Tuesday, 25 February 2014

My Day

Inspired by Tea Novo's recent post, and as suggested by my husband, here's a look at what my average day is like. We've recently moved and are home-educating, so there is a little less structure than usual, but here it goes....

On waking I drink a glass of room temperature water. This is to flush my system which has been detoxing all night. On an empty stomach I take a spoonful of diatomaceous earth (in water) to help to purge parasites and bacteria. As I'm trying to heal my gut I also drink a glass of kefir, or my current favourite, ginger bug, which is rich in probiotics. Starting the day with protein regulates blood sugar, so breakfast is usually gluten-free porridge oats made with almond milk and chia seeds, or gluten free pancakes made with locally sourced eggs, and covered in fruit (stewed berries in winter, cold raw fruit in summer). I try to listen to my body - in winter I really don't feel like eating raw food at all, instead I want nourishing, warming food.

Greens for juicing and smoothies

At this point I usually feed my many fermenting kefir grains, make coconut or nut milk (having soaked nuts overnight), put the coffee and linseed tea on to boil, and make a green smoothie. My current favourite recipe is; coconut milk kefir, baby spinach, baby kale leaves, banana, maca (important for balancing hormones) and a scoop of Sun Warrior vegan rice protein powder (my diet is often low in protein, and this gives me much needed energy to get through the morning. Using nut milk gives an extra protein hit).

Fermented coconut milk, water kefir and ginger bug

Next is my favourite part of the day - the coffee enema. This is the perfect opportunity to relax and meditate. It's also the time when I say affirmations, or write in my journal. I've recently started following up with a kefir grain implant (again to try to heal my gut). This simply involves blending some kefir grains with cooled herb tea (I'm using linseed) and leaving it inside the colon to be absorbed. It's a bit of an experiment, but so far I feel great. You can read more about kefir implants here.

Green tea features a little too strongly throughout my day, and I'm trying to cut back as it can be very depleting for the kidneys and adrenals (it contains caffeine, which is apparent if you try to cut it out!) I usually drink 4 - 5 cups a day, interspersed with filtered water. My new trick is to drink an 8 oz glass of water BEFORE the tea, and see if I still feel that I need or want it.

It's been a long, cold, wet winter, and lunches have mostly consisted of warming soups, or short grain brown rice dishes. Occasionally I 'cheat' and have an egg, particularly if that's what I'm craving. I try to make sure there are green veggies with every meal. As the weather warms I'll start eating more raw food (courgette noodles, pad thai, fresh vegan pestos and salads). 

Raw noodles gently stir fried

Early afternoon I have a vegetable juice. In the summer I aim for 6 a day, but lately I'm finding myself wanting something more substantial, and the density of smoothies has appealed over juices. However, if I have only one green juice a day, my alkalinity levels drop dramatically. To encourage myself to drink more juice I've recently started making it in bulk every morning. Some nutrients are lost this way (although the twin gear juicers are very good at making juice which retains nutrients beautifully when kept in the fridge) but the preparation and cleaning times are far reduced! 

I take supplements throughout the day. It's dangerous to list them, as we all have specific needs, and everyone's regime is different. However, the basics which never change are magnesium, multi-B, vitamin D3, iodine, Broccomax (or Indole 3 Carbinole/Dimpro for breast care and hormone balancing) probiotics, zinc, krill and Co-Q-10. I also take some cancer specific supplements as pinpointed by a 'chemosensitivity' test, which are basically natural angiogenesis inhibitors and apoptosis 'encouragers' (Quercetin, Angioblock and Artemix). I've also recently been taking high dose liposomal vitamin C with alpha-lioic-acid to try to bring my circulating stem cell count down. 

In the afternoons I go swimming, or for a march with the kids - something to get the heart and lymph pumping. I'm excited that we're finally getting a trampoline for the garden so that I can add ten minutes of rebounding into the exercise equation (assuming I get a turn!)

Dinner is early as I eat with the kids. I eat a LOT, and I'm constantly hungry. Stews with potatoes are great in winter, or more rice. Vegetable pies have featured quite strongly lately. I'm happy though that the weather is changing and that I'm getting my appetite back for salads. I always add as many different veggies as I can; raw broccoli, carrots, dark green leaves, avocado, tomatoes, green beans, beetroot, as well as nuts, chia and seeds for protein. I might make some cashew aioli to have on socca (chickpea bread) or add a baked potato with hummus. I cook very simply, with minimal additional flavouring. There is always chicken stock in the freezer for the kids, and plenty of greens in the fridge for me. I'm finding lately that every meal can be transformed into something nourishing and delicious with the addition of a great gravy (for hot meals) or homemade dips (to accompany salads and cold plates).

Socca pizza with cashew aioli, rocket and tomato salsa

I try not to snack, but inevitably this happens (and I'm always trying to put weight on). My current favourites are almond butter on apple or celery, a handful of nuts and raisins, or a piece of dark chocolate (a habit which has got out of hand lately I must confess!).

Depending on how I feel I sometimes use the evening as time to have a FIR infrared sauna, an epsom bath or a liver pack, all of which can be done whilst reading (I'm still reading and researching all the time!) I really loathe routine, so I tend to go through phases of treatment plans - at the moment the sauna is packed away under the bed!

Sleep is so integral to healing, and what's more I LOVE it! I try to get 9 hours a night.

I'd love to hear what your healing day looks like :)