I can’t believe I’m coming into the fourth week of the cleanse, I should be happy but there are a couple of things that weigh me down at the moment. I have been in a lot of pain recently, yesterday I went to sleep in pain and today I woke up in pain, I’m at that point of scratching my head and wanting to pull my hair in frustration, why am I still feeling so bad? The issue is that this time last year I was in a much better state (physically) than I am now, and I know there are probably a number of reasons why this could be the case. Physically, I’ve not been as strict with myself on this cleanse as I ought to have been, the thought of doing this cleanse scared me so much that I changed a few things to make it more easy going this time around, I need to do this properly from now on. Secondly, I feel that the more understanding and knowledge God gives you, the more He challenges you to apply His truth to your life, maybe this is another part of His oh so intensive refining process because I am that bit more stronger in Him. I don’t know and that’s the killer.
But I do know that I have to do this cleansing regime properly and that means making those sacrifices that I’ve been too afraid to let go of, arrrrrgh! So what do these sacrifices entail?
Last year I ate no more than 20-30grams of carbohydrates a day, that was sooooooo hard, but it worked for me. This year I have been maintaining my usual level of carbs so now I will cut back not to 30, thank Yah but I will by His grace consume no more than 80g in the first instance but it will probably be 50g. Around 25g of carbs equals 1 slice of white bread, just so you get the picture!!!
Only 1 tablespoon of Agave syrup or sugar substitute from now on, last week I went a bit over-the-top with my sweet treats 😦 after making the muffins, a few days later I made choc chip flap jacks (I know I’m so ashamed), even my hubby who loves sweet things, thought they were too sweet.
And in addition to this I am staying well away from red meat, every time I eat store-bought meat all i can think about are the hormones, chemicals and genetic tampering that goes in and goes on before it enters my mouth. No more, my health is way too important to risk it on a beef bolognese. So as I said before red meat is out the window (grass fed is too expensive at the moment plus £10 minimum delivery charge!) only organic chicken when I can find it and fish (non canned).
Because I’ve been so naughty this last week I’m swapping step 4 to cut out sugary fruits, bye-bye bananas. There is a great article here on how sugar adversely effects health and if you haven’t already seen it check out this great testimony of a woman who recovered from multiple sclerosis.
My list of low sugar fruits
Small amounts of lemons and limes – why would someone eat a lot anyway?
Green apples e.g. Granny Smith/Golden Delicious
Possibly some pears
Oh yeah fruit juice (non-sweetened made from the above)
* never eaten in fruit form.
Really I think vegetables should take up the majority of fruit and veg in take so I don’t think I’ll eat more than 3 servings per day, need to keep those fructose levels down.
Anyway, I’ll get back to you next week to let you know how it’s all going. Please pray for me that God keeps me and strengthens me and gives me the courage to go on, this morning my hubby went to church, it took me hours before I could dredge up enough oooomph to roll out of my bed. Sometimes the days just seem so bad.