Monday, May 30, 2011

Sorry I've Been MIA, but I'm DONE!!!!!!!!!



I can't express how much this means to me. Kennedy has been so ill for so long and SO many people told me that I would never finish...never be able to follow my dreams...never this or never that. They said the same thing about her: she will never talk, she'll never walk again, she won't live to be 12...yet, here we both are kicking and strong. The day after I was done (Saturday) she woke me and had prepared a beautiful picnic in her room complete with bowls of GF cereal, grapes, and cups of coconut milk. I was crying buckets full. I told her how much she means to me and that I would do it all over again if it meant having her as my daughter.


OMGoddess! I am jumping for joy right now. Singing louder in the shower. Extra pep in my step!


I am done. D.O.N.E. I have my second Master's degree in Psych. Oh yea oh yea. For the past two to three weeks I have had my blinders on and into research, running my house, taking care of Kennedy and getting it all together.

During the last 10 or so days...my diet was horrible. GF waffles at midnite while laboring over hundreds of research articles...cookies in the car (when it broke down- more on that later)...skipped the gym due to crazy exhaustion, but it doesn't matter because I am done and free!!!!!!!!!

With all of that said..it's on to the next one! My personal training exam is in 10 days!!!!!!! Gasp. Wish me luck. I'll be studying like a crazy person, but it will be easily doable compared to 45 page papers and such.

Just wanted to let my posse know that I am alive and well and about to embark on a full-on "Extreme Self-Care" plan from June 1-June 14. (Anyone with me???) Starting Wednesday! That's 2 weeks of extreme self-care, loving kindness, etc. YES I show myself extreme self-care daily, but this will be a detox, life-tox, love-tox. Kennedy has school until June 10th so I can only go to my favorite gym (no daycare) until then. I am going to blog about details of each day (exercise, food, mood, techniques). Now that hundreds of papers aren't looming over my head, I feel free to blog daily! OH yea!!! cuz I have soooooooo many ideas. I am so excited!

I have a plan to be :
  • 100% raw during those two weeks
  • exercising daily
  • skin brushing
  • drinking juice
  • drinking tons of green smoothies (with chia seeds to bulk them up)
  • doing yoga daily (even if for 5-15 minutes)
  • journaling twice daily
  • meditating twice daily
  • abstaining from watching tv (except on Tuesday)
  • reading to sleep
People ask me all the time how I do it all being a super single mom of a kiddo with special needs. I make the most of my time and of every opportunity I have. I also don't dwell and wallow in self-pity. NO "why me?" attitude about anything. I dont' compare myself (or my budget, or grocery bill) to two-income households. I canNOT afford a cabinet full of superfoods and every raw treat known to man. I live vicariously through those who can and I feel blessed to have the knowledge that I do about raw foods. I only see through my own eyes and I don't worry about what anyone is doing other than myself.

My aim is to be the best version of ME that I can be everyday...

(I totally have to stop giving my blog address to local strangers. The weirdest thing happened to me the other day when I did it. NOTE TO SELF).

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Every Mother Counts- Please Watch This!

I wrote about this documentary before. Every Mother Counts by Christy Turlington Burns. I cried for about 3 hours after watching this. You will be forever changed. OWN network is allowing this documentary to be viewed on youtube. It is an hour long. Please watch it: HERE.



Every Mother Counts- Education

We all have an obligation to walk with awareness about what these women endure in developing countries and also in America. Please watch this...you will be changed.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

50 Ways to Love Your Liver- by Shazzie

logoShazzie is the womyn who got me super excited about raw foods about 6 years ago. She is the reason that I saw the movement as doable and amazing. It helps that she is a single mommie with a kiddo Kennedy's age, but nevertheless. She rocks the raw lifestyle in a major way and I've always loved her for it.

Here is a list she composed that I think is so simple and fantastic. What on this list can you start doing TODAY???

1) Never get jealous. If someone has something you want, then visualise you have either it or something better. You'll very often get it and then your liver will be happier.




