mommy’s losing it days 8-14

Day 8

I love bath time!  No, not for the kiddos.  For me!  I don’t get to soak as often as I’d like.  However, that is all changing.  With my new found energy I have made it a priority to make sure that shower is scrubbed down every Friday, the day I have decided will be my “mommy soak!”  I will put out the candles, have my soak made and ready to go each week.  I have made a detox soak recipe I found here.  And will include it below.

This is a bulk recipe.  Mix the dry ingredients only.  When you are ready to soak, add 1 cup of dry ingredients with 1 cup of vinegar.  Enjoy!

Detox Soak:
2 C epsom salt
2 C sea salt
2 C baking soda
5 TB ground ginger
1 C vinegar

Benefits:
Epsom Salt draws out toxins from your body while relieving aches and pains.
Sea Salt soothes and heals blemishes and open wounds.
Baking Soda balances and over acidic system, leaving you refreshed, energized while softening the skin.
Ground Ginger increases circulations, aiding in the eliminations of toxins.
Vinegar soothes and soften dry, itchy skin while balancing the bodies and neutralizing the bodies pH.

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Day 9

…nuff said.

Speaking of cravings.  I have none.  My body is getting all the nutrition it needs.  I don’t feel the need to eat anything else.  That is a welcomed change!

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Day 10

I wanted to share an excellent resource I came across today. It is a blog dedicated to saying good-bye to processed food.  Whether we care to admit it or not, most of us have processed food in our home.  This is a very motivating blog to ditch the bad habits and bad food and replace it with some yummy stuff!  I listen to all kinds of rationalizations as to why someone can’t or won’t yadda yadda… But what it really comes down to is, when you are ready to face the situation head on and stop living in denial you will take the time to do what you know is right for you and your family.   I will go so far as to say, I will not be responsible for creating habits in my kids that will kill them later.  Honestly, that is what it comes down to.  Heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc… all preventable.  The habits and thought process needs to start now for you and your kids.  If it is so hard for us to change our ways, think about what we are doing for their future if we don’t change how they are eating now.  We are leading them down the same path.  Get with it!

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Day 11

I love the taste of ginger in my juice!  It is a very strong flavor so take it easy on your first juice to be sure you understand the strength and taste.  It is also an ingredient in my “mommy soak.”

The Health Benefits of Ginger

  • Stimulates Digestion
  • Naturally Freshens Breath
  • Relieves Nausea, Including Dizzyness from Motion Sickness
  • Helps Lower Cholesterol
  • Relieves Gas and Bloating
  • Soothes Common Cold Symptoms, Including Respiratory Infections
  • Eases Menstrual Cramps
  • Relieves Headaces
  • Helps Stop Diarrhea
  • Believed to Have Anti-Cancer Properties

When Buying Fresh Ginger: Try to find ginger that is firm and has smooth skin. Try to avoid ginger with wrinkled skin, soft spots, or any mold.

When Using Ginger: Ginger is most beneficial when grated or pressed in a garlic press. You can also slice it. I like to use a citrus zester to grate my ginger.

When Storing Ginger: Peel it & freeze it. I used to have to throw my fresh ginger out because it never stayed good long enough. Then, I stumbled upon this tip: Peel all of the ginger right when you get home. Wrap it in plastic and freeze until you are ready to use. Not only does it retain most of its freshness, but it is much easier to slice and grate when it is frozen.

Juices with Ginger

8 medium carrots
3 Apples
Inch of Ginger

250 g (8 oz) Blueberries
125 g (4 oz) Grapefruit
250 g (8 oz) Apples
2.5 cm (1”) Cube fresh root ginger, roughly chopped

2 medium Beetroots
2 Carrots
1 Lemon
3 Apples
2 inches of root Ginger (peeled)

24 oz Pumpkin (deseeded and skinned)
3 Oranges
1 inch Root Ginger

1 pineapple
1/2 lemon
2 tablespoons runny honey
1 thumb sized piece of root ginger
1/2 pint filtered / distilled water (or 2 apples)

1 cucumber
2 Sticks of Celery
1 small to medium clove of Garlic
1 inch section of Root Ginger

ENJOY!

