Day 7 turned out pretty well. Many of my formerly mentioned aches and pains have subsided. The detox symptom of the moment is mucus. Phlegm. I sound like a Nyquil commercial–coughing, aching, sneezing, runny nose–you get the picture.
I’ve talked a lot about the things that are challenging. Mostly because they are the easy things to see. Today I took a moment to stop and think about some of the things that were bothering me physically before I came here and did an assessment as to their current condition. Here are a few things that have gotten better. I usually wake up with swollen and painful fingers. That has subsided completely. Mom! My thumb joints are no longer purple and swollen. Yippee! I still have some residual pain in the lower joint on my thumb, but it is much improved. Brian and Kellie–my fingers are no longer purple and cold. Another improvement is that I am sleeping more soundly.
One would think that hunger would be a big issue when not eating for this long. I’m not hungry at all. Well, physically hungry, that is. I still have those moments when I’m dealing with not feeling well that I have the thought that if I would eat something maybe I would feel better. And I still feel a bit hungry when I smell something delicious. I like not feeling hungry. I’m still pretty tired. Although I’m not dizzy or light headed, I am starting to find myself feeling a little off balance. I have to move a bit more carefully.
Today is day 8. I went to a lecture by Dr. Lisle. It was very informative. My take-away was to not major in minor things. He also talked a bit about what he terms the continuum of evil–sort of a grade scaling of how we eat. He puts fried animal flesh at the far left or in the “F” category with dairy getting a “D” and so on up to the whole plant foods that they promote eating here as an A. He talked about the all-or-nothing mentality (which is a road block for me) and that we can’t always get an A and that sometimes a B or even a C may be ok. The problem comes in when we fall below an A and then give up all together. Anyway–makes a lot of sense to me. I’m not sure if his video “The Continuum of Evil” is on youtube or not, but it would be a good watch if you can get a hold of it.
One of my roommates is checking out today. The other one in the next two days sometime. They have been fun to get to know. That is one thing that I really love here–everyone is so supportive and encouraging. I hope that I am past the worst bit for me and that I’ll be able to go participate in more things so I get to know people a little bit better.
Overall I give my experience here a high rating. I think this will be life changing and I’m so glad I am doing it.