Well. I told you I’d post about the coffee pot that has saved me countless trips to the drive-thru at McDonald’s. And I’m going to. Just in time for me to GIVE UP COFFEE ALTOGETHER. Which I’ll get to in a minute.
After I dry my tears.
After all of your wonderful coffee pot suggestions, I was torn between the Keurig and a Cuisinart. Frankly, I wanted both. But that would be crossing the line between practical and TAKING OUT A SMALL LOAN, so a decision had to be made.
I settled on the Cuisinart. The one that not only grinds the beans, but deposits the delicious coffee into a silver carafe. So that the coffee is never burned, stays hot, and won’t break should I drop it onto the cheap linoleum. I have very limited kitchen space, so I justified the expense in that I didn’t have to purchase a separate grinder or carafe.
Now I’m spoiled.
Just in time to give it all up.
As you know, I’m fighting Lyme Disease. My blood work came back HORRIBLE a couple of months ago, so my protocol was changed slightly. I can tell that there has been no change. In fact, I do feel like I’m losing ground. My immune system is in the toilet, so my own body is not able to fight the Lyme. Even with all of the antibiotics, supplements, and herbs. At last count, I believe I’m taking somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 pills a day. Since I can’t stay on the antibiotics forever, I’m doing something drastic.
Fiddledaddy has been wanting me to make some nutritional changes over the last year, and frankly, I’ve resisted. Because I love food. I am from the south. I LOVE food. Period. DID I MENTION THAT I LOVE FOOD?
And since this has to be a decision that I make ON MY OWN, he’s given me plenty of space. But he has loaded up our Netflix instant queue with some food for thought. Over the last few months, I’ve been watching documentaries such as:
Basically, these shows are about the importance of nutrition when healing and maintaining health. We’re a country full of very very sick people. God designed our bodies beautifully to be able to fight disease such as heart disease and even some cancers. Our bodies simply need the right tools. And this is the role that nutrition plays.
Anyhoo. The documentary that really tipped the scale for me, as it were, was “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead,” which follows Australian Joe Cross as he goes on a juice fast for 60 days. At the beginning of the fast, he was facing an enormous health crisis, and by juicing, he was able to reboot his entire immune system so that his own body was able to fight its way back to health.
It also helps that a dear friend, Carla, has recently done something similar, and she feels great. For her, this is a lifestyle change, which includes eating more plant based foods, and avoiding the pitfalls such as sugar, white flour, meat, and DAIRY. Yikes. She is giving me great guidance and support.
Before I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease, I did try something that resembled a vegetarian diet at the suggestion of my family physician, who is very knowledgeable about the role that nutrition plays in healing.
I suspect this is why I had such great success fairly quickly once I was diagnosed. However, I quickly went back to my old comfortable ways. And then the Girl Scouts came knocking on my door. And, well, you know.
I’m gathering all my juicing recipes and have dusted off my old faithful juicer. I’ve been cutting back on caffeine and eating more plant based in an effort not to SCARE THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS OUT OF MY DELICATE SYSTEM.
I will likely start over the weekend, in the likely event that I’m a little cranky those first couple of days. Pray for the people that I live with. I would like to maintain a juice fast for at least 10 days, possibly even longer. And yes, juicing with the right fruits and vegetables will supply me with all the nutrients that I need.
If any of you have ever tried something like this, I would LOVE your input, ideas, encouragement, and juice recipes!
And of course I’ll be documenting my progress. Even if I fall flat on my face.
Have a great weekend, everyone! Bottoms up!