2) Eat your food raw whenever possible, and at least 50% of the time. Max Gerson claims all the C word diseases are a disease of the liver. His answer? Massive, raw food abundance, of course.




3) Do castor oil packs. It's a simple and very effective way to give love to your liver. All you need is castor oil, some old rags and a hottie bottie. You can find detailed instructions on the web.



4) Laugh. It's a high vibrational technique that changes you on a cellular level, for the better.



5) Juice cleavers (also known as goosegrass or sticky willy). It's great to resolve liver damage. It's free in your hedgerows, and is perfect for picking right now. You could even use it as a wild pesto ingredient.



6) Do a gall bladder/liver cleanse. It takes a few days and isn't recommended by everyone. I've done them and benefited greatly, though. I felt like a shiny new person afterwards. Find comprehensive directions on the Internet.



7) Eat garlic and onions. Their sulphur helps detox the liver.



8) Make a weak lemon drink when you wake up. Squeeze one lemon into a litre of warm water. Drink over fifteen minutes, then wait about thirty minutes before eating.



9) Eat beetroot or drink its juice. It helps your liver purify itself and makes your bile thinner. Just don't freak out when you next go to the toilet. You are not dying, it's beetroot!



10) Eat cruciferous veggies. They help your liver detox by stimulating enzyme production.



11) Cut down on cooked saturated fats. They don't help your liver or the rest of your body. 25-30% of westerners have a fatty liver. Yum.



12) Cut down alcohol consumption. Try to drink no more than two days a week, and then be moderate. That means no binge drinking, but you wouldn't do that would you?



13) Take milk thistle. It's a great liver supplement, protecting it from damage as well as helping with detox.



14) Less caffeine, please. Check out the herbal coffees that are around. My next door neighbour uses herbal coffee (barley), adds some raw chocolate and a couple of fresh mint leaves from the garden, and then brings me a cup of it, as I've got no kitchen at the moment. That's what friends are for.



15) Take zeolite. One of the most remarkable products ever.



16) Cut down on sugar consumption. If you want to eat something sweet, make sure it's bound up in a whole food form or have refined sugar very very occasionally. Please don't give your children sweets, that really is spoiling them.



17) Eat artichokes. They can double your bile production which removes toxins.



18) Eat bitter leaves at or after every meal. They help stimulate bile flow.



19) Eat apples. Their pectin binds onto heavy metals and helps them be excreted. This puts less load on your liver.



20) Eat walnuts. They contain the amino acid arginine, which helps rid the liver of ammonia.



21) Juice the spring thistles that are around at the moment. They'll do the same job as artichokes and milk thistle.



22) Drink green tea, if it doesn't make your teeth feel like nails on a blackboard. It contains antioxidants called catechins which prevent build up of liver fat and do something interesting regarding the C word.



23) Stay away from fried foods. Seems obvious but I wanted to write it.



24) Season your food with lemon, apple cider vinegar, onion, garlic etc. Never use table salt, especially if you're a slug or snail.



25) Stay at a healthy weight. If you are overweight, your liver will be suffering. It can only do so much.



26) Eat more fresh ripe and raw wild or organic foods that haven't been processed in any way. A high fibre diet keeps the liver healthier.



27) Don't take paracetamol. If you need a painkiller, there are safer ones around than this liver destroyer. Never give it to a child, either.



28) Take MSM. Half a teaspoon a day for a month, then double it for the rest of your life. It's liver love at its best.



29) Take enzymes with every meal to help digest your food. Take a break every few weeks, though.



30) Make sure you get all your vitamins and minerals, as a deficiency in some of them can inhibit your liver from detoxing. Take care with your B vitamins, iron, magnesium and sulphate.



31) Stand in a forward bend for a while. It will massage your liver.



32) Dandelion root and leaves are great for the liver. Current spring ones are great in salads or juiced.



33) Try dandelion coffee. It's good on your liver and tasty, too!



