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I’ve Been Threatening to Drink My Dinner for Years

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:

Forks Over Knives
Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead
Vanishing of the Bees
Food Matters

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.

Without medication.

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!

21 Responses to I’ve Been Threatening to Drink My Dinner for Years

  • I watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and it was very inspirational. I don’t have a juicer and so I am saving my pennies to get one eventually. I have read so many reviews, I have NO idea which one is the best…I think they just like to confuse me;)

    Praying for you as you start Juicing!!

  • Praying….

  • Hubby has decided to juice. I, personally, can’t drink my salad, but hubby has had positive results juicing. He lives with chronic pain and inflamation. Juicing works as OTC anti-inflammatories do for him. He got the Breville juicer…the same one featured in “Fat, Sick, & nearly Dead” and cannot sing its praises enough.

    Praying for you as you stretch your comfort zones in pursuit of health.

  • Hey Dee Dee!

    Do you want some juice fast company? I have wanted to do this for a LONG time! Let me know. It would be great to ahve such FUNNY company on the journey. But do I HAVE to give up my ONE cup of java every morning????? Yikes! My sister lives on Nantucket and has Lymes. She gets reminders of it every now and then, but has had it for years and doesn’t even notice it most of the time. I will pray. Let me know if company would help…Love you, K

    • Keller, I would LOVE your company!!!! I thought of you as I traipsed through the Atlanta airport on our way back home this last week. 🙂 I’ll e-mail you.

  • Praying for you, DeeDee. I am sad to see that it’s been so rough for your body recently! I’ll be praying for your family too as you tackle the first ten days!!

  • Will pray for you…and your family! I just started back on the Daniel fast this week. Time to get refocused and also back to a vegan diet. I will miss the dairy foods the most – oh, and the caffeine – then, there’s the sugar. Sorry, I got a little distracted there. Again, time to refocus! I’m curious about juicing and want to watch that documentary. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Several yrs. ago, when they first were demo.’ed at our Costco, we bought a VitaMix. At the time it was $300, we decided it cost too much to warrant keeping, so we returned it. Later our local health guru advised only the kind of juicer that kept the pulp. That eliminated almost all brands but the likes of VitaMix. So the next time they were on special at Costco, we bought it — for $400. (I would have gotten a rebuilt one, DeeDee, as I think you did, but they were almost the same price.)

  • I love how good I feel when I am on a juice fast and for months afterwards. I have been needing to do this for some time. Maybe I will join you next month. Just a word or two of personal experience warning: 1) Don’t add avocados or other fatty fruits to your juices. My doctor advocated that and that particular fast was terrible. I never felt better on it, only hungry, cranky, and miserable. 2) When ending the fast, be very slow to reintroduce fats into your diet. The hardest part of the fast is ending it and the heartburn that even healthy fats give me afterwards. End your fast by gradually reintroducing whole raw fruits and vegetables, and then SLOWLY add grains and cooked vegetables. Then a little bit of fatty fruit like avocado. When you are eating a regular vegan diet, you can SLOWLY reintroduce other foods like dairy and fish. You can expect even one ten-day fast to result in some permanent changes to your digestive system. For me it was that sugar became a problem for me. If I eat to much sugar I get intestinal issues ever since my first fast.

  • How do you get enough protein and calcium? Rocket Man is a protein nazi and I work very hard to get extra calcium. And, do you use a juicer or your VitaMix to make the juice?

  • Came by via Gretchen.
    Giving up coffee stinks. I’ve tried several times to give up my french press to no avail until this time. I’ve traded it in for herbal tea blends…(not lipton or any other tea bag ones)but the infused types. (Teavana.com) So far I’m on day four and no headache which in itself is a miracle! Good luck in giving up the java!

  • Hi Deedee. Am thinking about joining u and Keller. Will u include me on the email to her? So sorry, my friend, but praying God will heal you completely! I will also find out about the healing prayer conferences in Florida I think I told u about. Love u!

  • Would you be willing to share your top juice recipes?

    • Kristy,

      Of course I will!!! I have only been juicing a few meals until my doctor clears me to start this. Right now my favorite is:

      2 apples
      2 carrots
      lemon slice
      small piece of ginger
      slice of beet

  • I am stunned. DeeDee without coffee? It’s…it’s…it’s…almost unimaginable. But I feel certain that you can do it. And weaning was a good idea, cold turkey off caffeine will give you wicked headaches. I think the juice thing will be fun. Get imaginative. I like the idea of a system reboot. Just don’t do what my friend Melissa did – she did a 10 day liquid fast and ended it by eating a DONUT. Not the best thing for the system. Go for it!

  • You can do this, DeeDee!! I am excited for you! 🙂 Looking forward to hearing how it goes – and cheering you on. I just put Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead in my Netflix queue. 🙂

  • Best of luck! My only thought (as someone with a sensitive stomach) is whether or not any of your antibiotic/supplement batches are ok/advisable to take on an empty stomach? It might be worth figuring out some solid food that’s in the spirit of the juice fast but would help settle certain batches of pills. I could handle a juice fast, but definitely can’t handle most medications without at least some food! And I know large batches of vitamins, and many antibiotics, give others similar issues. Just something to consider, unless you have an iron stomach! 🙂 At least your body is as adjusted to most of the antibiotics as it’ll get.

    Good luck! I hope it works, and better yet that you get results/positive reinforcement QUICKLY.

  • After attending a seminar on “going vegan” this weekend, the logical side of my brain is telling me that vegan would be best for the bodies in my home.

    The convincing part (besides the mountains of data of carnivore vs herbivore) was that we were fed each night with vegan food….I expected bland dishwater….what I got was delicious soup, salad and entrees! I was shocked. The cook book was included with the seminar and the ingredients are all stuff I can find.

    The big BUT is overcoming the control of the tongue! I love all those comfort foods and Krispy Kreme and pizza and mac/cheese and……..well, the list is long. Prayer is the only way I know I will be able to overcome!

    I will be sending loads of prayers for your change of lifestyle! You can do it!!! 😉

  • Congrats on making a healthy choice and for Fiddledaddy for encouraging you. Having his support will make this journey easier. I’m a fellow lymie and it’s taken me many years to return to good health. With this disease, it seems that we each must find our own way.

    Hubby and I watched Forks over Knives in January and were onboard immediately. We are both enjoying taking control over our own health. Interestingly, we haven’t had any cravings for meat or dairy, which has made it almost too easy. Of course, I’ve also armed myself with many new recipes.

    Good luck with your new venture!

  • Hey Fiddledeedee,
    Thanks, on a related note, With big names like Steve Carell and Paul Rudd come big expectations in the comedy department. This remake of the original film by Francis Veber “The Dinner Game”, does deliver various laughable moments, but whether or not it does the original justice is to be debated.