When February hit, my body decided it wanted to…well shut down. It was a rough month for me, no doubt. Back in January’s post, I show my major improvements with my eczema and psoriasis and I had finally felt great, I could clean, get out of the house, do normal everyday things, etc. Then for whatever reason, things just suddenly turned around for me, even before the I did the 9 day liver cleanse (Click to check out the previous eczema post and how well things were going for me!). As for the 3:6:9 Liver cleanse, that I’ve been asked about from a few of you, it’s not easy. It actually made me feel worse but guess what…that’s a good thing. It means that I was on the path of healing despite what shows up on my skin. Read below to find out what I’ve learned, my experience with the liver cleanse and what it even is, Leo’s and I new favorite recipes that we had in February, pictures, a peek at my food journal and more.
Things I’ve Learned: A peek at the Liver Rescue book by Medical Medium
I learned that when flare ups happen or even something as simple as a pimple or a random rash, it means there are unwanted guests in the liver.
“When a pathogen such as EBV is also residing in your liver, that’s when the more disruptive skin conditions appear. Different pathogens – and even different strains of the same pathogen – have different appetites for different toxins. Depending on which combination is present in your liver, you’ll get a different rash. The body will try to use escape routes through the intestinal tract first then if that fails, the toxins will go through the bloodstream, into the kidneys, and out through your urine to get rid of those toxins. However, that backup plan can eventually run it’s course, and sensitivities can start to occur. Food allergies can be a sign that something is going wrong, along with a simple, random rash. For some people, a touch of eczema on the arms, chest, elbows, or back of the ear can develop and guess what – that’s just the beginning. The toxins will start to make themselves known and find their way to the skin more and more, leaving deposits in the subcutaneous fatty tissue and getting trapped there. In the tissue, you have a natural defense mechanism meant to work any toxins up through the layers of your dermis and epidermis so that they can finally make their way to your skin’s surface and out of your body. Helping you rid yourself of toxins is one of your skin’s true purposes. However – for normal everyday bodily toxins, not man-made, manufactured, or manipulated ones like viruses, pesticides, solvents, heavy metals, etc. Viruses like EBV were never supposed to take on destructive forms that they’ve taken as a result of feeding on those chemical inventions. By extension, the skin was never meant to deal with the dermatoxins created from virus cells fueling themselves on industrial brews. NO ONE ON THE ENTIRE PLANET IS SUPPOSED TO HAVE ECZEMA. While it can feel like your skin is against you, the truth is that it’s still on your side, working in your favor, doing the right thing. Without those man-produced troublemakers, eczema couldn’t develop….Your body isn’t responsible for the problem, and neither are your genes. The treatment plan is to go after the virus and kill it off while starving it of its favorite foods in your diet. This will bring back your liver so that your skin CAN heal.”
So good, right?! I don’t believe that it’s a coincidence that after I received a tetanus shot, my little patch of eczema on my arm that came seasonally is now…well, this. It has spread to my chest, underams, arms, hands, face, etc. and never going away unless I starve the virus. This answers so much. I mean, I highly recommend getting this book to find answers to whatever symptom you may be dealing with, even acne or weight issues, aging, stress, etc. And especially if you deal with eczema, psoriasis, rosecea, hives, etc.
Then & Now:
the 3:6:9 Liver Cleanse:
This cleanse is something that everybody needs to do at least a few times in their lifetime (preferably more), even if you are the healthiest. Just by simply living in the world that we live in now, our bodies and especially our liver, is getting overwhelmed by the everyday things that we deal with such as pumping gas, eating candy that’s been dyed and chemically produced, the popular but mysterious canola oil, drinking alcohol, prescriptions, antibiotics, hormone medications, radiation, heavy metals, hair dying, and so so much more. It’s no wonder that we’re at a point where everyone will have some sort of sickness in their lifetime, one way or another.
Anyway, Leo and I both (he has health issues too that he deals with on a daily basis), both took on the task of following the 3:6:9 diet to clean out toxins from our liver.
For the first 3 days, you consume 16 oz. of water first thing in the morning , have meat only once at dinnertime, reduce your radical fat consumption (nuts, seeds, oils, coconut, avocado, animal proteins, etc.) by 50%, avoid gluten, dairy, eggs, lamb, pork products, and canola oil. You obviously still have breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but just have to stay within the guidelines and also have 2 apples with 1-4 dates or a handful of grapes at mid-afternoon (and evening, if desired). You then end the day with 16 oz of lemon or lime water and hibiscus or lemon balm tea.