34) Get on your trampoline or rebounder and move your body! Help that liver squeeze toxins out. Play with a child on a trampoline, it makes you laugh and get fit all at once. Now that's health multi-tasking at its best. Regular aerobic exercise reduces fatty liver of the non-alcoholic variety.



35) If you have any type of hepatitis, look at vitamin C megadosing. Reports state you can cure it before the week's out. You can find the protocols on the Internet.



36) If you don't have hepatitis, you can still benefit from taking lots of vitamin C. 5g (5000mg) a day can help flush fat from your liver.



37) Resolve all your emotional issues. If you don't, your liver will not be at peace. If you want to say something to someone, say it. Or write a letter, read it out loud to yourself and then burn it. Anything left unsaid, or unexpressed will eat you up.



38) Eat lecithin. I recommend about a dessertspoon a day, sprinkled on food or in a smoothie for normal health. Times that by 3-5 if you are using it to emulsify cholesterol (treat gallstones).



39) Avoid all high GI and GL foods, they cause fatty liver and insulin resistance, type two diabetes. No, that's not what you want, is it? Out with the white rice, potatoes, bread and pasta. In with wholefoods. Well, I've only been saying that for 26 years...



40) The liver is our second largest organ, next to the skin. If you don't keep it squeaky clean your skin will start to show symptoms. Clean out your liver and get special glowy skin as a great side effect.



41) Poo properly so the liver doesn't get poisoned by a colon that's not emptied out. Get your feet on a stool so you're in a good squatting position and stay there until you've done the best poo ever.



42) Drink about five litres of water a day, but never more than half a litre in one go.



43) If you are angry, check out liver therapy. It could stop you exploding.



44) If you have arthritis, then your liver is too full. Alkalise yourself, do enemas and forgive everyone. Let it go. Go on, Doxtor's orders.



45) Do a coffee enema. It smells great, you get a thrill and your bile gets dumped. What a clean out.




46) Love ayurveda. They say that the liver is the seat of the fire in the body. It easily heats up and causes inflammation. Look for special ayurvedic herbs to bring you back into balance.



47) If you eat meat, make it organic. You don't want all those non-organic toxins being stored and processed in your precious liver.



48) Massage your liver by touching your feet. With reflexology, you have your whole body map at your fingertips. Find the liver reflex points on the outer edge of the right sole. Give it a good old rub whenever you have a minute.



49) Eat coconut oil instead of other fat, where possible. It doesn't digest in the liver and reduces the strain on it.



50) Make love. If you have someone to make love with. Sometimes the Universe doesn't give you the partner you want to play with so you just have to ask harder. It will listen and respond in the end. It always does, especially when you really know what you want. Get a clear mind and a clear liver will follow.
 
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I don't know about you, but this list gave me a ton of ideas. I am so excited about doing more to help my liver. My aunt died of liver failure at the young age of 54. She was my favorite person and I remember her pain and suffering in the last two years of her life after Hurricane Katrina.
 
This morning a good friend's best friend lost her three month old daughter. I was immediately reminded of how lucky I am that Kennedy is still with me. She lived with a heart rate monitor for 8-9 months when she was born. She threatened  to be a SIDS baby twice during that time. I was so immensely grateful for that machine that alerted me that she had stopped breathing...I've been eternally grateful.
 
I am so happy to be alive today. I am so grateful for Kennedy's life and health...exhale.
 
I love my life. Are you loving yours?

Thursday, May 5, 2011

May is International Chick Lit Month!

Yea! I love reading. Love love love reading. Yes I do. And I have passed the love on to my daughter which I am immensely proud about. I haven't written much about reading here on the "food/fitness" blog, but I will start another blog (hopefully before the weekend is over). It will be a short simple blog called "Reading and Running" :) To chronicle my "treadmill races" and my reading adventures. All girlie girl fun. I hope you'll like it.

