HUH? A JUICE CLEANSE????
Yep. It’s a long story. I have to say these past few months have been a time of sincere reflection for me. The last two weeks I have been very quiet on the blogging front, but I must say it was for good reason.
Let me begin with Henry. He is doing so well. His tests indicated a significant allergy to eggs, and milder allergies to peas and peanuts. Although, he is allowed dairy, he is mostly refusing it. His biopsies did not reveal any disorders or immune issues. Only an inflammation from being sick for so long. We are confident, with diet changes, he will continue to improve and eventually thrive. Ok- so all this was related to eggs. Fixable. Great. End of story? Not quite.
Seeing my baby get so sick, have to endure 31 allergy needles and talking to the specialists about potential things like feeding tubes, cystic fibrosis (due to protein loss) and more really sent me in to a mental funk.
But I spent the holidays rejuvenating and most importantly re-evaluating MY lifestyle choices.
It begins with MOM
At 36 years old, I feel old. I have never treated my body well. I have smoked on/off since the age of 12 (also living in a house with 2nd hand smoke until 18), I drink massive amounts of coffee, skip meals and eat fast food way too frequently. I grew up on fast food, Little Debbie and soda. No, I do not blame my parents, but I was allowed to eat what I wanted, and never encouraged to make good choices.
I am thin framed, but it is not from exercise. It is from poor nutrition. That is truly why I was so overwhelmed with the prospect of allergies in my children. I have no experience in avoiding processed foods.
I feel it is my duty as a parent to set a better example and most importantly TEACH them.
Enter the 7 day juice cleanse.
I know resolutions typically fail early in the year. SO I have committed to a 7 day Juice cleanse alongside of my hubby (since there is no one who I’d rather suffer with- lol). A full body detox. No nicotine, no caffeine, no fast food. Nothing except fruits, vegetables and water. A system reboot. I want to reclaim my energy and the rest of my life. I can make 7 days. TThe resources/plan I am following here.
I have spoken to a local dietitian, I have a nutrition class on the 15th (in my local health market/grocery store) I have resources, assistance and support.
Will I ever eat a cheeseburger or allow my kids a happy meal? Not any time too soon. Some of these changes will be forever (nicotine) and some MIGHT be temporary (caffeine and alcohol). However, my end goal is to educate myself on better choices and become a better role model for my children. FOR LIFE. New Years or not, it is time for a new beginning. This is just an easy date to remember and celebrate:-)
WHAT WILL HAPPEN OVER THE NEXT COUPLE DAYS?
Ugh…ugliness. It’s gonna be tough. Some people lose weight, but I think I might gain (and I am totally okay with that) since in my case coffee sometimes replaced meals. I might get headaches and, um yeah, there is digestive stuff… ANYHOO…
After 2 or 3 days, I should be feeling much better and I look forward to sharing some of it with you!
Tomorrow I will be visiting my all of favorite bloggers who so kindly reached out to me! After a much too long delay…
Tamera Like Camera, Home on Deranged, A Dish of Daily Life, Structure in an Unstructured Life, A Cookie before Dinner, This Momma’s Ramblings, Effie Girl, Mrs Tee, The Green Eyed Lady Blog, The Unfolding Gene, The Bold Fab Mom, Uplifting Families, The Lomholt Family, HeHasMS, The Real Housewife of Caroline County and more… I love you all!
CHEERS to 2014!