Since the beginning of the year I have been following ideas and recipes from the book “Clean-The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself,” written by Alejandro Junger, M.D. and recommended to me by my sister.
Though I haven’t written much here about my recent health issues, one of the main reasons for the recent life changes I’ve made is that for the past several years, and especially the last six months of 2016, my body has been screaming that my chosen path was unsustainable and that the coping mechanisms which had previously allowed me to power through a job, were no longer working. Not only were they not working, they were making me sicker and sicker with every job and year.
My body was running on empty after years of sleep deprivation and the sugar and caffeine I resorted to, just to keep going. The cycle of anxiety>insomnia>adrenaline>insomnia>depleted immune system and adrenals> constant colds and sinus infections> vitamin deficiency> hormonal imbalance> insomnia> exhaustion became a constant in my life until I finally stopped ever getting better and had a sinus infection for most of six months. In addition, my skin was puffy, my energy was non existent, my digestion was off, and I knew something, or many things, had to change.
My sister suggested I read Dr. Junger’s book and I related to each symptom he described. I won’t paraphrase or try to sum it up, but would highly recommend it to anyone who just doesn’t feel as well as they know they could or should. Though I have yet to complete the recommended program perfectly, I did it decently well and saw immediate and amazing results. And then last week, during a long week of work, I fell off of the wagon and into old patterns; coffee, sugar, a whole, large bag of corn chips in one sitting, donuts, wine, and bread. It was all delicious but led to headaches, sinus pressure, puffy eyes, and lethargy, immediately. So, back on the wagon I go. Fresh vegetables, healthy fats, meats, and fish, green tea if caffeine is necessary, and no sugar, wheat, alcohol, or dairy. It will take a couple of days to get back in the swing and be slightly painful for those days, but will then be totally worth it!
Photo taken outside of Matchabar in Silver Lake, one of the great businesses I pass while walking home with groceries.