Juice Detox Clears Vision. But really? 

BACKGROUND

If you follow me on social media, you will know about my debilitating migraine condition.  In the past 3-4 months, they have worsened and I’ve now been put on preventative medication by my neurologist. 

I have now been on the medication for a month. Have things drastically improved? No. On saying that, I haven’t given it a long enough time to give it a fair assessment. The caveat is that the success rate is 65% and that I had to give it 3 months. So I remain hopeful.

Meanwhile, I have really taken a step back to examin my current lifestyle and what has changed in the past 3-4 months. 

Apart from the demands of every day mummy/wifey duties and my growing ministry to manage, I cannot isolate any changes in life that could have worsened the migraine condition. Either that, or it could be the summation of small things such as dining out more and dropping my gym workouts and just that extra bit of stress with life. 

I wondered if going back to some clean eating may decrease the frequency of the migraine attacks. 

Without much of a clue on where to start, I decided to experiment with the cliché – the 3-day Juice Detox. 

What I had hoped for was some weight loss and to minimise the belly bloating. I was also hoping to see some improvement in migraine frequency and relief from migraine symptoms. 

In the end, I took it on for 4 days. Yes, 4 days without solids.
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IN SUMMARY, HERE ARE THE ‘Why’s

  1. My BODY felt like the detox, not my mind. 
  2. I wanted to try something different to see if my migraines would get relief.
  3. My belly had been so bloated and I’d put on a couple of kilos from poor eating and sleeping habits in the past few months. I needed something to kick me out of those patterns. 
  4. I needed to replenish and nourish my body. How can I pour an empty glass? My body is the temple which houses the Holy Spirit. I want this to be a healthy temple (not just from the outside)!


AND THE RESULTS?

  1. Not much of any weight loss – 0.5kg of water weight, to be precise
  2. Belly bloating was relieved (only after 3 days though. The first day, I was even more bloated than before but it’s normal)
  3. Nope, did not lose fat. (Who am I kidding? But then again, that wasn’t really the point of the exercise.)
  4. Second day was the hardest. “Halfway is always hard.” Think marathon, workout, entrepreneurship.. But I used it as a time for prayer when my mind became weak.
  5. Skin is clear and supple.
  6. Slept well.
  7. Woke up refreshed.
  8. Concentration improved.
  9. A little fatigued during the afternoons but that’s just expected off as I’m consuming less calories than the body is used to.
  10. Sharper vision. Now this one is a surprise. No wonder the Chinese use this as a measure of health in Traditional Chinese Medicine (detox results in clearer vision).
  11. Last but not least, perhaps I knew I was going to be lethargic and I didn’t schedule much these 4 days, but it could also be the impact of feeling nourishment. My nerves are calm and I have had a very calm 4 days (contrary to what I had imagined.. “Hangry”…) 

Overall, it was a good experience. It wasn’t that hard to get through. I actually quite enjoyed it. I feel better and rejuvenated. 

A thought on saying this, the day after it ended, I got a medium-level migraine attack. So, I don’t think this juice detox did much for my migraines. 

WHAT WOULD I DO DIFFERENTLY?

(Assuming I would do it again..)

The only thing I might do differently next time is buy it from the likes of Urban Remedy. It’s hard work making them all yourself and by the time you buy all the ingredients, it works out to be around the same cost. 

WOULD I DO IT AGAIN?

Hmmmm… Tricky one. I wasn’t overwhelmed by the results of the detox. Perhaps when my vision gets a little blurred (which it can, from my migraines), I may consider a 2-day one. I’m actually a strong believer of balance and moderation in life. So I’m not sure that depriving my body of solids for 3-4 days is healthy, per se. 

In the right time and for the right reasons, I might consider doing it again. 

But the short answer is, no – probably not again unless God calls for it. Maybe something for Lent?

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32 days into Lent | Lent 2016

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During this season of Lent I chose not to just ‘give UP’ coffee (my daily routine and comfort), I chose to ‘give IN’ to Jesus. 32 days it has been and it hasn’t been easy.

  1. What was the goal? To feel a deeper connection with Christ and feel a transformation, helping me learn to replace my ‘willpower’ with a ‘willingness’ to follow.
  2. How have I been feeling in the past 32 days? Oscillating between {frustration and self-righteousness} AND {empowered and needing God’s grace}
  3. How am I feeling now? CHALLENGED but as always, peaceful.
  4. Has it transformed me? Not yet. Not in a way that I had hoped.
  5. Why not? There’s still a voice in my head playing that ‘I’ can do it. Pride is still lingering in me. I am falling short and I want to feel completely humbled.
  6. What am I going do then? Keep praying, holding in faith, keep praying.

Jesus, it is YOU who gives me strength. Not my own doing. Help me and build me to let this Truth sink in over the last 8 days of Lent.

I CAN, I WILL #powerbyGod

 

20160310_I Can, I WillWe now are midway through Lent^.

This year is my first attempt at ‘fasting’.  Well, to be exact “coffee- fasting”.  It has taken me 3 years to even attempt at ‘giving up’ something for this season.

Have you ever been through the motions of ‘giving up’ something?  What was it like?  Did you rely on your willpower alone?  Or did you anchor your reliance to ‘give up’ on something or someone?  In the end, does it matter how you did it or just the fact that you did it?  Is it more about reaching the end or the journey through it?

For me, through this season, it’s the journey and the transformation that matters most.

“I can, I will.” means NOTHING, yes NOTHING, if not anchored in Jesus.  #poweredbyGod

Do you have a story to share for this season?

^Source – Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lent
Lent (Latin: Quadragesima; English: Fortieth) is a solemn religious observance in the liturgical calendar of many Christian denominations that begins on Ash Wednesday and covers a period of approximately six weeks before Easter Sunday. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, penance, repentance of sins, almsgiving,atonement, and self-denial.

During Lent, many Christians commit to fasting or giving up certain types of luxuries as a form of penitence. Many Christians also add a Lenten spiritual discipline, such as reading a daily devotional, to draw themselves near to God.

Lent is traditionally described as lasting for 40 days, in commemoration of the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert, according to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, before beginning his public ministry, after which he endured temptation by the Devil.[8][9] In most of the West, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. However, various Christian denominationscalculate its length differently