The Gerson Therapy – a book about getting well.

I started reading “The Gerson Therapy” again. This time in desperation. After a five day long headache something had to change. Too tired to attack a diet change head but with enough energy to ease into it, I began by making the simple Hippocrates soup (certain vegetables cooked and blended together) recommended for daily consumption. I sipped down a cup of that when I got hungry. It is so bland it didn’t really have much flavor to me, but it made my back feel fresh if that makes any sense. I had thrown extra potatoes into the pot so I could eat them if I wanted something more. This along with oatmeal sprinkled with raisins, and some fruit if I wanted something more, was my diet for the first week. I lost about 5 lbs that first 7 days and stopped craving processed food and sweets.

The Gerson Therapy was originally developed by Max Gerson, MD to help him get rid of his migraine headaches. The therapy also proved to be able to reverse cancer and other diseases. The basics of the Gerson Therapy are fairly simple: no added salt, no processed foods, no meat, no dairy, no on most grains, no oils except for raw flaxseed oil, fresh cold pressed fruit and vegetable juices (one cup 13 times a day with one hour between) for vitamins and minerals, regular meals of vegan type, and a coffee enema every 4 waking hours (to eliminate toxins). This along with some supplements make up the Gerson Therapy.

On the second week I started the coffee enemas and the juicing. I am three days into the second week now. The first day of the second week I did the coffee enema once. The second day I did it twice. I diluted the coffee to about 1/3 what they ask for in the directions because the time I tried coffee enemas years ago, I felt very nauseated afterward due to the extreme detox effect. The diluted solution is just right for me.

On the second day of the second week I continued with two coffee enemas and started juicing, but without enough energy to do more, I juiced only twice: one straight celery, and one a mix of three parts carrot and one part apple. I had more energy on that second day than I have had in a long time.

Today is day three of the second week. I plan to continue increasing my efforts until I am on the full protocol, and I will see my lyme specialist to discuss what I am doing.

I took my horses out one at a time to graze in the front lawn this morning, which I have not had the strength or desire to do for over a year. I cleaned the kitchen right after juicing which is unusual for me. And now I am so excited about the prospect of feeling better I have to write about it!

With Lyme disease not yet under control I believe the Gerson Therapy is going to help me detox and gain energy as I continue my journey toward recovery.

The Shelly-Melly Diet . . . or the Melly-Shelly Diet

My daughter Melanie and I invented a diet challenge and there are only four simple rules:

  1. Eat no gluten or processed sugar
  2. Eat 6 cups veggies daily
  3. Exercise a minimum of 1/2 hour, three times per week
  4. Get enough rest at night and rest when you are tired or stressed instead of eating

By following the rules we earn “stars” or points toward our challenge.

  • Each day we eat no gluten or processed sugar, we earn a star.  The only exception is honey or real maple syrup which are OK.
  • Each day we eat 6 cups veggies we earn a star.
  • Each day we exercise we get a star.  Once we have exercised for the minimum of three days that week, we get an extra 3 stars.
  • Resting is something we decided would not earn stars, but a rule to follow which is very helpful toward weight loss.

There are two ways to earn a reward: either through the earning of stars, or through weight loss.  At the end of each month of the challenge, the one with the most stars is treated to something by the other . . . it could be going out to eat, or to a movie, or to an article of clothing, or what ever we decide; but not very expensive necessarily.  The weight loss prize is a bit bigger . . . the one to lose a certain amount of weight (each person must be aiming for the same amount of weight loss for each challenge) first gets treated by the other to a new outfit to wear, up to a certain amount of money determined by the participants.

When we began this, my sister Cheryl jumped into the challenge to lose a couple pounds and eat a more healthy diet.  We are having fun with this and keeping in close touch with each other to help each other stay on the path of weight loss, because we want to see each other succeed as much as we want to succeed ourselves.

Once we lose the weight we want to lose, we are going to continue on this diet challenge to maintain our ideal weights and continue to have fun competitions for prizes!

Of course there are ways to eat enough high calorie foods to gain weight, even on this diet, but our desire is to lose weight and win the competition so we do not work to find ways around the purpose of the diet, we work toward weight loss and success!

You may know someone who would like to enter into a challenge like this with you, to make your journey more fun and rewarding!  Feel free to copy us if you like what we’re doing, or create something unique just for your needs.  Most of all, have fun with your goals and the prizes you set up, and I believe you will enjoy your process to success a whole lot more.

Wahls Protocol : Day 11, Anger is a Monkey Wrench!

