Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year's EVE!!!!!!!

Oh my gosh! It's finally here!! Tonight at midnight, I begin the BIG Detox for 2012!! I'm soo excited!! Here is my pre-detox video to get you guys set up and I'll be posting the details in the next couple hours! Yay!!!

Stages of Detoxification

Here is some helpful information for you guys to read through as we get ready to start the first phase, which is a 28 day Juice Fast Detox! Check it out:

The Different Juice Fasting Stages of Detoxification
A single cell within the human body is more complex than the most modern supercomputer. The process of removing a hundred thousand antigens, each with unique molecular properties, from trillions of functioning cells is indeed a complex process. Imagine three trillion cells being repaired during the function of countless biochemical processes needed for life. Even the best mechanics have to turn off the engine. Yet, the body has millions of micro mechanics that do this with ease.
One of the body’s automatic maintenance processes is the destruction of foreign microorganisms. When looking through a dark-field microscope, countless parasites are clearly visible. I observed parasites living inside blood cells. Several could be seen eating cholesterol, and I was amazed to see one swim. (GROSS!!) Watching lymphocytes moving in the blood was like a science-fiction movie. These complex, lymphocyte organisms attached themselves and engulfed toxins. As they did, their colorations flowed into fascinating patterns leaving me with a sense of wonder and respect for the miraculous ability and infinite complexity of the human body. -Isn't that amazing??
Fasting Detoxification Stages
Here is an overview of the detoxification stages during a juice fast. The time periods are a general estimation.
Stage 1 (Day 1 To Day 2) - these are the worst!! it does get better...
On the first day of fasting, the blood sugar level drops below 70 mg/dl. To restore the blood to the normal glucose level, liver glycogen is converted to glucose and released into the blood. This reserve is enough for half a day. The body then reduces the basal metabolic rate (BMR). The rate of internal chemical activity in resting tissue is lowered to conserve energy. The heart slows and blood pressure is reduced. Glycogen is pulled from the muscle causing some weakness. The first wave of cleansing is usually the worst.
Headaches, dizziness, nausea, bad breath, glazed eyes and a heavily coated tongue are signs of the first stage of cleansing. Hunger can be the most intense in this period unless the enema is used which quickly assists the body into the fasting state by ending digestion in the colon. (ewwww)
Stage 2 (Day 3 To Day 7)
Fats, composed of transformed fatty acids, are broken down to release glycerol from the gliceride molecules and are converted to glucose. The skin may become oily as rancid oils are purged from the body. - omg!! i was just thinking today of how oily my skin was!!! -i'm on day 4! =) People with problem-free skin may have a few days of pimples or even a boil. A pallid complexion is also a sign of waste in the blood. Ketones are formed by the incomplete oxidation of fats. It is suspected that the ketones in the blood suppress the appetite by affecting the food-satiety center in the hypothalamus. You may feel hungry for the first few days of the fast. This effect is temporary. The desire to eat will disappear. Lack of hunger may last 40 to 60 days, depending on whether you are on water or juice.
The body embraces the fast and the digestive system is able to take a much-needed rest, focusing all of its energies on cleansing and healing. yay for napping digestive systems! White blood cell and immune system activity increases. You may feel pain in your lungs. The cleansing organs and the lungs are in the process of being repaired. Periodically, the lymphatic system expels mucoid matter through the nose or throat. The volume excreted of this yellow-colored mucus can be shocking. The sinuses go through periods of being clogged, then will totally clear. The breath is still foul and the tongue coated. Within the intestine, the colon is being repaired and impacted feces on the intestinal wall start to loosen.
Stage 3 (Day 8 to Day 15)
On the latter part of an extended fast, you can experience enhanced energy, clear-mindedness and feel better than you have felt since childhood. On the downside, old injuries may become irritated and painful. This is a result of the body’s increased ability to heal during fasting. If you had broken your arm 10 years before, there is scar tissue around the break. At the time of the break, the body’s ability to heal was directly related to lifestyle. If you lived on a junk-food diet, the body’s natural healing ability was compromised.
During fasting, the body’s healing process is at optimum efficiency. As the body scours for dead or damaged tissue, the lymphocytes enter the older, damaged tissue secreting substances to dissolve the damaged cells. These substances irritate the nerves in the surrounding region and cause a reoccurrence of aches from previously injured areas that may have disappeared years earlier. The pain is good as the body is completing the healing process. The muscles may become tight and sore due to toxin irritation. The legs can be the worst affected, as toxins accumulate in the legs. Cankers are common in this stage due to the excessive bacteria in the mouth. Daily gargling with salt and water will prevent or heal cankers.
Stage 4 (Day 16 to Day 30)
The body is completely adapted to the fasting process. There is more energy and clarity of mind. Cleansing periods can be short with many days of feeling good in between. There are days when the tongue is pink and the breath is fresh. The healing work of the organs is being completed. After the detoxification mechanisms have removed the causative agent or render it harmless, the body works at maximum capacity in tissue proliferation to replace damaged tissue. While a short fast will reduce the symptoms, a longer fast can completely heal. Homeostatic balance is at optimum levels. The lymphatic system is clean except for a rare discharge of mucus through the nose or throat. After day 20, the mind is affected. Heightened clarity and emotional balance are felt at this time. Memory and concentration improve.
Stage 5 (Breaking the Fast)
The sticky, toxic, mucoid coating on the intestinal wall is loose, and the first meal frees it from the intestinal wall. Toxins enter the blood through the colon. The gallbladder dumps its waste in a heavy discharge of bile. This can cause an instant bowel movement upon eating followed by intense diarrhea. If the symptoms are too uncomfortable, an enema will help.
This article was written by, Mr. Tom McGregor, author of Eating in Freedom.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Great Big Announcement!

