We've really been blessed, Nicole, to have found this WOE.
Yes, I agree, Blue
, we really have.
Still working on my fasting word draft, but a couple of other things are also going on.
First, New Star McDougaller Caroline Duke's Video
came out and it really gave me some new inspiration and hope.
I wrote about it in the Lounge AND in the Comments on a New Star McDougaller/ Newsletters sections, but I am going to repost here what I wrote there because I am just so impacted by it:
This is the new Star McDougaller, Caroline Duke
She had psoriasis,a common skin disorder that is also an autoimmune disease.
What is very important about this video is that she got rid of her psoriasis, but it took her a few years
At minute 3:17 she says, "... within a year, I saw progressive change, and now that I've been on (the) McDougall Diet since 2007, I have absolutely no indication that I ever had an autoimmune disease process."That is 4 years of "McDougalling", and she only just now felt OK to become a Star McDougaller.
This is very important - IT WAS NOT AN OVERNIGHT" CURE"
- IT TOOK YEARS....but it still worked.
I point this out to anyone who, like me, who has one of those inflammatory disease processes, which do not respond rapidly or dramatically to this WOE. I have been experiencing progressive change over the last year, but I am not better.
I am not giving up, and, in my opinion, neither should you.
(I also posted the same thing
in the Comments on the Latest Newsletter or Star McDougaller as well)
Healing takes time.
Our bodies want to heal.
These two concepts are so very reassuring to me.
Well, before I even had a chance to write more about fasting, and I am fasting again, starting today, March 16th. So I thought I'd spend the next few days of the fast journalling about it, adding information as is relevant, and working on the draft so maybe I can get that up here toot-sweet.
BAsically, water fasting as per Dr Fuhrman and others' advice, requires that you spend a few months prior to the fast eating very-high-nutrient-dense-foods, so that you have adequate nutrient reserves to draw from during the time you abstain from food.
What I did wrong the first time was to not really boost up those reserves - I eliminated a lot of bad stuff for months beforehand, and did not add enough of the other stuff (namely salads and greens.)
Well, I eat A LOT of salads and greens now, and I think that is partially why the fasting, and everything else, has been going so well.Dr Fuhrman has people on his Autoimmune Protocol
(which I will call the AIP from on because I am a lazy typer) consume 4-8 ounces of organic fresh vegetable juice (kale, parsley, cabbage plus carrot or beets or apples as sweeteners to taste) and also eat a blended salad (greens+fruit+water+some fat, like flax seeds) and also
eat veggie-rich (emphasis on greens and cruciferous veggies in the soup) blended ( in the blender, to increase nutrient absorption) soup daily for the first three months on the AIP - to build up nutrient levels.
This is in addition to eating 2-3 regular giant salads each day, some fruit (not for all, some are sensitive to fruit) and a lightly steamed cruciferous vegetable, plus another steamed green veggie, like asparagus or artichoke. and also regular food, like sweet potatoes, beans etc.
He says a lot about why, much of it technical, but the gist is that you are getting as broad a range of nutrients and phytochemicals as possible, absorbing it more quickly because of the juicing and the blending,and that this helps your cells metabolize waste and toxins more efficiently. One could even call it "detox," I suppose.
He does regard this somewhat as a medicine - he thinks the most natural way to eat food is to chew it, not juice or blend it, but in the cases of some diseases, more action can be taken without harm. IN fact, he thinks the juicing is totally optional for AIP peeps after three months or so, and if you are having problems with the disease, he wants people to stop juicing.So, I actually think Dr. McDougall has people do the same thing
- you eat really well, you get more nutrients, and slowly your body metabolizes all the extra "junk" out of your system at a apace that does not cause further trauma to the body - but that Dr F's way might be sort of a shortcut, a jump start, a boost - something I am fine with because being in pain is NO FUN and getting out of it quicker is better, from my perspective.I think the most recent Star McDougaller is an example of that - she kept at it, it wan't lightning-fast, but it happened.
Now, looking back, and armed with this information, I can see a few mistakes I made. Why I Think I got the Big Flare Last September
I did not eat enough nutrient-dense food before my first fast.
After I got off that first fast, I went on an extended elimination diet, following Dr MCD's advice here at the bottom
, and eating only cooked food - no salads! for months. And really, not eating a ton of greens or cruciferous veggies.
Now after about three months of that, I started to get a wee bit lazy. I was definitely feeling much better and I had it in my head that I had more leeway than I had been practicing.
Fortunately, my dear husband, lover-of-all-things-spreadsheet, made me a detailed daily checklist I could rattle off each night to record what I ate, what I did, exercise, sleep, and symptoms when I first went on the Elimination Diet
(referred to as ED from here on out - lazy, lazy, lazy me
) and I would just check them off each night and hand them over to him.
He recently processed all that information - even made me a graph and evarrthang! - and I see clearly now that I forgot
that in the weeks leading up to my big flare/illness in September I:
- Had house guests for a week and I ate veggie sushi out almost daily for that week (white rice, not brown, salt and some oil=not very good for Nicky!)
- I drank a Starbucks decaf green tea soy latte a total of 4x in the house guest week - not a lot for a regular McD-er, but not ED-appropriate!
- Went to Vegas 2 weeks after the house guests and did basically the same thing - veggie sushi out, decaf green tea soy lattes, and loads of Dole Pineapple juice (I am sensitive to too much sweets and to preservatives) while out with others at bars in The City of Sin. (BTW -Las Vegas is not much fun if you a) don't like to gamble (I am cheap!) b) aren't inebriated and c) don't like cigarette smoke assaulting you everywhere. I am fine to never go agin. My husband is devastated )
- Three days before the flare, I got yet another
Starbucks green tea decaf latte - but I think they used the chemical-y powdered stuff instead of the teabag, and maybe they used dairy milk - I know it tasted way wrong, but I was with a group, and it was crowded and I did not want to make a fuss.What I learned from this
1) I have a terrible and selective memory.
I have to keep myself honest with the daily log, and review the info monthly
2) I was a very bad girl for a month before I got a very bad flare. ( A friend I made who has AI disease says it like this: when you start to feel better, that is when you feel like you can "cheat," but really that is the most dangerous time to cheat at all
) Shall we call it hubris?
3) I don't care for Las Vegas.
Seriously, though, I learned that I need to be stricter and less "accommodating" about my food choices, which is not me being so altruistic as I phrased it, but really a way for me to rationalize bad choices, which are not in my best interests.
Alright, if you have read this far, I am impressed.Water Fast Day 1
Not much to report yet, it has only been 16.5 hours since I had any food, and much of that time was spent asleep. I feel totally normal. Not hungry, but that is also normal for me. I'll update as things happen or daily, whichever applies.
Thanks for visiting!