Following a diet is most challenging to me when I am either busy with a project and don’t want to take the time to make special food, or when I get mad.  I got angry yesterday, and in my anger I went in and ate a donut and a brownie!  I didn’t call my daughters, who are my help line; I didn’t stop and analyze why my anger was throwing me off; I just ate the goodies as if somehow I was somehow punishing someone.  As if I were saying, “Hah!  So there!  Now see what you made me do!”  And there was some smugness involved.

Thinking about it later I wondered why messing up my healthy diet was triggered by anger.  One of my mentors, Tom Frank, who taught my sweat lodge class, once told me, “When you think you are angry at someone, you are really angry at yourself.”

I thought about what Tom had said and I wondered how being mad at someone meant I was really mad at myself.  How could I be mad at myself?  I’m not the one who did the awful thing!  Looking deeply I realized that although I may be angry at someone else for what they did, I am also angry at myself for what I did, what I didn’t do, or what I allowed someone else to do to me.  What Tom said was true.  There was always an element of being angry with myself when I have been angry with someone else.

Perhaps getting mad at someone else triggered me to be angry at myself for letting someone get to me, being frustrated, feeling impotent, feeling misunderstood or abused.  My anger was with myself for not knowing how to deal with the situation effectively.  I began to self destruct.

Or, on the other hand, perhaps eating the comfort food was simply a reach for comfort during my stress of being angry.  But if that were true, why would I feel like I was punishing someone by eating unhealthy food?

Eating the donut and brownie yesterday did not make me feel better, though.  I felt more tired than I have been lately.  Good to know.

“The Whals Protocol” by Terry Wahls, M.D. : A Book Review

“The Whals Protocol” by Terry Wahls is a book about eating to eliminate inflammation in the body.  This book is “A radical new way to treat all Chroinic autoimmune conditions using Paleo principles.”– Quote from book cover.

Dr. Wahls was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and after years of treating her disease the traditional way, and by then wheelchair bound, she began exploring diet as a treatment for her MS.

She was able to go from pain and wheelchair to walking again and having the energy to write grants for clinical trials to prove that diet is a successful treatment protocol for MS.  Of course, she also wrote a book for us cutting edge people who don’t want to wait decades for clinical trials to tell us what we will already know by trying the diet ourselves.

My daughter, Melissa, was diagnosed with MS this past year.  She suffered daily migraines, and was so tired she was on the couch resting most of the time.  She could not go shopping, cook, do housework or church work, paint, work on genealogy, or any of the activities she usually enjoyed.  Sitting up gave her headaches.  Her husband, a medical student, was doing everything for her, her health was so poor.

Then Melissa found “The Whals Protocol”, by Dr. Wahls, and began her own trial of the protocol.  Melissa has been on the Whals protocol for just over a month.  She came to visit me and asked if I wanted to try the diet.

I said, “Yes,” of course.

Melissa has so much bright energy now that she and my niece, Amber, did all the shopping and cooking for the family during the week Melissa was here.  Melissa is bubbly and excited.  Her eyes sparkle with new light and energy.  I am so happy she has found something that works!

As for me, I can say that the diet, or protocol, is also making me feel great.  I have enough energy to get through my day without a nap, and the physical work I am doing with the barn building and caring for my two children and two horses is getting easier as my energy increases.  This diet is somewhat easier than the Medical Medium Diet (which also was wonderful for me) because the Whals Protocol includes cooked food and meat.

I give this book, and protocol, two giant thumbs up!

 

"The Whals Protocol" by Terry Wahls, M.D. : A Book Review

“The Whals Protocol” by Terry Wahls is a book about eating to eliminate inflammation in the body.  This book is “A radical new way to treat all Chroinic autoimmune conditions using Paleo principles.”– Quote from book cover.

Dr. Wahls was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and after years of treating her disease the traditional way, and by then wheelchair bound, she began exploring diet as a treatment for her MS.

She was able to go from pain and wheelchair to walking again and having the energy to write grants for clinical trials to prove that diet is a successful treatment protocol for MS.  Of course, she also wrote a book for us cutting edge people who don’t want to wait decades for clinical trials to tell us what we will already know by trying the diet ourselves.

My daughter, Melissa, was diagnosed with MS this past year.  She suffered daily migraines, and was so tired she was on the couch resting most of the time.  She could not go shopping, cook, do housework or church work, paint, work on genealogy, or any of the activities she usually enjoyed.  Sitting up gave her headaches.  Her husband, a medical student, was doing everything for her, her health was so poor.

Then Melissa found “The Whals Protocol”, by Dr. Wahls, and began her own trial of the protocol.  Melissa has been on the Whals protocol for just over a month.  She came to visit me and asked if I wanted to try the diet.

I said, “Yes,” of course.

