Sunday, February 23, 2014
I call it my social media fast, but I really am easing into a social media and Internet fast that will last several weeks. Just like going on a green juice fast, I found new awareness when I did it for a short time before. I will miss blogging here, but I will be back soon enough.
I'll make an exception to check out the free online tapping seminar for a few days but then will go off the internet. I hope to focus my attention on writing, yoga, and other activities that need my attention. When I went on a green juice fast, I found new awareness as a result. I know the same will happen with the social media fast.
Already my husband and I have donated our T.V. (I missed much of the Olympics.) I'm really trying to be alert to where I spend my attention. I've done better at cyber surfing but admit I did watch all of "House of Cards" while wishing "Big Bang Theory" came out with a new episode. I've seen "Orange Is the New Black" and a few others, but mostly I am easing away from most of it. I still do a lot of research online, which is a separate category for me.
I can use this time to do more yoga, spend more time outdoors, more time with my husband, more time rediscovering the place where I live and new places, too.
Wishing everyone a great three weeks as I refocus my energy. I will come back renewed.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
When I started my first juice fast, not even owning a juicer, I used EFT tapping to get through. It stands to reason that a juice fast can be tough. Not only did I have detox symptoms, often intense, but I also was going to have to have a new relationship with food.
There were times I felt surges of anxiety as I got into those 12 days. EFT tapping made a huge difference, and sometimes I tapped for hours. I would tap on meridian points until the intensity of what came up was gone.
So many things we hear about seem like silly and don't work. Tapping really originates from ancient eastern medicine using meridian points and calms our primitive brain--the very one that tells us to run because a tiger is chasing us.
I benefited so much from one of Nick Ortner's earlier symposiums online, all free, and even got a very helpful workbook. It made an amazing difference, but tapping became essential when I was first fasting. I use tapping less than I did then, but I still find it effective. I combine it with meditation to find out what my body is telling me.
Even listening to one or two talks can help. Nick Ortner also released a great book and his sister Jessica Ortner is known for her work with tapping and weight loss. Tapping can work for so much.
Here is the link to sign up:
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Today I woke up with the typical hayfever symptoms of what could be an early spring. My nose has been running quite a bit the last few days and I have had some sinus symptoms as well. In the midst of it all, even worrying a few times that I could lose my voice, I stopped to feel the gratitude, too.
Years ago, I had to go to the office of an allergy specialist twice a week to have painful allergy shots. It is a plan of action I wouldn't seek again.
Today I can hear the birds sing and am grateful that my eyes aren't impacted as they once were. I don't have the eye pain and headaches, the feeling that my eyes are buttoning up. I can hear the birds sing just fine because I am far less worried about ear infections. My nose is still running a lot but at least I don't have the pain of being completely stopped up.
All in all, my hay fever symptoms are less. I still get relief from a hot shower, and I am now doing coconut oil pulling at this very moment. Some people get permanent sinus relief and even allergy relief through coconut oil pulling. I also take spirolina 2000 units in case it will substantially reduce allergies.
Next up is the neti pot. A specialist told me not to do it for more than 2 weeks because it can dry out the mucus membranes. It has been plenty of time so I will do that again, too.
Most of all, I need to get back to juicing more. I must admit that the 30-day fast meant that over time I wanted to juice less for a little while. I have the ingredients and will start with a huge carrot juice for my husband and I.
I used to be in such a fog for so long because of allergies that I am truly grateful that my allergy symptoms are less. I am grateful that my eyes don't feel like they are buttoning up. Also I am grateful that I don't have the worry about asthma symptoms that I had years ago. It has been so long that I almost never think about it now.
Still I hope to be allergy free some day. And I am confident that I keep going down the path I am following now that I will get those kinds of results. And I am so grateful not to be in a fog now.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Tonight I feel mostly exhausted and want to be energized. I didn't start out that way. Yes, I did have a runny nose and other symptoms of spring allergies but I had energy. Catching buses to another part of the city to try out a tiny but fascinating restaurant was a bit challenging. The restaurant turned out to be fun with both my husband and I trying a new kind of food. It was too much for us both and an adventure for my stomach. But over all we had fun and made it through. I needed to know if my stomach could handle some different foods like beans and rice. It did just fine. But I do have to remember my stomach capacity is so much smaller after a fast.
On the way back, I comically thought I'd finally get to a vegan bakery and try a treat. Maybe just take it with us. But I never got the chance. My husband was worried we'd miss our bus. Another bus broke down so our bus became unbearably packed at times. Somehow by the time we got to another lovely location to walk, I was more and more tired. And by the time I got home, never getting to another bakery either (lol), I was just so tired. I still am, even after a shower to wash the pollen and dust out of my hair.
All in all, I've had a fun day. But I almost miss the times when I used to suck down the coffee for energy, at least make hot chocolate, or find some other burst energy burst. I don't seem to be finding that now and raisins are not enough. (How I miss the bananas!) I know this too shall pass and allergies are part of it. Also I surely could have done with a bit less food. I've resigned myself to the fact that I probably won't get to a bakery before my next fast either (lol). So I might as well let it all go. But I had to laugh at all the people coming to town looking for bakeries, especially all the cupcake ones. I just wanted to know why people would line up for cupcakes. It will have to wait.
At least my husband and I had a dining adventure. And this time I didn't end up nearly doubled up in pain. It was a lovely day and tomorrow I hope to get in more walking. And be more energized.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Today I am doing much better. I'm back to quinoa, avocado, coconut oil, kale, and a new addition--garlic along with curry spice. I am trying to learn to eat more colors of the rainbow on a regular basis. I have to work on red and blue most of all. And today and tomorrow I am taking long walks on gorgeous spring days. Just getting in my exercise and taking in all the beauty. I love to hear the birds singing, even in the city.
I'm sticking to basics for the next several days. And I will get back to more yoga as well. Late this week I will begin a social media fast about 3 weeks. I've come to the realization that I need to do that once in awhile, just like I need to go on green juice fasts on a regular basis. I've done shorter social media and Internet fasts. I found it beneficial and was more mindful about it when I returned online. For instance, I used to a lot of cyber surfing and do less of it (unless I am doing research). I also took myself off several Facebook sites (groups) where I didn't belong and have asked myself more questions about where I put my energy and where I spend my time. It is all good.
Now I'm about to unplug for several hours to just enjoy walking with my husband on this gorgeous day. Spring in Washington, D.C. is so beautiful. (Although at this time of year, a storm could be just around the corner!).
BTW, I am taking 2000 units of Spirolina (cold pressed) per day in an effort to see if I, too, can substantially reduce my allergy symptoms if I do this for 90 days. A clinical study says yes. I think I am past day 35. My allergy symptoms are much less than they once were, but I still have the runny nose and sneezing at times. I couldn't wait for a hot shower this morning to deal with that hay fever congestion kind of feeling. But it is getting better.
And I don't always pick up the allergy reactions. When I was on the 30-day green juice fast, I actually had quite a "thick" red rash on the back of my neck. But I really didn't notice for a long time. Then one day I ran my fingers along the back of my neck and asked my husband to check. Sure enough. I had had a red rash on the back of my neck for some time. So one never knows. I just know that I am preparing to get more juice into my life a little later this year. I am sure all the detoxing is doing me good and hope one day to be allergy free (and much lighter).
Right now, it is time to walk! With or without a dab of hay fever.
Addendum: I should have noted that I continue with the coconut oil pulling. I still work at getting it in three times per day per 20 minutes. But I am sure it is worth the effort!
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