights in the solarium, too. The temperature is set at 60 degrees, but I may have to increase that. The cucumber plants failed this year because the solarium at 60 degrees just wasn’t warm enough and there weren’t enough sunny days to really heat things up in there.
My husband did surprise me a couple times this week with a bowlful of fresh, succulent raspberries. They tasted so good. I didn’t think we had any raspberry bushes left after the chickens got through with them, but there were some tangled up with one of my Alaskan wild rose bushes. It was such a nice surprise.
I took a package of salmon out for dinner tonight, but it will be for tomorrow instead. We wound up having quick sandwiches in place of dinner. We’ll probably do some grazing as we get hungry tonight. Everybody was hungry at 4 and eating then really does mess up a regular dinner. My husband doesn’t like to eat past 6 p.m. and the twins eat on and off until the wee early hours of the day. Fortunately we have some mighty good food that is easily put together for when they get hungry. Plus, there are always plenty of mostly organic fruits and fruit juices.
Last week we were finally able to walk outside when it wasn’t rainy. We walked around the neighborhood several times over a few days. It was just over a mile, but it was a nice walk. Somehow, I managed to bruise the outside of my knee, so I haven’t walked there for a couple days. Today, my knee is feeling a bit better. If the rain will stay away, we should be able to continue our walks tomorrow. My husband has gone by himself, which I am glad he has done. Walking is so good for us, but I am also such a fair-weather person that I don’t go out in inclement weather. That is why we have the stores. I did walk at the store today. And, the rebounder is used when nobody is around!!!
Anyway, have a great day. Till next time…
morgen Ihr Liebchens:-)
tja, so war das mit den neuesten Bestimmungen und Erkenntnissen; es stinkt mir absolut zusehen zu müssen wir das Gros der Volkes (egal wo) so ziemlich verächtlich von Ihren Regierungen behandelt wird,
buckeln,zahlen,ausgleichen, sich fremdbestimmen lassen ist die Regel- leider bis dato sehe ich wenige *Murrer* noch Aufständige (da bin ich dann doch froh hier in CH zu leben :-) gaaanz soo schlimm ist es noch nicht.
Wenn ich jedoch dann die Lebensmittelverordnung hier vom BAG lese, so wird mir einfach regelrecht schlecht; Leute seid Eur wirklich bewusst es sind über 500 verschiedenste Chemikalien mitwelchen so ziemlich alle, aber auch restlos ALLE Lebens-und Nahrungsmittel behandelt werden. Eure Körper sollten, wie Eure Autos, anstatt zum AutoDoc, regelemässig entgiftet (am Besten und Einfachsten mit Chlorella) ud dann aufgebaut werden so wie unser ND Peter es beschreibt; a) Blutgruppenspezifische Ernährung und ajustierte Supplemente. -und meine Liebchens- glaubt Euch ja nicht im *Hypochonderverein*.....im Gegenteil..we heute diese Dinge missachtet, erntet über Kurz oder Lang seine Quittung für sein Fehlverhalten, ein Fehlverhalten aus Unwissenheit und Unachtsamkeit da diese Person immernoch darauf vertraut-dass alles in seinen Lebensmitteln adäquat vorhanden ist. Es wird ihm ja auchnoch vorgegaukelt von seinen Weisskittel und anderen *Istanzen*.
Uebrigens kurz noch, meine Geburtstagsgeschenke kamen alle wohlbehalten zurück, wie schön dass meine Schwester auch ein AB ist..häää...geteiltes Leid ist halbes Leid und ich habe wieder etwas mehr für mich.... hi-hi-hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii......................
Moooorrrning all dearles;
hmm that the new rules have been implemented does extremely disturb me because I think that all the
folks are misstreated at that point in whole Europe; they might pay their taxes and muchmore,are cut down in their human rights, but it seems that nowbody cares and nobody will ever takes some initiative against such governmental oportunities...:-(
When I read the laws about the allowness what to add into our diets, so I become more than disgusted.
Be aware that at this time more than 500 different chemicals are allowed to add or for treatments and all is not known by citizens. So far I see that it is important to go with your car to your cardoc when
something is wrong----here I beg you, to take the detox as guaranted and please do it consequently
best beginn with Chlorella and then add the bloodtypediet and supplements!!! If you believe that you'll hogty soon all kinds of hypochonders; so I must tell you this is wrrroooonnnggg!!!! The contrary is the case and all who didn't realized until now how usefull and even a must is that kind of living (l.by doing)
will get his/her bill with weakness and alterations......even then when he trusts that diets might be complet likewise whitecoated and other instances try to make us believe!!
BTW...my birthdaypresents came back, safely :-)) isnt' that a yiiippiie bombe that my sister is also an AB??..so far painfull experiences are splitted into two and I do have more supps. for myselve :-)))