Melissa has so much bright energy now that she and my niece, Amber, did all the shopping and cooking for the family during the week Melissa was here.  Melissa is bubbly and excited.  Her eyes sparkle with new light and energy.  I am so happy she has found something that works!

As for me, I can say that the diet, or protocol, is also making me feel great.  I have enough energy to get through my day without a nap, and the physical work I am doing with the barn building and caring for my two children and two horses is getting easier as my energy increases.  This diet is somewhat easier than the Medical Medium Diet (which also was wonderful for me) because the Whals Protocol includes cooked food and meat.

I give this book, and protocol, two giant thumbs up!

 

Medical Medium Diet : My New Favorite Recipe

This morning I weighed 163 pounds. This is down from my beginning weight of 175 by 12 pounds.  My goal is 145 pounds.  I’m almost half way there.

I created a new recipe this morning because all my favorite foods were all eaten up.

Avocado, Raisin, Coconut Mash:

  • One avocado
  • Handful of raisins
  • Handful of unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Handful of ground hemp seeds
  • Sprinkles of turmeric
  • Sprinkles of “Dash” original seasoning

Mach these all up together and eat.  It is yummy and gives you a feeling of having eaten something substantial after the celery juice in the morning and the fresh fruit.

This may be an unusual combination for some people, but I really liked it.  One of the great things about this recipe is that it’s quick and easy.  You may like it too.  Or, you could create your  own avocado mash recipe with any combination of approved raw foods.  🙂

The Medical Medium Diet : Vacation Over . . . Damage Report!

Yesterday morning I weighed 166 pounds, a gain of 6 pounds.  Not bad considering I ate what everyone else was eating, especially ice cream and candy.  However, as soon as I went off my diet, I could feel the difference.  I didn’t feel as good.  Did I stop indulging?  No.  I ate like everyone else.  I relaxed and enjoyed myself with the family and had fun, knowing I would be getting back to my healthy diet eventually.  After all, it is a life style change, not a diet, right?

Yesterday was the first day I was able to stick to the diet . . . I mean life style change . . . after several days of false starts.  I’m not mad at myself for any of the false starts.  Being angry with myself would be counter productive.  Health guru David Wolfe wrote in one of his books (and I am paraphrasing extremely) that if a person decides to indulge in a treat, they would be better off simply enjoying the indulgence without judgement rather than beating themselves up about it, which would cause stress and negative energy, and could possibly be worse for the person than the treat itself.

For me, false starts are an OK way of easing into something.  Typically false starts happen when I am not prepared.  Having the right food prepared ahead of time makes the transition from regular food to a special diet much more doable.  When I don’t have my diet friendly substantial foods ready to eat when I get hungry, after the celery juice and fruits of the morning, I feel tired and don’t want to prepare anything, so I eat whatever I can get my hands on, and chalk up another false start.  That’s OK for a little while but then I gear up and prepare for success.

The substantial food I depend on I like to call “candy”.  My “candy” is a mix of nuts and seeds, powdered greens, dried fruit, coconut oil, and honey.  Once I had prepared my health food “candy” ahead of time I was successful.  Along with the fresh fruits and veggies for eating, juicing, and salads, I had my sweet and yummy “candy”.  This “candy” is a great energy food.

My “candy” is very similar to energy balls that herbalist Rosemary Gladstar describes in her book “Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health”.  I took the idea and plugged in the foods from the Medical Medium diet, and voila’, “candy” that tastes good and is good for me too.  I reach for this “candy” when I would ordinarily reach for a sandwich or cereal.  I eat my “candy” instead of a meal.

Today’s “candy” was made from a mix of 1 c. chopped Brazil nuts, 1/2 c. shredded coconut, 1/2 c. sesame seeds, 1/2 c. ground hemp seeds, 1/2 c. dried cranberries, 1 c. prunes, 3/4 c. dried figs, 1/4 c. coconut oil, 1/8 c. spirulina, 1/8 c. chlorella, 1/8 c. cinnamon, enough honey to get it all sticking together, and a little bit of salt. A food processor chops everything up nice and fine and rolls it together as it gets sticky.  When the consistency is sticky enough, sort of like thick cookie dough, the mix can be rolled into little balls and put into the refrigerator to harden a bit.  Before refrigerating, the balls can be rolled in sesame seeds, coconut, chocolate powder, or other fine ingredient that keeps your fingers from getting sticky or oily when you pick them up to eat them (if that is important to you).  The “candy” ingredients can be changed to include whatever works for you on your own personal diet and according to your preferences.

Each ball is a bite sized morsel, easy to pick up and eat.  I don’t think I would be as successful in this life style change without them.