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Day 12

I was so excited to shop today.  I spent lots of time going through cupboards and the fridge yesterday.  Taking mental inventory of what I had on hand.  I made my meal plans and grocery list using the store ads online at King Soopers and Sprouts.  Shopping on Wednesdays is most beneficial for Sprouts due to their “double add Wednesdays”  So Wednesday has become the official errand day.  We start at King Soopers then head on over to Sprouts and last into Evans to a friends for eggs.  We have saved a lot of money by cutting back on milk, eggs, coffee milk, butter, etc.

I spent $200 today and the majority of that was fruit and vegetables.  I pick up just enough chicken to get through the 2 meals.  If I happen to see a great sale I will buy more.  We purchased meat from a friend last November.  I will not go back to the store again this week.  I have everything to last until next Wednesday.

Here is our menu for this week.  I will follow up with some recipes over the next day or two.  It’s been hard to post so often… Scott is helping watch the baby while I spend a few minutes each night updating the blog.

mom

boys

Here is my lists as well…

King Soopers

Sprouts

Oh!  I am down 10lbs

That’s 10 of these…

WHOA!

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Day 13

Tried and true juicing

morning/afternoon:
2 carrots
2 apples
20 strawberries
 
3 carrots
2 apples
1″ginger
 
4 carrots
3 oranges
 
afternoon/evening:
6 leaves kale
2 cups spinach
1/2 cucumber peeled
4 stalks celery
2 apples
1″ or more ginger 
 
1 green apple
2 cups spinach
6-8 kale leaves
1/2 cucumber 
4 celery stalks
1/2 lemon
 
1 apple 
4 carrots
1 stalk celery
1/2 lemon peeled
1/4 cucumber peeled
 
5 small organic apples or equivalent 
1/2 lemon peeled
1 inch fresh ginger peeled
2 cups fresh kale thick stems removed
 

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Day 14

Stage 3 (Day 8 to Day 15)

On the latter part of an extended fast, you can experience enhanced energy, clear-mindedness and feel better than you have felt since childhood. (yes yes yes!  I am experiencing all this!) On the downside, old injuries may become irritated and painful. This is a result of the body’s increased ability to heal during fasting. If you had broken your arm 10 years before, there is scar tissue around the break. At the time of the break, the body’s ability to heal was directly related to lifestyle. If you lived on a junk-food diet, the body’s natural healing ability was compromised.

During fasting, the body’s healing process is at optimum efficiency. As the body scours for dead or damaged tissue, the lymphocytes enter the older, damaged tissue secreting substances to dissolve the damaged cells.(during my menstrual cycle, I feel like I am having birth pains again) These substances irritate the nerves in the surrounding region and cause a reoccurrence of aches from previously injured areas that may have disappeared years earlier. The pain is good as the body is completing the healing process. The muscles may become tight and sore due to toxin irritation. (yes) The legs can be the worst affected, as toxins accumulate in the legs. Cankers are common (one or two, gone now) in this stage due to the excessive bacteria in the mouth. Daily gargling with salt and water will prevent or heal cankers.

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I went all day feeling like a truck hit me!  A very big, big truck!  I expected it, everything I read told me I would have days like this.  Terrible terrible headache, I refused to take anything.  I was very tired and lethargic.  I went to bed early and woke up like nothing happened.  This morning I am fine.  That is so crazy!

This is a great recipe that really gets around, and it’s so easy to prepare.  This recipe was designed as a cleansing tea to stimulate processing of excess fats in the body, rev up circulation, and provide essential antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals…

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/zesty-lemon-detox-tea.html#ixzz1mBWmTXSC

INGREDIENTS: Enough freshly-boiled water to fill your teacup or mug; 1 tablespoon real maple syrup; Freshly-squeezed juice of half a lemon; Cayenne pepper to taste Simply stir ingredients together in your mug or cup. Be careful with the cayenne: A little goes a long way.

Continue to days 15-21

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