[21 day detox] preparation & disclaimer

21 DAYS, oh boy!

I am embarking on an adventure to heal myself! And I could not be more excited!  The Martha’s Vineyard Detox is a cleansing detoxification program.

“We are all exposed to chemicals and substances in our daily environments: cigarette smoke, smokestack emissions pesticide runoff, carpet, paint and bleach fumes, artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives, antibiotics and hormones, dry-cleaning fluid residue, nail polish, hair color harm our body and compromise our health…Overtime, toxic elements accumulate in our cells, gunk up our organs, erode our quality of life, and cause many of the low-grade discomforts that are familiar: allergies, fatigue, heartburn, headaches and loss of energy.  Toxins make us more susceptible to serious chronic diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes.  In fact, these poisons foul up the delicate inner workings of our bodies so much that many of us gain unwanted weight.”

Upfront I will say my mom is a trained naturopath.  She has been a vocal proponent of natural remedies and the belief in the body’s ability to heal and keep itself healthy.  Generally I would agree that traditional Chinese medicine makes sense to me — which is based on the concept that the human body is a small universe with a set of sophisticated and interconnected systems, and that those systems usually work in balance to maintain the healthy function of the human body.

But my “universe” has been messed up for some time.

I’ve spent the last 20 years of my life hearing about ‘this or that’ theory or the latest diet or fast she was doing.  And since my mom had struggled with her own health, and weight, and has yo-yo’d, I pretty much dismissed it all cart blanch. I heard her testimony about healing herself of thyroid problems and lung disease and took it with some skepticism.  I would use the occasional L-lysine for boosting your immune system and tried a few other things, but mostly — unfortunately — I was patronizing and glib about most of her plans, though I never expressed it out loud (to her)  — I simply didn’t listen to her.  Like Charlie Brown’s parents, her health advice went in as “Wah, wah.”  Very sorry Mom!

It is a mystery to me why I was open to considering my health right now.  I believe spiritually and physically I was searching for some answers and for whatever reason the timing was right.

My sister was doing this particular detox last year and I saw the immediate health results — that really sold me.  Health issues that she has struggled with her entire adult life just “went away” via this detox.  (She has since backed this up with her medical doctor’s analysis.) And so I read the book over Christmas break and just finished it.  And the book is compelling!

Read my blog  “I have eaten my last waffle!” here for how it began for me.

My fast begins today (when my stuff arrives in the mail) but it was not something that you can go into without planning.  I have to admit upfront that this fast is going to be a challenge!  Thus far, I have ordered my supplements and green drinks.  I have had the first dreaded colonic. (Not as bad as you would think!)  I will have a Lymphatic Massage tomorrow.  My first reaction is expensive.  Already expensive!  Your average person would not probably afford $200 of vitamins, supplements, etc. and the $110 for colonic and ionic foot bath.  Only if you were already extremely ill would it make sense.  But we’ll see.  I’ll keep track of the expenses vs. what I get out of it.

As a writer I thought this book was badly organized.  So one of the things I want to do during this fast, is to break things down more clearly.  The science and personal reflections in the book are important to read, so if you’re interested in this detox you will still have to read the book. It is 21 Pounds in 21 Days. The Martha’s Vineyard Diet Detox by Roni DeLUZ founder of the Martha’s Vineyard Holistic Retreat.

Disclaimer: If you are at all squeamish about  how your bodily functions OR reading  about physical changes in mine, this [21 DAY FAST] segment of my blog may not be for you.  But I would say, give it a chance.  I may talk about colonics and other bodily changes, it is not because I’m strange but because I WANT THIS TO BE A REAL DIARY OF MY EXPERIENCE DURING THE 21 DAYS and we get squeamish about these things and ignore what our body is saying to us. And the point of a cleansing toxins out is to experience the changes within and I would like to be able to let others know of the benefits.  Because my prediction is that this will be life changing.

[OK, so you have been warned.]

As I finished up the book the Martha’s Vineyard Diet Detox and began to make my plans, one of the things I needed to do was think about my goals.

Why am I completing this detox?

