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Trying the juicer for myself

Friday, March 25, 2011

I finally did it. Today I used the juicer. In case you didn’t believe me before, it’s true that I take forever to get things started. But I eventually do what I set out to do.

The reason I’m juicing is that juiced vegetables provide lots of vitamins and minerals and enzymes. To be able to eat and digest the amount I got in the juice, I’d need another three stomachs and a much bigger apetite to handle all the fiber in that many vegetables. This way, the food gets “pre-digested” and is more easily absorbed into my digestive tract. It’s a way to foster my body’s detoxification process and my immune system and also to rebuild all the tissue that’s been damaged by infection and lack of use during my years of limited mobility.

The juicer I got is much nicer that the one my mother lent me a few years ago. First of all, it is much easier to clean. Second, the solids that are left over are much drier.

I think that if my mom and I start trading off and I’m juicing regularly, I might start up a worm farm to turn those beautiful solids into dirt for a local garden. That can wait until I start making kombucha for myself. One project at a time, Rose.

Of course, when I try something I make lots of mistakes. I put in a big stalk of collard (from a bunch of collard greens, the leaves grow off a stalk) that almost burned out the motor. Oops. Then I almost made the juice overflow by preparing too many vegetables. This is how I learn. The second one wasn’t a bad mistake. I have two glasses of juice each for today and tomorrow.

In all, I’m pleased. I’ll try again on Sunday.

Coiling

Since I’m still Herxing from the last Lyme disease session, I kept the coiling to a minimum.

  • Candida, abdomen, 10 minutes

Detox

Yesterday, I tried psyllium husks + bentonite clay in water and apple juice. It worked out okay. I was still in terrible pain this morning, but my mind wasn’t nearly as foggy. I didn’t get constipated. I’m going to keep it in the rotation for a while to see if it has any longer term benefits.

  • homeopathic support
  • kombucha
  • juiced greens
  • psyllium husks + bentonite clay
  • skin brushing
  • infrared heat (45 minutes on level 3, 30 minutes on level 4)

Body

I slept about 8 hours last night. Not as much as I felt I needed, but I woke up. I had a big night sweat, even my ears were sweating. Something’s exiting. This Lyme Herx isn’t over yet.

Lots of pain when I woke up. Hands and feet were the worst part. When I actually arose, I noticed that I hurt all over. I landed on my back on the BioMat after I fed my cat (he gets very hungry as soon as he sees me move). 45 minutes later, I was able to peel myself off it to eat breakfast. I tried to start my day, but I ended up on the mat for another half hour. After that, I finally was able to get started.

My whole spinal column (as in the bones) are in pain. The ones at the top, as I mentioned yesterday, are particularly sore. I have a headache which extends into my neck. My hands are in severe pain as well, all day long. The muscles in my upper back are tense to the point of constant soreness. My left arm and shoulder hurt. My lower back hurts, bones and muscles, and on the left, the lymph node. The pain in my hip/upper thigh is now only on the left side.

Lyme is weird, there was a time when everything hurt on the right. Now everything hurts on the left. Go figure. The symptoms move and shift without rhyme or reason.

Good Stuff

I went to see my dad today. He’s doing quite well. He’s still working on getting his body back into shape, but his mind is sharper than it’s been in months. He and his friend were having a philosophical conversation about evolution when I joined them (adding to it a 5 minutes primer on how speciation occurs–something I finally understood this past Christmas…thanks Helen).

The sun was shining, the air was crisp and clean and clear. I went for a short walk and had the chance to enjoy it.

I love my juicer!…And the yummy juice it provides.

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