There are people for whom “good enough” never is. These people often “can’t leave well enough alone.” They are constantly striving for more perfect perfection, to be better at everything they do, judging themselves against an invisible ideal that only they can see, and they tend to be controlling types who are their own worst critics. I am very much one of these people. On the positive side, we usually are inventors, entrepreneurs, and creative thinkers. On the negative side, we tend to screw ourselves over a lot with our ideals.
Late last summer, after being fully well from Lyme (and gloriously skinny again) for about nine months, I found a naturopath who claimed she could get me off thyroid medication. Unable to be satisfied with just being thin and healthy again, I jumped at the opportunity to get off the only medication I’ve ever taken long-term. Lyme- which I cured completely holistically, no antibiotics- damaged a lot of my systems, such as digestive, nervous, and endocrine, and I was left with what was according to my LLMD lifelong hypothyroidism. The notion of taking medication for life was one I couldn’t bear, and I was on the lookout for anyone who thought thyroids could be rebuilt. I found a naturopath who dealt in plant stem cell extracts, and two dozen blood tests later, she gave me a litany of stem cell extracts to help me do everything from get off my thyroid med to balance my hormones to strengthen my poor battered liver.
The experience was a disaster. I followed her protocol to the t, even though Ace warned me against the whole thing and specifically of interfering with my hormones, and went off my thyroid med as instructed a couple weeks into it all. Within a week of going off the medication, I gained eight pounds. The naturopath claimed it wasn’t going off my meds, but rather food allergies (which I’ve never had) causing the weight gain. She also claimed that my suddenly one-cup-size-bigger, painful breasts were not the result of her progesterone-enhancing chaste berry stem cell extract. Deciding she was a quack, I stopped the entire protocol and demanded a refund.
After going back on my medication, I lost most of the weight in about a week. However, it soon returned right after we moved across the hall, but specifically in my breasts/hips/thighs. My arms, face, etc., stayed skinny, and for months now, those parts have continued to grow daily, leaving me constantly battling to get into pants that fit just a few days ago. My pants size is currently larger than even when I was sick with Lyme, yet I still have major collarbones popping out. This past weekend I decided to do a vegetable juice fast to help detox the hormones out of my liver.
This is far from my first juice fast, so I’m pretty well-versed in these things. I do the fast with no sugary produce so my body burns only fat for fuel, and consume a decent amount of oils so I don’t go into starvation mode. This time I’m using coconut oil in tea, and taking borage oil, krill oil, and evening primose oil. Every morning in my GreenStar I make at least 32 oz each of two juices, a savory and a sweet, and at night I eat about 1/4 cup of something fibrous like flax or chia. I’m skipping the flax this time because it’s a phytoestrogen and I don’t want anything that could inhibit the hormone flushing. My juices include the following, and all ingredients are always organic:
Savory: chard, purple kale, mustard greens, spinach, celery and/or cucumber, beet greens, bell pepper, parsley, lemon, lettuces, and garlic. I add Himalayan salt after. If tomatoes are in season, I add those- right now, they aren’t.
Sweet: chard, beet stems, celery and/or cucumber, ginger, mint, and purple kale. I add stevia after.
At least once during the fast, I take a one day break from those juices and do a liver flush that involves cranberry juice, lemon juice, and spices. You can read about that here: http://www.annlouise.com/15/diet-detox/52/ I do not cook the juice with the spices then strain it like they suggest, but instead add them in powdered form and drink them in the juice so I am getting as much of them as possible. When I did it the first time, I did indeed lose three pounds in one day as claimed. My intent this time is more just to push the stuck hormones out of my liver.
I also have another pretty serious detoxifying practice that I’m not interested in discussing publicly, and this time my cleanse will not be 100% vegan as it has been in the past: to help my liver function, I am swallowing capsule-sized pieces of frozen, raw bison liver. After learning that the best thing I could do to bring up my liver function was to eat liver, and failing pretty miserably at that via the pate my kind mother made (I haven’t really eaten meat since childhood, and had never consumed liver before), I’ve decided to treat fresh liver as a supplement/vitamin instead. I purchased a very small slice at a local organic/pastured butcher shop, cut it into itsy-bitsy pieces, and froze them last night. So far I’ve had one capsule sized piece, and it went down all right. I’m also continuing all my normal supplements, the list of which would be another blog in itself, as well as consuming non-juice liquids like herbal teas, kombucha (GT Dave’s non-fruit flavors with four grams of sugar), and CocoCeps and Dandy Blend powders in water, sweetened with stevia.
Now all I need to do is wait for that good ole oxygen high to kick in (which usually happens after about 3-4 days), and hope I don’t have to go to the grocery store anytime soon. I like to not decide beforehand how long I’ll fast for; it’s better for me to just do it until it stops feeling good, which is anywhere from 3-14 days. My goal this time is a minimum of seven days, and to stop feeling like my body is having a torrid affair with nonstop pms.