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Breaking the Fast April 2, 2012

Filed under: Discovering Health and Fun — lovepaintingrainbows @ 7:07 pm

So this is incredibly late. I was supposed to post this over two weeks ago, but a lot of things have happened in that time and there will probably be a post about that soon as well. I apologize if you were anxiously awaiting the conclusion to our juice “feast” experience.

This fast was more than just a physical cleanse for us. We kind of took a reboot to our home, spiritual journey, and re-organized our thoughts towards health, food, and living. It was a wonderful experience. It was the longest I have ever fasted and it is really awesome knowing that I am strong enough to do it!

Coming off of a fast is the most important part of the entire thing. How gently you break your fast determines how well your digestive system will respond and work from that point forward. Since the body has been mostly cleansing and not digesting, you need to be gentle with your digestive tract. The best way to break a fast is with some fruit. Citrus is usually the best fruit to start with. Just eat one orange or grapefruit in the morning. Take it slow and easy. Don’t forget to keep drinking water! Juice some fruits and veggies once or twice while eating fruit throughout the day as well.

The following days kind of depend on how long your fast was. If it was only between 1 and 3 days, it will be a little easier to add more back into your diet. Proteins like nuts and seeds can be added in next, along with heartier plants like squash and sweet potatoes. Healthy fats (like avocado, coconut oil, yogurt, raw milk, and other nutritious oils) are next, and carbohydrates should be added last. Make sure to keep getting enough water each day for the rest of your life. 🙂 I should for a gallon a day, or a minimum of 2 quarts (half a gallon).

I will post some links at the end that are some of my favorite sources for this information.

Remember that every body is at a different point in its health and you may or may not need to do a fast now. There is SO much information out there on fasting and cleansing. Just be sure to do your research and seek for what your body needs. The most important thing for our bodies that we have learned recently is to LOVE your body and your mind. You can’t love anyone else fully until you love yourself. You are awesome.

Love, Alisha

http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/

http://www.drfostersessentials.com/store/juicing.php

http://www.hungryforchange.tv/

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“Juice Feast”: Day 5 March 6, 2012

Filed under: Discovering Health and Fun — lovepaintingrainbows @ 4:48 am

Well, I have been feeling pretty great, but today has been difficult as far as cravings go. I have been wanting weird things that I haven’t eaten in years, and didn’t even necessarily like either. Like, school lunch chicken nuggets and mashed potatoes. Gross. I did some research on this because I am a curious cat and want to know what this means. Your body stores toxins in fat, so while you fast you are burning fat and the toxins are released into the bloodstream. The toxins could be from addictive substances that are found in food we used to eat and we associate the feeling of the substance with a food we ate containing the substance. Amazing, huh?

My yummy apple blueberry juice!

We also decided to do this “juice feast” for more than just our physical health, but for our mental and spiritual health too. We have done 1 to 3 day fasts before, and something we always gain from it is appreciation and gratitude for our food. It is so easy to forget that we are blessed to have such easy access to so much food and that we can eat as soon as we are hungry. We get used to expecting food and relying on it for our emotional well-being.

I love having dinner with family and friends and enjoying really wonderful food with people. That always makes me “feel better” no matter what mood I start out in, and I think that is a great thing. But, I also think there is a balance between eating to “feel better” and enjoying food for what it is and being grateful. I, too, am guilty of almost always rushing to get the food done and then eating while doing other things (especially as a mom). This week has been a time to realize that food is a blessing to our bodies and minds and to not take it for granted.

We are learning so many other things too, like being present, and being strong in our minds. Like tonight, we have a friend staying a couple of nights with us and I made him the yummiest smelling italian food and an incredible dessert that I’ve never done before. Every time I got something on my fingers from preparing the food it was all I could do not to lick it off my hands. I just held my face over the sauteing onions, garlic, and mushrooms and inhaled the glorious aroma. We watched him eat it as we drank our juice. It was rough and challenging, but so awesome because we grew a little stronger in our self-control.

Our minds are also growing in our thoughts towards health and food and we are really excited about it, but I will save all of that for another post.

Another bonus of a fast is how incredibly amazing good food tastes after a time of not eating. I can’t wait for that moment! 🙂

Love, Alisha

 

A Time of Cleansing March 4, 2012

Filed under: Discovering Health and Fun — lovepaintingrainbows @ 1:37 am

Isn’t this a beautiful sight?

