Day 1 of my 29 day Cleanse

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Today I start a 29 cleanse (28 days + a day to start up with a complete juice cleanse of No. 9 only). Join me on the journey. I will log my days every morning and recap the day before. 

As many of you know...Grounding Roots was created for one simple reason, to make me better. It grew from a simple attempt by Jedidiah (my husband) to juice for me daily, which then turned into a neighborhood friend request and then into a small business. Our new mission is to not only keep our family healthy but our community. We saw hope in this process...we still do. 

The truth is I am still seeking the "answer" like everyone else... 

To recap since my first post...I went through 6 months of intense antibiotic treatments, long days filled with exhaustion and nausea...no alcohol and loads of laying around...bah-humbug. With a plan to come off slowly from the medications, I was feeling ready and feeling pretty good about my future. During this same time, I also started treating my daughter (holistically) for Lyme. It's been an exhausting 6 months to say the least. So I came off of the treatment ready to be cured, only to relapse 2 weeks later. I was devastated. I say to myself...this just my journey and I "own" it completely. 

So here I am. 1 month out and still ready to keep fighting. In the first few days of relapse (and depression), I first read Bite Me by Ally Hilfiger, that stole my heart. Her journey mirrored my own and I felt inspired by the closing chapter of being your own healer and just stopping the noise around us (which I started to do these past 6 months by learning to slow down and saying "no"). It gave me hope in the natural approach. Next I read, Conversations with God, which set me up to be in the right mind space for healing. A life changing read for sure (if you are into that kinda thing). Lastly, after a solid year of multiple recommendations I finally picked up Medical Medium. This is where I am now. I read the book and I was so inspired to just jump in. It 100% supports what Jedidiah and I believed from day one “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” This book just gives a clearer focused path.

So here I go... I am journaling it here in hopes to inspire someone else who is dealing with the same thing or similar to just dive in and keep searching for your "answer" to living a healthy life filled with wakeful days and sleep-filled nights. 

Here's my plan: (which is completely pulled from the Medical Mediums 28 day cleanse plan).  

Day 1: One day - Juice fast with cucumber, apple and celery (using No. 9 because it's available quickly to me).

28 day cleanse: Only raw vegetables and fruits

Positive activities to help in the process:

    1. Rebound - 10 minutes a day of jumping on the trampoline...seriously!
    2. Infrared sauna 15-20 twice a week (I go to the Healing House)
    3. Bi-weekly Massage (drink 32 oz. of lemon juice water immediately afterwards)
    4. Epson salt bath (nightly)
    5. Restart our Garden - microgreens, leafy greens and plant fruit trees
    6. Meditations - bird listening and watching, sunset watching and bee watching, rock sourcing, stargazing (feel free to roll your eyes - I did when I reread this...but gonna do it).
    7. Morning mantra: I work for (Insert your Higher Source Here: God, The Divine, Mother Nature, etc...)

My Actual Cleanse Plan:

  • 6 AM: 16oz celery juice, on empty stomach, for gut health 
  • 7:30 - Breakfast: smoothie - Aloe meat, bananas, berries, dates - consider adding papayas, mangoes or pears too
  • 9:30 AM snack: smoothie (left over) and GTL shot (for a pick me up)
  • 11:30 - Lunch: Salad with spinach, lettuce, and cucumbers as the base, and fruits of my choice. Dressing: half an avocado, cilantro and the juice of two oranges. For week 1, I plan to avoid avocado and just do lime juice and cilantro.
  • 1:30 - Afternoon Snack: Juice or Fruit & Veggies
  • 3:30 - Afternoon Snack: Juice or Fruit & Veggies (add honey as a treat)
  • 5:30 - Dinner: Example - Spinach soup: The book says to combine two bunches of spinach, three medium-to-large tomatoes (or an equal quantity of cherry or grape tomatoes), the juice of one orange, one stalk of celery, cilantro, and a clove of garlic in a blender.
  • 7:30 - Evening snack: apple or date
  • 9:00 - lemon water (play with adding ginger and turmeric slices)
  • 9:30 - Bed 

Here are my notes of food and herbs from the book of things that promote healing for EBV and Lyme (no order of priority):

  1. Thyme
  2. Lemon balm
  3. Zinc
  4. Licorice root
  5. L-lysine
  6. Lomatium root
  7. Reishi mushrooms
  8. Silver hydrosol
  9. Astaxanthin
  10. Nascent iodine
  11. Sprouts
  12. anise
  13. asparagus
  14. wild blueberries
  15. radishes
  16. celery
  17. cinnamon
  18. garlic
  19. apricots
  20. onions
  21. Spinach
  22. Cilantro
  23. Parsley
  24. Coconut oil
  25. Garlic
  26. Ginger
  27. Raspberries
  28. Lettuce
  29. Papayas
  30. Pomegranate
  31. Grapefruit
  32. Kale
  33. Sweet potatoes
  34. Cucumbers
  35. Fennel
  36. Cats claw
  37. Silver hydrosol
  38. B12
  39. 5-MTHF
  40. Selenium
  41. Red marine algae
  42. Spiralina
  43. Ester-c
  44. Nettle leaf
  45. Monolaurian
  46. Elderberry
  47. Red clover
  48. Star anise
  49. Curcumin

Here I go... 

Intention: Be committed and open to the journey.