Here I am on day 21 and into PHASE 4 of the 26 day detox. Still going strong and feeling pretty good even after the liver and gallbladder flush, which I will tell you about in more detail below. I just wanted to point out that doing this detox is not only clearing toxins from my body, but I am also getting rid of clutter around the house. I have been feeling an urge to get rid of the clutter, throw away stuff, and get rid of the crap I have been holding onto for years in my house.
It started with my spice cupboard. I pulled everything off the shelves, wiped them down and sorted through it all. I filled up half of the garbage can with stuff I have had for years, old spices, stale herbs and I also threw out all the stuff that wasn’t healthy and had chemicals or food coloring in them. Ahhhh, it feels so refreshing every time I open the cabinet door to get something out. STILL NO SALT though! Ha, ha. I WANT SALT!
The next thing I attacked was my herb, supplement and medication stash. This took a lot longer. I got out all my containers from all over the house and put it ALL on the counter top. It was amazing how many duplicates I had of things, and items that had expired like 10 years ago. SERIOUS! I kept those things I know I will use, but the other stuff I just pitched.
Ya, I have spent a lot of money on supplements over the years, and it was hard to throw some things away because I had spent a lot of money on them, and have held onto them thinking “what if I need this someday”. Does this sound familiar? But the fact is, if I don’t plan on using them, or they react adversely to my body, why keep them. It’s all good, a learning experience and part of the journey, but time to say goodbye to the crap I’ve been holding onto, and for WHAT? Isn’t it like that with everything? I love this detox. SO…….WHAT ARE YOU HOLDING ONTO?
Bye, bye. I combined duplicate herbs into one container, which freed up a lot of room in my containers.I wrote down on a 3 x 5 card all the items in that bin. So when I need something, I can pull out the card and check to see if I have it already before going to buy new. I do that all the time because I cannot clearly see what I have. I intend to continue on with the decluttering process with other areas of my home. On on a roll.
Now back to the detox details. For two days I had to drink 1 quart of apple juice throughout the day and 2 quarts of green smoothie. Doesn’t sound too bad, but for someone who has not had ANYTHING with sugar for 18 days, it was extremely sweet and almost nauseating. The apple juice is a gallstone, kidney stone, and crystalline solvent. The day of the flush I couldn’t eat anything after 2:00 p.m and then drank 1/2 cup of olive oil with the juice of one lemon right before going to sleep. I think this was one of the hardest days for me. I was soooooooo hungry and so tired of green smoothies. I really did dread drinking this concoction, but it wasn’t all that bad. Kind of like drinking a cup of salad dressing. I have had to drink worse.
I shot it down and hopped into bed and prepared for the worst. I was told you may be quite nauseated and may even throw up. I was to lay on my right side all night. This step forces contraction of the gallbladder’s duct with an excess of fat and helps the body get rid of gallstones. I did not see any stones the next day in my urine or stool. In previous cleanses I have done, I did see some stones.
I was a little nauseated that night in bed, but nothing unbearable or to cause me to throw up. The next morning I felt a little achy and tired and VERY READY TO EAT SOMETHING. How about a green smoothie?
From here on out I will be adding foods slowly to see if I have any sensitivities while continuing to drink green smoothies twice a day. Before I started this detox I knew I didn’t do well drinking green smoothies everyday. So I have tried to start juicing once a day to replace one of the smoothies. Seem to do better with that.
I did make some nice corn chips from non GMO corn tortillas and had some lovely guacamole and salsa with my lunch. So nice to crunch something! I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. YEA! By the way, I have lost 14 pounds. This wasn’t my main focus, but I sure feel so much better in my clothes!