Well, this stock of fruit isn’t just because we love fruit so much (although we do). We (Ben and I) have decided that our bodies need a reboot, a cleanse, a “spring cleaning”. And, we’re doing it through a juice fast (and juicing our own fruit with a juicer). There is a TON of research, theories, and opinions out there on this subject. We have read a lot of stuff, and are lucky enough to have a couple of new, inspiring friends who are very experienced with juice fasting. They are currently on day 20 something and 30 something of their fasts! And the “stuff” their bodies have eliminated is definitely something to make you want to crawl out of your skin!

No, we are not going for that many days. I don’t think our bodies could handle that at this point. They have been raw and vegan for a while and are used to such things more than we are. We actually had a friend muscle test to see how long would be optimal for our bodies without hurting us. I am doing it for 6 days and Ben is doing it for 9. Sounds like random numbers, but most cleanses naturally happen in threes and sevens. The cells in your intestines are new every 3 days!

My first juice of the cleanse. Apple, orange, and grapefruit. Yum!

If you know us, you might be thinking, “You guys talk about your lives as if you eat so well and are so healthy, why would you need to do a cleanse?”.

First of all, we have not been living the way we do for our whole lives, nor have we eaten “perfectly” during our health discovering days. There are SO many elements that contribute to “health problems”. The main one being our diet. Everything we eat has an effect on our body, and it is the primary way we gain nutrients. Emotional and environmental well-being also plays a role, as well as the things we put on our bodies, and the list goes on. All of this, even from the time we are in the womb, can be stored in our bodies if we don’t give them the chance to come out. We have done some cleansing before, but we are feeling like it is time to do it again.

Why a juice fast? There are so very many forms of cleansing, but after talking to our friends and reading things, as well as watching the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (click on this to watch it free on Hulu, or visit their website). At this point in our journey we are trying to clear out our digestive tract and give our organs the opportunity to flush out toxins. This can only happen by giving the digestive tract a break from digesting and allowing it to absorb only nutrients so that the body can push out the toxins and any waste that may be stuck in the GI tract. When you juice, your body can skip all the intestinal work and just absorb, and the saved energy goes to the cleanse. We are only juicing fruit right now because it is a “cleanser” and vegetables are more “bulk” building. However, every body is at a different point in its health and needs to approach cleansing in most beneficial way for them. We are still learning so much, so as we go on this fast I will keep sharing what I learn, and hopefully I will get to post a “guest post” from one of our friends. You can check out one of their (Ken’s) blogs called Sambodha Life and Wellness here

Remember, when cleansing you will experience some not-so-pleasant side effects because the toxins are trying to leave your body. So far, I have experienced rashes, tight muscles, sleepiness, and both Ben and I have sneezed off and on and had really runny noses. Many people will experience diarrhea as well. It’s not awful because we know our bodies are getting clean and that’s really encouraging.

There is a ton to get into with juicing, but I am going to try to stretch it out in a few blogs through the fast. We are on day 3 and doing pretty great! Every time we’re hungry we just juice a bunch of fruit and it’s very satisfying. Our friend, Ken, said to think of it as a “Juice Feast” which is awesome and has helped our mentality tons!

Remember to always educate yourself on something before jumping right in and doing something because someone else is doing it. It might be the right time for you to do exactly what we’re doing, or you might need to try something a little different.

Also remember, you and your mind are SO strong and you are capable of amazing things! The human body is so awesome! Hopefully the rest of my posts are this positive 🙂

Love, Alisha

 

Some of My Favorites August 31, 2011

Filed under: Discovering Health and Fun — lovepaintingrainbows @ 4:14 am

I was just looking at some of my empty bottles of soaps and whatnot thinking about what I need more of, when I decided to maybe try a new something. Then I got overwhelmed. There are so many products out there!! Even in the “health” world… how the heck do you know which one to pick?? How do you know if it works well, or if the company really is helping the environment?! So, I have decided to help some of you (if this does even help you) by sharing with you things I use/ have used that are my favorites and why! Yes, yes, I knew you would be excited. 😉 I would also love to know what you use!

