I’m going to blog this because it helps me to search and find stories of how others are experiencing this sort of thing. I quit coffee about a year ago by switching to green tea and “Teechino”, I would have an occasional soda/pop and was doing well. I discovered “Pepsi Max”, it made me feel happy, energetic and full of life. I was in love with it and decided that it would be fine to have that every now and then….but it turned into a daily thing, then about 2 liters a day. I was feeling anxious, fatigued, depressed, and very, very hungry. I haven’t had any since July 3 of this year…2010. I replaced it with green tea again, ginseng and “Zip Fizz”. I started with 1 Zip Fizz every other day or so…it has 10 calories so I had to have it with my meals….but then I increased it to 2 a day….and looked forward to it….it has 100 mg of caffeine in it. I started getting the same symptoms….not as severe as with the Pepsi Max or coffee….but enough to realize that it’s a problem….my biggest concern is what it will do to my health in the long run….and the benefits are so short lived….they don’t stick.
Today is day two without any caffeine….I have had ginseng….it’s an adaptogen and from everything that I’ve read, safe and actually beneficial….I have also been drinking a tea called “Treasure Tea”. I bought it at a demonstration quite a few months ago….the herbs are supposed to be energizing and detoxifying….I didn’t notice that before….probably because I was so jacked up with caffeine : )…..but I’m on day 2 and that is usually a do nothing day for fasting or detoxing from caffeine….and I feel pretty good….it’s 7:00 p.m. now and I’m a little tired even though I layed down for about 30 minutes….but I’m fine….in the past I would not have been able to function….that’s pretty scary on it’s own….I just seem to forget that when I get the charge and adrenalin rush from the caffeine : ) It takes 3 – 5 days to get completely out of the system, so I’m on my way….the trick is to stay feeling good later….that’s my venture now….maybe these healing herbs will be the key….we’ll see.
I started a forum on caffeine detox….please join if you have an experience with this. Have a great day!
I heard a talk about “Ho’oponopono” about a year ago. The story was about a psychologist who worked for a high security prison. He never actually met with the prisoners, but he went through each of their files and said, “I love you. I’m sorry. Will you please forgive me? Thank you” The prisoners went from being very aggressive, fighting each other and needing to be in shackles to peaceful and free within the environment. That is all I knew about the story at that time. I have been recently working on someone with Reiki who is experiencing emotional blocks that are very old and because they are blocks this person is not able to…or isn’t aware of how….to release these blocks. The message came to me….I thought for her….and it is for her…..to do this exercise. I thought that I would try it myself too….this was yesterday. I sat and just visualized different people to do this with, they were people that I have said something that I shouldn’t have, did something that I shouldn’t have, some things big but mostly things that were small…and most likely things that they never gave a second thought to….but the more I did it the lighter I felt. I then visualized people that I thought did me wrong…they were entirely to blame….and I had no part in it what-so-ever : ) ha ha ha….now that was a major lift….major….and I was floating around quite a while….I think I spent about an hour doing this with anyone and everyone that came to mind. Later that day I experienced a “let down”, I don’t know if my high got so high that I just crashed or what. Then I talked to this feeling with the same statements….and I was lifted again. Today has been so wonderful….and I continue to do it….sending it out to anyone who comes to mind, our country, our politicians, people I barely know….everyone.
I started looking on the internet for the story….I did that last night….but much more today and I’m just amazed with what I’m reading about it. It’s pretty much erasing negative patterns….actually letting God remove the patterns….we have to ask….He gives us free will. It’s about taking 100% responsibility for everything that we experience….even when it seems totally obvious that it’s the other person, the government, the schools, etc….how powerful is that? How freeing! How amazing! Just based on my experience over the past 24 hours with this and the feelings I am having and releasing….and I wasn’t even aware that they were there….but I have been aware of blocks, fears, inhibitions….I just didn’t know what to do….I thought I did….I’d pray, say affirmations, pump myself up….and that all does work….but when there is something stuck way down deep that we’re not aware of….and the subconscious feeling is more powerful than the conscious one…the subconscious one wins…this is another way of letting God go in and correct the pattern, remove the stink, fix the broken record. I am so full of gratitude right now. I did find you tube videos and a great interview that we will be getting on here as soon as possible….but in the mean time….you don’t have to know how this works….just say those statements, “I love you, I’m sorry, Please forgive me and thank you” to who ever comes into your mind and experience the love, grace and peace that follows!
