Jul 3, 2010

Doing the Master Cleanse/10 day fast

I am TAKING back my health and taking charge of my body. Over the last few years I have had what I believe is a very big struggle with my thyroid. I have gained quite a bit of weight over the years. Quite a bit in my stomach area, which is odd as I have ALWAYS had a great slim waist. ( anyone remember my Janet Abs?? Now I'd be hard pressed to even FIND my abs. ;-) I eat much healthier than I ever did before ( green smoothies, raw dishes, salads etc) ( I don't know ANYONE other than strict raw foodists that eat Kale, yes RAW KALE as I do! I am often very sick, tired , irritable and in a mental fog and always craving unhealthy things. I don't think this is a "oh you just have 5 kids issue." I think it is a spiritual and physical. I have also used food as a coping tool when stressed or instead of running to Christ Jesus. I have had many online buddies that were totally blessed and transformed by doing the master cleanse. It tends to free you of the urge to self cope with food, releases you from addicted cravings, clears your body of built up toxins and waste and gives a overall renewed sense of purpose, peaceful feeling and clear headed mind. Perhaps this is why the Bible and many cultures speak so much on fasting. After this fast I hope this will lead to a mostly vegan/vegetarian diet, at least 75-80% or more. (Hallelujah Acres www.hacres.com ) ( Green Smoothie Gir Raw Family I do this for the sake of my children. They deserve a mother than is healthy, energetic, clearheaded and joyful. I want THEM to be able to eat the way God intended us to. I want my HUSBAND to have his youthful gloriously energetic well figured, joyful adventurous healthy wife that he married back. The Lord has led me to this because I feel that unless I make drastic changes now, very serious consequences could occur. I have prayed over many mothers this year that have passed on to glory or are battling cancers and all sorts of disease. I believe that unless my family deviates totally from the (SAD diet) Standard American Diet, one or some in our family may be among those. I can do ALL things through Christ who Strengthens me." I am also nursing two children. From what I have read I believe they will be fine.
Here is my journal of how things have gone so far.

Phili 2:3for it is God who worketh in you both to will and to work, for his good pleasure. 14Do all things without murmurings and questionings: 15that ye may become blameless and harmless, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom ye are seen as lights in the world.

Day 1)
This wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I didn't have the Grade B maple syrup so I had to use black strap molasses and it was GROSS! To me anyway... I was nauseous for a bit in the evening but fine soon after. I could stomach it though as I knew it would help my journey. I think I had 10-12 servings of the lemon/maple syrup/cayenne pepper drink. Went and got 3 books from Sprouts on "The Master Cleanse" to cheer me on from many who have detoxed from this. I thought I'd be STARVING and crabby by honestly the lemonade concoction seems to fill me. I wasn't crabby which is weird for me when I don't eat. I even watch two different families kids along with my own including ALL the neighborhood kids. I had energy to make play dough for each of them to take home. It is HARD to make food for the kids without eating. Huatzin baked and even ate cookies right in front of me. I refused to give in. Alida Rodriguez.. STEADFAST and IMMOvable! YAY! Day 1 down

Day 2)
I have felt a little cranky. I have been using this as a time to pray and seek the Lord. I pray this makes me closer to him and helps to create in more of Jesus and the fruits if the spirit. I do feel very tired, kinda irritable, slow , sluggish. I am craving cooked foods. They say to tell if you are hungry, ask yourself, do yo crave meet, dairy, cooked foods or do you crave an apple, salad or fruit, If yo crave cooked foods it is a craving, if you crave green healthy good foods it is hunger. Also whatever you are craving is probably what is detoxing out of your system. I am craving cooked foods. The thought of a veggie sounds gross, so does fruit. I feel a bit foggy. All detox symptoms.

Day 3)
I am still slow moving today.. I have heard that usually day 3 is one of the hardest then it gets better. I don't desire food but man I miss chewing something. I am getting really irritated having to juice lemons all the live long day. I bought a little hand held lemon juicer that is making it so much easier. Cooking for the family is hard but I do it as unto the Lord and am blessed. I am pleased with my progress. My friend said i look like a ghost faced vampire. I take I'm looking pale! :-) I feel fine, can't wait for the energy that comes form doing the MC kicks in.. Still able to do what I need to though. I am concerned because I haven't had the major detoxing symptoms many others have had. The more you have the faster you are detoxing. I will consider extending this fast beyond 10 days if need be. The thought of going 20 or 40 days intrigues me...

Day 4)
Not much going on. I breaking out a bit on my face which rarely ever happens. ( sign of detox) I am a bit listless but fine. My milk supply is fine, I am staying super hydrated. ( and I am nursing a 1 year old and a 3 year old quite a bit) They seem fine and they don't have any side effects. The first day they were going to the potty quite a but but that was just day 1. I am getting stuffy. ( runny nose) another sign of detox. Honestly though this is the first day in a long while I haven't needed to take my inhaler! Neat. I have lost about 5 lbs but I am not doing it for that reason. I researching more raw food support and a raw vegan diet more in detail. I am super excited. Today I was hungry. I was craving apples, watermelon, apple pears, anything. I made food for the kids and licked the food to see if I seasoned it well, but can honestly say I haven't nibbled on a single solitary thing. AS unto the Lord. ;-) I realized this fast will go all the way through July 4th BBQ's, and even my little girls birthday. Possibly even my sons if I extend it enough. My hubby teased me but I am actually relieved. No falling off the wagon from raw if I cant eat. :-) Would love to see more elimination of the stored waste from years of SAD. I bet there is waste blocking the nutrients form absorbing in my body. to it I say OUT! Your body will create new fat cells to keep toxins from out of your blood stream. This would make sense as to why I have had tons of weight gain even though I try to eat well.

Day 5)
I am so excited. Hunger pains for the most part are gone. Half way there to the 10 day. My lungs feel so clear. My nose is still stuffy. I want the clear mind to come as I am a bit foggy, can't focus right. I miss my green smoothies. The craving for food is less strong. Not really eliminating tons of waste. I actually don't mind the drink with maple syrup. I like the spiciness of the cayenne. I admit I have not been focusing on the Lord the last day or so. That needs to change. I am not as temperamental. It is nice. This must be why the Lord says to fast. It makes yo more peaceful. The normal things my children do that bother me aren't as irritating. Processed foods make me so moody. This is great. Still waiting for some radical changes in how I feel health wise.. I am considering very heavily the 20 day fast. I think it may be necessary. I need to invest in quite a few more lemons and a ton more organic maple syrup. My family doesn't really know it right now, but they are about to become a mostly vegan fam. I am now about to go out to a BBQ both today AND tomorrow with my little gallon of juice. We'll see how I hold up! SoLi Deo. To God be the glory.


Anonymous said...

I understand COMPLETLY, Girl! That's where I am. I'll check out that Halleujah diet. I've done The Lord's Table and is thinking of doing it again.


The Crecelius' said...

Alida...I have like 3 lemon trees and never use the lemons. If you need some just call me up and we can pull some off for you!!! and they are organic and FREE :)

Ransomed~Redeemed said...

You are awesome Michelle! I'll need to stop by and get a bag! Thanks!

Jill said...

Alida - check out my health blog - we did the cleanse last summer and TONS of resources are on there!

God bless - Jill

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