1. Dr. Bronner’s Soap: I love this stuff! It is so versatile! It comes in liquid and bar form and they make all kinds of other items (lotion, salve, balms…). They are very environmentally friendly, fair trade, and one of the safest soaps I know of. I use the Baby-Mild for the wipes I make, Lavender for shampoo, body wash, or cleaning baby toys, Eucalyptus in my home-made laundry detergent, Peppermint to clean floors, and they come in tons of other scents! It’s great for all kinds of skin problems also. Check out the link I attached for more great info.!

2. Kiss My Face olive oil bar soap: They make a lot of other stuff (I also like their aloe vera toothpaste) but I love using their bars of soap for my face wash. The ingredients are super simple and feel great on my skin! Olive oil is the base, some with aloe vera and some with honey, as well as different essential oils, depending on the scent you get (or scent-less).

 

 

3. Tom’s of Maine toothpaste: I have had great results with their baking soda, propolis, and myrrh toothpaste (make sure to get fluoride free!). They have a great reputation too, very clean company. Great flavors too! (Cinnamint is sooo good)

4. Jason’s deodorant: This company also makes so many different things, but I really like their deodorant, especially the lavender. They have lot’s of options.

5. Burt’s Bees lotion: I LOVE their milk and honey lotion. I have used it for probably 5 years now. I even use it on my face. It is so light and soft and smells yummy! I also really like their baby products. Their diaper ointment takes Mathias’ rashes away so fast! And their baby powder is great and really gentle on the bum (no talc). Not to mention the smell is so cuddly! And I’m obsessed with their chapstick.

6. Lilly of the Desert conditioner: They too make a lot of different products, but I love love love their aloe vera conditioner with lemon and rosemary. It has helped my hair SO much. And I know 3 other people who have had great results from this too. I haven’t tried the shampoo yet, but I might do that. They also make really great aloe vera gels and juices that are really clean.

7. LifeTree cleaning products: I really like these cleaning products for around the house. They are super safe (for family and environment) and still do a great job. They are highly concentrated so it lasts a bit longer. Most warnings on the labels say that if swallowed “drink lots of water” and consult a physician. That’s pretty amazing.

So, those are the main ones I could think of right now. These should be available at your local health stores, or I’ve learned that many times they are cheaper online. If there are a lot of other people you know who like to use these or similar products, you can team up and start a co-op through Frontier COOP.com. They have HUNDREDS of products and are really awesome! I hope this was helpful to you. If you would like to know what other products I like or use/ have used just ask me and I’d love to share! Working at Whole Foods, I got to sample A LOT of products. What products do you love to use?? Please share! 🙂

Have a great day!

Love, Alisha

 

How It All Began… August 15, 2011

Filed under: Discovering Health and Fun — lovepaintingrainbows @ 11:12 pm

If you haven’t noticed yet, a lot of my posts are going to be about different health and nutritional facts that I have learned. ‘Why’ you ask? Well, I have decided to tell you why. Mostly so you know that sharing all of this stuff comes from a place in my heart. I am deeply connected to it all because it has transformed my body and my life! Don’t worry, I’ll give you the short version. 😉

Ever since I can remember I was a sickly person (mostly b/c of an incident that occurred when I was born and the medications broke down my immune system). I got colds often, strep throat often, had debilitating allergies, and digestion problems. I was almost always on some sort of pill or medication. Nothing ever solved any of the problems. Never. I even had a doctor tell me that I was “just going to have to live with it”. Talk about disappointing. This might all sound petty, but after 18ish years it gets REALLY old.

Well, one day at age 19 I met some really lovely people who had experience in healing through muscle and energy testing and nutrition (a.k.a. food). They asked if I would like them to try to help me with my issues. I said “Sure! Why not?”. Almost instantly I began noticing changes. Good changes… some a little challenging, but that’s what cleansing does. Basically I started taking some supplements to heal and cleanse my body of all the toxins it was holding and changed my diet. I also started drinking a gallon of water each day. And boy did I cleanse… I had (warning: this may be TMI) diarrhea for almost two weeks! But it actually wasn’t painful, just… different. I also had rashes all over for about a month or so. It was how my body dumped out all the bad stuff. I immediately got more energy, slept better, and lost weight. It was so invigorating! I was getting a brand new and improved body! I switched to a more holistic approach and it is working better than anything else I have tried. Not to say there isn’t a time and place for modern-day medicine… but on a daily living basis, I much prefer this way.