I love you lots and lots! And I’m sorry, will you please forgive me? and thank you : )
It’s been called to my attention several times that I haven’t blogged in a while….I’ve thought of it….just haven’t done it…..but it’s nice to know that people care : ) I’ve stayed bout 80% raw all summer. I went a little crazy on Pepsi Max….I could easily drink a 2 liter bottle all by myself. At first it was fun, motivating, it definitely got me moving….and feeling good. Later though I found that I was having trouble sleeping, having anxiety and could get more aggressive than I intended….I read more about aspartame and found that the “excitotoxins” in it where what was giving me that “high” that “rush”, a euphoric feeling with a kick : ) In exchange for it though I was giving up brain cells…I thought that was a bit expensive….and the big kicker was that I was ravenously hungry 2 hours after I would eat….the entire process was having a hay day with my blood sugar. I haven’t had any since July 3rd…and am fine….of course it was hard at first, but it passed. My hunger level is back to normal, I drink green tea and have had a couple of regular diet pops and Yerba Mate’….I also take ginseng….it’s an adaptogen and helps the adrenal glands recover along with extra vitamin C and B vitamins. My digestive system isn’t working as well as it was before….but it’s on the mend.
A little while ago I watched “Food Inc.” It’s another show about the effect of food on us and the environment…..and we need as many of these documentaries as we can get….or until people get the message that we are what we eat….literally….and food can be our medicine or our poison. So many processed foods are loaded with MSG and other excitotoxins that actually make us crave more….it’s a drug. On the movie “Super Size Me” they even talked about eating at fast food restaurants as “using”. The question was, “how often do you “use” these foods as apposed to “eat” them. They also showed a family, on Food Inc., that was stuck in the cycle of eating off the dollar menu. The said that it was less expensive than to eat healthy. It showed them going into a produce section of a grocery store and seeing that broccoli was $1.29 I think….so that was over the $1.00….how sad!!!! They were feeding their children drugged up garbage and pop to save money and time….and that’s what many people believe right now….and they are really hooked on this new drug the excitotoxin. They could have purchased that head of broccoli, 1 lb of high quality ground beef, 1 box of organic whole durum wheat pasta, a jar of sugar free spaghetti sauce, a head of lettuce, a cucumber and tomato and a bottle of healthy salad dressing….that they wouldn’t have used all of….for about $15…and not on sale. Drinking anything more that 4 oz of liquid during a meal dilutes the digestive enzymes…so it would be better to leave the drink out anyway….or they could all split a lemon and squirt it in 4 oz of water to help with digestion too.
We have some family meals on the sight, but my goal….passion….is to get a lot more. The goal will be to feed approximately 4-5 people and be under $20….some right up there….some way less. There are so many planning tips to make it affordable and time efficient…..and isn’t taking care of our health and the health of our family’s worth investing time into anyway? I’m not pointing the finger at anyone. I was feeding my family cheap easy….and what we thought was good food too….but now I know better. Our food effects our energy, our moods, concentration, self-esteem, health, etc….everything to do with how we function and experience life. I want the best for my family….and my community…..and anyone who gets drawn to this site….we are a community….even if you’re on the other side of the world….and as sappy as this is going to sound….lets make the world a better place : ) If we can just make a difference within the circle that we touch….then the people effected do the same….just by the way they are living and the improvements that others see in their lives….and the next people effected do too….wow….what a difference that would make!
Lots of Love and Light to you!