Wednesday, July 6, 2016

this is finally happning

Finally, finally we're in the process of moving into the RV properly. It's only been two years since we bought it, right? It's full on nonsense how long this has taken and how many things got in our way. How my health just couldn't hold up to the paint fumes, so we had to strip the first paint job and the contractor we hired to do the work skipped out in the middle of the job which left my husband having to finish the stripping and repaint the entire RV a second time. Expensive lesson learned: never paint the inside of an RV unless you can pay a team of other people to do it. If it's mostly cabinets (I chose it for the storage!), it will freaking kill you. Just don't, it's WAY more work than painting a house, even though it's an infinitely smaller space. The nooks and crannies are just beyond.

So we're partially moved in, partially still in the house. My husband still had work to do on the RV, like finishing the waxing on the cabinet doors and installing the rest of them, but we don't really need doors to move in - we just need them when we take the RV somewhere. And right now we're staying here until the house is sold. My son REALLY wanted to move in this past weekend, so we did a big push and mostly made it happen. The bed is in here and most of the kitchen is in here, and of course our computers are in here, and those are the most important things.

Right now our kitchen looks like this:




See? Missing doors. We don't need 'em to use the kitchen though. Also it's a bit of a mess since we haven't quite decided where everything will live just yet. We're working on it. 

Things like clothing, linens, books, and miscellany will follow, albeit piece by piece. Oh, and the rest of the dishes and kitchen accoutrements. And of course my son's toys. His clothing is out here, but his toys are taking some time. We had a big packing session yesterday with all of the plush, and it got stressful - I think putting away into storage so much of something a person loves - especially a young person - it's a process. And though he was keen to move into the RV, he's not especially keen to put more than half of his precious (and abundant) plush collection into storage. After all, he has daily adventures with all of this stuff!

But Frenzie and Muffins are here with us, and they're acclimating: 



Frenzie doesn't seem to be bothered, since she sleeps the day away anyway - she's 16. I think she likes that she can now sleep in the window comfortably, and feel the sunshine and the breeze while still being in a protected space. Muffins has sussed out that we're living here now, and has already become protective of our space. Read: she is already barking whenever she hears neighbors' voices in their yards near the RV. IDK how we're going to break her of this, but it needs to happen.

We still have tons of work to do in the house and in the yard - my husband met with the Realtor yesterday (I was napping away a headache) an she had a LOT of things we need to do to get the house to "as-is" and ready to sell. Wanna hear it?

1) Get the cedar roof company to inspect the roof
2) See if the arborist can do something about tree roots that may or may not be touching the house. AYFKM?
3) Have he arborist finish the work the first idiots messed up, and also remove the dead birch tree in the front yard
4) Put bark dust down all over the mulched areas of the property
5) Plant colorful flowers in the front that "pop". 
6) Have the septic pumped (which the septic companies, all of them, specifically told us not to do until the seller asked us to, to avoid two inspections). 
7) My own: call another realtor for a second opinion. Perhaps the one we were thinking of using before.






Friday, July 1, 2016

MM Raw Day 31

Food:
20 oz celery juice
lemon water all day
Smoothie: papaya, frozen mango, frozen strawberries, frozen wild blueberries, banana, spinach, water, d-Ribose, liquid ionic zinc, quercetin
Snack: apricot, banana, honeydew melon, mango, sugar snap peas
Salad: lettuce, cucumber, carrot, apple, red pepper, dressing (avocado, lime, cilantro, garlic powder, onion powder, salt)
Baked sweet potato with red pepper, onion, lime, sauce (avocado, coconut milk, cumin, salt, lime)

Still so tired, still craving heavier foods at night. Today I got a headache around 6:30 or so and ended up taking a nap to relieve it, which worked. I also asked the angels for their help getting rid of it before I went to sleep. slept maybe an hour and it was mostly gone. I'm not sure what caused it, but it felt like lack of sleep. 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

MM Raw Day 30


I'm so tired...

I feel like in my dreams last night I was doing some big work with the angels...I wish I could remember it. 

Food: 

20 oz celery juice
Smoothie: mango, 2 bananas, frozen wild blueberries, strawberries, spinach, d-Ribose, water
Salad: lettuce, cabbage, carrot, cucumber, sprouts, sugar snap peas, apple, dressing (avocado, orange juice, garlic powder, cilantro, onion powder, chives, salt)
Snack: banana, apricot, vegan bread (NOT AGAIN)
Salad: lettuce, tomato, carrot, cucumber, sugar snap peas, apple, dressing (avocado, orange juice, garlic powder, onion powder, salt)

I think it might be time to be incorporating some actual recipes. 1-2 a week maybe. Kiddo wants me to bake him some bread  I found a vegan bread recipe (no eggs) and am going to try that. It uses xanthan gum, but I found a list of possible substitutes, so I'm going to use one of those. I hope it works!

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I baked vegan bread for my son, and it rose WAY too much, spilled over the edges, and made a giant mess. I baked it anyway and it was rather a disaster, but it tasted wonderful and I will try to do it again. In the meanwhile, it's so good that my son has been eating it anyway. I made the mistake of eating some, too - it WAS really good. But in flavor only - it did NOT affect me in a good way. My thoughts turned a bit dark, my anxiety ramped up, and my body felt really heavy and soooo tired. It is SO hard to remember these things when I have some distance from them, but perhaps documenting them will help me some.

