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Failing feels good.

3 Apr
Pork, pork and more pork

Pork, pork and more pork (Photo credit: su-lin)

Where have I been you ask?

Well, in the last several weeks I was in a cave, some dark hole, isolated and alone, so very alone. That is how it felt.  You see, I’ve been going through my annual liver detox. This would be my third year committing to this. WHY in God’s name you ask? For real, it is to reset my liver function, in hopes to reset my hormone balance, in hopes to rid of a health irritation that I could live without.  So you can stop crying cause I don’t have gout and I’m not dying. Just an innocent liver cleanse that seemed to work wonders last time and really does accomplishes its sole purpose. And so I re-live it.

Here is how it goes down:

– NO sugar, NO, Dairy, including eggs, NO gluten (good-bye all wonderful wheats of any kind and basic sandwich breads), NO red meat & pork, No F’n Caffeine, NO ALLLCOHOL! No Corn and not even tomatoes. No life. All this for 14 days I had to do this, while taking these insane horse-sized capsule supplements to enhance your liver cleanse 3 times a day. (For those curious, please this is not self inflicted, but taking Doctor’s orders)

I was socially divided. I couldn’t go out and enjoy my wonderful culinary delights, nor be in the company of my good friends. It was too much torture and unbearable to watch them enjoy their meals, lick their fingers and wash it down with a wonderful glass of red wine. Just too much. In fact, it was just plain mean. I kept watching movies, tv shows, anything to distract me from feeling a craving of any sorts.

And I couldn’t be around people, because no one really wanted to be around me. I wasn’t fun at all.  In this dark cave of mine, I was a horrible person in company. I was a BITCH, just a Debbie downer, short-tempered, and irritable all the time.  Come on, I couldn’t even have a sip of my wonderful cup of COFFEE in the mornings, this ritual, that I so value and let me tell you, that can change a person forever. So mornings were the worst.   I’m really impressed with my husband cause he’s still around.

I had to motivate myself day by day, remembering how amazing I felt when it was all done. You know, the white eyeballs, the fresh and glorious skin with glow, a healthy pink tongue. Shiny, glossy, full hair. And most of all how good I felt in the inside. Yes, it IS worth it I told myself, and  I can do this again, I can, I can ….

And so far so good! Until day 11. 😦

I was business travelling, in the airport, and I was STARVING. I needed to eat something or I wouldn’t be able to walk to my gate. I found a sandwich/soup shop, that looked pretty healthy and bought the pesto chicken wrap that seemed to have all the elements I was allowed to eat, except for the whole wheat wrap, cause gloomy gluten will get me.  I carefully ate everything inside, one by one, picking up the chicken bits with a fork.  I was being stared at, probably eyes rolling as they whispered “carb fanatic bitch”.  And as I wasn’t paying attention eating, I accidentally ate part of the wrap. Shoot. I ate another bite, and another, and ANOTHER! It was soooooo good! Airport food never tasted this amazing. So now you can tell at this point, I am just delirious. It made so much sense, the bread WITH the chicken pesto, like they couldn’t be apart and should remain together in holy digestion.

And from that point on, it slowly went down, down. Rules were being broken one by one. Until the real TSN turning point was when I met up with friends in the city at a lovely restaurant and then it was ALL OVER. I drank a fancy bourbon sour. I ate a gluten crusted fish. I finished it with some fancy chocolate delight and some more. It felt like the best meal of my life as I downed each bite with full gratitude and appreciation. I remember how the raspberry sorbet’s sweet and sour flavours engulfed my taste buds. It was a gift.

Clearly a detox fail. But hey 11 days in my books was good enough. When I flew back home, I was so excited to tell my husband how I failed! I was so happy delivering my disappointing news. We celebrated!! We opened a great bottle of wine, did some happy dance, because it was a win-win again for all. No more bitchiness, no more accommodating meals and bull-shit recipes, no more isolation and hiding from anyone remotely interesting! I was my self again and going out and enjoying a cocktail and having fulfilling conversations.  It was just awesome freedom!

Failing never felt so damn good. That’s where I’ve been.

Love,

Youngabunga xoxo

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We are what we eat. And your skin definitely eats too..

2 Apr
Cosmetics at Central Department Store Lardprao.

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Listen up my smart, intelligent pets, this post is some good education!

Any post under the ‘Organically U’ page category will be a subject matter that I’m most passionate about. Specifically educating woman about being more consciously aware about whats in their beauty products and cosmetics. If you are a man reading this, don’t dismiss so early as it applies just the same to you on your shampoos, body cleansers etc. (God you might be slowly growing ‘moobs’ and you don’t know why)

Did you know that over 60% of what you topically apply ON your skin (our most biggest organ) gets ABSORBED into your blood stream? Totally true. If you think about that a bit more then it’s kind of gross once you realize how many toxic chemicals are in the everyday products you use. Some of you might be shaking your head not believing how dangerous it could be.  Questions such as well Young, how could Health Canada let that happen, what about the FDA? Come on.

Well, yes they do their job regulating as much as possible, so that you won’t DIE from heavy toxins in products, but the truth is so many ingredients from preservatives and synthetic hormones in the long run can pretty much mess up your own hormonal balance,  even can link to cancers! YES CANCER!  And the goverment unfortunately does not regulate too well and companies get away of using cheap chemical ‘filler’s in products as shortcuts which are toxic to our health. And if say your liver is not functioning up to par, since its always working so hard to combat everything else in your lifestyle– your late alcohol consumption, everyday pollution you inhale, your crappy diet perhaps, and then you’re kind of topping  it off by using the products you think you can’t live without – all that have harsh chemicals that your body absorbs and which your liver also has to deal with and says gee thank you very much.

The biggest thing I’ve realized is that our hormones if not balanced, can really mess up so many other things- bad acne, mood swings (ladies know what I’m talking about), uterine fibroids & cysts, weight gain to name a few.

And so, occasionally I will be posting helpful information here on my blog, that I’ve learned from research and sources, so that it can hopefully help you make better choices of the products you consume and start buying products from businesses that believe in ethical non-toxic ingredients, and natural sources.

One of the first things to get us started on this, is that I first want you to get familiar with the nasty, dirty Ingredients in your everyday products and to start looking out for those listed here:

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/dirty-dozen-cosmetic-chemicals/  Mr. David Suzuki get’s it and that’s what makes him so sexy.

First Nasty Ingredient We Will Focus On For This Week is..

“PARABENS” (this nasty chemical is IN SOOOO MANY of our products we apply. Go look at the back of something and find it $100 bucks it’s in something on the shelf of your bathroom!)

Related Ingredients

Methylparaben, butylparaben, and propylparaben are some of the most common parabens in cosmetics. Other chemicals in this class generally have “paraben” in their names (e.g., isobutylparaben, ethylparaben, etc.).

Parabens easily penetrate the skin. ii The European Commission on Endocrine Disruption has listed parabens as Category 1 priority substances, based on evidence that they interfere with hormone function. iii Parabens can mimic estrogen, the primary female sex hormone. They have been detected in human breast cancer tissues, suggesting a possible association between parabens in cosmetics and cancer. Parabens may also interfere with male reproductive functions. iv In addition, studies indicate that methylparaben applied on the skin reacts with UVB leading to increased skin aging and DNA damage. v,vii

 In love and health,

youngabunga,
xo

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