For the next 3 days, you do the same thing except now you cannot have any type of radical fat or meat whatsoever. You also only have liquids for breakfast, such as your 16 oz. lemon water, 16 oz. celery juice, and a liver rescue smoothie. For lunch, you have a liver rescue salad and steamed/fresh asparagus and apples celery sticks, and dates/grapes for a mid-noon snack. Dinner is a salad with asparagus again and end the day with 16 oz. lemon/lime water and hibiscus or lemon balm tea.
The last 3 days get a little more complicated, however you still stick to the liquids in the mornings and the same liquids for the evening, before bed. On the 9th day, you’re only allowed water and juiced fruit and of course, the tea and water in the evening. The 9th day is supposed to flush out the last of the toxins so no eating is allowed. To get more info on this, get the book or check out Medical Medium. There’s too much info to put it in this post, but you won’t regret it checking it out!
For Leo and I, we were both extremely exhausted while on this liver cleanse. The body was doing it’s thing and it showed. It has helped both of us however, in different ways. I could tell that Leo had more energy and his pain that he normally dealt with wasn’t as painful as it used to be. As for me, my eczema/psoriasis has never seen worst days. I was getting hot flashes, headaches, my hands and face were so swollen – it was rough. There was even new patches rising up and random bruises that came out of nowhere. My whole body itched. Reason being? Because it gets worse before it gets better. If you read above in the tab about what I’ve learned, you’ll understand why it was getting so bad. I’m healing, once and for all. There are days where I doubt the process, for sure, and get so discouraged with thinking I’ll have bleeding hands, tiredness, sleep apnea, etc. for the rest of my life. But never stop moving forward, right?
New Favorite Recipes:
AIP Chicken Wings – Seriously the best. You have to try it, that’s all I’m gonna say. And I’m suupperrrr picky with my chicken wings.
>>>> Once chicken is wiped down, place in bowl and coat with vegan (no soy) mayo, lemon juice from half a lemon, dulse, S&P, cumin, turmeric, and onion powder. Let marinate or you can bake right away in oven at 380-400º until golden brown (Don’t forget to rotate them, halfway through!). For crispier wings, place on a rack over a cookie pan for the juices to drip down into.
Gluten Free Pasta w/ Veggies – This was our lunch for the first day of the 3:6:9 Liver Cleanse, and since we could only have meat the first 3 days only at dinner time, this recipe is just all veggies and pasta. I tried and tried to find a sauce that I can have so that the pasta wasn’t so plain but didn’t have any luck. That’s okay though, because this simple pasta recipe was BOMB.
>>>> Cook gluten free pasta (preferably brown rice/quinoa) as per usual. Cut up asparagus into bit size pieces, tomatoes, onions, and carrots. Saute the veggies in avocado or grapeseed oil and season with S&P, dulse, juice from a lime, turmeric, and ginger. Once veggies are done, add in the cooked (and rinsed – I like to get rid of that extra starch as it can make the pasta soggy) pasta. Mix and add onion powder, a dash of cayenne pepper, dill, and parsley. Mix on low heat for a few minutes then serve.
Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes – I searched Pinterest for who knows how long, trying to find a chocolate cake recipe (his favorite) that we can both have for Leo’s birthday that doesn’t have some crazy random ingredient in it that I would have to buy. I came across this recipe, even though it still had some ingredients that I didn’t have, but I figured I could give it a try with a couple substitutions. I whipped it up really quick for tea time with family and it was a huge hit! Currently planning on making more soon, mmmmmm.
>>>> Follow this recipe by Zen Belly but instead of baking powder, use lemon juice in the same amount, and flax seed instead of the husk powder. I also added a dash of nutmeg to bring a more delicate taste to the chocolate! All other ingredients are approved for healthy eating. 😉
Food Journal: A Peek at What I Ate
B – lemon water & apple detox smoothie
L – sweet potatoes with quail eggs and cucumbers w/ lemon water
D – beef stew, radish and cucumber salad w/ lemon water
S – green fruit tea w/ date coconut roll, coconut cookies, corn tortilla chips
B – lemon water & banana
L – pancakes & salmon egg benedict & potatoes w/ lemon water
D – mashed potatoes with cucs & onions, shredded chicken w/ pure apple juice
S – Torie&Howard chewie fruities (3)
B – lemon water & fruit
L – buckwheat, cucs & onion w/lemon water
D – veggie borsht, chicken wings w/ homemade cranberry/orange soda
S – apple, dates, hibiscus tea w/ date coconut roll, cashew chocolate ice cream, dark choc.
B – lemon water & celery juice
L – buckwheat, brown rice macaroni, chicken, cabbage salad w/ superfruit concentrate mixed with water
D – buckwheat, chicken w/ lemon water
S – apple, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate fruit roll, cashew choc. ice cream, manadarin