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Bone Broth Cleanse: Day 4

Claiming victory with Kobe at the dog park

Claiming victory with Kobe at the dog park

You know that feeling you get when the most grueling part of a journey is almost over and your exciting destination is near? Or when you’ve reached a point where you can’t study anymore for a test because you “just know” that you can’t prepare any better?

This nice sense of calm can overtake you and the dread is over. That’s how I felt when I woke up on my last day of the bone broth fast. I was exhausted, wanted food and I would’ve been happier with a juicy steak in my mouth but I knew I’d come through to the other side.

I was a bit smug and excited for the fact that I had one last day to be a couch potato with no shame and that I could indulge the next day. My mom was extremely happy about it being over too. I’m actually still shocked at the fact that she was able to work at the preschool. I wasn’t really functional, hence, why I worked from home the whole week.

Despite having minimal energy to do the things I liked, I managed to complete my work assignments and take my wild dog for a long walk at dusk. It was a relaxing day lived with a sense of victory and pleasant anticipation.

The First Day After The Fast/Ultimate Test Of Will

“I’m up, wait I’m up? I can eat now!”

I woke up at 6am and hobbled over to the kitchen to prep my first meal in 4 days, and it had to be greek yogurt, chopped fruit with some honey drizzled on top. It was delicious! It tasted soooo good but I had to contain myself because there’s rules to coming off a fast.

What an amazing machine the human body is. The standard American puts it through hell and back with a diet full of irritants and inflammatory foods, additives and poor lifestyle habits and it continues to tolerate us and keep us alive. I knew my digestive system was broken and overworked and with just a 4-day break along with a therapeutic dose of cell-reviving bone broth, I was able to restore more efficiency to it. The first couple of days are really hard, then the gut gets the picture and realizes that food won’t be coming anytime soon, so I have to take it easy once you start eating again because it adapts to not digesting and focuses on storing energy.

So I started the day with yogurts, fruits and steamed veggies. Later that night I was treated to a lobster dinner! I was scolded for that but I turned out fine with barely any irritation. We were giving ourselves  2 recovery days with probiotic-filled yogurt before we started our next challenge on Monday 1/18….TheWhole30 Paleo Diet. So far so good, I’ve laid off sugary foods since 1/11 and I can’t help but miss my chocolate.

Stay tuned,

 

Nicole

Bone Broth Fast: Day 2

Unable to move and not trying to fight it

Unable to move and not trying to fight it

Oh boy, day 2 of fasting was hellish from the very start. What’s very curious is that I was coping well on the first whereas, my mother, was feeling like death. She wanted to quit on day 1 and I wanted to quit after day 2. Fortunately, I had her as my rock to get me through all my doubts and pain of the 2nd day. This is the reason it’s so important to have support when trying something like this. I also noticed that the broth seemed especially disgusting to me by now and I couldn’t sip it with without gagging unless I pinched my nose and gulped lemon-infused water immediately after.

Despite being especially sluggish, tired and full of aches from lacking the extra calories and fuel, I tried to avoid the broth by drinking water as long as I could stand it. When I couldn’t take the headaches and fatigue anymore I would sack up, pinch that nose and drink some more broth. The result? I would have a sudden change of spirit and a surge of energy to get me through the day.

Our daily source of fuel

Our daily source of fuel

Today was hard, I wasn’t allowed to take Advil or anything to give me relief from fatigue-induced pains or that empty stomach. This is because taking NSAIDS like Advil would ruin the whole point of doing this fast by damaging the digestive system (lining of the stomach and intestines) which I’m attempting to heal.

This was the first time in my life I allowed myself to be a couch potato without the guilt and anxiety. I didn’t have a choice today, I was glued to the lazy boy covered in blankets for 3 hours without the usual energy to push me.

Day 2 done, I hope tomorrow won’t be as horrible.

Stay tuned,

Nicole

Emerging From Hiding

My mood is a lot sunnier now than it was last week. I have to attribute that to the compounding of negative events that unfolded in the previous weeks. First, getting sick is a huge DOWNER. Second, finding oneself having to look for a new job again SUCKS! You put these together and you get pressure, helplessness, and anxiety.

Fortunately I did the right thing by trying to get as much done as possible through the computer applying for jobs and then reading a book directed at changing destructive thought patterns. I knew I had to change something inside of me because I tend to “coincidentally” get sick when there’s a big change happening.

It HAD to stop! I refuse to go through something as frustrating as that again. I want to be strong and equipped to rise up when adversity hits again. Many NY veterans have told me that I’ll probably get sick here more often than in California but I refuse! I won’t let it happen.

I know that my anger, denial and hesitance to move on (in regards to my job situation) eventually led to my diminished immunity and my nasty cold. Combining the physical disciplines of increasing sun exposure, movement, and interpersonal interaction with the mental disciplines of daily positive affirmations, reading and effective goal setting helped me to heal and lighten up my mood.

Phew! I’m glad to be out of the gloom. I’m actually happy it’s going to SNOW on Wednesday! I also have a few interviews tomorrow so things are starting to look up. I’ll give you an update afterwards.

Stay tuned..

-Nicole