I think my reasons have evolved.  As soon as I began to read the book I began to be more aware of my body.  The extreme discomfort in my clothing, certain aches and pains like frequent head-aches, strange pain in my right lower tummy area after eating, constant constipation, sore stiff knees,  and difficulty sleeping sometimes.  On top of that I quit smoking and drinking alcohol in the last year, so my lungs and my liver are toxic.  I struggle with depression and anxiety and have taken an antidepressant medication for about five years.  I stopped another medication this year.  I have chronic allergies and pop Benadryl like candy.  As well as Advil or something like it for headaches. I’m addicted to caffeine and joke about it as if it’s funny.

Well apparently most of these things are not or do not need to be a part of my life.  Huh!   I can detox my way out of most of them. And so can you.  NONE of these things are something one HAS to live with and endure.

Oh, and I forgot the most troubling reason: I have gained some weight all over, but especially around the middle, and I can not seem to rid myself of it!  I am not a dieter, so this has frustrated me like hell! A lot of it has to do with my sedentary lifestyle but I just have no energy for things.  No Zeal, no Zest for life!

Guess what, we do not have to live with these type of discomforts and we can heal our body of these things with a detox.

I am looking forward to and expect: more energy, less need to sleep, better mental clarity, memory and focus; fewer headaches and backache; less knee aches and joint pain; a reduction in cellulite; fewer colds and a stronger immune system.

Next time I will talk about exactly what the detox involves.

I will keep you posted as to how I am feeling.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. charo says:

    Hello. I am also going to be starting this 21 day marthas vineyard cleansing detox, and I got my co-worker to join me! I am very excited to see the end result..for sure something good. I got the book on sunday, literally on our way to pay for my kid’s book. I guess this is really the book that could possibly help me with my un-healthy lifestyle. By that, I do not mean dringking and smoking, eating junk food all day. It would be the constant blaming myself for giving up on a 10 year marriage, on having the so called “family”. I had devoted myself into having this keeping the family together and strong, but I guess I lost that and it is still hard for me to accept it. I guess my biggest concern right now is my frequent mood swings (almost like manic-depressive disorder), slow steady weight gain, constipation and constant back pain. right after my divorce,I got into another realtionship. I did not really get a chance to let myself heal and rejuvinate. I am worn out, and my body is feeling it! Noe, I am going to do this diet to cleanse myself both physically and mentally. let’s hope it will help me with my spiritualty as well.

    well, good luck to you! sounds like you did ok with the colonics. My co-worker and I are doing the oral helbal laxative she has in her book. we sort of chickend out:-)

    have a great time with this. thanks for reading my reply and for starting this blog!

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    1. Melody Hanson says:

      Hi Charo, First I want to affirm you for making the decision to do the fast. I hope that it goes well for you. I would encourage you to see someone about the emotional issues as they are likely to come on strong during the fast. Stay as positive as you can. You are taking hold of your life and deciding to do something about it. It won’t be easy but so far, for me, it’s worth it. Check in a let me know how it goes? It’s good to have someone to ask questions of, because I find her book a bit disorganized.

      Melody

      P.S. A colonic is so clinical and straightforward and I’m telling you worth a little awkwardness! Even if you only choose to do one, it’s amazing. Now that I’m over feeling squeamish I plan to have one each week and one at the end of the fast as well! You can do it!

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  2. Cassandra says:

    I am presently on my 8th day of my detox. I am experiencing great results. My taste buds have totally been transformed. It will be a way of life for me.

    Im focused. With God’s help..I will contuinue this life style. The maintenance after will be to continue to eat healty, exercise, even when I travel to stay focused and plan for my trips.

    I just returned from NY. I carried everything with me. I asked my parernts did they have a blender. I followed my plan just as if I was at home. It was very rewarding.

    Here’s to a HEALTY LIFE.

    Caassandra

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    1. Melody Hanson says:

      Cassandra, Pray for me! I am on day five, just finished. I feel very good. But something is not right. I’ve only lost four pounds. Okay, perhaps I’m being too hard on myself but I expected having this few calories that I would drop the weight! What are you eating? I hate the green drinks. Melody

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