This month celebrates !! I have always been a reader and loved to escape with a good book. Being the true girlie girl that I am..chick lit became my love years and years ago. I have been immersed in reading academic books FOREVER, but manage to get my chick lit love in on my way to sleep or in my twice weekly long hot bubble epsom salt bath. To me...there is nothing like  a hot bath, a cup of amazing organic tea, and a good feel-good novel. I have an entire line up waiting to be read. I keep a zillion on my Kindle! I don't care about the Nook or the other color ereaders, I love books in print and holding an actual novel. My Kindle is amazing for books on the go or to be able to read ANY and everywhere. My daughter loves it too. I may get her a Nook Color for her 7th bday. Shhhhhh

I recently finished Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin and started Something Blue. Amazing amazing Chick Lit at it's very girlie best. I am going with a girlfriend to see Something Borrowed on Saturday afternoon and I am soooooo excited. Just like for all girlie Chick Flicks, I dress really cute and sneak in tons of snacks. I can't wait to give you a review of the movie. Besides...ANYTHING that Kate Hudson is in...is a thumbs up for me.

Something Borrowed Movie Trailer



I am actually thinking of starting a book club near my house. I wonder how many people would show up?? Guess I won't know until I try right? I will certainly keep you posted.

In other news... FINALLY made my way back to the gym today. Kennedy slept thru the nite for the first time in 2 weeks. Please God let her feel back 100% soon. I am off to put her to bed and deep condition my hair.

What are you reading?

Chick Lit Sites to Check out:
There are mini sub-genres of Chick Lit (i.e. Mystery/Suspense; Paranormal/Sci Fi; British; African American). I enjoy most all of them, but I go through phases. Below is a list of both White and Black authors that I adore. I don't see "color" in reading fiction. Each group gives a great spin to life and as a "woman" in general, I relate wholeheartedly to ALL of it.

Chick Lit Authors to Check out:
  • Jennifer Coburn
  • Emily Giffin
  • Jane Green
  • Sophie Kinsella
  • Jennifer Weiner
  • Helen Fielding
  • Lyah Beth LeFlore
  • Charolette Burley
  • Kimberla Lawson Roby

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Autism- My Truth...The Blessing

Autism is a bitch. I can say that because my kiddo has Autism. I dare anyone challenge me on it. I see so many Autism moms...day after day...deluding themselves (IMO) that Autism is the best thing that ever happened to them. I'm here to tell you-- that is complete bullshit. Autism is real. Autism can be devastating. Autism fucking sucks. Now onto the good stuff ;-) Autism is magical. Autism is brilliant. Autism is sensitive. Autism is creative. It is so many things I never knew that I needed until she came along.

 With "1 in 110" being diagnosed, I am sure that whoever is reading directly knows someone affected by Autism, or you know someone who knows someone.

Cool sites to learn about Autism Info:
Great Autism Blogs- To See Thru the Eyes of Autism
Things that made a World of a Difference for my daughter:
  • Being vegan
  • Going GLUTEN FREE. I didn't wait for a Celiac diagnosis..I did it ASAP
  • All organics for her (in the first 18 months of the diagnosis)
  • Never seeing what she can't do...only what she can
  • Redefining "typical"
It's like Kris says about cancer, "It's not a gift because I wouldn't give it to you", but Autism has certainly blessed me. I see other parents worrying about the most trivial of things...never realizing the sheer gift it is for them to be able to hug and hold their growing child. Kennedy has severe Sensory Integration Dysfunction...she didn't want any touch for about 9-12 months. I'd hold her kicking and screaming just to give her a kiss and tell her that I loved her. :-)

So the next time you see a meltdown happening in a grocery store, don't assume that the mother can't control her kid, realize that s/he may be "1 in 110". Turn away. Or better yet hold the door for her.



I love you Kennedy. Yesterday. Tomorrow. Forever.
Kennedy has been sick. I also had a bad allergy attack two weeks ago. I will try to blog tonite. Here is my morning's breakfast: GF steel cut oats with blueberries n strawberries. Massive green smoothie. Yummmm


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