I will make the bread again, only for my son, and I will WATCH it rise so it doesn't over rise. The good news is we KNOW how good this bread tastes, so if I can just do it RIGHT, he will have really good bread. (All ingredients approved by me, nothing weird added. I even replaced the xanthan gum with flax meal and it worked out fine. 








Wednesday, June 29, 2016

MM Raw Day 29

Technically the cleanse is over but I really like keeping track of this whole process, so I'm going to keep going. 

Food: 
vegansafe B12
16 oz celery juice
lemon water all day
Smoothie: frozen wild blueberries, mango, nectarine, banana, spinach, kale, water, ionic zinc
Honeydew melon
Salad: cabbage, apple, carrot, cucumber, dressing (avocado, cilantro, garlic powder, onion powder, ginger powder, salt)
Smaller smoothie: strawberries, mango, frozen wild blueberries, honey, water
Sweet potato fries
Bite of beef burger which I seemed to react to
Cod fillet with ghee - also didn't feel so great

Had the third arborist come out today to do a bid, and he didn't make the best impression. He said I'd never find anyone to write that letter (I already have) to my bank. He'd have to charge a consulting fee to do it, and he couldn't do That AND take the job to fix it, because it would be a "conflict of interest". Also he spit in my grass no less than four times right in front of me. It was super gross and to me, like spitting on my carpet. Um yeah, not very professional. He'll email me a quote. It doesn't matter, I already liked the second guy so much I'm hiring him. He gave me all sorts of free advice and I already trust him.

Emailed a realtor to come out before we hire the tree guy, so they can tell us exactly what they think we ought to have him do.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Medical Medium Cleanse: Celery Juice and Raw Food Day 28

As discussed in my original post, I'm documenting the effects of drinking 16 oz celery juice every morning (and transitioning back to raw fruits and veggies). Today is Day 28.

Day 1     Day 2     Day 3     Day 4     Day 5     Day 6     Day 7     Day 8     Day 9     Day 10     Day 11     Day 12     Day 13     Day 14     Day 15     Day 16     Day 17     Day 18     Day 19     Day 20     Day 21     Day 22     Day 23     Day 24     Day 25     Day 26     Day 27

Food:

18 oz celery juice
lemon water all day
Smoothie: mango, frozen wild blueberries, strawberries, banana, kale, water, supplements
Salad: lettuce, cabbage, apple, cucumber, carrot, dressing (orange juice, avocado, garlic power, onion powder, chives, salt)
Snacks: banana
Salad: cabbage, mango, carrot, cucumber, dressing (avocado, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, powdered ginger, chives)
Red potato fries

Well, I guess this is technically "The Last Day" of this cleanse, but really, it's just the beginning. I'm probably going to do the cleanse again, full version, as outlined in the book. I did a modified version here. (2 salads a day and cooked potato at night half the time - oh, and more avocado than is called for.) In the original version, night is a sort of raw veggie soup, there is nothing cooked, the dressing is 1/2 avocado, juice of 2 oranges, and the other ingredients. I tried it that way and while it's good, it's not AS good as just the avocado blended with the other stuff, so I went back to it. Baby steps.

I'm still learning a lot about all of the aspects of the Medical Medium's specific protocol and why, and I'm still trying to figure out how to do the heavy metal detox portion of the cleanse without harming myself or taking myself back to the state I was in before I started eating this way again. I'm making my way back to health and while it might be a little slow, it's exponentially faster than it was before, and I'm delighted with my progress. I know there is more work to do, and I'm doing it - and I finally know I am going in the right direction for me. I mean, look at the results!

~ The swelling in my feet has gone down significantly. 


~ I have actual energy to do things in my day. 

~ I'm getting stronger and stronger. 

~ There is less pain in my back.

~ I can stand for longer periods of time, and walk for longer. 

~ I can leave the house without a mask - that is huge. 

~ Leaving the house doesn't mean days of recovery afterward. 

~ My anxiety levels have dropped so significantly I feel like I can function again (make phone calls, meet with people, make plans outside of my house). 

~ I am able to do some level of physical labor, like working in the yard. 

~ My brain fog has lessened dramatically.

~ I can bend over and do things much more, without feeling my heart race and my BP change.

~ I am present with my family again. 

~ I have been able to do physical things to contribute to my family again. 

~ I feel hopeful. 

~ I've been much much more positive and upbeat in general. I've been a lot less moody and irritable. 

~ My son is excited because now we can plan things like going to the beach and to festivals. 


Got two quotes from certified arborists today and that felt great - it was just me, explaining things to them, and walking them around the property. It was REALLY hot - 92 degrees, and I did fine (heat would usually cause a mast cell reaction). Everything about that was amazing, and I'm excited to hire one of them and have them do the work, once the third guy comes out tomorrow.

I *almost* went to the grocery store today, but I couldn't convince my son that it was a great idea, and I wasn't super attached to going, so it didn't happen. But tomorrow I might, because I need yeast for the gluten-free bread I'm baking. And I want to just bake it, not wait until my husband gets home and can run to the store. Because I CAN!

I'm feeling pretty darn good about things right now.