I also have to say that over the last 5 or so years I have realized that the power of the mind is crucial to everything. If I begin to focus on the negative side of something my healing slows way down or stops, or I just feel awful. But, if I keep positive and live intentional towards healing and wellness I feel great! And it’s noticeable in my face too. Our minds, our spirits, The Spirit is so powerful and when we turn inwards and embrace it our physical bodies are untouchable to corruption!

So, that is my little story. I hope that you enjoyed it. If you ever have questions about problems you are experiencing and would like to see I have had any experience with it (I also was blessed to work for an awesomely informative boss at Whole Foods) I would love to try to help you. But, first remember that many answers are inside of you if you just open yourself to it. It is a daily struggle for me, I must admit, but that’s ok because It is always there waiting. Create your happiness with the power of your mind and search for your needs!

May your body, mind and spirit be blessed.

Love, Alisha

Thankful for my wonderful, supportive soul-mate and our little gift we couldn't have had without my amazing transformation

 

Farmer’s Market Treasures August 8, 2011

Filed under: Discovering Health and Fun — lovepaintingrainbows @ 7:28 pm

I so love the Farmer’s Market! Homemade jewelry and crafts, knitted and crocheted items, basket weaving, balloon animals, flowers, plants, herbs, honey, and of course all the FOOD! How can you not love it?! Well, I must admit the recent raging heat has made it not so enjoyable (also aiding in less produce)… but, this last Saturday morning market was beautiful! There seemed to be much more produce and I went early enough that the heat wasn’t unbearable yet. Here’s a picture of some of my lovely finds from the most recent trip.

Not only are there good, local finds, but they are usually a lot more affordable than going to the grocery store! Especially if you’re looking for stuff not saturated in pesticides, herbicides, and well, poison. However, I have learned that one must ask each vendor if they spray or not because some do. Sometimes you can notice a price difference because of this, but I feel that it is worth it.

Also, I have found a couple of handy-dandy lists that aid in my choosing an organic to non-organic item. The “Dirty Dozen” is a list of the 12 produce items with the greatest amounts of toxins on them. The “Clean Fifteen” is a list with the 15 cleanest produce items that you can be a little more lenient about. This is so helpful! I don’t feel stressed to get ALL organic stuff. So, I thought I would share the good news with you and post the lists on here.

Dirty Dozen:                                                                                                           

Apples

Celery

Strawberries

Peaches

Spinach

Nectarines (imported)

Grapes (imported)

Bell Peppers

Potatoes

Blueberries (domestic)

Lettuce

Kale/Collard Greens

Clean Fifteen:

Onions

Sweet Corn

Pineapple

Avocado

Asparagus

Sweet Peas

Mangoes

Eggplant

Cantaloupe (domestice)

Kiwi

Cabbage

Watermelon

Sweet Potatoes

Grapefruit

Mushrooms

I hope this is helpful for you and your adventures in food and health! If you’ve never been to the market here in Wichita at 21st and Ridge on a Saturday morning, I highly recommend that you try it at least once in your life! Sorry if you hate it afterwards… but I doubt you will 🙂

Love, Alisha

 

Poopies and Paper Towels August 4, 2011

Filed under: Discovering Health and Fun — lovepaintingrainbows @ 4:03 am

So, today was an exciting day of cleaning a large load of poop off of the floor. Mathias has started to eat more solids (kind of). It mostly consists of peaches and goat yogurt… which apparently causes large, chunky bowel movements that explode out of diapers. Anyway, this also caused me to almost run out of wipes and therefore I had to make some more and I remembered that I should share this really easy recipe because it’s so awesome. I have already posted this on Facebook also, but here it is again for those who didn’t get to see it!

1 to 2 containers (I got plastic ones at Walmart that look like this)

Bounty paper towels (one at a time) be sure to use Bounty b/c they are the strongest

1 cup warm water

1 tablespoon liquid soap (I love Dr. Bronner’s)

To start, cut your paper towel roll in half and remove the cardboard center. Then put a half in the container. (I bought two containers and just make two deals of wipes each time) Then mix your soap into the warm water until well blended. Pour the mix over the paper towels in the container. Put the lid on and let absorb! They should be ready in an hour or however long it takes to soak up. So easy and cheap and gentle to your babe’s bum!

Here is a picture of mine

I hope this is helpful to you and may it clean lots of poopy bottoms and not carpet! 🙂

Love, Alisha