Ok!! Here we are! It's Thursday night!! I'm so excited to share this big announcement with you!! So, here it is: Beginning Sunday, January 1, 2012, I Will be embarking on a 48 WEEK journey! And I am inviting you to come along, too!! Yes, you!! All you have to do is follow what I am doing and make some changes yourself as well. What's in it for you besides getting healthy? Well, there will be prizes too! **The prizes will be announce on Sunday morning. For me, this will be broken up into 4 segments, of 12 weeks each. For each 12 week period, there will be three sections and I will be focusing on different parts of this whole thing for each section. The goal is to become the healthiest me I ever have been! This includes a lot of things, namely: perseverance and commitment! So, I am going to ask for you guys to let me know that you are following along, too! And when you do, you will be entered to win some cool stuff! Beginning Sunday, January 1st, I will begin a prize drawing which will ultimately draw a winner on the 1st day of the second phase. Then I will do subsequent drawings for each of the next three! How do you enter? Well, I'm going to narrow that all down for you guys on Sunday. So, check back here by then if you haven't already to find out! But, before I get started I have to get myself ready- cleaning my house, planning out the recipes, and what I will be doing over all this time. Once I have it all laid out, I'll post it online so you guys can see it too! For now, I am so happy to have each of you reading along! Watch my video and stay tuned for the details of how this will all work coming up on Saturday! Luv you guys!! Jamie Here' s the video!!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

a whole lotta stuff...

Gosh! It amazes me how insanely calorie laden restaurant food really is!! Tonight the hubs and I were babysitting my adorable 3 year old niece, Sophie, so we went on a trip to Red Robin (@ Chris= thanks for the yummies!). Well, knowing that I am about to embark on an, ahem, er... well... something amazing and great starting the 1st, I said, what the heck, I’ll eat without concern. (Not too far from what I do on a regular basis...but hey, I’m working my way back into it!) I ate: Whiskey River BBQ Burger, Side of French Fries, Side of Ranch dressing to dip my fries in, and drank 2 root beers. Seriously... this is not THAT odd of a meal! BUT, when I got home and decided to check out just what I really consumed, I felt like throwing up. No, really, I was really full. (For the record, I didn’t... but considered it...)! Here is the breakdown of my days’ worth of calories in one meal as described above: Calories: 2,206 Fat: 123 grams Sodium: 2,455 Carbohydrates: 218 Fiber: 8 grams Protein: 57 grams Folks, this is crazy!! No wonder I feel comatose after this crazy meal! I admit, I guessed it would be a lot, but I really thought closer to 1000... This is awful enough for one meal! Do you know what happens when you eat a meal? It has to go through all the digestive processes, which cause your body to have to halt any other kinds of proactive maneuvers so it can work on breaking down that enormous load you just swallowed. At that time, then you begin to start to feel sleepy, which then leads to you partaking in some type of stimulant (i.e. coffee) to help your mind stay awake during these hours. Personally, it’s been about an hour since my meal and I am still stuffed, and I suddenly can barely keep my eyes open as I type! It will be amazing if this comes out making sense! That’s all for tonight guys, but I’ll be on here tomorrow with a lot of great stuff... don’t forget to check it out!!! ~jamie

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Have you missed me? Well wait til you hear!

Hello all my lovely people! I hope you are all enjoying this precious time of year and spending quality time with those you love! For our house, it's been a continuous barrage of craziness, but it's all in good fun! So............. I have been working on some pretty big plans... and am sooo close to sharing them with you all! For now, just make sure you check back here in a couple of days! I can't tell you yet what I'm going to be doing, but I can tell you that it's big, Big, BIG! Here's a little bit for now: By Thursday evening, I will have a major, I mean, MAJOR post coming and you will definitely want to get on here and read it! Love you guys! jamie <3